Mike Krieger Asks "Is Trump About To Massively Expand America's Imperial Wars?"

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Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,


Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political; peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none. – Thomas Jefferson’s Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801

Many people voted for Donald Trump based on his pledge of “America First.” The idea behind this partly relates to the very legitimate concern that the U.S. Empire and its military-industrial-contractor benefactors have been squandering an enormous amount of treasure and tax money on foreign adventurism, funds which could be of much greater use at home helping struggling Americans, fixing our broken economy and infrastructure. I’m starting to become increasingly concerned that rather than winding down America’s foreign adventures, Trump and his team are preparing to expand them.

The always excellent Robert Parry at Consortium News got me thinking about this with his recent post. Here are a few excerpts:

The Kagan family, America’s neoconservative aristocracy, has reemerged having recovered from the letdown over not gaining its expected influence from the election of Hillary Clinton and from its loss of official power at the start of the Trump presidency.


Back pontificating on prominent op-ed pages, the Family Kagan now is pushing for an expanded U.S. military invasion of Syria and baiting Republicans for not joining more enthusiastically in the anti-Russian witch hunt over Moscow’s alleged help in electing Donald Trump.


In a Washington Post op-ed on March 7, Robert Kagan, a co-founder of the Project for the New American Century and a key architect of the Iraq War, jabbed at Republicans for serving as “Russia’s accomplices after the fact” by not investigating more aggressively.


Then, Frederick Kagan, director of the Critical Threats Project at the neocon American Enterprise Institute, and his wife, Kimberly Kagan, president of her own think tank, Institute for the Study of War, touted the idea of a bigger U.S. invasion of Syria in a Wall Street Journal op-ed on March 15.


Yet, as much standing as the Kagans retain in Official Washington’s world of think tanks and op-ed placements, they remain mostly outside the new Trump-era power centers looking in, although they seem to have detected a door being forced open.


On Wednesday in The Wall Street Journal, Robert Kagan’s brother Frederick and his wife Kimberly dropped the other shoe, laying out the neocons’ long-held dream of a full-scale U.S. invasion of Syria, a project that was put on hold in 2004 because of U.S. military reversals in Iraq.


But the neocons have long lusted for “regime change” in Syria and were not satisfied with Obama’s arming of anti-government rebels and the limited infiltration of U.S. Special Forces into northern Syria to assist in the retaking of the Islamic State’s “capital” of Raqqa.


In the Journal op-ed, Frederick and Kimberly Kagan call for opening a new military front in southeastern Syria:


“American military forces will be necessary. But the U.S. can recruit new Sunni Arab partners by fighting alongside them in their land. The goal in the beginning must be against ISIS because it controls the last areas in Syria where the U.S. can reasonably hope to find Sunni allies not yet under the influence of al Qaeda. But the aim after evicting ISIS must be to raise a Sunni Arab army that can ultimately defeat al Qaeda and help negotiate a settlement of the war.


“The U.S. will have to pressure the Assad regime, Iran and Russia to end the conflict on terms that the Sunni Arabs will accept. That will be easier to do with the independence and leverage of a secure base inside Syria. … President Trump should break through the flawed logic and poor planning that he inherited from his predecessor. He can transform this struggle, but only by transforming America’s approach to it.”


By the last years of the Obama administration, the stage was set for the neocons and the Family Kagan to lead the next stage of the strategy of cornering Russia and instituting a “regime change” in Syria.


All that was needed was for Hillary Clinton to be elected president. But these best-laid plans surprisingly went astray. Despite his overall unfitness for the presidency, Trump defeated Clinton, a bitter disappointment for the neocons and their liberal interventionist sidekicks.


Yet, the so-called “#Resistance” to Trump’s presidency and President Obama’s unprecedented use of his intelligence agencies to paint Trump as a Russian “Manchurian candidate” gave new hope to the neocons and their agenda.


It has taken them a few months to reorganize and regroup but they now see hope in pressuring Trump so hard regarding Russia that he will have little choice but to buy into their belligerent schemes.


As often is the case, the Family Kagan has charted the course of action – batter Republicans into joining the all-out Russia-bashing and then persuade a softened Trump to launch a full-scale invasion of Syria. In this endeavor, the Kagans have Democrats and liberals as the foot soldiers.

Robert perfectly sets the stage for exactly how the neocons are attempting to push Trump into expanding these foolish imperial wars, specifically the war in Syria, which is actually just a proxy war against Russia. His warning takes on increased importance when viewed in the context of recent headlines about the Trump administration preparing to ramp up troop numbers in Syria.

First, let’s take a look at an article published March 9th in The New York Times titled, U.S. Is Sending 400 More Troops to Syria:

WASHINGTON — The United States is sending an additional 400 troops to Syria to help prepare for the looming fight for Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate, American officials said on Thursday.


The increase, which includes a team of Army Rangers and a Marine artillery unit that have already arrived in Syria, represents a near-doubling of the number of American troops there.


The United States military has declined to say how many troops it has deployed in Syria. The formal troop cap is 503, but commanders have the authority to temporarily exceed that limit.


"The exact numbers and locations of these forces are sensitive in order to protect our forces, but there will be approximately an additional 400 enabling forces deployed for a temporary period to enable our Syrian partnered forces to defeat ISIS in Raqqa,” Colonel Dorrian added.


Now, Marine artillery is being added, along with logistical support and training and protection in dealing with improvised explosive devises.


Gen. Joseph L. Votel, the head of the United States Central Command, told reporters on Thursday that he was open to asking for more conventional military units if they are needed.


Turning to other regions, General Votel said he agreed the Afghan conflict was stalemated and supported the appeal from the American commander in Afghanistan for additional troops.

Now here’s where it gets a little weird. Less than a week after that article was published, the number of possible additional troops suddenly has surged to 1,000.

The U.S. military has drawn up early plans that would deploy up to 1,000 more troops into northern Syria in the coming weeks, expanding the American presence in the country ahead of the offensive on the Islamic State’s de facto capital of Raqqa, according to U.S. defense officials familiar with the matter.


The deployment, if approved by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and President Trump, would potentially double the number of U.S. forces in Syria and increase the potential for direct U.S. combat involvement in a conflict that has been characterized by confusion and competing priorities among disparate forces. 

Makes you wonder what the troop levels will be in a week, a month or a year from now. What the heck is going on here and where is the U.S. Congress in all of this? When did we declare war on Syria?

The whole thing stinks of neocon foreign policy infiltration into the Trump administration, and it makes me wonder whether America’s imperial wars will be expanded aggressively under Trump, contrary to what many had voted for.

Let’s hope not, but as we learned under Obama, hope is not a strategy.

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Cheka_Mate's picture



"There is no guarantee that diplomacy would succeed. But it might. And even if it failed, demonstrating that a good-faith effort had been made would make it less difficult to contemplate, carry out, and subsequently explain to domestic and international audiences why an alternative policy, one that included the use of military force, was embraced."

- Richard Haas, Council on Foreign Relations 


Haass was born in Brooklyn, the son of Marcella (née Rosenthal) and Irving B. Haass. His family is Jewish (Wikipedia)


benb's picture

Fuck off Krieger! Enough of your nonsense.

WTFRLY's picture

Of course, Joo World Order demands the wars in Syria and Ukraine be escalated. It is just the tipping point into the Great Transition.

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

Most jews are not neoconservatives, but neoconservatism was and is absolutely a Jewish, Zionist movement of former Jewidh Communists.


Why won't anybody say they're Jewish?

Jewish Zionists hoping to use American blood and treasure, and proxy useful idiot Islamopsychos, have called for the destruction of Syraq for DECADES.

take a look: http://www.historycommons.org/entity.jsp?entity=oded_yinon

Kagan and Nuland are thinking of Israel - not Syrians and not Americans.

Kill 'em all.

xythras's picture

Race War most probably.

Letter to the White Race



White Man!

We regret to inform you that your kind has been slated for termination. We, the various Third World majorities of Africa, Asia, India, South America, and the Middle East assert that your long history of success at building civilizations, developing new technologies, creating stable governments, fostering good will, feeding much of the world, and increasing peace and prosperity even amongst the riotous hordes of our own homelands, has made us envious and resentful of you...


Manthong's picture

WTF, over….

Stay out of Syria..

Let our colleagues from Russia fix the problems in their client state.

,,and we don't need no F'n pipeline there,

..and Bannon, Trump..

If you do not pull the boots out of Syria…

You will be exposed as just another banker’s shills.


I am a two tour veteran and patriot, but it made me sick to see the video of the flags on the armor going into Syria.


How do you spell FAIL   ???

BobEore's picture

The entire premise behind the MAGA meme -

that you could somehow combine a lessening of America's foreign aid/military expenditures with an increase in American manufacturing jobs was faulty from the get go, but received very little critical attention.

The mainstay of what survive's of America's non-financial services economy is 'defense industry' weapons production. Not only is it a political non-starter to reduce spending in the states where the work is concentrated, even reducing Military funding for areas where bases are the backbone of the local economy is too. After you produce enough armaments to defend the homeland with, and train enough personnel to use them, there's no more growth in that sector. And that's where the best paying jobs are.

So it was inevitable that, post-election, the reality would set in. A world of no wars would be a world of trouble for any POTUS elected on a platform of producing jobs. Last week the Saudi's got the green light for weapons purchases, that list will grow, as will the conflict zones which require adjoining states to Make America Great Again by buying loads of weapons from it. And since the great majority of these sales come wrapped in some version of a combined "aid" package and contractual provision for American military personnel as technical advisors, trainers, and the servicing of equipment...

we are back to the beginning, come full circle. In truth, America is hooked pon war, and though it would prefer that war stay away from it's own shores, this is not the way things work. The last serious attempt to reload the dice in favor of peacetime economics was snuffed by the coalition of military contractors and Sraeli mobsters/intelligence networks in Dallas 1962. Expecting a different result to any similar challenge any time soon is 'hopey-changey' hookah-pipe hokum writ large!

Manthong's picture


I have hope for change with the new admin…

I am hoping they are just wrestling with alligators now and it will take a few more months to start seeing the difference.

If not, it will be time to go real deep.


..but as we know, hope is not a plan.

Notveryamused's picture

Trump will leave Syria and Russia in peace but will Syria/Russia let Trump/US tackle Iran and their Nuclear ambitions?

Or do they think it will isolate them too much in the region?

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cue in cue (not verified) Notveryamused Mar 20, 2017 7:47 AM

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Manthong's picture

I’m making over $2mm/yr f’ng over my family and friends.

I whore out my females and I am a fly.

I eat shit and bother people.

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lucitanian's picture

What nuclear ambitions are you imagining? Or are you just saying that to be budies with Netenyahu? Let's discuss eliminating Isreals nuclear threat first, after all it is the country agressing others in the region. "If you try again to shoot down one of our fighters bombing you, we'll take out your air defences", what hypocritical arogance, and the US is paying for it!

Mr Kurtz's picture

War is the health of the State.

Herodotus's picture

We are going to make a lot of money off of this war.

swmnguy's picture

Who's "We," kemosabe?  I'm only expecting the bill.  Of course, I'm a middle-class business-owner, home-owner, taxpayer.  Or, for short, a tax-mule.   If I were an oligarch, I'd be licking my chops.

ersatz007's picture

you said exactly what i was thinking - 'America is hooked on war' - or put another way, Donald was shown how bad the economy would implode if he tried reducing our imperialistic military involvement around the world because war is the only thing keeping our economy alive after our politicians, bankers, and corporate overlords sold our manufacturing base down the river.  After that, he was shown the Zapruder film. 

MalteseFalcon's picture

"The entire premise behind the MAGA meme - that you could somehow combine a lessening of America's foreign aid/military expenditures with an increase in American manufacturing jobs was faulty from the get go, but received very little critical attention."

I disagree.  Other first world countries seem to survive with far less spent on foreign aid/military.

Close overseas military bases and reopen American military bases.

American funds (including "foreign aid") stay in America, and jobs servicing the bases (rural America) get added to new manufacturing jobs.

Currently the return to the average American from the empire is negative.

It's a loser.

jeff montanye's picture

you may be right.  but particularly asia and the middle east were vastly ahead of the white race a thousand years ago.  perhaps they are exiting their dark ages now (certainly looks like it in china and india)

from where i type the ones that scare me the most are mostly white (obama, holder, lynch, rice and powell notwithstanding).

of course neighborhoods change.


swmnguy's picture

The Oligarchs are perfectly happy to set us at each others' throats on matters of race and gender.  The Trans thing is perfect because there's no sorting that one out; the only proper response is to mind one's business, and we're not going to do that.

The more we focus on bullshit like race and gender the less we pay attention to issues of class.  And while we're not paying attention to class, the Elites pick our pockets some more.

Witness who is going to be demolished by Trump's budget and healthcare finance re-shuffling plan.  Won't be me or all the Hillary supporters with "Creative Class" jobs making double or triple the national median.  We're all already paying our way, plus taxes.  It's going to be the older, whiter, lower-class and lower-middle-class people who used to have those vanished manufacturing jobs.

I moved into the longtime black middle-class neighborhood in my city, because I couldn't afford the white middle-class neighborhood.  I have more in common with my neighbors, who are black families, or white gays and lesbians, than I do with any generic white person.  I'm middle-class, middle-aged, with young-adult kids, setting up for empty-nesting and retirement in a couple decades (as if...).  That's what we talk about over the back fence with coffee or a cold one; black, white, straight, gay.

I have far less in common with poor rural whites who've never educated themselves, or poor urban whites who pretend they're black slum-dwellers, or the Elite white Oligarchs.  Nor do I have anything in particular in common with heterosexual males; actually I get along just as well with lesbians, perhaps due to common interests.

Race and gender are smokescreens for the Elites to rip us all off.  Class is where the action is happening.

Mr Kurtz's picture

100% spot on. I'm a white heterosexual male. My enemy is not the black man who lives up the road from me me or my gay next store neighbors. My enemy is that elite politically and economically connected 1% sonavabitch who has his boot on my neck and every other working class guy. Class is where the action is happening! And in till that sinks in, were all just fish in the Man's barrel or as my work buddy would put it. BOHICA...Bend Over, Here It Comes Again.



JRobby's picture

The problem seems to be the Kreiger thinks we care what the Kagan Family thinks?

The Kagan Family should be rounded up and jailed.

swmnguy's picture

I'd say the problem isn't whay you and I think about the Kagans.  It's who has power, who listens to the Kagans.

Yes, they should be rounded up and jailed.  But how did they all get their own thinktanks?  Obviously they've lined up a good position at the trough.  As self-proclaimed military experts, they have precious little military experience.  They're the classic "Let's You and Him fight" cheerleaders for war.  Despite the fact that their record is one of being wrong, disastrously wrong, about everything, they're very handy mouthpieces for those who profit tremendously from the racket known as War.

What's really frightening, and I had noticed this prior to this article, is that the Kagans are being trotted out again.  This happens right before America does something appallingly evil and misguided.  The appearance of the Kagans tells me the neo-cons are in charge again in Washington.  At least in the Obama Administration there was some small resistance to their biggest schemes.  It appears the Trump Administration is getting rid of all the naysayers as fast as they can, preparing to grant Netanyahu's wildest dreams.

As for the Democrats?  Yesterday I saw them trotting out Alan Dershowitz.  When anybody gives any credence to that vicious racist fascist anti-American fuck, well, that tells you all you need to know about them.

benb's picture

But the issue, the question is - Is Trump with the NWO? Many of the not so informed are opining that he is. I'm saying they are getting mind fucked once again.

“Deception is a state of mind and the mind of the State.”
– James Angleton, head of CIA counter intelligence from 1954-1974 

sessinpo's picture

False question. Trump doesn't have to be with the NWO to be taking actions that the NWO desires.

I only voted for Trump  based upon his 2A support, nothing else.

Everyone else that voted for him for other reasons voted with an ideological flaw. They see that government is the problem with corrupt politicians and bureacrats. DC was bought a long time ago and cares not for its citizens. It is an all too powerful government that has changed the system that the checks and balance of the elecction process no longer works. It is a progressive place. So people voted for Trump to fix it. And if you voted that way, you also voted for the progressive state.

Yea, I voted for him too. But I don't expect him to fix it. Citizens will fix it when we are forced to because we are facing the barrel of the governments guns. The 2A is all yoiu have left.


Capitalist With A Razor's picture

Yeah...Joo world alright...

I guess the joos built that 555.5 ft X 55.5ft obliesk in DC and then for shits on shabbat tricked the latins at the vatican to put one up in St. pete's and twelve more all over rome just to show how crafty they are.





Ms No's picture

In the late 1700s Hamilton and his cronies created a Fed.  Ten years later we fought it off and then it went back and forth.  They have been with us infiltrating since the beginning.  Guaranteed they were behind the slaughter of the civil war.  They will bring another if they are not stopped.  This late in the game you should really wake the hell up.  They infiltrated the Catholic church too, duh!  Do you think they would pass that institution over while successfully infiltrating everything else?  Do you think the big church survived as an island while they took over two thirds of the planet through central banking? 

Hopefully some day somebody finds their infiltration outlines and manuals.  I would love to see that shit.  They made it a science.  It probably fills a small library by now, maybe a massive library.  Just the social control psychology alone has to be huge.  We paid for every bit of that research too, both through the treasury and with our lives.

I read a study once that said they were burning rats feet while filling the air with the smell of almonds.  They found that two generations later the rats would flip out at the smell of almonds.  Now you know why they do dumb shit like that.  Most of this type of thing would never be public knowledge.



Manthong's picture

pop quiz...

1. where did Lincoln free the slaves? (inquiring negro minds might find this not-so-trivial fact  interesting).

2. What JP Morgan banker helped fund the Communist Revolution?

3. How many of your children are totally mislead like I was as a child.

..give me those nice bright colors.

sessinpo's picture

lol. The jews were also responsible for the economic collapse in the late bronze age 1700 bc to 1200 bc. I think the Federal Reserve bank was involved.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) WTFRLY Mar 19, 2017 11:31 PM

People who think they are Jew wise talk about the Greater Israel, thats BS it's the entire world.

They were in the Patagonia surveying looking for oil and minerals, one former IDF guy screamed "This is our land"


WillyGroper's picture

"thats BS it's the entire world."

Eustace Mullins agrees.

Ms No's picture

The want the whole marble.  There is no doubt about that.  It has nearly already happened.  If they get Iran, Russia and China it would already be complete.  They do it through the banks and the rest will fall shortly after.  Psychos don't have brake systems.


benb's picture

I think those reports came out around 5 years ago. My understanding was they were looking at Patagonia to move the whole Israel population there. I assume after some big M/E conflict. Or maybe even some before.

jthepapershredder's picture

You Trumpers are so amusing, right infront of your faces and you still deny it. you think he doesnt expect a ROI on the increased military spending?

but ok, ok, make america great again and all that

WTFRLY's picture

Positive EROEI too, while we're on the subject

halcyon's picture

In order to drain the swamp the corrupt defense budget must be cut.

No more foreign illegal wars.

America first, not some 3rd world watering hole.

IranContra's picture

Those who cannot tell the difference between Trump strategy and neocon strategy have not done the necessary research. Trump is not a warmonger.

MasterControl's picture

Has Mike Krieger been asleep for the past 8 fucking years?

crossroaddemon's picture

Of course. If you expected anything else... Christ, never mind.

DirtySanchez's picture

Rebuild the USA.

Get the fuck out of Europe, Asia, Middle East, and North Africa.

Bring back jobs.

Drain the swamp.

Send scum bags to prison.

Lock her up!!!



Paul Kersey's picture

This ain't Trump's first bait-and-switch party.

Octagon's picture

obama was going to bring "hope and change", and trump says he'll "make america great again"


all i see is the same old shit happening.


losing faith fast

benb's picture

"all i see is the same old shit happening."

Get your eyes examined and a new pair of glasses.

Slippery Slope's picture

The Kagan's aren't in it for America, but these Khazars are in it for a Greater Israel.

IndyPat's picture

Imperial war or....a local one of our very own.
Maybe both at once. That'd be fun.

That's all I see in the tea leaves.

Savvy's picture

Putin will not back down on Syria. Not just the pipeline and Russia's hold on the LNG market, but if he blinks the next target will be Moscow. Better the battle be lost or won before it's on home turf.

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

Election 2016 will be remembered for its slurs, lies and weirdness polluting the public debate, but one of the worst examples has been Donald Trump's smearing of the Iran nuclear deal, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

An early test of whether President Trump will bow to Israel’s political clout may come over the Iran nuclear agreement which Prime Minister Netanyahu wants killed, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar describes

Trump's Zio handler is his daughter's husband.

Kushner, no less than Sheldon the Hutt Adelson, is a Jewish Supremacist Ultra Zionist.

He has deep ties to the Jewish 'settler' movement, Likud, and purportedly the Rothschilds.

He is absolutely around to get Trump to do what Netanyahu wants, and that's war on Iran on the same lies he's peddled for 20 years (odd the media never mentions that or his probable role in a nuclear trigger smuggling ring, eh?)

Trump is tasked with getting our guys in between the Shia arc supply line from Iran to S Lebanon in Syraq. Train Kurds, CIA will keep arming "isis".

Only when the Lebanese resistance is cut off from resupply (and Israel is able to expand its 'buffer' further land grqb in Golan...

Trump is supposed to then help not just regime change but help destroy as a viable state... so Israel can totally dominate the ME, without US help.

One thing is clear: whether its ginning up war in Syria, Iran, or Russia- Jews are advocating for it in our media far beyond their % of the general population.

As it was with Iraq.

As it was in ww1.

One place, though, Jews are very UNDERREPRESENTED is the US military.

Victor999's picture

"One place, though, Jews are very UNDERREPRESENTED is the US military."


That is only a comfort if the military is willing to refuse to follow orders, which is fundamentally against their nature.  And if the military continues to benefit financially under the Deep State, there is little except some sense of real patriotism that will prevent them from going along with it all.