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Playing the Hitler Card, by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

There’s no money or power in a non-interventionist foreign policy, which is why such a policy has been an ideological orphan since the 1930s. From Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., at lewrockwell.com:

Supporters of an aggressive American foreign policy like brain-dead Biden and the gang of neocons who control him reply to critics by playing the Hitler card. They say, “Imagine what would happened if the US stayed out of World War II. Hitler would have conquered the world! This shows why we have to fight against Russia and China now!”

Of course it doesn’t show that, and if we do fight Russia and China, we will destroy the world in a nuclear war. But we should look at their argument in its own terms. Should we have stayed out of World War II? The answer is clear. Yes, we should have, and in seeing why, our best guide is the great Murray Rothbard.

As Murray makes clear in his great book The Betrayal of the American Right, the left used the same tactics against those who wanted to stay out of World War II as the Trotskyite neocons do today. They called non-interventionists fascists, just the way they do today: “Still worse was the attitude of these new interventionists toward those erstwhile friends and allies who continued to persist in their old beliefs; these latter were now castigated and denounced day in and day out, with extreme bitterness and venom, as ‘reactionaries,’ ‘fascists,’ ‘anti-Semites,’ and ‘followers of the Goebbels line.’ Joining with great enthusiasm in this smear campaign was the Communist Party and its allies, from the ‘collective security’ campaign of the Soviet Union in the late 1930s and again after the Nazi attack on Russia on June 22, 1941. . . The opponents of war were not only being shut out from liberal journals and organizations but from much of the mass media as well. As the Roosevelt administration moved inexorably toward war, much of the Establishment that had been repelled by the leftwing rhetoric of the New Deal eagerly made its peace with the government, and swiftly moved into positions of power. In Roosevelt’s own famous phrase, ‘Dr. New Deal’ had been replaced by ‘Dr. Win the War,’ and, as the armaments orders poured in, the conservative elements of Big Business were back in the fold: in particular, the Wall Street and Eastern Establishment, the bankers and industrialists, the Morgan interests, the Ivy League Entente, all happily returned to the good old days of World War I and the battle of the British Empire against Germany.”

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Trump’s Antiwar Speech Deserved a Better Reception, by Danny Sjursen

Once in a while Trump sounds like an unrepentant non-interventionist. From Danny Sjursen at antiwar.com:

That’s right, sandwiched between Trump’s standard braggadocio about how he single-handedly secured “a better future for Syria and for the Middle East,” and his cynical pivot to decry his opponents’ supposed desire to accept “unlimited migration from war-torn regions” across the U.S. border, was one of the strongest blasts of antiwar rhetoric delivered by a sitting U.S. president since Dwight Eisenhower.

If any other president—think Obama—or major liberal political figure had spoken so clearly against endless war and so poignantly diagnosed the current American disease of military hyper-interventionism, CNN and MSNBC would’ve gushed about Nobel Peace Prizes. It must be said, of course, that Trump has hardly governed according to these peacenik proclamations—he has, after all added more troops in the region, especially in Saudi Arabia, and merely reshuffled the soldiers from Syria across the border to Iraq. Nevertheless, even if the president’s actions don’t match his words, the words themselves remain important, especially from a 21st century, post-9/11 commander in chief.

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Trump: US Must End ‘Cycle of Intervention and Chaos’, by VOA News

Donald Trump sounded like a committed noninterventionist in a speech in North Carolina Tuesday night. From VOA News at voanews.com:

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump returned Tuesday to his vision of a non-interventionist foreign policy for the United States, saying, as he did during his campaign, that he does not want American forces fighting “in areas that we shouldn’t be fighting in.”

At a “thank you” rally for his supporters in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Trump said his focus instead will be on defeating terrorists, including the Islamic State group.

“We will stop racing to topple foreign regimes that we know nothing about, that we shouldn’t be involved with,” Trump said, insisting the United States must end a “destructive cycle of intervention and chaos.”

Fayetteville neighbors the U.S. Army’s Fort Bragg, the world’s largest military base, as well as the U.S. Air Force’s Pope Field. Eight military installations dot the state.

Trump pledged to build up the military with the purpose of projecting strength, not aggression.

As a candidate, Trump frequently questioned whether NATO and other allies were pulling their weight. On Tuesday, he said he wanted to strengthen “old friendships” and seek new ones.

At the same rally, Trump formally announced his choice of retired Marine General James Mattis as his nominee for secretary of defense.

“Under his leadership, such an important position, we will rebuild our military and alliances, destroy terrorists, face our enemies head on and make America safe again,” Trump said.

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He Said That? 4/18/15

From Calvin Coolidge, 30th US President, 1923-1929:

Never go out to meet trouble. If you will just sit still, nine cases out of ten someone will intercept it before it reaches you.

These words are lost on the current political establishment, especially the foreign and military policy sectors.