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Did Trump Put the Deep State on Notice with Syrian Withdrawal?

Posted by M. C. on December 27, 2018

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/12/25/did-trump-put-deep-state-on-notice-with-syrian-withdrawal.html

ROBERT BRIDGE

The reason so many people continue to misread the actions of US President Donald Trump is because they tend to confuse him with the actions and behaviors of past US administrations, where indiscriminate death and destruction was America’s calling card around a shell-shocked planet. Although certainly erratic in his actions, Trump thus far has been predictable on one score: keeping the powers-that-be guessing.

Last week, Donald Trump, acting unilaterally and within full power as Commander-in-Chief, derailed the Deep State’s plans for yet another disastrous regime change operation, announcing the withdrawal of US troops from Syria.

In a video released via Twitter, the American leader announced that, “We have won against ISIS…and it’s time for our troops to come home.”

In the not-so-distant past, such an announcement would have been greeted with cheers since it is generally agreed that war is – at least for those doing the grunt work – a very unpleasant enterprise. But the times have changed, together with the national agenda, and instead of applause filling the airwaves, the American people can hear nothing but the screeching of incensed hawks on both sides of the political aisle. That screeching is the sound of the Deep State expressing its deep displeasure and even pain… Read the rest of this entry »

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Trump’s Decision to Leave Syria Was No ‘Surprise’ | The American Conservative

Posted by M. C. on December 21, 2018

Good news. The possible downside is these troops may end up dying in Africa “defending America”.

According to recent articles there are more US ops in Africa than in the ME.

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/trumps-decision-to-leave-syria-was-no-surprise/

In 1966, in the midst of the Vietnam War, Vermont Senator George Aiken recommended that President Lyndon Johnson simply “declare victory and get out.” While what Aiken actually said was more complex (because the U.S. couldn’t win militarily, he implied, it should stop deploying troops and start deploying diplomats), his statement is commonly cited as an example of foreign policy wisdom—then, as now, a much depleted currency in Washington.

While it’s doubtful that President Donald Trump has studied Aiken’s views (or even heard of him), his decision on Wednesday to order the unilateral withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria is one of the few “Aiken moments” in American history. Not surprisingly, given Trump’s inclinations, the news came in a tweet posted by the president on Wednesday morning: “We have defeated ISIS on Syria,” Trump announced, “my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.” U.S. officials later said that all U.S. troops would be removed from Syria over the next 60 to 100 days.

While the announcement took much of official Washington by surprise, The American Conservative has learned that a select group of administration officials, as well as a handful of senior military officers, knew of Trump’s decision as early as Saturday morning. According to these officials, all of whom required anonymity in exchange for the information, Trump’s decision came as a result of a lengthy telephone exchange he had had with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday. Everything that Trump announced today, we have been told, was decided in that call… Read the rest of this entry »

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EconomicPolicyJournal.com: RIDICULOUS: Trump Blasts GM Plant Closure

Posted by M. C. on November 27, 2018

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2018/11/anti-free-market-trump-blasts-gm-plant.html#more

…This is simply a business decision. Obviously, the costs involved in running the five factories and employing the 14,000 jobs could not be done profitably.

The costs, price signals. on a daily basis signal to business operators what projects make sense to be taken on and continued and which are not profitable because the total resources required are being demanded at higher prices elsewhere.

This type of shift is a naturally occurring event in the economy that occurs all the time.

It should be cheered on as making the economy ex ante more efficient and productive.

However, the economic illiterate president is doing the exact opposite. He is threatening GM and says they better find new projects for the idled plants.

“They better damn well open a new plant there very quickly,” Trump said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Monday, noting that he talked to  GM Chief Executive Mary Barra Sunday night.

“I told them, ‘You’re playing around with the wrong person,’” Trump said.

This, in effect, is Trump demanding GM to become less efficient. It is fascism-lite. What a horror. Trump is just too dumb to realize: Read the rest of this entry »

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Trump’s Foreign Policy War on Americans – Antiwar.com Original

Posted by M. C. on November 26, 2018

For Trump, trade has nothing to do with individual freedom and prosperity. It’s just part of the arsenal with which to wage war against perceived rivals and reward friends. A charge of “unfair trade practices” is one of the first refuges of scoundrels.

https://original.antiwar.com/srichman/2018/11/25/trumps-foreign-policy-war-on-americans/

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Beyond any reasonable doubt, in substance if not in appearance, Donald Trump is a thoroughly conventional American politician. It’s a wonder that anyone requires proof at this late date.

This couldn’t be clearer than in foreign policy…

The funny thing is that Trump himself seems to be working hardest to persuade those supporters that he has no intention of changing U.S. foreign policy. He would no more liquidate America’s global empire than liquidate his own global business empire. Alas, America is not going anywhere. Sure, he may hector imperial allies to spend more on their militaries (while insisting he respects their sovereignty), but that’s just a show. He’s an all-in imperialist, so we shouldn’t be fooled by the staged populism that sometimes is mistaken for come-home-Americanism. America First in practice embodies George H. W. Bush’s summation of America’s foreign policy: “What we say goes.”

As Glenn Greenwald writes about Trump’s disgusting relationship with Saudi Arabia, it’s “a perfect example — perhaps stated a little more bluntly and candidly than usual — of how the US has conducted itself in the world since at least the end of World War II.” Read the rest of this entry »

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MAXINE WATERS ENCOURAGES ‘RESISTANCE’ TO “KNOCK OFF” TRUMP

Posted by M. C. on September 18, 2018

Another Maxine Waters Einstein moment.

This will likely guarantee re-election in Kalifornia.

https://www.infowars.com/maxine-waters-encourages-resistance-to-knock-off-trump/

Congresswoman Maxine Waters is under fire for spouting more incendiary rhetoric after she gave a speech in which she called for leftists and Democrats to “knock off” President Trump.

“There are those who say, ‘What if we get rid of him? Then we’ve got that Vice President and he’ll be worse.’ I say knock off the first one and then go after the second one,’” said Waters. Read the rest of this entry »

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Remember ?

Posted by M. C. on August 25, 2018

This is one of those unaccredited blurbs we all occasionally receive in our email. Typically I ignore them but this one rings true.

REMEMBER when Donald Trump was business partners with the Russian government and his company got $53 million from the Russian government investment fund called Rusnano that was started by Vladimir Putin and is referred to as “Putin’s Child?”

Oh wait, that wasn’t Trump; it was John Podesta.

REMEMBER when Donald Trump received $500,000 for a speech in Moscow and paid for by Renaissance Capital, a company tied to Russian Intelligence Agencies?

Oh wait, that was Bill Clinton.

REMEMBER when Donald Trump approved the sale of 20% of U.S. uranium to the Russians while he was Secretary of State which gave control of it to Rosatom the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation?

Oh wait, that was Hillary Clinton.

REMEMBER when Donald Trump lied about that and said he wasn’t a part of approving the deal that gave the Russians 1/5 of our uranium, but then his e-mails were leaked showing he did lie about it?

Oh wait, that was Hillary Clinton and John Podesta.

REMEMBER when Donald Trump got $145 million from shareholders of the uranium company sold to the Russians?

Oh wait, that was Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.

REMEMBER when Donald Trump accepted millions in donations from Russian oligarchs like the chairman of a company that’s part of the Russian Nuclear Research Cluster, the wife of the mayor of Moscow and a close pal of Putin’s?

Oh wait, that was the Clinton Foundation.

REMEMBER when Donald Trump failed to disclose all those donations before becoming the Secretary of State, and it was only found out when a journalist went through Canadian tax records?

Oh wait, that was Hillary Clinton

REMEMBER when Donald Trump told Mitt Romney that the ’80s called and it wanted its Russian policy back. The Cold War is over?

Oh wait, that was President Obama.

Man, Trump’s ties to Russia are really “disgusting!”

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Trump’s ‘Treason’: Challenging the Empire – Antiwar.com Original

Posted by M. C. on July 20, 2018

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/07/18/trumps-treason-challenging-the-empire/

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Let that Helsinki in

The utter malevolence of our political class was dramatized in all its darkness by their reaction to the Helsinki summit: the “Treason summit” they dubbed it, with the Twitter hashtag going viral. That’s what they think of a meeting between the heads of two countries which have thousands of nuclear-tipped missiles aimed at each other.

The extinction of humankind – who cares? What really matters is appeasing Hillary Clinton’s sense of entitlement. Anything else is pure sedition.

I must be so out of touch, so distant from current cultural cues and memes, that I failed to pick up the ostensible reason for the outcry that greeted Trump’s performance in Helsinki. What specifically did he say that got them breathing so heavily? What the heck did he do?

As far as I can tell, Trump’s big sin was apparently engaging in the following exchange with some grandstanding “reporter”:

“Thank you. Mr. President, you tweeted this morning that it’s U.S. foolishness, stupidity, and the Mueller probe that is responsible for the decline in US relations with Russia. Do you hold Russia at all accountable or anything in particular? And if so, what would you what would you consider them that they are responsible for?

“TRUMP: Yes I do. I hold both countries responsible. I think that the United States has been foolish. I think we’ve all been foolish. We should have had this dialogue a long time ago, a long time frankly before I got to office. And I think we’re all to blame.”

The pundits are screeching about “moral equivalence” – how dare the President put Russia on the same moral plane as the pure-as-the-driven-snow United States of America!  Read the rest of this entry »

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Trump Stands His Ground on Putin – Antiwar.com Original

Posted by M. C. on July 20, 2018

By cheering Brexit, dissing the EU, suggesting NATO is obsolete, departing Syria, trying to get on with Putin, Trump is threatening the entire U.S. foreign policy establishment with what it fears most – irrelevance.

https://original.antiwar.com/buchanan/2018/07/19/trump-stands-his-ground-on-putin/

Thursday, Trump indicated that he knows exactly what is afoot, and threw down the gauntlet of defiance:

“The Fake News Media wants so badly to see a major confrontation with Russia, even a confrontation that could lead to war. They are pushing so recklessly hard and hate the fact that I’ll probably have a good relationship with Putin.”

Spot on. Trump is saying: I am going to call off this Cold War II before it breaks out into the hot war that nine U.S. presidents avoided, despite Soviet provocations far graver than Putin’s pilfering of DNC emails showing how Debbie Wasserman Schultz stuck it to Bernie Sanders…

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The Globalist Elite Fears Peace, Wants War

Posted by M. C. on July 16, 2018

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/07/13/globalist-elite-fears-peace-wants-war.html

FEDERICO PIERACCINI

The announced meeting between Trump and Putin has already produced a good result by revealing the hypocrisy of the media and politicians. The meeting has been branded as the greatest danger to humanity, according to the Western globalist elite, because of the danger that “peace could break out between Russia and the United States”.

Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction. The following so stretches credulity that sources will have to be cited and an exact quotations given to be believed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Get On the Trump Peace Train! – Antiwar.com Original

Posted by M. C. on July 2, 2018

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/07/01/get-on-the-trump-peace-train/

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There’s never a dull moment with the Trump administration, which means: never a moment of rest for the War Party. Trump keeps throwing fast balls at the pundits and assembled “experts,” and they keep striking out, bigtime, as the ball whizzes past their heads and lands, with a thwack!, in the catcher’s mitt.

“Steee-rike one!”

First it was the meet up with Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The media and their attendant policy wonks weren’t ready for Singapore, where the President gave Kim a glimpse of what his country could achieve if it would only come in from the cold and allow the warm embrace of the international community. Read the rest of this entry »

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