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US military confrontation with North Korea averted for the present, carrier task force now headed for the Indian Ocean

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And make no mistake it's US provocations toward North Korea, Iran, Russia, China, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan et al that are creating instability in the world, not the other way around.

Of course one would never see or hear this from the US complicit MSM. It's always North Korea threatening the US with its ballistic missile tests and nuclear weapons, China constructing militarized artificial islands in the South China Sea intending to interfere with "freedom of navigation", Russia "invading" Crimea and Putin interfering with US elections or Iran testing its ballistic missiles violating the recent agreement signed with the P5&1 last year.

All bogus notions but mischaracterized by "official" Washington and the media as "enemies" provoking the US, its puppet allies in Europe, Japan, Australia. Only it's all propaganda demonizing some "other" against an innocent America that's only in the world to do good.

It's as if all the coups, assassinations, false flag attacks, regime changes, wars and occupations since the end of WWII perpetrated by the US never occurred and if the US did them it was to prevent a Communist takeover- Vietnam, attack a country that possessed WMD-that it didn't have-Iraq or whatever BS could be dreamed up to propagandize and indoctrinate the American people to believe it all was necessary to protect them and thereby support the government.

It's infuriating to be aware of all the deception and realize so many American's remain in a fantasy world of some purported US goodness. That to recognize the truth, how sinister its government is too much to bear, that it would undermine and unravel everything they were taught to believe.

Now just focusing on Trump as if he alone is the epitome of evil without recognizing those before him were equally complicit in US machinations is also a fantasy.

Because ALL the essential policies since the end of WWII are the same-attaining US hegemony over the world, by any means necessary, against whatever "enemy" could be contrived be it Communism, terrorism, Russia, China, Iran, North Korea. Without "enemies'" the whole edifice would be laid bare revealing a nation of crazed leaders that others in the world recognize as the main threat against peace in the world.

But I digress. Getting back to the more immediate issues at hand:

Trump's missile attack on Syria two weeks ago should never have occurred as recent reports indicate the building bombed by the Syrian air forces was an arsenal of lethal gas stored by al Qaeda militants in an area under its control and the gas released killed many Syrian's living in close proximity. The idea the government of President Bashar Assad knew the building contained lethal gas and intentionally bombed it to kill innocent Syrian civilian's is absurd. Assad's Syrian Arab Army along with the Russian air forces, the Iranian's, Hezbollah and Iraqi militia's are winning the war in Syria. New talks to end the war were to occur shortly and Assad intentionally gassing his own people under these circumstances is a nonsensical proposition as this would be reviled in all the world which would surely turn against him.

As for the carrier task force "snafu" in an age of less tension such a snafu could be laughed at. Not now. Not in a world with so many countries possessing nuclear weapons that with some miscalculation could result in a nuclear conflagration.

One would think the carrier snafu would be a wake-up call to the Trump crowd. Twittering bombast isn't diplomacy; that ALL military operations need to be kept on a short leash; that allegations and assessments of domestic and international incidents require independent investigations before some unnecessary bull headed action is taken.

Hopefully that's something for the Trump administration to come to terms with.

Whether that will actually happen is another matter.

[1] "Aircraft Carrier wasn't Sailing to Deter North Korea, as U.S. Suggested", by Mark Lendler and Eric Schmitt, "The New York Times", April 18, 2017

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