LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Americans will feel blow-back from Middle East

A 2017 Michigan State University study finds the Pentagon has misspent trillions of dollars over the past two decades. A business-friendly Forbes magazine editorial warns these huge holes in spending “should be a great concern to all taxpayers.” A first time ever defense department audit is supposedly in the works. However, Gen. Wesley Clark opened the can of worms when he revealed the military plan to “take down governments” of seven countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Iran.

This is a foreign policy with a bottomless pit of spending by every president since the end of World War II. In 1953, Eisenhower reversed the two previous administrations’ policy “against U.S. intervention on behalf of the Jews,” as the new CIA pushed a coup against the elected president of Iran, who supported Palestinian justice as well as protecting oil wealth for national development. The conscience numbing U.S. attacks on the Middle East go beyond the seven countries, the destruction of Libya, Syria and Yemen is grotesquely criminal. However, the grandaddy chessboard move into infamy was Bush’s war on Iraq in 2003.

The results are staggering: not only has terrorism increased, the pallets of petrodollars are remaking the Middle East into a chaotic patchwork of tensions, refugees and horror. Now the stage is set for the arbitrary U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, greater Asia moving to replace the dollar with the Chinese yuan as the reserve currency, and the U.S. starting a trade war. What could go wrong? Hyper-inflation is blowing back from the Middle East, and Americans will suffer too.

— Howard Traxmor, Fort Wayne

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