Has Trump Been Outmaneuvered on Syria Troop Withdrawal?

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07-01-19 11:03:00,

Has Trump Been Outmaneuvered on Syria Troop Withdrawal?

Senator Dick BLACK

The mainstream media refuses to acknowledge that the hardest fighting against ISIS and al Qaeda has been done by Syria and its allies.  Indeed, we label Iran’s fight against Syrian terrorists as “malign activity,” ignoring the fact that al Qaeda in Syria [al Nusra] is the progeny of the al Qaeda force that highjacked jets and flew them into the Twin Towers and Pentagon, killing 3,000 Americans on 9-11.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Seymour Hersh, wrote that a Defense Intelligence Agency review of Syrian policy in 2013 revealed that clandestine CIA Program Timber Sycamore, had degenerated into a program that armed all terrorists indiscriminately, specifically including ISIS and al Qaeda.  I seriously doubt that this was merely a program failure.  There is strong evidence that the U.S. planned to overthrow Syria in 2001; the U.S. Embassy in Damascus issued a detailed strategy to destabilize Syria in 2006–long before the so-called “Arab Spring;” and that our focus has consistently been on toppling the duly elected, constitutional and UN-recognized government of Syria.

It’s sickening to hear these clowns repeatedly claim that “Assad murdered 500,000 of his people,” as though the U.S.-backed terrorists have played no role in the killings.  I’ve viewed hundreds of beheadings and crucifixions online but none committed by Syria troops–all were proudly posted by the hellish filth that we’ve recruited, armed and trained for the past eight years.  Major war crimes, like beheading 250 Syrian soldiers after running them across the desert in their underpants, were scarcely mentioned by the MSM.

During a five-hour drive across liberated Syria this September, I spoke with many people, from desert shepherds, to nuns and Muslim religious.  There were palpable expressions of joy that the Syrian armed forces had liberated them from the terrorists.  That was coupled with broad-based, unequivocal support for President Bashar al Assad and the Syrian Armed Forces.

This disastrous war would never have occurred without American planning and execution.  And it would have ended years and hundreds of thousands of casualties ago had we closed our training and logistics bases in Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.  The Syrian War had little to do with the “Arab Spring” and much to do with clandestine actions of CIA, MI-6,

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Trump & His Wall | Armstrong Economics

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07-01-19 09:44:00,

QUESTION: Do you support Trump’s Wall? They say Trump’s wall is a waste of money and won’t work. Do you disagree?

GH

ANSWER: To me, it is really irrelevant. It is far more important to the people living there on the border who are tired of all the crime and nonsense lacking security. There are also many hard-working people trying to get in for a better life. While the press and Democrats bash Trump and call him a racist over this issue even when Mexican is no more a race than being an American, Obama deported more people than any other President. Nobody called Obama a racist.

As an employer, you are REQUIRED to ensure the person you hire is LEGAL. Verification of employment (VOE) requests on current or former employees can come to an employer from government agencies. The employers cannot lie on such a request from the government or suffer up to even imprisonment for false answers. The law requiring employers to identify an employee is not something Trump created. They were passed back in 1986.

I understand all the yelling about trying to prevent illegal aliens as being racist is political labeling for surely anyone who believes that is really stupid for Mexican is not a race. Nevertheless, there are a host of laws that are impacted by the attempt to work illegally. Even to get a decent apartment, they run a background check on you and may deny you for any criminal violations or lacking legal status and a job. Illegal aliens are not able to rent such places leaving them at the highly questionable level of living typically in very poor areas that operate in cash. The call to eliminate cash is also a covert backdoor way to get rid of illegal aliens nobody will say publicly. Eliminate cash and you eliminate their ability to work under the table.

Indeed, there are a host of laws in conflict over this very issue of illegal aliens. It is even a crime under 8 U.S. Code § 1324  to bring in and harbor certain aliens. Employers can go to jail for hiring an illegal alien and you can go to jail for helping them to get into the country.

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Trump To Europe: You’re Vassals And I Don’t Care

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07-01-19 08:56:00,

Via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

“I don’t care about Europe,” declared US President Donald Trump this week during his White House cabinet’s first meeting of the new year.

The American president probably revealed more about the true nature of US-European relations than he intended.

Trump was speaking in the context of American military involvement with Europe, as well as trade and other issues. He was reiterating the tedious mantra that the US is allegedly being “taken advantage of” by European allies by not spending more on their military budgets.

It was the usual rambling, barely articulate fallacy from Trump who portrays the inherent military profligacy of American corporate capitalism not as a destructive vice, but as a supposed virtuous cause of “protection” for allies and the rest of the world. In short, delusional American exceptionalism.

But it was Trump’s bluntly stated contempt for European allies that was notable. In a quip to a question about his reported unpopularity in Europe, the president said he didn’t care what Europeans think. A few seconds later, in a betrayal of his arrant egotistical state of mind, Trump turned around and claimed that he would be popular if he stood in an election in Europe!

Ironically, though, perhaps we should be grateful to Trump for his brash outspokenness. By dissing Europe with such contemptuous disregard, he lays bare the true face of Washington’s relations with the old continent.

Past American presidents have been adept at presenting the transatlantic connection as a putative “strategic partnership” – as most clearly manifested by the US-led NATO military alliance. Trump’s former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who resigned in protest over policies, was of this conventional transatlantic mould. Mattis repeatedly talked up the importance of maintaining strong bonds with allies.

However, decades of transatlantic rhetoric has often served to conceal the real relationship between Washington and Europe. The reality is the Europeans are not partners. They are vassals.

Successive European governments and the European Union have continually permitted their countries to serve as bases for American military forces, including in the past, nuclear weapons pointed at Russia. Those missiles may return to European soil,

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Finanzsystem: Trump als Rattenfänger für die Neue Weltordnung | www.konjunktion.info

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04-01-19 01:08:00,

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Am 27. Dezember verfasste ich den Artikel Finanzsystem: Die Fed verfolgt eine viel tiefer gehende Agenda, in dem ich die aktuell stattfindende “mediale Aufbereitung” der Straffungspolitik der Federal Reserve beleuchtete. Inklusive der Propaganda, dass der Fed-Vorsitzende Jerome Powell ein “gerissener Zentralbanker” sei, der im Sinne der Menschen versucht das System wieder in Balance zu bringen. Da der heutige Artikel eine Art Fortsetzung dieses Dezember-Artikels darstellt, möchte ich zuvor noch einmal eine kurz Zusammenfassung desselben geben:

Die Fed hat vorsätzlich die derzeitige “Blase aller Blasen” erschaffen, damit sie sie zu einem bestimmten Zeitpunkt gezielt implodieren lassen kann. Oder in anderen Worten: der Einbruch, der im letzten Quartal 2018 stattfand und der sich bis ins 1. Quartal 2019 fortsetzen wird, ist die gezielte Demontage der (US-)Wirtschaft. Jerome Powell erfüllt genau jene Rolle, für die er vorgesehen ist. Ben Bernankes und Janet Yellens, die Vorgänger Powells, Aufgabe bestand darin die Blase aufzupumpen. Jerome Powells Aufgabe ist es diese Blase zum Platzen zu bringen.

Diese Taktik der Fed wird seit über 100 Jahren von den Internationalisten/Globalisten/Eliten (IGE) und deren Helfershelfer in den Zentralbanken eingesetzt – sie schaffen zuerst eine Kreditblase; stechen diese dann an; verursachen damit eine Krise; eignen sich werthaltige Realwerte für Centbeträge an; nutzen die entstandene Panik in den Bevölkerungen, um noch mehr Macht und Zentralisierung zu erhalten; führen neue Kontroll- und Überwachungsmaßnahmen ein, während die Menschen abgelenkt sind; lassen alles sich eine zeitlang setzen und wiederholen dann das ganze Spiel von vorne.

Dieser Prozess der kontrollierten Demontage benötigt jedoch eine größere Ablenkung, damit die Zentralbanker und die IGE jedwede Schuld für die Gründe und die folgenden Konsequenzen aufgrund der Krise
von sich weisen können. Und hier kommt Donald Trump und das falsche Trump-IGE-Paradigma, der angebliche Kampf Trumps gegen das Establishment, ins Spiel. Wie ich im eingangs erwähnten Artikel Ende letzten Jahres geschrieben habe, ist die Fed nur eine Seite der gleichen Medaille des Zusammenbruchs, während Trump die andere Seite darstellt.

Ein solches “Betrugs- und Täuschungssystem” kennt jedoch viele unterschiedliche Zustände. Von ganz einfach und für alle offensichtlich bzw.

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Trump Walks Back Syria Pullout As Noose Tightens

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04-01-19 01:03:00,

Authored by Tom Luongo,

If anyone still thinks that Donald Trump has some master plan to kill off his Deep State adversaries they should check themselves into therapy. I know withdrawal is hard, but admitting you have a problem is the first step to curing it.

He doesn’t have a plan. He may fight them but it won’t be with any kind of master plan to trap them in some beautiful bit of political judo.

Frankly, Vladimir Putin he is not.

No, Trump is winging things at this point. While he still has the office he’s trying to do some of the things he promised. Doing that may keep him in power for a few more months.

But with his walking back the timetable for pulling troops out of Syria after a visit from Lindsay Graham (R-MIC/AIPAC) should tell you all you need to know about Trump’s willingness to stand up to the pressure he’s under.

Add to that the opening salvo from Mitt Romney (R-Wall St.) and it becomes pretty clear that Trump was told what the score really is. When, not if, the Democrats push for impeachment or a 25th Amendment proceeding against him Graham and Romney will lead a GOP revolt against him, siding with Senate Democrats to get rid of him.

That’s been the point of this from the beginning. Pat Buchanan and I both talked about this from the moment he was elected. Pat reminding us of what happened to Nixon who was hounded out of office because he did the unthinkable — ending the Vietnam War.

I’ve been simply looking at this from the standard libertarian perspective that “War is the health of the state” and Trump’s opposition to our Middle East follies would net him nothing but contempt.

The Makinder “Heartland” view of Geopolitics holds complete sway in Washington, Downing St. and the Pentagon. And as such, the Middle East is the access point to the Heartland and that means destroying both Russia and Iran to ensure that Germany never joins them.

This is why The Swamp will not let Trump make nice with Putin.

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Trump geht, Erdogan kommt

31-12-18 08:55:00,

Mit Russen-Waffen Frieden schaffen?

Autor: U. Gellermann

Datum: 31. Dezember 2018

Die atlantischen Medien-Redaktionen in Deutschland schnappen nach Luft, dem wenig begabten deutschen Außenminister fallen nur Floskeln ein, die NATO stammelt nicht mal: Donald Trump will die US-Truppen aus Syrien abziehen und die restliche westliche Welt, seit Jahr und Tag militärisch von diversen US-Regierungen in die Scheiße geritten, sucht eine Exit-Strategie.

Seit Längerem versuchen sich allerlei westlich orientierte Staaten – von den USA über die Franzosen bis hin zu den Deutschen und den Israelis – an einem Regime-Change in Syrien. Zu selbstbewußt war ihnen die Assad-Regierung, zu beharrlich hielt sie am Vertrag über den russischen Militärstützpunkt in Syrien fest. Da war die Gelegenheit eines innersyrischen Konfliktes viel zu günstig, als dass man sich nicht zugunsten der Opposition einmischen wollte, selbst wenn die sich auf finstere Islamisten aller Art stützte. Also sandte man Geld, Waffen, „Spezialkräfte“ und Söldner aller Art in das geschundene Land und maskierte diese mörderische Intervention auch noch als „Hilfe für die syrischen Demokraten“.

Seit die Israelis – die zu gern ihre widerrechtliche Besetzung der syrischen Golan-Höhen zum international geduldeten Gewohnheitsrecht betonieren wollen und deshalb wiederholt mal diese oder jene Ecke des syrischen Staates bombardierten – im September durch einen miesen Trick eine russische Ilyushin-20 vom syrischen Himmel holten, begann der Anfang vom Ende des blutigen Spiels. Die israelische Zeitung „Israel Heute“ hatte davon eine Ahnung und schrieb im September diesen Jahres: „Es wird erwartet, dass die Krise (der Abschuss) Auswirkungen auf Israels Fähigkeit haben wird, Luftangriffe gegen iranische Ziele in Syrien durchzuführen. Bis jetzt haben die Russen die IAF-Angriffe gegen diese Ziele ignoriert und sie nur verurteilt.“

Unmittelbar nach diesem Coup des Netanyahu-Regimes stationierten die Russen in Syrien das Flugabwehr-Raketensystem des Komplexes S-300W. Das neue System kann ein 2.500 Quadratkilometer großes Gebiet vor Luftangriffen schützen. Seit dieser Zeit haben die Russen die Lufthoheit über Syrien. Und Bodentruppen ohne Luftunterstützung haben ziemlich schlechte Karten. Selbst in den aggressivsten US-Militär-Kreisen begriff man langsam, dass der Krieg in Syrien nicht mehr zu gewinnen war. Und was Trump zur Zeit als generöse Geste verkauft, ist nichts anders als ein eingezogener Schwanz.

Der türkische Diktator Erdogan, der zu gern noch ein paar Kurden in Syrien umbringen möchte, kann das nicht einsehen. Er droht mit einer Offensive auf syrischem Gebiet.

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Trump Scores, Breaks Generals’ 50-Year War Record – Global Research

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29-12-18 04:34:00,

The mainstream media has attacked President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria as impulsive, blindsiding his own national security team. But detailed, published accounts of the policy process over the course of the year tell a very different story. They show that senior national security officials and self-interested institutions have been playing a complicated political game for months aimed at keeping Trump from wavering on our indefinite presence on the ground in Syria.

The entire episode thus represents a new variant of a familiar pattern dating back to Vietnam in which national security advisors put pressure on reluctant presidents to go along with existing or proposed military deployments in a war zone. The difference here is that Trump, by publicly choosing a different policy, has blown up their transparent schemes and offered the country a new course, one that does not involve a permanent war state.

The relationship between Trump and his national security team has been tense since the beginning of his administration. By mid-summer 2017, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford had become so alarmed at Trump’s negative responses to their briefings justifying global U.S. military deployments that they decided to do a formal briefing in “the tank,” used by the Joint Chiefs for meetings at the Pentagon.

But when Mattis and Dunford sang the praises of the “rules-based, international democratic order” that has “kept the peace for 70 years,” Trump simply shook his head in disbelief.

By the end of that year, however, Mattis, Dunford, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo believed they’d succeeded in getting Trump to use U.S. troops not only to defeat Islamic State but to “stabilize” the entire northeast sector of Syria and balance Russian and Iranian-sponsored forces. Yet they ignored warning signs of Trump’s continuing displeasure with their vision of a more or less permanent American military presence in Syria.

In a March rally in Ohio ostensibly about health care reform, Trump suddenly blurted out, “We’re coming out of Syria, like, very soon. Let the other people take care of it now. Very soon—very soon we’re coming out.”

Then in early April 2018,

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Trump Pulling Out of Syria and Afghanistan? What is the Hidden Agenda? – Global Research

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26-12-18 10:24:00,

War on Syria

It is significant that US President Donald Trump has decided to withdraw his troops from Syria. The 14th December decision was followed immediately by another announcement by the President to pull out a sizable number of soldiers from Afghanistan where the US has been involved in a war for the last 17 years — the longest war in its history.

Both the decisions, especially the one on Syria, have been condemned by a lot of US Senators and Members of the House of Representatives. They feel that the decisions undermine the US’s role as a global power. US allies such as Britain and France have also criticised the pull-outs. By getting out of Syria in particular, the US has made it easier for certain powers from within and without the region to exert even more influence over the politics of that country and that of its neighbours to the detriment of the West. Most of the international media argue that US success in fighting the terrorists in Syria which Trump cited as the reason for the withdrawal will be rendered meaningless in no time since terrorist cells are still alive and capable of striking at civilians. In the case of Afghanistan, the US cut-back, the media contends, will expedite the Taliban’s goal of gaining total control over the country.

Conventional wisdom suggests that whether or not the US is around the Taliban will emerge victorious sooner than later. If anything, the US military presence — a foreign power on Afghan soil — has enhanced the Taliban’s reputation as a resistance force among the ordinary people. The eventual total withdrawal of the 16,000 US soldiers will allow the Afghan people themselves to determine their future which will be influenced to some extent at least by Afghanistan’s important neighbours, Pakistan, Iran, China, India and Russia.

If we now turn to the situation in Syria, we would realise that the US role in combating terrorism was limited. The Syrian Army, with the backing of the Lebanese Hezbollah, Iranian militias and the Russian military were primarily responsible for the defeat of the multitude of terrorist outfits in the country between 2012 and 2017. Indeed, there is more than enough evidence to show that some of the more prominent terrorist outfits were in different times and in different circumstances aided and abetted by institutions and organisations associated with the US,

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Sorry, Trump: Most ISIS Recruits in America Aren’t Immigrants, a New Study Suggests

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24-12-18 03:27:00,

Ask someone to close their eyes and picture a typical homegrown, American recruit for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Chances are the image that springs to mind is of a brown-skinned person with an immigrant background, likely with ties to the Middle East, South Asia, or North Africa. That image of the average accused terrorist might be out of date, a new study published by the Rand Corporation suggests. In the study, “Trends in the Draw of Americans to Foreign Terrorist Organizations from 9/11 to Today,” which sought to explore why ISIS has relative successes recruiting in the U.S., researchers found that in recent years the most common demographic profile for an accused terrorist motivated by “radical Islam” has been a native-born American, either white or African-American.

As the nature of terrorism changes, the average “jihadi” in the United States is starting to look less like the type of person President Donald Trump wants to ban from the country.

As the nature of terrorism changes — both ideologically and under the influence of new technologies like social media — the average “jihadi” in the United States is starting to look less like the type of person President Donald Trump wants to ban from the country. The finding has serious implications for immigration policies like the so-called Muslim ban, which posit terrorism as something naturally emanating from immigrant communities, particularly of Middle Eastern extraction.

The Rand study identified 476 individuals implicated in cases of “jihadist terrorism” in the United States in the 16 years following the September 11 attacks. (The Intercept also maintains a running database of terrorism cases called “Trial and Terror,” which includes a broader scope of offenses.) Of the individuals in the Rand study, 206 were of Middle Eastern, North African, and/or South-Central Asian background, accounting for about 43 percent of the cases. The study, however, notes that this number is “somewhat surprisingly” trending downward over time, stating that “in percentage terms the number of individuals of Middle Eastern, North African, and/or South Central Asian descent has declined in recent years relative to other demographics.”

The main driver of this phenomenon appears to have been the rise of ISIS. In the years 2014 to 2016 — the peak years of ISIS recruitment in the U.S.

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Trump geeft ‘groen licht’ voor Turkse invasie in Noord-Syrië | Uitpers

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24-12-18 11:50:00,

Een simpel telefoontje lijkt te volstaan om over het lot van de bevolking in Noord-Syrië te beslissen… In een Tweet (24/12) schrijft VS-president Trump dat Erdogan “mij zeer duidelijk heeft laten weten dat hij alles wat er nog over is van ISIS in Syrië zal uitroeien” en, zo vervolgt hij “hij is een man die het kan doen plus, Turkije ligt bij de deur. Onze troepen komen terug naar huis!” Turkije heeft al twee militaire invallen in Noord-Syrië uitgevoerd. De eerste, in de zomer van 2016, gaf voedsel aan speculaties dat Turkije eerder samenwerkt met de Islamitische Staat, dan ze te bestrijden. De Turkse inname van Jarablus (augustus 2016) – in samenwerking met islamisten van het Sham Legioen en met politieke en luchtsteun van de VS-coalitie – verliep erg makkelijk zonder veel tegenstand. “IS heeft nooit de stad verlaten, ze schoren gewoon hun baard af”, aldus een bron (IS-strijder) in de Britse krant The Independent.

Trump maakt een eind aan de Amerikaanse spreidstand tussen Turkije en de Koerdische PYD. Hij kiest voor het strategisch veel te belangrijk NAVO-bondgenootschap met Turkije en ook voor het miljardencontract voor luchtdoelraketten dat onderdeel is van de deal tussen beide presidenten.

Inmiddels zijn de militaire voorbereidingen volop aan de gang. Gisteren trokken grote Turkse militaire konvooien richting Manbij (onder controle van de Democratische Federatie in Noordelijk Syrië) en naar de grensstreek ten zuiden van Sanli Urfa. De salafistische bondgenoten van Turkije (het ‘Nationale Leger’) concentreren hun milities aan de frontlijn ten oosten van Jarablus.

Binnen de NAVO is er evenwel onenigheid. Afgelopen week trok een delegatie van het SDF (de Syrische Democratische Krachten van de Democratische Federatie) naar Parijs dat zijn steun heeft toegezegd. Sindsdien zijn er patrouilles met Franse troepen waargenomen in de Manbij-regio. Alle ingrediënten zijn aanwezig voor een grote clash.

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Reactions To Trump’s Syria Withdrawal Plan Say More Than The Plan Itself

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22-12-18 01:12:00,

President Trump has ordered the withdrawal of US troops from Syria, which is reportedly expected to take 60-100 days or 30 days depending on who you ask. According to Kurdish forces in eastern Syria the withdrawal of American as well as French troops is already underway, though France is saying it’s staying. The number of troops to be withdrawn which keeps getting repeated in the news is 2,000, but there’ve been reports that the actual number of US ground troops in Syria is closer to 4,000. The US-led airstrike campaign against Islamic State will reportedly continue.

Trump says the withdrawal is because ISIS has been defeated in Syria, but others are pointing to the conspicuous timing of his recent chat with Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdoğan, who has announced a coming military operation against Kurdish forces in Syria east of the Euphrates in the near future, as the more likely reason. An anonymous senior US official has told Reuters that the two leaders didn’t discuss a US withdrawal from Syria, but the timing of the conversation as well as a recent $3.5 billion arms deal with Turkey indicates the the US withdrawal and Erdoğan’s planned military assault could very well be related. The Kurds put all their eggs in the basket of US support out of a desire to create their own nation, and a US withdrawal means they’ll be forced to either court an alliance with Damascus, as some analysts believe will happen, or risk being trapped between hostile Turkish forces and hostile Syrian coalition forces as the Assad government races to reclaim Syrian territory.

Beyond that, it’s hard to tell what’s actually happening. I’ll be astonished if there is an actual US withdrawal from Syria without any residual or proxy forces left behind, and it remains extremely possible that US troops won’t leave at all, especially if another conveniently timed “chemical weapons attack” gets attributed to Damascus. This administration has been going back and forth and back and forth about what its Syria policy actually is ever since Trump took office, and it won’t be the least bit surprising if we end up seeing very little change in US military presence.

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Trump’s bold geopolitical pivot, will the Deep State retaliate?

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21-12-18 03:20:00,

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and former U.S. Army Special Operations Officer and global psychological warfare counter-terrorism analyst Scott Bennett take a quick look at US President Donald Trump decision to disengage from Syria and bring American troops home. Does this mark a major turning point and pivot away from years of a failed and disastrous US foreign policy dogma in the Middle East that has left the region in ruins.

How will the Deep State and neocon warmongers react and retaliate to US President Trump’s decision to deliver what he promised during his presidential campaign…an end to the military industrial complex wars.

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Meanwhile, Trump continues a bold US military disengagement in never ending, bullshit wars started by Bush and Obama. Zerohedge that US President Trump has ordered a major Afghan drawdown with 7,000 troops set to return to the US in the coming weeks…

CNN warns “officials brace for Trump announcement on Afghanistan” after Trump’s Wednesday bombshell Syria troop pullout announcement. He’s now initiated “a major drawdown” of forces in Afghanistan too, and while inside the beltway neocon heads might continue to explode, the broader public for which the seventeen year long Afghan war is deeply unpopular will no doubt cheer the move. And already NBC reports Thursday evening based on defense sources the White House has asked the Pentagon to draw up plans presenting “multiple options” including a “complete withdrawal”. Following the “options” order it now appears Trump has pulled the trigger and “ordered the start of a reduction of American forces in Afghanistan” according to a breaking WSJ report:

More than 7,000 American troops will begin to return home from Afghanistan in the coming weeks, a U.S. official said. The move will come as the first stage of a phased drawdown and the start of a conclusion to the 17-year war that officials say could take at least many months.

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Trump Announces Withdrawal — Hollywood Liberal Heads Explode

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21-12-18 09:40:00,

These hysterical entitled people think Syria is their property

The announcement by President Trump that US troops would be leaving Syria has been met with anger not just by neocons, but by Hollywood ‘liberals’ too. Aren’t progressives supposed to oppose wars and illegal occupations?

Of course, we have to be cautious. Trump’s announcement of a troop withdrawal from Syria, for now at least, is just words. We need to see evidence of soldiers leaving before we start to celebrate. We need to read the small print with a large Sherlock Holmes-style magnifying glass.

Even so, it’s a positive development as it marks a further winding down of the conflict. Some though don’t see it that way.

We knew neocons would be upset by the news. They want the US to be in Syria forever. We knew Britain and France – who have invested so much in trying to bring down the Assad government – wouldn’t be happy either. But it’s the reaction of Hollywood liberals which is the interesting thing.

I’m old enough to remember when liberals hummed Pete Seeger songs and marched against wars and illegal occupations of global south countries. When they denounced imperialism and the racist attitudes which underpinned it.

Today, they seem to support imperialism, war and military occupations.

They’ve gone from being anti-war to anti anti-war. The bogus doctrine of ‘humanitarian interventionism’, promoted by warmongers to sell old fashioned wars of plunder, and rampant Russophobia, which blames the ‘Evil Putin’ for just about everything, have clearly addled quite a few brains.  

Mia Farrow is worried that a US exit from Syria “benefits Russia, ISIS-still active, Iran and Assad’ and is also concerned that the Donald did not “consult the Pentagon.

Would she have had such complaints if the US president had ordered an immediate withdrawal from Vietnam in 1968?

For good measure Mia also retweets hard-right neocon South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham who calls withdrawal of US troops from Syria, a “huge Obama-like mistake” and a “stain on the honour of the United States”. I can think of quite a few things in recent years which have been a ‘stain on the honour of the United States’: removing troops from Syria is not one of them.

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Trump haalt troepen weg uit Syrië

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20-12-18 08:35:00,

Met een simpele tweet gaf Donald Trump vandaag de Amerikaanse troepen het bevel zich terug te trekken uit Syrië. Hoeveel dat er juist zijn is onduidelijk. Officieel gaat het over 2.000 soldaten maar dat is vermoedelijk een grove onderschatting. Daar moeten immers zeker ook allerlei huurlingenlegertjes bij gerekend worden. Verder zijn er ook Franse en vermoedelijk Britse soldaten aanwezig. En deze zullen zo te horen dan ook vertrekken.

Totaal onverwacht

De beslissing van Trump komt totaal onverwacht zelfs al had hij reeds herhaalde malen laten verstaan zijn troepen er te willen weghalen. Maar nog recent kondigde de Amerikaanse generaal Joseph Dunford, de chef van de Generale Staf, aan dat men 40.000 leden van de Koerdische YPG/PKK en wat Arabische huurlingen ging trainen en bewapenen. Tot woede van Turkije.

Verder had generaal John Mattis, minister van Defensie, vorige week nog het bevel gegeven om aan de Turkse grens observatieposten in te richten om de PKK/YPG zo te beschermen tegen mogelijke Turkse invallen. De zaak dreigde dan ook te escaleren tot een oorlog tussen de VS en Turkije, twee leden van de NAVO. En dus is er de vraag wat nu met beider relaties?

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Een van de ontelbare leugens van president Donald Trump maar een goede zaak voor Syrië en de regio. Het is in wezen het einde van de Pax Americana in de regio en een waarschuwing aan het adres van Israël dat kan tellen. Barack Obama begon de oorlog, Donald Trump stopt hem. Het was hoe dan ook een zoveelste uitzichtloze zaak voor het Pentagon.

Volgens de persberichten zouden de Amerikanen vandaag en morgen al hun civiel personeel verbonden aan Buitenlandse Zaken terugtrekken en de militairen volgens het persbureau Reuters binnen de 30 tot 60 dagen. Het bericht kwam voor zowat alle Amerikaanse betrokken bij dit dossier zowel bij het Pentagon als de CIA en Buitenlandse Zaken als een totale verrassing.

De Franse regering noch het leger hebben tot heden echter voor zover geweten al publiek op de zaak gereageerd. De zaak werd in Parijs tot heden er ook grotendeels stilgehouden. Of hoe het Franse imperialisme zich nog maar eens belachelijk maakte. De Force de Farce!

Over die aanwezigheid van het Amerikaanse leger in Oost-Syrië zijn in Washington de voorbije maanden allerlei tegengestelde verklaringen afgelegd.

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USA: Trump droht erneut mit der Stilllegung der Regierung | www.konjunktion.info

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12-12-18 08:04:00,

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Präsident Donald Trump hat lange gesagt, er will die Regierungsarbeit einstellen, um die Demokraten zu zwingen, die Grenzmauer zu finanzieren, die er ursprünglich versprochen hatte, und dass Mexiko diese bezahlt.

“Wenn wir unsere Regierungsarbeit einstellen müssen, bauen wir diese Mauer”, sagte er im Juli 2017.

Bis jetzt hat er sich zurückgehalten. Der Präsident ist jedoch nun bereit, seinen eigenen Wunsch zu erfüllen, da die Tätigkeitserlaubnis für mehrere Bundesbehörden am 21. Dezember ausläuft.

Nachdem Trump die Reporter zu einem heiklen Austausch bei seinem ersten Treffen seit mehr als einem Jahr mit dem Minderheitenführer des Senats Chuck Schumer und der Minderheitenanführerin des Kongress Nancy Pelosi am Dienstag eingeladen hatte, gaben ihm die Demokraten die Schuld oder die Verantwortung, wenn [die Regierung] ohne Geld da steht und die Regierungsarbeit eingestellt werden muss.

Pelosi, eine kalifornische Demokratin, die voraussichtlich im Januar Kongresssprecherin wird, verwies in der Sitzung auf eine teilweise Schließung der Regierung als einen “Trump-Stillstand”.

(President Donald Trump has long said that he wants to shut the government down as a means to force Democrats to fund the border wall he initially promised would be paid for by Mexico.

“If we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” he said in July 2017.

Until now, he has held off. But with operating authority for several federal agencies due to expire Dec. 21, the president is finally ready to grant his own wish.

After Trump invited reporters to sit in for a testy exchange at his first meeting in more than a year with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday, the Democrats teed him up to shoulder the credit or blame if the money runs out and the government is forced to close down.

Pelosi, a California Democrat who is expected to become House speaker in January, referred in the meeting to a partial government closure as the “Trump shutdown.”)

Wieder steht einmal die Finanzierung der Regierungsgeschäfte der USA im Mittelpunkt. Wieder einmal geht den USA das Geld in Teilbereichen aus. Und wieder einmal wird das Ganze dazu genutzt,

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Trump Regime Arming and Training Ukrainian Forces for War. Should Donbass Join Russia? – Global Research

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10-12-18 07:17:00,

The Ukraine Freedom Support Act (UFSA) of 2014 authorized US lethal and non-lethal aid to Kiev. 

The US and other NATO countries supply its forces with heavy and other weapons, along with training to use them. The only external threats its regime faces are invented one. No real ones exist.

A state of war initiated by Ukraine exists between the US-installed puppet regime and Donbass freedom fighters – breaking away from Kiev over wanting democratic governance, rejecting illegitimate fascist rule.

In April 2014, less than two months after the Obama regime’s coup, replacing democratic governance with Nazi-infested putschists, Ukrainian forces attacked the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk (DPR and LPR) in Donbass.

US orchestrated war continues intermittently. Washington and Kiev willfully undermined Minsk I and II conflict resolution agreements, wanting war, not peace, near Russia’s border.

Full scale war could resume any time. Last week, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the Ukrainian Poroshenko regime is “ready to do anything, even unleash a new blitzkrieg in southeastern Ukraine” (the Donbass region), adding:

“(W)e have been hearing about ongoing preparations for possible military actions by the Ukrainian armed forces in Donbass.”

“(T)he Kiev regime is trying to use the cover of information noise to direct the international community’s attention to its own provocation in the Kerch Strait which it tries to pass off as aggressive actions taken by Russia.”

“Substantial offensive forces are being redeployed in that region and dispersed along the contact line. (P)hotos of tank units redeployed to Mariupol were posted on social media.”

“(A)irborne assault and mechanized brigades of the Ukrainian armed forces are being redeployed in the conflict zone. In November, the personnel of these brigades underwent training at the training ranges in the Zhytomyr and Lvov regions overseen by the US, Canadian and British instructors.”

“(M)artial law is (a pretext), conceal(ing) plans to stage another provocation in Donbass,” portrayed as “Russian aggression.”

The Trump and Theresa May regimes appear to be planning more aggression in Donbass by Ukrainian forces – to be launched whenever the US and Britain order their Kiev proxies to attack.

Resumption of full-scale war could come any time,

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Trump Can’t Drain the Swamp and Support the Empire – They Are the Same Thing

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10-12-18 07:02:00,

“It is the vasty deep of that $500 billion larder which gives rise to the forces that thwart the Donald’s desire to drain the Swamp.”

The author is a prominent American politician, businessman, publicist and author. He was Ronald Reagan’s Budget Director, and a congressman from Michigan. He is a frequent commentator on the major financial TV networks on the state of the economy. You could describe him as America’s financial conscience and scold – and he’s been doing it for 40 years, he famously broke with Reagan over his budget-busting ways.

He writes frequently about the perversity of US policy towards Russia, and we reproduce his work here when he does. See the full archive of his articles on RI here.

You can’t build the Empire and drain the Swamp at the same time. That’s because the Swamp is largely the fruit of Empire. And it’s also the reason that the Donald is being rapidly undone.

Indeed, it is the Empire’s $800 billion national security budget which feeds Washington’s vast complex of weapons suppliers, intelligence contractors, national security bureaucrats, NGOs, think tanks, K-street lobbies, so-called “law” firms and all-purpose racketeers. It’s what accounts for the Imperial City’s unseemly and ill-gotten prosperity.

It goes without saying that the number one priority of these denizens of Empire is to keep the gravy train rolling. That is accomplished by inventing and exaggerating threats to America’s homeland security and by formulating far-flung and misbegotten missions designed to extend and reinforce Washington’s global hegemony.

As we demonstrate elsewhere, a true homeland security defense budget would consist of the strategic nuclear triad and modest conventional forces to defend the nation’s shoreline and air space; it would cost about $250 billion per year plus a few $10 billion more for a State Department which minded its own business.

So the $500 billion difference is the fiscal cost of Empire, which is pushing the US toward an immense generational fiscal crisis. But it’s also a measure of the giant larder that fills the Swamp with the projects and busywork of Washington’s global hegemony.

In fact, it is the vasty deep of that $500 billion larder which gives rise to the forces that not only thwart the Donald’s desire to drain the Swamp,

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Trump Has Been Broken by the Military/Security Complex – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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09-12-18 04:34:00,

Trump Has Been Broken by the Military/Security Complex

Paul Craig Roberts

In order to protect himself from the military/security complex, President Trump has abandoned his intention of normalizing relations with Russia. Just as the neoconservative ideology needs US hegemony, the military/security complex needs an enemy to justify the $1,000 billion annual budget. The Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama regimes have crafted Russia into that enemy. Trump intended to change that, but he has been prevented.

Russiagate is the orchestration used to force President Trump into submission.

As Stephen Cohen, a few others and I have emphasized, the risk of nuclear war from the orchestrated confrontation with Russia is the highest ever with the situation today being more dangerous than during the Cold War. During the Cold War, both Washington and Moscow worked to reduce tensions and to build trust, but in the 21st century Washington has destroyed trust.

The Russians have been very patient and have avoided belligerence in response to Washington’s insults and provocations, but now they announce “Russian patience is at an end.”

Andrey Kortunov blames Trump, but the problem is the neoconservatives, the military/security complex, and presstitute media, a combination that has proved itself to be too powerful of a combination for a mere president. The Democratic Party and the liberal/progressive/left are complicit in the tragedy. They have permitted their hate to subvert judgment with the consequence that nuclear war again threatens life on earth.

One Snub Too Many: Kremlin Ready to Turn Against Trump as Patience Coming to an End

https://russia-insider.com/en/one-snub-too-many-kremlin-ready-turn-against-trump-patience-coming-end/ri25615

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Trump Administration to Auction Off 900,000 Acres for Fracking in Nevada – Global Research

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04-12-18 04:20:00,

The Trump administration plans to auction more than 900,000 acres for oil and gas extraction on the doorstep of Nevada’s only national park and other protected public lands. It would be the largest single lease sale of public lands in the lower 48 states in at least a decade.

“The Trump administration is doubling down on its reckless ‘drill-anywhere’ strategy,” said Patrick Donnelly, Nevada state director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Nevadans cherish our national park and wildlife refuges. It’s disgusting that Trump officials are willing to permanently defile these spectacular places to appease the oil industry.”

The Bureau of Land Management lease sale, scheduled for March 12, 2019, will auction off public land next to Great Basin National Park and Ruby Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, an internationally known migratory waterfowl stopover cherished by birders and hunters.

One parcel comes within a half-mile of South Ruby Lake, where a spill of fracking fluids or a well failure could contaminate one of the Great Basin’s most vibrant aquatic ecosystems.

Great Basin National Park has been designated an International Dark Sky Park in recognition of its remoteness. The area surrounding the park is undisturbed except for a few multigenerational ranches.

The plan threatens imperiled wildlife, including greater sage grouse, since the massive lease sale includes hundreds of thousands of acres of important grouse habitat. The sale also covers tens of thousands of acres of designated critical habitat for the federally protected desert tortoise and parcels adjacent to springs harboring rare native fish, including the threatened Railroad Valley springfish.

“Every time the BLM invites the oil and gas industry to drill and frack sage-grouse habitat, the grouse moves closer to extinction,” said Kelly Fuller, energy and mining campaign director for Western Watersheds Project. “The BLM needs to stop leasing sage-grouse habitat, period.”

The BLM deferred roughly 400,000 acres of sage-grouse habitat from an October auction to the March sale in response to a federal court order, stemming from a lawsuit filed by the Center, Western Watersheds and Advocates for the West.

“The BLM is doing the absolute minimum to claim it’s complying with the court order,” Donnelly said. “Meanwhile the agency is rushing ahead with the illegal action that prompted the lawsuit in the first place,

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Trump Foreign Policy: Doing the Same Thing and Expecting a Different Result – Global Research

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04-12-18 04:19:00,

After a week of insisting that a meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Argentina was going to happen, President Trump at the last minute sent out a Tweet explaining that due to a Russia/Ukraine dispute in the Sea of Azov he would no longer be willing to meet his Russian counterpart.

According to Trump, the meeting had to be cancelled because the Russians seized three Ukrainian naval vessels in Russian waters that refused to follow instructions from the Russian military. But as Pat Buchanan wrote in a recent column: how is this little dispute thousands of miles away any of our business?

Unfortunately it is “our business” because of President Obama’s foolish idea to overthrow a democratically-elected, pro-Russia government in Ukraine in favor of what his Administration believed would be a “pro-Western” and “pro-NATO” replacement. In short, the Obama Administration did openly to Ukraine what his Democratic Party claims without proof the Russians did to the United States: meddled in a vote.

US interventionism in Ukraine led to the 2014 coup and many dead Ukrainians. Crimea’s majority-Russian population held a referendum and decided to re-join Russia rather than remain in a “pro-West” Ukraine that immediately began discriminating against them. Why would anyone object to people opting out of abusive relationships?

What is most disappointing about President Trump’s foreign policy is that it didn’t have to be this way. He ran on a platform of America first, ending foreign wars, NATO skepticism, and better relations with Russia. Americans voted for this policy. He had a mandate, a rejection of Obama’s destructive interventionism.

But he lost his nerve.

Instead of being the president who ships lethal weapons to the Ukrainian regime, instead of being the president who insists that Crimea remain in Ukraine, instead of being the president who continues policies the American people clearly rejected at the ballot box, Trump could have blamed the Ukraine/Russia mess on the failed Obama foreign policy and charted a very different course. What flag flies over Crimea is none of our business. We are not the policemen of the world and candidate Trump seemed to have understood that.

But now Trump’s in a trap. He was foolish enough to believe that Beltway foreign policy “experts” have a clue about what really is American national interest.

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Trump Administration Approves Harmful Airgun Blasting in Atlantic – Global Research

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02-12-18 03:01:00,

The Trump administration today approved five permits that allow harm to whales, dolphins and other animals so companies can search for oil off the Atlantic Coast using loud seismic airgun blasts. Allowing these exploration activities from Delaware to Florida is the first step toward opening the Atlantic to new oil drilling, as the administration proposed in January. 

“The Trump administration is giving the oil industry permission to launch a brutal sonic assault on North Atlantic right whales and other wildlife,” said Kristen Monsell, ocean program legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “These airgun blasts will injure and kill marine animals, and are the gateway to opening the East Coast to offshore drilling and toxic oil spills. We’ll fight to protect endangered right whales from these deafening blasts and the drilling and spilling that could come next.”

The announcement comes following the death of at least 20 endangered North Atlantic right whales since April 2017, and years of population decline. Scientists estimate that the population now contains only 411 animals.

The permits allow the firing of seismic airguns from ships every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day, for weeks at a time, at a noise level that would rupture a human eardrum. More than 220 municipalities along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts have formally opposed oil and gas drilling and seismic airgun blasting.

Shortly before leaving office, the Obama administration denied these seismic applications, partly because of their harmful impact on right whales and other marine mammals. But in May 2017, the Trump administration revoked that denial and announced it was reconsidering the permits.

“It’s just so sad to see whales and dolphins acoustically attacked in the search for oil we shouldn’t be drilling anyway,” Monsell said. “We need to protect the Atlantic, not let industry destroy it.”

In 2015, 75 scientists found that opening the Atlantic Ocean to seismic airgun exploration “poses an unacceptable risk of serious harm to marine life.” The scientists also warned of “significant, long-lasting, and widespread” harm to fish and marine mammal populations should the blasting proceed.

The seismic blasts, which can reach more than 250 decibels, can cause hearing loss in marine mammals, disturb essential behaviors such as feeding and breeding over vast distances,

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Trump en China: koude of warme oorlog?

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30-11-18 11:37:00,

Op het eerste zicht draait het dispuut tussen de VS en China om oneerlijke concurrentie en diefstal van intellectuele eigendommen. Bij nader toezien gaat het om iets veel fundamenteler, namelijk verwoede pogingen van Washington voor het behoud van de alleenheerschappij over deze planeet. Komt het tot een clash tussen de twee titanen? Tekst en uitleg door China-watcher Marc Vandepitte.

De VS kwam als grote overwinnaar uit de Tweede Wereldoorlog. Alle oude en opkomende grootmachten zaten compleet aan de grond. In Washington droomden ze van een nieuwe wereldorde waarin alleen zij het voor zeggen hebben. Helaas dwarsboomden de snelle heropbouw van de Sovjet-Unie en het doorbreken van het nucleaire monopolie die plannen.

Een halve eeuw later werd die droom dan toch waar met de val van de Berlijnse Muur en de implosie van de Sovjet-Unie. Voortaan waren er geen belemmeringen meer voor de alleenheerschappij. De VS werd eindelijk de onbetwiste leider van de wereldpolitiek en wil dat ook zo houden. Het Pentagon in 1992: “Ons eerste objectief is het verhinderen dat er een nieuwe rivaal op het wereldtoneel verschijnt. We moeten de potentiële concurrenten er van afhouden om zelfs maar te streven naar een grotere rol op regionaal of wereldvlak.” (onze cursivering)

Op dat moment vormde China (nog) geen bedreiging. De economie was onderontwikkeld en het bnp was maar een derde van dat van de VS. Militair stelde het land niets voor. China werd vooral gezien als een interessant economisch wingewest: het heeft een reusachtig contingent van goedkope, gedisciplineerde arbeidskrachten en op termijn vormt het met een vijfde van de wereldbevolking een aantrekkelijke afzetmarkt voor Westerse producten. Omgekeerd mikte China op buitenlandse investeringen en op de wereldmarkt om zich snel te kunnen ontwikkelen.

In het Westen koesterde men de illusie dat met de economische ‘opening’ in China het kapitalisme onomkeerbaar zal binnensijpelen en het op termijn zal overnemen van het communistisch regime. Twee vliegen in een klap dus: economisch gunstige perspectieven voor de multinationals enerzijds en de uitschakeling van een ideologische rivaal anderzijds. Dat is de reden waarom China in 2001 wordt toegelaten tot de Wereldhandelsorganisatie.

De toetreding tot de WTO is in elk geval een ware boost voor de Chinese economie. In 1995 stond het land nog op de elfde plaats op de lijst van uitvoerders van goederen.

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Steun Trump voor Saoedi-Arabië is identiek aan Obama en hun voorgangers

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22-11-18 05:35:00,

De Amerikaanse mainstream pers doet heel verontwaardigd over de steun die president Trump blijft geven aan de Saoedische kroonprins. Dat heeft alles te maken met hun afkeer van Trump, niet met Saoedi-Arabië, dat ze tot voor kort altijd ruim hebben verdedigd als een “sterke bondgenoot”. Trump reproduceert getrouw het beleid van alle vorige presidenten voor hem.

Onafhankelijk journalist Glenn Greenwald is categoriek. Zijn reactie op de recente verklaring van president Trump vat hij zo samen: “Trumps amorele Saoedi-verklaring is een tientallen jaren oude, loepzuivere uitdrukking van ‘Amerikaanse waarden’ en een traditionele weergave van het Amerikaanse buitenlandse beleid” (zie Trump’s Amoral Saudi Statement Is a Pure Expression of Decades-Old “U.S. Values” and Foreign Policy Orthodoxies).

“Stabiele partner”

In zijn reeds enige tijd verwachte verklaring over de Amerikaanse betrekkingen met Saoedi-Arabië naar aanleiding van de gruwelijke moord op Jamal Khashoggi zei president Trump onder meer: “De VS willen een stabiele partner van Saoedi-Arabië blijven om de belangen van ons land, Israël en andere partners in de regio te verzekeren.”

En verder: “Saoedi-Arabië is de grootste olieproducerende natie in de wereld. Van de 450 miljard dollar (394 miljard euro, die Saoedi-Arabië heeft beloofd voor bestellingen bij Amerikaanse bedrijven, nvdr) zal 110 miljard gaan naar aankoop van militair materiaal bij Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon en vele ander grote wapenfabrikanten in de VS.”

In de Amerikaanse pers werd op die verklaring met grote verontwaardiging gereageerd (Zie de volledige verklaring van president Trump in Trump’s statement smearing Jamal Khashoggi and giving Saudi Arabia a pass, annotated).


Greenwald herleidt die voorgewende boosheid tot zijn ware dimensie: “Zijn verklaring veroorzaakte onmiddellijk en heel voorspelbaar pompeuze afkeuringen die het voorstelden alsof de houding van Trump een afwijking zou zijn, een smartelijke verkrachting van aloude Amerikaanse waarden en buitenlands beleid, eerder dan wat zijn beleid in feite écht is: een perfect voorbeeld – misschien een beetje platter en openhartiger uitgedrukt dan gewoonlijk – van hoe de VS zichzelf gedraagt en heeft gedragen in de wereld, minstens sinds het einde van de Tweede Wereldoorlog.”

Het sprookje van vrijheid en democratie

“De reactie (op de verklaring van Trump) was zo intens omdat het sprookje van de VS als verdediger van vrijheid en mensenrechten in de wereld een van de meest doordringende en krachtige slagzwaarden is van de westerse propaganda.

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Trump Claims He Knows “Nothing” About the Julian Assange He Cited Hundreds of Times in His Campaign – Global Research

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22-11-18 04:06:00,

President Donald Trump told a reporter outside the White House on Tuesday that he doesn’t “know anything” about WikiLeaks founder and former editor Julian Assange, whose political asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London is believed to be under threat largely from pressure by the U.S. government.

Trump’s statements have been widely criticized as hypocritical, given that he heavily promoted WikiLeaks’ release of emails from the Democratic National Committee and former Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta in the months and weeks prior to the October 2016 presidential election.

Trump claimed to know very little about Assange or his increasingly precarious situation when a reporter had asked him “Should Julian Assange go free?”

The question was a likely response to the recent news that the Department of Justice was set to indict Assange with the intent of immediately prompting his extradition, as well as the apparently accidental revelation that the DOJ has a sealed indictment waiting for Assange should he ever be extradited to the United States.

President Trump is asked, “Should Julian Assange go free?”
Trump: “I don’t know anything about him. Really. I don’t know much about him. I really don’t.” pic.twitter.com/3RT12rAaB9

— Andrew Blake (@apblake) November 20, 2018

I don’t know the guy, I just used him to get elected

In response to a question on whether Assange should be prosecuted or not, Trump responded that

“I don’t know anything about him. Really. I don’t know much about him. I really don’t.”

However, footage of Trump mentioning WikiLeaks and its releases over 140 times in October 2016 alone has since resurfaced, suggesting that Trump’s recent claims of ignorance in regard to Assange and WikiLeaks are insincere at best.

While Trump heavily promoted WikiLeaks prior to winning the 2016 election, his administration has since taken an aggressive stance towards WikiLeaks and Assange as well as towards government whistleblowers and leakers.

For example, Jeff Sessions, the former attorney general who was forced to resign earlier this month, had stated last year that Assange’s arrest was a “priority.” The Trump administration’s aggressive pursuit of Assange has also been revealed by statements made by top administration officials such as current Secretary of State and former CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence as well as several U.S.

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Trump äussert sich zum Fall Khashoggi

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22-11-18 09:18:00,

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Trump’s Amoral Saudi Statement is a Pure and Honest Expression of Decades-Old “U.S. Values” and Foreign Policy Orthodoxies

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21-11-18 03:13:00,

Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a statement proclaiming that, notwithstanding the anger toward the Saudi Crown Prince over the gruesome murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, “the United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region.” To justify his decision, Trump cited the fact that “Saudi Arabia is the largest oil producing nation in the world” and claimed that “of the $450 billion [the Saudis plan to spend with U.S. companies], $110 billion will be spent on the purchase of military equipment from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and many other great U.S. defense contractors.”

This statement instantly and predictably produced pompous denunciations pretending that Trump’s posture was a deviation from, a grievous violation of, long-standing U.S. values and foreign policy rather than what it actually and obviously is: a perfect example – perhaps stated a little more bluntly and candidly than usual – of how the U.S. has conducted itself in the world since at least the end of World War II.

The reaction was so intense because the fairy tale about the U.S. standing up for freedom and human rights in the world is one of the most pervasive and powerful prongs of western propaganda, the one relied upon by U.S. political and media elites to convince not just the U.S. population but also themselves of their own righteousness, even as they spend decades lavishing the world’s worst tyrants and despots with weapons, money, intelligence and diplomatic protection to carry out atrocities of historic proportions.

After all, if you have worked in high-level foreign policy positions in Washington, or at the think thanks and academic institutions that support those policies, or in the corporate media outlets that venerate those who rise to the top of those precincts (and which increasingly hire those security state officials as news analysts), how do you justify to yourself that you’re still a good person even though you arm, prop up, empower and enable the world’s worst monsters, genocides, and tyrannies?

Simple: by pretending that you don’t do any of that, that such acts are contrary to your system of values, that you actually work to oppose rather than protect such atrocities,

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Trump Quietly Orders Elimination of Assange

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18-11-18 04:43:00,

Authored by James George Jatras via Strategic Culture:

Was $25 million in American tax dollars allocated for a payoff to stir up religious turmoil and violence in Ukraine? Did Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (unsuccessfully) attempt to divert most of it into his own pocket?

Last month the worldwide Orthodox Christian communion was plunged into crisis by the decision of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in Constantinople to recognize as legitimate schismatic pseudo-bishops anathematized by the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which is an autonomous part of the Russian Orthodox Church. In so doing not only has Patriarch Bartholomew besmirched the global witness of Orthodoxy’s two-millennia old Apostolic faith, he has set the stage for religious strife in Ukraine and fratricidal violence – which has already begun.

Starting in July, when few were paying attention, this analyst warned about the impending dispute and how it facilitated the anti-Christian moral agenda of certain marginal “Orthodox” voices like “Orthodoxy in Dialogue,” Fordham University’s “Orthodox Christian Studies Center,” and The Wheel. These “self-professed teachers presume to challenge the moral teachings of the faith” (in the words of Fr. John Parker) and “prowl around, wolves in sheep’s clothing, forming and shaping false ideas about the reality of our life in Christ.” Unsurprisingly such groups have embraced Constantinople’s neopapal self-aggrandizement and support for the Ukrainian schismatics.

No one – and certainly not this analyst – would accuse Patriarch Bartholomew, most Ukrainian politicians, or even the Ukrainian schismatics of sympathizing with advocacy of such anti-Orthodox values. And yet these advocates know they cannot advance their goals if the conciliar and traditional structure of Orthodoxy remains intact. Thus they welcome efforts by Constantinople to centralize power while throwing the Church into discord, especially the Russian Church, which is vilified in some Western circles precisely because it is a global beacon of traditional Christian moral witness.

This aspect points to another reason for Western governments to support Ukrainian autocephaly as a spiritual offensive against Russia and Orthodoxy. The post-Maidan leadership harp on the “European choice” the people of Ukraine supposedly made in 2014,

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Trump, Pence, Bolton and Kushner Won’t be Posted Overseas or Drafted into the Military: It’ll be Your Husband and Your Sons! – Global Research

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14-11-18 10:48:00,

The US National Archives contains the records of 58,220 U.S. military fatal casualties of the Vietnam War. These were American casualties, men from families just like yours and mine.

The human costs of the long conflict were harsh for all involved. Not until 1995 did Vietnam release its official estimate of war dead: as many as 2 million civilians on both sides and some 1.1 million North Vietnamese and Viet Cong fighters. The U.S. military has estimated that between 200,000 and 250,000 South Vietnamese soldiers died in the war. In 1982 the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C., inscribed with the names of 57,939 members of U.S. armed forces who had died or were missing as a result of the war. Over the following years, additions to the list have brought the total past 58,200.

As you read this, Donald Trump, his son-in-law and their coterie of advisors are currently planning an attack on Iran, in conjunction with Saudi Arabia and Israel, after first deliberately and openly bankrupting the Iranian oil industry by the imposition of crippling trading sanctions. All this in direct violation of the will of the United Nations Security Council, the European Union, Russia and China etc..

That conflict will require American troops, probably over 100,000, to invade and then install an army of occupation in Tehran. Hundreds of thousands will likely die on either side as the US-Saudi-Israeli armed forces attack an innocent nation of over 80,000 civilians in a likely precursor to WW3.

It won’t be until the funeral caskets start to arrive back at US air bases in Glendale, Tampa, Great Falls and Montgomery that the nation will wake up to the horrendous disaster that the Trump family White House will have initiated at the behest of the odious Saudi-Israel alliance against Iran.

But it will, by then, be far too late for the American and Iranian bereaved and grieving families in Illinois, Teheran, Ohio, Isfahan, Alaska, Mashhad and Arizona.

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Hans Stehling (pen name) is a political analyst from the UK. He is a frequent contributor to Global Research.

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Tagesdosis 13.11.2018 – Gibt Trump den Hanf frei? | KenFM.de

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13-11-18 11:53:00,

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Mit dem Ergebnis der Halbzeitwahlen in den USA können sich beide Seiten als Gewinner fühlen: die Demokraten haben wieder eine Mehrheit im Parlament und die Republikaner haben ihre Mehrheit im Senat ausgebaut, was Trump als großen Sieg feiert. Ansonsten wird sich im US-amerikanischen Einparteiensystem mit zwei rechten Flügeln nicht viel ändern – im Wahlkampf waren die permanente Aufrüstung und die Kriege in aller Welt kein Thema. Daran wird wohl auch die Tatsache nichts ändern, dass jetzt so viele Frauen wie nie zuvor ins Repräsentantenhaus gewählt wurden –  denn #me too gilt ja nun leider auch für den Drohnenkrieg und die Bombardements in aller Welt. Die werden also weiter gehen, während an der “Heimatfront” wegen der neuen Mehrheiten noch ein wenig mehr politisches Theater in Sachen “russian collusion” veranstaltet wird, allerdings weiter ohne Ergebnis, denn für ein “impeachment”  Trumps bräuchte es eine 2/3-Mehrheit im Senat. Donald wird also weiter über “fake news” twittern, die liberalen Medien werden weiter beweisen, dass er nur lügt und betrügt… während das imperiale Kriegsgeschäft weiter läuft as usual.

Auf einem Nebenkriegsschauplatz – dem “War on Drugs” – könnten sich allerdings einige positive Entwicklungen abzeichnen: mit dem Staat Michigan hat bei der Wahl der neunte Bundesstaat für die vollständige Re-Legalisierung von Cannabis gestimmt. Im sehr konservativen Utah und in Missouri wurde die medizinische Verwendung legalisiert, die nunmehr in 33 der 50 US-Staaten wieder möglich ist. Weder die Regierung Obamas noch Trump konnten sich bisher dazu durchringen, die Hanf-Prohibition auch auf Bundesebene endlich zu beenden und hier könnte sich nach den Midterms jetzt etwas tun. Zum einen hat Trump mit Jeff Sessions gerade einen Justizminister gefeuert, der in der Vergangenheit stets als Prohibitionist der übelsten Sorte aufgetreten ist – und zum anderen hat im Senat  eine parteiübergreifende Initiative ein neues Gesetz eingebracht, dass die Cannabis-Industrie in den Staaten vor strafrechtlicher Verfolgung auf Bundesebene schützen soll.

Nun hat Trump seinen Minister zwar nicht wegen dessen reaktionären Ansichten zu Marihuana entlassen, sondern wegen seines Handlings des “Russiagate”-Sonderermittlers Mueller. Dass es aber kaum Nachfolger geben wird,

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Trump ‘Trade War’ Hides Military Industrial Agenda | New Eastern Outlook

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13-11-18 09:02:00,

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In geopolitics events are rarely what they seem to be. This is especially true when we look more closely at the otherwise bizarre “war” launched this spring under the guise of trade war, supposedly redressing America’s huge annual balance of trade deficits, the most extreme being that with China. The true driver behind Washington’s otherwise inexplicable tariff war attacks on especially China make sense when we view them through the prism of a new Administration report on the defense industrial base of the United States.

In early October a US Government inter-agency Task Force, headed by the Department of Defense (DoD) released the unclassified part of a year-long study on the domestic industrial base required to provide vital components and raw materials for the US military. Titled “Report Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States,” the Interagency Task Force document was commissioned a year ago in a little-noted Executive Order 13806 of the US President.

The report is the first such detailed analysis of the adequacy or lack of, of the industrial supply chain that feeds vital components to the US Military in recent years.

The 300 Gaps

The declassified version of the report is shocking enough. It cites a laundry list of 300 “gaps” or vulnerabilities in the US military industrial base.  What it reveals in stark detail is a national economy no longer able to support the most basic essentials of a national defense, a direct consequence of the economies of globalization and offshore outsourcing. It details dramatic shortages of skilled workers in areas such as machine tooling, welding, engineering. Vital machinery such as numerically-controlled machine tools must be imported, most from Germany, which has not the best relations with Washington at present. Many of the small, specialized suppliers of key sub-components are single-source suppliers many on the brink of insolvency owing to US Budget uncertainties in recent years. And the US defense industry is dependent on China for virtually all its rare earth metals. Since the 1980’s US domestic mining of the metals has virtually collapsed for economic reasons as suppliers turned to China for far cheaper sources. Today 81% of world rare earth metals needed in military equipment,

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Ron Paul: President Trump’s Iran Policy – Is It ‘Normal’?

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13-11-18 08:33:00,

Authored by Jeremiah Johnson (nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces ) via SHTFplan.com:

Before the 2016 Presidential Election, and both before and after the inauguration, I wrote specifically about how important the midterm election would be, and the results if the President should lose even one House of Congress.  That happened: the Republicans just lost the House of Representatives. Now that the Democrats control it, not one piece of legislation will pass that is on the President’s agenda. In the supreme act of denial, the Republican party claims the “Blue Wave” was not successful; even the President declared a “victory” with the midterms.

Nothing could be further from the truth, on either count.

The Democrats intend to mount a non-stopping offensive against the President. First, they are going to demand that Mueller go on the attack again. They are already demanding the President’s tax returns. On Thursday, 11-8-18, thousands of people marched in Times Square in New York City in protest of Jeff Sessions’ departure from the White House…although Sessions was the one who tendered a letter of resignation. The mob of protesters carried mass-produced “No one is above the law” placards and signs.

Not one of those Marxists carried those signs when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton resigned after Benghazi, where a U.S. Consular Outpost of the United States was destroyed, and the U.S. Ambassador and four of his staff murdered.

“Happy Veterans’ Day” is coming up, with the cliché eternal: “Thank you for your service.”

Nobody really cares about it, except the vets. Those who have to work receive time and a half for their pay, and Hallmark makes about another $50 million or so on the cards and gifts…about $10 million of that for the Government to “re-ingest” with the taxes….another day on the endless cycle:

The cycle of spending of disposable income, an indispensable part of the economy and all of the governmental employees on paid federal holiday, solemnly dispensed of at the expense of (to paraphrase Metallica) the government’s “disposable heroes.”

Where were the protests in the streets after Benghazi? Everybody was hidden, because at the time we were under Obama. When Donald Trump was elected President,

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Trump blames Obama ‘regime’ for giving Crimea to Russia

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08-11-18 08:58:00,

President Trump has blamed his predecessor for Ukraine’s loss of Crimea to Russia, apparently unaware that the transfer was the result of a referendum and that Ukraine is a sovereign nation.

When a reporter suggested instead that “it was President Putin who annexed Crimea,” Trump insisted, “That was President Obama’s regime. That was during President Obama. Right? It was President Obama that allowed that to happen.” Other countries have always suspected the US of believing nothing happens without its approval, but Trump’s remarks raise the bar for American exceptionalism.

Trump did not elaborate on how he felt Obama should have acted to prevent Crimeans from voting in a referendum to join Russia.

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The Crimean Bridge across the Kerch Strait © Sputnik / Aleksandr Polegenko

The exchange took place at a press conference on Wednesday during which reporters asked the usual questions about the president’s relationship with Russia. When Trump met with Putin in Helsinki in July, Democrats and Republicans found something to agree upon, haranguing the president for not being tougher on his Russian counterpart for “meddling” in the 2016 election – allegations that have yet to be proven.

Trump told reporters he planned to meet with Putin during the G20 summit in Argentina this month but repeated he will not be meeting with the Russian president in Paris during the Armistice Day ceremonies commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The two nations mutually agreed not to hold a summit during the event to avoid causing a distraction.

The US and other western countries imposed harsh sanctions following Russia’s March 2014 reunification with Crimea, which they portrayed as an act of Russian aggression despite the decision of the majority of Crimea’s inhabitants. The vote followed on the heels of the overthrow of democratically-elected Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych after a series of violent protests in Kiev’s Maidan Square and the rise of a coalition backed by the US and NATO.

This isn’t the first time Trump has blamed Obama for the situation in Crimea. The president made similar remarks in June while discussing his plans to meet with Putin, suggesting that the “loss” of Crimea happened “

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Trump, Gorbachev, And The Fall Of The American Empire

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08-11-18 08:53:00,

Authored by Raja Murthy via The Asia Times,

“The only wealth you keep is wealth you have given away,” said Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD), last of the great Roman emperors. US President Donald Trump might know of another Italian, Mario Puzo’s Don Vito Corleone, and his memorable mumble: “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.”

Forgetting such Aurelian and godfather codes is propelling the decline and fall of the American empire.

Trump is making offers the world can refuse – by reshaping trade deals, dispensing with American sops and forcing powerful corporations to return home, the US is regaining economic wealth but relinquishing global power.

As the last leader of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), Mikhail Gorbachev’s perestroika (restructuring) led to the breakup of its vast territory(22 million square kilometers). Gorbachev’s failed policies led to the dissolution of the USSR into Russia and independent countries, and the end of a superpower.

Ironically, the success of Trump’s policies will hasten the demise of the American empire: the US regaining economic health but losing its insidious hold over the world.

This diminishing influence was highlighted when India and seven other countries geared up to defy Washington’s re-imposition of its unilateral, illegal sanctions against Iran, starting Monday.

The US State Department granting “permission” on the weekend to the eight countries to buy Iranian oil was akin to waving the green flag at a train that has already left the station

The US State Department granting “permission” on the weekend to the eight countries to buy Iranian oil was akin to waving the green flag at a train that has already left the station.

The law of cause and effect unavoidably delivers. The Roman Empire fell after wars of greed and orgies of consumption. A similar nemesis, the genie of Gorbachev, stalks Pennsylvania Avenue, with Trump unwittingly writing the last chapter of World War II: the epilogue of the two rival superpowers that emerged from humanity’s most terrible conflict.

The maverick 45th president of the United States may succeed at being an economic messiah to his country, which has racked up a $21.6 trillion debt,

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