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May 31, 2017

Trump Dumps Pretense Of Altruism From U.S. Foreign Policy

For decades the U.S. foreign policy elite and its presidents played the farce of an altruistic United States that acts for the global good and in the interest of humanity.

That was always a lie. Wherever one took a deeper look the U.S. acted solely in its (perceived) self interests. But the rhetoric helped to drag others along. Tributary governments could pretend they worked for the "universal good" when they in fact just followed orders from Washington DC. U.S. pressure was applied behind the curtain - through bribes, threats of revealing private secrets or -if necessary- via well managed "democratic" coups.

Those times are over. Thanks to the honesty of the Trump administration the foremost positions of hard U.S interests and deadly threats are now openly declared fundamentals of U.S. foreign policy.

The neo-conservative chaperone in the White House, National Security Advisor General McMaster, and the Goldman Sachs veto holder in the White House, economic advisor Gary Cohn, penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that reveals the new true face of the U.S. empire:

The president embarked on his first foreign trip with a clear-eyed outlook that the world is not a “global community” but an arena where nations, nongovernmental actors and businesses engage and compete for advantage. We bring to this forum unmatched military, political, economic, cultural and moral strength. Rather than deny this elemental nature of international affairs, we embrace it.

Translation: "Power is with the strong. We feel strong. Screw you!"

At every stop in our journey, we delivered a clear message to our friends and partners: Where our interests align, we are open to working together to solve problems and explore opportunities. We let adversaries know that we will not only take their measure, deter conflict through strength, and defend our interests and values, but also look for areas of common interest that allow us to work together. In short, those societies that share our interests will find no friend more steadfast than the United States. Those that choose to challenge our interests will encounter the firmest resolve.

From now on the U.S. will only engage in selective, temporary friendships: "Where our interests align", and only there, will the U.S. be friendly because it obviously serves U.S. interests. Wherever a country deviates from that, even partially, it will "encounter the firmest resolve." That is as clear a threat as it can be.

The threat was there before but it was applied silently. When the then German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle voted against the war on Libya at the UN Security Council, the Obama administration launched a local media campaign against him (through U.S. stooges), that devastated his party in the following election. Most people in Germany did not recognize the campaign for what it was. It was hidden behind "human rights" talk, "democracy" fluff and "winning" in Libya. But the U.S. induced campaign against Westerwelle happened, was successful and was a lesson to other local party leaders to stay in line with U.S. demands.

The more honest Trump approach brings such threats out into the open. It is now clear that the U.S. follows only its interests - exclusively, and that it will apply the utmost pressure on whatever party disagrees with it in this or that case.

Such behavior may work well in relations with the dimwit dictators of Saudi Arabia or Qatar. But voters in democracies do not like it when their politicians cave over the demands of a Donald Trump, or any other such egoist. They will demand accountability. Local politician talk about "doing our share in the global community" will no longer pamper over sycophantic behavior towards unjust U.S. requests to further its interests. Voters will insist on opposition to unjust demands and will be willing to bear the consequences.

Trump is likely to find that this openly brutal foreign policy approach, without the warm and fluffy, pseudo-altruistic marketing of an Obama administration, will not work very well. He can hardly invade Spain should it decline to put pressure on Venezuela. No country will sign on to new sanctions against Iran should such a demand come with open threats. Self-determination and justice are too strong motivators to be overcome with pure boorishness.

The McMaster/Cohn op-ed ends with this:

America First signals the restoration of American leadership and our government’s traditional role overseas—to use the diplomatic, economic and military resources of the U.S. to enhance American security, promote American prosperity, and extend American influence around the world.

That is a lonesome approach and it is unlike to enhance, promote and extend anything but disdain for the U.S. But it may well be the line it will follow over the coming years.

If this is the end of the U.S. empire that evolved from World War II it is at least an honest one.

Posted by b on May 31, 2017 at 18:24 UTC | Permalink

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I for one as Amerikan am glad the new boss is the same as the old boss. It might have been scary to think Amerika neo-conns would finally change their mind set.

Everything is on schedule and please move out of the way;)

Posted by: jo6pac | May 31 2017 18:29 utc | 1

good stuff b. thanks!

drop the pretense.. yeah! screw warmonger central..

Posted by: james | May 31 2017 18:46 utc | 3

I fully agree. The only problem being that "the end of the u.s. empire" which seems almost inevitable by now, will most probably spell the end of almost everybody else.

Posted by: Pnyx | May 31 2017 18:51 utc | 4

I dunno B, it sounds like Trump has merely abandoned the R2P lie and replaced it with honest imperialism. Very few Americans have a problem with imperialism.

Meanwhile, can someone explain to me how protecting Israel is in America's self-interest?

Posted by: Dan Lynch | May 31 2017 18:52 utc | 5

'We bring to this forum unmatched military, political, economic, cultural and moral strength. Rather than deny this elemental nature of international affairs, we embrace it.'

that's just a long-winded restatement of 'greed is good'. i wince when i see 'honest' and the rump in the same sentence ... 'arrogant', 'baldly aggressive' ... there are lots of more appropriate terms that might be used. this obsession with finding positive attributes to characterize the rump is a mystery to me. do you really admire this guy?

Posted by: jfl | May 31 2017 19:03 utc | 6

"unmatched... moral strength?"

Posted by: Priceless | May 31 2017 19:03 utc | 7

Exposing the Guardian's Lies About Venezuela

Posted by: okie farmer | May 31 2017 19:04 utc | 8

Right-Wing Terrorism in Venezuela
One May 20th, the 21 year old vendor from the shanty town of Petare,  Orlando José Figueras, was beaten, stabbed, doused with gasoline and set on fire by opposition militants in the middle class neighborhood of Altamira during an anti-government demonstration reportedly because they took him for a Chavista or a thief.

Posted by: okie farmer | May 31 2017 19:07 utc | 9

“But voters in democracies do not like it when their politicians cave over the demands of a Donald Trump, or any other such egotist. They will demand accountability.”

Interesting statement b, but is the general public really capable of that much? I’ll paraphrase H.L. Mencken and say that one can’t lose money by betting on stupidity of the American public. Looking at the current conditions around the world, one could make a lot of money worldwide, not only in America by doing such betting.

“Despite an unprecedented access to information and means of acquiring knowledge, it appears that, as a society, we have chosen to rapidly descend into an era of anti-intellectualism. The ongoing change is drastic and cultural implications are extremely serious. “
“Considering the current conditions in our society, and lack of exposure to and interest in the “great works of the past,” we can conclude that the process of anti-intellectual transformation has been rather successful thus far. It has never been easier to manipulate the “needs of that population as determined by its own perceptions and standards,” into the needs of a population as determined by someone else’s perception and standards. The “wars” continue.”

Posted by: 47 | May 31 2017 19:07 utc | 10

@6 I think b's characterization of Trump as honest is what is known as a back-handed compliment.

Posted by: dh | May 31 2017 19:13 utc | 11

"... through bribes, threats of revealing private secrets [raison d'etre of NSA] or, if necessary, via well managed "democratic" coups" BUT also propping up local agitation/insurgency groups as could be witnessed in Pakistan (Pakistani Taliban), Nigeria (Boko Haram) and since a few days Philippines (Abu Sayaf and co). Insurgency groups who today wear a Daesh hat or yesterday an Al Qaida one have a penchant of constituting a military threat in places with governments insufficiently pliant to US interests.

Posted by: xor | May 31 2017 19:14 utc | 12

Of course, what's announced as "US Interests" aren't really in the interest of the United States; rather, they are meant to support only the interests of a very narrow spectrum of its populace and some who are foreign attachments, like Soros. This was all very clearly explained long ago in a pair of books authored by Charles Austin Beard and George Howard Edward Smith: The Idea of National Interest: An Analytical Study in American Foreign Policy 1934 and The Open Door At Home: A Trial Philosophy of National Interest, 1935. Essentially, the unilateral nature of the Outlaw US Empire has evolved since its inception in 1787, becoming ever more bloodthirsty and rapacious as its grown into the wannabe Unipolar Godzilla we see today. Its killed, maimed and displaced far more people than the Nazis, Italians and Japanese during WW2, and is guilty of Attempted Genocide against the Korean, Southeast Asian, and Iraqi peoples in my lifetime alone--Holocausts that consumed @3X Hitler's.

Has Trump actually done more to expose the true nature of the Outlaw US Empire? Somewhat, but far too many people remain ignorant--Good Americans lets call them, including many within Trump's base. Yes, The Truth is Brutal, but it can and must be handled for the Evil that is the Outlaw US Empire to taste utter defeat. As Nasrallah noted in his speech, the corner's been turned as the Axis of Resistance, or what I term the Multipolar Alliance, gains strength through its resilience and small victories, which enable Putin, Lavrov, Xi, and others to become more outspoken as the First Hybrid War--which is how WW3 will be known--escalates. Yes, it's escalating as the recent op/eds by Escobar and Korybko at Sputnik detail,">"> and

Posted by: karlof1 | May 31 2017 19:19 utc | 13

“But voters in democracies do not like it when their politicians cave over the demands of a Donald Trump, or any other such egotist. They will demand accountability.”

yeah. they'll demand clinton and the dnc - their replacements du jour - and their habitual dishonesty regarding the motives and intent of the cabal at the top of the usofa.

as long as they lie with a straight face. like the nytimes and wapo.

ac/dc and the usofa are not the worldwide seat of terror ... they are the city of light on the hill. no matter how discordant that is with reality, the voters in democracies are ready to swallow it. it is part and parcel of the economic fraud at the base of it all that everyone knows is ready to collapse and is desperately imagining away with such attempts at mass hypnosis.

Posted by: jfl | May 31 2017 19:27 utc | 14

the world is not a “global community” but an arena where nations, nongovernmental actors and businesses engage and compete for advantage.

A classic postulate of American so called foreign policy "realism".

to enhance American security, promote American prosperity, and extend American influence around the world.

That is the classic neo-con postulate which will lead to US' final departure from the status of self-proclaimed leader.

Posted by: SmoothieX12 | May 31 2017 19:28 utc | 15

@6, JfI

that's just a long-winded restatement of 'greed is good'

No, that is just a statement on the grandiose scale of a delusion which permeates huge strata of US foreign policy and military "elites". The fact that they believe this is what really dangerous both for them and the world.

Posted by: SmoothieX12 | May 31 2017 19:35 utc | 16

"If this is the end of the U.S. empire . . . " Best I can make out, this possibility builds on the premise that leaders of vassal states cannot continue their cooperation without the "help" of the rhetorical figleaf US presidents are expected to provide. I expect this is true in some cases, not true in others.

Given Trump's authoritarian instincts (and perhaps his newfound awareness of the extent of the empire's covert power to manipulate foreign leaders), he cannot comprehend this need to provide rhetorical "help." The US deep state, in contrast, cannot comprehend why Trump finds hypocrisy so burdensome.

Posted by: Berry Friesen | May 31 2017 20:14 utc | 17

Firstly - "America First" is a misnomer. It is really ".01 percenters First" or perhaps "Israel First". After all, Israel receives 40 billion a year in monopoly money and its citizens get National health care.

American citizens must pay dearly for "health insurance" and pay again for "health care", all the while risking total insolvency if they are particularly unlucky and the chemtrails give them cancer.

Point 2: Belligerent "pro-USA" rhetoric is very appealing to the anti-intellectuals. They don't read, of course, Moloch's WSJ, but the Facebook memes derived from it, will be wildly popular. Cowboy Trump ham fisting the world to comply with USA demands. No more democrat librul pussies and furriners making America into a giant pussy.

Domestically, this WSJ article will raise Trump's poll numbers. Internationally, he has reinforced existing negatives. Anybody with half a brain should do their best to find other "trading partners" whom may not be sociopaths.

Posted by: fast freddy | May 31 2017 20:21 utc | 18

@18 ff.. that is what karlof1 @13 is articulating as well..

@15 smoothie.. i see your are quoting someone, but on a quick glance, i can't figure out who.. always helps to say that too..

Posted by: james | May 31 2017 20:23 utc | 19

i see now it is Gary Cohn wsj bs...

Posted by: james | May 31 2017 20:25 utc | 20

Can Germany ask US troops to leave?
Does the US pay rent to Germany for use of the land and facilities?

Posted by: hopehely | May 31 2017 20:36 utc | 21

I thought that a Trump who revealed a neocon center inside his nationalistic veneer would at least hold the silverlining that the past decade of bumbling US policy overseas would continue unabated. Barring some true-believer leap into nuclear conflagration as a last-ditch effort to "save face," let this American tell your not to let this happen again anywhere. Decentralization and soverignty I pray will rein once again.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | May 31 2017 20:41 utc | 22

Yeah, Trump's a fucking star alright. He's gonna put the world right if he don't get his fat ass impeached first. The guy's unhinged and here we all are going on about the dear leader.

I guess it's a case of if it's good for Russia then it's just plain good period. But I watch what's going on in the US, how he's taking a hard run at Medicaid and food stamps. In case any of you don't know Medicaid is for seniors healthcare. You go after that and that tells me all I need to know. He's gutting education. Look who he put in charge. He's eviscerating the environmental agencies budgets. He's rolling back all the regs for industry. I've traveled extensively in the US and know the care they try to take with their natural resources. Now that's fucked.

Trump's got his much-enlarged ICE army staking out churches and schools. Sweeps are made in Hispanic communities. He's made it okay to hate and it shows every single day in the news. Cities and local police forces are at loggerheads with the Feds because they won't join the pogrom.

Do you think anyone who's getting it up the ass gives a fiddler's fuck that Trump and Putin are getting along famously? Obviously those two have something going. We will find out exactly how much as the senate and justice folks grind away. I've got no beef with Putin, he's good for Russia. He's good for himself too and I can see where he and Trump and Tillerson could have lots to talk about.

Go ask some ailing senior who's about to lose their healthcare if they heard that Trump hates Germany and France but the Saudis and the Russians are okay. Or the teenage kid born in the US who just watched their parents get picked up in a midnight raid. They don't care.

So Trump's back in fashion around here. He was, then he wasn't and now he is again. There's a question that all his friends, new and old, should be asking themselves, that age-old question most married folks find themselves pondering. Is the fucking you're getting worth the fucking you're taking.

Posted by: peter | May 31 2017 20:55 utc | 23

I see this event by Trump as setting the stage for a come to jesus/america moment that is being constructed. Out of that moment will come a realignment of nations around separate monetary systems.

And yes. we will have, at the least, economic war between the nation groups. I suppose I might have to move countries or get shot as a traitor for mine....sigh

Posted by: psychohistorian | May 31 2017 20:58 utc | 24

@19, James

smoothie.. i see your are quoting someone, but on a quick glance, i can't figure out who.. always helps to say that too..

I quote quotes from B's piece we discuss here. He even put them in bold;)

Posted by: SmoothieX12 | May 31 2017 21:13 utc | 25

I am not sure the voters in the EU have any more influence on the policies of their federal governments than do US citizens. We are all vassals working for the deep state.

Posted by: Perimetr | May 31 2017 21:28 utc | 26

honesty is the best policy! esp when it embarrasses the minions who still want to appear to be good good good!

Posted by: brian | May 31 2017 21:32 utc | 27

I love the newfound imperialist frankness. It will resonate positively with most of the non-deluded non-Marxist planet I believe.

Any treatment of an ilness begins with an earnest admission that the state of affairs is not all that flash.

Even if no grand treatment is ever attempted, every decent human on earth prefers a traditional honest, open, straight-forward villain to a powerful two-faced backstabber.

#5 Israel is nothing more than an Anglo-American bankster forward base on Arab soil.

Posted by: Quadriad | May 31 2017 21:45 utc | 28

Posted by: Dan Lynch | May 31, 2017 2:52:00 PM | 5

Meanwhile, can someone explain to me how protecting Israel is in America's self-interest?

Let’s fix that for you. It is the other way around. The capital of the USA is in Tel-Aviv, soon to be in Jerusalem. Watch tomorrow, June 1st, 2017 – the date of the waiver on the Jerusalem Embassy Act.
Will Trump Sign Too?

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
posted by: jfl | May 31, 2017 3:03:24 PM | 6
'We bring to this forum unmatched military, political, economic, cultural and moral strength. Rather than deny this elemental nature of international affairs, we embrace it.'
that's just a long-winded restatement of 'greed is good'. i wince when i see 'honest' and the rump in the same sentence …[.]

The Eleventh Commandment is my favorite:
The greedy shall not be fed.

It’s the money. Globally, we are there, engorged on debt. Cohn and colleagues are diverting attention from the coming reset. We’ll observe how the unmatched military (yo there Taliban), economic thingies work out. Not if but when. No kidding.
Never mind the quadrillion derivatives Buffet dubbed Financial WMDs.

The Great Reset – $400 trillion dollars public and private unfunded pensions will not ever be paid

Sometime this year, world public and private plus unfunded pensions will surpass $300 trillion. That is not even counting the $100 trillion in US government unfunded liabilities.
These obligations cannot be paid. A time is coming when the market and voters will realize this.
Will voters decide to tax “the rich” more? Will they increase their VAT rates and further slow growth? Will they reduce benefits? No matter what they decide, hard choices will bring political turmoil.

And that, of course, will mean market turmoil.

The Great Reset Will Cause a Horrible Global Recession

We are coming to a period I call “the Great Reset.” As it hits, we will have to deal, one way or another, with the largest twin bubbles in the history of the world. One of those bubbles is global debt, especially government debt. The other is the even larger bubble of government promises. The other is the even larger bubble of government promises. .[.]

Posted by: likklemore | May 31 2017 21:50 utc | 29

It can be rephrased in this way:

I am sick and tired of this tedious dating game, wasting time on "interesting meetings", pretend headaches, whining and all that. From today, it is only hookers, “temporary, transactional and tactical.”

There are some pragmatic problems here. Nothing bad happens when a hooker "fakes it". But if you want people to fight, they can also fake it. At most extreme, consider the oxymoron of intelligent and capable mercenaries fighting for the Gulfies in Yemen. Another problem is the lack of "exclusivity" in the arrangement, which can defeat the purpose in the geo-political-military context. And finally, some degree of politeness is needed if you want people on the top of their trade (even actual hookers).

Lack of politeness can be expensive. It took nine years to entice Montenegro into NATO. Next thing that happens is the PM of Montenegro is showed to the side by Trump during the picture taking, making it quite plausible that Markovic will be successfully mocked by his opposition and Montenegro will leave NATO after the next election cycle. And the Adriatic republic will stop proving 25 troops and 10 medics to the efforts of American-led coalition in Afghanistan etc. Most tragically, Montenegro can become friendly with Serbia and Russia and the Adriatic will cease to be a NATO lake.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | May 31 2017 21:58 utc | 30

@30 piotr... very good. thanks..

Posted by: james | May 31 2017 22:02 utc | 31

I don't think any foreign country's leadership or citizens was under the illusion that the US govt is/was ever philanthropic. The best we can hope for from this is that it will give wings to the ongoing EU turn towards the east which hopefully will decrease the willingness of our 'allies" to join us in any further wars say in Ukraine, the Balkans or any of the 'Stans.

Posted by: frances | May 31 2017 22:02 utc | 32

IMO the Russians forced this change.

When you have an adversary that can and will expose your immoral, under-handed, double-dealing, you either change or become a laughing stock (as Obama now is).

Trump's forthright FP corrects a weakness that was exploited by the Russians. Yet the media attacks Trump for vague "Russian ties" while Obama is lauded.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | May 31 2017 22:26 utc | 33

As stated nothing is new there except the cloak being removed that was masking the evil. Its a pretty flimsy cloak and has been getting thinner and thinner each year since the demise of the Soviet Union and Communism. Without a competing ideology we have resorted to monopoly business practices in matters of state. Reminds me of the Starwars quote. Padmé: "What if the democracy we thought we were serving no longer exists, and the Republic has become the very evil we have been fighting to destroy?"

Not a religious person although I do think Christian beliefs are a good thing for a peaceful world. However as a so called Christian Nation, at least according to the Dominionest Christian Right , we seem to be more of the War and Violence Israel Loving Old Testament variety than Love Your Neighbor New Testament type , the latter being the essence of True Christianity. Fake Christians? I wonder if the anti-Christ predicted by the Book of Revelations can be applied to nations instead of an individual? Many Protestants considered (some still do)the Papacy to be the antichrist. So there is precedent for this thought of applying it to a non individual. Not that I give much credence to prophecy beyond 1984 which was really just a vision of a soon to come future in the wake of a war against Fascism that left Communism as as the biggest victor, and left the West primed for Fascisms rebirth by someone who was spied on for 2 decades by British Intelligence.

Posted by: Pft | May 31 2017 22:34 utc | 34

@34, pft, 'we seem to be more of the War and Violence Israel Loving Old Testament variety than Love Your Neighbor New Testament type, the latter being the essence of True Christianity'

you said it there. in the usofa war is peace and hate is love across the board. the wolves in sheep's clothing have long been at the top of the power hierarchy and at the forefront of propagandists and civil religionaires.

Posted by: jfl | May 31 2017 23:25 utc | 35

@33, jr, 'Trump's forthright FP corrects a weakness that was exploited by the Russians.'

your 'creativity' in defense of the rump puts even b in the shadows.

Posted by: jfl | May 31 2017 23:27 utc | 36

@34 Interesting thoughts. Israel gave up on any 'love thy neighbour' inclinations they may have had after 1967. Arabs never had any. So it's been all Old Testament since and of course it got reflected in the so called Christian Nation.

Orwell was a few years premature with 1984 but definitely prophetic.

Posted by: dh | May 31 2017 23:31 utc | 37

Thucydides wants his words back!

You know as well as we do that right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.
Your hostility cannot so much hurt us as your friendship will be an argument to our subjects of our weakness.
They think and that if any maintain their independence it is because they are strong, and that if we do not molest them it is because we are afraid

Posted by: Clueless Joe | May 31 2017 23:51 utc | 38

'We bring to this forum unmatched military, political, economic, cultural and moral strength. Rather than deny this elemental nature of international affairs, we embrace it.'

hahaha. oh that's interesting as they put that one first, the meatheads always do that. But military power which is essentially useless as a tool for foreign/economic policy and which hasn't 'won' a war since world war II (with of course minor exceptions like grenada and panama.... and oh I suppose they would consider the first iraq/gulf war to be a 'win')

The altruistic meme in american foreign policy really started under Carter, who as you recall made "human rights" one of the anchors of his administration, but it was a sham and also a necessary adjunct, coming off the slaughters of the Vietnam/Indochina wars and all the very bad domestic feeling and discontent which that produced - so the veneer of human rights was erected to somewhat shield the real meaning of american foreign policy which politically was the 'containment' of Russia and China, and to prevent/contain nationalism which was spreading throughout the third world, post-WWII, often appearing as a form of socialism...And economically to help maintain US domination of world markets and resources - But now the mask has been somewhat lifted, as b nicely points out, and we see the Naked Empire

Posted by: michaelj72 | May 31 2017 23:52 utc | 39


I'm not defending Trump, I'm criticizing the media. A change was forced - there almost certainly would've been a change no matter who became President.

I have said many times that Trump and Obama are faux populists President's that follow a political model. While they are President, they are besieged by crazy charges so that their "weakness" can be used as an excuse to serve powerful interests.

For more, see:

How Things Work: Betrayal by Faux Populist Leaders

and also:

Taken In: Fake News Distracts Us From Fake Election

Posted by: Jackrabbit | May 31 2017 23:52 utc | 40

The collective yank psyche has been conditioned towards 'yeah we're awesome fuck y'all U.S.A.U.S.A woo yeah baby' for generation upon generation...the type of win at all costs mentality devoid of honour is so ingrained that the mirror one may have held up in order to shame a doesn't work anymore... 'That's right, im an outright arsehole but fuck you I'm #1 eat shit and die peasant'. A true friend and ally would have said 'wake the fuck up' decades ago, but lackey Brits and Aussies love chowing down regularly on yank sausage 'mmm yes masser' pays the bills.

Posted by: MadMax2 | May 31 2017 23:55 utc | 41

The world where nations pursue cooperation where it suits their interests and resist, even with violence, when they do not, is the world that Putin and Xi want. It is a world where general war between the great powers is just another tool. Having praised this before, it is strange that your ideals on another's lips do no sound sweet.

The notion that the US empire will just dry up and blow away is exactly like wishing away the results of WWII. The only verdict of war that has been reversed was the victory of the USSR. The Yeltsins and Putins have done what the Nazis could not: They've taken Leningrad and Stalingrad. The fascists have triumphed on Russian lands (Ukraine is one of the Russias) and Putin does not even want to fight. The only thing that could help the US more now is capitalist restoration in China and Xi is doing his very best. He's starting with North Korea. A hundred years ago, struggles for the redivision of the world led to the Great War. The struggle for the redivision of the world will require another world war. It is pure dumbfuckery to think otherwise.

Posted by: steven t johnson | May 31 2017 23:56 utc | 42

@mike72, 'The altruistic meme in american foreign policy really started under Carter ...'

long before. 'altruistic imperialism' was the bogus, christian cover adopted by the us from the europeans with the spanish-american war, just after the civil war and the genocide of indigenous americans was complete. the "white man's burden" has always been big in america, although not mentioned so much in 'mixed company', outside the halls of power, due to the nature of us immigration and the slow, serial 'promotion' of non-anglos to 'white' status.

Posted by: jfl | Jun 1 2017 0:30 utc | 43

"Voters will insist on opposition to unjust demands and will be willing to bear the consequences."

That's the way I see it too. Whether by accident or design, the Trump Admin has offered countries with the resolve to grasp it, an opportunity to re-assert their sovereignty by sidelining their bribed political traitors and telling the Yankees to grow up.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jun 1 2017 0:42 utc | 44

b, Dan Lynch, etc.
I agree with the "assessment" that DJT looks to be going full neocon and forgetting a lot of his sales pitch during the campaign. (They all do it so no surprise.) He's also promised a balanced budget ... in 10 years! That means $25 to $30 Trillion.
I'm still wondering which country will be destroyed by this president.

Posted by: Curtis | Jun 1 2017 0:54 utc | 45

We also have to put a stop to politicians making policy decisions behind closed doors. The details of the TPP were NEVER discussed with the electorate in Oz. So Trump dumping it probably saved several of Oz's political traitors from being lynched when the appalling downside(s) seeped into the Public Domain.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jun 1 2017 0:54 utc | 46

This should cut you a new one

Posted by: gut bugs galore | Jun 1 2017 1:50 utc | 47

@44 hoarse, 'the Trump Admin has offered countries with the resolve to grasp it, an opportunity to re-assert their sovereignty'

an opportunity to be squandered, i'm afraid. ... hope i'm wrong.

but merkel is playing it for all its political worth, and micron will likely follow mutti. at the 'appropriate' moment their anti-us binge will be seen to have been an anti-trump binge, and they'll embrace the 'civilized' technocrats like the clintons/cia/dnc who are out to bring the rump down. their take now is ... avoid being seen to 'influence' us internal politics by blaming the us as a whole for the rump gauche behavior. but they're really just anti-trump, complicit with and at the direction of the clintons/cia/dnc, their 'real' masters.

maybe i'm wrong.

Posted by: jfl | Jun 1 2017 4:36 utc | 48

Actually, I think there are all all sorts of unspoken or concealed US policies that have been revealed by Trump. Desire to do down the European Union is one, I don't know whether I can enumerate all the rest. It's catastrophic for US policy, as it'll take decades to reestablish confidence, if it ever can. It's on a par with the great errors of diplomacy, much like the Sykes-Picot agreement and its revelation by the Bolsheviks (why did UK/FR provide a copy to the Tsar in the first place?). It's nice to be honest with each other, I agree, but revealing that you're trying to destroy your close allies??

Posted by: Laguerre | Jun 1 2017 5:39 utc | 49

America First signals the restoration of American leadership and our government’s traditional role overseas—to use the diplomatic, economic and military resources of the U.S. to enhance American security, promote American prosperity, and extend American influence around the world.

I would just add that when such authors use the words "U.S," "America" and "Americans," they mean, of course, those who own America, and those who kiss their pinky rings, and not the chumps—you and me—who fund them. Most of us plebes don't understand that, of course, that we don't actually have a country, just obligations to our masters.

Posted by: tmb | Jun 1 2017 5:45 utc | 50

@34, Pft

"... we seem to be more of the War and Violence Israel Loving Old Testament variety than Love Your Neighbor New Testament type , the latter being the essence of True Christianity."

The "essence of True Christianity" is to "Love Your Neighbor"? But that was in the Old Testament (Leviticus 19:18.)

Posted by: drj | Jun 1 2017 5:46 utc | 51

GBG #47

Ah, more history, thanks.
I can't get enough of it...

Posted by: V. Arnold | Jun 1 2017 6:45 utc | 52

Status quo. But said up front.

USA has always used US military, US diplomatic corps, USA cultural organisations, and US businesses to advantage US banking, business, economic, and geostrategic circumstances.

All countries do this, to greater or lesser degree.

USA, as a militarily powerful country, and with a huge and well-resourced internal economy, simply uses these highly effective 'weights' to lever against the interests of other less powerful countries.

This is perfectly natural; if 'immoral'.

The US military/industrial effort is long term. The military (at least) is well aware of the unstoppable decline in world liquid oil reserves after about 2030.

The military/industrial sector (at least) is well aware USA shale oil can only be economically produced at prices of +60 dollars (US)or so.

Most importantly, US shale oil reserves are ephemeral - like a match that burns bright, but quickly fades to nothing.

At the margin (+/- 10%)USA is dependent on nuclear fuel from decommissioned Russian nuclear weapons. This by agreement between the two parties.

Future yellowcake reserves for USA will increasingly have to come from overseas. And this will coincide with a time when USA's 'requirements' of foreign oil will increasing year by year. Yet global liquid oil supply, post 2030 ish, will be declining year by year.

Thus, USA needs compliance from gulf states to preferentially supply liquid fuels to USA - and, in future, gas. (The world can run on gas for 50 or so years post the liquid fuels decline.)

And USA needs the choke points in the Gulf to be guarded against closure - but this can also be a lever against Gulf supplies. He who keeps it open can keep it closed (on whatever pretext).

That is why USA has openly stated via this public op-ed that it will work WITH its 'adversaries' where it co-incides with US interests. This is a signal (for those who can read it) that USA will work with Russia on further nuclear fuel supply (the main consideration, as the breakup of Russia seems like a failed US project now).

That USA will also work with Russia against ISIS (and maybe it's 'moderate' Al Nusra + house brands and re-brands)is an acceptable minor 'face' to an eventual major 'walk-back' in publicly perceived policy to Russia.

It is possible that the same 'work with adversaries where it is in USA interests' may be applied in the mid to long run to Iran. But this is a long game, and the plan may change with changing leaders. We'll see.

Russia, of course, has always applied a 'portfolio' approach to it's relations to countries of all 'stages of development', as they so delicately put it. Russia has a far superior diplomatic system than USA - mainly because USA diplomats are usually political appointees, rarely with any diplomatic experience. Because of his extensive international experience, Tillerson may be exceptional. We will see.)Russia is now the world's largest oil producer, has uranium deposits, has advanced nuclear reactor sales, and is a major gas producer.

The US 'moral' leadership the authors mention is, of course, obligatory hubris, and can be ignored.

Now USA will have to walk the line between obeying international law, openly committing criminal aggression (in the knowledge there is no effective way to be punished) and keeping the faith with an increasingly better informed public - who, under the influence of a Christian religous system, have a strong revulsion for unfair behaviour, and a strong belief that it is outrageous to deliberately deceive someone. The 'someone' is, of course, themself.

(As an aside, the Middle East is less burdened by guilt over deliberate deceit in family/tribal interest. Alliances shift quickly, depending on what is in their best interest. Favors done also bring obligations.Family/tribal 'honor', guarded by the male members, is paramount.)

Posted by: Loz | Jun 1 2017 7:08 utc | 53

gbg @47

The parallel between Kennedy and Trump conflicts with the Deep State is unconvincing because it relies on the sincerity of Trump.

If Obama and Bernie were faux populists, why should we believe that Trump is genuine? Citizen's United destroyed US democracy. A real populist outsider will never happen.

Trump calls out FAKE NEWS but he doesn't point out that Israel and Saudi Arabia have much more influence on US elections than Russia could ever hope to have.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jun 1 2017 7:14 utc | 54

g-b-g at 47

Roosevelt at Yalta Feb 1945 demanded inter-alia Indochina self-gov and was vehement overall on anti-colonial policy.

Following Roosevelt' death April 1945, new Pres Truman agreed at Potsdam Jul/Aug 1945 to draw line at Danang [cf "divide" Vietnam] to let British take surrender of Japanese troops south of that line and Chiang's China Army take surrender north of it.

British Gen Gracey, serving under Mountbatten, entered Saigon 1945 with his forces on such a ruse and his proceeded to re-arm the Jap. forces with orders to hold until the French Civil Service and French forces could re-establish their colony.[Such returned to Vietnam allegedly on American Liberty ships.]

IIRC, Journalist Edgar Snow was on the scene in Saigon and described the event.

Also, the highest ranking OSS officer Alexander Patti in IndoChina documented first-hand the overall events.

Posted by: chu teh | Jun 1 2017 7:52 utc | 55

re my 55
That is OSS' Archimedes Patti [not Alexander]

Posted by: chu teh | Jun 1 2017 8:04 utc | 56

re re my 55
Here is Arch. Patti. His hour-long video before his death has disappeared from YT.

Posted by: chu teh | Jun 1 2017 8:16 utc | 57

Here's the Patti ionterview:

Posted by: chu teh | Jun 1 2017 8:18 utc | 58

gbg @47

Typical Saker piece. There is lots of interesting material, and it is well footnoted, but it is so one sided and ignores so many other counter-factual evidence that I cannot agree with its conclusions. Saker and his contributors are so hung up on their hatred of "Nazi Germany" that it renders most of the material from that blog useless. As I what commented there before "On Sakers blog it is always 1941 and the Germans are always butchering innocent slavs".

One continually repeated canard is that the USSR defeated Hitler, a statement which not only ignores Stalins culpability in the entire conflict (invasions of Finland, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bessarabia and Stalins preempted invasion of Germany ) but also his total dependence on lend lease for the survival of the USSR throughout the war. Without lend lease Moscow would have fallen in 1941 and Stalingrad in 1942.

A typical Saker-esque statement (and it is chock full of them) in this piece is:

"A shadow of fear soon covered the Earth; by 1953, the United States and the Soviets would both develop hydrogen bombs capable of ending all human life."

Stalin was passed not only nuclear secrets but the machinery he required to create the bomb by the zionist infested spy network in the Roosevelt and Truman administrations which McCarthy rightfully was in the process of exposing when the Zio-media pulled the same job on him that they are doing to Trump now, except to far greater effect then.

Kennedy has been made into a demigod but in reality was just another creation of the Zionists and I doubt the US would be any better off if he hadn't been assassinated.

Finally, any piece that wants to do credible historical research into the destruction of western civilization over the last 150 years that does not identify which actors are Zionists is a waste of effort.

Posted by: Heros | Jun 1 2017 8:28 utc | 59

Anyone enjoying Sean Spicer's stand up comedy will enjoy this retard that the State Dept have wheeled out for public consumption.

Watch as Stuart Jones, a high level acting official from the State Department, is asked why they criticise Iranian elections but never Saudi Arabia (1m30sec)

Posted by: MadMax2 | Jun 1 2017 9:43 utc | 60

@jfl | 48

"their anti-us binge will be seen to have been an anti-trump binge"
I also hope you are wrong. :-)

I don't see this as anti-trump to be honest, though there is no doubt that his appearance has acted as a catalyst. I, personally, think that this mood for greater European independence has been boiling for some years. At least as far back as the beginning of the Ukrainian farce when, if you remember, before being put in her place, Merkel was at best uncertain about the regime change and, to the degree she could, openly refuted promises being made to the Ukrainian people - until she was told to toe the line!
In addition, the Russian sanctions issue does not sit well with many European countries and they are not willing to be bowed by the former 'Eastern Bloc's' love-in with NATO and fear-mongering over Russia.
To some degree I actually think that the Brexit madness was partly panic on the part of the UK upper class establishment over the possibility of increased European influence globally - and the perception that this would lead to reduced UK influence! Idiots, is all I can say!
What we see now is proof positive that Trump is unable to act on the global stage as anything other than a businessman, this might be exactly what the US needs - a money-man, at least - it is not what Europe needs and hence his incompetence is a catalyst for Europe to distance itself from the US.
I don't believe that this is a divorce or any such thing, I do believe that it is an attempt to establish more balanced foreign relations and to diminish 'outside' influence.
There seems to be ab inextricable link between the US and NATO and thus we will see relations with both 'redefined' at best.

Posted by: AtaBrıt | Jun 1 2017 10:49 utc | 61

@Laguerre | 49
"Desire to do down the European Union is one"
Agreed, though 'desire' may be too strong a word, there is definitely a heightened sense of expendability and there has been a slowly building reaction to this which is now taking a more confident tone because Turmp is a chump, quite simply.
What really interests me at the moment is NATO and its moves ... Could be rough times ahead, could be negotiated redefinition of relations.

Posted by: AtaBrıt | Jun 1 2017 11:00 utc | 62

The threat was there before but it was applied silently. When the then German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle voted against the war on Libya at the UN Security Council, the Obama administration launched a local media campaign against him (through U.S. stooges), that devastated his party in the following election. Most people in Germany did not recognize the campaign for what it was. It was hidden behind "human rights" talk, "democracy" fluff and "winning" in Libya. But the U.S. induced campaign against Westerwelle happened, was successful and was a lesson to other local party leaders to stay in line with U.S. demands.

Total and utter horseshit. FDP and Westerwelle lost due to many things, but not their libyan policy. If anything, refusing to go to war there was one of the very few positive things what the FDP did those whole 4 years. War was and still is deeply unpopular in Germany with the whole electorate. The first few weeks it might have hurt him, only in the press, but as soon as the outcome on Libya was easier to see those voices became very very quiet indeed. The election was years afterwards, 2013.

FDP lost the election due to many internal factors, mainly cause they were at this point a total neoliberal party deeply corrupt (special tax exemptions for Hotel owners which donated), had an election result 2009 way way above their actual importance due to special factors of a grand coalition before, etc. Foreign policy simply was no issue at all.

Posted by: nervos belli | Jun 1 2017 11:14 utc | 63

The day I realised it can be smart to be shallow was, for me, a deep experience.
- Donald Trump.

Trump says things but doesn't do much if anything about it. Part of his shallowness act. I'm worried that the liberal "deep" state corners him into doing something stupid, but until we see major evidence, then I'm holding off getting upset.

Posted by: Ghostship | Jun 1 2017 11:36 utc | 64

an opportunity to be squandered, i'm afraid. ... hope i'm wrong.
maybe i'm wrong.
Posted by: jfl | Jun 1, 2017 12:36:50 AM | 48

The cite I bounced my rant off is about voters with the balls to "insist on opposition to unjust demands".
The Castrati can quiver in a corner...

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jun 1 2017 12:40 utc | 65

The gloves had to come off. Too many alternative media outlets, too many damning leaks, too many FOIA requests, the pretense could not be upheld any longer. Hence, the hyenas drop their sheep clothing and bare their teeth.

The only surprise is how that charade could have lasted so long when, already as far back as the fifties, there was no sane reason for the Vietnam war and in 73, Nixon had to decouple the dollar from gold to carry on paying for the Vietnam bombs/napalm/Agent Orange, which were already sinking the economy of the US.
And nobody even wondered what the real point was – selling more and more MIC-made weapons to the state/Pentagon, to be paid with taxpayers money?
Even as Eisenhower had previously warned ? So what should it have taken for everyone to perk up, for Heaven's sake?

Posted by: Lea | Jun 1 2017 12:45 utc | 66

I have to say that anyone who's never been in a brawl doesn't know what they're missing. Getting whacked doesn't hurt much (during the brawl) and the adrenalin effect lasts long after the abrasions and bruises have healed. Brawling for one's own, or a friend's, rights makes one a better person.
In every conceivable way.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jun 1 2017 12:54 utc | 67

@58 -- excellent, thank you. (although somewhat frustrating with all the edit cuts).

And they [USSR] were in no position to help anyone. So really, we [USA] had Ho Chi Minh, we had the Viet Minh, we had the Indochina question in our hand, but for reasons which defy good logic we find today that we supported the French for a war which they themselves dubbed “la sale guerre,” the dirty war, and we paid to the tune of 80 percent of the cost of that French war and then we picked up 100 percent of the American-Vietnam War. That is about it in a nutshell.

Posted by: x | Jun 1 2017 13:00 utc | 68

Here we go again,

Nigel Farage is a 'person of interest' in the FBI investigation into Trump and Russia, claims report
Farage spokesman brands claims around former Ukip leader as "verging on the hysterical".

Oh and today its bilderberg meeting, guess what the antidemocrats will talk about? Thats right - Trump and Russia.

Posted by: Anonymous | Jun 1 2017 13:00 utc | 69

I got a kick out of McMasters et al going on about America's cultural and moral strength. Actually I laughed like a hyena.

The nation that begat the Kardashians and the "ho" shouting, hat on sideways crowd, crowing about culture, priceless.

The military that has elevated the drone double tap to an art form, a paragon of morality?

You can't make this shit up, folks!

Posted by: Morongobill | Jun 1 2017 13:57 utc | 70

@59 Heros
Interesting, somehow having 25 million plus dead is not a greater effort or sacrifice than sending over a bunch of surplus gear for profit.
Other, more credible, observers note that the practice of Lend Lease enabled the US to get its proxy war without actually bleeding.
As for the "invasions" - None of those nations existed in 1914 (prior to World War I); they were part of Russia.
It is highly hypocritical of Americans to criticize land grabs considering Texas, Puerto Rico, Guam and California, not to mention the century long land grab of Indian occupied land.

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 1 2017 14:20 utc | 71

Aaaaah Heros,

You have got to be kidding..!

Lend Lease...a few trinkets...nothin much to speak of.

As for your implicit support for Nazi Germany and claptrap regarding Stalin invading Germany...pfff ...nutso baby.***

You must fear the Sake quite a bit hey fella.!?!

Anyone reading Moon should know the Sakers blog is genuine and always worth a visit.

I think you are a plant set upon this site to steer discussions into shitsville.

Sorry if that offends you...but truth to tell i couldn't give a rats arse....cheers

Posted by: gut bugs galore | Jun 1 2017 14:48 utc | 72

gut bugs galore | Jun 1, 2017 10:48:30 AM | 72

Well put; concur completely...

Posted by: V. Arnold | Jun 1 2017 15:27 utc | 73

@59 (Glory to the) Heros

The Wehrmacht losing 75% of it's manpower and material in the Eastern front is the result of Lend-Lease and not 25 million dead Soviets? How very, very interesting.
The Nazis HAD to invade Russia because of the Baltics? How very different than today, where Nato HAS to confront Russia over the Baltics.

By virtue of your 'counter-factual' denial of the USSR's contributions to the defeat of Nazism, insistence that Zionist extremism (and not say self-described Christians (US/EU) Muslims (Saudi, Qatar, UAE) our even Shinto-buddhists (Japan)) as the sole reason for the West's woes, and implicit Nazi apologetics, ima guess you've had some serious Galician indoctrination.

Posted by: Don Wiscacho | Jun 1 2017 15:56 utc | 74

Fuchs a German opponent of Nazism provided both the other war time allies UK and USSR with details of how to make the plutonium bomb. Why as a German he should have had any preference between the wartime allies is not made clear by those who condemn him.

Posted by: Paul Cockshott | Jun 1 2017 16:02 utc | 75

@60 madmax.. wow.. the guy is at a loss for words! john kirby and mark toner were much better liars!

i don't know why, but ever since trump has been elected there have been virtually no press briefings - maybe a couple... while obama was pres, they were a daily event, thus the title 'daily press briefings'... i just looked at the page for may... there were none.. either the usa state dept. isn't releasing them, or they are sometimes happening and they aren't releasing them..

Posted by: james | Jun 1 2017 16:16 utc | 76

As for the "invasions" [Ribbebtrop-Molotov agreement] - None of those nations existed in 1914 (prior to World War I); they were part of Russia.
It is highly hypocritical of Americans to criticize land grabs considering Texas, Puerto Rico, Guam and California, not to mention the century long land grab of Indian occupied land.

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 1, 2017 10:20:15 AM | 71

Actually, there are two exceptions: western Ukraine was part of Austrian Empire, and Tuva was at least nominally a part of Chinese Empire. It beats me why Stalin decided to annex Tuva, but if Tuvans complain, it is not easy to understand.

I guess we are missing the central absurd of "national interest driven policy": national interest is an abstraction that is meaningless to actual lives of American. How would Americans be affected by this or that policy concerning the controls of "strategic Tanf border crossing", or even the entire border of Syria and Iraq, because this is what that story is about? Or if we manage/fail to force/cajole Montenegro and Germany to increase their defense spending to agreed levels? So-called national interests are meaningless to the life of the individuals in USA. Trade policy actually affects the life within the country, but it is hard to tell if our tough or non-so-tough negotiators represent "national interests" rather than corporate. Here the problem is that corporations are clear what is good for them, but citizens and economists concerned with citizens' welfare: not so much.

Reminds me a recent story from Polish press. EU directive hits hard Polish chemical industry! Clearly, against the national interest! Details: Polish companies producing phosphorus fertilizers invested in phosphate production in Senegal. But nasty EU decreased the allowed cadmium content, so they will have to cut production, or, horror! buy more expensive phosphates from Russia. As one commenter quipped, a true patriot should eat cadmium sandwiches and drink mercury.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jun 1 2017 16:17 utc | 77

one has to put heros on ignore... too much bullshit..

Posted by: james | Jun 1 2017 16:18 utc | 78

Every instance of the word "America" or "Americans" should be replaced by "international Jewry" and "Jews" for the article to actually make sense. You're welcome.

Posted by: Pareto | Jun 1 2017 16:46 utc | 79

james @77--

Did that as soon as it unveiled its agenda.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 1 2017 17:46 utc | 80

ot - karlof1.. there's an interesting read from john helmer from yesterday that you or others might enjoy.. here..

Posted by: james | Jun 1 2017 18:05 utc | 81

US veterans declare war against war“ (radio show: Loud & Clear, 29 May)

Guest: „Trump is not an anomaly, he is a product of this system …this country was founded on violence, genocide, slavery … we are always at war, ...endless wars … Trump is a perfect reflection of what this country has become“

… all this violence... to keep this empire going …


„We can’t beat Isis … gimme a break .. we can’t beat anybody… when I am elected, it will change … there will be a lot of winning …“

Guest: The US bombed 7 countries just last week … we are ... dependent on war, a country based on violence and war ….

We can see „winning“ barbarians at work … („mad dog“ posing as SECDEF lives up to his name… everything they accused Russia/Syria of (indiscriminate and intense bombing of civilians and vital infrastructure) they are doing it in Iraq while the media is distracted with orchestrated „terror attacks“ in Britain)


(from an ancient Hindu text, quoted by nuclear physicist Robert Opppenheimer when he saw the aftermath of Hiroshima and Nagasaki)

In a recent study it was estimated that US „foreign policy“ is responsible for the death of at least 20 mn people after 1945 (instigating wars, "civil wars",covert operations, political & economic warfare, etc.)

* I think you should put that sentence on your dollar notes instead of „in God we trust“ ….

Posted by: Mutter Courage | Jun 1 2017 18:10 utc | 82

MLK 1967: „the greatest purveyor of violence in the world … my own government“

but wait .. this is called "moral strength" by the US military ...

Perhaps the second most important speech of the 20th century (after „Beyond Vietnam) … (second half beginning with „political language“)

The truth is to do with how the United States understands its role in the world and how it chooses to embody it….

…but my contention here is that the US crimes in the same period have only been superficially recorded, let alone documented, let alone acknowledged, let alone recognised as crimes at all …

The United States supported and in many cases engendered every right wing military dictatorship in the world after the end of the Second World War. ...

Hundreds of thousands of deaths took place throughout these countries. Did they take place? And are they in all cases attributable to US foreign policy? The answer is yes they did take place and they are attributable to American foreign policy. But you wouldn't know it.

IT NEVER HAPPENED. NOTHING EVER HAPPENED. Even while it was happening it wasn't happening. It didn't matter. It was of no interest. THE CRIMES OF THE UNITED STATES HAVE BEEN SYSTEMATIC, CONSTANT, VICIOUS, REMORSELESS, BUT VERY FEW PEOPLE HAVE ACTUALLY TALKED ABOUT THEM. You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. IT'S A BRILLIANT, EVEN WITTY, HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL ACT OF HYPNOSIS.

I put to you that the United States is without doubt the greatest show on the road. Brutal, indifferent, scornful and ruthless it may be but it is also very clever. As a salesman it is out on its own and its most saleable commodity is self love. It's a winner.

… Language is actually employed to keep thought at bay. The words 'the American people' provide a truly voluptuous cushion of reassurance. You don't need to think. Just lie back on the cushion. The cushion may be suffocating your intelligence and your critical faculties but it's very comfortable.

…The United States ... quite simply doesn't give a damn about the United Nations, international law or critical dissent, which it regards as impotent and irrelevant. It also has its own bleating little lamb tagging behind it on a lead, the pathetic and supine Great Britain.

What has happened to our moral sensibility? Did we ever have any? What do these words mean? Do they refer to a term very rarely employed these days - conscience? A conscience to do not only with our own acts but to do with our shared responsibility in the acts of others? Is all this dead?

Look at Guantanamo Bay. Hundreds of people detained without charge for over three years, with no legal representation or due process, technically detained forever. This totally illegitimate structure is maintained in defiance of the Geneva Convention. It is not only tolerated but hardly thought about by what's called the 'international community'. This criminal outrage is being committed by a country, which declares itself to be 'the leader of the free world'.

… The invasion of Iraq was a bandit act, an act of blatant state terrorism, demonstrating absolute contempt for the concept of international law. The invasion was an arbitrary military action inspired by a series of lies upon lies and gross manipulation of the media and therefore of the public; an act intended to consolidate American military and economic control of the Middle East masquerading - as a last resort - all other justifications having failed to justify themselves - as liberation. A FORMIDABLE ASSERTION OF MILITARY FORCE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH AND MUTILATION OF THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE.

We have brought torture, cluster bombs, depleted uranium, innumerable acts of random murder, misery, degradation and death to the Iraqi people and call it 'bringing freedom and democracy to the Middle East'.

How many people do you have to kill before you qualify to be described as a mass murderer and a war criminal?

…COME AND SEE THE BLOOD ON THE STREETS (excerpt from a Pablo Neruda poem)

I have said earlier that the United States is now totally frank about putting its cards on the table… Its official declared policy is now defined as 'full spectrum dominance'. That is not my term, it is theirs. 'Full spectrum dominance' means control of land, sea, air and space and all attendant resources.

… When we look into a mirror we think the image that confronts us is accurate. But move a millimetre and the image changes. We are actually looking at a never-ending range of reflections. But sometimes a writer has to smash the mirror - for it is on the other side of that mirror that the truth stares at us.

I believe that despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all. It is in fact mandatory.

If such a determination is not embodied in our political vision we have no hope of restoring what is so nearly lost to us - the dignity of man.“

Well, Trump seems to be the final nail in the coffin of our "dignity" ...

Posted by: Mutter Courage | Jun 1 2017 18:17 utc | 83

Some of the most impressive Pop Culture Propaganda comes from Comic Books featuring what are called Super Heroes that supposedly represent Outlaw US Empire values and are then turned into movies to dupe wider audiences. Wonder Woman is this genre's newest entry, and I find Angry Arab's observations over Lebanon's banning of the film noteworthy:

"The banning of Wonder Woman movie in Lebanon: kudos for Lebanon
1) Boycott is very Western. Jewish groups in the 1930 (rightly) pioneered boycott against Germany.
2) The Wonder Woman movie was banned in Lebanon because the actress was an Israeli soldiers who made statements cheering the Israeli slaughter of civilians in Gaza.
3) Calm down. We are talking about Wonder Woman movie whose artistic values is far lower than Legally Blonde 1 and 2.
4) We are not talking about Meryl Streep here. We are talking about an actress who acting skills and screen charisma are far lower than those of Tony Danza.
5) If a Hizbullah or Hamas fighter starred in a movie, would the movie be banned in the US?
6) Give me a break. Zionist hoodlums are pressuring universities to not grant tenure to professors because they were bothered by their tweets, and you are now feigning concern over freedom of expression? Zionist hoodlums are pressuring legislative bodies in every single Western capital to restrict and limit freedom of speech to protect Israeli aggression and occupation, and Zionist hoodlums want to lecture and hector about freedom of expression? Zionist hoodlums have succeeded in pressuring governments to make a financial contribution to a hospital run by Hamas a terrorist act, and they want to lecture about freedom of expression? Zionist hoodlums have violated every principle of freedom of speech and assembly in their history and they want to teach us about freedom of expression[sic]?
7) The occupation state of Israel have jailed people for writing poems and making speeches and singing songs, and Zionist hoodlums want to lecture us about 1st amendment? All the top Palestinian poets in 1948 Palestine have been jailed at least 10 times for their poetry, and yet cheerleaders of the occupation state are qualified to speak about freedom of speech?
8) the law in Lebanon is for the boycott of things Israeli and there is still a state of war in which Israel is legally an enemy state. Would the US want to allow ISIS or Al-Qa`idah terrorists to star in movies? Would the US allow the movies to show in the US, when a man in New Jersey was prosecuted by the US government because his cable company carried Al-Manar TV?"

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 1 2017 18:46 utc | 84

America is entering its national twilight. It's in much worse shape than generally assumed, and even this late common sense approach (strip away the rhetoric, and it's a withdrawal, no less) is too little, too late.

Posted by: telescope | Jun 1 2017 18:47 utc | 85

The Guardian has a bunch of new articles on the Facebook leaks. Boycott FB now!!

Posted by: Mina | Jun 1 2017 19:09 utc | 86

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum has begun its annual proceedings with a "sideline" conference between Putin and Heads of International Media for which a video and partial (at this moment) transcript are available here,

Putin's responses are important, of course, but I look at what he's being asked since these Media Heads often try to amplify their propaganda. And in that light, it's interesting that the initial question for Mr Putin dealt with the now hysterical levels of Russophobia which he dealt with in what might be considered a now "canned" reply I'll leave for the reader to discover at the above link.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 1 2017 19:33 utc | 87

I am loving Trump's Paris agreement speech - he is so entertaining

Posted by: aaaa | Jun 1 2017 19:46 utc | 88

facebook leaks... lol.. why am i not surprised? facebook = nsa= cia... it is like a friggin grow op for these snoop dogs..

Posted by: james | Jun 1 2017 19:46 utc | 89

John McCain spoke publicly in Australia yesterday, basically affirming that plans for the removal of Trump were proceeding. He praised the TPP countries which had announced their proposed continuation of the accord, hinting the U.S. would be with them as soon as circumstances permitted. The neoliberal consensus remains firmly embedded within the western/ NATO countries.

Posted by: jayc | Jun 1 2017 19:50 utc | 90

karlof1 @ 86

Link is much appreciated. Thanks.

Posted by: spudski | Jun 1 2017 20:03 utc | 91


Pres. Putin's remarkable extended interview with the French 'fake news' Le Figaro outlet has intriguing insights into the manipulation/domination of the public diplomatic sphere by Western interests. Well, as far as it represented in Western mainstream media.

One of the most interesting observations Pres. Putin made regarding Pres. Trump (and 3 other US Presidents)and the 'deep state' is about the 24.00 mark. (don't forget to click the CC button on the youtube clip to turn on the sub-titles/closed captions!).

His clearly felt deep - can we call it hurt? Can we call it sadness? - at the use of Russia as a 'whipping boy' for USA sordid domestic political purposes is clearly evident from about 26:00 onward. Surprising?

Posted by: Loz | Jun 1 2017 20:18 utc | 92

Trump says US will abandon global climate accord

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday he was withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, striking a major blow to worldwide efforts to combat climate change and distancing the country from many allies abroad. He said the U.S. would try to negotiate re-entry on better terms.

"As of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the nonbinding Paris accord," Trump said during a White House Rose Garden announcement. Suggesting renegotiating re-entry was not a major priority, he said, "If we can, great. If we can't, that's fine."
By abandoning the world's chief effort to slow the tide of planetary warming, Trump was fulfilling a top campaign pledge. But he was also breaking from many of America's staunches allies, who have expressed alarm about the decision.

Posted by: okie farmer | Jun 1 2017 20:20 utc | 93


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Posted by: Loz | Jun 1 2017 20:25 utc | 94

Everyone knows that the so-called moderation of FB is more than biased James, but it is now possible to tell people who don't understand. It is softpower made to kill any sort of UN convention. They have been letting people spread death threats and murders/suicide/bad treatments videos on an industrial scale.

Posted by: Mina | Jun 1 2017 20:29 utc | 95

Good analysis b.

I find the Fox News scenario interesting. The Murdoch sons want to move in a more “liberal” direction and join up with CNN, NBC, ABC, etc. just at the moment when things are getting interesting at Fox. Hannity picked up the Seth Rich murder, allying himself in the process with Julian Assange, who, without actually naming him, has more or less said that Seth Rich was the source of the DNC leak that has been blamed on Russia. The Murdoch sons pack Hannity off for a holiday. Meanwhile, Tucker Carlson has been repeatedly questioning the fake Russiagate narrative and been quite charismatic and clever in the process. I see both as pure genius Rupert work. Rupert has an uncanny feel for the mood of the people. I say this grudgingly as I have always hated him, but I have to give him his due.

Rupert spotted the Trump phenomenon early on, just as he had gauged Thatcher so long ago. Rupert is a complex phenomenon who identifies very strongly with the lower middle-class at the same time as being a great servant of neoliberlism. In some ways he is very similar to Trump.

Posted by: Lochearn | Jun 1 2017 21:03 utc | 96

Paul Cockshott @75 The real problem for @59 isn't Fuchs bizarrely telling all to every opponent of Hitler and the Nazis he can. The difficulty is that Hitler made the mistake of making a deal with Stalin to finish off the West, instead of allying with the West against Stalin. Von Manstein spells it out in his memoir Lost Victories. The only way Lend-Lease was decisive was that it went to the USSR instead of Germany.

Still intrigued by Classical Econophysics, but I'm well-nigh computer illiterate, so I'm not able to really evalute computer model results.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Jun 1 2017 22:07 utc | 97

OH: "Trump's forthright FP"

Behold a product of America's education system.

Posted by: nobody | Jun 1 2017 22:23 utc | 98

Good piece b, but, in truth, anyone paying attention to world affairs, has already known the truth about the U$A's corporate empire, no matter how it's presented.

@ 72 & 73: YEP!

Posted by: ben | Jun 1 2017 22:46 utc | 99

The Outlaw US Empire's Deep State ally Daesh has escalated its war in the Philippines in an attempt to make Duterte's government dysfunctional. The Duran is the only source I'm aware of that's closely following developments, with this article exploring Why?

This article's thesis is Daesh is taking over the global illegal drug trade, which is the provenance of the CIA Mafia, thus begging the question of why that Mafia's allowing that to occur,

The various feuds recently erupting between Duterte and members of Western elite and its Propaganda System show how much an independent leader is loathed, and The Duran notes several of those incidents in separate articles. Some have noted similarities between Trump and Duterte in personality and policy choices. But the major difference is Duterte has no Deep State to deter his attempt to drastically change the Filipino Order, whereas aside from a few shared policy goals Trump's been almost totally neutered by it.

The main outcome I see arising out of the failure to use Daesh to accomplish its goals in Syraq is its being moved to Afghanistan and East Asia to destabilize China's OBOR initiative and neuter any pretence at independence by former Outlaw US Empire vassal states, which is perhaps the main reason for Duterte to turn to Putin for help--they share the same problems.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 1 2017 22:47 utc | 100

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