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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: TRUMP AS A DANGEROUS REVOLUTIONARY – MARRIED TO A NOW ANGRY AND HYPER-AGGRESSIVE AMERICAN POWER ESTABLISHMENT – A TRILLION DOLLARS A YEAR FOR DEATH AND DESTRUCTION   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY DON PITTS ON CBC NEWS

 

“Trump, not Canadian auto industry, may be the threat to U.S. national security

“Claim that Canadian cars threaten U.S. security was just one in a week full of destabilizing pronouncements”

 

Good summary of the insanity we are experiencing.

The United States, already, without Trump, has over the last couple of decades grown into a rather menacing and destabilizing actor in the world.

Two million people killed in the Middle East and millions more turned into hopeless refugees is not a blissful situation. Plus threats made towards a number of other counties, including Russia and China.

And a lot of that was the work of the man with the boyish smile, whom many still regard with nostalgia, as was the creation of an industrial-scale extrajudicial killing regime which has murdered several thousand legally-innocent people.

But I’m afraid horrors inflicted abroad – as I well recall intimately from the Vietnam era – never have quite the same impact at home – and that sadly goes pretty much today for Canada as it does for the United States – as acts affecting our people directly, even if those acts include only their pocketbooks and not napalm, white phosphorus, and carpet bombing.

So, Trump’s crude voice, lacking any empathy except for guns and power, hits home, with his serious attacks on trade and stability.

I do think we can almost view him as a revolutionary force, and I don’t mean that in a good sense. Real revolutions – such as the historic ones in France or Russia – are bloody and savage, howling times of human brutality bursting through the relatively calm surface of society. The romantic idea of them is just that, romantic.

It is a very dangerous combination we have. An American establishment, aware of its inevitable relative decline in the face of great new world competition, already determined to reassert its authority in the world by hyper-aggressiveness, is now married to a raving narcissist who cares about virtually no one.

And just think, today the United States spends almost a trillion dollars a year on its military – that’s what it comes to if you take its regular military expenditure, as great as the rest of the planet at $700 billion and add hidden costs like veterans affairs and hospitals. That should tell us all something. A trillion dollars a year for death and destruction.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: TITLE OF A COLUMN “AMERICAN MIND MELTS AWAY” IS FUNNY IN LIGHT OF RECENT EVENTS BUT IT MISSES REALITY   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA INSIDER

“The American Mind Melts Away”

Despite being an amusing line, I am not sure that “melts away” is the right verb.

Something more along the lines of “The American Mind Was Never There,” better fits the facts.

Americans are navel-gazers. Big kids who, for the most part, find anything outside the United States boring.

They are, as a whole, about as unsuited to the role of directing or governing world affairs as any people you could find.

That being said, however, the truth is that Americans do not direct anything.

The American power establishment very much does.

A plutocracy and some major lobbies supported by the massive resources of CIA and the Pentagon.

That’s who runs the world.

And the attitudes of ordinary Americans, certainly not discouraged by the establishment running their education and politics and entertainment, have nicely served the few in America who really do matter and who really do run things.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: GOOD OLD AURAL BRAUN CLAIMS PUTIN IS TESTING OBAMA – HOW SILLY THE WORDS OF PROPAGANDA HACKS BECOME – TRUTH BEHIND OBAMA’S SAD PRESIDENCY: ELECTIONS DON’T MATTER   Leave a comment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY AURAL BRAUN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

More intellectual crap from Aural Braun.

Mr Braun is a full-time lobbyist for the interests of the Israeli-U.S. effort to re-shape the planet.

Mr Putin, as one of the true independent-minded statesmen of our time, is of course at odds many times to a dangerous vision of world affairs.
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“Please, Obama is a joke. He is a complete amateur, never worthy or prepared to be president.”

I wish it were true that Obama’s behavior could be explained by “amateur” status.

But it cannot be.

He came to office with dreams and enthusiasms and some sound thinking, but in the face of the forces which truly govern America, he quietly threw up his hands and has become effectively a hostage.

He undoubtedly feared assassination, but it is not just such a dark threat which likely influenced him.

Day to day, he works with a relatively small group of people – military and intelligence officials, members of the imperious Senate, big money political contributors, including the powerful Israel Lobby – and that group is not friendly to the language of an Obama before election.

Look at any other notable American politician and presidential aspirant, and you see the same thing at work.

Hillary Clinton, over the last 20 years or so, has gone from a rather idealistic person to an unpleasant, acerbic advocate of Imperial America. She has told bald-faced lies in public countless times and uttered words which might have been written by an old crypto-Nazi like Dick Cheney.

Her husband was once a man of some ideals, too, but his two terms in office were marked by not one achievement of any worth, and he became little more than a kind of giant vacuum cleaner for political donations, setting some ghastly precedents like selling nights in the Lincoln bedroom of the White House or pardoning a big-time criminal at the end of his term in exchange for many millions of political dollars.

This is the modern reality of imperial America: elections at the highest level simply do not matter. By the time a politician has managed to scrabble to become a contender, with all the endless secret begging for campaign funds, he or she has become part of the problem, not the solution.

In economics, we speak of barriers to the entry of markets. The American campaign finance system requiring truckloads of private money to run is effectively a barrier to entry in the political market, a barrier against the idealistic or those who would do anything to interfere with America’s entrenched governing establishment: the military-industrial-intelligence complex along with such powerful special interests as the Israel Lobby.

This barrier is reinforced by a duopoly of parties in that market, each being not very different than the other, except in some volatile social interests of no concern to the establishment.

And anyone who even chances to pass over those barriers faces everyday life with some dark and powerful people who will not watch their power diminished.