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Bannon The Barbarian Goes “Thermonuclear”
| August 19, 2017 | 12:40 pm | Donald Trump | No comments
White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon listens at right as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on cyber security in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.

Bannon The Barbarian Goes “Thermonuclear”

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“I’m leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents – on Capitol Hill, in the media, and in corporate America.”

That is what former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, over the phone, told the man who wrote the book on how Bannon/Macchiavelli actually conquered the White House for The Prince, Donald Trump.

Immediately after his ouster Bannon had already alerted the Beltway — and the world — “that presidency is over. It’ll be something else. And there’ll be all kinds of fights, and there’ll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over.”

The “new” American presidency is in fact subordinated to a triad: Pentagon generals; the Trump family; and Goldman Sachs/Wall Street (Less regulation! Less taxes! It’s raining money, Hallelujah!)

Bannon added he’d got his hands back on his “weapons”; “I built a f*****g machine at Breitbart.  And now I’m about to go back, knowing what I know, and we’re about to rev that machine up. And rev it up we will do.”

So the Leninist Machiavelli now exits The Swamp to work at his preferred element; out there in the jungle trenches. Expect all hell to break loose.

Laying a trap for the Democrats

Bit torrents will flow explaining that Trump has offered Bannon as a sacrificial lamb to the jackals encircling his tumultuous presidency, even as Bannon has spun he wanted to be fired; after all he did offer his resignation in early August.The game though is way more nuanced. Macchiavelli’s loyalty to The Prince is undoubted — and he’s certainly more helpful for Trump outside looking in.

Breitbart will be amplified no holds barred as a massive megaphone denouncing the war between nationalists and the “globalist” White House wing. Top “globalist” exponents are Jared of Arabia — the Would-Be Pacifier of the Middle East; his wife Ivanka Trump — already being groomed to run in 2024; the sinister head of the National Security Council H.R. McMaster; and Wall Streeter Gary Cohn, director of the national economic council.

Apart from selected targets at the Pentagon, the State Dept. and the Treasury Dept., Breitbart will also raise all sorts of hell against establishment Republicans angry at the President — who blames them in turn for the failure of his legislative agenda.

Hefty theses will be unspooled on how Trump, ideologically, is a nihilist who Macchiavelli Bannon instilled with some values. Trump is as much an American nationalist as Bannon; what he did get from Macchiavelli was a road map — which turns out to be virtually impossible to implement.

Knowing he would be out, with nothing to lose, Bannon had already started working on his new role during the by now notorious interview with the American Prospect; that was Bannon’s way to deliver a strong message to working class Democrats.

“The Democrats,” Bannon said in the interview, “the longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em. I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”

So this is the money quote to understand the aftermath of Charlottesville. The Democrats fell on the trap. Hysteria reigns on what is essentially a fight of identity versus class politics. The key variable to watch from now on is how — and if — Trump, helped by outsider Bannon, may emerge as the winner, finally empowered to implement economic nationalism.

The Bannon and Mooch show

Is it war? You betcha. And the battle plan has already been sketched.Bannon will be helped from inside the White House by Stephen Miller — the man who wrote Trump’s dystopic “American carnage” inauguration speech.

Crucially, two days before the end of his White House adventure, Bannon held a meeting for no less than five hours with key Republican billionaire donor Bob Mercer at Mercer’s sprawling estate on Long Island.

The full “thermonuclear” political and media strategy ahead is already codified. Also crucially, the day after Mercer had dinner with Trump and a selected group of Republican high-roller donors.

So the narrative that the US deep state — which now de facto controls the Trump presidency — banished Bannon forever to the “deplorables” badlands tells only part of the story. The Swamp may decide on policy — but the Breitbart guerrilla surge will take no prisoners.

That may even yield a Trump favorite — a new cable show. “Watching the Swamp” — with Bannon and The Mooch, anyone?

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Sputnik.

Ex-White House Strategist Bannon Declares War on Trump Opponents
| August 18, 2017 | 6:31 pm | Donald Trump | No comments
Stephen Bannon, campaign CEO for Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, looks on as Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Denver

Ex-White House Strategist Bannon Declares War on Trump Opponents

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Former White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon said in an interview that after his departure he will fight against the enemies of President Donald Trump.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Trump named Bannon, who was an executive chairman of the right-wing website Breitbart News, as his chief of staff on November 14.

“If there’s any confusion out there, let me clear it up: I’m leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents — on Capitol Hill, in the media, and in corporate America,” Bannon told Bloomberg News on Friday.

Earlier in the day, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Bannon and Chief of Staff John Kelly mutually decided this would be the chief strategist’s last day.Democrats immediately supported Bannon’s exit citing his record of anti-Semitic, racist viewpoints. However, House of Representatives minority leader Nancy Pelosi said that his departure is meaningless unless the Trump administration changes its policies.

Trump Yet to Demonstrate ‘Stability, Competence’ US Needs – Senator Corker
| August 17, 2017 | 9:16 pm | Donald Trump | No comments
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Trump Yet to Demonstrate ‘Stability, Competence’ US Needs – Senator Corker

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US President Donald Trump has not shown that he has the stability or competence to be a successful president, Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Bob Corker told reporters on Thursday when asked about the president’s responses to the violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Corker also said he hopes Trump engages in some self-reflection at a moment when “radical changes” are needed at the White House.

“The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful, and we need for him to be successful, our nation needs for him to be successful,” Corker said.

“I think our president needs to take stock of the role that he plays in our nation and move beyond himself… and move to a place where daily he’s waking up thinking about what’s best for our nation,” the lawmaker stated.

Trump has not shown he understands what makes the United States great or the character of the nation, Corker added.

On Saturday, white nationalists held a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia to protest authorities’ plans to remove a monument of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a city park. The rally subsequently led to clashes with counter-protestors and culminated in a car-ramming attack by a Nazi supporter that killed one person and injured 19 others.Trump hesitated to condemn the white supremacists in a statement on Saturday, and instead spoke about racism and bigotry on “many sides.” On Monday, Trump clarified his statement, expressing clear condemnation of white supremacists and other hate groups. But Trump’s remarks on Tuesday appeared to backtrack from his previous position by saying many of the “Unite the Right” group who were protesting were “not neo-Nazis” and “fine people.”

US Failure, Blame China
| August 16, 2017 | 8:46 pm | China, Donald Trump | No comments
President Donald Trump gestures while speaking during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 13, 2017.

US Failure, Blame China

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America’s chronic trade deficit with the rest of the world is testimony to a failed US economy. In reality, the US has no-one else to blame but itself for such an historic failure.

But in typical chauvinist fashion, the Trump administration has found a handy scapegoat by blaming China — its top bilateral trading partner. President Donald Trump this week ordered a probe into alleged trade malpractices by China, including claims of intellectual property theft and unfair subsidies.

These supposed grievances against China formed a major part of his election campaign last year, when the tycoon-turned-politician would whip up supporters in rustbelt states with emotive claims about how China was “raping our economy”.

Now Trump says he is making good on his electoral promises to “get tough on China”. On announcing the trade crackdown this week, the president said: “We will uphold our values, we will defend our workers, and we will protect the innovations, creations and inventions that power our magnificent country.”

China has warned that if Trump follows through on threats to impose trade tariffs on Chinese exports the move will ignite a trade war, which will inflict serious damage on both economies and the rest of the world.Trump’s nationalistic depiction of trade problems with China is also feeding into the rise of xenophobic and racist politics in the US. The president has come under pressure to disavow white supremacist groups, like the KKK, after deadly protests in Virginia last weekend.

However, his jingoistic rhetoric of blaming foreigners for America’s social and economic woes is a toxic embrace of demagoguery that will fuel reactionary rightwing sentiments.

Trump has an odious habit of blaming everyone else for America’s contemporary problems. In his nasty transactional worldview, all other nations are taking advantage of “virtuous America”.

Thus, Mexico is stampeding “our border”; the Iranian nuclear deal is “the worst ever”; the Trans-Pacific Partnership was “ripping America off”; the Paris Climate Accord was another “bad deal” harming American enterprise; the Europeans need to cough up for NATO; the Germans are flooding US car markets; and so on and so on.

The New York former real estate mogul fancies himself as a business genius. (One wonders how he would have fared if he hadn’t inherited a million dollars from his rich daddy to get him started.)

In any case, Trump sounds more like a spoilt brat than an ingenious entrepreneur. His penchant is to blame everyone for failure and to offer quack solutions.

On the alleged China trade disputes, it may sound good to some people among Trump’s voter base to harangue China over alleged intellectual property infringements and technology theft. But vilifying China for America’s economic and social decline is a dangerous deception.

Trump castigates China for somehow being responsible for the US trade deficit with that country — about $350 billion in 2016. He asserts that the surplus of Chinese exports into the US is because China is stealing American technology and copyrights and flooding the market with fake goods.But what Trump conveniently omits to say is that the US had a total trade deficit with the rest of the world in 2016 amounting to $740 billion, according to its own government figures. After China, the US trade arrears with the European Union was nearly $150 billion.

Does that mean that the Europeans are also stealing American intellectual property and cheating the US economy with unfair practices?

No. It just means that the US economy has withered away to the point where it depends on the rest of the world for imports. The American manufacturing base has been wiped out. This import dependency and chronic trade imbalance in the US has been going on since at the least the late 1980s. For the past three decades, the US trade deficit has been relentlessly expanding, up from about $100 billion in 1990 to the present figure of $740 billion.

For Donald Trump to try to blame China for America’s abysmal decline is the kind of trick pulled by a con artist. It may play well with people who have prejudices about foreigners and delusional notions of American “exceptionalism” — but such a depiction is nonetheless downright false.The truth is that it’s not foreign nations who are to blame for America’s social and economic malaise, it is Americans themselves. Specifically, we are talking about corporate America and oligarchs like Trump who shut down American factories wholesale and ruthlessly downsized workforces in order to set up businesses in cheap-labor countries like China.

Trump and his daughter Ivanka are owners of global retail businesses whose cosmetics and clothing are manufactured in China and exported to the US, thereby contributing to their country’s trade deficit.

The historic failure of the American economy is the story of how capitalism is eventually bound to fail. The insatiable pursuit of financial profit as the sole objective leads inevitably to the gutting of one’s own country and compatriots if it means that profits can be maximized elsewhere.

For over 30 years, American workers and communities have been decimated by capitalists like Trump and other oligarchs who had no conscience about betraying their compatriots to make big bucks somewhere overseas.

The predatory process of offshoring American jobs to places like China is why the US economy and society has been bled dry. For Trump to blame China for this predation of Americans by corporate America is bitterly ironic.

Here’s the doubly odious thing too. In his quack remedy for American economic ills, Trump seems now willing to ignite a trade war with China.

At a time when the world is already convulsed with security tensions between the US and China, Russia, North Korea, Venezuela, Syria, Ukraine, among other nations, it really is the height of recklessness by the Trump White House to escalate tensions even further with a spurious trade war.Already recriminations between Beijing and Washington are fraught over military jousting over disputed territory in the South China Sea. A trade war will only exacerbate hostilities further.

China has given notice that if Trump goes down the perilous path of a trade war, it will not sit idly by. If China were to redirect its exports to other parts of the globe in retaliation, or dump its huge American dollar holdings, the impact on the US economy will be severe. Inflation of consumer goods would soar, thereby hurting millions of low-income Americans even further.

How reprehensible is that? Trump and his family fortune are the embodiment of how American workers ended up being impoverished under decades of rapacious corporate America. Now selling the American workers a fraudulent explanation for their poverty — by scapegoating China and starting a trade war — Trump is only adding to their misery.

In real-estate scams, it’s known as “fleecing the customer twice”. Something that Donald J Trump would know all about.

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Bernie Sanders Speaks For An Entire Nation By Calling Trump An Embarrassment To America
| August 16, 2017 | 8:25 pm | Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Fascist terrorism | 1 Comment

Bernie Sanders Speaks For An Entire Nation By Calling Trump An Embarrassment To America

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) responded to Trump’s defense of racists by calling the President an embarrassment to America.

Bernie Sanders Speaks For An Entire Nation By Calling Trump An Embarrassment To America

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) responded to Trump’s defense of racists by calling the President an embarrassment to America.

In a statement provided to PoliticusUSA, Sen. Sanders said, “President Trump. You are embarrassing our country and the millions of Americans who fought and died to defeat Nazism. The violence in Charlottesville was not caused by the ‘alt-left,’ (whatever that may be). It was caused by Neo-Nazis and white supremacists who are attempting to spread their hateful and racist ideology.”

Sanders was right. There is no”alt-left.” It is a term that was invented by the far right to justify the racist actions of Trump’s supporters. Donald Trump was an embarrassment to America long before the press conference. Trump’s defense of white supremacists and their violence was nothing more than more than a year of Trump behavior boiled down to an easily consumable few minutes for the entire country to see.

There is no shock here. None of this was out of character. Trump began his presidential campaign by calling Mexicans murderers and rapists. What Trump said today is who he really is.

Donald Trump is trying to help racists spread their hate and ideology. He is a disgrace to this country who should have never been elected president, and many argue wouldn’t have been elected president without the help of Putin, who deserves to be sent back to his tacky Trump Tower to live out his days in exile.

Real leaders denounce racists. They don’t enable them.

KKE: Denounces Trump’s provocative threats, expresses solidarity with the Venezuelan people

Monday, August 14, 2017

KKE: Denounces Trump’s provocative threats, expresses solidarity with the Venezuelan people
Regarding the provocative threats of U.S. President Donald Trump against Venezuela, the Press Office of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece issued the following statement:
“The KKE denounces the provocative threats of the president of the USA Donald Trump about the capability of a military attack against Venezuela. It (the KKE) expresses its internationalist solidarity to the working class and the popular strata of Venezuela. The developments in this country is a matter of her people, who are the only power that can give solution to the sharpened problems in the country, towards the road of overthrow and abolition of the basis which creates unemployment, poverty, the capitalist exploitation.
The threats against Venezuela, as well as the threats against North Korea, are very dangerous, they are connected to the sharpening of the inter-imperialist contraditions and the known imperialist practice of creating and using pretexts, like the USA did with their other allies, in the previous wars and interventions.
The interests of our people, as well as of the other peoples, highlight the need for the intensification of the struggle against imperialist threats, interventions and wars.
The power is in the antimonopoly anticapitalist struggle for the overthrow of the capitalist barbarity, for the new socialist society.”
Source: / Translation: In Defense of Communism.
52% of Republicans Want To End Democracy And Support Trump Suspending The 2020 Election
| August 13, 2017 | 8:50 pm | Donald Trump, political struggle | No comments

52% of Republicans Want To End Democracy And Support Trump Suspending The 2020 Election

A new poll conducted by two academic researchers revealed the degree to which the Republican Party has dumped conservatism for authoritarianism as 52% of Republicans would support Trump postponing the 2020 election if Republicans in Congress supported it.

52% of Republicans Want To End Democracy And Support Trump Suspending The 2020 Election

A new poll conducted by two academic researchers revealed the degree to which the Republican Party has dumped conservatism for authoritarianism as 52% of Republicans would support Trump postponing the 2020 election if Republicans in Congress supported it.

The Washington Post published the findings of the poll, “Nearly half of Republicans (47 percent) believe that Trump won the popular vote, which is similar to this finding. Larger fractions believe that millions of illegal immigrants voted (68 percent) and that voter fraud happens somewhat or very often (73 percent). Again, this is similar to previous polls. Moreover, 52 percent said that they would support postponing the 2020 election, and 56 percent said they would do so if both Trump and Republicans in Congress were behind this.”

The Republican Party is no longer the party of Lincoln and Reagan and is now the party of blind following of Trump. Any Republican who is not supporting this president with no questions asked is going to find themselves drummed out of the party. The party of Trump doesn’t believe in math. They believe that Trump really won the popular vote. The party of Trump believes in imaginary voter fraud and would support Trump suspending the 2020 election and ruling like a dictator.

Donald Trump has turned the majority of the Republican Party into a personality cult. Trump is the least popular president in modern US political history, but the Republicans are in total denial of the reality that they are worshipping an empty suit who is never going to deliver on any of his promises.

A majority of Republicans are willing to trash American democracy and sell the country out to the cult of Trump.