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Trump Vetoes Iran Resolution. Where is the Outrage?

A few days back, President Trump vetoed the Iran War Powers Resolution. The move was dangerous and callous. Both chambers of Congress filled with neo-cons and neo-libs strangely voted the right way to pass the resolution in the first place. Anyone who follows US Politics closely knows how much our politicians like war. It was therefore surprising when they voted to curb Trump’s ability to take military action in Iran.

Of course, it doesn’t matter now. Trump’s veto grants him the power to take military action against Iran. The Senate tried to vote again to override Trump’s veto, but it couldn’t get the needed two-thirds majority.

Amongst the many follies one can accuse Trump of, these are the kinds of decisions that deserve real outrage. The American public is non-interventionist. Even when Hitler rampaged through Europe, the Americans wanted no part in the war. The FDR government joined the war only after Pearl Harbour.

Joe Biden released a 214-word statement condemning Trump’s veto. To give you context, Biden released a 431-word statement four days back on the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Not that we all shouldn’t be aware of the Asian Pacific Heritage of our country, but surely a Trump war in Iran deserves more attention.

It is almost as if the presumptive Democratic nominee couldn’t care less.

It is not as if there isn’t a faction in the media that is scared to oppose Trump on every little issue. MSNBC’s Maddow spent hours discussing Russiagate whilst ignoring areas where his inadequacies were laid bare such as lowering taxes on corporations, emoluments, and failing to end the endless wars.

Why do the Democrats and the media let Trump go on blunders like these? Where is the outrage?

The Right Way to Attack Trump

When Jimmy Carter got elected president in 1976, he put his peanut farm in a blind trust. The idea was to remove even a whiff of corruption from the White House. During the presidency, Carter would have no idea how his business was doing to ensure he didn’t shape policy to profit himself.

When Trump took office, he did none of these things.

He handed the reins over to his children but didn’t create a framework to ensure his decision-making is not based on any profit motive.

After Trump won the election in 2016, Saudi lobbyists quickly booked 500 rooms in the Trump hotel, the bill totalling to $270,000. A few months later in May when Trump was president, the United States sold Saudi weapons worth $110B.

If you didn’t know, there is a good chance you’ve been watching CNN and MSNBC for three years. A pornstar’s lawyer got more coverage than Trump’s emoluments. The Russiagate story, debunked many times over, got more coverage than Trump and Iran.

Where is the outrage?

Trump Muscles Iran War Powers from Congress. Where is the Outrage?

If the media and the Democrats made these issues the plank to attack Trump on, half his base would have deserted him. Why don’t they then question Trump on issues like the Iran War Powers Resolution?

The answer is simple. The media doesn’t believe these problems are really, ‘problems’.

Trump vetoing the Iran Resolution may pull the United States closer to war with Iran, but the media doesn’t mind. Even the Democrats who fought for the resolution don’t seem to be making a great hue and cry about it. Joe Biden’s 214-word statement already shows how much he cares about Trump’s veto.

All these people don’t think it’s wrong for Trump to sell more weapons to Saudi and ensure a bloodier genocide in Yemen. The media doesn’t seem to care about the corruption problem between Trump and the Saudis because they too are a part of the same hypocrisy.

Retired Adm. James Stardavis is the chief international security analyst at MSNBC. When he comes on television, the news host introduces him as ‘Retired Admiral’. What MSNBC leaves out is that Stardavis is an employee of the Carlyle Group and McLarty Associates.

At Carlyle Group, Stardavis advises the company on managing its multi-billion-dollar defence company portfolio. For McLarty Associates, Stardavis advises military contractors. Would Stardavis ever advocate for Trump to end the endless wars against Iran or any other country? Stardavis is not alone. Other networks also hire national security analysts with military backgrounds who happen to work for defence companies.

Connections such as these are common in the mainstream media. When the 2008 financial crisis hit home, mainstream media went easy on the big banks because they hired analysts and pundits who had worked for the same banks before.

Questioning Trump on his reckless Iran veto would expose the media’s own hypocrisy. This is why they are happy to spin yarns about less important issues like how many hours the president plays golf and whether he wears a mask or not.

 

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Michael Bloom
Michael has spent over a decade writing on policies like single payer healthcare and non-interventionist militarism. He basks in the vitriol he gets from the establishment and considers it his duty to find the vulnerabilities of the progressive movement and work towards removing them. He also happens to be a great political analyst and writer.

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