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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: A COMMENT RIGHTLY ASKS: WITH TRUMP DOING EVERYTHING THE ESTABLISHMENT WANTS WHY DO THEY STILL WANT TO GET RID OF HIM? – I THINK THESE ARE THE ESSENTIAL REASONS

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CONSORTIUM NEWS

 

“The New York Times as Judge and Jury”

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 Response to a comment which asks, “…he [Trump] has sanctioned Russia more than the last two Presidents combined, and now he is even killing some Russians and knocking their planes out of the sky. So why do they want to impeach him?

“WHY WOULD HE PRESENT A THREAT TO THEM OR ANYONE? I don’t get it.”

 

You have a real point. Here is my explanation.

In fact, Trump has demonstrated what a weakling he is – despite his noisy self-praise and bravado all the time – by literally giving the establishment everything it wants, and then some in certain cases, leaving behind the few things he seemed originally intent on doing, things that were worthwhile – better relations with Russia, leaving Syria, and stopping some of the horror of the Neocon Mideast Wars.

He has simply left all those worthwhile concepts behind in a desperate effort to be loved and to survive. What’s left is his junk program of disparaging migrants and Muslims, a pastiche of barely-hidden prejudices, and still wanting to build a giant stupid wall plus plenty of stupid flag-kissing by a guy who avoided military service – a program that is tailor-made for the Walmart-NASCAR-gun meet-Pledge of Allegiance crowd that constitutes his base. It has no appeal for the establishment.

When he publicly criticizes (mainly black) football players who make a respectful gesture of protest, something they are entitled to do and which is none of his business as President, he is throwing still-bleeding chunks of meat to the base who adore him for it. He even goes beyond inappropriate criticism to suggesting penalties NFL management should implement, as though that were any business of a government official who is supposed to represent all the people.

The establishment types do like, at least, to appear enlightened, it’s a matter of style if not substance, and many wealthy Americans greatly benefit by the loose system of illegal migrants as cheap labor which has prevailed for years. It provides a great informal system, complete with an endless supply of labor, the opportunity to pay low wages and to get rid of any worker causing trouble. Why else does any person think it has continued for so long? Do people really believe that only the lack of a “heroic” figure like Trump has allowed this situation to happen? Yes, Trump’s base does hold to that pathetic idea, and he encourages them to hold the thought.

So, he ends in the worst possible of all worlds, a man who has just continued the policies of Obama, even intensifying them, and tearing up what little worthwhile Obama achieved. There’s irony here, because Trump loathes Obama. Well, Obama bombed every day of his eight years, and Trump just continues. Obama was responsible for the mess in Ukraine, and Trump just continues. Obama was responsible for the pivot towards China, and Trump just continues. Obama created America’s vast extrajudicial killing program, and Trump just continues, indeed, giving the CIA an even freer hand.

In another aspect of his desperate cowardice and wish to be liked and re-elected, he destroyed the Iran Nuclear Agreement – Obama’s only serious worthwhile achievement in my view – owing directly to influence from Netanyahu and Netanyahu’s biggest booster, American billionaire, Sheldon Adelson, who undoubtedly promises Trump tens of millions of dollars for his 2020 campaign. That Agreement was praised and supported by every Western statesman and by all technical experts. Now, it is replaced by threats and name-calling and instability.

Indeed, again to buy favor, he has given Israel’s lobbyists everything they ask for. It is embarrassing to see such subservience to a small state which makes huge, often inappropriate, demands. Moving the embassy illegally to Jerusalem. Ending aid program after aid program for the Palestinians, including even heartless acts like hospital support in East Jerusalem. Berating the UN constantly, despite its now weakened voice after years of American browbeating, and withdrawing from important UN agencies like UNESCO to please Israel. It is simply an appalling and chaotic set of activities.

It all reflects Trump’s very weak character, and it is all driven from a desperate effort to please the American power establishment.

He knows they dislike him. I think there are several aspects to their dislike. He is viewed as a political pirate, having no real background and having hijacked a major political party that was adrift. He is also viewed as a kind of crass nouveau riche type by all the old money. His crassness is measured by the fact that his past rickety real estate empire has only survived by endless legal maneuvering and, apparently, a big hand in the past from investments from Russian mob money.

Of course, there is also his basic awkward way of communicating, a jumble of half-thought notions that have appeal to people in Trump’s base, but these are people for whom the establishment has only contempt, nicely revealed in words characterizing them by Hillary Clinton during the campaign. The privileged who actually run America and its politics have little regard for average Americans who think they are entitled to anything just by virtue of being born in the country.

The Russian thing is important. While I think the whole Hillary Clinton claim about Russia helping him is complete crap, Trump nevertheless is where he is in part owing to Russian shady-money connections in the past propping up his shaky business empire. And if there is one thing the American power establishment can agree on, it’s viewing Russia the way Rome viewed Carthage.

Russia is loathed because it represents a serious obstacle to the current driving hormonal rage of America in asserting its dominion over the planet. The rage is a development which reflects the establishment’s unwelcome realization of America’s relative decline in world trade and economics since the glory days just after WWII. There are a lot of countries out there now looking for their place in the sun, countries which were flat on the ground in the Ozzie and Harriet’s days that encouraged the myth of the American Dream – a myth, by the way, which Trump uses on his trailer-park political base under the “Make America Great Again” slogan. It’s utter nonsense, and the big boys in Washington know that it is. They have other plans.

America is actually not able to compete with all those new competitors, and its position will inevitably further slide relative to them. That is not easily swallowed by the privileged folks who really run America and have enjoyed god-like positions for much of the time after WWII.

And their attitudes have been catered to by Washington’s influential Neocon crowd, influential people well entrenched in Washington’s establishment. The Neocons say America should just use its brute power to get what it wants. It is an “Israelized” point of view, and the Neocons have an ongoing relationship with Israel. Their advocacy for a newly aggressive United States is in part based on their belief that an aggressive United States is good for Israel.

So, we have a big aggressive drive – “full-spectrum dominance” is one of its official mottos – to literally tell people all over the planet, “It’s my way or the highway” and to use force, almost in a Mafia protection-racket style, to carve out favorable advantages that couldn’t be had by fair competition. There are many examples, but a good recent one is the effort to push out reasonably-priced Russian gas from Europe and replace it with far costlier American LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas). And now we have sanctions against people for buying Russian hi-tech weapons rather than American ones, as though that were a crime.

The establishment, given this new wave of aggression as one of its basic drives, just does not trust a Trump whose business interests in the past were “rescued” by Russian money and who talked the way he did during the campaign about normal relations with Russia, something, indeed, which is one of his only sensible views. Those establishment attitudes Trump just cannot overcome, and they have nothing at all to do with “Russia-gate.” The Russia-gate myth only exists owing to the pre-existing establishment attitudes about Russia, and Hillary Clinton has only been able to make her pathetic, half-baked claims about why she lost the election precisely because of the accepting environment of those pre-existing attitudes.

Not to defend Trump, whom I find appalling, but it is all a dirty and dangerous situation with the Democrats just as much behind the imperial drive as the Republicans. They are all establishment, with no distinctions to be made between them in foreign affairs and the aggressive imperialism.

The Trump drama only provides a kind of noisy sideshow, a sideshow unfortunately which contributes only more instability as this pathetic man struggles to survive against America’s establishment, almost trying to outbid them in the stupidities he will attempt.

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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: SERIOUS RENEWED THREAT OF WAR BETWEEN RUSSIA AND THE UNITED STATES IN SYRIA – WHAT IS BEHIND THIS AND IS NEVER MENTIONED IN OUR PRESS – TRUMP “THE STRONG MAN” HAS BEEN SHOWN TO BE PATHETICALLY WEAK CONSISTENTLY

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE FROM VETERAN INTELLIGENCE PROFESSIONALS FOR SANITY IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

Ex-US Intelligence Officers Warn Trump Over Syria Attack: ‘Don’t Be Surprised When the Russians Start Firing Their Missiles’

“We know that your advisers tend to be dangerously dismissive of Russian capabilities and intentions”

“Russian missile-armed naval and air units are now deployed in unprecedented numbers to engage those tempted to interfere with Syrian and Russian forces trying to clean out the terrorists from Idlib”

 

https://russia-insider.com/en/ex-us-intelligence-officers-warn-trump-over-syria-attack-dont-be-surprised-when-russians-start

 

An excellent statement of the situation.

Unfortunately, what John Bolton represents, as do Nikki Haley and a number of others in the administration, are the Neocons and the Israel lobby.

Those are the people pushing the renewed aggressiveness in Syria.

Just as with Trump’s (illegal) recognition of Jerusalem which was pushed hard for by Netanyahu and American Sheldon Adelson, billionaire and dogged Netanyahu supporter.

Trump should never have agreed to this de-stabilizing illegality, but he is worried about being re-elected in 2020, and Adelson offers tens of millions of dollars, as he has done many times for the politicians he likes. He literally keeps Netanyahu afloat with money and publicity support.

The truth is America has no genuine interests of its own in destroying Syria, and Assad is a pretty decent head of government for the region, but the men running Israel loathe him, and Washington is constantly made to feel their pressure.

After all, Israel’s government wants to keep the land it stole from Syria and perhaps steal more. Already, a Trump-appointed American official has publicly mused about the United States recognizing the occupied Golan Heights as part of Israel, and that goes against all international law and order.

The Neocons and the Israel lobby are entrenched and powerful in Washington.

But no one can say so openly in Western media.

Trump has buckled every time these people push him.

He likes to be regarded as strong and decisive, but he is not at all.

His weakness has been on display for all those who want to look, taking off their blinders of ideology. Why is Bolton even in his post?

Everyone has known what a horror he is for long years. You could not find a worse character if you tried.

There is a terrific interview in Sputnik from a rare American politician giving a fair-minded assessment of Syria. It is only the truth that many who study the situation understand, but it is so unusual to hear from an American political source.

I assume the Senator is not dependent on funds and publicity in his state from the Israel lobby or he would never speak this way. See:

https://sputniknews.com/interviews/201809101067877625-us-senator-black-syria-interview/

Further on John Bolton and the Neocons, as I write this, we have this development:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/trump-administration-palestinian-mission-embassy-washington-israel-john-bolton-plo-a8530656.html

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: TRUMP AND FOREIGN POLICY – HERE’S A MAN MAKING LOTS OF NOISE AND PRETENDING TO BE IN CHARGE – BUT ON ALL REALLY IMPORTANT MATTERS HE IS NOT IN CHARGE ANY MORE THAN OBAMA WAS

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY PATRICK LAWRENCE IN CONSORTIUM NEWS

 

“The Trump Administration’s Spoiler Foreign Policy

“U.S. strategy abroad is assuming a curious shape. Whether the president or his minders are running affairs, Patrick Lawrence sees the U.S. being reduced to playing a spoiler role in the Middle East and Northeast Asia.”

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Response to a comment:

Noisy, ugly, and unpleasant – all qualities Trump possesses in abundance – have nothing to do with the power relationship between a President and the Washington establishment.

My point is that Obama, from whom we expected a little heroism, proved almost a complete coward. He did as was expected of him by an establishment with which he previously had no experience – in Libya, in Syria, in Bahrain, in Egypt, in Ukraine, and in China. He gave us industrial-scale drone murder, something every American should be deeply ashamed of.

Trump had no promise at all in most areas, but on the crucial matter of the Neocon Wars across the Middle East and relations with Russia – both extremely important matters – he did offer some promise of change. And he has been completely unable to deliver. He’s paralyzed. And you might well think all the constant ugly noise that he makes reflects in part his frustration and his immense ego’s need to pretend that it isn’t so.

George Bush was the first convincing proof that America doesn’t even truly need a President, except for the legalities of signing papers put before him by powerful establishment figures such as Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. A huge imperial state with many powerful organizations and institutions deeply embedded in its structure is guided in foreign policy by a consensus of its establishment. It is Presidents who must adjust and conform, no matter which party they represent or what rhetoric they used to be elected.

Obama’s sad time proved the observation further, as the man, who once wore sandals and eschewed a ridiculous American flag pin on his lapel when campaigning, ended up killing more than half a million people across the Mideast, creating millions of refugees to nearly destabilize Europe, and supporting a dangerous and destructive coup in Ukraine. And then there’s those drones, a program he created, killing thousands of innocents, because even the targets are legally innocent, let alone the “collateral damage.”

And Trump hasn’t delivered on one important imperial matter. The killing goes on across the Mideast, and an important country like Russia is treated in a dangerous and de-stabilizing fashion. Utterly needless antagonisms and threats are generated against a rules-abiding, large, and important state like Iran.

These are things the American power establishment wants in its new drive for complete global domination, and no mere elected official, not even a President, can successfully challenge that reality.

So, it’s what America gets, no matter who is elected, rendering American elections, realistically, close to meaningless. There would appear to be some room in domestic policy for differences between candidates, but realistically these don’t greatly matter because it is the empire which consumes all resources and rivets the attention of all ambitious politicians. Actually, it consumes more than existing resources because it is financed with huge debt.

You know – and I’ve said this many times, but it is a fundamental truth worth repeating – you can either have an empire or you can have a decent country. You cannot have both, and Americans very much do not have both.

Great empire – with its vast, anti-democratic and authoritarian military and its many secret security agencies and its great plutocratic corporations who benefit from military and security arrangements – is about as far from decent and truly democratic government as you can go.

That’s America today.

You may find interesting:

https://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/?s=beast+bellowing

https://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/the-cia-and-americas-presidents-some-rarely-discussed-truths-shaping-contemporary-american-democracy/

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: A BIT MORE ON JOHN MCCAIN’S LEGACY – THE COMMON PRACTICE OF PRAISING FAMOUS PEOPLE FOR BEING WHAT THEY IN FACT WERE NOT – AMERICA’S MANUFACTURED HERO

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

“Top Russian Politicians Crush McCain’s Evil Legacy on #1 Russian TV Show

“Public response to McCain in Russia and the US says everything about the two countries.”

 

While there is some very over-the-top language in this article, the basic truth is that John McCain was indeed a nasty piece of work.

His boyish smile and family connections (his father and grandfather were American admirals, and he married a wealthy woman) and America’s desperate need, out of the total squalor of Vietnam, to manufacture a hero, took him a long way.

By whatever measure you choose, McCain was not a hero, something readily discovered if you look at some facts. He actually was the opposite of a hero in most things, from his driving support for imperial wars and dirty tricks abroad to the ethics of great parts of his personal life.

While it is a fairly common phenomenon, I think his is the perfect contemporary example of a man being praised for what he most certainly was not.

Obama – with his peace prize and mass-killing and his reputation for a liberalism he simply does not possess – of course is another, but he has not died and we are not immersed in all the empty praise and hypocrisy that we are for McCain.

And I’m pretty sure that even the largely soulless Obama was not quite the utterly dark creature that John McCain assuredly was.

Of course, since McCain was a truly dutiful servant of America’s Neocons, people who enjoy great influence in the American power establishment and its current global imperial drives, their considerable resources are being applied to echo and magnify his praises.

I published an article back when he was running for president which discusses his character and some unpleasant aspects of his life. It is all researched material, not just an empty attack.

See:

https://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/2009/06/07/john-mccain-a-matter-of-character/

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: HARD TO SEE ANY DIFFERENCE IN BURMA’S TREATMENT OF ROHINGYA PEOPLE AND ISRAEL’S TREATMENT OF THE PEOPLE OF GAZA – YET THE PRESS AND POLITICIANS WRING THEIR HANDS OFTEN OVER BURMA

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

“Jeremy Hunt to visit Burma after ‘deeply disturbing’ UN report on crimes against Rohingya people

“’There must never be a hiding place for those who commit these kinds of atrocities,’ foreign secretary says”

 

Quite literally, anything you can say about Burma’s appallingly brutal treatment of the Rohingya people, you can say also with complete honesty about Israel’s appallingly brutal treatment of the people of Gaza.

Yet, somehow, it never gets said.

What is it in our political and journalistic environment that encourages such selective concerns?

Simply the fact of the status of Burma compared to the status of Israel in the American imperial scheme of things. Nothing else. Not concern for humanity. Not concern for human rights. Not concern for decency.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: “THE NEW COLD WAR FLOPS” CLAIMS A SILLY ARTICLE BASED ON POLLS – THE REALITIES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE WARS INTO WHICH THEIR LEADERS DRAG THEM – WHY POLLS DON’T MATTER

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY JUSTIN RAIMONDO IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

“The New Cold War Flops, The American People Are Not Buying

“Poll shows anti-Russia campaign had little effect”

 

Justin Raimondo, as he has shown in other articles, often just does not “get it.”

It simply does not matter whether the American public embraces the power establishment’s disinformation efforts.

There is almost no connection between what average Americans want and believe and what Washington does.

And this has been true for a very long time. Did the public want the holocaust in Vietnam or a list of other horrors?

They are simply dragged along for the ride when Washington is determined to do something. They have nowhere to turn with their votes even. Republican or Democrat, the results in terms of war and empire will be the same.

The United States’ power establishment doesn’t care what anyone thinks anymore when it wants to do something. Oh, I’m sure they’d rather the public “bought in,” but whether they do or not simply is not a “deal breaker.”

Washington ignores the UN. It ignores international law. It ignores many traditions and norms. Oh, it will offer up some excuse, some flimsy excuse for what it is doing, but, in the end, it doesn’t matter what the American public believes, any more than it matters what the other 95% of humanity represented by the UN believes.

The American public is virtually uninformed about what goes on abroad anyway. Their press and government representatives work hard towards that end. And the truth is the American public is largely uninterested. Bored with foreigners and even knee-jerk hostile to many. So many people also are just trying to keep body and soul together in the changed economic realities of contemporary America. They have no time to be concerned about what goes on “out there.” America’s establishment actually counts on such realities in its imperial calculations.

The only time America’s public ever gets really worked up over such matters is when Americans die in considerable numbers. Foreigners, who cares? But America has arranged its foreign dirty work so that numbers of Americans do not die.

The numbers at a certain point during Vietnam began to generate something like the national divisions of the American Civil War. Through many mechanisms, that has never been allowed to happen again.

Look at the dirty work in Syria. We know, right now, a new phony gas attack is being planned around Idlib. There is significant intelligence on the matter. And it is only a set-up for a new round of bombing Syria, a country with which America is not legally at war and a country where it has no business having any forces without permission.

John Bolton’s ugly public threat about even more devastating bombing if chemical weapons are used again – “again,” entirely begging the question of whether such weapons had ever been used by the government, with virtually all indicators saying they had not – serves as a public invitation to the paid mercenaries in al-Nusra and such affiliates as the phony humanitarians of the White Helmets, to get on with the job of generating a needed provocation.

And will even one newspaper or network in America question the fraud? Or question the excessive response?

And what will it matter if the public supports it or not? They know absolutely nothing anyway about what goes on in Syria and America’s big, long-term role in it on behalf of Israel and others, including Saudi Arabia, to work towards destroying a legitimate government and cripple a beautiful country.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: JOHN MCCAIN DIES – IT IS DESERVING IN HIS CASE THAT AN EXCEPTION BE MADE OF THE TRADITIONAL “NOTHING BUT GOOD SAID ABOUT THE DEAD”

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CBC NEWS

 

“John McCain, war hero and former U.S. presidential candidate, dead at 81”

 

I know we are to speak nothing but good of the dead.

But I simply cannot do that in John McCain’s case.

The truth is that most articles eulogizing him simply reflect a lack of real knowledge.

Apart from the appealing boyish smile, this was in fact a man who shared many of the extremely unpleasant qualities of Donald Trump.

Even the war hero stuff is close to offensive when you know the truth, and I am not even considering the testimony of a number of men who were also prisoners of war with him and who tell terrible tales of him using his influence – his father was a big admiral, and the Vietnamese knew that – to gain privileged treatment.

I wrote a researched article about him back at the time he was running for office.

The facts speak for themselves. Here it is:

https://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/2009/06/07/john-mccain-a-matter-of-character/

And here is another small piece which may interest readers:

https://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/2009/06/07/the-fighter-pilot-and-the-princess-in-americas-presidential-primaries/