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Trump Weighs In On The Single Worst Mistake In American History

Trump hits Bush: Invading Iraq ‘the single worst decision ever made’.

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In a wide ranging interview with The Hill on Tuesday conducted in the Oval Office, President Trump was asked to give his take on the biggest mistake in American history.

Considering just how open-ended a question that is, it’s perhaps surprising that he merely went back less than a couple decades into the Bush presidency, though Trump’s base will certainly welcome it as it hearkens back to his “America First” foreign policy vision of the campaign trail.

“The worst single mistake ever made in the history of our country: going into the Middle East, by President Bush,” the president during his interview with Hill.TV.

“Obama may have gotten them (U.S. soldiers) out wrong, but going in is to me the biggest single mistake made in the history of our country,” he said.

Trump explained the reasoning behind this choice, and why it wasn’t something like the civil war or another defining and devastating event reaching far into American History.

“Because we spent $7 trillion in the Middle East. Now if you wanna fix a window some place they say, ‘oh gee, let’s not do it. Seven trillion, and millions of lives — you know, ‘cause I like to count both sides. Millions of lives,” the president explained.

Some scholars and humanitarian groups estimate that over one million Iraqis were killed in the US invasion and occupation of Iraq starting in 2003. A 2008 Opinion Research Business (ORB) poll, for example, found that approximately 1.03 million people had died as a result of the war.

“To me it’s the worst single mistake made in the history of our country. Civil war you can understand. Civil war, civil war. That’s different. For us to have gone into the Middle East, and that was just, that was a bad day for this country, I will tell you.”

Various estimates on the Iraq war’s cost have put the total taxpayer bill as low as near $2 trillion, but none dispute that it is in the multiple trillions, and estimates will vary widely depending on if veteran care is factored into it.

The comments echo things Trump said on the campaign trail in 2016. For example during one of his first major foreign policy speeches then candidate Trump said, “I will never send our finest into battle unless necessary, and I mean absolutely necessary, and will only do so if we have a plan for victory with a capital V.” And referencing the famous quote of John Quincy Adams, he said during the same speech, “The world must know that we do not go abroad in search of enemies.”

He had previously shocked pundits for being the first Republican nominee for president to trash George W. Bush’s decision to go to war in Iraq, and has more recently likened it to “throwing a big fat brick into a hornet’s nest”.

All of this is a hopeful sign considering the extremely heightened and dangerous tensions over Syria this week, and given Trump seems to have vacillated between “bringing the troops home” and getting more involved. On Monday Trump hinted that a decision on the U.S. role in Syria is coming soon.

Commenting on the over 2,000 troops now in Syria ostensibly as part of the “anti-ISIL” coalition campaign, Trump indicated this mission could end soon: “We’re very close to being finished with that job,” he said. He followed with: “And then we’re going to make a determination as to what we’re going to do.”

We consider it a hopeful and a good sign that Trump is possibly revisiting his “America First” foreign policy pledges by identifying the Iraq War as the worst mistake in US history.

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Ian
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And yet he continues the policy of meddling in Syria.

You can call me AL
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You can call me AL

Yes in the ME for now, but also remember Afghanistan + various Countries on the African Continent + elsewhere in the World.

luisa vasconcellos
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L’Arte della Guerra – La nuova cortina di ferro (IT/PT/FR/SP/DE/RU)

Martha
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Martha

You try turning on a dime sometime, Ian.

Bill Rice
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Bill Rice

He must have been threatened by the Deep State boys. He said he wanted to get out and then wham a “chemical weapons” attack happened that they immediately blamed on Assad without letting the inspectors look at the evidence…just like Bush.

Tom Welsh
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Tom Welsh

“President Trump was asked to give his take on the biggest mistake in American history”.

That would be the American Revolution, which created the world’s biggest bully, thief and committer of serial genocide.

Cudwieser
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Cudwieser

As opposed to England?

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You can call me AL

It was Great Britain actually and we still maintain a commonwealth of over 50 nations, will the US ?.

PS The Commonwealth comprises 53 countries, across all continents. The members have a combined population of 2.3 billion people, almost a third of the world population, of which 1.26 billion live in India and 94% live in Asia and Africa combined.

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Cudwieser

Kinda makes my point. I wouldn’t say Ireland, Scotland and Wales had a say on the Americas and the wanten explotation of it. In truth Irish, Scotts and Welsh were treated with as much contempt as the Africans and Indians by the English, to the point of enforced servitude (Africans being treated with the greatest contempt).

As for the US they are de facto rulers of the western world, if not in sovereignty, but in complicity and weak will and hubris of the old countries.

john vieira
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You guys get real…the world keeps evolving and the villains with it…and if you are a bible thumper it started way back with Cain and Abel. Same old, same old, power and control….or one of the other sides…Giglamesh??? the beserkers..etc., etc.,

Martha
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Martha

The Pilgrim Society.

Cheryl Brandon
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Cheryl Brandon

Some of the 9/11 planners; Issa Harel Head of Shein Beit Israhell; Why would this Jewish man be telling an american pro Zionist Michael Evans in 1979. ” USA will experience an attack on their tallest building in NY and, it will be done by the Arabs””That was 1979; When did it happen> 2001; Other planners might have included Ohed Olmert/ Shimon Peres/ Shaul Mofaz/Phillip Morris Klutznick Polish born mover and shaker who predicted in 1992 that, ” USA will have it’s first Black President soon”

craig watson
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This is the most important of all 9/11 documentaries. It names every Mossad member who was involved with planning and executing 9/11, along with SA and Cheney. This planning began with the Godfather of Mossad, Menachem Begin during Reagan’s regime. These are the names to remember along with this video documentary. Bookmark it:

Tjoe
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That’s a very good video and i’d like to have the books. I think it goes back to when Bill was set up for the honey trap by Patraeus and Hillary, with the Jewess Monica. They knew exactly what the horndog would do when locked in the oval office together for extended periods time and time again. You think that was by chance? First they got Bill to bomb and under cover of the impeachment from outing him, made a coup and put “a plan to attack 7 countries in 5 years” into the top of the Pentagone. Remember the… Read more »

Tjoe
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Tjoe

Oden Yinon plan (google it)….creating chaos in ME (on US dime and blood) to grow Israel population (mostly settlements).

Lena Jones
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Lena Jones

Talk is cheap, mister president – so walk the walk or STFU already!

Martha
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Martha

You ‘walk the walk,’ Lena….from behind your keyboard.

Lena Jones
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Lena Jones

Hypocrite! You’re using the keyboard too mudderfrucker lol! But I expect a hypocrite to defend another hypocrite!

Robert Michael Szallavary Sullivan
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Robert Michael Szallavary Sullivan

Such is typical of ‘chump trump.’ From Day 1, of his presidency, he has babbled rhetoric, and taken completely opposite courses of action. This issue typifies another lame attempt, at appeasing the ‘trumpeteers,’ who maintain: ‘Well, Trump would have; wanted to; but he couldn’t–not his fault.’ That’s a complete farce. As U.S. president his constitutional ‘check’ has been available to him on numerous issues and problems; he hasn’t invoked it; and has stood back and let the legislative branch of government, or other domestic interest groups, have their way regarding ultimate domestic and foreign policy making.

Walter Dublanica
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Trump is right !!. But it is the neocon cabal that calls all the shots regarding American Foreign and military policies. So don’t blame Bush. He did what he was told to do.

Tjoe
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Tjoe

Watch his face when told the 9.11 attacks were started. He knew and he let them do it. Watch his face in the videos….a man contemplating his legacy.

Tjoe
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Tjoe

POTUS Trump should read the Oded Yinon plan for growing Israel. He seems to have a blind spot understanding that HE is a goy. He better wise up…they did 9.11 so don’t give a dam about you Trump. Our two bestest friends in the whole world, Israel Zionists and Saudi royals. Saudi’s put in Sharia law in their enemy country and Israel welcomes Jewish (only) refugees….a win-win for them (7 countries in 5 years) with the debt on the US citizen and with US blood. How about our good friends Israel and Saudi pay the US the $7 trillion (and… Read more »

Martha
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Martha

He already knows all this. Do you think he’s been dealing with )ews for the majority of his life and doesn’t know how they operate and their game plan? Do you think a plan that was implemented several hundred years ago can be undone in 18 months? The Council on Foreign Relations gives the “Deep State” (the unelected bureaucracies) their marching orders. The CFR and the Trilateral Commission (along with their sister organizations in the U.K., the Royal Institute for International Affairs and Rhodes Foundation) run the show.

john vieira
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Getting them out is easier said than done. The CIA is calling the shots here…have been from the “get go”…He can say…but obviously he no can do….and the longer they can keep him vacillating the more difficult it becomes to “disengage”…

Martha
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Martha

The Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission

Klaus Weiß
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Klaus Weiß

It wasn’t Bush but the gang of Ziocons in the White House, the likes of Douglas Feith, David Wurmser and Harry Rhodes.

Shaun Ramewe
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Shaun Ramewe

Swamp-Chump tried to carry on with Bush’s and Obama’s depraved anti-democratic dirty-work and has willingly done so with disgustingly traitorous false-flags, Zio-media lies, cowardly attacks on anti-terrorist Syrian and Iranian forces, sneakily abetting more sicko terrorists etc etc etc > but has failed > hence this last-ditch loser spiel now.

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Macron cuts ski holiday short, vowing crack down on Yellow Vests (Video)

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the 18th consecutive week of Yellow Vests protests in Paris. Following last weeks lower participation, Saturday’s Yellow Vests in Paris gathered larger crowds, with various outbreaks of violence and rioting that has been blamed on extreme elements, who French authorities claim have infiltrated the movement.

“Act XVIII” of the protests has shown that the Yellow Vests have not given up. France’s Champs-Élysées boulevard was where most of the violence occurred, with the street being left in a pile of broken glass and flames.

One day after Paris was set ablaze, French President Emmanuel Macron cut his ski holiday short, returning to Paris and vowing to take “strong decisions” to prevent more violence.

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Paris awoke on Sunday to smouldering fires, broken windows and looted stores following the 18th consecutive Saturday of Yellow Vest protests.

Around 200 people were arrested according to BFM TV, while about 80 shops near the iconic Champs Elysees had been damaged and/or looted according to AFP, citing Champs Elysees committee president Jean-Noel Reinhardt.

The 373-year-old Saint Sulpice Roman Catholic church was set on fire while people were inside, however nobody was injured. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

The riots were so severe that French President Emmanuel Macron cut short a vacation at the La Mongie ski resort in the Hautes-Pyrénées following a three-day tour of East Africa which took him to Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Macron skied on Friday, telling La Depeche du Midi “I’m going to spend two-three days here to relax, to find landscapes and friendly faces,” adding “I’m happy to see the Pyrenees like that, radiant, although I know it was more difficult at Christmas” referring to the lack of snow in December.

In response to Saturday’s violence, Macron said over Twitter that “strong decisions” were coming to prevent more violence.

Macron said some individuals — dubbed “black blocs” by French police forces — were taking advantage of the protests by the Yellow Vest grassroots movement to “damage the Republic, to break, to destroy.” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Twitter that those who excused or encouraged such violence were complicit in it. –Bloomberg

The French President has family ties in the Hautes-Pyrénées, including Bagnères de Bigorre where his grandmother lived. He is a regular visitor to the region.

Emmanuel Macron (2ndL), head of the political movement In Marche! (Onwards!) And candidate for the 2017 presidential election, and his wife Brigitte Trogneux (L) have lunch April 12, 2017 (Reuters)

 

 

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Vesti calls out Pompeo on lying about Russia invading Ukraine [Video]

Secretary Pompeo displayed either stunning ignorance or a mass-attack of propaganda about what must be the most invisible war in history.

Seraphim Hanisch

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After the 2014 Maidan revolution and the subsequent secessions of Lugansk and Donetsk in Ukraine, and after the rejoining of Crimea with its original nation of Russia, the Western media went on a campaign to prove the Russia is (/ was / was about to / had already / might / was thinking about / was planning to … etc.) invade Ukraine. For the next year or so, about every two weeks, internet news sources like Yahoo! News showed viewers pictures of tanks, box trucks and convoys to “prove” that the invasion was underway (or any of the other statuses confirming the possibilities above stated.) This information was doubtless provided to US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.

Apparently, Secretary Pompeo believed this ruse, or is being paid to believe this ruse because in a speech recently, he talked about it as fact:

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Russia’s annexation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine an attempt to gain access to Ukraine’s oil and gas reserves.

He stated this at IHS Markit’s CERAWeek conference in Houston, the USA, Reuters reports.

Pompeo urged the oil industry to work with the Trump administration to promote U.S. foreign policy interests, especially in Asia and in Europe, and to punish what he called “bad actors” on the world stage.

The United States has imposed harsh sanctions in the past several months on two major world oil producers, Venezuela and Iran.

Pompeo said the U.S. oil-and-gas export boom had given the United States the ability to meet energy demand once satisfied by its geopolitical rivals.

“We don’t want our European allies hooked on Russian gas through the Nord Stream 2 project, any more than we ourselves want to be dependent on Venezuelan oil supplies,” Pompeo said, referring to a natural gas pipeline expansion from Russia to Central Europe.

Pompeo called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine an attempt to gain access to the country’s oil and gas reserves.

Although the state-run news agency Vesti News often comes under criticism for rather reckless, or at least, extremely sarcastic propaganda at times, here they rightly nailed Mr. Pompeo’s lies to the wall and billboarded it on their program:

The news anchors even made a wisecrack about one of the political figures, Konstantin Zatulin saying as a joke that Russia plans to invade the United States to get its oil. They further noted that Secretary Pompeo is uneducated about the region and situation, but they offered him the chance to come to Russia and learn the correct information about what is going on.

To wit, Russia has not invaded Ukraine at all. There is no evidence to support such a claim, while there IS evidence to show that the West is actively interfering with Russia through the use of Ukraine as a proxyWhile this runs counter to the American narrative, it is simply the truth. Ukraine appears to be the victim of its own ambitions at this point, for while the US tantalizes the leadership of the country and even interferes with the Orthodox Church in the region, the country lurches towards a presidential election with three very poor candidates, most notably the one who is president there now, Petro Poroshenko.

However, the oil and gas side of the anti-Russian propaganda operation by the US is significant. The US wishes for Europe to buy gas from American suppliers, even though this is woefully inconvenient and expensive when Russia is literally at Europe’s doorstep with easy supplies. However, the Cold War Party in the United States, which still has a significant hold on US policy making categorizes the sale of Russia gas to powers like NATO ally Germany as a “threat” to European security.

It is interesting that Angela Merkel herself does not hold this line of thinking. It is also interesting and worthy of note, that this is not the only NATO member that is dealing more and more with Russia in terms of business. It underscores the loss of purpose that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization suffers now since there is no Soviet Union to fight.

However, the US remains undaunted. If there is no enemy to fight, the Americans feel that they must create one, and Russia has been the main scapegoat for American power ambitions. More than ever now, this tactic appears to be the one in use for determining the US stance towards other powers in the world.

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Ariel Cohen exposes Washington’s latest twist in anti-Russia strategy [Video]

Excellent interview Ariel Cohen and Vladimir Solovyov reveals the forces at work in and behind American foreign policy.

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While the American people and press are pretty much complicit in reassuring the masses that America is the only “right” superpower on earth, and that Russia and China represent “enemy threats” for doing nothing more than existing and being successfully competitive in world markets, Russia Channel One got a stunner of a video interview with Ariel Cohen.

Who is Ariel Cohen? Wikipedia offers this information about him:

Ariel Cohen (born April 3, 1959 in Crimea in YaltaUSSR) is a political scientist focusing on political risk, international security and energy policy, and the rule of law.[1] Cohen currently serves as the Director of The Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics (CENRG) at the Institute for Analysis of Global Security (IAGS). CENRG focuses on the nexus between energy, geopolitics and security, and natural resources and growth. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, within the Global Energy Center and the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center.[2] Until July 2014, Dr. Cohen was a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. He specializes in Russia/Eurasia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

Cohen has testified before committees of the U.S. Congress, including the Senate and House Foreign Relations Committees, the House Armed Services Committee, the House Judiciary Committee and the Helsinki Commission.[4] He also served as a Policy Adviser with the National Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Deterrence Analysis.[5] In addition, Cohen has consulted for USAID, the World Bank and the Pentagon.[6][7]

Cohen is a frequent writer and commentator in the American and international media. He has appeared on CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX, C-SPAN, BBC-TV and Al Jazeera English, as well as Russian and Ukrainian national TV networks. He was a commentator on a Voice of America weekly radio and TV show for eight years. Currently, he is a Contributing Editor to the National Interest and a blogger for Voice of America. He has written guest columns for the New York TimesInternational Herald TribuneChristian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, EurasiaNet, Valdai Discussion Club,[8] and National Review Online. In Europe, Cohen’s analyses have appeared in Kommersant, Izvestiya, Hurriyet, the popular Russian website Ezhenedelny Zhurnal, and many others.[9][10]

Mr. Cohen came on Russian TV for a lengthy interview running about 17 minutes. This interview, shown in full below, is extremely instructive in illustrating the nature of the American foreign policy directives such as they are at this time.

We have seen evidence of this in recent statements by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding Russia’s “invasion” of Ukraine, and an honestly unabashed bit of fear mongering about China’s company Huawei and its forthcoming 5G networks, which we will investigate in more detail in another piece. Both bits of rhetoric reflect a re-polished narrative that, paraphrased, says to the other world powers,

Either you do as we tell you, or you are our enemy. You are not even permitted to out-compete with us in business, let alone foreign relations. The world is ours and if you try to step out of place, you will be dealt with as an enemy power.

This is probably justified paranoia, because it is losing its place. Where the United Stated used to stand for opposition against tyranny in the world, it now acts as the tyrant, and even as a bully. Russia and China’s reaction might be seen as ignoring the bully and his bluster and just going about doing their own thing. It isn’t a fight, but it is treating the bully with contempt, as bullies indeed deserve.

Ariel Cohen rightly points out that there is a great deal of political inertia in the matter of allowing Russia and China to just do their own thing. The US appears to be acting paranoid about losing its place. His explanations appear very sound and very reasonable and factual. Far from some of the snark Vesti is often infamous for, this interview is so clear it is tragic that most Americans will never see it.

The tragedy for the US leadership that buys this strategy is that they appear to be blinded so much by their own passion that they cannot break free of it to save themselves.

This is not the first time that such events have happened to an empire. It happened in Rome; it happened for England; and it happened for the shorter-lived empires of Nazi Germany and ISIS. It happens every time that someone in power becomes afraid to lose it, and when the forces that propelled that rise to power no longer are present. The US is a superpower without a reason to be a superpower.

That can be very dangerous.

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