From Maverick To Lapdog: Trump Is Already Serving The Agenda Of America’s Oligarchs

He campaigned on promises to ‘drain the swamp’ and radically alter the United States’ course in the world, but not even a week has passed and President Donald Trump has already made it clear that he’ll be following a very familiar agenda.
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    WASHINGTON — On the campaign trail, Donald Trump successfully wooed many Americans desperate for an end to Obama’s brand of neoliberalism. However, his nationalist “maverick” persona has quickly unraveled as his allegiance to the country’s real decision makers has become more evident with each passing day of his young presidency.

    Within his first week, Trump has announced plans to build a missile defense system to guard against attacks from Iran and North Korea and entered into the early stages of moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to East Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. He’s made clear departures from his promises of anti-interventionism and neutrality in the Israel/Palestine conflict, among other things.

    Despite some positive moves, like calling for peace with Russia and removing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a deeper look at Trump’s policies reveals a continuation of policies that suit the political elite.



    While Trump’s about-face on some issues may come as a disappointment to his supporters, it is not altogether surprising given that the vast majority of past U.S. presidents have conformed to the same general strategy of ensuring the continuity of American imperialism regardless of political party affiliation or campaign trail promises. The most recent example of such a drastic turnaround was Barack Obama’s rejection of his own campaign rhetoric: His promises to bring change and reform to Washington ultimately fell flat as he expanded the drone war, brought catastrophe to the Middle East, and launched a chilling crackdown on whistleblowers and journalists.

    This uniform, over-arching agenda is and has been set by the same handful of powerful American oligarchs who rose to unprecedented prominence on the heels of industrialization. Many of these titans of industry and their descendents went on to establish influential foundations and organizations that continue to guide U.S. political consensus. Their hold over not just U.S. politics, but global politics, grew following the formation of oligarch-owned central banks and private international financial institutions such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

    While these institutions claim to work for the benefit of all humanity, their actions are directed by a handful of “economic and political heavyweights” who use loans, debt, and other financial tools to force the hands of governments throughout the world. As the chief vehicle for manifesting this imperialist agenda, the United States is no exception. Indeed, private banking interests have had a stranglehold on the American economy since the formation of the Federal Reserve in the early 20th century.

    It should come as no surprise that Trump has surrounded himself with Bush-era neoconservatives, including several architects of the Iraq War and signatories of the highly imperialist and pro-war Project for a New American Century. These individuals, John Bolton, Bill Bennett, and James Woolsey among them, consistently proved their dedication to the advancement of U.S. corporate and “deep state” interests during the Bush years. Far from “draining the swamp,” Trump’s actually filling it with an administration that promises to allow the nation’s wealthiest inhabitants to continue to dominate political decision-making.

     

    Allegiance to Washington insiders and elite

    But for those who have been paying attention, Trump’s allegiance to Washington insiders and the elite has been evident for some time.

    Trump’s shift from populist to globalist was heralded by his numerous meetings with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, a war criminal responsible for illegal bombings in Cambodia, a bloody coup in Chile, and the expansion of the Vietnam War. It was Kissinger, in fact, who set the precedent for U.S. foreign policy founded on perpetual war.

    In a November interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, Kissinger defended Trump. He urged that “one should not insist on nailing [Trump] into positions he had taken in the campaign” as Trump is undergoing “the transition from being a campaigner to being a national strategist.”

    Also indicative of Trump’s true allegiances are the shifting attitudes of pro-Clinton oligarchs and power brokers who are now glowing about the dawning of the Trump era.

    Larry Summers, secretary of the Treasury under Clinton and loyal servant to international banking interests, told Bloomberg News on Jan. 20 that he has been “very troubled by the attitude of business people from the U.S.”

    “People who were terribly afraid of what [a Trump presidency] would mean for America’s place in the world are now hailing those who surround Donald Trump as great geniuses,” Summers said.

    It seems much of that fear was assuaged by Trump’s numerous “flip-flops” on key issues following his election in November.

    While many Trump supporters continue to insist that the president has maintained his independence, as evidenced by his attempts to restore diplomatic relations with Russia, for example, much of his action so far ultimately serves the agenda of the American ruling class. This agenda, which aims to ensure the continuation of American hegemony and military superiority, is too important to the global elite to let any one man — president or otherwise — stand in its way.

     

    Trump: President of the Zionist States of America

    Former Vice President Joe Biden once said, “You don’t have to be a Jew to be a Zionist. The embrace of Zionism, a belief in the establishment of a Jewish-majority nation in the Biblical “Holy Land,” is a common bond not just among U.S. presidents, but among the nation’s entire political establishment, transcending party affiliation. This explains why U.S. politicians often ignore Israel’s egregious war crimes, illegal activities, and apartheid regime despite the United States’ purported interest in spreading “democracy” and protecting human rights.

    The practically unbridled power of the Zionist Israel lobby has ensured the prominence of Zionism in the U.S. political landscape, thanks to its potent influence and near-limitless financial support from many American oligarchs, many of whom are themselves Zionists. The organizations that comprise this lobby, the most well-known of which are the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, and the JStreet PAC, contribute millions of dollars to politicians annually. JStreet alone contributed $3.4 million to U.S. politicians between 2015 and 2016. Sheldon Adelson, a casino magnate, avowed Zionist, and political mega-donor, contributed more than $92.8 million to conservative politicians during the 2012 election cycle and, together with his wife Miriam, $77.7 million in the 2016 cycle.

    Largely for that reason, U.S. presidents have nearly always prioritized Israel’s concerns, which partly explains why Israel continues to receive unparalleled amounts of U.S. military aid — subsidized by U.S. taxpayers — that funds much of its domestic activities and regional war machine.

    To the outside observer, Trump’s campaign promises to “Make America Great Again” and “Put America First” seem in clear conflict with the established U.S.-Israel relationship. Indeed, on the campaign trail, Trump shied away from this position, promising to be the “neutral guy” regarding Israel’s continuing occupation of Palestine. A handful of disagreements with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as the condemnation he received from American Jewish groups over his ties to Steve Bannon, created the perception among many American voters that this would be the case.

    However, Trump’s transition from campaign trail persona to commander-in-chief has indeed shown him to be a staunch supporter of Zionist causes. The shift from promised neutrality to Israel’s “true friend in the White House” has been marked most notably by Trump’s announcement of his plans to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, an extreme stance that Trump senior aide Kellyanne Conway insisted was “a big priority” for Trump.

    In addition, Trump’s support for Israel’s encroachment of Palestinian lands could bring about the end of the feasibility of the “two-state” solution as right-wing Israeli politicians, particularly those of the Jewish Home party, are already seeking to annex more illegal settlements thanks to Trump’s position on the internationally contentious issues.

    Even more troublesome than Trump’s support for Israel’s crimes would be his support for Israel’s long-standing geopolitical goals in the region. If Trump follows the agenda set out for him, it could plunge the world into chaos.

    Robbie Martin, a journalist and director of “A Very Heavy Agenda,” a documentary series which explores how neoconservatives tied to the banking and military industries influence the media establishment and political landscape, told MintPress News that “Trump’s recent embrace of Zionism is opportunistic.”

    “It speaks to the strong influence of neoconservatives in the Trump administration,” Martin continued.

    These same neoconservatives, following the lead of the oligarchs who exert undue influence on U.S. and Israeli affairs, have already pushed Trump and key members of his Cabinet to embrace what Netanyahu has designated the “supreme goal” of the state of Israel: the containment of Iran.

     

    ‘Inevitable’ war with Iran & North Korea

    Trump, who on the campaign trail painted himself as an anti-interventionist, has recently emerged as strongly hostile toward Iran, continuing the decades-long U.S. policy of isolating the Islamic Republic. Just minutes after his inauguration, the Trump administration announced that it would be developing a state-of-the-art missile defense system to protect Americans from Iran and North Korea.

    Leaders of the Gulf monarchies are also “optimistic” that Trump will confront Iran, with some even going as far as to hail Trump as “another Ronald Reagan.” During his first weekend as president, Netanyahu spoke with Trump, focusing mainly on Iran — likely to gauge Trump’s commitment to Israel’s “supreme goal” of stopping the Iranian “threat” despite Israel having an untold number of nuclear warheads at its disposal.

    For much of the past few decades, U.S. antagonism against Iran has been a driving force in U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Since Iran’s 1979 revolution which ousted the U.S.-installed dictator the Shah of Iran, Iranian politics has been bolstered by the belief that third-world dependence on the West was an intrinsic result of neocolonialism and monopoly capitalism, with the only remedy being “working class internationalism.”

    In the process, Iran staunchly spoke out against the new colonialist project in the Middle East: the creation of Israel, its military occupation of historic Palestine, and Western meddling in Iranian politics and industry.

    Despite these historical tensions, U.S. and Israeli politicians alike have often expressed their disdain for Iran as born out of concern for the threat of nuclear disaster that presents to Israel, despite the fact that the CIA and Israel’s Mossad have stated that Iran doesn’t have a nuclear weapons program nor has it ever been interested in one.

    Though it often goes overlooked, one of the main reasons behind the hostility toward Iran is the independence of Iran’s central bank. Iran is one of the few nations that are not totally beholden to the global oligarchical interests tied to the global banking establishment which constitutes the U.S. empire.

    Even more telling is Trump’s stated belief that “we’ll end up going to war with Iran.” In a 2013 interview with Fox Business, Trump said the inevitability of an armed conflict was due to the weak negotiation skills of the Obama administration — the administration which would go on to seal the controversial Iran nuclear deal in 2015.

    Although Trump’s presidency remains in its infancy, his posturing thus far reveals the significant oligarchical influence on his developing stance on Iran, a nation that doesn’t have nuclear weapons and has never threatened to attack the United States or Israel.

     

    The illusion of Trump’s independence

    Diplomatic relations with Russia plunged to new lows under Obama, and Trump’s work to mend those ties drew supporters across the nation who were weary of Obama’s wars.

    From his nomination of Rex Tillerson as secretary of state to his stated goal of working together with Russia in Syria to eviscerate Daesh (an Arabic acronym for the terrorist organization known as ISIS or ISIL in the West), all indications seem to suggest that Trump is genuine in his desire to resolve the tensions that nearly escalated into an armed conflict between the two military powers.

    Yet, upon further examination, this too falls in line with the predominating geopolitical strategy of American oligarchs. As journalist Pepe Escobar pointed out in a Jan. 19 piece for The Saker, the ultimate goal of this maneuvering is to “seduce Russia away from its strategic partnership with China, while keep harassing the weakest link, Iran.”

    Daniel McAdams, director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and foreign policy expert on U.S. empire, echoed Escobar’s analysis in an interview with MintPress, saying that “Trump’s tilt towards Russia is a classic ‘grand strategy’ type of move to attempt to peel Russia away from China” — a textbook case of the divide and conquer strategy.

    Indeed, the intelligence community, Congress, and the mainstream media continue to play “bad cop” on the Russians, vilifying Moscow at every turn in order to manipulate them into cooperating with Trump, who plays the role of the “good cop.” Of course, the added bonus of this is that Trump gets to look like a great negotiator, diplomat, and an anti-interventionist of sorts while still allowing him to advance neoconservative goals of containing the threat to American hegemony presented by a China-Russia-Iran alliance.

    However, as McAdams noted, it remains to be seen if Russia will ultimately fall for the ruse. That, he said, “depends on how the Russians can balance their desire for improved U.S. relations with a sober look at their long-term regional interests and the veracity of U.S. promises.”

    Other commonly cited evidence of Trump’s “independence” from globalist plans has been his efforts to bring U.S. jobs back from overseas. Recently, Ford Motor Co. canceled a planned $1.6 billion factory in Mexico, choosing instead to expand an existing plant in Michigan in what was widely viewed as a capitulation to Trump. In addition, Trump’s removal of the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and his promise to re-negotiate NAFTA have often been taken as proof that he is indeed putting America first.

    However, an anonymous but high-ranking source told Escobar that U.S. oligarchs need jobs to return to the United States from Mexico and Asia chiefly because the shift of labor overseas is a major reason why the United States has “lost control of the seas and cannot secure its military components during a major war.” Essentially, the same financial elite who grew wealthy as a result of the initial labor transfer also stand to gain financially from shifting jobs back to the United States as part of a strategic decision to mitigate the strength of China and its regional allies.

     

    Serving the establishment, not the people

    Many Trump supporters fell for the same promises of “Hope” and “Change” that got Obama elected in 2008. While Trump has a unique persona that sets him apart from prior presidents, his actions so far indicate that he is willfully following a path laid out for him by the nation’s wealthiest inhabitants.

    Like Obama, Trump won the presidency through attempts to paint himself as a maverick, an outsider. The widespread condemnations of Trump from the U.S. political establishment and the mainstream media were strategic, granting Trump the ability to appear anti-establishment even when he advances the goals of the establishment.

    “This strategic antagonism has given Trump the ability to use the press and U.S. political elite as a foil. This allows him to negate his critics in a way unimaginable in previous administrations,” Robbie Martin warned.

    This unconventional setup is just the latest iteration of the public cover needed for a U.S. president to advance the agenda of American oligarchs while convincing his supporters and large swaths of the American public that he’s really working for them.

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    • James Sampson

      Trump is helping the COMMON man. Unlike liberal elitists

      • Bob Beal

        He doesn’t give a damn about you.

      • rockoman100

        No he’s not. He’s not even pretending to. He’s a capitalist oligarch who will exploit each and every common man to his bone if he could.

    • tapatio
    • jb springford

      ‘This agenda, which aims to ensure the continuation of American hegemony …’ Hello? Hegemony?

      1. the power of Hegemony resides in its insidious nature to fool people into naturally accepting a given order. This clearly doens’t suit Donald Trump or US in the world today (!).

      2. Any sense of US dominance globally was already waning a decade ago. The US is an ’empire’ in decline.

      ‘Imperialists’, ‘Elite Oligarchs’, this article sounds like it was written in the heat of a polarized demonstration by copy pasting shallow banner slogans into the text. I might even agree with the general angle, but it has been written poorly, superficially, and presented in a hurry. A shame.

      • James Wherry

        America is also on the short end of the stick, economically. We invaded Iraq and did NOT “take their oil.” Instead, we made “The world safe for Dutch and Chinese oil producers.” They are the leading developers in Iraq, not the USA.

        Yes, jb: this article like most of what is on MintPressNews sounds like it’s out of a Cold War that died off, more than 20 years ago. The Far, Far Left longs with nostalgia for “the good old days” which they think were much more black and white. America no longer supports a Pinochet or a Marcos and we are no longer engaged in Latin American or Asian machinations like coups and over-thrown governments.

        The “alternative media” specializes in “alternative reality.”

    • James Wherry

      Oh? So how does THIS serve the “oligarchy?” I thought MintPressNews would be happy about it – unless the authors and editors are lying.

      “Trump gives Pentagon 30 days to develop strategy to defeat ISIS in Iraq & Syria”

      Sunday, 29 January 2017 07:04

      http://blabber.buzz/politics/conservative/88923-trump-gives-pentagon-30-days-to-develop-strategy-to-defeat-isis-in-iraq-syria

    • gchakko

      A welcome analysis throwing more light on the emergence of this unconventional phenomenon D. J. Trump! The Trump emergence was apparently well-devised and cooked up in the vaults of Big C (capital) and the dining rooms of America’s super-rich. He has apparently allowed 4000 American troops to be newly placed near Russian borders, for what rationality difficult to gauge yet; quite possibly a follow-through of an exited govt.’s decision, diametrically contrary to Trump’s avowed plan to make peace with Russia. He further plans to bolster U.S. defence-industrial complex with a new MD umbrella against an imaginary Iran /North Korea attack, and more lethal technologies to be germinated, automatically hiking Russian and Chinese defence investments at the cost of their economies made vulnerable It is typical Big C naïveté to believe Russia will fall for the ruse to make love with the West forgetting China. Russian FM has clearly stated even after Trump victory that Russia would wait and see what Trump actually does and is not going take any dice ex-entertainer boss Trump will throw in as America’s chief croupier.

      The neocon U.S. oligarchical collective perception that Russia and China together is too strong for them to break through is correct; but picking pearls of wisdom from a senile ex-Harvard professor reveals Trump’s mental wear-out, as though there aren’t other politically enlightened and independent academics in the U.S.academia that could help him with far better ideas. Zionist Kissinger, a lap-puppy of the Rockefeller bankers (close friend of Nelson & David Rockefellers) , is the one who heralded the China opening under Nixon, naively believing the U.S. power could mow through and brainwash hard-core communist China with U.S. capital charm and tech prowess in science and military. What he sowed wrongly in the early 70’s America harvests richly and ignominiously today; China preparing boldly to become world’s No.1 economic power and the U.S. owing China $ 1.3 Trillion in debt with U.S. market flooded with cheap Chinese goods. Trump’s idea of bringing back all established U.S. MNC’s abroad is not going to work out as he dreams, due to pure economic and business reasons. He cannot enforce it through laws because that would go against the free market economy in principle. Neither can one believe that the U.S. economy is that rich to entice them all with new financial incentives to return and Trump has yet to prove himself a good and sane economics thinker. America governance is not real-estate buy and sale and self- admittedly never an entertainment biz show.

      That said, one has to confess, it is too early to pass any preordained judgement on Trump. He has just taken over. It will take him a minimum of one or two years to get into grips of the intricacies of handling national and international political events’ dynamics. It is unfair to expect customer-tailored and case-to-case effective political-economic management solutions ab initio, be it at national, sub-national or at Global levels, at this point from him. Long-sight and hard work are the principal prerequisites for the U.S. to regain its lost world leadership. Donald Trump has his chance and the world must grant him time.

      George Chakko, former U.N. correspondent, now retiree in Vienna, Austria.
      Vienna, 29/11/ 2017 13:09 hrs CET

      • Bob Beal

        He’s doubling down on neocon/neolib. What’s to wait and see?

        • gchakko

          ‘Cause this man is known to change his positions ad hoc & sporadically, even 180 degrees. He hasn’t yet consolidated his mental realm for governance.
          gc
          06/02/ 2017 13:09 hrs CET

          • Bob Beal

            As I said above, he doesn’t give a damn about you or me, neither does Bannon, who’s calling the shots. Though there is no doubt the downward pressure on the “lower 80%” will increase, I do suppose you could say we’re in the wait-and-see mode on this:

            Bannon believes that the chaos of a war against Islam will result in a reset of world order.
            https://qz.com/898134/what-steve-bannon-really-wants/

            and has “no doubt” we’re headed for South China Sea war
            https://qz.com/900919/trump-adviser-steve-bannon-thinks-theres-no-doubt-the-us-is-headed-for-war-in-the-south-china-sea/

            • gchakko

              Thanks for the hyperlinks enabling to scavenge relevant info that I need to mow through. But so much can be said now: It is a rank predominant perversity of current day open democracies, esp. the U.S., that campaigning candidates veil a hidden agenda
              under their sloganeering masks, wait to be elected, and once elected, act shamelessly
              in almost opposite direction unraveling true intentions. There is no sincerity
              in our democracies. But to get votes from workers they would speak vehemently
              against the establishment as if to prove their genuineness. Trump is no exception.
              Steve Bannon is without doubt a part of the Zionist agenda although he had been
              sharply disparaged by Israel. Trump represents the Big C [(Capital) -Big Bankers,
              Big Multinationals and the military-industrial complex.] He picked an Exxon-Mobil Rex Tillerson for his Secy. of State. The poor man is not in Trump’s real agenda or
              vision. The RR Bankers (The Rothschild-Rockefellers plus the Fed) will give WH the encrypted orders and Trump will carry through. However, it could be that if the international heat turned on him is too much, he may be forced to give in and side-line the establishment and go his own.

              Regarding Islam there is no doubt that radical, jihadic, terror-type of Islam the world as a whole will never tolerate. So a Russian-American joint-venture in this will find approval across the Globe. But one cannot and should not keep one’s eyes closed to the reality that a good amount of modern young Moslems with modern education and other traditional innocent Moslems are totally opposed to this type of terror and it is un-Christian to exclude them categorically, all because they happened to be Moslems per se.. There Trump needs to modify his vision. But as I said, in all these and many other issues at hand it is too early to judge in which direction he will go on world
              events and U.S. policy.

              G. Chakko, Vienna, 06/02/2016, 15:23 hrs CET

    • TeeJae

      Oh snap. That’s one theory I hadn’t considered. Daamn, just when we thought we had their number, the Elite prove once again they are the master chess players.

      • Amaris

        that is what I would have thought judging by this article,BUT people also need to be more critical of alternative news, as much as fake news, which makes it so much harder. I don’t actually think the article above is entirely fact based. And still believe Trump does not want the NWO or globalisation, after all he is being accused of populism which is the opposite of globalism. Even the pope has criticised Trump, and the pope is the lynch pin of the globalist elite. We shall have to wait and see before making judgements. But Trump has proved good on his promises so far.

        • James Wherry

          Unquestionably. MPN makes no secret of its “Blame America” efforts to cast America in the worst light possible. Mnar used to work for PressTV.IR (as in IRAN) and PressTV’s articles are still featured on this website along with such “trustable” sources as “Sputnik News.”

          • tapatio

            For those who are unaware, James Wherry is the “resident” Zionist troll on Mint Press. His function is to denigrate the articles here and attack anyone who tells the truth about US Imperialism, Zionism, Judaism or its gods – the Rothschild-Bilderberg Predatory Empire.

            Mr Wherry is a former major in the US Army who was employed in “Civil Affairs”, the organization that involved in “enhanced” techniques to render populations docile and obedient to whatever puppet the Empire placed over them. He has bragged on Mint Press about helping to train the state terrorists of Uganda.

            Mr. Wherry is also what is called a “gay” chickenhawk – older men who prey on young boys.. It’s actually a sub-species of ped0phile – too cowardly to actually run the risk of attacking children and turns their attention to barely legal young men. In Mr Wherry’s case, he obtained a young Filipino boy through a web site that handles such transactions, brought the boy to the US and “married” him. Presumably, the boy’s birth certificate is authentic (difficult to know in a country like the Philippines, where any official document is available for under $100). At any event, Mr Wherry appears to be a very, very dissipated 50-something and the boy looks like he should be in junior high school.

            I know this because James Wherry trolled me for some months, on this site, until I became sufficiently irritated. He was stupid enough to use his real name and a traceable photo, making it easy to investigate him and do a background check.

            ANY CREATURE THAT WOULD MAKE THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT HAS A VERY DISEASED MIND…………………..

            “”I’m very happy about it,” James Wherry said. “Marriage is the bedrock of our society. I hope that same-sex couples can rejuvenate and revitalize marriage and give it the respect it is due.””

            https://www.facebook.com/james.wherry.39

            http://wrbl.com/2015/06/27/local-reaction-to-scotus-decision/

            http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article29462263.html

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtrbvD22CEQ

            Anyone wishing to chat with James Wherry on the subjects of Jew crimes, Jews defrauding of America and war crime involvement by US Army “Civil Affairs” could do so at this address…………….
            JAMES WHERRY
            6300 MILGEN RD, APT 1403
            COLUMBUS, GA 31907
            (Wherry claims to have moved from the above address)
            OR AT
            6450 Way Ave Bldg 2839 • Fort Benning, GA 31905
            (Fort Benning is home of School of the Americas. Wherry has claimed that he has never worked at Fort Benning – he lied)

            I’m sure Wherry would also love to show how to buy boy s-x slaves from third world countries and show the one he brought home from the Philippines
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9382955e1316df62366bc49068900927994ffc1ae18393dd844abef268ae7acb.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/eea013605a259748c46094b9daa7df4e73b4eda1da4b998ebaabe49f96fca7fb.jpg

        • Bob Beal

          Bannon believes that the chaos of a war against Islam will result in a reset of world order.
          https://qz.com/898134/what-steve-bannon-really-wants/

          and has “no doubt” we’re headed for South China Sea war
          https://qz.com/900919/trump-adviser-steve-bannon-thinks-theres-no-doubt-the-us-is-headed-for-war-in-the-south-china-sea/

    • You might consider that the Palestinians don’t have any lands. They are sitting on land Jordan formerly occupied.

      And until they come to terms with Israel (a peace treaty) their claims are tenuous because they are at war with Israel.

      Egypt has a treaty with Israel. So does Jordan. Why can’t the Palestinians come to terms?

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    • DonnaGrabow

      Well written.
      Thank you.

    • dale ruff

      “War is a racket.” And so is the threat of war.

      ” “They do not appear to be actively developing anything at ranges that could reach the United States, but that could change,” said Matthew Bunn, an arms-control specialist at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.”

      Here is the threat from North Korea: “The Musudan, named by outsiders after a North Korean village, is believed by outside observers to have range of up to 4,000km (2,500 miles). That is far enough to reach the US territory and military bases in Guam, though it has never been fully flight tested. Four tests in recent months have ended in failure.Jun 23, 2016”

      Both nations know that if they were able (which they are NOT) to send missiles to the US, it would mean the total destruction of both countries. Thus, the Trump assumption must be that both nations have a suicidal coompulsion.

      This is a belief unique in world history: usually we protect against those who seek to conquer and expand, not bring on annihilation of their own country.

      The real plan is to transfer hundreds of billions of taxpayer money (or debt, since all war and weapons are funded by debt: 14 trillion in the last generation)to private corporations for weapons that have no military use.

      This is neo-liberalism on steroids.

      • James Wherry

        If you think it’s a snow job, don’t blame America for the false propaganda. “North Korea Ready to Test Fire ICBM ‘Any Time, Any Place’: Official.” http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/north-korea-ready-test-fire-icbm-any-time-any-place-n712026.

        • TeeJae

          Okay then, let’s place blame squarely where it belongs- on the propagandists (aka American mainstream media); which just happen to be tightly controlled by… wait for it… the government. But whatever you do, don’t blame America. It has nothing to do with it.

          • James Wherry

            TeeJae – read the news story: the quote came from an official North Korean representative to the West. It did not originate with the media. Don’t blame the messenger.

            You seem to forget that our Central intelligence agency and consistently said that India, Pakistan, and North Korea we’re nowhere near developing nuclear weapons – until they tested them. That undermines your assertion that our own intelligence agencies are constantly trying to beat the drum for war by making false claims of the development of North Korean and other nuclear weapons.

            • TeeJae

              I asserted no such thing.

              As for blaming the messenger, they are in the business of spinning and twisting and crafting “facts” to engineer a specific narrative (true or not) to influence public opinion into supporting the Elite’s agenda. So, it would behoove everyone to at least view their “message” with a critical eye.

              So, if NBC is telling us North Korea is testing missiles, or Russia rigged the election, or Assad attacked his own people, or Gadaffi was gearing up for a bloodbath, etc, etc, we need to ask WHY are they telling me this? WHO wants me to know this? What could their agenda be? What is the bigger picture? You know, exercising critical thinking.

              • James Wherry

                Facts are facts. I’m happy to know the information of what those actors are doing. I read enough to get the alternative news.

                But then, we should ask WHY MintPressNews, Electronicintifada and other nutty Far Left “sources” publish the one-sided articles they do, as well. On that, I agree.

                • TeeJae

                  It’s no secret MintPress and the rest of independent media have sprouted up to counter the mainstream media’s “alternative facts” with “factual facts” (aka the truth). It’s horrifying that those are actual terms now.

                  Thank goodness for people like Mnar who care about the rest of us enough to ensure we are properly informed.

                  • James Wherry

                    Oh? Is that the excuse for the lack of journalist integrity we see daily from these websites? It’s not “alternative facts,” but a complete “alternative reality” that they seem obsessed with.

                    I’ve given you the example of the fake allegations against the Gatestone Institute. How about the fake allegations against Daniel Pipes as being some sort of “Islamophobe?” We’ve discussed Islam for years and he has consistently stated that ‘Classical Islam was tolerant and – within the confines of its own conquest – peaceful.’ Yet MPN and others pretend he is against Islam, despite studying Islam in Egypt and elsewhere.

                    The fact that someone puts something in writing does not make it true. Take, for example, the latest waste of paper, a book that singles him out and makes gross mistakes, including the false claims that Dr. Pipes:

                    “* Has a Ph.D. from Princeton University. (No, it’s from Harvard.)

                    “* Has “some academic training in religion.” (No, I have never taken a university-level course in religion.)

                    “* “Left the academic world permanently in 1986.” (Tell that to my students at Pepperdine University.)

                    “* States in Militant Islam Reaches America that “Muslim Americans present a serious threat to the United States because they are sympathetic with the goals of al-Qaeda.” (No, very few American Muslims supported 9/11.)

                    “*”Received an appointment to the US Institute of Peace from President Bush, despite numerous objections from politicians and organizations.” (No, not a single objection had been heard when the appointment was made.)

                    ” *Created Campus Watch “to keep track of so-called activist scholars on US college campuses whose views on the Middle East did not align with a neoconservative perspective.” (No, Campus Watch accepts divergent perspectives but argues against “analytical failures, the mixing of politics with scholarship, intolerance of alternative views, apologetics, and the abuse of power over students.”)

                    “* “Wanted to ostracize scholars critical of US foreign policy in the Middle East.” (No, I wanted to inform university stakeholders about appalling developments in Middle East studies.)

                    “* Took down the dossiers of particularly egregious Middle East specialists in part due to charges of being “engaged in McCarthyism.” (No, charges of “McCarthyism” preceded and followed those dossiers; I took down those measly eight dossiers because they distracted from CW’s mission.)

                    “*Holds that “because Muslims worldwide pose an existential threat to everyone else, the Western fear of Muslims is completely justified.” (No, I always distinguish between completely justified fear of Islamists and unjustified fear of all Muslims.)”

                    “Academic Malfeasance: Nine Errors in Three Pages” by Daniel Pipes
                    History News Network
                    January 29, 2017
                    http://www.danielpipes.org/17213/nine-errors-in-three-pages

    • James Wherry

      You know, I had to spend time defending President Obama against the hoax attacks from this website and I was none too happy about defending someone who I simply did not agree with on most issues.

      Now I get to defend President Trump from even WORSE non-sense from this lapdog website – but I’m NOT GRITTING MY TEETH ANYMORE! Here’s why this assessment is non-sense:

      1. President Trump cancelled TPP – as this website CLAIMS it wanted. That deal would have helped “the rich get richer” as more of our blue collar jobs went overseas to polluter nations abusing the farce of “free trade.”

      2. President Trump wants to re-negotiate or tear up NAFTA and put tarrifs in place that take away the oligarch’s profits at the expense of ‘Merican workers (with a capital “M”!). What? Was MintPressNews “just kidding” or lying?

      3. President Trump is going to build that border wall and export the illegal immigrants that provide CHEAP LABOR to the plutarchs who ruie our country. The rich will NOT be “getting richer” at the expense of American workers.

      4. President Trump has put a freeze on immigration – NOT from the 77 predominantly Muslim Countries, but from those countries with a history of terrorism. Those of us who are supporting him will CONTINUE to push for Sa’udi Arabia to be added to the list that already has Syrian, Sudan and Iran on it. In short “money doesn’t matter” and neither does “looking good” to the Far Left who hates him ANYWAY and for whom he can do no right.

      A breath of fresh air is blowing across America and sweeping away the refuse from Washington DC as President Trump is doing the ONE THING that no other President in recent memory is doing: KEEPING HIS PROMISES!!!

      • dale ruff

        Every single candidate repudiated TPP.
        When Trump deports 11 million immigrants, US crops will fail, prices will rise, and recession will set in.
        When Trump puts tariffs on imports from Mexico, Mexico will put tariffs on imports (200 billion a year) causing the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs, since the US export to Mexico involves over 4 million workers.

        Of 750,000 refugees, not one has been convicted of terrorism. 2 Iraqis were convicted not of terrorism but of aiding Al Quada. In the same time, 150,000 US citizens killed each other (as well as about 100 undocumented workers).

        This is not fresh air but the foul poluition of a distrubed mind serving the Deep State, at the service of Wall St. and the major corporate elites.

        Wake up, sheeple: you have been fleeced.

        • James Wherry

          I thought we agreed about Hillary: “She’ll say anything to get elected.” Wake BACK up, sheepie. She was for it – before she was against it. http://inthesetimes.com/article/18284/suddenly-hillary-clinton-is-a-critic-of-the-tpp. Unlike all other politicians in the past 50 years, Trump is the first one to get into office and say, “OK: just kidding. Forget what I campaigned on!”

          As to a recession for deporting illegal immigrants, okay: I guess that’s just the price we’ll have to pay for enforcing our LAWS.

          NOT. We hare more than enough unemployed and underemployed citizens to make up the difference. If you’re talking field work for farm laborers, I’m happy to give them a reprieve – but not a green card so that they can quit the farm work and go take $40,000 a year construction jobs.

          • dale ruff

            “A limited number of EB-3 green cards available each year—only 40,000 in total, of which 10,000 are allotted to unskilled workers. The result is that workers who are classified as unskilled often have to wait ten years or longer for green cards.”

            “Crops Rot While Trump-Led Immigration Backlash Idles Farm Work …
            https://www.bloomberg.com/…/crops-rot-while-trump-led-immigration-backlash-idles…
            Jun 6, 2016 – Crops Rot While Trump-Led Immigration Backlash Idles Farm Work … reform, done in by Washington partisanship and Republican presidential … Carlos Castaneda watched one-quarter of his Napa cabbages rot in three California fields this … Local crackdowns on migrant labor, including in Alabama and …
            Alabama immigration: crops rot as workers vanish to avoid crackdown …
            https://www.theguardian.com › US News › Alabama
            Oct 14, 2011 – Alabama immigration: crops rot as workers vanish to avoid crackdown … Tomatoes rotting in Alabama farmer Brian Cash’s field after his 65-strong …. DeploraBall: Trump lovers and haters clash at Washington DC event …
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            The Law Of Unintended Consequences: Georgia’s Immigration Law …
            http://www.forbes.com/…/the-law-of-unintended-consequences-georgias-immigration-law-b...
            May 17, 2012 – … as crops rotted in the fields, officials in Georgia are now dispatching … Georgia’s law, similar to those in Alabama, Arizona and a few other .

            What would you do with the 5 million US citizen children, with the same rights as you, who live in the 3.5 million households led by those denied legalization, who have lived here an average of 13 yrs?

            Trump is a pathological liar. See my article Alternative Facts are Bullshit at opednews.com.

            • James Wherry

              So increase the number of visas for unskilled farm laborers. This isn’t that hard.

              As to President Trump, apparently he is not a liar and he keeps his word: so far he has been fulfilling all of his campaign promises. Let’s hope he does something about the “dreamers.” The sooner they can get home to their native countries the better.

              • Amaris

                agreed, not sure why so many people are so outraged about sending illegal immigrants back home. If they want to be legal immigrants and work, then they need to apply via the immigration policy. I like the fact that with Trump he didn’t just make empty campaign promises but actually meant it. So now people will need to get used to it. I was totally against Hillary, liar and evil woman, so Trump was always the better choice. I still believe he is not in with the elite oligarchs like this article suggests. Even George Soros said that the globalist plan was failing and was anti Trump.

                • James Wherry

                  The overwhelming number of Americans want OUR PEOPLE (black, white or Hispanic) to have jobs, FIRST.

                  The original “America First” movement was not racist. Even moderate Republicans like Gerald Ford joined it before Charles Lindburgh and others brought in their racism and Jew-hatred. But if Trump’s critics don’t like “America First,” how about “AmericANS First?” Let’s put our own people first. If there’s work left over afterwards, GREAT: give it away IF it benefits Americans to do so, not just corporations.

                  • Amaris

                    I think you speak for the majority of the American population, so not really sure, who the people are who demonstrate against Trump and his policies…, unless America has been so badly infiltrated, and run by the shadow government- globalist elite- who are actually AGAINST the American people, and the people of all the nations. Absolute chaos will ensure, and I’m not even sure if it’s not too late to reverse it, this NWO, and vision of the world that the shadow rulers have, people like George Soros, Rothschilds etc. But still people must fight back against this system. Articles like this one is deceptive and false, and I was lucky that James Wherry enlightened me. Trump is not what this article says he is. Alt news is not always true or reliable news.

                    • James Wherry

                      When it comes to illegal aliens, America is far more united than otherwise.

                      Take Oregon, for example. A Far Left state on the “Left Coast” of the United States. Three years ago, the citizens were asked to vote to allow illegal aliens to get drivers’ licenses (as Washington State permits). By a vote of more than 2/3’s, the people of Oregon REJECTED that idea because (a) they didn’t want to become a haven for illegal aliens; and (b) they didn’t want to give them a document that could be used to permit them to vote illegally in elections.

                      The American Right is NOT alone on this issue.

                      As to other protesters, I admit I did NOT vote for President Trump, despite supporting his positions on many issues. I do support abortion on demand, with some reasonable restrictions. I am gay, so I was disappointed to see him take down the LGBT webpage from whitehouse.gov.

                      But what got me the most before the election was some of his comments about women. I just did not think he was statesman-like enough for me. Even Hillary had more of that, but I could not vote for her, either, due to the things she had DONE. I was lucky, when the military called me away, just before the election, so I didn’t have to make a decision: it was too late to get an absentee ballot.

                      If he keeps his promises, I’ll change my mind. Otherwise, I’m not losing any sleep over my failure to vote. It was a lose-lose election. Perhaps he will change my mind, and so I will cheer for him, when I can.

      • Amaris

        thank you for that…it can be ever so confusing, to hear alternative views like the article above, just when you thought you had it covered. A bit like Anonymous trying to say that the KGB donated money to Trump’s campaign, or that they hacked Trump’s voicemail in 2012 re. his donations to MNSBC network etc. It’s a pure minefield of disinformation.

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    • Slingerss

      This Country is becoming a Dictatorship very fast. There are still a few that believe the illusion that he created. By the time they wake up, the rest of us will already be fighting back. It is morally reprehensible NOT to resist when our environment, safety, human rights, are under attack. This is NOT Normal.

      • James Wherry

        You’re SERIOUSLY suggesting that this nation was not already a police state?!? President Obama limited the media (who went along with it), eavesdropped on our private phone calls without a warrant and ignored whatever laws did not suit him, from DOMA to immigration laws.

        You are just having trouble adjusting to a government that actually DOES WHAT IT PROMISES!!! I hear that Americans who move to countries that serve lots of fresh food have trouble adjusting to it and those who move to counties with fresh air experience the same problem. There, there: things will be better, soon.

      • TeeJae

        Sadly, it is normal. It’s just been quietly done behind the scenes, up until now. Trump seems to be taking a different approach- shoving it in our faces (which might be a good thing, if you think about it).

    • tapatio
      • I thought he was a furniture salesman.

        • Victor Morillo Blanco

          LOL!

        • tapatio

          All he should ever have been is an aborted fetus in a Polish dumpster.

          • At least a Polish furniture salesman is one up on a Moldovan nightclub bouncer.

            • tapatio

              Yep.

      • You keep up that sort of thing up and Jews might take their money elsewhere. Like to Republicans.

      • Sasb1053

        One picture is worth a thousand words! Bingo!

        • tapatio

          TY