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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: TRUMP IS OUT-MANEUVERING HIS ENEMIES ON RUSSIA? OFFICIAL U.S. RUSSOPHOBIA IS EPIDEMIC – IT SERVES REAL INTERESTS – TRUMP DOES NOT HAVE LEVERAGE – HE CAN’T EVEN BUILD HIS SILLY WALL – A BIG EFFORT FOR RUSSIA COULD ADD MOMENTUM FOR GETTING RID OF HIM

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY PAT BUCHANAN IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

Trump’s Enemies Are Hysterical Because He’s Out-Maneuvering Them

“Trump is edging toward the defining battle of his presidency: a reshaping of U.S. foreign policy to avoid clashes and conflicts with Russia, and the shedding of Cold War commitments no longer rooted in the national interests of this country.”

 

I’m totally in favor of good Russian-American relations, and I want Russia to come to enjoy her time in the sun, but I am sorry to say that I don’t for a minute believe there is any way Trump is going to establish those relations or give Russia her opportunity.

He does not have any leverage over the power players in Washington’s establishment. He is a loud outsider with a minority constituency in trailer parks and Walmarts across America, and those are not influential people. The truth is, if the Democrats hadn’t insisted on running the repulsive Hillary, he would never have won.

But even in winning, he was supported only by a minority. It was the antiquated Electoral College system that handed him victory, a fluke that happens every once in a while. Despite his political base, he is not popular in the United States.

Everywhere he goes abroad, he makes enemies with his rash, unguarded tongue. And he has nothing to “horse trade” with the Congress in Washington. He cannot even get his beloved wall with Mexico built.

With each passing day, we see Trump for what he really is, a bizarre clown or village idiot who, every once in a while, happens to blurt out some truth or sharp observation along with great quantities of rubbish.

His truths almost resemble random events, not the kind of thing you can put much stock into.

Just because he says the odd line with which I agree, as about relations with Russia, does not change my opinion of him.

By the way, besides all of his other poor qualities – poor understanding of many things, not listening to others, immense arrogance, and very little couth – Trump has no sense of loyalty to anyone, a fact we can observe in everything from his behavior towards associates to his marriage. Add to that is tendency to lie and exaggerate almost continuously, and you do not see a politician who inspires confidence in other politicians with whom he must work.

I think he will achieve little.

But Putin is using Trump skillfully to achieve his own limited goals, which very much include striking any jabs possible against Washington’s anti-Russian establishment, shaking up their sense of unity and self-confidence.

What better tool than a man like Trump whose immense ego lets him think he can play in the big leagues? He is a gift to Putin.

Of course, the more successful Putin is in his maneuvers, the worse things become for Trump. The more the powers in Washington can choose to see him as being a Russian tool.

Trump’s legions of opponents in Washington – including important parts of his own party, something many observers keep missing as they consistently accuse Democrats – are only going to have more motive for getting rid of him, more motive for incapacitating him, more motive for making life difficult for him.

If he isn’t impeached before his term is out (I would have completely discounted the possibility before, but facts about Trump’s ex-lawyer and the Special Prosecutor are starting to sound more threatening), he will be defeated in 2020, and in the meantime, the 2018 Congressional elections will likely make him a “lame duck” President, one unable to get anything done. In the American system, a President with little or no Congressional support gets nothing done.

I doubt Putin cares much about Trump’s fate because I’m sure that clever and subtle man sees Trump for just what he is, but right now, he has some use for him. It seems Putin has little to lose in the effort, unless he overplays his hand, which is unlikely with such a skillful player. He can make some gain, risking little loss. Washington’s Russophobia is already at epidemic proportions, and backlash against Trump will give great satisfaction to Trump’s enemies, perhaps serving almost as a kind of general pressure valve release.

As a measure of how completely off-the-tracks Trump is, just consider his economic and trade initiatives, if I may use that word, “initiatives,’ for such utterly destructive, chaotic behavior. Does anyone think that a man who behaves like that in one vital sphere is somehow able to perform miracles in another?

Just read this brief article from Russia Today as one measure of things:

https://www.rt.com/business/433854-trade-war-to-accelerate-decline/

 

 

 

 

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Posted July 21, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: A RUSSIAN POLITICIAN SPEAKS OF AMERICA’S PRESS BEING LIBERAL (MAKING HIM SOUND LIKE AMERICA’S RIGHT WING HAS SOUNDED FOR AGES) AND SOMEHOW ASSOCIATES THAT WITH ITS BEING RUSSOPHOBIC – DOES ANYONE IN EITHER COUNTRY UNDERSTAND ANYTHING ABOUT THE OTHER?

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

“Trump and Putin Got a Lot Done in Helsinki — Top Russian Politician Sets Record Straight”

 

“[T]he liberal media, firstly, is Russophobic, [and] secondly, opposed to Trump”

 

I don’t know what this official is trying to say, but there are no liberal media in the United States. It is almost silly to characterize the American press that way. America’s Right Wing has long done so, but it remains an interest group which speaks only to itself.

Even Trump’s detested CNN network has an appalling record that could never be accurately described as liberal. Sure, it doesn’t like Trump, but that does not, ipso facto, make it liberal.

The American press is, indeed, sickeningly Russophobic, and I don’t see how that has anything to do with being liberal or not. In fact, it is evidence of the opposite. A liberal point of view simply does not include fixating on imagined enemies.

The press is pure American establishment. It defends establishment interests, and does anyone on the planet regard America’s establishment as liberal? Constant wars, dirty security service tricks in many lands, coups, and friendship with some of the world’s most criminal and repressive governments, just so long as they support what good old America wants?

The American establishment sees Russia as an unwelcome competitor, bringing different interests and points of view to many areas of international conflict and supporting interests – eg., Assad – to which it is opposed.

A major US interest is its quasi-colony in the Mideast, otherwise known as Israel. That’s why it tried destroying Syria. That’s why it destroyed Iraq and Libya. And why it is so violently opposed to Iran. Indeed, we just now have a recording, leaked in Israel, of Netanyahu bragging in private about Trump following his directions on Iran.

Does anyone see liberalism in the terrible behavior of Israel? Mass-killing, abuse, repression, and theft – where’s anything liberal, or even decent, in its behavior? Or in the American establishment’s additional mass-killing in support of Israel, the toll, from Iraq to Syria, being on the order of two million killed and many million turned into refugees?

Obama is often cited as a liberal president. My God, the man was dropping bombs every single day for eight years. He started coups, as in Ukraine. He initiated the American extrajudicial-killing operation with fleets of drones. He spied on people and had the NSA building its huge new secret infrastructure under him. This is someone’s idea of a liberal?

His obsession with secrecy and his frequently observed arrogance – remember how he referred to Russia with petty contempt on more than one occasion? – and his willingness to use and tolerate underhanded methods in the 2016 election, none of these are characteristics of a liberal.

Well, the truth is Obama is no liberal. He is a ruthless man with a boyish smile. He once actually said, almost jokingly, “I guess I’m pretty good at this killing stuff.” No wonder the murderous Hillary Clinton got on so well with him.

As for the rest of America’s senior political establishment, you won’t find a liberal among them. What you will find are arrogant, self-important, and corrupt people who faithfully serve the interests of major lobby groups and the interests of American imperial dominance in the world.

America uses the word “liberal” in much the same way it uses words like “democracy” and “human rights.” It uses them in speeches, with about as much conviction as a corrupt Pope from the Middle Ages talking about honesty.

But more importantly, it sees Russia as the only country whose armaments are capable of destroying America, and it does not welcome that fact, especially given the rampage America has been on in so many parts of the world with its new drive to exert dominance. It feels the loss of its glory days, after WWII when it enjoyed carefree domination, drawing to a close, keenly.

The American establishment pursues wars and coups in many parts of the world today. It supports without hesitation the law-breaking and mass-killings in Israel. How on earth are they reckoned to be liberal, always remembering that America’s corporate press supports them unquestioningly in all these things as just another part of the establishment?

 

Posted July 21, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE INTERESTING CASE OF SOUTH AFRICAN FARMERS SEEKING TO SETTLE IN RUSSIA – GENERAL NOTES ON THE NEED FOR RUSSIA TO HAVE A GOOD IMMIGRATION PROGRAM – DEMOGRAPHIC TRANSITION

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

“Russia Considers Taking in 15,000 White South African Farmers Fleeing Black Violence”

 

They would make excellent immigrants for the most part.

Hard-working and skillful, they can make a real contribution. Plus, they have financial resources.

I hope it works out for both parties, although South Africans would have quite a climate-adjustment to make.

And people are not racists, as one comment suggested, just because they want to flee a terrible situation.

South Africa’s violent crime rate, sadly, is one of the highest in the world.

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Response to a comment saying the migrants were too many at one time:

Too many too quick?

15,000 on a population of about 150,000,000?

That’s tiny.

It’s an excellent opportunity to get some very capable migrants.

By the way, Russia is definitely going to have to become more of a country of migrants.

You face the prospect of Demographic Transition.

This is what has happened to much of Europe, America, Canada, Japan, and others.

After that, you simply do not replace your existing population, and, if nothing is done, population ages and declines. Japan is facing a true crisis in this way because it has been a country that historically has been reluctant about migration. It is loaded with older people.

And there is no use talking about incentives to have babies. They’ve all been tried in various countries, and they simply do not work, unless they are so generous that they make no economic sense.

When women and men reach a certain level of prosperity, they do not want kids, at least not more than one or two.

This is a universal phenomenon with human societies, and of course there is little familiarity with it for many people since any society’s population only goes through this change once.

The past of desiring lots of kids to help with the farm and to provide a form of old-age security simply disappears in cities with women pursuing careers and couples experiencing increasing prosperity. No one then wants a huge new, high-cost, long-term burden with several kids.

So, national birth rates drop below the level required to replace the existing population. The replacement level is always an average of more than two children per couple because you must allow for infant and child mortality as the children grow up.

It would be a good idea to develop national plans for this with a well-constructed immigration program which encourages quality migrants, those with skills, ambition, and education.

By the way, such people also are not going to have lots of children, so immigration must be on-going.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THERE ARE TOO MANY TODAY BLAMING EITHER ONE PARTY OR A NEWSPAPER FOR DARK EVENTS WE SEE – BUT THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM IS AMERICA’S ESTABLISHMENT WHICH INCLUDES BOTH PARTIES AND ALL ITS PRESS – NOTES ON PAST GAMES PLAYED BY THE NEW YORK TIMES

John Chuckman

EXPANSION OF A COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN PATRIOT RISING

 

“Strzok Farce Shows Obstacles to Opening TWA 800 Case”

 

Well said.

But I’m afraid the patterns discussed here are far more common than just the cases of TWA Flight 800 and Mr. Strzok’s recent, controversial activity.

As far as Strzok goes, just the fact that he was both an FBI agent and worked for CIA should be enough to impugn all credibility, but we really don’t see that kind of appropriate cynicism in Washington concerning the security services.

I read a piece recently that discussed why 9/11 happened, given all the activity of American security services. And someone was quoted as saying it had to do with “the wall,” and by “the wall,” he meant the old strict separation between the work of CIA and that of FBI. I just laughed at that, it’s such nonsense.

The anecdote though clearly highlights how the security services are regarded in official Washington. It is with a very illusory sense of things. Of course, the truth of 9/11 is that it is one more completely unexplained event, not unlike Flight 800.

If you believe that the gang in the planes actually caused the entire event, then I suppose you might say what the person said in the article, but then you already start from a false premise.

The fundamental problem has to do with America’s being an imperial power, a huge and hugely corrupt political power, and in that role, it engages in many dark and criminal behaviors throughout the world, and, by the way, it does so under whichever of the two parties is in power.

They both, Democrats and Republicans, loyally serve the empire and its willing helpers at the CIA and the Pentagon. They might argue about school prayer or abortion rights or flag-burning Amendments to the Constitution, but when it comes to launching wars and coups and assassinations, they are all “on side.”

And that goes for the various dirty tricks played by the security services, too, which are major parts of their work. It’s only when one of the parties feels it has been targeted that they climb up on their high horse.

The problem in America that gives us matters such as the Flight 800 dishonest investigation or the work of a man like Strzok, is not a matter of a political party, such as the Democrats, or of a newspaper, such as The New York Times.

The workings of imperial America involve a vast number of dark acts and, of course, a compliant press to keep them covered up. “Compliant” isn’t even the right word because the major high-end newspapers in the United States are parts of large corporate entities which operate hand-in-glove with government.

Newspapers and broadcasters are highly dependent on government, for everything from approvals for mergers and acquisitions on their business side to leaks and access for interviews on the news side.

And then there’s the press’s dependence on advertising revenue, which doesn’t tend to come from critics or humanitarians or intellectuals, but from other profit-seeking corporations whom they cannot afford to offend.

The New York Times, for example, has been quite accurately described as the official house organ for the American power establishment.

If you’ve ever worked for a corporation and received their in-house publication for employees, you know it is not the place where you will read of any controversies, secrets, or advocacy for anything beyond the company’s continuing to function profitably.

Now, a newspaper must behave a little differently than a corporate house organ, or it would quickly lose all credibility and trust, but its “house organ” status definitely defines limits and boundaries, activities which are permitted and others which are not. It doesn’t tell its reading public about this unwritten contract that it has with government and corporate interests, but it is there, and critical readers will understand its outlines over time.

In the case of The New York Times, there is a very long list of past actions which should have created greater skepticism about it, but readers like their fat newspaper each day full of everything from travel stories to business news, and many are loath to give it up on concerns for journalistic principles. And on all those kinds of things, papers like The Times do a very good job, a fact which continuously rubs off on their credibility and popularity.

The Times has been caught countless times doing questionable things, but it maintains its position, threatened seriously only by changing technology and changing advertising patterns. Who knows, it may even receive hidden subsidies here and there from interested parties, such as the CIA, just as we now know Google was helped into this world by the CIA which now benefits greatly from its operations.

The Times has hounded people wrongly accused of crimes – as Richard Jewell in the Atlanta Olympic bombing or government scientist Wen Ho Lee concerning espionage for China – by the FBI, from whom it undoubtedly received a stream of leaks.

It has identified people it was not supposed to identify when it is defending its clan, as in the case of a woman who accused a member of the Kennedy family of rape years ago.

It only recently confirmed what many long thought, that every story about Israel is passed by the official Israeli Censor before publication.

It has been caught with CIA people salted into its staff on more than one occasion, and it has published outright lies or disinformation, which, if it were unlucky to be caught at, it later retracted.

Retraction has been a favorite technique of The Times. It gets to publish something wrong at the time when the information may be critical, and then come back later to retract, when the information may be far less critical. This way it achieves its disinformation or propaganda goal while later giving itself a pat on the back for admitting errors, bolstering its reputation for honest journalism, a reputation in critical matters it just does not deserve.

But The Times has many such games that it plays and does not use any one of them excessively for fear of disturbing readers. It is a constant artful balancing act which must be performed in all “news” about key political matters and absolutely all matters bearing on the operations of America’s armies, security services, and of the empire abroad.

To turn true and frightening events, such as the Strzok matter or the Flight 800 investigation, into mere partisan politics diminishes their import and, in the end, rather serves itself as a kind of “cover up,” a cover up of fundamental problems at work in the country.

Power, as Lord Acton said, tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

America, unfortunately, finds itself pretty much in the absolutely corrupt stage of its life-cycle. And no single political party or publication is responsible for that.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: “COLD WAR II CALLED OFF” WRITES PAT BUCHANAN – HERE’S WHY THAT IS SO SADLY WRONG – TRUMP JUST DOES NOT HAVE THE POWER TO BLUNT THE ESTABLISHMENT’S DRIVES – AND THIS MORNING’S PRESS IS FULL OF SENSATIONAL CHARGES OF “TREASON” AGAINST A SITTING PRESIDENT

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY PAT BUCHANAN IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

“Trump Calls Off Cold War II

“There will be no Cold War II. Trump has signaled a historic shift in U.S. foreign policy that may determine the future of the nation and the fate of his presidency”

 

Well, I very much wish that it were so.

But one man, and one who is much disliked in Washington, even within his own party, can do no such thing.

There is, and I say this very sadly, no sense of realism in what Pat Buchanan writes.

Indeed, even a President well-liked by his fellow politicians in Washington could do no such thing because American Presidents simply do not have that kind of power. Power is distributed in Washington among a number of major establishment figures and interest groups, and none of them shows any sign of supporting Trump’s views of Russia.

This very morning, Washington’s major politicians are widely quoted, and all of the major Western newspapers are just full of sensational accusations, calling Trump a “traitor.” They actually use that strong and stinging word, over and over, for a sitting American President. I don’t recall anything like it.

America’s establishment has powerful drives pushing its Russo-phobia, and those do not disappear just because Trump talks to Putin.

The drives are not identified in public speeches and documents about Russia. No, they are hidden, kept in the dark, just as is America’s support for the savage bands of mercenaries posing as jihadis or freedom fighters who have worked to destroy peaceful countries like Syria, Libya, and others in recent years.

In America, nothing which really drives affairs is out on the surface to be seen and understood by the public. It just does not work that way in a fairly ruthless imperial power which maintains the pose of land of liberty and human rights, an imperial power in fact run by a fairly small establishment of special interests. It does not put its dirty laundry out to be seen.

The accusations filling the newspapers this morning are reinforced by the fact that Trump has been attacked from the beginning about being too friendly with Russia, and the people who created that phony line of attack knew just what they were doing.

They understood the vulnerabilities of this political outsider who suddenly came from nowhere to seize control of a major party, one long adrift with little purpose, and to go on to win America’s biggest political prize.

That simply is not the way things are supposed to happen in America’s carefully constructed political duopoly, one designed to give an illusion of democracy while guaranteeing that the establishment wins every election, at least in terms of the military and imperial interests which really matter. Both parties are slavishly loyal to those.

Trump simply cannot change the reasons driving the establishment’s Russo-phobia, and the reasons are shared by the Democrats, major Republicans, powerful lobbies, the CIA, and the Pentagon – pretty much every party making up the American power establishment.

He is himself a confused figure, here talking about fighting the establishment – “the swamp” as he calls it – there perfectly serving its interests. And doing all of it with boisterous and unpleasant rhetoric which only helps the establishment in promoting its dislike of him.

The charges of “treason” sound just like the Cold War to me, at its worst, and I lived through the Cold War. This is a repeat of ugly Senator Joe McCarthy in about 1950, wildly waving his sheets of paper supposedly filled with lists of communists and traitors in the government.

Sen. McCarthy was in fact a closet-drunk trying to fire up a failing political career, and he was encouraged secretly by some powerful Washington interests for a while – people like J. Edgar Hoover – because his ugly nonsense served their dark purposes.

McCarthy was both a hateful man and a victim of secret establishment interests, and that is just the way I see Trump.

The situation in Washington much resembles what it was in the early 1950s, only the secret purposes of the establishment actors creating the whole flap are somewhat different, as you would expect with the passage of seventy years.

Again, much about what really is going on is found here:

http://chuckmanotherchoiceofwords.blogspot.com/2018/07/john-chuckman-comment-why-i-think-trump.html

 

Posted July 17, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: WHY I THINK TRUMP IS GOING TO HELSINKI – ANALYSIS OF TRUMP’S WEAK POSITION IN WASHINGTON – THE REASONS RUSSO-PHOBIA CANNOT BE DISLODGED IN WASHINGTON – ALL THE POWERFUL ACTORS SUPPORT IT FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS – WHAT THE SUBTLE PUTIN IS DOING WITH TRUMP

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: I AGREE WITH THE VIEW HELSINKI IS LIKELY TO BE A DAMP SQUIB – STILL IT IS IMPORTANT TO MEET – TALKING WITH FRIENDS OR OPPONENTS IS ALWAYS GOOD

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

“Let’s Be Serious, the Helsinki Meeting Will Be a Damp Squib

There is actually nothing the two can or are willing to bargain on”

 

I tend to agree with the point of view.

And we have a great deal of evidence that Trump is less an opponent of the Washington establishment than a supporter, albeit a very noisy and unpleasant one. I also think he is being driven in this summit by certain personal fears, as I explain in another comment.

But it is important that they meet. Talking is always good, whether with friends or enemies.

Just the fact of their meeting is of some substance given the poisonous atmosphere in Washington, truly poisonous.

Posted July 16, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized