Breaking a Taboo: Thank Donald Trump for Not Making War

by Rich Rubenstein on June 21, 2019 · 0 comments

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I posted the following message today on Facebook:


THANK YOU, MR. TRUMP! THANK YOU FOR NOT BOMBING IRAN! There are reasons, of course, why members of the anti-Trump opposition (a group of which I am a charter member) find it difficult to utter these words. But, for heaven’s sake, let’s congratulate the man when he does the right thing, and encourage him to continue to avoid taking the advice of John Bolton and the Pentagon hawks.

To be sure, the current problem with Iran would not exist if Trump hadn’t pulled America out of the nuclear enrichment deal two years ago. Also, the President clearly does not understand that economic sanctions can be seen, accurately, as existential threats to a nation’s welfare and survival. But the man apparently has a praiseworthy aversion to starting new shooting wars.

Let’s give him credit when credit is due. And let’s NOT play the dangerous game indulged in by the “liberal” press (including CNN, MSNBC, and the New York Times) of criticizing Trump for being “inconsistent,” and implying that is “weak” because he hasn’t made up his mind to blow things and people up. With friends like these, the lovers of peace don’t need enemies.

So I say again (reserving the right to criticize Trump’s racist, sexist, xenophobic, plutocratic policies without letup), “Thank you, Mr. President, for avoiding a shooting war – at least, so far – in Iran.”

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