‘The popular movement against Trump vs. the corporate media’s anti-Russia witch-hunt’, Andre Damon, wsws.org
“One day after Donald Trump’s extraordinary news conference, the battle within the American state only grew more intense. The conflict pits the ultra-right president of the United States against powerful sections of the military-intelligence apparatus, with the corporate media, the Democratic Party and a section of the Republicans serving as mouthpieces of the CIA.” [snip]
“The media, for its part, escalated its campaign against the new president, branding him an ally, if not agent, of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The logic of this operation, carrying with it the stench of McCarthyism, is war. The media demonization of Putin, like similar media operations against Noriega, Milosevic, Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi and Assad, is a preparation for military aggression—this time against the world’s second biggest nuclear power.”
After expressing his shock at the ‘popular movements freaking cheering for the CIA, Damon names a few of the celebrity Dems as complicit in the “Trump as Russian traitor” barrage: michael moore, liz warren, bernie sanders, and quotes gaggably from the NYT’s unsourced CIA claims. But then he gets to pseudo intellectual con man Dem Paul Krugman, having gone full-tilt in the defense of the Imperial War Machine, yet not uttering a peep about his dismantling Dodd-Frank piece by piece, nor his infrastructure schemes, as far as I know. As it happened, I’d run into a similar screed at alternet (with 608 comments) that contained the original link. Alter what, we might ask, given that it seems to be another mouthpiece to the deep-state borg…
‘The Silence of the Hacks’, the NYTimes
“The story so far: A foreign dictator intervened on behalf of a U.S. presidential candidate — and that candidate won. Close associates of the new president were in contact with the dictator’s espionage officials during the campaign, and his national security adviser was forced out over improper calls to that country’s ambassador — but not until the press reported it; the president learned about his actions weeks earlier, but took no action.
Meanwhile, the president seems oddly solicitous of the dictator’s interests, and rumors swirl about his personal financial connections to the country in question. Is there anything to those rumors? Nobody knows, in part because the president refuses to release his tax returns.” [snip]
“Just the other day Republicans were hot in pursuit of potential scandal, and posed as ultrapatriots. Now they’re indifferent to actual subversion and the real possibility that we are being governed by people who take their cues from Moscow.”
Well, yes, Paul; Republican refusals to investigate The Truth™ is indeed ‘even scarier than the Trump-Putin axis’.
Because: deep state soft coups should be encouraged because you’re terrified of any Amerikan rapprochement with Putin and Lavrov, and of course, you love Endless War by Empire and NATO.
(Please don’t believe my objections here have anything to do with my support of Herr Trump or his coming policies, especially the coming more aggressive Police State and increased fact-free War on Drugs ones.)
Are Mattis and Trump on the same FP page?
From Chris Marsden at wsws.org, Feb. 17:
“The two-day NATO summit in Brussels that concluded yesterday began with a threat by president Donald Trump’s Defence Secretary James Mattis that the US would “moderate its commitment” if its European allies did not hike up their military spending.”
“Mattis was attending the summit to reiterate the demand made last month by Trump that the European powers step up their defence spending to meet the target of two percent of GDP to which they are pledged. In an interview where he declared the alliance to be “obsolete” and suggested friendlier bilateral relations with Russia, Trump also declared support for Britain’s decision to leave the European Union and spoke favourably of the break-up of a “vehicle for Germany.”
Now I have no idea where this information came from, but it’s entirely believable:
“After first making reassuring public noises about NATO being “a fundamental bedrock for the United States,” he made more critical remarks during closed-door talks that were then circulated publicly by US officials.
Mattis accused “Some in this alliance” of having “looked away in denial of what is happening” by ignoring threats from Russia and Islamic State (Isis).”
Mattis is apparently an Old Cold Warrior, and had once investigated Flynn for ‘unauthroized disclosures to Afghanistan’, perhaps related to…the CIA.
From the tortskiyites, Feb. 18:
(At the Munich security conference) “Mattis sounded a warning to the conference aimed at justifying a further escalation of US and NATO militarism. “We all see our community of nations under threat on multiple fronts as the arc of instability builds on NATO’s periphery and beyond,” he told the meeting, which brought together some 70 defense ministers as well as a number of heads of state.
The “arc of instability” is a phrase that encompasses multiple targets for US aggression, including the Middle East, North Africa and both Iran and Russia.
Mattis went on to declare that “American security is permanently tied to the security of Europe,” adding, “I have great respect for Germany’s leadership in Europe.”
The Pentagon chief’s remarks appeared largely in continuity with US foreign policy pursued by previous administrations and were at odds with Trump’s own rhetorical attacks on NATO as “obsolete” and his labeling of the European Union as a “consortium” exploited by Germany for its own interests.
Both Mattis and the US secretary of state, former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, who was attending a nearby meeting of the G-20 foreign ministers in Bonn, have signaled that there is no imminent prospect of a rapprochement that would significantly ease tensions between Washington and Moscow.
Even as Mattis was speaking in Munich, the US military was deploying to Bulgaria as part of the US-NATO buildup in Eastern Europe and on Russia’s borders that now involves 4,000 American troops as well as forces from Britain, Germany and other NATO allies. This buildup has continued unabated since Trump entered the White House.” [snip]
“Prior to the Munich conference, Mattis stated that there could be no military cooperation between the US and Russia until Moscow “proves itself,” reiterating the US position underlying sanctions over Ukraine and Crimea.”
Then come paragraph after paragraph of bombast from Tillerson on ‘no change in out policy re: Syria, and Putin must back away from regime change an support the FSA if he wants ‘our military cooperation’. McCrankypants blasted Trump in a pretense of the US not wanting the mantle of global leadership, and that being forced to fire * Flynn proves that his administration is in disarray. Disarray, I tell you! Jen Stoltenberg’s over-arching message in Brussels was “Pony up with military expenditures! 2% of GDP or else!”
SO: has the Borg won and there will be no rapprochement with Russia? And have Herr Trump’s military and state department been assimilated by the Borg? Was he so naive that he really believed that firing Flynn would stem the tide of The Red Scare?
Talk about ‘buy stock in Jiffy Pop’! Will his own cabinet make Herr T an offer he can’t refuse?
Van Auken finishes with:
“These actions, as well as the open attack on a sitting president by his own party at an international conference in Munich, are virtually unprecedented. They reflect the intense hostility within the US military and intelligence apparatus against any move by the Trump administration to pull back from the protracted escalation of provocations and aggression against Russia. To the extent that Trump has advanced an alternative policy, it has not been one of retreat from global militarism, but rather a tactical shift toward first preparing for war first against Iran and escalating the US confrontation with China.”
Or Iran, because: Bibi.
The headings at their website about the NATO conference give a good indication of what NATO tried to ensure, such as ‘Defence Ministers agree on NATO Hub for the South’. And remember, after Modi’s charm offensive, NATO has brought (nuclear) India under its ‘umbrella’, not to mention its key ports and weapons purchasing power.
Putin had noted after the NATO meet and pontificate that not since 1989 has Russia been the Imperium’s convenient Satan it is today.