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Don't Deport Non-Veterans Either, Unless It's Donald Trump

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  • There can be two warmongering candidates in one election.
  • The statement that Clinton favors wars is not identical to the assertion that Trump is the Prince of Peace.

Trump's embracing of open contradiction allows many to hear the bits they like the best. If you want to "kill their families" and "bomb the s--- out of them" and increase military spending (whether you understand what that leads to or not), you can hear those things from Trump. If you want to end all the stupid wars and stop intervening and end the nation-building and stop making such dumb "mistakes," then you can hear that. And many do.

Trump does not give speeches advertising his actual behavior thus far in the White House. He's continued and expanded several wars, plus drone wars, plus new bases in new places, plus threats of major new wars. He knows that telling a cheering crowd he wants more of their money for more of this madness to further impoverish and endanger them, damage the earth, erode liberties, and corrode our culture with violence will quickly stop the cheering. So, instead he promises to finally end one of the wars.

And in so doing, he also pretends to be in charge. Because the Pentagon, the weapons dealers, the Congressional servants of the Pentagon and the weapons dealers, and Trump's own appointees will hardly stand for ending any wars -- even if some of them want to move on from Syria to Iran. The Israeli and U.S. war parties want war to rage on in Syria with no victor and no end. Trump's penchant for blurting out off-the-wall stuff apparently prior to any thought process is not actually evidence of an ability to defy the permanent bureaucracy.

While Trump has not been brought around to all out war with Russia yet, he's repeatedly caved in immediately on such topics as shutting down NATO. He's dropped bombs on command. He's thankfully refrained from ripping up the Iran nuclear agreement. So, when Trump says we'll be coming out of Syria like very soon, very soon, that's not a substantive statement. It's just noise.

"It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and [fire and] fury, Signifying nothing."

But perhaps we can make it signify something. Peraphs even a ticking time bomb is right twice a day.

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