TRUMPDOM: The Curious World of Trump’s Foreign Policy Explained

It is barely seven weeks since Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States. Perhaps too early to figure out the details of America’s foreign policy during his presidency. However, some broad contours of his policies are taking shape, which may provide pointers to what he is likely to do in the next four years.
These pointers are based partly on what Trump said during his election campaign and partly on what has happened since he became President. Actually, quite a lot has happened in the last seven weeks or so, including considerable turbulence in US domestic and foreign policy.
Before proceeding further, it may be useful to recall that Trump’s victory in the Nov. 2016 elections was unexpected. Most opinion polls and the mainstream media (MSM) predicted victory for Hillary Clinton, who was the candidate of the US Establishment and the ‘Deep State’ (DS), which includes the military-industrial complex, the intelligence agencies, the MSM, Wall Street, and the Jewish Lobby.
The DS is a permanent, unelected, group of institutions, lobbies, and individuals which wields enormous power from behind the scenes and continues to do so irrespective of who is the President and which party controls the US Congress. It is driven by the quest for money and power, among other things.
The present DS began taking shape almost thirty-five years ago when Jimmy Carter was President. There was a DS before that too, going back to the 1950s, which came into existence after the Second World War. However, it was much less powerful and entrenched than the present one. John F. Kennedy tried to defy it but did not succeed. Some believe he paid for it with his life.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on MARCH 9, 2017.

American Pravda: How the CIA Invented “Conspiracy Theories”

A year or two ago, I saw the much-touted science fiction film Interstellar, and although the plot wasn’t any good, one early scene was quite amusing. For various reasons, the American government of the future claimed that our Moon Landings of the late 1960s had been faked, a trick aimed at winning the Cold War by bankrupting Russia into fruitless space efforts of its own. This inversion of historical reality was accepted as true by nearly everyone, and those few people who claimed that Neil Armstrong had indeed set foot on the Moon were universally ridiculed as ‘crazy conspiracy theorists.’ This seems a realistic portrayal of human nature to me.
Obviously, a large fraction of everything described by our government leaders or presented in the pages of our most respectable newspapers – from the 9/11 attacks to the most insignificant local case of petty urban corruption – could objectively be categorized as a ‘conspiracy theory’ but such words are never applied. Instead, use of that highly loaded phrase is reserved for those theories, whether plausible or fanciful, that do not possess the endorsement stamp of establishmentarian approval.
Put another way, there are good ‘conspiracy theories’ and bad ‘conspiracy theories,’ with the former being the ones promoted by pundits on mainstream television shows and hence never described as such. I’ve sometimes joked with people that if ownership and control of our television stations and other major media outlets suddenly changed, the new information regime would require only a few weeks of concerted effort to totally invert all of our most famous ‘conspiracy theories’ in the minds of the gullible American public. The notion that nineteen Arabs armed with box-cutters hijacked several jetliners, easily evaded our NORAD air defenses, and reduced several landmark buildings to rubble would soon be universally ridiculed as the most preposterous ‘conspiracy theory’ ever to have gone straight from the comic books into the minds of the mentally ill, easily surpassing the absurd ‘lone gunman’ theory of the JFK assassination.

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on September 6, 2016.

The War Crime Called Afghanistan – – Obama’s Vietnam

Historians still debate whether President John F. Kennedy would have withdrawn U. S. troops from Vietnam had he lived to win re-election in 1964. Since President Barack Obama recently announced his intention to keep at least 8,400 U. S. troops in Afghanistan through the end of his presidency, the only debate will be over why he never withdrew but chose instead to bequeath an unwinnable war – the longest in U. S. history – to his successor.
The U. S. war in Afghanistan will officially pass the 15-year mark in a few months. But like Vietnam, where the United States began aiding French colonial forces in the late 1940s, Afghanistan has been the target of Washington’s war-making for more than three-and-a-half decades.
On July 3, 1979, President Carter first authorized the secret provision of aidto armed opponents of the leftist regime in Kabul. A senior Pentagon official advocated the aid to ‘suck the Soviets into a Vietnamese quagmire.’
When Moscow took the bait and sent troops that December to support the Afghan government against a growing rural insurgency, National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski gleefully wrote President Carter, ‘We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam War.’
Call it blowback, or just an irony of history, but Afghanistan has turned instead into America’s second Vietnam War. The Soviets finally had the good sense to pull out after being bloodied for a decade. The Obama administration envisions staying there indefinitely. Under the Bilateral Security Agreement that President Obama got Kabul to sign in 2014, U. S. troops may remain in Afghanistan ‘until the end of 2024 and beyond.’

This post was published at David Stockmans Contra Corner By Jonathan Marshall, Consortium News ‘ July 25, 2016.

The Keynesian Conceit: If It Works In Theory, It Must In Practice

Walter W. Heller was said to have been an ‘educator of Presidents.’ As an economist and Presidential advisor in the inner circles of DC, Heller worked with more candidates and officeholders than perhaps any other man. As he himself described, his influence went all the way back to Adlai Stevenson and kept on through Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, and Mondale. To his mind, he takes credit for turning Presidents into thorough Keynesians starting with JFK in January 1963 and the tax cut ‘stimulus’ that Heller claims was ‘born on my desk.’
As an economist and advisor, Heller seems to have spent a lot of time about the 1960′s and almost none describing the 1970′s. Perhaps his greatest contribution to that decade was a quote attributed to him describing economics. ‘An economist is a man who, when he finds something works in practice, wonders if it works in theory.’
Among the most pernicious of these theories to have been backward applied in exactly that manner is ‘rational’ expectations theory. This was developed in the 1980′s to try to explain the disaster of the 1970′s in terms that would save econometrics. Thus, it is applied in great detail and mathematics to ‘inflation’ and is often discussed only in that context. Among the most influential to have used rational expectations theory was John Taylor as the basis for the Taylor ‘rule.’
In a 2007 speech, then-Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke described the updated expectations framework as it at that time related to inflation and gradualism in monetary policy (into the onrushing storm).

This post was published at David Stockmans Contra Corner on June 15, 2016.

The America I Woke Up to This Morning

I read online today a nameless Congressman has penned a book, Confessions of Congressman X (unrated at Amazon.com), that claims his main job is to get re-elected, voters are ignorant (what’s new?), it’s easy to manipulate a nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep who crave instant gratification, that he seldom reads bills up for vote and the country spends money it doesn’t have to mortgage its future.
But can Americans do anything about this? It just adds to the pent up frustration. The book pretends to reveal all but it’s much worse than just government graft and corruption, it is murder in broad daylight conducted by the state simply overlooked. If you think the US Constitution protects your life and liberty and that only corrupt fascist governments overseas rub out their domestic enemies, consider the long list of suspicious deaths following the JFK assassination.
I want to know who is pushing the transgender agenda in America? The news media was re-introducing Bruce Jenner to America months before he announced he would undergo a sex-change. Now our King (aka elected President) issues a royal command that US schools must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms.

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on May 14, 2016.

History Note: Lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis On The 53rd Anniversary

I am writing this on October 22, the fifty-third anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis, the day when President John F. Kennedy made a speech to the nation announcing that the US had detected Soviet missile bases being constructed in Cuba – and demanding that they be removed. A US naval ‘quarantine’ was imposed on the island, and the world held its breath as World War III hung in the balance.
Watching Kennedy’s televised speech brings back memories, none of them good. In those days, ‘duck and cover’ air raid drills were part of our routine at school, although at my school in suburban Yorktown Heights they eventually resorted to simply sounding the rather frightening air raid alarm and trooping us all out onto the playground – presumably so we could all die in the open air.
The specter of nuclear war was an integral part of my childhood: the science fiction stories I read and watched on television were obsessed with the subject, projecting visions of nuclear devastation and the mutant world that would emerge from the rubble. Who can forget Zsa Zsa Gabor in ‘Queen of Outer Space,’ when she drops her mask to reveal a face hideously distorted by nuclear radiation? Us kids used to play a game, ‘let’s pretend there’s been an atomic war’: as we hiked through the abundant woodlands that then surrounded Yorktown Heights, we would come across the remnants of abandoned shacks, only their concrete foundations evident through the undergrowth of weeds: ‘Oh look,’ we would cry, ‘they must’ve been quite advanced, these earthlings! But why did they destroy their civilization?’
Why, indeed.
For weeks after Kennedy’s speech we were scared out of our wits, convinced that our childish games were about to become reality. Air raid drills in school assumed a somber air. Little did we know that President Kennedy, while not quite lying through his perfect teeth, was speaking disingenuously when he said:

This post was published at David Stockmans Contra Corner on October 23, 2015.

ANARCHAST: SEAN STONE: WATCHING THE HAWKS!

Jeff interviews Hollywood actor and son of Oliver Stone, Sean Stone, topics include: conspiracy, questioning history, JFK assassination, open mindedness, new world order, empire of the mind, false free trade deals and the breakdown on sovereignty, monoculture, the TTP, we are beyond the nation state and in a corporate fascist reality, debt slavery, spiritual corruption, purposefully eroding society, people now starting to ask questions, the power of film making, metaphysics and the paranormal, and much more.

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This post was published at Dollar Vigilante on AUGUST 5, 2015.