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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Permanent war is official US policy, world peace and stability rejected by bipartisan policymakers in Washington. 

Jack Kennedy’s transformation from warrior to peacemaker led to his demise, the lesson understood by his successors.

Vladimir Putin explained it, earlier saying the following:

“They come and go (in the US), but politics stays the same at all times. Do you know why? Because of the powerful bureaucracy.”

“When a person is elected (US president), they may have some ideas. Then people with briefcases arrive, well dressed, wearing dark suits, just like mine, except for the red tie, since they wear black or dark blue ones.”

“These people start explaining how things are done. And instantly, everything changes. This is what happens with every administration.”

Names and faces change. US policies continue like always, what the scourge of imperialism is all about, waging endless wars for global dominance — promoted by US officials based on Big Lies, supported by establishment media.

No nation in world history more greatly threatens humanity’s survival than the US — waging endless wars against one country after another at the risk of destroying planet earth and all its life forms.

Vladimir Putin earlier warned about possible nuclear war because of the Trump regime’s withdrawal from the JCPOA and INF Treaty, along with its reluctance to negotiate extending New Start (April 2010) on reducing and limiting strategic weapons, expiring in February 2021 if not renewed.

Bolton opposes renewal, urging toughness against Russia and other sovereign independent nations.

Knowing little or nothing about New Start, Trump earlier turned truth on its head, calling it a “one-sided deal…another bad deal” Obama made, suggesting he may abandon it like the JCPOA and INF Treaty, especially if Bolton keeps pushing for abandonment.

Pompeo may go the same way over false claims about Russian violations, the phony pretext the US uses time and again to withdraw from international agreements.

Trump surrounded himself with war-mongering extremists. Days earlier, Bolton lied calling early May North Korean short-range missile tests “illegal,” saying “(i)n terms of violating UN Security Council resolutions, there is no doubt about that.”

Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry responded to his Big Lie, calling him a “war fanatic, (a) defective human product,” adding:

“Demanding us to ban all launches using ballistic technology regardless of range is like asking to give up our right for self-defense.”

“Bolton should be called an adviser to the destruction of peace and security rather than a security adviser working to secure safety.”

“(H)e is living up to his notoriety as a war maniac by keeping busy with efforts to start another war in the Middle East and South America.”

“It is no coincidence that there are criticisms of Bolton as a war maniac, whispering war into the ears of the president although he avoided military service, saying he did not want to die in a Southeast Asian rice paddy.”

He’s “structurally faulty, (working) to destroy peace and security. Such human defect must go away as soon as possible.”

He, Pompeo, their subordinates, and henchmen threaten world peace. The same goes for evangelical Christian fascist Mike Pence, one of countless hardline extremists infesting Washington on both sides of the aisle.

His address to nearly 1,000 West Point graduates last week was in part a call to arms for endless wars of aggression — ongoing in multiple theaters, just a matter of time before new ones launched, against nations threatening no one every time, recklessly threatening world peace and stability.

When commissioned as second lieutenants, West Point cadets take the following oath, saying:

“I, _________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully execute the duties of the office on which I am about to enter, so help me God.”

Naval an Air Force Academy grads take similar oaths. Key is supporting, respecting and observing international, constitutional, and US statute laws to the letter — including international treaties, conventions and agreements, as well as US Army Field Manual 27-10.

Incorporating Nuremberg Principles, it applies to all US military branches. Paragraph 498 says any person, military or civilian, who commits a crime under international law bears full responsibility.

Paragraph 509 denies the defense of superior orders as justification for committing crimes. Paragraph 510 denies “act of state” justification to absolve them.

These and other provisions apply throughout the US military chain of command. Commanders and civilian bosses bear full responsibility for their actions.

The vast majority of Republicans and Dems support US wars of aggression, including authorization of funds to wage them.

Trump is the latest in a long line of US warrior presidents. Other officials in his regime support and encourage what fundamental rule of law principles prohibit — attacking other nations without just cause, permitted only in self-defense.

Security Council members alone may authorize warmaking — not presidents, Congress or the courts. Yet Pence in his address to West Point graduates glorified wars, mindless of their lawlessness when waged by the US since WW II ended, saying nothing about countless millions of casualties, civilians harmed most of all.

Calling the world “a dangerous place,” he ignored US responsibility for transforming much of it into endless war zones. 

Pretending America wages war to “restore the arsenal of democracy” ignored what it tolerates nowhere, especially not at home.

Pence turned truth on its head saying the Trump regime has “taken the fight against radical Islamic terrorists, on our terms, on their soil” — a scourge the US created and supports, using jihadists as imperial foot soldiers in all its wars of aggression.

Pretending the Trump regime “liberated…the last inch of territory under the black flag of ISIS” compounded his deception.

So was telling West Point cadets they’ll “be the vanguard of freedom” the US systematically seeks to eliminate at home and abroad.

Promoting endless wars, Pence said graduating West Point cadets will fight “in Afghanistan and Iraq” — not against ISIS or other jihadists. Their mission abroad is securing and maintaining US control over these countries, Pence adding:

“Some of you will join the fight on the Korean Peninsula and in the Indo-Pacific where North Korea continues to threaten the peace (sic), and an increasingly militarized China challenges our presence in the region (sic).”  

“Some of you will join the fight in Europe, where an aggressive Russia seeks to redraw international boundaries by force (sic). And some of you may even be called upon to serve in this hemisphere,” suggesting possible US war on Venezuela, Cuba, and/or Nicaragua.

Pence’s remarks sounded like an infomercial for WW III only lunatics would endorse.

If launched and waged with nuclear weapons, we’ll all be likely doomed.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.