tv Cross Talk RT January 28, 2020 8:30pm-9:00pm EST
served as part of the george w. bush legacy not anymore it's the republicans and the democrats it is the consensus position you know tony i mentioned in my introduction 2016 and i remember very clearly and i think even brian was on a program that we discussed this donald trump came out and really kind of shook up the works by questioning foreign policy orthodoxies meaning why are we doing this why are we spending so much money on it what do we get for it ok now i have to say as a conservative i'm not a member of the republican party but as a conservative i have i am disappointed because i wanted to see more i wanted to see the war in afghanistan come to an end and we need to get out of iraq we're not wanted there anymore and you have the majority of some polling that the majority of veterans it wasn't worth it now i know that the deep state the permanent state the permanent bureaucracy is constantly pushing back against the president but at the same time he is the commander in chief and i think there's a part of the electorate there that kind of feels the way i do is that we wanted
more from this president when it came to foreign policy issues go ahead tony. yeah i thought it was very interesting in 2016 when the president at that time candidate trump went after jeb bush extremely hard attacked you know george w. bush and really you know had a huge support among republican primary voters and it really proved that you know even the republican base was just completely sick of these wars and if that's the republican base that will really tell you something about you know the middle and the left so i think we've really turned a corner as far as getting out of afghanistan i mean obviously you know barack obama in 20082012 campaign heavily on you know completely getting out of the middle east as much as possible you know i'm not i'm not a general or commander or anything so i can't say you know how realistic it is to really get out 100 percent after you know what lindsey graham's and john mccain's of you know really done after so many decades in the middle east but i do think you
know don't you think tony that you know since the afghan papers have been revealed would you believe any of those generals because they all lied they all lied to the commander in chief they all lied to the media and they all lied to themselves ok and hardly got any kind of coverage by goodness ted let me go to you and dayton here but this shows again you know when we went looking at these opposing forces as we reported by media it actually there's a real consensus in the political elite to keep this all going no of course it's quite lucrative for the arms additionally we all know that and i think one of the things that i find really bothersome to kind of go back to something that tony had to say a lot of people say oh america would be retreating from the world i would counter by saying we have to start reimagining the way the world really is go ahead. well the european colonial powers went through this process or world war 2 when independence struggles kicked them out of places it like africa and asia and at the
time countries like you know even holland which we forget was once a massive empire but countries like france and england and so on how to reckon with the fact that they were no longer going to be empires and there was a lot of weeping and gnashing of teeth at the time and guess what they're all fine now they're able to dedicate resources to things like national health care that americans can't apparently afford because we're spending so much of our of our tax dollars on war 54 percent of all federal spending goes either to current wars or to debt service on old wars and so it is a you know where that's where our money is going it is a it's ridiculous to say that we can't get out as a colleague cartoonist of mine once said how would we get out of places like iraq we would go to the airport we would take planes we wouldn't eat that would be it.
and that sort of simple they're going to go back to brian at a more serious note here brian i think that you know all of his here on this program agree that the sentiment to get these senseless wars echoing donald trump in 2016 why why doesn't it filter up what where where is the bottleneck what happens from the grassroots until you get into these think tanks that their entire existence is based on starting another war or go to war with iran i mean where is the bottle neck where does it flip go ahead brian. there's a there's a myth about american governance which is that it's a democracy that it is the rule of the people and that the elected representatives have constituents and their constituents are the people who elected them yes there are elections every 2 and 4 years in the united states but it's quite clear by any . assessment or analysis of how the congress the house or the senate function that the real constituents of these elected officials who are constantly engaged in fund
raising nonstop 247 every week every month of the year that their real constituents are wall street bankers they are the corporations those banks and those corporations are completely integrated into defense spending which is a massive form of government subsidy or welfare for the corporate establishment and so none of them dare really break ranks when they dare to break ranks occasionally and it's very rare they are then decimated look at tulsa gabbert i mean she's a military war veteran she's been a member of the house for you know for 4 terms she's been completely demonized as a russian asset by hillary clinton but that's basically recognized around the political establishment here in washington and why because she said it's not a good idea to keep sending american military personnel into endless wars that for which there is no end and for which there is no obvious goal and there's no
definition of what victory even means so tell us again what a war veteran a military veteran comes up and says this and she's 100 percent demonized every congress member understands the rules of the game if they have an antiwar sentiment or if they listen to their antiwar constituents and they are the majority peter it's not a big minority the majority of americans are sick and tired of endless wars but if the if the elected representatives listen to those people build they'll have their back turned by their real constituents who are their donors and funders in corporate america you know to tony how is it playing out for 2020 because you know trump says a lot of things i mean one of the things here but it is easy to be very very incoherent because that you know the whole syrian withdrawal thing and i did a few programs. and i was so excited because i finally and this promise is being made and then in a matter of days and weeks it's all pushed back in a different direction and i found that to be a defeat because that could have been
a demonstration effect start there and then finish the job in the middle east the middle east is a strategic backwater there is no reason for such a heavy american presence there whatsoever and the world is awash with or oil ok there's no reason to be there but that doesn't move the needle with the military does it go ahead tony. right i mean i remember like i said barack obama was president for 8 years were heavily invested with the kurds in afghanistan but i think we are moving in the right direction i mean if lindsey graham or just bush won this election in 2016 we'd be in a totally different place lord knows how much middle east intervention we have right now and i think that you know entering this new decade this is a completely different perspective the american people have for the 1st time and certainly in my lifetime and i think it's not going to be as fast as any of it sounds like all of us are in quite a bit of agreement wanted to be but it is happening and i think that that's
definitely a good thing because that number 54 percent as someone like me who identifies as a fiscal conservative fiscal conservative and argue that we should spend 54 percent of our money on yeah it's ridiculous you know i'll give the last 30 seconds to. take in here i want to talk about how the republicans have become the new neo cons and let you start knology finish and when we come back go ahead. well sure i mean just to follow up a little bit also i mean about this president's instincts clearly he's skeptical and remain skeptical of inch and she is and we saw that with the crisis with iran when he brought it in for a soft language landing after it really looked like we were at the precipice of war and that was very interesting i think to see from a republican president ok i'm going to jump in here gentlemen we're going to go to a short break and after that short break we'll continue our discussion on the foreign policy block stay with r.t. .
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know world a big part of the lot and conspiracy it's time to wake up to dig deeper to hit the stories that mainstream media refuses to tell more than ever we need to be smarter we need to stop slamming the door. and shouting past each other it's time for critical thinking it's time to fight for the middle for the truth the time is now for watching closely watching the hawks. welcome back to crossfire all things considered i'm peter lavelle to remind you we're discussing the foreign policy blob.
ok ted let me go back to you in dayton i mean one of the interesting things during the during the campaign 422-0161 of the very. thing phenomenon happened and you could see it through the wall street journal the washington post new york times etc . you saw many a well known renowned and i would say disgraced neo cons. entering the democratic ranks with open and open them brace the number of people that supported hillary clinton for example former acting cia director morello a really good example right there and i think that that's one of the things that's really interesting that's come in 1st so you have a very strong neo con presence in the democratic party and the republican party and you actually have this kind of schizophrenia in reaction to foreign policy if trump is for it you have to be against it even if it's in the national interest i mean everything starts getting twisted around where you just have to be against the guy
no matter what which is absolutely absolutely childish and at the end of the day very destructive go ahead ted. well yeah i mean you know anybody who doubts that there's a foreign policy consensus between the 2 major parties only has to consider that wide variety of opinion on domestic matters whether it's identity politics or for human rights or at the economy taxes and so on there's so many variations of opinion but even within the democratic party you know for example when general salome was assassinated by an american drone elizabeth warren of all people who self-styled progressive said that she was happy he was gone and in kind of a didn't didn't really take trump to task for killing him as much as just failing to get congressional approval under the war powers act there was just a elizabeth warren who just came out her list of foreign policy advisers and bear in mind she really she and bernie sanders are the left of mainstream american
political the 2 party system elizabeth warren's list of a foreign policy advisers though not really neo cons is all pro-war and interventionist there they've been fed in from these conservative democratic think tanks in washington like the center for american progress so you know there will never be anyone at the table in a war and it ministration who will say hey let's not intervene yet little bit brian and but that's the same thing with trump i mean this whole thing with john bolton floating around i guess that was on the whiteboard just waiting to blow up and it will. go in the wind like all these other nonsensical things here but i mean he is really the kind of the epitome of it i mean he would have worked fine in a little clinton administration donald it didn't matter because he had his own agenda and it was trump's fault to bring him into the fold in the 1st place i remember when he announced it i mean you know you thought you could you've heard everything and then you just because he appeared on tucker carlson a few times and he becomes actual security advisor and trump pays heavily for that
ok i mean this is an h.r. problem here i mean i'm not. i agree with everything wrong with donald trump does with foreign policy but when he gets it right he gets it right and you get support for it ok that's just a common sense of weighing of dealing with politics every since 2016 all common sense has gone out the window go ahead brian. well you know let's look at the killing of qassam solo money the iranian general who was coming to baghdad airport to engage in negotiations to deescalate tensions i mean that was trumps the situation john bolton was no longer in the in the administration i agree with you it was a terrible mistake to bring bolton in but for whatever reason impulsivity narcissism the fact that he could be cajoled in his his arm easily twisted whatever he took responsibility for killing a soul money that brought the united states to the brink of a major war perhaps the biggest war ever in the middle east
a war more like vietnam than the war in iraq or libya and then donald trump said if when iraq when iraq's parliament said the americans must leave donald trump said well we're going to keep your your oil revenues which turns out to be in a bank account in the federal reserve bank in new york not in baghdad and it shows that washington even donald trump who i agree with you had an instinct to speak at least to that part of the population that is sick and tired of endless war has is also awash with a sort of a colonial mentality towards other people and other people in other regions and that fits in very well with the with the agenda of the military industrial complex as if america can area gate to itself the right to be the ruler over all people everywhere that's the recipe for endless war that has to stop you know tony i think what is so mystifying for and i mean if you look at it in a commonsensical way i mean when we look at these foreign policy interventions
adventures around the world particularly in the last 2 decades when has it ever. it's and if you even asked that question you're laughed out of the room ok i mean it's been 75 years since the end of the 2nd world war the soviet union is gone the warsaw pact is gone almost 30 years now why is nato still in existence i mean again you get you get shoved out of the room you get you you get taken off of twitter and your facebook is taken down for asking questions when there is an end tire academic literature devoted to these things it's not as if i came up with it on my own but politically you're dead in the water pew saying go ahead tony well i mean i think that you know it's it's like i said the tide is turning over and it is changing and one of the things the president's done that he also reserves credit for is you know making these other european countries actually contribute an equal percentage of
g.d.p. to nato and you know you can say you know that we don't need it but i mean at least these other countries are starting to participate evenly and i thought why does that help you know why is it why is that without turning lonely why is that a good thing. why is that a good thing because we spend 54 percent of our federal budget on the military and even china doesn't spend nearly that and i mean it's and they have you know more soldiers than we do so i mean i think it comes down to dollars and cents i mean it comes down to whether you're well so conservative or a socialist we have to spend less money on the military well i tend to think we'll see how this plays out and i want ted to react to this the more that u.s. forces nato countries spend more money they're going to turn around and have a reassessment say well there really aren't so many threats out there maybe border control i mean this is the obvious thing and maybe that's true trumps 5 dimensional chess ok i've heard that argument before ok but none that none none the less i mean
a little bit of ted right now i mean quid pro quo we were saying it before the we started our program here i mean the trumpet ministration started muscling in on the europeans to to stick with the us went in to destroying the the iran nuclear deal and there was a quid pro quo that we would trump and ministration would raise car auto tariffs on european card cars that's called a quid pro quo ok it's done all of the time that's called state craft it's not you to be a big disagree with that and i think it's not right and it's not moral but that's the way business is done here and so again you know it's very hypocritical for people to say what the foreign policy should be and what it should be because it's always being operated the same way and it's as an agreeing with tony it is being at the at odds with what the average person things go ahead ted. well i think that you know we tend to look at a lot a lot of us tend to look at the u.s.
foreign policy through through sort of a 19th century lens and what i mean by that is you know we think there are conflicts between countries they're resolved through wars and the winner prevails and takes away money land whatever and that's just not what us foreign policy is about now it's about disruption of the world the u.s. isn't trying to beat anyone or win take any territory or win any war is i mean think about invading iraq over oil make is nonsensical because you know you could live in you know you could live in mozambique and buy the same oil at the same price the u.s. doesn't get the oil at a discount or anything. if anything oil prices go up as a result what the u.s. is concerned about is emerging regional superpowers they're worried that a country like iran which would naturally dominate the middle east or india which naturally would dominate south asia or brazil in south america china on the pacific
rim that they're trying to mess with them and troll them and destroy and heart and harass their economy so they can't compete with the u.s. which has global dominance it's the only country in the world that has ever had global dominance of every shipping lane on earth and so the u.s. is an economic empire that spreads its influence through fear threat of new military disruption but not so much occupation or direct colonialism chinese have an opposite approach the chinese would buy in that's it that's right let me go to you but i mean i can kind of an extension with i would i would disagree about the 19th century because the 1000 century like the napoleonic wars france lost but france was welcome into the community of nations ok i mean they what they did find ways of rebuilding the system here right now and now i'm agreeing with you going to brian i mean a look. the the whole sanctions regime use of the dollar all of these things you
know were part and parcel of the american domination but over using them in the be using them you're going to get exactly the opposite effect and that's what's happening with the u.s. dollar if the dollar is going to be a weapon people going to start moving away from it and that is counter productive to what people in washington want go ahead. indeed but it's such a cruel and eric form of warfare and it's really just emerged since the 1991 when the when the socialist bloc collapse so no one there was no alternative if you weren't integrated into the world economy dominated by the united states if you were in fact sanctioned you would starve i went to iraq peter over and over again in iraq i mean during the 1990 s. and i went from a hospital room to a hospital room to a hospital room and moms were holding their infants who were literally dying as i spoke to them because they didn't have food or medicine they didn't have clean drinking water this was sanctions against
a weak and powerless country that had been surrounded and hobbled and madeline albright said when asked is it worth it to kill 500000 baby she says that's a tough question but yeah we think the price is worth it sanctions are a killer they're a silent form of warfare that the powerful impose on the powerless or the weaker america will never be sanctioned it can go to war in vietnam or iraq or afghanistan or libya commit all kinds of yugoslavia can commit all kinds of crimes it's never going to be sanctioned the sanctions are turning the world against the united states because the rest of the world unlike americans who don't know about this they realize that this is a killer policy that's aimed at the most vulnerable the poor the young and the 0 and the older parts of the population it's a cruel and barbaric form of of foreign policy you can't talk about american soft power and then you saying this is your go question exactly brogans what i asked of that we run out of time here and there's that interesting element of blowback let's
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