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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: UNAVOIDABLE FLAWS IN OUR PRESS – GOVERNMENT-PRESS RELATIONSHIP IN THE WEST – AMERICA’S BASIC STRUCTURAL PROBLEM IS PLUTOCRACY AND ITS EMPIRE AND NOT “GLOBALISM” – MYTH OF TRUMP BATTLING INSIDERS   4 comments

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

“Canada’s Main TV Channel, CBC, Is a Great Big Globalist Bullhorn for War”

 

Yes, CBC is not greatly different than many corporate news services. A little, but not greatly.

This should come as no surprise because a state network must depend upon the good will of government for its future.

If you want to see public services that are even worse than CBC, look no further than NPR and BBC – both appalling in their subservience to establishment policy.

All people concerned with news and events should know that you cannot depend on any one news source.

Only by reading or watching a variety of sources and making an effort to interpret, reading between the lines, can you hope to come to anything resembling truth in international affairs.

All Western governments dominate their news establishments, both private and public. All of them.

And, in turn, all Western governments are dominated by American imperial policies, often to an embarrassing extent. All of them.

So, we see American policy consistently supported and never truly attacked for the destructive thing that it is by politicians and news sources in “the West.”

But I’m sorry to say that this has nothing to do with “globalists” or even “war advocacy,” although the latter is an implicit part of world empire. Empires don’t just happen, they are created by force. America’s decades of wars since WWII are all about expanding or protecting empire and little else. All the stuff about principles or defense of America is just that, stuff – meaningless, jingoistic stuff.

The “globalism” theme is a myth of the Right to which many cling much as they cling to the myth that Trump is in any way opposed to basic American establishment interests. It is naïve to say so because he is busy fervently serving those interests both in international affairs and in world trade.

He wants the establishment’s support and works to earn it. He wants to be re-elected. Everything points to him working towards that end, as with his appointment of many Neocons to important posts.

America’s basic structural problem is that it has become a plutocracy, and the main power establishment in Washington is dedicated to serving the plutocracy. After all, money runs elections in America, plus a whole lot else.

The stuff about “globalism,” always used as an epithet and left poorly defined, is virtually a distraction from the real problem.

So long as the nation functions as a plutocracy with a power establishment serving its interests, which very much includes a costly world empire, nothing important will change.

Trump is such a great example of the realities. He works overtime trying to give them what they want in return for them tolerating him in office.

You know, in the end, throughout the world, those with great fortunes dominate despite all the political rhetoric about democracy and the struggles for freedom over the last few centuries. The rich rule, still, but it is not always with the complete transparency we see in the United States.

Both major parties are completely dependent upon large money donors. Nothing serious in arrangements or international affairs ever changes with the election of either of them. And America’s Supreme Court has even ruled that “money is free speech.”

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   1 comment

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.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: JUST WHO IS IT STRAINING TO REASSERT AMERICAN GLOBAL SUPREMACY EMPHASIZING THE MILITARY? – TRUMP’S ODD SET OF SKILLS CAUSED HIM TO JOIN THE CLUB BUT HE DID NOT START THIS – SOME HISTORY – THIS WILL NOT END WELL   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA TODAY

 

“US Hybrid War Arrives to Replace Cold War

“The One World of Pax Americana that has existed since the end of the Cold War is already history. US global dominance is still in place, but the peace – “pax” – has been shattered”

 

This analysis has a great many merits but misses important points.

It certainly isn’t just Trump who determined to reassert American global supremacy.

In fact, he could not do that alone. American Presidents simply do not have that much power on their own under the American Constitution.

The entire Washington establishment has been focused on reasserting American global supremacy for years. It reflects a combination of the establishment’s realization that with the growth of other nations abroad into competitors, America is in a relative decline. All the world’s trade statistics point to the fact.

After all, these people and their power flourished in a world where all their competitors were flattened by WWII. Every single one – Britain, France, Germany, Japan, et al. And countries which had not been competitors were destined to become new competitors – China, mainly – also were war-torn. Still other countries were not war-torn, but had yet to explode into modernity, something they are sure doing now – India, Brazil, Vietnam, etc.

America alone suffered no damage at home – even its war dead made the tiniest fraction of those of some other countries, leaving it with no huge unproductive burden of care for the badly injured and plenty of fresh manpower – and it was to enjoy the entire world as its market for industries which had been force-fed and had grown immensely in producing war supplies for itself and others.

The outcome of WWII literally put America on top of the world. But that was a position that absolutely could not be maintained indefinitely because it was based on transitory circumstances.

We have seen now through several presidencies an intense new effort to assert military power and influence. “Nobel Peace Prize winner’ Obama literally was bombing someone every day of his eight years. He once was reported to have said, jokingly, “I’m pretty good at this killing stuff!” While now the so-called National Defense Strategy document has been re-written to even more closely focus on Russia and China, it was under Obama that Russia gained the de facto status of pariah state, something Trump has made no effort to halt. So, he has just jumped on the anti-Russian bandwagon, so to speak, while always remaining careful not to speak directly against Putin, who, in my view, does likely hold compromising personal information on Trump.

America’s establishment has even busied itself creating a whole new vocabulary it now uses. We have terms like “strategic rivals” and “revisionist powers” used to describe Russia and China, terms in their vagueness much resembling Israel’s perennial use of “militant” to describe people it has shot. The Pentagon is calling Russia and China enemies in all but name.

The Chinese aptly describe these new Pentagon terms with, “If some people look at the world through a cold war, zero-sum game mindset, then they are destined to see only conflict and confrontation.”

Trump’s chief set of skills include an animal-like instinct for locating where power lies in any situation (almost like a dog immediately recognizing an alpha male) combined with an astonishing, plastic-like ability to quickly adapt to its needs and to gain politically (or economically) from them. Thus, we see all his campaign words versus his actions as President – on Russia, on Syria, on Israel, etc. We have close to a complete turnaround because this previous-non-politician has sniffed-out at close quarters just what the establishment wants.

America’s establishment has fixed on military power – of course, supported by economic, financial, and diplomatic power – as the route to maintaining dominance under all the evolutionary changes taking place in the world. Of course, a more intelligent and less aggressive response would have been to cut military spending drastically. Nothing is more resource-consuming and economically unproductive than the military. A certain amount is needed for genuine defense, of course. But spending seven hundred billion dollars a year, more than the rest of the planet together, is the opposite of what you do if concerned about relative economic decline.

The American establishment’s response is a kind of panic reaction to the changing situation in the world. And it has been happily encouraged, as by someone fanning a fire, by the influential group known as Neocons. They hold, as an article of faith, that America should use its great existing power to dominate and shape the world to its liking. Their primary interest is Israel, and they see an aggressive, massively-armed America as the best promoter of Israel’s interests. They also heavily push the anti-Russia campaign we see because Russia is viewed as standing in the way of their main goals.

This, of course, is just one additional avenue for Israeli influence on American government. America’s money-drenched campaign-financing and lobbying laws encourage huge influence from its home-grown Israel Lobby – perhaps the best organized and financed of all Washington many powerful lobbies. It literally can determine who is elected or not in many Congressional and Senate and even Presidential campaigns because it not only commands money, it commands all of America’s high-end press and broadcasting, which means they can make any candidate look good or bad, and it takes an awful lot of something else for any candidate to overcome that kind of opposition.

Interestingly, most of Trump’s latest appointments are Neocons, some of the most virulent in America. By comparison, in his first days, he tended to avoid such appointments, though even then some got in.