Down the Memory Hole: The Trump administration, Banned Countries and Historic Amnesia

Jeff Smith writes: “Shortly after this executive order was announced, several major media sources made the claim that President Trump has no business dealings with these seven countries. At the same time, they claimed that other majority Muslim countries, where Trump does have businesses dealings, also are home to terrorist groups.

The Washington Post stated on January 28, “But without divesting from his company, as bipartisan ethics ­experts had advised, Trump is now facing questions about whether he designed the new rules with his own business at least partly in mind.”

While it may be true that President Trump has no business dealings with the seven countries with the travel ban in effect, this is hardly the primary motive for choosing these particular countries.

Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Libya are all countries that have been seen by US foreign policy officials as enemy states for for years and in some cases decades.

The suggestion that Trump chose these countries because of his business dealings is ridiculous and the fact that many commercial media source went out of their way to make this point only underscores the foreign policy amnesia we all struggle with when it comes to the United States and the rest of the world. Let’s take a look at the historical record and these seven countries.”

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

The Trump administration announced a ban on people traveling from seven countries in late January, claiming these countries have Islamic terrorists. Those countries include Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Libya.trump-ban-810204

Shortly after this executive order was announced, several major media sources made the claim that President Trump has no business dealings with these seven countries. At the same time, they claimed that other majority Muslim countries, where Trump does have businesses dealings, also are home to terrorist groups.

The Washington Post stated on January 28, “But without divesting from his company, as bipartisan ethics ­experts had advised, Trump is now facing questions about whether he designed the new rules with his own business at least partly in mind.”  

While it may be true that President Trump has no business dealings with the seven countries with the travel ban in effect, this is hardly the primary motive…

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