Sunday, July 31, 2016

American Liberal Hypocrisy on Muslims

The news today is full of Trump’s spat with Khizr Khan, who appeared at the Democratic national convention and who was the father of an American Muslim soldier who died in Iraq.

Here is what Trump said:

This has caused a media storm of hysteria, even though I think Trump’s comments are pretty subdued by his standards, and there is an obvious issue that really stinks here: Democratic and American liberal hypocrisy.

So let’s run through the list of Hillary and Obama’s record:
(1) Hillary Clinton supported the Iraq war – the illegal war that killed 100,000s of people, led to a Sunni versus Shiite civil war in Iraq, unleashed a catastrophic insurgency, and that has destabilised the Middle East and helped to fuel the global Islamist nightmare that is tearing many countries apart. Maybe if Democratic shills like Hillary Clinton hadn’t supported Bush’s war, then it wouldn’t have happened? Maybe, you know, Mr Khan’s son wouldn’t have died?

(2) Hillary supported a disastrous Libyan intervention that killed thousands and left that Muslim country in chaos.

(3) Hillary supported the destabilisation of Syria and America’s catastrophic support for mass murdering Islamist rebels in Syria (see also here).

Even now this vicious warmongering woman is calling for further military attacks on the Assad regime, which, as bad as it is (and nobody well-informed doubts it is a bad regime), is nevertheless the only thing holding back a tidal wave of genocidal Islamist mass murder in Syria.

(4) Even after Clinton left office as US Secretary of State in February 2013, later that year in August 2013, Barack Obama was on the point of launching a massive bloodbath in Syria, as Seymour M. Hersh has reported:
“In the aftermath of the 21 August attack Obama ordered the Pentagon to draw up targets for bombing. Early in the process, the former intelligence official said, ‘the White House rejected 35 target sets provided by the joint chiefs of staff as being insufficiently “painful” to the Assad regime.’ The original targets included only military sites and nothing by way of civilian infrastructure. Under White House pressure, the US attack plan evolved into ‘a monster strike’: two wings of B-52 bombers were shifted to airbases close to Syria, and navy submarines and ships equipped with Tomahawk missiles were deployed. ‘Every day the target list was getting longer,’ the former intelligence official told me. ‘The Pentagon planners said we can’t use only Tomahawks to strike at Syria’s missile sites because their warheads are buried too far below ground, so the two B-52 air wings with two-thousand pound bombs were assigned to the mission. Then we’ll need standby search-and-rescue teams to recover downed pilots and drones for target selection. It became huge.’ The new target list was meant to ‘completely eradicate any military capabilities Assad had’, the former intelligence official said. The core targets included electric power grids, oil and gas depots, all known logistic and weapons depots, all known command and control facilities, and all known military and intelligence buildings.”
Seymour M. Hersh, “The Red Line and the Rat Line,” London Review of Books 36.8 (17 April 2014): 21–24.
Fortunately, this was called off at the last minute, but the Democrats under Obama were about to unleash another criminal war in the Middle east that would have killed thousands.
So, wait a minute, Hillary Clinton – the corporate shill and neocon-lite warmongering queen of chaos – can support a really vile and grotesque foreign policy that tears the Middle East to shreds, and kills 100,000s of Muslims, but Trump is the hateful, racist bigot just for calling for a temporary halt to Muslim mass immigration?

I don’t even care what you think about Trump, but the US Democratic party is a cesspool of war, moral depravity and hypocrisy.


  1. Perfectly Perfect. We, they, must choice between this "cesspool" or a fool. That's not very nice.
    Thanks for your account of sad and hypocrite action of democrats in the "Arab Spring".

  2. Can find any fault with anything you've written here. Only thing I might suggest is that in the symbolic sense, Trump going around saying the things he says is a PR problem. But of course as you point out, Hillary doesn't say those things and yet her actions are different by a long chalk.

  3. Just got this today:

  4. Well, attacking the parents of a deceased soldier is surely below the belt of just about anything in regular society not to mention political. But then again he's already attacked POWs for getting captured, so this is not actually the lowest he's gone.

    Hillary's neo-connery is well-noted however.

    But actions like these may have the effect of driving yet another major group away from Trump (i.e. Veterans and current active military).