The Neutralist

Why The Neutralist? The term Isolationist implies a narrow Fortress America outlook and is used as an epithet. The term Neutralist does not indicate someone hiding out from the world. No one calls the Swiss isolationists. The Wilsonian world view is old, tired and wrong. Our interventions have been less and less successful and now the failure can no longer be covered up.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Congressmen Speak:Khanna, Jones and Pocan in NYT op-ed on their Resolution to stop the war on Yemen

Well, they don't speak, but write, and their New York Times piece is well done.  They are exhaustive in the links to make the case to stop the war on Yemen.

Please go to the link and then call your rep and tell him to support the resolution, H. Con. Res. 81.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

More Neocons Going After The Russian-It probably isn't enough

The anti-Russkie drumbeat gets louder and louder everyday.  Two posts ago, we noted that God, that is the voice of Morgan Freeman is worried.


Morgie, Rob Reiner and others are teaming up to take on the bogeyman in the shape of Putin.


They, however, are not the only ones.  Over at Sic Semper Tyrannis, Colonel Lang has information on Alliance for Securing Democracy.
Who are they?


“The recently created Alliance for Securing Democracy, housed (at least for now) at the German Marshall Fund--USA is one of the core anti-Putin, anti-Russia operations that merits keeping an eye on, especially as it impacts Congressional hearings, resolutions, and media.  It’s an alliance of hard core neo-cons who were in the thick of promoting the 2003 Iraq war and the "axis of evil" attacks on Iran-Iraq-North Korea during Bush 43 administration, with the hillary-cons.”   


Just who is the German Marshall Fund?  On The Ministry of Information, I mean NPR, they are occasionally mentioned as providing money for some of the propaganda programming.  I thought it was a fund to thank us for lending Les Boches a helping hand after we were done bombing them to smithereens.


Here is a link to Der Spiegel that is a tribute to the founder, but basically is a history of the GMF.


It is a Neocon safe space.


Read Sic Semper Tyrannis article DECAMERON: NEO-CON RESET.

The article also updates us on the doings of Neocon star Bill Kristol.


“Kristol has a new home on the Advisory Board of the Alliance for Securing Democracy along with Michael Chertoff, and the anti-Putin ex-Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul.  Also on the Board is Jake Sullivan, a top Hillary operative at the State Dept.   Chertoff recently landed a Wall Street Journal article on September 6th, headlined, Congress Can Help Prevent Election Hacking.   I expect there will be a lot of Congressional action on this front if the “Alliance for Securing Democracy” has its way.  
Securing democracy?  The crowd that brought us Iraq in 2003, Libya in 2011?”
Why is Bill Kristol still circulating.  One has to understand that he probably believes he is a genius, but his war promotion and other buffoonery should mark him as the anti-prophet, i.e. anything he says on any subject should be seen as conclusive evidence that taking the opposite tack is wisdom.
The Neutralist has asked before, but if there is a reader that has a cogent argument as to why anyone should listen seriously to this man, please let us know.
SST references Glenn Greenwald and he is always worth reading.
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Saturday, October 07, 2017

House Bill to End War "on" Yemen Is a Great Idea!

Notice above the word on in quotes.  Our foul support of the Saudi war makes the nation and people of that land the victims of a vicious and stupid campaign that is little more than genocidal.

I suppose that some theory of American foreign policy is served by doing the Saudi's bidding.  Certainly Big Oil is happy to see us do that.

Of course, if we believe that it is good policy, then all the folks who spout about "American Exceptionalism" are hypocrites.  We, at the Neutralist, have long given over to that belief.

There is a moment afoot to restore at least a modicum of our national honor.

At The American Conservative, Daniel Larison has a September 28, 2017 column about the effort in Congress to end U.S. involvement in the Yemeni war.

According to Larison

Democratic Reps. Khanna and Pocan and Republican Reps. Massie and Jones are the co-sponsors of the bill, and they deserve a lot of credit for working on this and bringing attention to a conflict and our government’s role in it. The U.S. role in supporting the war should receive much more scrutiny than it has, and this bill provides members of Congress with the opportunity to debate the indefensible policy that has implicated the U.S. in the crimes of the Saudis and their allies. One of the reasons that U.S. support for the war has gone on for so long with so little opposition is that Congress has failed to challenge the Obama and Trump administrations’ decisions to back the coalition. This bill offers the chance to do what Congress should have been doing for the last two years.

He quotes FP

Democratic Reps. Khanna and Pocan and Republican Reps. Massie and Jones are the co-sponsors of the bill, and they deserve a lot of credit for working on this and bringing attention to a conflict and our government’s role in it. The U.S. role in supporting the war should receive much more scrutiny than it has, and this bill provides members of Congress with the opportunity to debate the indefensible policy that has implicated the U.S. in the crimes of the Saudis and their allies. One of the reasons that U.S. support for the war has gone on for so long with so little opposition is that Congress has failed to challenge the Obama and Trump administrations’ decisions to back the coalition. This bill offers the chance to do what Congress should have been doing for the last two years.

The Neutralist concurs.  Though it rarely works wonders, we urge everyone to contact their reps and tell them you support this gang of four.

Larsson's last paragraph emphasizes the point,

U.S. involvement in the war is not only unauthorized, but it is enabling the commission of war crimes and other violations of international law. Ending that involvement could also be the first step in forcing the coalition to halt its campaign and blockade. All House members should join their four colleagues in calling for a stop to U.S. backing for the disgraceful and atrocious war on Yemen.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Reds Under The Bed Redux

A late friend of ours was an old time lefty who saw the Soviet Union as if not a workers’ paradise, at least morally superior to the U.S.  One of his favorite phrases about American cold war paranoia was our fixation on “Reds under the bed.”

It was a bit overwrought, as we were engaged in a struggle with an entity that gave as good as it got. We might have avoided the long cold war, but it was a real conflict.

It must have been fun as we seem to  be in conflict with the Russians again.  It may no longer be the U.S.S.R.  There is a pile on and as Jimmy Durante would put it, “Everybody wants to get into the act.”

It’s serious as God himself wants to find some reds under the bed.  Morgan Freeman, is taking time off from playing the almighty onscreen to descend to opine on international relations   With his tinsel town buddy, Rob Reiner ,are celebrity members of The Committee to Investigate Russia.

We at the Neutralist have a funny feeling that God, er Mr. Freeman is not going to be working on any studies, looking up footnotes, etc., nor is Mr. Reiner.  Not that they don’t care about what Russia is doing to our democracy.  We are upset as well.  Listen Putin, we are capable of screwing up our democracy by ourselves, so butt out.

Just because a couple of thespians provide window dressing does not mean there is no depth to this important committee.  There isn’t any, but Reiner and Freeman are not the reason.

The problem is outlined by Leonid Bershidsky at Bloomberg View in his article, Wanted: Russia Experts, No Expertise Required.  His subtitle, Jingoism has replaced scholarship and a spirit of real inquiry when it comes to Russia. That's a mistake, says it all.  The fanaticism of the anti-Russki crowd means study and reflection are out of place.
The group has Clapper, but under a better system he would be in disgrace for perjuring himself before Congress.  The chickenhawk Max Boot is on the team, but really, do we have to treat an Iraq invasion tout with any seriousness?

Take some time to read Mr. Bershidsky.  From our rather shallow research into the man (wikipedia) it appears he is no Putin toady.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Laurence M. Vance on An America First Foreign Policy-Finally someone uses an N word (Neutrality) well!

I have been reading Laurence M. Vance for years and he is reliably anti-intervention.  Like many others, he has just never got around to standing up for neutralism.  Of course this is a quibble on our part as too many tar the anti-war crowd as Isolationists.  The implication is we all are fortress America types which is ridiculous but useful for war mongers.

My guess is that mr. Vance has never been against the idea of neutralism, but has never exactly found a need to use the word.

At The Neutralist we feel it is important to seek a neutralist ethos like Switzerland's otherwise we shall just lurch back and forth from foreign adventure to reaction.  Granted there has not been as much reaction now, but it is probably building.I have been reading Laurence M. Vance for years and he is reliably anti-intervention.  Like many others, he has just never got around to standing up for neutralism.  Of course this is a quibble on our part as too many tar the anti-war crowd as Isolationists.  The implication is we all are fortress America types which is ridiculous but useful for war mongers.

My guess is that Mr. Vance has never been against the idea of neutralism, but has never exactly found a need to use the word.  As we at The Neutralist have not read everything he has written, we may be doing him an injustice and regret that.

At The Neutralist we feel it is important to seek a neutralist ethos like Switzerland's otherwise we shall just lurch back and forth from foreign adventure to reaction.  Granted there has not been as much reaction now, but it is probably building as our current adventures are failing.

So, it was wonderfully refreshing to read Mr. Vance's column of September 1, 2017, An America First Foreign Policy at Explore Freedom at the Future of Freedom Foundation's website and come across this paragraph:

An America First foreign policy would be one of neutrality. The United States regularly takes sides in civil wars, territorial disputes, and controversies in other nations, in addition to picking winners and losers. It should instead remain neutral. Neutrality guarantees a noninterventionist foreign policy. It checks presidential power, it prevents hatred of America and Americans, it doesn’t create enemies and terrorists, it respects the sovereignty of other nations, it keeps U.S. soldiers from dying unnecessarily, it doesn’t cost anything, and it ensures that the military is not misused. Not remaining neutral does not put America first.

Indeed, at the Neutralist we doubt we would be hard put to come up with anything as succint to explain our position.

Well done Mr. Vance.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Is this why Bannon was fired?

 "As Steven Bannon, President Trump’s former “Chief Strategist,” is quoted as saying, “There’s no military solution [to North Korea’s nuclear threats], forget it. Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that ten million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us.”  That may explain why he was fired. "

 The above quote is from MAYDAY KOREA! by William R. Polk (Part 2)

William R. Polk went into the history of our Korean involvement in Part 1 (link here) and in Part 2 looks at the situation as it is and our options.  Both parts deserve a read by everyone.

Now, the Neutralist thinks Mr. Polk is a wise man, but believes the wisest policy is to leave.  We hope that Trump is playing a deep game in showing what a truly stupid policy is to get people on board with a smart policy.

Of course, the guy who said something smart had to go.


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Monday, August 28, 2017

On Afghanistan, Don channels George the elder

Remember how George the elder promised America no new taxes.  He thought his victory in an unnecessary and stupid war would allow him to betray his word to the electorate.

Well, Trump had been saying for years we should get out.  He did backpedal a bit during the campaign, but now in his speech gone all George the younger.

Maybe he has come three dimensional chess moves he is planning, but we must go on his words and they are not encouraging.