Turkey’s invasion of Syria, and threatening to deport 3.6 resident Kurdish citizens to Europe is seriously evil.
Trump is a Russian asset.
It is not even a question of if President Trump is an asset to Putin and the larger concerts of the emerging Russian Empire, it is self-evident. Look no further than his policies. And the growing mountains of evidence: his statement to the Russian Ambassador that he effectively endorsed and normalised interference in elections: an act of war.
Russia is not really concerned with the EU, of course they want to isolate it from America. Russia is more concerned with four of its neighbours: China, North Korea, Afghanistan and Iran.
Trump’s actions have heightened tensions in the gulf which put pressure on energy prices: good for Russia. Trump’s trade war with China provides an opportunity for Russia as well as slow down the most dangerous rival for regional power.
Trump practices the art of disinformation. Instead of denying he sought to influence Ukraine for political ends, he attacks the whistleblower, threatening a firing squad by implication in a filmed “private” event. He is a master of media manipulation: his crimes keep him on the public’s tongue. He is so outrageous he gets away with the obvious shortcomings of blatant lying, of naked manipulation of the economy to suit the ultra-rich and hold the rest of us in stagnation: and half of us cry out for more pain. That half is wearing away, his ride of populism, his denial of the climate crisis, his rampant sexism and racism are buried under louder crimes: somehow he has survived because he is a master of disinformation. A skill that no doubt Vladimir Putin is also very skilled at, being the head of the KGB.
What else do we need to know? Trump is a Russian asset.
Trump, Macron and May strike targets in Syria and avoid hitting Russian targets. The fog of war instantly rises, the Russians say the majority of missiles were shot down and the Americans say each one hit their targets.
If they degrade Bashir al Assad’s ability to use chemical weapons, then they have achieved a goal. If they hit any Russian targets, they have achieved something else.
In an excellent analysis, Andrew Adonis has this to say about it. He sees Theresa May’s action as avoiding an embarrassing vote in the Parliament which may not agree that taking non-effective action is a priority. Alignment with Trump may demonstrate to Putin that the UK is to be taken seriously however laughable the net balance of actions by this government are.
Green MP, Caroline Lucas points out that acting before the OCWP can inspect is ridiculous.
The problem with this kind of military gesture is that the powers that order it have no real idea of the consequential effect. Right-Wing Tories keep trying to point out that a vote in Parliament got David Cameron a defeat but is not the scrutiny of the parliament desirable before we run into accidental war with Russia? Our lack of preparedness for war is obvious enough. Is the Government expressing a fear that protection by Trump is entirely necessary
In the early 2000s I felt I could see the future. Not some psychic power, but something more logical. I could see the rise of GW Bush – that America would end up with his presidency and his blind intention to invade Iraq. It then proceeded.
Before Brexit that inner voice started to raise fears that Britain was about to make a terrible choice to abandon its responsibilities as a stable member of the EU. And then it did.
And then the American election. The same inner fears seemed to tell me that Hillary Clinton was not fighting the election in a way that would work. Bernie Sanders was a better candidate as he had definite policies that his followers believed in. She seemed to spend all her on-screen time talking about Trump. If she was to beat Trump, it meant taking the rust-belt states. The states that consider the middle-class as “elites”.
The effect of the 2008 crash seems to have worked its way out of the economy, at least out of the banking and asset trading economy. There is a sector of the economy that has not seen recovery, and that is the part that was wiped out, lost their houses, their jobs, their health and most importantly, any rationale that any political force was going to help them. Six years of Obama with the Republicans ruling both the House and Senate meant that their symbol of hope was unable to turn to help them out.
Like the dispossessed in Great Britain who blamed the “EU elites” for their trials, the American rust belt did not hear any answer from Hillary. Instead they opted to go with what they perceived as a source of power.
That explains, to me at least, why we managed to get into this hyper Right-Wing cycle. The “elites” are not the richest 1%. They are now the middle classes and despised by the non-working working class who look at the ruling class as their “saviour”. The elimination of the extremes of poverty in both cultures is more likely to erase the most poor from future history than it is to save them. They are now, like Native Americans, an endangered species.
Long term politics are a form of evolution. It means death to half of humanity.
Why did Trump win? Why did the UK vote to leave the EU? Is 2016 s year of change? It is, and that is the reason, people are voting for change. It is a stage of life – they need risk and danger. They need exposure to the new.
The attacks on the Democratic candidate smell strongly of trolling by the Republican camp. The invitation to Russia to hack Hilary Clinton’s emails reminds me of Watergate dirty tricks being hidden behind a veil of inviting Russians hackers.
The attacks on the Republican candidate seem to originate from most of planet Earth, except his own faithful, it seems.
Trump’s threat to Putin over Ukraine sound more like a rambling old alcoholic ready to take over the world than a statesman ready for international negotiation.
America lost its premier position in the world after GW Bush’s stupidity. Is it truly ready to be launched into dismal failure as this man takes over its military?
Imagine a standoff between Trump and Putin. Waving little hands and “Nyet”.