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Is Trump A Weaker President Than George W. Bush?

Shortly after his inauguration, Trump started doing the politicians favorite dance-step: The 180-Degree Pivot.  This is where the politician as a candidate for office issues policy promises that patronize enough voters to get the politician elected.  Once elected, the politician reverses course and becomes a puppet for actual policy-deciders “behind the scenes.”  The only “promise” to which Trump seems to adhering is that stupid wall along the Mexican border.  I’m not sure who really wants that other drug-addled right-wingers and schizophrenics.

More disconcerting is Trump’s about-face on foreign policy.  Specifically, his Administration’s sudden antagonism toward pretty much the rest of the world, except Israel, England and Saudi Arabia.  To his credit, early on Trump threw a few punches at the Deep State.  Unfortunately the Deep State has once again hijacked the Oval Office – more rapidly than I expected.

I wanted to re-post this commentary from my friend, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, in which he presents VP Mike Pence as the Deep State’s front-man in the White House.  I was concerned from the day Trump selected him that Pence was a Trojan Horse for the Deep State.  As Dr. Roberts elaborates, it appears as if my fears were well-founded:

President Trumps Disappearance – by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (LINK)

In my long experience in Washington, vice presidents did not make major foreign policy announcements or threaten other countries with war. Not even Dick Cheney stole this role from the weak president George W. Bush.

But yesterday the world witnessed VP Pence threaten North Korea with war. “The sword stands ready,” said Pence as if he is the commander in chief.

Perhaps he is.

Where is Trump? As far as I can tell from the numerous emails I receive from him, he is at work marketing his presidency. Once Trump won the election, I began receiving endless offers to purchase Trump baseball caps, T-shirts, cuff-links, coffee mugs, and to donate $3 to be entered into a raffle to win some memorabilia. The latest offer is a chance to win one of “personally signed five incredible photographs of our historic and massive inauguration.” https://donate.donaldjtrump.com/signed-inauguration-photo-sweepstakes?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=JFC_direct-ask_signed-inauguration-photo-sweepstakes&additional[utm_content]=041917-inaugural-photo-contest-djt-jfc-p-p-hf-e&utm_source=e_p-p&amount=3

For Trump, the presidency is a fund-raising device. If his VP, National Security Advisor, Secretary of Defense, UN Ambassador, CIA Director, whoever, want to start wars wherever, that’s just more memorabilia to raffle off for a $3 donation.

As a result of Trump’s failure to govern his own government, we have VP Pence telling Russia and China that there could be a nuclear exchange on their borders between the US and North Korea. Although Pence is not smart enough to know, this is not something Russia and China will accept.

Washington worries about North Korea having nuclear weapons, but the entire world worries that Washington has nuclear weapons. And so many of them. World polls have shown that the majority of the world’s population are far more concerned about the threat to peace posed by Washington and Israel than by Iran, North Korea, Russia and China.

Pence prefaced his “the sword stands ready” remark with “the United States of America will always seek peace,” which after Serbia, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, and Syria is as false a statement as it is possible to make. From Washington’s perspective it is always Washington’s victims that are “reckless and provocative,” never Washington.

The US stands for war. If the world is driven to Armegeddon, it will be Washington, not North Korea, Iran, Russia, or China, that brings life on earth to an end.

BREXIT And The Escalation Toward War With Russia

Today’s episode of the Shadow of Truth’s Market Update series covers the use of the BREXIT referendum as a point of deflecting the public’s attention away from much more serious issues engulfing the U.S. and the world. It’s a distraction away from the collapsing global economy, the corrupt U.S. political system and the escalation of U.S. military belligerence toward Russia and China, both of whom are working to remove the U.S. as the global reserve currency in order to flatten the global economic and financial “playing field.”

This May Be Headed For World War Three

When everything else fails, start a war…

I’ve always said that the U.S. Government would start a World War when it was pushed to the brink of having to disclose that fact that it no longer has any gold and that the U.S. financial and economic system is nothing but one massive Ponzi scheme that rests on an unaccountably enormous maze of derivatives, debt and fraud.  We saw evidence of no gold in the cupboard when the Fed failed to deliver on Germany’s request for immediate repatriation of over 600 tonnes of gold.  That saga is still being written.

Following this line of thinking, it makes senses that the mainstream media is not questioning or spending resources on reporting the escalating military activities in Syria. Especially in light of the fact that the mainstream media has caught on to the fact that the U.S. Government is primary cause of the refugee problem in Europe.

I wasn’t shocked when the U.S. Government announced that it was ramping up its military efforts in Syria to “fight ISIS,” or whatever conjured up acronym is being used to label the world’s newest “boogieman.”

This is clearly a thinly disguised attempt to move into Syria and remove the Assad Government, which would enable the U.S. Government to achieve the dual purpose of moving forward with the pipeline that Big Oil wants to put through Syria and to consolidate U.S. military control around the Middle East.

And I was equally unimpressed when Russia announced that it would be moving military equipment and personnel into and around the Assad Government stronghold areas in order to help fortify the “effort” against ISIS.

We saw this movie playing in September 2013, when the Obama regime tried to toss out Assad and put its own puppet in power.  Russia drew a line in the sand from which Obama backed off.

This time around it looks a bit more serious.  Literally a few days after Russia announced its reinforced military presence in Syria, the U.S. exercised its control over the Greek Government by imploring it to block Russia from using Greek airspace.

Yesterday Bulgaria announced that it would deny Russia use of its airspace for military transport planes, which were ostensibly transporting humanitarian supplies to Syria.

This is a clear escalation in the military conflict that has been slowly heating up between Russia and the United States.  Perhaps the most troubling aspect of what is fomenting is not the finger-pointing propaganda between the U.S. and Russian Governments, but the fact that the media – especially in the U.S. – is spending very little resources on covering and reporting this brewing war.

The cover stories for the big wars throughout history have always been religious or political in nature.  But the root cause can always be traced to underlying economic causes.  We know the entire world is plunging into a deep recession.  With the global balance of economic power shifting from West to East – perhaps best symbolized by the massive flow of gold from West to East – my biggest fear is that the U.S. will act in desperation in order to cling to the global hegemonic power that is slipping from its grasp…this is how the big wars always start.  The only difference is that historically, the Empire in collapse did not possess weapons which could literally incinerate the earth…

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Bank Of Japan Implementing Ruble-Yen Currency Swaps

The U.S. plan to impose sanctions on every country that disagrees with the U.S. Government’s attempt to impose political and economic hegemony on allies and enemies alike has been back-firing.   If anything, it’s driving countries away from using the dollar in their trading activities.

The latest example of this is the Bank of Japan’s disclosure that it’s going to start engaging in Ruble-Yen currency swaps with Russia in order to avoid using the dollar to settle bilateral trade with Russia:

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) is turning to currency swaps as using the US dollar in transactions is difficult because of the Western anti-Russia sanctions, the bank’s senior managing director said answering a question from Sputnik.  LINK

It won’t be long before the U.S. dollar shows up on the “endangered species” list…

Russia And Saudi Arabia Sign Six Deals, Agree To A Petroleum Alliance

Notable reader comment:   With the petro – dollar as good as lost It’s only a matter of time, rather sooner than later, to realize that the dollar is in fact a walking dead in mid to short-term prospect. The world faces grim paths to follow: one implying US triggering a nuke carnage or Financial Mother Nature striking first with a full scale financial collapse to bring down dollar before the US starts the massacre.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that most of the developed world is becoming fatigued from the thoroughly corrupt United States.  The latest hallmark of this is the series of economic and political agreements between Russia and Saudi Arabia, the number 1 and number 2 largest oil producers in the world.  27% of the worlds oil supply is produced between the two countries.

Russia and Saudi Arabia signed six new cooperation deals last Thursday in an event that signifies a reversal of Saudi Arabia’s relationship with Russia under its new king.  The six new cooperation agreements will advance the relationship between the two countries in all areas of commerce and included the areas of  military and nuclear activities.

Perhaps most significant was statement from Saudi Arabia’s oil minister, Ali al-Naimi, who issued a statement about advancing the cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Russia in the oil market:

This, in turn, will lead to creating a petroleum alliance between the two countries for the benefit of the international oil market as well as producing countries and stabilizing and improving the market.

This is highly significant because Naimi is considered to be the second most powerful person in Saudi Arabia next to the King.  In my opinion, the advancement of the relationship between Russia and Saudi Arabia further isolates the United States from the rest of the world outside of Europe.  More important, it delivers another blow to the petro-dollar.

You can read the rest of this news report here:  Russia/Saudi Arabia Ink Six New Deals

While the U.S. “fiddles” militarily all over the globe, wasting trillions on the its mythological “war on terror” in an effort to maintain a grip on its world superpower status, the rest of the developed world is working on re-setting the global “chess board.”  The cornestone of this strategy involved moving away from the U.S. dollar’s reserve status.  I just hope the world can figure out how to remove the fuse from the United States’ nuclear capabilities…

The U.S. Government’s Planned Coup D’etat Of The World

Paul Craig Roberts’ Address to the International Conference on the European/Russian Crisis Created by Washington

I have gotten know Dr. Roberts over the past couple years and have co-authored several articles with him on the manipulation of the precious metals markets.  As a former DC insider, his knowledge and understanding of how Washington, DC operates on the real inside should not be taken lightly or underestimated.  We are extremely fortunate that Dr. Roberts has come forward to expose the truth about what is really going on behind Washington’s “Iron Curtain.”

In my opinion, the neoconservative-controlled avenues of power in DC are far more of a threat posed to the world than was Hitler’s Third Reich.  Why?  At least Hitler was open about what he was doing and why.   The truth is, 99.5% of this country has no clue what the U.S. Government is all about.  But let’s just say that the heat underneath the cauldron of “boiling frogs” is about to be turned up to “high.”

The world should take note that today, right now, Truth is the most unwelcome presence in the Western world. No one wants to hear it in Washington, London, Tokyo, or in any of the political capitals of Washington’s empire…There is always a new lie to keep the fear factor working for Washington’s endless wars and police state measures that enrich the rich and impoverish the poor.

This is a must-read speech delivered by Paul Craig Roberts on threat posed by neoconservative-controlled U.S. Government:

The collapse of the Soviet Union resulted in the rise of the neoconservatives to power and influence in the US government. The neoconservatives have interpreted the Soviet collapse as History’s choice of “American democratic capitalism” as the New World Order.

Chosen by History as the exceptional and indispensable country, Washington claims the right and the responsibility to impose its hegemony on the world. Neoconservatives regard their agenda to be too important to be constrained by domestic and international law or by the interests of other countries. Indeed, as the Unipower, Washington is required by the neoconservative doctrine to prevent the rise of other countries that could constrain American power.

Paul Wolfowitz, a leading neoconservative, penned the Wolfowitz Doctrine shortly after the Soviet collapse. This doctrine is the basis of US foreign and military policy.

The doctrine states:

“Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere, that poses a threat on the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union. This is a dominant consideration underlying the new regional defense strategy and requires that we endeavor to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to generate global power.”

Notice that Washington’s “first objective” is not peace, not prosperity, not human rights, not democracy, not justice. Washington’s “first objective” is world hegemony. Only the very confident so blatantly reveal their agenda.

As a former member of the Cold War Committee on the Present Danger, I can explain what Wolfowitz’s words mean. The “threat posed formerly by the Soviet Union” was the ability of the Soviet Union to block unilateral US action in some parts of the world. The Soviet Union was a constraint on US unilateral action, not everywhere but in some places. Any constraint on Washington is regarded as a threat.

A “hostile power” is a country with an independent foreign policy, such as the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) have proclaimed. Iran, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Argentina, Cuba, and North Korea also proclaim an independent foreign policy.

This is too much independence for Washington to stomach. As Russian President Vladimir Putin recently stated, “Washington doesn’t want partners. Washington wants vassals.”

The Wolfowitz doctrine requires Washington to dispense with or overthrow governments that do not acquiesce to Washington’s will. It is the “first objective.”

The collapse of the Soviet Union resulted in Boris Yeltsin becoming president of a dismembered Russia. Washington became accustomed to Yeltsin’s compliance and absorbed itself in its Middle Eastern wars, expecting Vladimir Putin to continue Russia’s vassalage.

However at the 43rd Munich Conference on Security Policy, Putin said: “I consider that the unipolar model is not only unacceptable but also impossible in today’s world.”

Putin went on to say:
“We are seeing a greater and greater disdain for the basic principles of international law, and independent legal norms are, as a matter of fact, coming increasingly closer to one state’s legal system. One state and, of course, first and foremost the United States, has overstepped its national borders in every way. This is visible in the economic, political, cultural and educational policies it imposes on other nations. Well, who likes this? Who is happy about this?”

When Putin issued this fundamental challenge to US unipower, Washington was preoccupied with its lack of success with its invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Mission was not accomplished.

By 2014 it had come to Washington’s attention that while Washington was blowing up weddings, funerals, village elders, and children’s soccer games in the Middle East, Russia had achieved independence from Washington’s control and presented itself as a formidable challenge to Washington’s uni-power. Putin blocked Obama’s planned invasion of Syria and bombing of Iran.

You can read the rest of this here:  Paul Craig Roberts

A Crumbling Empire – A New World Order

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Yes, the New World Order theorists are correct.  Only they have the wrong players in the line-up.  The picture on the left speaks for itself.  The photo on the right emphasizes this:

Russia and China Conclude several Important Agreements Today

Russian President Vladimir Putin today, May 8th, will hold talks in Moscow with President Xi Jinping. The president’s aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters that the Chinese leader is in Russia for several days on an official visit at the invitation of Putin.

The Kremlin has said the Chinese leader is in the Russian capital at the invitation of Putin. More than 40 agreements ranging from security to the economy and energy are expected to be signed by the two leaders as they are poised to boost Sino-Russian ties…In addition, Russia’s largest gold mining company “Polyus Gold” plans to sign an agreement with the Chinese gold mining corporation on a number of projects, including the Natalka deposit in the Magadan region.   LINK

My colleague Rory Hall and I will be releasing an interview on the Shadow of Truth with someone who has been living in China for many years.  He will be our “eyes and ears” on the ground in Beijing.  He’s currently working on the diaries of China’s President,  Xi JinPing.

When I asked him what his view was of the NWO theories about the U.S. and China cooperating behind the scenes to orchestrate a one world Government, he responded with an amused chuckle:  “The Chinese HATE the United States.”   By “Chinese” he was referencing Chinese leadership.

The Existing World Order Is Collapsing

It’s the collapse of that structure that was built in the 1940s that is behind all of these problems that are popping up in financial markets and economies around the world. Richard Maybury, publisher of U.S. & World Early Warning Report for Investors.

In a conversation with Henry Bonner of Sprott’s Thought’s,  Richard Maybury lays out the framework of the existing World Order that was set up after WW2, which left the west – and primarily the U.S. – at the center of the world power structure.   That power structure is collapsing.   Maybury discusses the how the acceleration of the many chaotic events which have developed in connection with this ongoing and accelerating collapse:

Who knows what’s coming. I don’t. I just know that if you have a whole lot of cash of any kind, in any currency, you ought to be really nervous about it and you ought to be into raw materials and precious metals, at least to some extent  (Sprott’s Thoughts)

What’s interesting about this is that most “alternative thought process” analysts – and the armies of people who follow them – believe that the Rockefeller/Rothschild Bilderberg Group will emerge as the dominant NWO entity.   I have been skeptical of this view for well over a decade.

The truth is, once the existing power infrastructure collapses, all bets are off.  History tells us that anything can happen and that something entirely unexpected by almost everyone is what will emerge.

Unfortunately, my view has been and remains that global nuclear chaos will occur.  If you want to see how that ends up, please read “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy.   I hope I’m wrong but I doubt that I am…

10 Reasons Washington Has War Fever

War is merely the continuation of policy by other means.   – Carl von Clausewitz  (he is commonly attributed with the phrase “the fog of war”)

This is a must-read article that was written by Ron Holland for The Daily Bell.   I have said for several years now that the U.S. Government will start a war to avoid being completely exposed in everything related to the ongoing collapse of our system – a collapse that is both economic and political in nature.  It’s just so much easier to point the finger at the war as the reason our system is collapsing rather than wait for everyone to figure out what happened and start a revolution.

Holland explains in this article why the U.S. is in the process of provoking a global military conflict:   10 Reasons Washington Has War Fever

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Pomp And Circumstance

The economy is starting to really fall out of bed. I know who someone who has been selling steel buildings for the last 12 months who told me that his company is 20% below its projected business plan this month. Both the NAR and the Census Bureau released their existing/new home sales reports for December. The NAR claims a small bounce in sales occurred during December. The Government would have us believe in a large bounce in new home sales. BOTH reports are heavily contradicted by supporting data reports (like mortgage purchase applications.

I have not had time to thoroughly sift through those two reports or the most recent homebuilder earnings reports (DR Horton and Pulte). I’ll have a lot more to say on those matters sometime this weekend and IRD reiterates its “look out below” forecast.

Today the NAR released its Pending Home Sales index for December and it showed an unexpected plunge of 3.7% (.5% gain was expected) from November. It was the second biggest monthly plunge since May 2010. Pending home sales (and note, the report is an “index” based on estimates from data samples) are based on contract signings. New homebuilders are experiencing roughly low-mid 20% in cancelled contracts.

Surprisingly, despite the move higher in the Dow Jones Home Construction Index (DJUSHB) this week, several readers bought my homebuilder short reports. One of my short-sell picks is down over 24% since I published it on July 30th. This is despite the S&P 500 rising 2.6% in the same time period. At some point soon, I am going to update my current reports with the respective companies’ latest earnings and news. But I am also going to raise the price by $5 as I re-publish the updated reports (anyone who has already purchased the reports can email me for a complimentary copy of the updates).

Also wanted to link this article from the Financial Times today about Russia buying record amounts of gold. Recall, the rumor a couple months ago, obviously floated by the bullion banks, was that Russia was dumping gold. Of course, ex post facto, it turned out that Russia added a lot more gold to its holdings over the last few months:

Russia accounted for about one-third of central banks’ gold purchases last year as the country spent more on the metal than at any time since the break-up of the Soviet Union amid escalating tensions with the west and a collapse in the value of the ruble.

Central banks around the world bought a net 461 tonnes of gold in 2014 — 13 per cent higher than the previous year and the second-highest level since the collapse of the gold standard in 1971 — as they continued to diversify their currency reserves following the financial crisis. They have added 1,800 tonnes to their holdings in the past six years.

Moscow’s shopping spree of the yellow metal was driven by a desire to shift away from a dependency on the dollar and provide support to the beleaguered ruble. Russia’s currency has lost half its value against the dollar in the past year on the back of the plunging oil price as well as western sanctions. The central bank’s foreign currency reserves, mainly US and European government bonds, have also fallen.

You can read the rest of the article at the Financial Times (for some reason I can’t publish with a link to the FT but the title is “Russia Buys Record Amounts Of Gold”).

The Orwellian smoke blowing from Wall Street and DC is getting immensely thick. I’m not sure anyone in the brokerage industry, Congress or the White House is capable of telling the truth even if they felt compelled. I have a spooky feeling our system is really starting to fall apart behind the scenes…