Daniel Ellsberg Pretends Deep State Might Save Us from War

The Penatgon Papers’ Daniel Ellsberg pretends  Donald Trump is pushing for war in Syria against the wishes of the Political Class.

Encouraging us to be delusional as he is, Daniel Ellsberg pretends that Donald Trump is a warmonger and his generals need to obstruct him even to the point of violating their oaths to uphold the Constitution. His entire perspective is the reverse of reality. While Trump’s bombing of Syria is deeply disappointing and dangerous, he did what the Leftists—as well as the Neocons and some Establishment Republicans—wanted. He wasn’t doing something personally insane, he was caving to the insane wishes of Ellsberg’s friends.

Ellsberg even brings North Korea into his accusation, but that looks like it might be a foreign policy victory that avoids war and makes the world safer.

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AFP reports, “Pentagon Papers whistleblower urges Mattis to protect world from Trump.

Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg called Friday on the Pentagon chief to “protect us” from President Donald Trump by resisting orders to launch military actions or use nuclear weapons.

“The situation is closer to the possible use of nuclear weapons since any time I would say in 50 years,” Ellsberg, a former military analyst and nuclear war planner turned world-famous whistleblower, told AFP in a telephone interview.

He spoke shortly before the news broke on Saturday that the United States, Britain and France — three nuclear powers — were carrying out a wave of punitive strikes against Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria over an alleged chemical weapons attack.

“It is a very dangerous time,” Ellsberg said, pointing out that Trump’s war of words with North Korea was the first time since the Cuban missile crisis in 1962 that a US president has threatened military action against another nuclear-armed state.

International actions in Syria, involving four nuclear-armed states, coupled with the political pressures on Trump at home could easily spell disaster, Ellsberg warned.

“The president I’m afraid has a very strong temptation to start a war as cover for his firing the special prosecutor,” he said, referring to Robert Mueller, who is investigating links between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 election.

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He insisted that now Defense Secretary Jim Mattis should be prepared to resist “impulsive and reckless” orders from Trump to go to war.

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Ellsberg said there was a desperate need for high-level people to be willing “to put their careers on the line” to do the right thing and help avert catastrophe.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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