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Instead of a US Peace Plan for the Middle East, How about a US Peace Plan for the US?

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo describes the Trump administration's plan for peace between Israel and Palestinian Arabs as "unexecutable." President Trump says Pompeo "may be right."

Good! As addiction counselors say, the first step is admitting you have a problem. With addiction, the way out is not "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again." It's admitting that the thing you're addicted to will never solve your problems and giving up that thing.

The United States suffers from a long-term addiction, since at least the end of World War 2, to trying to run the world.

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That addiction has cost American taxpayers trillions of dollars.

It's cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans and millions of citizens of other countries.

It's empowered evil regimes to suppress human rights both at home and abroad.

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And it has never, ever "worked" in the sense of bringing about lasting peace, any more than booze saves marriages or methamphetamine repairs mental anguish.

In fact, just like booze or methamphetamine, the US addiction to world "leadership" wrecks the lives of everyone around the addict too. Which means that if the US gets its act together, everyone else, not just Americans, will be better off.

Here's a four-step peace plan that addresses the roots of the problem instead of just unsuccessfully trying to treat the symptoms:

First, the US should shut down its military bases on foreign soil and withdraw its troops from the foreign countries they're currently operating in.

Second, the US should end economic sanctions on, and extend full diplomatic recognition and trade privileges to, all the countries it's currently bullying.

Third, the US should end all foreign aid, especially military aid.

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Fourth and finally, the US should dramatically decrease its so-called "defense" budget to levels consistent with actual defense.

Cold turkey withdrawal may be out of the question, but the US can and should wean itself off the damaging drug of foreign interventionism.

Let the Arabs and Israelis settle their own hash. Quit taking sides between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Stop pretending North Korea is or ever has been a threat to the United States. Step back and let Venezuelans, Syrians, and Libyans decide who's going to run Venezuela, Syria, and Libya.

It won't be easy, but it's not complicated either. The US can continue drinking itself to death on the poison of foreign meddling, or not. Not is better.


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This four-step plan is admirable and necessary. But those who promote and benefit from the current regime of terror and world domination are not going to "volunteer" to inaugurate a new era of peace and cooperation based on such requests, regardless of how appealing they are to those of us who are sane and moral. This is the problem seen with all such proposals. They are pretty-please requests to do the right and sensible thing made to power-mad individuals who are not sensible or in any way moral.

The only way such a program will get any traction is if the PEOPLE -- that's the folks reading this here -- demand it. This will require the backing of tens of millions of regular folks who are awakened to the colossal fraud being perpetrated in our names, the perpetual war, the fraudulent war on terror, the need to bully and intimidate across the globe. Here's a simple message that will begin the process of waking up the public: WAR IS MAKING US POOR! Money which should be in our pockets, funding our schools and communities has been and is being STOLEN from us for the Grand Imperial Project of U.S. World Dominion.

And what do we do about it? How do we stop this abuse of power and public trust? We defund the DOD by refunding you and me! That's right, we take our money BACK and empty the vault so that there's no funding for the military madness.

Is this an outrageous idea? Is this such a ridiculous plan? You tell me: Is is any more ridiculous and outrageous than bankrupting the country economically and morally by driving the human race to extinction via war and climate change? Because the imperial project is both a suicide mission to a nuclear holocaust and an ecocidal disaster in the making. Our military is the greatest institutional contributor to turning our planet into an uninhabitable mirror of Mercury or Venus. You tell me: Am I crazy for suggesting that the fraud of neocon imperial madness can be stopped by uniting the citizenry behind one simple idea?: This is our country and our planet and we're taking back our money so the lunatics now in power can't kill all of us?

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And yes, we can afford to do this. We can find the money!

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