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Trump SOTU: "Pointless Wars" Hinder America's Prosperity

DT made a remark during his state of the union address about the "only things" which were a threat to America's prosperity and national unity.

He mentioned 'pointless wars' and 'partisan political investigations' [i.e. Russiagate / moon-truther "Trump = Russian Asset Since 1987"] as two of those.

If we want America to prosper, he said, there "can not be war and investigation".
exact transcript excerpts to follow soon

it was [QUOTE] : "pointless destruction" / "foolish wars" 05.Feb.2019 19:09

transcript URL provided below

and,
"ridiculous partisan investigations"

Also[QUOTE] :
"If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation."


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We must choose between greatness or gridlock, results or resistance, vision or vengeance, incredible progress or pointless destruction.

Tonight, I ask you to choose greatness.

Over the last 2 years, my Administration has moved with urgency and historic speed to confront problems neglected by leaders of both parties over many decades.

An economic miracle is taking place in the United States and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations. If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. It just doesn't work that way!


Trump's anti-war public record ( + vs. Obama / Clintons ) 05.Feb.2019 19:13

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Trump: Iraq Invasion "Worst Decision In The History Of Our Country" West Columbia, SC 6/25

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/06/436268.shtml


 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzP_L43G5dA

From Trump rally at Airport High School gymnasium in West Columbia, South Carolina on June 25th 2018.

Note his remark:
"But count the lives [lost] on both sides. Millions of lives. You don't hear that millions of lives."


starts around 53:00 into speech

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"... We have seven trillion dollars invested in the Middle East what do we have? What do we have? Other than death, and destruction what do we have? What a decision that was, to go in. I believe it was the worst decision in the history of our country; and the way we got out was horrible, if you look at Iraq. The way we got out was horrible. Truly one of the worst decisions ever made in this country. Were it for seven trillion dollars and thousands of lives but count the lives on both sides, folks. Millions of lives, in my opinion. Millions. You don't hear that millions of lives."
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See Also


[Trump:] "What? You Think We're So Innocent?"
author: Paul Atwood
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/06/436177.shtml

In response to media questions about his failure to address the dismal human rights record of North Korea Trump in his inimitable manner said "What, you think we're so innocent?"

Trump is the first president of whom I am aware even to broach the unmentionable much less admit publicly that we are hardly exceptional.


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Donald Trump's Unique Human Decency On Iraq
author: John V. Walsh
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/10/433491.shtml

From a humanitarian standpoint, the content of Trump's condemnation of the war is outstanding. In fact, to grieve over the lives of Americans but not the people of Iraq is a form of racism. Trump is virtually unique among major politicians in taking this stand on the lives of innocents the US has attacked. He should be praised for it.

As election day approaches, it is time to ignore the noise of the moment and think clearly about the crucial issues facing us, none of which is more important than war or peace. The War on Iraq has been a touchstone for these issues over the last 14 years.

On Iraq, Clinton and her operatives have sought to avoid at all costs an accurate comparison of her position over the last 14 years to Trump's. "What did Trump say?" has been buried by the Clintonites and company. "When did he say it?" has been slyly substituted for it. The time line has been used to equate the positions of Hillary the most notorious of hawks with that of Trump.

Let us have a look at Trump's words as well as the dates they were uttered. And compare them to Hillary's:




Obama's Imperial Presidency
author: Carl Boggs
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/09/436697.shtml


One article of faith among liberals and the corporate media is that Trump's presidency stands alone as a house or horrors, unprecedented in its fascistic authoritarianism, crazy pronouncements, and ideological blend of xenophobia, racism, sexism, and sheer extremism. Those in the "resistance" know that pretty much any alternative (Bill Maher, LeBron James) would be far better, though specifics beyond Trump's mortal sin of partnering with Putin are rarely mentioned.

Obvious comparisons are Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, and his competitor, Hillary Clinton. Obama was in charge of U.S. foreign policy for the preceding eight years, so his legacy (with plenty of help from Clinton) might be worth considering.

Obama, it turns out, was among the most militaristic White House occupants in American history, taking the imperial presidency to new heights. It has been said that Obama was the only president whose administration was enmeshed in multiple wars from beginning to end. His imperial ventures spanned many countries - Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia along with proxy interventions in Yemen and Pakistan. He ordered nearly 100,000 bombs and missiles delivered against defenseless targets, a total greater than that of the more widely-recognized warmonger George W. Bush's total of 70,000 against five countries. Iraq alone - where U.S. forces were supposed to have been withdrawn - was recipient of 41,000 bombs and missiles along with untold amounts of smaller ordnance. Meanwhile, throughout his presidency Obama conducted hundreds of drone attacks in the Middle East, more than doubling Bush's total, all run jointly (and covertly) by the CIA and Air Force.



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 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/09/02/pers-s02.html

Clinton's "American exceptionalism" speech: A bipartisan policy of militarism and war
2 September 2016

Hillary Clinton's speech to the American Legion convention Wednesday was a full-throated declaration of the right and responsibility of the United States to control the world by military force. Clinton pledged to keep the US the dominant global military power, to uphold the military alliances through which US imperialism controls Europe and the Far East, and to wage war unilaterally if deemed necessary, regardless of world opinion.

Clinton repeatedly singled out Russia and China as potential targets for US military action, although such a conflict would pose the danger of nuclear war. After listing out the various unsubstantiated allegations of Russian hacking and cyberattacks, including against the Democratic National Committee, Clinton declared, "As president, I will make clear that the United States will treat cyberattacks just like any other attack. We will be ready with serious political, economic and military responses."

Ominously, she said one of her first actions upon taking office would be to conduct a full review of the US nuclear forces "to make sure America's arsenal is prepared to meet future threats," i.e., to wage nuclear war.



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 link to www.counterpunch.org

June 12, 2018

The Democrats Out-Right the Right on North Korean Summit

by Ajamu Baraka

Photo by Senate Democrats | CC BY 2.0

If more proof was needed to persuade anyone that the Democrats are indeed a war party, it was provided when Senator Chuck Schumer and other Democrat leaders in the Senate engaged in a cynical stunt to stake out a position to the right of John Bolton on the summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un.



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"Great Nations Do Not Fight Endless Wars." 05.Feb.2019 19:19

also from 2019 SOTU Address

Trump again noted (see ^above comment) his 2016 campaign for the presidency where he repeatedly mentioned 7 trillion dollars spent in Iraq, the lives lost.


Tonight he explicity followed that with [QUOTE]:

"Great nations do not fight endless wars."