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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Donald Trump's last national security adviser is calling on the Pentagon to deploy the "entire" Marine Corps to the Pacific as a bulwark against China's increasing military might.


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In a wide-ranging Foreign Affairs op-ed published Tuesday, O'Brien wrote that the Defense Department should consider "relieving" the Marine Corps of missions in other parts of the world, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, in order to focus on the Pacific.


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O'Brien is a close Trump adviser and the op-ed could be a blueprint of Trump's national security policy in a second term if he wins re-election. O'Brien served as national security adviser from 2019 to 2021, and is likely to be appointed to a senior post in a second Trump Cabinet.

Much of the piece focuses on China " "China" is mentioned 37 times and "Beijing" 12 times " particularly countering its expanding military influence in the Pacific.

"This morass of American weakness and failure cries out for a Trumpian restoration of peace through strength. Nowhere is that need more urgent than in the contest with China," O'Brien writes."


Simple Minds Produce Simple Solutions.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2024-06-18 10:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

And morons and cowards produce moronic and cowardly solutions. Anybody who worked for Trump and walked away without a discouraging word is suited for taking on any governmental duties whatsoever. Period.

#2 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2024-06-19 05:30 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

*not* suited for those duties.

#3 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2024-06-19 05:33 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

More in the way recent fever dream emanations from O'Brien: "Former Trump national security adviser urges resumption of nuclear testing" (

Donald Trump's former national security adviser Robert O'Brien, widely tipped to play a leading role in a second Trump presidency, has advocated the resumption of nuclear testing, and the possible renewed production of plutonium and weapons-grade uranium.

Arms control experts said O'Brien's proposals would accelerate the global nuclear arms race and backfire in terms of US security, handing greater advantages to Russia and China.

More jackassery in store from these dangerous creatures if they get their way.

#4 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2024-06-19 05:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"a Trumpian restoration of peace through strength"

Which will exist only in Trumpian fantasies.

#5 | Posted by Zed at 2024-06-19 07:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Somebody doesn't know what the ---- Marines do.

#6 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2024-06-19 01:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Problem is, modern warfare is not going to look like WWII, it will be quick, decisive, and astoundingly deadly.
If we ever deploy the Marines in such a way, personally, I would bring back the draft and make the kids of the rich face the risks of defending democracy, not just defending daddy's money.

#7 | Posted by Hughmass at 2024-06-19 02:09 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

" the kids of the rich"

Have always had the connections to dodge the draft, or at least get placed in a position out of harm's way.

#8 | Posted by sentinel at 2024-06-19 03:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

" modern warfare is not going to look like WWII"

How do you think Ukraine looks?

#9 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2024-06-19 03:54 PM | Reply

Somebody doesn't know what the ---- Marines do.

#6 | Posted by LegallyYourDead

Cadet Bone Spurs wouldn't have been interested if they had taught it in military academy, where his parents sent him to get him out of their hair.

#10 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2024-06-19 04:43 PM | Reply

Please don't place these Republican Idiots back in control of things.
The world's situation is fragile/tough enough. These idiots will make a total
morass of things.

#11 | Posted by earthmuse at 2024-06-20 06:34 AM | Reply

All? Including Embassy and consulate security?

#12 | Posted by mattm at 2024-06-20 08:57 AM | Reply

Are we sure Trumpy even knows where the pacific is?

Send in the Armada!

#13 | Posted by donnerboy at 2024-06-20 09:46 AM | Reply


Not like any war directly involving the US would look.

We know what those look like. Intensive air operations, followed by a rapid invasion, followed by decades of losing the occupation.

If it's against Russia or China, there will be the question of whether the nukes come out to play. If they do, we're all dead anyway. But they almost certainly won't.

We also know Russia isn't going to attack NATO, because they now know just how badly they'd lose. And China isn't going to attack Taiwan, because they would also lose badly. There are a few wildcards out there, like North Korea and Iran. And we're not going to attack Israel (even though we should, genocide deserves a military response).

#14 | Posted by DarkVader at 2024-06-20 11:29 AM | Reply

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