A recent Baltimore Sun editorial raised its concerns about the recent confrontations between protesters and security officials at a number of campaign rallies of the GOP’s presidential front runner, Donald Trump. They pointed to an outbreak of violence at campaign stops in Fayetteville, NC; Kansas City, MO; and Chicago, IL. The Sun added with a tone of deep seriousness, “things are getting out of hand.”
Trump continued in the same worried vein, is “flirting with a kind of anarchy,” the Sun said. If that happens the editorial scribe warned, “his party (the GOP) and the country will all suffer.” Oh my, we don’t want that to happen.
All of the above sounded good to me. Trump has an obligation to tone down his bellicose campaign “rhetoric,” and, of course, if he doesn’t, the brawling might escalate. Time out now for a for a little perspective.
Just one day later after the Sun’s stop-the-violence-at-the rallies’ editorial, a commentary by syndicated columnist, Jules Witcover, appeared in their paper. I could be wrong, but I think he’s been a correspondent in Washington, D.C., since the administration of Abraham Lincoln or maybe it was later.
In his column, Witcover said that he believed the “GOP is sobering up.”
Really, that’s good news.
Why does the cerebral Witcover think that? Because, he wrote, three of the GOP candidates: Sens. Ted Cruz and Mario Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, have developed a strategy on “fighting the Islamic State.”
What exactly is that brainstorm? Why, it’s putting American boots on the ground in Syria, 20,000 to 30,000, as suggested by American military leaders.
Hey, “Sun” editorial writer, that sounds like a hell of lot violence to me, much more than that punching and kicking will create at any future Trump rallies.
Keep in mind, that the all-wise Witcover thought, like so many of those Neocons backing the Bush-Cheney Gang’s war in 2003 that destroying Iraq was a good idea. The results: Try about 5,000 American troops dead; thousands more injured; cost to U.S. taxpayers, $4 to $6 trillion; about one million Iraqi deaths, including troops and innocent civilians; the birth of the evolving ISIS or Islamic State; and, a refugee crisis of staggering proportions that continues to challenge the resources of the global community.
Do you notice a wee bit of inconsistency here from the deep thinkers at the Sun on the issue of violence? Local violence is bad while U.S. sponsored violence in the Mideast is good.
Another disastrous U.S. war, this time in Syria, doesn’t seem to register with the decision makers at 501 North Calvert Street. When, if ever, is the Sun going to learn the painful lessons of the Iraq conflict? As for the clueless Witcover, I doubt if he ever will.
If all of this wasn’t egregious enough, just under that Sun’s editorial, it ran a photo of another columnist, one Jonah Goldberg. He makes Witcover look like a passionate Peacenik.
In a January 25, 2003 rant, Goldberg said: “The French are liars.”
He was upset that they wanted to lift genocidal sanctions imposed on Iraq. He accused the French of trying to “undermine them.”
Goldberg insisted the French cry for “peace” is motivated by a desire for “oil.” He was writing for The Washington Times at the time. In another article, Goldberg suggested the U.S. should “bomb Canada.” Later, he said he was “only kidding.”
Now, Goldberg, a hard-core Neocon, who pushed for the illegal and immoral Iraq War, is a regular contributor, like Witcover to the Sun. What can one say about all of this?
I suggest that we can be grateful. It could be worse. At the moment, other flaming Neocons, like Bill Kristol, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and John Bolton, are also regular dispensers of warmongering. For example, the unhinged Kristol wants to put “50,000 U.S. troops” on the ground in Syria.
Here are just three lessons that the promoters of violence in the Mideast, including the Sun, needs to learn and learn quickly. First, there are limits to U.S. power. Second, the U.S. can no longer afford to play the ultra-expensive role of Global Cop. And, third, the American people are reaching a tipping point and they are angry.
The Sun needs to understand there are all kinds of seriously violent things going on besides the physical confrontations at the Trump rallies. I also think it would help, that if we do get involved in another bloody war in the Mideast, that we send it those Chicken Hawk Neocons – first. It would be the right thing to do.
Bill Hughes is a native of Baltimore. He’s an attorney, author, professional actor and hobbyist photographer. In his salad days, he worked on the docks as a longshoreman. Bill also played on three championship soccer teams: sandlot with Jules Morstein; high school at Calvert Hall; and college at the University of Baltimore.