to add to my point (edit no longer available)…and no, any criticisms I’m directing at Norm and others in my argument are not directed AT you…
I don’t disagree with the argument that the MSM promotes war, not one bit. But that Trump need be “pushed” in that direction is absurd.
We are talking about a guy who ran on…
Big military buildup including nukes (beyond the Obama modernization program already in place)
Ban on Muslims (stoking the hate of his base, and in keeping with the most right wing aspects of the military that would engage in a religious war, and in keeping with the “war on terror”)
Confronting China militarily in the South China Sea and, with the ends of intimidating China to get concessions on trade.
Confronting North Korea, including increasing the frequency and scope of war games with South Korea and Japan, and deploying defensive missile systems (not wanted by the majority of South Koreans) long seen as in actuality offensive systems by NK, China, and Russia
Advocating that Japan invest in weapons, including development of nuclear weapons
Promising increased military engagement in the ME in confronting ISIS and that rules of engagement should be eased.
Building the clucking Wall while making Mexicans out to be the enemy.
Promising to AIPAC to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem and to back the State of Israel in its policies against Palestinians.
Advocating more torture, worse torture, and to make it legal.
And the list goes on…
My point is, the arguments made by Norm and others advocating Trump as one who was more willing to reign in US Empire and promote peace with Russia (given Trump’s known business dealings which should have made his Russia peace pronouncements suspect on the face of it) had zero merit to begin with.
Yet here he is actually embedding that argument in his VALID criticisms of MSM pushing war.
Trump never needed a push to begin with, and, given his known penchant of corruption, boundless ego, bent for authoritarianism, dog whistling racists for power, and the rest…the arguments that Trump represented some opportunity to foster peace on the world stage were patently absurd.
Trump’s first visit to any agency was to the CIA. He has surrounded himself with Generals, much in line with the advice likely given him by Woolsey who he chose as a foreign policy advisor during the campaign. Now he jumps at the chance to get Bolton, in this latest period where he has been more “unleashed” remaking his Administration.
The guy is a war monger, was always a war monger, and he lied about having been against the Iraq War prior to the start of it.
Solomon, Pilger, Greenwald, and so many others ignored the worst aspects of Trump, and refused to entertain their own intellect in imagining what an incredible danger this right wing lunatic would be with Presidential powers. Sure, they made some comments from time to time alluding to Trump’s dark side but in balance, not even close to what was merited.
And yes, I had the very same reaction to Maddow. It’s like she was struggling to find some angle that didn’t comport to tacit agreement with Trump in launching the attack.