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The efforts of figures like Sanna Marin and Kaja Kallas are a grating combination of sanctimony, arrogance, historical ignorance, philosophical ineptitude, and ceaseless demand.
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Bill Clinton 1998: Expanding NATO after Western leaders declaration that it would not move one inch East.
According to George Kennan, former Counselor of the US Department of State and U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union: “A fateful error. Why, with all the hopeful possibilities engendered by the end of the Cold War, should East-West relations become centered on the question of who would be allied with whom and, by implication, against whom in some fanciful, totally unforeseeable and most improbable future military conflict?”
George W. Bush 2003: Destruction of Iraq which eventually led to the rise of ISIS.
According to Bruce Riedel, former senior director for the Near East of the National Security Council: “The Bush administration was eager to mobilize the anguish of the 9/11 attack to support the war. Despite the intelligence community’s unequivocal conclusion that Iraq had nothing to do with either 9/11 or al-Qaida, the administration let Americans believe the contrary. Consequently, the United States went to war in Iraq on a false pretense that it was somehow avenging those killed by al-Qaida. One lesson of the past 20 years is the imperative of an informed public. Sadly, we are still a long way from an enlightened public.”
Barack Obama & Hillary Clinton 2011: Destruction of Libya.
According to Doug Bandow of Cato Institute:
“Libya’s ongoing destruction belongs to Hillary Clinton more than anyone else. It was she who pushed President Barack Obama to launch his splendid little war, backing the overthrow of Moammar Gaddafi in the name of protecting Libya’s civilians. When later asked about Gaddafi’s death, she cackled and exclaimed: ‘We came, we saw, he died.’ NATO, led by the U.S., bombed Libyan government forces and installations and backed the insurgents’ offensive. It was not a humanitarian intervention, but a lengthy, costly, low‐tech, regime‐change war, mostly at Libyan expense. Obama claimed: ‘We had a unique ability to stop the violence.’ Instead his administration ensured that the initial civil war would drag on for months—and the larger struggle ultimately for years.”
Barack Obama 2015: Destruction of Syria.
Syria: Raqqa in ruins and civilians devastated after U.S.-led ‘war of annihilation’. Amnesty International carried out field investigations in the destroyed city U.S.-led Coalition fired vast number of imprecise explosive weapons in populated civilian area. Even Coalition precision bombs took a horrendous toll on civilians. Hundreds of civilians killed and then ‘Islamic State’ fighters allowed to leave.
The results of these and other U.S. 21st century wars are presented here by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs: https://watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/
Over 929,000 people have died in the post-9/11 wars due to direct war violence, and several times as many due to the reverberating effects of war.
Over 387,000 civilians have been killed as a result of the fighting.
38 million — the number of war refugees and displaced persons.
The U.S. federal price tag for the post-9/11 wars is over $8 trillion.
The wars have been accompanied by violations of human rights and civil liberties, in the U.S. and abroad
Barack Obama – Joe Biden 2014: Coup in Ukraine is the main cause of current war in Ukraine.
John Mearsheimer of University of Chicago blames the U.S. for the crisis in Ukraine: “What happened is that this major crisis broke out, and we had to assign blame, and of course we were never going to blame ourselves. We were going to blame the Russians. So we invented this story that Russia was bent on aggression in Eastern Europe. Putin is interested in creating a greater Russia, or maybe even re-creating the Soviet Union.”
Trump 2016 – 2020 and on: Fake Russiagate scandal that destroyed his Presidency, including chances of improving U.S.-Russia relations
Joe Biden 2021: Rejecting Russia’s proposal to sign mutual security treaties, provoking the war in Ukraine that threatens WW3 between the nuclear superpowers and the end of our civilization. Wouldn’t it be the greatest irony if Time’s Man of the Year, and the former comic actor who is doing this ‘Proxy War’ for Biden serves as a conductor of the Grand Finale?