Preparing for War

Preparing for War by Jeff Thomas – International Man

The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy, but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.

—Winston Churchill

Recently, the US government announced the replacement of its National Security Advisor. The existing military man—a combat veteran Lieutenant General, was replaced by someone who was, amazing though it may seem, more hawkish.

This came as a shock to the world and Americans in particular, as the new advisor, John Bolton, is seen publicly as aggressive at best and a psychopath at worst.

The New York Times recently said, “There are few people more likely than Mr. Bolton is to lead the country into war.”

In other comments, The New York Times has said:

Mr. Bolton, in particular, believes the United States can do what it wants without regard to international law, treaties or the political commitments of previous administrations… He has argued for attacking North Korea… which could set off a horrific war costing tens of thousands of lives… he has called for bombing Iran… He has also maligned the United Nations and other multilateral conventions… Mr. Bolton has largely disdained diplomacy and arms control in favor of military solutions.

Pretty scary stuff.

But then, the president’s cabinet is increasingly about scary stuff. From the beginning, it was loaded up primarily with generals, as well as central bankers. Since that time, the turnover of staff has leaned ever further in the direction of aggressive military men.

In learning of the latest appointment, an American associate complained to me, “Look who they’ve chosen to be in charge of National Security. Don’t they know that this guy is so hawkish that, no matter what the situation, he’ll push the US toward war?”

Well yes, that’s quite so. However, the question suggests that the US government is presently weighing the possibility of a major war. I doubt very much if this is the case.

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