2/1/19, “Forever War, Evermore: The Congressional Left Saves NATO, Trump Goes Empire First," Anti-War.com, David Stockman
“And that gets us to the second event of the past week that underscores why Empire First is so deeply lodged in national policy. To wit, the US House took a vote last week on banning the nation’s commander-in-chief from even taking steps to withdraw from NATO, and not a single Democrat – including America’s new female Che from the Bronx and Queens – voted against it.
Once upon a time, of course, the so-called progressive Left at least distinguished itself by principled and often politically courageous opposition to Washington’s projects of Empire like the Vietnam War and decades of military, political and covert intervention in Latin America.
No more. Not only did not a single Democrat vote “nay” in what was a lopsided 357-22 vote in favor of the measure, but one of their freshman firebrands made clear exactly why.
To wit, it had nothing to do with the ragged case for an obsolete institution which should have been disbanded when the old Soviet Union slithered off the pages of history 28 years ago; it was actually just a cathartic excrescence of the Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Thus, one of the bill’s co-sponsors, freshman Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-N.J., called Congress
“the only check we have” after the departure of former generals Jim Mattis as defense secretary, H.R. McMaster as national security adviser and John Kelly as chief of staff – and Nikki Haley as United Nations ambassador.
“They’re all gone now, we’re all that’s left, and its urgent and essential, therefore, that Congress play its constitutional role and take this action,” said Malinowski, a former U.S. diplomat and now a freshman congressman on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.”
So there you have it. The progressive Left is now defining the nitwit warmongering neocon, Nikki Haley, as a hero!
What that means, of course, is that the Donald’s original impulse to declare NATO obsolete and withdraw US participation is now dead in the water.”…