Moon of Alabama Brecht quote
January 23, 2017

Distracted Media Fails To Catch Trump Policy Decisions

For two days the media have been busy counting people gathering in Washington DC. 90.3% of the voters in Washington DC had chosen Clinton.

A recent DC gathering of a Republican aligned crowd on a rainy work-day attracted many people. A following gathering of a Democratic aligned crowd on a work-free day without rain attracted more people.

The media watched, counted and was "astonished". Thousands of lines of "political analyses" were written to explain the difference of the crowd size without mentioning the significance of where it happened, what day of the week it happened and the environmental circumstances. The result of such analysis was a lot of bullshit.

The new Trump administration was quite happy about this diversion of attention. It additionally lampooned the media when its new spokesperson condemned the press for not being able to count at all. More lines of bullshit analysis were written about that insult.

Just like during the election campaign the media fell for the cheap stunt and thereby missed the serious processes and the decisions that were taking place behind the curtains.

Today the Trump administration announced the end of the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement:

The president’s withdrawal from the Asian-Pacific trade pact amounted to a drastic reversal of decades of economic policy in which presidents of both parties have lowered trade barriers and expanded ties around the world. Although candidates have often criticized trade deals on the campaign trail, those who made it to the White House, including President Barack Obama, ended up extending their reach.

The NYT seems astonished that, unlike Obama, Trump stood by his words. The media had expected different and was distracted. It failed to report the issue until the decision was taken.

The TPP would have imposed "free trade" on more countries and products. The "free" in those trades would have meant that private companies would have been "free" to overrule national governments and their jurisdiction. They could have sued for "compensation" if a country, for public health or environmental reasons, rejected or hindered one of their businesses. Everyone should be happy that this monster died.

In another policy surprise a new coordination between Russian and U.S. intelligence circles in Syria is bearing fruits:

Russia has received coordinates of Daesh targets in Al-Bab, Aleppo Province, from the US via the 'direct line,' the Russian Defense Ministry said Monday.

The United States has provided coordinates of the terrorists' targets in the city of Al-Bab in Aleppo province for Russian airstrikes. After the reconnaissance check, Russia and two coalition jets have conducted joint airstrikes on the Daesh targets in the region.

The U.S. military seems to deny:

Any involvement or participation of American assets on the ground in country, in support of a series of Russian airstrikes against the northern Syrian town of al-Bab was “100 percent false,” said Pentagon spokesman Maj. Adrian Rankine-Galloway.

The U.S. coalition spokesperson also said it is:

"not coordinating airstrikes with the Russian military in Syria"

Before jumping up and down and claiming that the Russians are lying the media should take a fine comb and reread the statements.

The DoD only denied it coordinated airstrikes or helped with "assets on the ground". It does not deny the transfer of coordinates. The Russians do not claim U.S. airplanes took part in the mission - only "coalition jets". Turkey is part of the U.S. coalition and coordinates airstrikes with the Russian forces in Syria:

Earlier, Russian and Turkish combat planes have carried out a new series of joint airstrikes against Daesh targets in war-torn Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday.

"The Russian and Turkish planes carried out joint airstrikes against Islamic State terrorists in the outskirts of the town of al-Bab in Aleppo province on January 21," the ministry said in a statement.

The Russian statement is likely as correct as the DoD statement.

The political significance here is the transfer of ISIS targeting coordinates from some U.S. agency directly to the Russian forces in Syria. That is something Russia has asked for for over a year and it now suddenly seems to happen.

This is next to the TTP decision a second significant change under Trump the media missed to report on as it developed.

While the blustering against Trump in U.S. media as well as in some countries abroad goes on and on, serious decisions are taken and implemented by the new administration. The media fail in some systematic way. Minor diversions from "political correctness" are blown up into big headlines while big policy decisions pass unnoticed. It is simple: The task with reporting on the Trump administration is the same as with any politician. Do not listen to what they say, watch what they do. It is high time for the media to get back to that basic rule.

Digression:

As a German I am embarrassed on how much my government failed to anticipate Trump and, since he is elected, fails to prepare for the coming onslaught on its export orientated economic model. Wages in Germany were held down by all means (including by importing additional workforce from Syria and elsewhere) and a huge export surplus was created that benefited only a few moneyed pockets. The scheme created a huge imbalance in Europe and the credit crisis in Spain, Greece and elsewhere. Trump's policies will finally blow this model apart.

But neither of the ruling parties in Germany has yet developed an alternative or prepared a way towards one. Germany needs to re-orientate its industry from export to local consumption. That requires higher buying power for the general public via higher wages and lower taxes. A lower degressive VAT compensated by higher progressive taxes on non-work income would be a way to go. If such steps are delayed the economic damage will be serious and further open the way for a demagogic right.

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Is this a policy statement to a “small group in our nation’s capital.”?

"Why did the military line up behind Donald Trump during his inaugural speech?"

www.quora.com/Why-did-the-military-line-up-behind-Donald-Trump-during-his-inaugural-speech

Video clip at -- www.tmz.com/2017/01/20/donald-trump-inauguration-soldiers-mistake/

Posted by: x | Jan 24 2017 15:19 utc | 101

Dems' disarray is understandable. By appealing to unions and the working class, Trump is threatening to take away one of the Dems' key constituencies. If he carries out his promise of revitalizing inner cities, he will also take the blacks away from the Dems, and they will then be in really deep trouble.

If he wants to really cause trouble for the Dems, he should publicly drop charges against Snowden and Assange. That would really confound the left.

Posted by: lysias | Jan 24 2017 15:29 utc | 102

x

thanks for that quora link.

i'd noticed that little maneuver during Trump's address and didn't know what to make of it.

deep state metaphor, sure, why not?

Posted by: john | Jan 24 2017 15:50 utc | 103

Laguerre @71. I live in Montreal at the moment and I cannot step outside without hearing a French from France accent at least once on any excursion. They have taken over the city (to the horror of the rest of us) because at least here, they can get a job, even if it's only minimum wage. They can at least show some work experience if and when they get back to Europe. They are amazed that they can get jobs in shops, as programmers, etc without having daddy and mommy know someone who knows someone. They are amazed that they can buy cheap goods to furnish their apartments they can get without having to go through insurance and credit checks. They study here because they can get into engineering school without having a family tree that attended an Haute Ecole.

Posted by: mischi | Jan 24 2017 15:59 utc | 104

@102 lysias
I guess their has to be a certain amount of confusion after being spellbound by a silver tongued assassin for 8 years. The Dems have really got away from themselves in that time.

"If he carries out his promise of revitalizing inner cities, he will also take the blacks away from the Dems, and they will then be in really deep trouble."

Yes, a simple focus on the real economy as you say could be one or two nails in the coffin. And not a hard promise to carry out mind you either, that is if The Don can manage to dodge a false flag or two in the next while and stay clean war-wise. War being the greatest all round tax on a nation.

The confused left continues to wail in the streets like the banshee...but informed people don't tend to pay attention to the howls of disapproval at naughty words when they know your fallen leader was heavily backed by a nation with the signature punishment of headchopping and prefers to stone its women to death - when is there a march against that...?

Posted by: MadMax2 | Jan 24 2017 16:11 utc | 105

re 104. Students do travel a lot these days, don't they?

Posted by: Laguerre | Jan 24 2017 16:26 utc | 106

Laguerre @104, these are not students. These are families and young people who have finished their education but haven't had much success in their career because of the dire employment situation in France.

Posted by: mischi | Jan 24 2017 17:07 utc | 107

Jawbone @32

The civil service reform enacted in the late 19th century was a good thing when it was enacted. Today the civil service is in near-disaster mode. The laws and regs surrounding the bureaucracy ensure mediocrity and some of the same corruption that various reforms attempted to deal with. The growth of contractors (I was once one of those) has gradually made the system corrupt again for a variety of reasons and done nothing to make the system more efficient. I believe contracting, except in very rare circumstances, should be eliminated and, perhaps, Congress should have the right to eliminate programs that are useless and, frankly, corrupt. I've seen entire divisions to almost nothing other than battle for budget and perks. I've seen offices that, literally party and do nothing all day. I had a contract once where I probably did about 8 hours of work over three months. If you had a smart, highly motivated team you could eliminate at least 2/3 of the jobs in the federal government if, and only if, the system was arranged rationally and not bogged down in largely corrupt and insane regulations passed by Congress. And there is the ultimate problem--Congress--but it is also the only ultimate solution and perhaps the idea of shutting down programs and idiotic officials (of which are legion and cannot, under current rules, be fired) by Congress might not be the start of something to make the government great again--because right now much (not all) of the system sucks.

Posted by: Banger | Jan 24 2017 17:10 utc | 108

The ancient Athenians chose legislators (the members of the Council or Boule -- the other half of the legislature was the Assembly or Ekklesia that all adult male citizens were entitled to attend) by lot from among the whole body of adult male citizens. (Well, there was one additional requirement: to serve on the Boule, you had to be at least 30 years old.)

The system worked at least as well as other systems of government. And the power of the rich was severely limited.

(Sortition, or choosing people by lot, was used for a lot of the rest of the government as well. Members of juries -- which had a lot more power than contemporary juries -- were chosen by lot. The juries were the whole of the judicial branch, as there were no judges. The only officials -- the executive branch -- who were not chosen by lot but chosen by election were the 10 generals or Strategoi -- the highest executive officials -- and certain financial officials who needed to have expertise.)

Posted by: lysias | Jan 24 2017 17:23 utc | 109

laguerre, @107 I meant to write, these are mostly not students.

Posted by: mischi | Jan 24 2017 17:35 utc | 110

@76 nonsense factory - well, i hope the book does get written on mccain and graham.. i am always shocked as a canuck) how these 2 freaks get a regular airing in the msm.. i see them quoted all the time.. they are sickening and don't deserve any air time.. are they high up politicians in a position of power? or are they just working for the military industrial complex 24/7 and that is it? anything out of their mouths is 100% toxic without fail.. mind, you - i won't be reading the book about them when they come out, but just the fact they hold sway over a number of folks is quite disturbing...

Posted by: james | Jan 24 2017 17:46 utc | 111

I agree with mischi about the poor situation of the french Youth getting 5 dollars per hour jobs anywhere thry can find them (but not in France where it is forbidden)

Posted by: Mina | Jan 24 2017 18:29 utc | 112

Good piece on Trump by Robert David Steele, who has been appearing on RT today: Trump Intelligence: Sometimes Really Big Lies Are Good – When Seen to Be Lies!.

Posted by: lysias | Jan 24 2017 20:19 utc | 113

Outraged @ 81:

Yes we still do use pencil and paper for all our elections (Federal, state, local government) which means that in Federal elections some of the ballot papers for voting for Senate members can be the size of tablecloths for dinner tables. Pencil-and-paper ballot papers also allow voters to be creative, write poems and messages of abuse, draw cartoons and caricatures lampooning politicians, and lecture prospective politicians on what to do: things you can't do with computer voting.

Of course once all that paper goes into the ballot collection boxes, it could still be read by computer through optical scanning devices and at that stage the election could be "hacked".

Also if you've been following Australian Federal elections since 2007, you'll notice that two Australian Prime Ministers who won elections were later dumped and replaced by their respective parties, both under Obama's watch. They did not even have the luxury of being charged with suspect activity and being impeached. So elections can still be "stolen".

Posted by: Jen | Jan 24 2017 21:22 utc | 114

Laguerre @ 66:

" ... Profiting well from European subventions, Andalusia is prosperous, thanks to the EU ..."

Doesn't this admission tell you something might be worrying about Andalusia? The region survives on EU largesse (some of which comes from the UK - that means your taxes), not because its economy is self-sustaining. You've seen the surface style, not the substance.

Depending on who or what you read, Andalusia either ranks as a middling region or one of the poorer regions in Spain. Try reading this March 2011 press release from the Instituto Nacional de Estadistica for a start:
http://www.ine.es/en/prensa/np645_en.pdf

Or try reading this October 2013 article on Andalusia from The Olive Press:
http://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2013/10/18/andalucia-poorest-region-in-spain/

"ABOUT 40% of the population lives below the line of poverty in Andalucia.

According to a study conducted by the region´s branch of the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN-A), 3.5 million people live within the circle of poverty in the south of Spain.

The study called Poverty 3.0, Poverty advances, reports that the region has the highest unemployment rate of the country (38.5%), and notes that one in every four poor Spanish is Andalucian ..."

And that's just the start of the Olive Press article.

As for your dismissal of Greece as a miniature economy, that deserves even more opprobrium. The Greek economy isn't that insignificant if one considers the size of the country's shipping industry (according to Wikipedia, it's worth over 250 billion euros) which incidentally enjoys considerable tax breaks and exemptions running into hundreds of millions of euros while much of the rest of Greece has seen its tax breaks reduced or eliminated and is on austerity.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_shipping

The corruption extends from the country's tax regime and the way Greek politics has played out over the decades to Germany itself: the money laundering and bribery scandal involving Siemens AG and the Greek government has a Wikipedia article all to itself and Greece is still compelled to buy arms and military equipment from Germany, France and Britain despite austerity.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siemens_Greek_bribery_scandal
http://www.businessinsider.com.au/why-greeces-military-budget-is-so-high-2015-6?r=US&IR=T

Yes when Chief Moonman Bernhard was talking about Germany's export surplus in his disgression, he could have referred specifically to ongoing German military exports to Greece but that would have taken him out on a tangent that distracted our attention from the main article.

Posted by: Jen | Jan 24 2017 22:06 utc | 115

"Germany used to have a wealth tax (Vermögensteuer). Bring it back!"

Gee . . . lemme guess, tax should start at 1$ above whatever you're making.

Posted by: Ben Dover | Jan 24 2017 23:42 utc | 116

Wealth tax is on total wealth, not income. It is typically a rather low percentage. But, over a period of years, it substantially reduces the wealth of the very rich, and thus promotes equality.

Oh, and ancient Athens also had a wealth tax, in the form of liturgies, i.e., compulsory public works privately financed.

Posted by: lysias | Jan 25 2017 0:11 utc | 117

@ Posted by: james | Jan 24, 2017 12:46:34 PM | 112

... just working for the military industrial complex 24/7 and that is it?

Hm, yes. IMV given their obvious allegiances by their actions/deeds/conduct/statements/associations/benefactors ...


@ Posted by: Jen | Jan 24, 2017 4:22:51 PM | 115

Pencil ?! Erasable pencils ? Not even biros/ink ? lol. thank you kindly re the insights, marginally familiar with the political 'infighting', though appears to serve base ambitions and internal party political domestic conflicts than as a result of external geopolitical interests/motives, from what little one has observed, mostly through UK independent press commentary/coverage. Do not trust/value much of anything Murdoch's assets spews forth ...

Since it's 'manual', documented on hardcopy, tabulated through 'returns', would not any attempt to 'Hack' the final holistic results re a computers calculations at a tertiary level not be quickly & demonstrably apparent ? What about monitors/exit polls ? Doubt such could occur without being a 'fixed'/laughable/openly fraudulent system as was the case in the former USSR & Soviet republics, no ?

@ Posted by: lysias | Jan 24, 2017 5:51:54 PM | 117

Re Whitlam government, '75 (& subsequent AOI, Bob(?) Hawk):

A soft, bloodless, 'Lawfare' coup, by the CIA Station Chief in co-operation with the then US Ambassador, operating out of the US embassy in AUS.

The then Empire did not appreciate the rapid social(Socialist(?)) changes nor close contact and interaction with China, then still 'out in the cold', Communists/Reds. Regardless of it enabling 'Nixon to China'.

Nor especially & most importantly the attempts/intentions to reign in the then DSD (now ASD)(their NSA/GCHQ), nor ASIO/ASIS (MI5/MI6 equivalent), nor the withdrawal in '72 from the Vietnam conflict as a vassal State providing political cover/support and nominal military forces to the US of A re that conflict.

Nor public/private questions & criticisms of the strategic risks, consequent sovereign threat, of the Strategic listening posts & regional/global surveillance/Monitoring & secure strategic communications facilities absolutely crucial to NSA/Pentagon/CIA/Navy Submarine(Covert Ops & ICBM First/Retaliation strike) operations/forces worldwide, & absolutely crucial to Five-Eyes Supra-National ops, located in Northern, Central & Western AUS.

And, lastly, seeking to establish a more sovereign/independent Foreign policy ... pulling too hard on the leash ... a Vassal government receives a ... coup.

Do not believe any of the above issues have ever been seriously raised/or discussed by any AUS government, whichever party/s, since ? IIRC. AUS, similar to CAN, New Zealand, etc ... Limited, constrained, sovereignty ... as a vassal, under Five-Eyes. Even more so such as Germany, Netherlands, Norway, etc ... YMMV

Posted by: Outraged | Jan 25 2017 0:20 utc | 118

Warning, lengthy post follows ...

@ Posted by: dynkyd | Jan 24, 2017 4:42:23 AM | 87

Thank you for the links. So, a modern limited redux of the UK concentration camps re the Boers and the 'secure' cantonments during the Malaya Campaign re the designated 'Others', the 'Others' citizens are directed to hate & loath as a political divide & rule & distraction re bigotry enhanced self-esteem, heh ? How delightful ...

@ Posted by: Peter AU | Jan 24, 2017 4:27:39 AM | 82 & Posted by: Peter AU | Jan 24, 2017 4:42:00 AM | 86

If Trump does follow through and drain the swamp in Washington, there will be a mass die off of swamp creatures in the vassal states.

Is a revolt really any serious possibility, given the political parties and country have not been sovereign certainly since '75, for ~41 years(IMHO) now, let alone Murdoch's(FOX) total media dominance re their national 'narrative'/discourse control ?

Re the above will come back to it, a significant possibility, though will take time and much would have to change/occur.

Further to the TPP, something interesting is happening by the majority of the governments that apparently refute the Trump Administration and are determined to proceed with it in some form, it would seem. Now they are discussing redrafting the TPP to substitute China for the US. Globalist(?) faction vassal leaders, indeed.

This would upend over seven decades of military/security alliances with the US, one cannot be directly economically aligned and interdependent in direct conflict with US Trade/economic policies re China and still adhere to and support US Military Policies/Alliances/Commitments with the US, concurrently. NOT Possible!

Something will have to give ... and it would seem 'select' installed vassal Globalist(?) Leaders are out on a limb and standing in quicksand, screeching incoherently ... IMV.

TPP members woo China after US exit - PRESSTV (Iran)(Excellent graphic)

The Pacific Rim nations say they are determined to salvage a major trade pact after US President Donald Trump kept his promise to pull out of the accord.

Australia and New Zealand said on Tuesday they will seek to encourage China and other Asian nations to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) while Chile said it will continue to pursue new deals.

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On Monday, Trump signed an executive order, pulling the United States out of the 2015 agreement and distancing the United States from its Asian allies.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he held discussions with his Japanese, New Zealander and Singaporean counterparts about the possibility of proceeding with the TPP without the US.

"Losing the United States from the TPP is a big loss, there is no question about that. But we are not about to walk away ... certainly there is potential for China to join the TPP," Turnbull told reporters in Canberra Tuesday.

China's counter pact to Obama's "pivot to Asia" (Continued, even dramatically escalated by Trumpster) is the Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific (FTAAP) and the Southeast Asian-backed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English said the region could switch to alternative trade deals, warning the US it was ceding influence to China.

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Malaysia said negotiators from the remaining TPP countries would be in "constant communication" to decide the best way forward.

Across the Pacific, Chile said it has invited ministers from other TPP members as well as China and South Korea to a summit in the South American country in March to pursue new deals and has received positive responses at a high level.

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Another member, Mexico, said it would immediately seek bilateral deals with other countries that signed the TPP.

Non-member the Philippines, which is a key US ally, said it will build closer economic ties with its Asian neighbors, including China.


The 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership also includes Brunei, Canada, Peru and Vietnam.

Trump has argued that free trade agreements like TPP were lopsided against the US and harmful to American workers and manufacturing. He has promised to implement more protectionist trade policies as president, sparking alarm even among European allies (yet more Globalists(?)).


A lengthy article, much more content beyond these extracts, including links/further related articles embedded:

China hits back at US over South China Sea 'takeover' (UK Guardian)

Beijing warns White House to tread carefully after after Rex Tillerson likens island-building to Russia’s claims taking of Crimea

China has warned the US to “speak and act cautiously” after the White House said it would act to foil Chinese attempts to “take over” the South China Sea, amid growing hints that Donald Trump’s administration intends to challenge Beijing over the strategic waterway.

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Speaking at a press briefing on Monday, Spicer vowed the US would “make sure that we protect our interests” in the resource-rich trade route, through which $4.5tn (£3.4tn) in trade passes each year.

His comments came less than a fortnight after Rex Tillerson, Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, set the stage for a potentially explosive clash with Beijing by likening its artificial island building campaign in the South China Sea to “Russia’s taking of Crimea”.

Tillerson told his confirmation hearing the White House needed to send China a “clear signal” that such activities had to stop and that its access to such territories was “not going to be allowed”.

They are taking territory or control or declaring control of territories that are not rightfully China’s,” Tillerson said.

Chinese media responded by warning that any attempt to prevent China accessing its interests in the region risked sparking a “large-scale war”.

At his first question and answer session with the press on Monday, Spicer again hinted Trump’s administration would take a harder line on the South China Sea.

“It’s a question of if those islands are in fact in international waters and not part of China proper, then yeah, we’re going to make sure that we defend international territories from being taken over by one country,” he told reporters.

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However, scholars who have been advising Trump’s team on China policy back a more muscular military approach, primarily through a dramatically strengthened navy in the region.

“We’ve talked a big game on security but haven’t really followed it up all that well with the military muscle that was needed,” Daniel Blumenthal, the director of Asian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative Washington-based thinktank, told the Guardian.

... “strong, persistent US naval presence” was required to back up a foreign policy “that at its bottom line says that China’s not going to control the South China Sea … But you can’t do that without military resources.”

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Critics believe such moves would spark a furious reaction from Beijing and throw US-China ties into turmoil.

This administration is shaping up to be the most hawkish administration against China in living memory … and this is not a recipe for great power stability, it is a recipe for great power friction ...

A blockade [of China’s artificial islands] would be incredibly provocative and would almost certainly spark a US-China confrontation on the water … If the US is going to blockade China’s access to territories which it – rightly or wrongly – believes are its, then we are in for a confrontation.”

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A new TPP(China substitute) as described/proposed cannot coexist with existing Military/Security alliances/commitments & opposite Trade/Economic policies ... something would have to give ... one way or the other ... it also raises issues re the continuing, *ahem*, stability of those governments pushing such economic ties in conflict with US Military/Security/Economic objectives re China ... especially the Five-Eyes members, CAN, AUS & New Zealand ... the 12 cannot have their cake and eat it too ;)

YMMV

Posted by: Outraged | Jan 25 2017 1:14 utc | 119

Outraged @121--

Glad you mentioned the Tillerson/Spicer tag-team comments since I was going to point them out to you. The Outlaw US Empire doesn't have a pot to piss in against China as what's being called policy is based on several Big Lies being believed by those who ought to know better. IMO, what happens in the South China Sea is NOT in the national interest of the USA; rather, it's all about keeping at attaining Full Spectrum Dominance and goes directly against Trump's seemingly peaceful Inaugural Speech announcements. Russia was simply replaced by China as #1 Existential Threat. Fortunately, anti-China propaganda hasn't had the depth or time to make the US citizenry fall in line as it has with Russia.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 25 2017 1:34 utc | 120

@ Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 24, 2017 8:34:09 PM | 122

IMO, what happens in the South China Sea is NOT in the national interest of the USA; rather, it's all about keeping at attaining Full Spectrum Dominance and goes directly against Trump's seemingly peaceful Inaugural Speech announcements. Russia was simply replaced by China as #1 Existential Threat.

IMV, the Think-Tank advice they are acting on re Administration policy re China, is fundamentally flawed and based on a false belief China is weaker and less kinetically forceful than the Evil Russkies when push comes to shove. IMHO, they could not be more deludely(sic) wrong.

However, such a policy ties in with the stated aim of rebuilding a supposedly depleted navy ... which, is, again IMV, futile and pointless.

DF21's and similar systems & swarm ordnance will take out any picket/support/defense vessels AND Capital ships. The Chinese are turning Naval & Naval Airpower Area denial/destruction into a sophisticated form of military fine art ... and even SM3/Aegis will do little re defending against incoming DF21's, etc ... US Naval Intelligence and competent Naval Commanders have known of this new reality for many years now ... this is one reason why assets are being slowly, relatively 'quietly', re-deployed from Guam to Northern AUS.

Should confrontations occur the Chinese will seek to call the 'Bluff' ... using tactics that similarly humiliate and ridicule the faux aggressor. See April 1, 2001, Hainan Island incident re the beginning o Bush the younger first term.

The Chinese literally dynamically plan 5-10 years in advance, dynamically, not on an annual budget allocation basis. Further, the 'Opaque', and Chinese Nuclear ICBM capabilities may possibly be far more capable and numerous than some think-tanks, chickenhawk warmongers assume ...

Anti-ship ballistic missile - Wikipedia
An anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) is a military quasiballistic missile system designed to hit a warship at sea. The ASBM's conventional warhead and kinetic ...


Dongfeng-21
The Dong-Feng 21 is a two-stage, solid-fuel rocket, single-warhead medium-range ballistic ..... "DF-21C Missile Deploys to Central China". fas.org. Federation of American Scientists...

Dongfeng-26
The DF-26 has a range of 3,000–4,000 km (1,900–2,500 mi), and may be used in the nuclear, conventional, and anti-ship strike roles.[1] The DF-26 is China's first conventionally-armed ballistic missile capable of reaching Guam and the American military installations located there;[2] this has led to the missile being referred to by netizens as the "Guam Express" or "Guam Killer".[1]

Dongfeng-41
The Dongfeng-41 (DF-41, CSS-X-10) (simplified Chinese: ??-41; traditional Chinese: ??-41; literally: "East Wind-41"), is a Chinese solid-fueled road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile in the flight-test stage of development.

It has an operational range between 12,000 km[3] to 15,000 km.[1] This would make the DF-41 the world's longest range missile, surpassing the range of the US LGM-30 Minuteman which has a reported range of 13,000 km.[4][5] It is believed to have a top speed of Mach 25,[2] and to be capable of MIRV delivery (up to 10).[3] The development of the MIRV technology is reported to be in response to the deployment of the United States national missile defense system which degrades China's nuclear deterrence capability.

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In August 2014, China Shaanxi Provincial Environmental Monitoring Center website accidentally made a news report about events of setting environmental monitoring site for DF-41 ICBM. This is the first official proof available in public and it also proves the developments of DF-41 is nearing the end. This news report (and the whole website) was taken down shortly after getting public attention.[16]

Richard Fisher, an expert on Asia-Pacific military affairs, says that a typical Second Artillery Corps unit has 6-12 missile launchers and may have an additional 6-12 "reload missiles", i.e. missiles to be launched after the first missile with which the launcher is equipped are launched, indicating 12-24 DF-41 missiles per one unit and giving a single SAC unit the capability to target the contiguous United States with 120-240 nuclear warheads.[17] ...

In August 2015, the missile was flight-tested for the fourth time.[20]

In December 2015, the missile was flight-tested for the fifth time. The latest flight test demonstrated the use of two multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles. The missile launch and dummy warheads were tracked by satellites to an impact range in western China.[21]

On 5 December 2015 China conducted a launcher test of a new rail-mobile version of the DF-41, similar to the Russian RT-23 Molodets.[22][23]

In April 2016 China successfully conducted 7th test of DF-41 with two dummy warheads near the South China Sea amid growing tensions between Washington and Beijing about the area.[24]

Posted by: Outraged | Jan 25 2017 2:25 utc | 121

followup @27

Well MSM has started talking about TPP. But only to bash Trump.

They note that Trump terminated US participation in TPP then (shaking heads) talk about how it took years to negotiate and describe only the good things that TPP might have done for the US - not the bad.

Outraged @121

How convenient that pro-globalist elites in other countries want to embarrass Trump by talking about including China in TPP as substitute for USA.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jan 25 2017 3:40 utc | 122

Lots of directions in these posts. From where I stand, Trump loves attention and will say anything to get it - after all his bombastic claims, promises, and insults got him lots of free publicity and indirectly got him elected. The media should be covering hard news: what's Congress doing, for example, while everyone is distracted with T tantrums (I filled the mall, I can't release my tax returns, illegals lost me the popular vote, etc.) and T admin new phrases for revisionist speak (aka alternative facts). The reason the left is mesmerized by the show is that the T- admin can deny the truth despite actual evidence it is the truth - there's something Svengali-like here. That said, there are important domestic and international issues that need informed and reasoned consideration. Forget the T crazy comments media folks and yes focus on reasoned action in all areas of gov - Exec, Leg, Jud, and Admin. Let's builds a stronger economy that produces long term, career jobs that pay well, not New Deal--like short term palliatives. Stop the canards and get to work everyone!

Posted by: Alestra | Jan 25 2017 7:11 utc | 123

Alestra

As far as the problems Trump may have, "fake news" is not one of them. The left is mesmerized because its THEY who spread this fake-news and nonsense while trying to claim otherwhise, that its somehow Trump, its not Trump, this is also one reason people voted for him and not the MSM backed Hillary.

Posted by: Anonymous | Jan 25 2017 12:41 utc | 124

@121 "Fortunately, anti-China propaganda hasn't had the depth or time to make the US citizenry fall in line as it has with Russia."


It's OK to bash Russia. Slandering China sounds a tad racist.

Posted by: dh | Jan 25 2017 14:53 utc | 125

RT is reporting that six journalists have been arrested on felony "inciting a riot" charges for covering the disturbances. ‘Outrage!’ 6 journalists including RT reporter face ‘inappropriate’ rioting charges . They include RT America's Alexander Rubinstein, who was covering DisruptJ20's activities.

Posted by: lysias | Jan 25 2017 15:00 utc | 126

Alestra says:

The reason the left is mesmerized by the show is that... blah, blah, blah...

...the psychosis of the State, with its self-righteous proclamations, its bent cultural inculcations, its time honored genocidal mores, is running at full tide, unrestrained and seemingly immune to resistance, of which there is very little anyway. wonder why military suicides are still at unprecedented levels? why so many of our boys are beaching themselves like otherwise healthy whales? it's because they're bearing the brunt of Master's psychotic sop. sop that's macerating extracellular wholesomeness, as toxic foodstuff, contaminated water, and poison air macerate the cells themselves. ignorance of and fatigue from these things are intentionally interrelated with unsound blueprints, false road maps, and further blurred with more corporate sanctioned chemicals to sustain the incessant pestilent psychotic creepage working its black magic.

it's the mother of all trance parties.

Posted by: john | Jan 25 2017 15:01 utc | 127

To clarify, the disturbances for which the journalists were arrested by the D.C. government were those in D.C. on Inauguration Day.

Posted by: lysias | Jan 25 2017 15:02 utc | 128

Trump – enough of 9/11!, by Thierry Meyssan

Posted by: ProPeace | Jan 25 2017 15:20 utc | 129

- TPP & TTIP were already "Dead in the water" in say mid 2016.

Posted by: Willy2 | Jan 25 2017 17:37 utc | 130

I think they will be the biggest losers in Europe of Trump's policies - mischi @ 10 on Germany (see b top article.)

Without any question. Because the whole concept of the EU is Atlanticist-Globalist, it’s power house was supposed to Germany (..yes), and Germany was to be (is) controlled by the US, in kind of hierarchical scheme (not equality between countries for ex.) So, when a structure starts to crack, it is the top that suffers the most (as compared to the status quo ante) or is even completely wiped out. A sort of far-out, fanciful ex. is South Africa before and well past apartheid, though that was a division ostensibly founded on ‘race’ - actually just the visible face of an outside colonialist power structure which at the same time created a kind of divisive territorial control. (The same mechanisms being used in the Homeland don't get the same attention.)

Trump has no fondness for the EU (I don’t have any citations at hand). I guess if one asked him directly he would say he didn’t care, etc. I must say I am quite pleased at seeing Eurocrats with their panties in a twist.

Posted by: Noirette | Jan 25 2017 17:38 utc | 131

It is not that media are distracted counting heads of inauguration attendees, but just continue to deliberately undercut current new US government wherever they can. And they do it in a sync. As in USA, also all over the Europe. laserlurk @ 15.

Yes. And this clarifies the role of the MSM. I don’t know how many arguments I have had over the years about the ‘role of the 4th estate’ and its characteristics, etc.

We now see that in the US (elsewhere as well) the MSM adopted not only the PTB’s ‘power position’ (neo-lib-con, globalist, pro-war, and in the US more Dem than Rep for ex.) which as hangers-on one might expect, in a servant-master relation (the hands behind the curtain can be described in different ways), nor for purely lucrative and survival purposes (ad revenues, clicks, scandal + fear mongering to increase sales and so on) but through adhering to an unspoken ideology which tends towards a Huxley-type global dystopia, which would afford them more power. — As opposed to an Orwellian one which is a harder sell.

Dumbing-down and ersatz liberalisation through individuation (identity politics etc.) is more effective than jack-boots control, though naturally anything is good to go. Of course what we see is a kind of symbiotic relationship and arguing about who controls/influences/etc. whom is moot…Trump’s attacks on the MSM appears to throw several large spanners in the works, which can only be a good thing.

(Criticism of Trump’s actual doings/executive orders etc. is another rubric.)

Posted by: Noirette | Jan 25 2017 17:42 utc | 132

Trump/Bannon are readily consolidating his base and casting out all sorts of deflationary chaff to keep the opposition confused and increasingly demoralized.
Trump, for better or worse, is going to ram through his policies before anybody knows what hit them.
I caught a local interview with Lindzayyyy Graham yesterday, and he is quickly becoming tamed.

Posted by: bbbb | Jan 25 2017 21:16 utc | 133

@ Posted by: Noirette | Jan 25, 2017 12:42:37 PM | 133

Dumbing-down and ersatz liberalisation through individuation (identity politics etc.) is more effective than jack-boots control, though naturally anything is good to go. Of course what we see is a kind of symbiotic relationship and arguing about who controls/influences/etc. whom is moot…Trump’s attacks on the MSM appears to throw several large spanners in the works, which can only be a good thing.

(Criticism of Trump’s actual doings/executive orders etc. is another rubric.)

Very similar to my own assessment/perspective.

And more importantly it will become ever more apparent to many of the 'unaware' population of Terra, as the Nation State of the US of A, formerly at the core of the Empire & to it's own detriment serving Supra-national interests and objectives, is ever more divergent from the Globalist(?) mantra/line/agenda/narrative ... as Trumpeted(sic) by the globalist(?) Corporate MSM ... this will inevitably, already is in fact, create many 'issues', especially for numerous beholden/suborned 'elites' and their governments faux politics/policies, methinks.

Peace

Posted by: Outraged | Jan 26 2017 1:55 utc | 134

Get to know who you are marching for. A closer look at march organiser Linda Sarsour - New York based 'House Arab' and fake-Palestinian activist.

Fake Activist Exposed: The Real Linda Sarsour - May 10 2016

...and this, a little more militant in its wording and labelling, but the message the same...

If You March With Linda Sarsour, Then You March With Soros, ‘Israel’, Saudi Arabia And Their Wahhabi Proxies - Jan 25 2017

Posted by: MadMax2 | Jan 26 2017 4:49 utc | 135

@138 TRD
US Treasury: I'll raise you $1 trillion US Treasury Notes.
Alan Greenspan: I'll call your $1 trillion and raise you $2 Trillion Federal Reserve Notes.
US Treasury: Pffft, f..k me, I'm out. The bet is too big.
Alan Greenspan: No worries, I can you loan you 5 Trillion Federal Reserve Notes to keep playing this hand, and maybe another couple. You will just pay me interest on that...um.m.... forever.
US Treasury: Ah, great!! Back in the game!!
Alan Greenspan: (whispers to camera) Plenty more where that came from folks (winks)

Posted by: MadMax2 | Jan 27 2017 2:29 utc | 136

Putin-Trump phone call to take place on Saturday: Kremlin -(Reuters)

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump will speak by telephone on Saturday, the Kremlin said, a first step towards what Trump has billed as a normalization of relations after three years of tensions sparked by the conflict in Ukraine.

Trump will also have a telephone conversation the same day with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and that call is expected to focus on Russia, a source in Berlin familiar with the matter said.

Trump has said in the past that, as part of the rapprochement he is seeking with Russia, he is prepared to review the sanctions that Washington imposed on Russia over its 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula.

That move is likely to face resistance from both influential figures in Washington and foreign leaders -- Merkel among them -- who argue sanctions should only be eased if Moscow complies with the West's conditions on Ukraine.

...

Posted by: Outraged | Jan 27 2017 11:40 utc | 138

Pentagon: Mattis Remains Opposed to Torture
Defense Secretary Committed to Geneva Conventions
by Jason Ditz, January 26, 2017

Pentagon officials say that Defense Secretary James Mattis remains opposed to torturing detainees, despite President Donald Trump’s comments Wednesday in favor of the idea, saying Mattis is committed to upholding international law, including the Geneva Conventions.

Mattis was the first major cabinet nominee to express opposition to returning to a policy of torture ...

But the Trump transition team stopped talking about torture after Mattis expressed opposition, with CIA Director Mike Pompeo also coming out against torture, and insisting that he would openly defy any orders to return to torture.

...

Trump has insisted he is going to rely on Mattis and Pompeo on the issue, saying “if they don’t wanna do it, it’s 100% okay with me.”

Posted by: Outraged | Jan 27 2017 16:48 utc | 139

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