JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: NATURE OF TRUMP’S THINKING IN TRADE AND WAR – FROM THE GUT – HE SEEMS NOW SUPPORTED BY DEEP STATE BECAUSE THEY GET WHAT THEY WANT – HE IS VERY DANGEROUS   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY YANIS VAROUFAKIS IN THE GUARDIAN AND REMOVED BY AN EDITOR

 

“Trump and trade tariffs: big lies founded on small truths”

 

In all things, Trump’s thinking works at a gut level.

It’s “my side wins,” always, as his dominating theme.

All the words about workers or about anyone else are just that, words, some of them thrown out there like crumbs flung to pigeons for his trailer park-gun meet base of political followers. He is cunning.

And they very much believe him. He does have a faction that sees him as a heroic general on a white horse, rattling his saber for them.

The image is especially gripping when it comes to matters like his wall or migrants or Muslims or gun control, but his blubbering about American workers gets some of the same reception.

Those are the core matters sustaining his support, which tells you a very great deal about him.

Ideas and principles of almost any kind are simply irrelevant.

That is why he is so dangerous. He does seem quite capable of starting a catastrophic international trade war with his “boyz” rooting for him every step of the way.

In the case of NAFTA, I don’t think Canada’s Trudeau knows completely what he is up against. Factual arguments mean nothing. Trump has told his people in effect that great piles of value were left on the negotiating table originally, and he’s here to reclaim them.

His position as head of the immensely more powerful partner plus his personality type really does mean he will push things that hurt Canada and Mexico. It’s that simple, and I don’t see how it can be avoided.

It provides a model for all his coming acts, and that model extends beyond just trade and economic issues. The same set of attitudes may well give us real war, as with Iran when he abrogates a treaty every expert worth listening to says is working perfectly.

And then there’s China, that immense rising power. He has ignored them over agreements with Taiwan. He has ignored them over their historically supported claims to the South Chins Sea. He has pressured them over North Korea. All that and more on top of the first shots over the bow in international trade with tariffs.

This is a very dangerous man, but then he does not function alone. The American Deep State is getting much of what it wants – whether globs of money and new authorities for the Pentagon and CIA or more ratcheting up of the threats against Russia – and it seems ready to back him now.

Posted March 18, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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