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.