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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 POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

“Trump’s Open Defiance of Washington’s Russophobia Is a Revolutionary Act”

 

This analysis is flawed.

Yes, it is good that Trump is meeting Putin and, yes, that fact flies in the face of many Washington establishment figures.

But please examine the overall record of this man, Trump.

It is loaded with contradictions and downright stupidities.

You cannot count on anything when dealing with someone like that. He is out-of-touch and uninformed on a great many matters. He often is caught making up his own version of something while he speaks or is being interviewed. He listens to almost no one, and he has little patience for most people trying to tell him anything.

He is a total living, breathing America-Firster. Actually, I believe Trump is a Donald Trump-Firster, always and in all things, and America really only comes into the picture because it provides the stage for his hammy and often-blundering acting performance. He is in many ways a rather sick and isolated man.

But he does have a fairly powerful political base, which feeds on the raw meat of xenophobia and fear of migrants and Islamophobia and love of walls, and he uses that base to push back in Washington. He has to push, even his own party, because most of its establishment truly dislike Trump. He’s treated like an unwelcome dinner-party guest who somehow got a genuine invitation by mistake.

With Trump, there’s no substance of which to get hold, just a lot of noise and a massive ego. He betrays friends, insults allies as well as enemies, and is totally for himself and is highly protective of his hermetically-sealed mindset about the world and its people.

This trip for Trump serves another purpose, too, having nothing to do with geo-politics. He is effectively telling the Washington establishment off about Russia because he fears some of the efforts underway by the Special Prosecutor are leading to serious trouble.

Whether the material the Special Prosecutor is gathering from past Trump associates – and several are cooperating – is damning enough ultimately to remove him from office is, in the end, up to the court of public opinion.

Evidence in any legal case of any nature can be interpreted in different ways. And we often end up with either convictions or exonerations which don’t reflect the underlying hard facts.

Humans are fallible and the legal systems they create are fallible. Often, the truth, the kind of truth you would believe if you actually sorted through all the evidence carefully and without partiality, gets tossed into the garbage.

We’ve seen it happen many times – from the phony case made against Lee Oswald in the Kennedy assassination or the manufactured investigation into the downing of TWA Flight 800 to the phony “not guilty” verdict in the O J Simpson murder case. Truth simply does not prevail in an atmosphere thick with interests and influence.

Trump has reason to fear because there’s no denying it, Washington is just totally in the grasp of the Russia-Fear-and-Loathing Crowd. Not just the Democratic Party, but the security services, the Pentagon, and some of the most powerful lobbies, such as the one for Israel.

Yes, Russia maintains pretty good relations with Israel – one of Putin’s great strengths is maintaining good relations with many differing interests – but Israel’s rulers’ deepest feelings are undoubtedly that Russia is intrinsically a barrier.

You see, Israel and its lobby in Washington very much like a hyper-aggressive United States, the kind of United States which has rampaged through the Middle East. They see that kind of United States as a guarantee of Israel’s future. Israel’s position in the Middle East is inherently weak and always has been, but its de facto role as an American colony in the region gives it strength it wouldn’t have on its own as a truly independent nation state, something it emphatically is not.

And no group is more influential in Washington than the Israel Lobby, owing to the sheer fact that it represents so many very successful and influential American businessmen, including those who own or manage all of the high-end national press and broadcasting. Trump has bent over backward trying to please them with stuff like the illegal recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel and his total ignoring of Israel’s murderous activity against the people of Gaza, who want nothing but their rights.

He also has his big plan brewing for an “historic final settlement” between Israel and the Palestinians, which is in the hands of his son-in-law, a good friend of Netanyahu, and, by all accounts leaking out, is so biased against Palestinian interests, it is sure to fail, however that does not mean that the effort won’t please members of the Lobby.

The CIA and Pentagon tend to be on side with the Israel Lobby because they see Israel as a strategic asset in the Middle East, and they just basically loathe the only country on earth, Russia, which is capable of destroying the United States. The Democrats are “on side” because they are political opponents of Trump and because they are loyal servants of American imperial interests and because they have pretty much all been politically bought-and-paid-for over many years by the Israel Lobby. But then, so has the Republican Party whose biggest big-shots do not really like Trump.

I do not see any powerful interest group in Washington right now which wants or demands better relations with Russia. It’s a good cause that completely lacks a base of support, because nothing in Washington is decided on the basis of merit. Matters are decided by politics and by imperial geo-politics.

Those groups – Democrats, Republicans, CIA, Pentagon, and powerful lobbies – are all married to the concept of America re-asserting itself in the world through a new kind of multi-faceted and hybrid aggression on almost every front.

They are not satisfied to accept the relative economic decline underway for “the indispensable nation” as states who were not competitors in the past become competitors. They want to push and bully their way into as many advantages in the world as they possibly can. It really is a Mafia-like business model for the country. And that is just what has been happening, with or without Trump, for some years now. Obama, for example, worked full-time towards the goal although you never heard him make speeches about it.

There’s only Trump in Washington saying America needs better relations with Russia – and, of course, he is right, but being right in Washington won’t get you so much as a cup of coffee. There is also the fact, not appreciated by many people abroad, that, in terms of the American Constitution, the President just isn’t all that powerful inside the United States. His only unquestioned power comes in time of war when he is Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. In other matters, it is a constant struggle with other elements of a divided government, one divided by its very design in the American Constitution.

Putin understands this all clearly, I’m sure, and I believe he is using Trump to drive a wedge into the heart of the powerful and dominant anti-Russia coalition in Washington. I don’t think he necessarily sees Trump as Russia’s friend – and, let’s be honest, with an erratic man like Trump, what kind of dependable friendship does he offer to anybody? – but Putin very much sees Trump as a tool to use in a very dark and dangerous game being played inside the United States. This is the way high-level power-politics is played, and Putin is a master at it.

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Posted July 16, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: SILLY PROPAGANDA IN GUARDIAN CALLS HELSINKI AN “UNHOLY ALLIANCE” – WHY THAT IS RIDICULOUS – AND WAR ON IRAN – GUARDIAN AGAIN SUSPENDS ME FROM COMMENT AFTER THIS ONE – FREE SPEECH AND INFORMED THOUGHT INDEED!

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY SIMON TISDALL IN THE GUARDIAN

(AND NOTE: NOT MANY DAYS AFTER THIS POST, THE GUARDIAN YET AGAIN SUSPENDED ME FROM MAKING COMMENTS – I HAD BEEN MAKING THEM UNDER A PSEUDONYM SINCE THE PREVIOUS SUSPENSION)

 

“Trump and Putin’s unholy alliance could lead to war with Iran”

 

Unholy alliance?

Are we to take the writer seriously using a phrase like that?

They’ve met briefly, likely have spoken a few times on the phone, and they are an unholy alliance?

Moreover, the United States remains at loggerheads with Russia, a totally artificial state of aggression by America’s establishment, and I don’t see where he’s lifted a finger to make things better.

Indeed, Trump promotes war everywhere. In personal relations. In international trade. In intelligence activities. And with record spending and bomb-dropping.

He has troops illegally in Syria, in Iraq, in Yemen, and a lot of other places. He speaks now of invading poor democratic Venezuela, a government the CIA has worked to destroy for several years.

He has done nothing about the mess America created with a coup in democratic Ukraine. He sends fleets charging around to anger China. He supports horrific acts in many places, including notably in Gaza by Israel.

The US drops a large bomb somewhere today every twelve minutes. And it spends almost a trillion dollars a year (when you take all the costs into account such as veterans’ hospitals) on death and destruction. A trillion dollars, and it doesn’t have a dime in its pocket.

The pragmatic, calm, even-tempered Putin maybe could teach Trump something. We’d all benefit.

In truth the only thing on earth pushing anyone towards war with Iran, a country which has attacked no one, is the influence of Israel, a country which literally has attacked every neighbor that it has, some more than once.

Its dark influence upon the United States has never been greater or more dangerous than under Trump.

 

Posted July 16, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE AMESBURY INCIDENT IN BRITAIN – ALMOST MORE BIZARRE THAN THE ORIGINAL SALISBURY “NOVICHOK” INCIDENT

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN PRAVDA

 

“As expected, Russia was accused of the death of a British woman, who died at a hospital in Britain a few days ago after she was supposedly exposed to Novichok nerve agent”

 

This latest event in Amesbury is almost more bizarre than the original Salisbury “Novichok” Incident.

If we can even believe the British government and press after a great many fables from the original incident, the chemical in the recent one came from a small bottle in the home of the stricken people, something they picked up somewhere.

It has not been confirmed yet whether the chemical is the same batch (supposedly) used in the Salisbury Incident, but nerve poisons are not exactly common things to be around.

If it proves to be the case that the poison came from the same batch, it suggests someone disposed of the bottle after Salisbury, and rather carelessly.

Was a vile of this material stolen from Britain’s nearby Porton Down facility by someone or other, with the authorities never advising anyone? All these major government labs either have samples of such material or they can synthesize it. That is part of their job, to know all the different compounds so they can be identified in future and appropriate antidotes administered.

You may recall the big Anthrax scare in the US in the 1990s. We never heard more, but it appeared from some evidence that the material may have been stolen from an American military lab by an insider.

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Posted July 14, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: HOW AMERICAN FOOTBALL RESEMBLES THE ARENA SPECTACLES OF ANCIENT ROME ONLY THEY DON’T KILL THE PLAYERS, JUST INJURE THEM – BUT THAT COULD CHANGE GIVEN DEVELOPMENTS IN AMERICA

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN PRAVDA

 

“The NFL is a criminal enterprise”

 

I’ve always regarded American football as resembling imperial Rome’s arena spectacles.

It’s a sports culture designed to reinforce the attitudes and values of American empire.

Marching bands in the full splendor of Ruritanian palace guards, monster flags carried by an obligatory real-soldier color guard with rifles and white shoulder straps, gals in Ruritanian military caps high-stepping with short skirts, sequined panties, and matching booties while twirling batons, the unsingable imperial anthem with a loud-speaker demand for all to rise, not infrequently sung by someone who can’t sing or garbles the words, and the crowds of tens of thousands straining their vocal cords.

A big war parade before armor-clad players come out the field to hit and smash each other

They are very similar types of gatherings to those of Rome with the noise and displays and bloodlust, only football doesn’t kill the players, it just hurts them.

But I’m sure if it were possible America would have a big audience for the exact Roman spectacles.

Maybe it will come to that with all the spirit of killing, from the colonial wars abroad to local cops who kill about three people a day in America, with ignoring great human misery, as in the refugees of the Middle East or in the horrors of Gaza, and with readiness to accept the violation of many traditional laws and ethical principles and agreements that today characterizes America.

After all, in America’s South, well into the 1930s, while FDR was in the White House, lynchings were often treated as family picnic occasions with gatherings on the town square while a man was hanged. Eleanor complained to Franklin about it and asked him to intervene, but he said he could do nothing without losing his support from Southern Democrats.

Ah, yes, America, you do have some proud moments. The rah-rah is good for the guys you send off to places like Vietnam where you managed to kill 3 million souls or Iraq where you killed another million.

Posted July 14, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THERE’S EFFECTIVELY ONLY ONE POLITICAL PARTY IN THE UNITED STATES WHEN IT COMES TO KEY MATTERS AND IT WINS EVERY ELECTION AS SURELY AS DID THE COMMUNIST PARTY IN THE USSR

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN PRAVDA

 

“The Future of NATO”

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Response to a comment about the nations of the Warsaw Pact, “The leaders of these nations were not elected by the people but were hand-picked in Moscow.  There was never a free election in the USSR.”:

 

And you think there are free elections in the US?

A choice between Maniac Trump and Killer Hillary?

Wow, that’s some choice.

America’s duopoly political system is designed exactly to give the appearances of choice without actually providing any.

The establishment wins every election, no matter who runs.

When it comes to imperial affairs and America’s Frankenstein military, the two parties are identical.

Posted July 14, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: TRUMP WALK AWAY FROM NATO? WHY IT WILL NOT HAPPEN EVEN IF HE HAS THE AUTHORITY WHICH IS NOT CLEAR – NATO’S CHANGED PURPOSES SERVE AMERICAN INTERESTS SO WHY SHOULDN’T IT PAY? – THE HOPE EUROPE WILL SEEK NEW DIRECTIONS AFTER BEING BULLDOZED BY IGNORAMUS TRUMP

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN INVESTMENTWATCH

 

“Trump Puts Merkel on Notice, Threatens to Pull Out of NATO”

 

There has been no real need for NATO, when judged in terms of its founding purpose, for many years.

It was created out fear that the USSR’s massive Red Army would roll over Europe. Well, neither the USSR nor the Red Army has existed for decades, and Russia is a place keen to get on with business and new development.

But with the fading to irrelevance of its original purpose, the US has developed new ones for NATO, largely reflecting its own new needs.

One is just as a mechanism for peacefully occupying one of its greatest potential competitors and manipulating its policies. America does a lot of manipulation towards its own interests in Europe.

This purpose very much includes preventing that long-held fear of an economic marriage between Europe and Russia, something that one glance at a map will tell you is a “natural.” Napoleon certainly thought so. As did Hitler. As well as other German historical figures, such as the Kaiser of WWI. There is in fact a long history of Germans, many specialist and technical people, working and living in Russia. Resources, industry, and markets make powerful incentives.

America wants to prevent this from happening, and it likely feels it is already somewhat underway with arrangements such as Russian natural gas sales, which it wants to prevent. A crude and awkward man like Trump insists on using language to express his opposition which makes him sound as though he thinks the date is 1957.

Two is to sell arms to NATO members, a huge captive market, the US being far and away the world’s greatest arms dealer. And, as America’s newest weapons are horrendously complex and expensive, as the F-35, expecting all NATO members to place orders effectively has Europe subsidizing the Pentagon.

NATO provides America many reasons to be used in support of these demands, such interchangeability of parts and entire machines among member states with volume production runs supposedly lowering costs, not that you’d ever notice with something like the F-35.

And three is the use of NATO as a kind of geopolitical fig leaf. It provides a way for American imperial wars to appear as though they reflect international interests, which they largely do not.

NATO members each send token forces to places like Afghanistan to keep America happy. The news headlines, instead of reading “American bombing,” read “NATO bombing.”

It diffuses responsibility and gives a sense of greater international legitimacy.

After all, the US now avoids the UN as much as it can (when it isn’t actually actively trying to dismantle it), the very place where some international legitimacy would come from.

And that isn’t just because the US hates the UN, which just happens to represent the other 95% of humanity.

It is because the US has so many wars now, all of them with very little point except in America’s own estimation, that it would be impossible to have the UN legitimize many of them. The UN did turn them down at the beginning of the Iraq War, a totally illegitimate, criminal enterprise., the first big step in the coming Neocon War rampage across the Middle East.

NATO wasn’t ready for that one, but Britain’s pathetic Tony Blair, thinking he would be part of a great historical achievement, was practically on his hands and knees to join the murderous enterprise. America took what it could get and started the bombing, its favorite international activity over the last couple of decades.

NATO – and an expanded NATO flush with grateful small new member states who all look forward to increased entrée with American officials and would never dream of contradicting them – provides a kind of ersatz (and purchased) international support. These smaller, relatively unimportant states much resemble some ugly girls asked out on a date by some “hunk,” and they act accordingly, as the US very much counted on them doing.

In most cases, it costs the major European countries comparatively little to keep the great angry bully happy. They each sent numbers of troops to Afghanistan previously on the order of hundreds to a few thousand with many or most not even in combat roles.

Were Afghanistan what America always claimed it to be, a serious threat to the world, I think the Europeans would have acted much differently. Their level of support eloquently said what they really thought.

For all of these reasons, it is unlikely the US would walk from NATO. It is largely a set of American purposes being served, so why would America end it and why shouldn’t America pay for it?

Telling the Europeans, they must now pay a great more is just a kind of extortion racket, and Trump is just the kind of lowlife to see whether he can get away with it.

Except for a few countries with very unusual backgrounds – rather pathetic places such as Latvia or Poland – I don’t think any of NATO’s significant members regard Russia today as a threat to anything, but they are unwilling to say so openly in view of the long past American relationship and the fear of offending the US, which really is capable of taking some serious economic or financial reprisals.

The US is even toying now with yet another self-serving purpose for NATO. Colombia has become an “Alliance Official Partner” a new kind of designation with new American purposes behind it. In this case, a threat right on the border of a Venezuela America hates, the potential threat of “international” intervention into a country the CIA has been working hard to destabilize for years and one Trump has now openly mused about invading.

This is stretching NATO’s purpose about as thinly as it can be stretched from the organization founded to protect Western Europe from Soviet aggression.

For all these reasons, no, Trump is not going to leave NATO. And it is not even clear, under America’s system of divided government, he would have that authority if he wanted to. NATO is a tool of the new American hyper-aggression being used to reclaim international dominance, and I think the Europeans understand that well enough to call his bluff. They are not going to start handing over all that money.

But maybe Trump’s increased pressure – conducted with no diplomacy, rudely and in public – is just the thing to move the Europeans in new directions. I sure hope so.

Posted July 13, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized