A year on it’s become clear that the McResistance to Trump’s misrule is largely about Democrats and liberals avoiding self-examination, while continuing the ruinous neoliberal and neoconservative policies that brought us to this point.
For example, Trump came into office promising to dial back tensions with Russia, while severely criticizing US regime-change policies. Now, thanks to the constant drum-beat of Russia-gate, led by erstwhile liberals like Rachel Maddow, Trump has turned out to be just like Obama, who turned out to be just like Bush. Apparently, it doesn’t matter much who sits in the White House or which political party controls Congress, the same political forces are dominant and the same neocon inspired foreign policy is implemented.
These dominant political forces, sometimes referred to as the deep state, have a vested interest in drumming up support for a new cold-war, while Trump’s campaign talk of defunding NATO, friendship with Russia, and leaving Syria to Assad has raised alarms among the neocons.
The problem for a neophyte like Trump, who doesn’t understand how Presidential power is wielded, is that he’s in over his head and doesn’t have a network of trustworthy foreign policy intellectuals to fall back upon in a crisis. Furthermore, his narcism makes him an easy mark for corporate media propaganda. It was no surprise that he received his best ratings when he lobbed cruise missiles at Syria.
Essentially, what we’ve seen with Trump’s recent bellicose actions constitute a series of clumsy attempts by Trump to appease the neocons because he realizes, correctly, that they form the core of the opposition to his presidency, and that they were the number-one enemy. He has tried to appease them with the result that they now control his foreign policy.
Rogue-blogger, Caitlin Johnstone, says. “The US power establishment is working to manufacture support for escalations with Russia for the same exact reason it has worked to manufacture support for escalations with all the other governments that it has bullied into submission over the years: to prevent the rise of any global power that could weaken the hegemony of the US plutocracy.
This is why America acts so goddamn crazy all the time, and it’s also one of the major obstacles to getting any kind of robust peace movement up and running in the US. The fact of the matter is that America is conducting a nonstop campaign to destabilize, manipulate, bully and control other nations to prevent the rise of a new rival superpower.”
We’re seeing the poisoned results of these crazed neoconservative foreign policies with the recent ICBM scare, where Haiwaian residents fled panic stricken into the streets, expecting their state to be turned into a nuclear fire-ball.
Luckily, Hawaii has Tulsi Gabbard. The courageous congresswoman has been one of the very few leaders to shine a light on the details of our deep state foreign policy, where the US was deploying Al Qaeda as their proxy to overthrow the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad. She even introduced HR 608, Stop Arming Terrorists, bill in Congress, in an effort to force the issue.
Gabbard appeared on multiple Sunday news shows a day after her state’s false ICBM emergency alert sent Hawaii into a tense 40 minutes of panic before it was revealed to be a message sent in error. She slammed the mainstream media’s reporting on the North Korean nuclear threat, saying, “We’ve got to understand that North Korea is holding onto these nuclear weapons because they think it is their only protection from the United States coming in and doing to them what the United States has done to so many countries throughout history.”
Trump was always going to be a terrible president, but he did promise to change the crazy neoconservative foreign policies promulgated since 9/11. Now, thanks to the McResistance jumping on the deep state’s get-Trump movement, fucking liberals have made war with Russia probable and our world infinitely more dangerous.
Get ready for more of these ICBM scares.
Remember to duck and cover.