BY F William Engdahl and cross-posted from New Eastern Outlook
It’s getting pretty crazy, the warring around of Washington since the Trump Project took office January 20. The question is whether there is a true strategy behind the dramatic escalation of Trump Administration military aggression around the world. There definitely is in my view, and it’s not good for world peace, not good for the United States and the rest of the world.
First, just a week into office, the new President authorized a Navy Seal illegal attack in Yemen’s civil war in which one Seal was killed and four wounded, allegedly intervening to hit the Al Qaeda in Yemen terrorist organization, yet another spin-off of the CIA’s Afghan Mujahideen. Then on April 7, a Syrian false flag sarin bomb allegation, with no independent international verification, was used by Washington as excuse for the US Navy to launch 59 US Tomahawk missiles to try to destroy a key airbase of the legitimate government of Syria. Videos, most faked, showing dead or suffering children was the offered pretext as well as the alleged disgust of Ivanka Trump, the President’s alarmingly influential daughter.
Before the world could even take stock of what Washington was doing in Syria, the illegal –according to the UN Charter which USA is a signatory to– Syria attacks were followed on April 13 with an equally illegal bomb attack on Afghanistan, which according to former President Karzai killed innocent civilians. There, seemingly out of the blue, just for good measure lest the world think a President Trump is a pussy as in slang for coward, the US President approved dropping of something called MOAB, or GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB)- in military speak, Mother of All Bombs–the largest non-nuclear bomb in the US arsenal, allegedly killing 90 ISIS terrorists in caves, hardly a game-changer.
That in turn has been followed by the April 14 announcement of Washington’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) sending troops of the US 101st Airborne Division into the oil-rich geopolitically strategic Horn of Africa state of Somalia, the first US “boots on the ground” in Somalia since the ill-fated 1993 Battle of Mogudishu that inspired little more than a Hollywood movie, Blackhawk Down. The Somalia pretext is to eradicate the Saudi-financed al Shabaab Wahhabite terrorist organization.
Now the US President is saber-rattling using North Korea and its mentally-unstable 33-year-old dictator, Kim Jong-Un, and his missile threats as pretext, sending the ships of the Seventh Fleet to the Korean Peninsula and tweeting threats of USA striking pre-emptively with conventional weapons against North Korea if China doesn’t get her rogue neighbor “under control.”
Fundamental Heartland Geopolitics
These alarming incidents of a US show of force, or the appearance of same, are by no means random. It’s all at the heart of fundamental US geopolitical strategy since 1945…