Endless War, Swirling Chaoshttp://solidarity-us.org/atc/195/editorial/
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/07/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23338
The editors of Against the Current comment on current American global affairs, including the Singapore Summit, Iran and Palestine as well as the need for a new Anti-War movement.
The Singapore Summit happened, and both principals got what they were looking for. Kim Jong-un received an important measure of international recognition, apparent suspension of U.S.-South Korean war exercises, and implicit promises against tighter sanctions; Donald Trumps prize was a well-orchestrated photo-op and press conference in the wake of his disastrous G-7 conference performance. (To our knowledge, plans for a Trump Tower in Pyongyang haven't crystallized.)
As our readers well know, it's unusually confusing and difficult to discern elements of policy within the swirling chaos of scandal, nationalist bluster and Trumptweet emanating from the administration. Furthermore, the string of war threats - with North Korea before the summit, and more menacingly with Iran - can't be neatly separated from the vicious reactionary, racist and ecocidal domestic agenda of Trump and his Republiconmen.
A toxic combination of factors - the permanent imperialist U.S. drive to rule the world (so-called "strategic interest"), ideologically driven folly, Trumps ego and blatant political pandering to his base -are involved. We'll try to partially sort out some of them here, recognizing that things can change quickly and unpredictably.