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Is Trump Already Finished?

It did not take long before we knew there was no hope of change from President Obama. But at least he went into his inauguration with an unprecedented number of Americans on the Mall showing their support for the President of Change. Hope was abundant.

But with Trump, we are already losing faith, if not yet with him, at least with his choice of those who comprise his government even before Trump is inaugurated.

Trump’s choice for Secretary of State not only sounds like the neoconservatives in declaring Russia to be a threat to the United States and all of Europe, but also sounds like Hillary Clinton in declaring the South China Sea to be an area of US dominance. One would think that the chairman of Exxon was not an idiot, but I am no longer sure. In his confirmation hearing, Rex Tillerson said that China’s access to its own South China Sea is “not going to be allowed.”

Here is Tillerson’s statement: “We’re going to have to send China a clear signal that first, the island-building stops, and second, your access to those islands also not going to be allowed.”

I mean, really, what is Tillerson going to do about it except get the world blown up. China’s response was as pointed as a response can be:

Tillerson “should not be misled into thinking that Beijing will be fearful of threats. If Trump’s diplomatic team shapes future Sino-US ties as it is doing now, the two sides had better prepare for a military clash. Tillerson had better bone up on nuclear power strategies if he wants to force a big nuclear power to withdraw from its own territories.”

So Trump is not even inaugurated and his idiot nominee for Secretary of State has already created an animosity relationship with two nuclear powers capable of completely destroying all of the West for eternity. And this makes the US Senate comfortable with Tillerson. The imbeciles should be scared out of their wits, assuming they have any.

One of the reasons that Russia rescued Syria from Washington’s overthrow is that Russia understood that Washington’s next target would be Iran and from a destroyed Iran terrorism would be exported into the Russian Federation. There is an axis of countries threatened by US supported terrorism—Syria, Iran, Russia, China.

Trump says he wants to normalize relations with Russia and to open up business opportunities in the place of conflict. But to normalize relations with Russia requires also normalizing relations with Iran and China.

Judging from their public statements, Trump’s announced government has targeted Iran for destabilization. Trump’s appointees as National Security Advisor, Secretary of Defense, and Director of the CIA all regard Iran incorrectly as a terrorist state that must be overthrown.

But Russia cannot allow Washington to overthrow the stable government in Iran and will not allow it. China’s investments in Iranian oil imply that China also will not permit Washington’s overthrow of Iran. China has already suffered from its lost investments in Libyan oil as the result of the Obama regimes overthrow of the Libyan government.

Realistically speaking, it looks like the Trump Presidency is already defeated by his own appointees independently of the ridiculous and completely unbelievable propaganda put out by the CIA and broadcast by the presstitute media in the US, UK, and Europe. The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, and BBC have lowered themselves below the National Enquirer.

Possibly, as I wrote earlier today (http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/01/13/the-establishment-is-trying-to-steal-the-presidency-from-trump-paul-craig-roberts/), these statements from Trump’s appointees are nothing but what is required to be confirmed and are not operational in any sense. However, it is possible to stand up to the bastards in confirmation hearings. I stood up in my confirming hearing, and the embarrassed Democrats requested that the entire hearing be deleted from the record.

If the Chairman of Exxon and a Lt. General are not capable of standing up to the imbecilic Congress, they are unfit for office. That they did not stand up is an indication that they lack the strength that Trump needs if he is to bring change from the top.

If Trump is unable to change US foreign policy, thermonuclear war and the destruction of Earth are inevitable.

(Reprinted from PaulCraigRoberts.org by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: China, Donald Trump, Russia 
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  1. ‘… If Trump is unable to change US foreign policy, thermonuclear war and the destruction of Earth are inevitable…’

    And I feel fine.

    Hmmm…

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  2. Seriously though does it really matter what someone says in a confirmation hearing?

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    • Replies: @dearieme
    I hope to God you're right. Maybe only the deepest cynicism is the right response to Congress.
    , @schmenz
    Yes.
  3. While Mr. Roberts has been right on much, sometimes he goes so far afield of the news of the day, I do wonder if we’re residing on the same planet.

    (And perhaps it’s me on in outer space, but how else to judge his comments on Tillerson, who must thread a fine line with the clowns in Congress in order to get confirmed. Would it be better if he was absolutely adversarial to keep his ‘honor’ intact and, by extension, in the good graces of Mr.Roberts who surely *knows* what these circuses require of the supplicants?)

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  4. Well, Tillerson and others have to get confirmed, don’t they? And what do you say at an interview? What your interviewers want to hear, obviously…

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  5. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Exactly.

    There are so many Trump supporters who give Trump a free pass for everything because they think it is all a part of Trump’s 4 dimensional game of chess. “Of course his appointees sounded crazy, that was the strategy to get nominated” they will say.

    But at some point you have to call a spade a spade. And Trump could not have started off his administration worse than by filling his administration full of neocons and Goldman types.

    If he was loyal to his base that voted him into office, he would be protected by hi base from CNN and the CIA. But because he is pulling a fast one on his core supporters, there will be no one to back him when even the most die hard Trump supporters start to see Trump as just another politician.

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  6. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    the banking mafia moved all the industry to China in preparation for their exit so they want this conflict to be just Russia vs West

    so in a way dragging China in is a stabilizing move

    (admittedly it mostly still leads to the same end but that’s because it’s got so far along the road already)

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  7. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    It is as if there’s a certain potential aggressive energy, and it has to be discharged. And if you stop discharging it on Russia, you have to do it on China. If it weren’t on either, it would have to be, say, on Iran. If there was no Iran, … and so on and so on.

    I am no expert of the matter but I think that without hens in the hen-house every respect-worthy cock would go insane.
    This seems the case with the USA foreign policy.

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  8. @stozi
    Seriously though does it really matter what someone says in a confirmation hearing?

    I hope to God you’re right. Maybe only the deepest cynicism is the right response to Congress.

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  9. Trump’s choice for Secretary of State not only sounds like the neoconservatives in declaring Russia to be a threat to the United States and all of Europe, but also sounds like Hillary Clinton in declaring the South China Sea to be an area of US dominance. One would think that the chairman of Exxon was not an idiot, but I am no longer sure. In his confirmation hearing, Rex Tillerson said that China’s access to its own South China Sea is “not going to be allowed.”

    The tack taken by Tillerson does not jibe with his long record nor with assessments of his likely policy bias prior to conformation hearings. Could it be that his remarks are merely intended to win confirmation. Trump has hired some rather unsavory insiders. Did we expect him to hire outsiders who have no clout anywhere? Should we expect that Trump’s appointees will serve at Trump’s pleasure or will they speak and act independently?

    How exactly could Trump be finished BEFORE he has begun?

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  10. A confirmation hearing is, after all, a glorified job interview. One tries to be as accommodating as one can. Let’s hope–pray!–that these nominees are just spewing the bullshit that appeals to the bought-and-paid-for hacks of the Parliament of Whores, and that they’ll demonstrate good judgment once they’re in office. . . .

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    • Replies: @Realist
    I agree. PCR is playing tough guy. If he took a stance in opposition to what the questioners desire they would kick his ass and he would not be confirmed. Tis better to submit now and get confirmed, then do as Trump supporters desire.

    If Trump and his cabinet screw the supporters Trump will be a one termer in a heart beat.

  11. Cancel the Inauguration, because PCR says so !
    Looks like there’s not going to be one anyway. Excellent news as it saves the taxpayer money, and we won’t have to listen to gushing Hollywood thespians and dim-witted pop stars. That’s the way to start, Donny lad.

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  12. Dear Mr. Roberts,

    Well it looks like our “perpetual warmongers” have done a superb job stymieing world peace …yet again.

    Can anyone imagine Trump coming out and saying what a great guy Putin is…now ?

    I think not.

    Everybody knows the best chance of putting the Neocons behind bars was the dynamic duo of Trump and Putin working aggressively to drain the “global”swamp.

    It looks like the Donald, in capitulating this week, will not only fail to drain it , but has been forced to drink a full bottle of swamp juice, just to get to inauguration day.

    Now I know the real meaning of …”Bottoms up” !

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    I had reservations abut having a businessman for Secretary of State rather than someone with a history in the field of diplomacy but decided to wait and see what happens rather than forming conclusions beforehand. He certainly sounds like some clumsy lunkhead. Some of the appointees seem to be belligerent towards China, Iran and NKorea, all countries that can defend themselves regionally. There’s some idea afloat that China could be pressured to put the screws to NKorea and get them to climb down a bit but that’s not going to happen if we have a hostile relationship with China. Trump’s problem is that he’s had to pick from defectors from the insider’s club so the appointees are somewhat contaminated by their past. As a person with executive experience I expect Trump to look over their shoulders and manage them more closely than previous presidents have done. There’s a hope that people are saying what they have to in order to get past the approval process but really, who can tell at this point? Reality has a weight all of it’s own and once Tillerson realizes that there are no tools to hem China in he’ll realize he has to play with the pieces on the chessboard that he actually has rather than ones he doesn’t. Anyway, Clinton wasn’t an option so forward we go.

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  14. I believe what’s not understood is that the South China sea issue is politically contentious. These islands are being constructed in such a way as to allow China to claim waterways as their own and thus hem in many southeast Asian nations, like the Philippines. If we plan on maintaining even the pretense of Asian alliances, as well as Australia and New Zealand, then our involvement there is inevitable.

    Besides, we already have a contentious relationship with China. We are about to start a trade war. Do we scuttle one of Trump’s mandates so as not to piss off China.

    The only issue I’ve heard about Iran is its empowerment to the tune of $150 billion. That is no laughing matter and probably is of some concern.

    As far as confirmation hearings go, remember, Trump picked people based on competence. Guys like Tillerson and Pompeo are going to be company men and will not have the bombastic in-your-face personality of Trump. They are being grilled in confirmation hearings by hostile parties and are saying what they need to say to get confirmed.

    Finally, let’s understand where the real war is. There is a civil war emerging among the elites, those on Trump’s side and those on the other side, like the deep state. That is actually the first battle Trump needs to fight and win.

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  15. @Orville H. Larson
    A confirmation hearing is, after all, a glorified job interview. One tries to be as accommodating as one can. Let's hope--pray!--that these nominees are just spewing the bullshit that appeals to the bought-and-paid-for hacks of the Parliament of Whores, and that they'll demonstrate good judgment once they're in office. . . .

    I agree. PCR is playing tough guy. If he took a stance in opposition to what the questioners desire they would kick his ass and he would not be confirmed. Tis better to submit now and get confirmed, then do as Trump supporters desire.

    If Trump and his cabinet screw the supporters Trump will be a one termer in a heart beat.

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  16. The signs are looking negative, but I’m still going to wait a couple months to see what REALLY happens.

    I don’t expect Trump to get everything right, but he has to get forward movement on TWO main points.

    If Trump takes real steps to back away from war, and real steps to change trade policy, I’ll be more optimistic. If he does nothing, or fully surrenders to the globalists on those two points, PCR will be proved correct.

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  17. This is a great article by PCR, but keep in mind that Trump is *far* more radical than was Reagan. And this is 2016. We’re much further along today than we were under Reagan. So, someone like PCR likely couldn’t get through today.

    Trump essentially ran on taking on the establishment. Plus Trump likely isn’t awake enough yet to even know of PCR’s existence.

    If you look at China’s islands, some of them look excessive, some look justifiable in pursuit of security. I’ve only glanced at a map, but that’s my quick conclusion.

    I hope everyone here is saving up money, trying to find a house in the country, maybe growing a few vegetables. A crisis is always a possibility.

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  18. Perhaps there’s something I’m missing but the U.S. telling China they can’t build runways and radar stations in the S. China Sea is almost like China telling us that we can’t do the same thing in the Gulf of Mexico. Again, the question before America is republic or empire but it would seem even many of Trump’s appointees, being Zionist sympathizers and lickspittles, believe in the latter which consigns us to war 24/7/365. After all, I’ve never known of an empire in history that wasn’t constantly at war or trying to militarily subdue upstarts.

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    • Replies: @Weaver
    KenH,

    yes, ultimately what China builds is none of our business.

    Trump and his team are focusing more on China in order to ultimately renegotiate trade. However, much of our military presence in Asia is there to check Chinese power. Why are we in Japan, Taiwan, S. Korea, SouthEast Asia, etc? Because China.

    So, in order to transition to America First, Trump needs to deal with the power imbalance. You don't want war to break out as America leaves. Also, Trump likely needs to talk tough in order to give the appearance of standing up to China even as he removes troops.

    A major part of US empire spending looks to me to be focused on countering China. So, if that's dialed down, it's a good thing. Why would S. Korea and Japan pursue nukes as Trump said is possible? They would pursue nukes if the US removed troops/bases.

    America First trade should slow Asia's growth, and America First foreign policy should make China feel less threatened. Both together should in theory make America more secure and should encourage peaceful coexistence.
  19. @KenH
    Perhaps there's something I'm missing but the U.S. telling China they can't build runways and radar stations in the S. China Sea is almost like China telling us that we can't do the same thing in the Gulf of Mexico. Again, the question before America is republic or empire but it would seem even many of Trump's appointees, being Zionist sympathizers and lickspittles, believe in the latter which consigns us to war 24/7/365. After all, I've never known of an empire in history that wasn't constantly at war or trying to militarily subdue upstarts.

    KenH,

    yes, ultimately what China builds is none of our business.

    Trump and his team are focusing more on China in order to ultimately renegotiate trade. However, much of our military presence in Asia is there to check Chinese power. Why are we in Japan, Taiwan, S. Korea, SouthEast Asia, etc? Because China.

    So, in order to transition to America First, Trump needs to deal with the power imbalance. You don’t want war to break out as America leaves. Also, Trump likely needs to talk tough in order to give the appearance of standing up to China even as he removes troops.

    A major part of US empire spending looks to me to be focused on countering China. So, if that’s dialed down, it’s a good thing. Why would S. Korea and Japan pursue nukes as Trump said is possible? They would pursue nukes if the US removed troops/bases.

    America First trade should slow Asia’s growth, and America First foreign policy should make China feel less threatened. Both together should in theory make America more secure and should encourage peaceful coexistence.

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