…by Jonas E. Alexis and Chuck Baldwin
Dr. Chuck Baldwin is an American politician and has been involved in at least 12 full-length documentary films. He was the presidential nominee of the Constitution Party for the 2008 U.S. presidential election and had previously been its nominee for U.S. vice president in 2004. He is also a pastor of Liberty Fellowship in Kalispell, Montana.
Jonas E. Alexis Stanford Law School reported way back in 2014 that “from June 2004 through mid-September 2012, available data indicate that drone strikes killed 2,562 – 3,325 people in Pakistan, of whom 474 – 881 were civilians, including 176 children…these strikes also injured an additional 1,228 – 1,362 individuals.”
The report continued, “Before this [the people] were all very happy. But after these drones attacks a lot of people are victims and have lost members of their family. A lot of them, they have mental illnesses.”
Therefore, “real threats to U.S. security and to Pakistani civilians exist in the Pakistani border areas now targeted by drones.” In 2009, drone strikes in al-Majala in Southern Yemen took the lives of 14 women and 21 children.
Just a few days after the Newtown incident, the U.S. military dropped drones in Yemen and killed 11 civilians, including women and children. The Yemenis, of course, were frustrated. One Yemeni responded,
“Our entire village is angry at the government and the Americans. If the Americans are responsible, I would have no choice but to sympathize with al-Qaeda because al-Qaeda is fighting America.”
Another individual who was wounded from the drones declared, “If we are ignored and neglected, I would try to take my revenge. I would even hijack an army pickup, drive it back to my village and hold the soldiers in it hostages. I would fight along al-Qaeda’s side against whoever was behind this attack.”
One U.S. drone pilot, Brandon Bryant, who quit his military career in 2012 because of too many civilian killings, lamented,
“I saw men, women and children die during that time. I never thought I would kill that many people. In fact, I thought I couldn’t kill anyone at all.”
He continued to say, “I felt disconnected from humanity for almost a week.” Heather Linebaugh, who served in the U.S. Air Force and worked on the drone program, writes:
“Whenever I read comments by politicians defending [drones], I wish I could ask them some questions. I’d start with: ‘How many women and children have you seen incinerated by a Hellfire missile?’ And: ‘How many men have you seen crawl across a field, trying to make it to the nearest compound for help while bleeding out from severed legs?’” No coincidence here. In fact, the U.S. has actually bombed at least eight wedding ceremonies since 2011.
So it is obvious that the War Party in America wants war. And both Democrats and Republicans should be held accountable for perpetual wars in the Middle East and elsewhere. Chuck Baldwin, walk us through some of these thorny issues.
Chuck Baldwin: Trade a Democrat for a Republican; trade a liberal for a conservative: It doesn’t matter. The War Party remains in charge either way. The people who thought they were voting for Donald Trump because he would extricate America from these endless foreign wars should realize by now that he is just another wuss for the War Party.
Donald Trump has expanded America’s bombing wars against Somalia and Syria. He has expanded America’s drone attacks against Pakistan and Yemen. He has expanded America’s ground war in Afghanistan. U.S. wars in Iraq and Libya have never stopped. U.S. wars have killed over 500,000 people (mostly innocent civilians) in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan alone.
Now Trump is sending 1,000 troops to Russia’s border in Poland. He is sending an additional 1,000 troops (the real number could be 5 or 10 times that) to the Middle East. What most of us are not hearing reported is that Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan (CFR) told top national security aides that the Pentagon has plans to send 120,000 U.S. troops to the Middle East. Coincidentally, this is the exact same number of U.S. forces that were used in the invasion of Iraq.
Trump has already sent nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to the Middle East. He has sent the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group to the Middle East. He is sending U.S. warships to the tip of China’s territorial waters. He is sending U.S. military jets and bombers to the tip of Russia’s airspace. He is threatening overt war with Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and Iran. At least 5,000 U.S. troops have been rushed to Venezuela’s border-neighbor, Colombia.
In addition, Trump has issued economic sanctions against India, Mexico, Turkey, the European Union (with 28 member states) and, of course, China, Russia, Venezuela and Iran. For anyone who understands the way sanctions work, each of these sanctions, by themselves, could rightly be considered as an act of war. Hundreds of thousands (maybe millions) of little children, elderly people, the sick and infirmed, etc., are right now starving to death all over the world as a direct result of Trump’s economic sanctions against their countries. Mr. Trump, have you ever seen a child starve to death?
And, of course, Trump is bypassing Congress to send billions of dollars of sophisticated arms and munitions to the Sunni/Wahhabi terrorist state of Saudi Arabia. Trump is bypassing Congress again to execute wars against Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and Iran.
It is no hyperbole to say that Donald Trump sees himself as an emperor, not a president. And Trump is not shy about admitting it. In his recent ABC interview with George Stephanopoulos, Trump bellowed, “I run the country.”
It seems that America’s founders went to a lot of trouble for nothing to create a constitutional republic, because, with the help of evangelical Christians and conservative Republicans, Donald Trump is rapidly—and I do mean rapidly—turning America into a monarchy. But in reality, Trump is more of a mafia don than a monarch. And why not? Trump spent his entire business career learning how to skirt the law, truth, decency, honesty and all things upright from the best cons, killers and thugs in the business: Zionist mafia bosses. And Trump is now their star pupil.
I’m really tired of hearing my Christian conservative friends say that Donald Trump means well, but he just listens to bad advice. Humbug! That miserable attempt at apologizing for Trump is really getting old. Donald Trump knows exactly what he is doing. He is doing what he fully intended to do from day one. He is doing what he was trained all of his life to do.
Donald Trump is the consummate Zionist stooge. He has bewitched Christians and conservatives with his phony religious rhetoric and overt pandering to Israel. Of course, Christians were already poised and ready for a deceiver like Trump to come along. Ever since the end of World War II, America’s evangelical churches have dispensed the devilish and diabolical doctrines of dispensational futurism, which turned them into willing vassals of all things Israel.
Trump’s most influential and trusted staff members have all been Zionist warmongers. I’m talking about Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Advisor John Bolton (CFR), former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan (CFR), Special Envoy (translate: war planner) to Venezuela Elliott Abrams (CFR), former Deputy National Security Advisor K.T. McFarland (CFR), Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin (CFR), Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (Bilderberg), CIA Director Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner (Bilderberg), Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, et al.
As an aside, Shanahan caught everyone off guard when he announced last Tuesday that he was leaving the Pentagon. The timing of his departure is most curious. Why would a defense secretary leave his post just as Donald Trump is on the verge of launching at least two wars? There is something significant behind this move. But don’t worry, folks, Trump is replacing Shanahan with another CFR Zionist warmonger, now former secretary of the Army, Mark Esper. But I digress.
America’s penchant for starting wars [is] very often based upon lies or false premises. False flag operations mean having an attack blamed upon another nation which actually was not the culprit. Syria’s questionable fault for gassing of innocent civilians was used by Washington to bomb its Air Force. Now Secretary of State Pompeo has set us up by publicly stating that any attack on any American soldier in Iraq or Syria would cause America to attack Iran. He’s put every soldier at risk of death by some Israeli or Saudi fanatic.
Both Secretary of State Pompeo and Vice President Pence are profound end times Evangelicals [translate: Israel-based dispensational futurists]. In 2017 I wrote, Iraq, Syria, Iran…Are We To Destroy Iran Next? about the original neo-conservative program to re-mold the Middle East. A main new concern is Trump’s Secretary of State’s strong evangelical beliefs in the end times. The NY Times describes his beliefs [in] The Rapture and the Real World: Pompeo Blends Belief and Policy. The belief is that a stronger and greater Israel will bring about Armageddon sooner and their rapture straight to heaven.
Destroying Iran’s being a threat to Israel is thus seen as helping God’s intentions.
The FT also links to a Guardian article quoting Pompeo, “Pompeo told a church congregation in Wichita three years ago. “It is a never-ending struggle . . . until the rapture. Be a part of it. Be in the fight.” Pompeo’s actions as a “Christian Zionist” are described in a New Republic article The Christianization of US Foreign Policy.
I know what they were trying to say, but the New Republic article titled The Christianization of US Foreign Policy is badly misnamed. What it should be called is The Judaization of US Foreign Policy, because, for the most part, evangelical Christianity in the U.S. has been completely co-opted by Zionist-Judaism (which is not Judaism at all, but a political/racial supremacist ideology that uses war to force its will upon any country that opposes it).
On May 25th Vice President Mike Pence was the featured speaker at the United States Military Academy commencement. His speech was predictably an encomium celebrating both the diversity and the success of the newly commissioned officers as well as of the system at West Point that had produced them, but it also included interesting insights into how he and the other non-veterans who dominate the policy making in the White House see the military.
Most media commentary on the speech was either shocked or pleasantly surprised by Pence’s prediction that the graduating officers would soon be at war. He said, “It is a virtual certainty that you will fight on a battlefield for America at some point in your life. You will lead soldiers in combat. It will happen. Some of you will join the fight against radical Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq. Some of you will join the fight on the Korean Peninsula and in the Indo-Pacific, where North Korea continues to threaten the peace, and an increasingly militarized China challenges our presence in the region. Some of you will join the fight in Europe, where an aggressive Russia seeks to redraw international boundaries by force. And some of you may even be called upon to serve in this hemisphere.”
Pence’s choice of words is revealing. There is a “virtual certainty” of “fight[ing] on a battlefield for America” and that battlefield is global, including both transnational Islamic terrorism and the western hemisphere. The language implies that American security requires “full spectrum dominance” everywhere. It encompasses traditional national enemies, with a Pyongyang that “threatens peace,” a China that is “militarized,” and a Russia that is both “aggressive” and expansionistic. The soldiers must be prepared to fight “when not if that day comes.”
First of all, it is discouraging to note that Pence believes that a war or wars must take place, and further, one must have to wonder exactly what scenarios are envisioned by Pence, and also presumably by his boss and colleagues, regarding precisely how war against other nuclear powers will play out. Nor does he entertain what would happen when the rest of the world begins to perceive the United States as its enemy due to its willingness to interfere in everyone’s politics. And the American soldiers would die not knowing what they were fighting for, since they would understand from the onset that it had nothing to do with the defense of the United States.
The speech is, in short, a recognition that the Trump Administration sees perpetual war on the horizon, a viewpoint that is particularly alarming as one can quite easily make the case that the United States is not seriously threatened at all by anyone on Pence’s enemies list and is therefore the aggressor. China is a regional power, Russia does not have the resources or will to reestablish the Soviet Union, and North Korea has only limited capability to attack anyone, even if it should choose to do so. Islamic terrorism is largely a creation of the United States in the first place and maintains its potency by the adverse impact of the continued US presence in Muslim lands. And the suggestion that Venezuela and/or Cuba might be a threat to America is, quite frankly, laughable.
If Mike Pence is seriously interested in looking around to see who has been most interested in starting new wars, he should look to gentlemen named Bush and Obama, not to mention his own colleagues John Bolton and Mike Pompeo. And then there are Washington’s feckless allies Israel and Saudi Arabia, who are keen to advance their own interests by means of piles of dead American soldiers.
As I said, trade a Democrat for a Republican; trade a liberal for a conservative: It doesn’t matter. The War Party remains in charge either way.
Here’s one more example: The only current presidential candidate of either party that is truly anti-war is Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. Tulsi is a four-term congresswoman and a combat veteran of the Iraq War. Again, Philip Giraldi has the story:
In a recent interview with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, Gabbard doubled down on her anti-war credentials, telling the host that war with Iran would be “devastating,” adding that “I know where this path leads us and I’m concerned because the American people don’t seem to be prepared for how devastating and costly such a war would be… So, what we are facing is, essentially, a war that has no frontlines, total chaos, engulfs the whole region, is not contained within Iran or Iraq but would extend to Syria and Lebanon and Israel across the region, setting us up in a situation where, in Iraq, we lost over 4,000 of my brothers and sisters in uniform. A war with Iran would take far more American lives, it would cost more civilian lives across the region… Not to speak of the fact that this would cost trillions of taxpayer dollars coming out of our pockets to go and pay for this endless war that begs the question as a soldier, what are we fighting for? What does victory look like? What is the mission?”
Due to her strong anti-war convictions, Gabbard is being savagely attacked by her own Democrat Party and is being all but totally censored by the mainstream media.
As I have said over and over: There is only one party in Washington, D.C., and it’s the War Party. And they are at it again.
-  “Living Under Drones: Death, Injury, and Trauma to Civilians From US Drone Practices in Pakistan,” Stanford Law School and NYU School of Law, September 2012, http://www.livingunderdrones.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Stanford_NYU_LIVING_UNDER_DRONES.pdf.
-  Ibid.
-  Ibid.
-  Greenwald, “Newtown Kids v. Yemenis and Pakistanis: What Explains the Disparate Reactions?,” Guardian, December 19, 2012.
-  Sudarsan Raghavan, “When U.S. Drones Kill Civilians, Yemen’s Government Tries to Conceal It,” Washington Post, December 25, 2012.
-  Ibid.
-  Karin Brulliard, “Pakistani Report Rejects U.S. Account of Fatal NATO Airstrikes,” Washington Post, January 23, 2012.
-  See for example Rob Crilly, “Stanley McChrystal Criticizes Reliance on Drones as Strikes Hit Pakistan,” The Telegraph, January 8, 2013.
-  Quoted in Robert Johnson, “‘Did We Just Kill a Kid?’—Six Words that Ended a U.S. Drone Pilot’s Career,” Business Insider, December 17, 2012.
-  Quoted in Nicola Abe, “The Woes of an American Drone Operator,” Spiegel International, December 14, 2012.
-  Heather Linebaugh, “I Worked on the US Drone Program. The Public Should Know What Really Goes On,” Guardian, December 29, 2013.
-  Tom Engelhardt, “The US Has Bombed at Least Eight Wedding Parties Since 2001,” The Nation, December 20, 2013.