Trump will be having a fireside phone chat on Sat with Putin, Merkel and Hollande. No doubting what will be on menu, Porky, Kiev and Donbass
— The Sirius Report (@thesiriusreport) January 27, 2017
— RT (@RT_com) January 27, 2017
Reading the Tea Leaves, and Even the Warming Tone of Russian and American 'Deplorable' TV from Rossiya to Fox News, That U.S.-Russia Detente is in the Offing
The Russia Analyst strongly suspects, like the reported 'torture' and black site memos, that some of these documents are being deliberately generated by mainline George W. Bush era Republicans brought into the Administration to sabotage Trump out of the gate. Trump is issuing executive orders at a rapid pace in order perhaps, to overwhelm his opponents and their legacy media news cycle outrage meters, as well as to demonstrate his will to get off to a fast start during the first 100 days of his Administration. On the other hand, British Prime Minister Theresa May during her speech at a Republican conference in Philadelphia, PA compared the US-UK Special Relationship she envisions between her government and the Trump White House to that of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, who helped to negotiate the end of the first Cold War with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
Another likely related development noted by Dr. Joseph P. Farrell, V the Guerrilla Economist and the RogueMoney team -- a rising, and perhaps coordinated anti-George Soros movement emerging from Hungary to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to the USA (see this piece published by the Trump Admin friendly New York based City Journal). Can these be taken together as signs that detente is in the wind, even the rollback (as RM guest London Paul says) of the globalist cabal that instigated Cold War 2 through regime changes in Libya, Ukraine and a massive attempt via proxy war to topple the Russian/Iranian backed Syrian government?
CHINA: Beijing says it it supports Russian proposal for trilateral dialogue between US, China and Russia to address global security issues
— The Int'l Spectator (@spectatorindex) January 26, 2017
We will see soon enough how determined Trump is to use his executive authority to rollback Obama's Russia-related (not Congressionally-mandated sanction) E.O.'s in the teeth of the furious neolibcon and Atlanticist/globalist Establishment opposition from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and others. Trump reportedly has a phone call, his first as president, scheduled with German Chancellor Angela Merkel as well Saturday night.
— Sergey Bobkov (@sbobkov) January 23, 2017
Given a hostile, orchestrated media campaign in Germany and indeed from the EU itself against Trump and the televised/viral video joke by Josef Joffe, the longtime Establishment Atlanticist editor of Die Zeit about assassinating the new president, the Putin-Trump conversation could be significantly warmer than that between the two nominally NATO allied heads of state. Expectations for any breaking of the ice between Trump and Merkel remain low, while Russian TV seems cautiously optimistic that Trump intends to follow through on his campaign promise to improve relations with Moscow if at all possible.
It should also be noted by us, that while the electronic and physical print neolibcon media remains overwhelmingly hostile to Trump's proposed 'bromance' if not secret Siberian candidate mind controlled desire for detente with Putin, that the most watched news programs of Fox and Rossiya (First Channel/Pervy Kanal) in both countries seem to be setting the stage for a Reagan-Gorbachev type summit. Certainly, while Fox is more grudging in its acknowledgement that Russian 'TV propaganda' seems less 'anti-American' than before, Rossiya has indeed been lavish in its praise of The Donald as a man of action, scarcely troubled only by the carping of the Establishment or the idiocy of the 'Women's March' and Hollywood:
Kremlin spoksman Dmitry Peskov confirms that Vladimir Putin & Donald Trump will speak by phone "Saturday evening Moscow time".
— Steve Rosenberg (@BBCSteveR) January 27, 2017
“US President Donald J. Trump has said he is open to ending sanctions on Russia in exchange for a nuclear arms reduction deal with the Kremlin. “[L]et’s see if we can get some good deals with Russia,” he said.
Trump has the authority to reverse sanctions because the Obama administration used executive orders to mandate them. In March 2014, the Obama administration imposed a set of sanctions on Russia for its illegal annexation of Crimea. These sanctions were put in place by executive order (EO 13660) and have been reinforced by successive executive orders that expanded sanctions to address Russian actions in the Donbas and Crimea (EO 13661, 13662, 13685). If Trump does nothing, US sanctions will automatically renew until March 6, 2018. Sanctions tied to Obama’s original executive order were set to expire on March 6, 2017. In his last week in office, Obama issued a letter extending these sanctions by one year.”
— Sergey Bobkov (@sbobkov) January 26, 2017
If true this will have massive repercussions for Europe, transatlantic relations, Europe-Russia relations. https://t.co/SzNqcRlBMU
— Ulrich Speck (@ulrichspeck) January 26, 2017
“Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump are expected to speak by telephone this Saturday, the Kremlin said, a first step towards what Trump has billed as a normalization of relations after three years of tensions sparked by the conflict in Ukraine.
Trump will also have a telephone conversation the same day with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and that call is expected to focus on Russia, a source familiar with the matter said.
Trump has said in the past that, as part of the rapprochement he is seeking with Russia, he is prepared to review the sanctions that Washington imposed on Russia in relation for its 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula.
That move is likely to face resistance from both influential figures in Washington and foreign leaders — Merkel among them — who argue sanctions should only be eased if Moscow complies with the West’s conditions on Ukraine.
Trump is already under intense scrutiny at home from critics who say he was elected with help from Russian intelligence — an allegation he denies — and that he is too ready to cut deals with a country that many of his own officials say is a threat to U.S. security.
Trump and Putin last spoke in November, when Putin rang Trump to congratulate him on winning the presidential election.
Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov, asked by Russian news agencies if the phone call could take place on Saturday, replied “Yes”, but gave no further details.”
UK PM Theresa May comes to Washington with Yuge economic confidence following Brexit https://t.co/VoCW9n284N
— ROGUE MONEY (@theroguemoney) January 27, 2017
— ROGUE MONEY (@theroguemoney) January 26, 2017
For the sake of better understanding the motives of the Deep State elements that back Trump and his deplorable rollback of the worst globalist excesses including the strategy of tension with the Russians, we give you excerpts from this very important article by Pepe "Empire of Chaos" Escobar, citing a New York-based financial insider source. As they say, 'read the whole thing', it's not too long and explains a great deal about the 'shocking' but widely telegraphed during the campaign Trumpian pivot toward making detente if not peace with Moscow. We are placing the body of the text below to distinguish it from our own, non-'Masters of the Universe' sourced and independent thoughts from the outside looking in:
from The Saker/Zerohedge sites, "Here's How the Trump Presidency Will Play Out" (with many similarities to the analyses of 'W the Intelligence Insider' and others from their sources):
by Pepe Escobar
The Trump era starts now – with geopolitics and geoeconomics set for a series of imminent, unpredictable cliffhangers.
I have argued that Trump’s foreign policy guru Henry Kissinger’s strategy to deal with the formidable Eurasia integration trio – Russia, China and Iran – is a remixed Divide and Rule; seduce Russia away from its strategic partnership with China, while keep harassing the weakest link, Iran.
In fact that’s how it’s already playing out – as in the outbursts of selected members of Trump’s cabinet during their US Senate hearings. Factions of US Think Tankland, referring to Nixon’s China policy, which was designed by Kissinger, are also excited with the possibilities of containment regarding at least one of those powers “potentially arrayed against America”.
Kissinger and Dr. Zbig “Grand Chessboard” Brzezinski are the two foremost, self-described Western dalangs – puppet masters – in the geopolitical arena. In opposition to Kissinger, Obama’s foreign policy mentor Brzezinski, true to his Russophobia, proposes a Divide and Rule centered on seducing China.
Yet an influential New York business source, very close to the real, discreet Masters of the Universe, who correctly predicted Trump’s victory weeks before the fact, after examining my argument offered not only a scathing appraisal of those cherished dalangs; he volunteered to detail how the new normal was laid out by the Masters directly to Trump. Let’s call him “X”.
The non-stop China watch
“X” starts by doing something US deep state-connected regulars, who revere their idols, never dare to, at least in public; “It is important not to attribute too much importance to either Kissinger or Brzezinski as they are merely fronts for those who make the decisions and it is their job to cloak the decisions with a patina of intellectuality. Their input means relatively nothing. I use their names on occasion as I cannot use the names of those who actually make the decisions.”
That’s the cue for “X” to detail the new normal; “Trump was elected with the support of the Masters to tilt towards Russia. The Masters have their tools in the media and Congress maintaining a vilification campaign against Russia, and have their puppet Brzezinski also come out against Russia, stating ‘America’s global influence depends on cooperation with China’. The purpose is to threaten Russia to cooperate and place these chips on the negotiating table for Trump. In a traditional good cop-bad cop approach, Donald is portrayed as the good cop wanting good relations with Russia, and Congress, media, Brzezinski are the bad cops. This is to aid Trump in the negotiations with Russia as Putin sees the ‘precarious’ position of his friend and should be willing to make major concessions as the line goes.”
And that brings us to how Taiwan – and Japan – got into the mix;
“Donald shows the Russian tilt by talking to the Taiwanese, demonstrating that the shift is serious. But it was decided to throw Japan into the mix as a predator against US industry, with an attack on Toyota, thoroughly deserved. That moderated the position as the Masters became afraid that the perception of our building up Japan against China would be too much of a provocation.”
So expect China – as “not too much importance” Kissinger prescribed – to be under non-stop scrutiny; “The Masters have decided to reindustrialize the United States and want to take jobs back from China. This is advisable from the Chinese viewpoint; for why should they sell their work to the US for a dollar that has no intrinsic value and get really nothing back for the work. China should have a car in every Chinese worker’s garage and they will become a larger producer of cars than the EU, US and Japan combined, and their own nation will keep their wealth in their own country.”
And why China over Russia? “Russia in this sense being a natural resource country with a gigantic military industrial complex (the latter being the only reason she is secretly respected) is exempt from any tough trade talk as they hardly export anything but natural resources and military equipment [not quite true, don't forget nuclear reactors, space boosters and the world's top wheat export - JWS].
The Masters want jobs back from Mexico and Asia including Japan, Taiwan, etc., and you see this in Trump’s attack on Japan. The main underlying reason is that the US has lost control of the seas and cannot secure its military components during a major war [as we've written here at RogueMoney, beyond the RAND Corp study admitting the Russians could overrun the Baltics in 72 hours, the US/NATO know they would lose a WW3 to a Russian/Chinese alliance or nuke the northern hemisphere with no winners - JWS]. This is all that matters now and this is the giant story behind the scenes.”
In only a few words “X” details the reversal of an economic cycle; “The Masters made money out of transfer of industry to Asia (Bain Capital specialized in this), and Wall Street made money from the lower interest rates on the recycled dollars from the trade deficits. But now, the issue is strategic; and they will make money on the return of industries scaling down their investments in Asia and returning them to the United States as we rebuild production here.”
“X” remains quite fond of Henry Ford’s business strategy; and that is the cue for him to address the crucial theme: national defense. According to “X”, “Ford doubled the wages he paid and made more money than any other manufacturer. The reason was that a living wage where the mother can have many children on her husband’s wage was psychologically good for productivity in his car plants, and that his workers could then afford his cars. He thus recognized that in a society there must be a just distribution of wealth that his admirer Steve Jobs could not. Henry [Ford]’s mass productivity was the wonder of the world and that was what won World War Two for the United States. Amazon does not contribute anything to national defense, being merely an internet marketing service based on computer programs, nor Google which merely organizes data better. None of this builds a better missile or submarine except in a marginal way.”
It’s the Pentagon, stupid
So yes; this all has to do with reorganizing the US military. “X” made a point to refer to a CNAS report I quoted in my initial column; “It is very important for what is visible between the lines. And that is we are in deep trouble being technologically behind Russia by generations in weapons, which is a follow-up on the Brzezinski quote that we are no longer a global power.”
This is a thorough, wide-ranging analysis of how Russia has managed to organize the best armed forces in the world. And that does not even take into account the S-500 missile defense system, which is now being rolled out and arguably seals the entirety of Russian airspace. And the next generation – S-600? – will be even more powerful.
“X” does venture into deep state taboo territory, as in how Russia, over the past decade, has managed to leap far ahead of the US, “eclipsing it as the strongest military power”. But the game may be far from over – wishful thinking or otherwise; “We hope Secretary of Defense James Mattis will understand this and that the Deputy Secretary of Defense has advanced technological skills, organizational ability and the foresight to understand that the weapons of World War Three are offensive and defensive missiles [plus land, sea and space based electronic jamming, lasers and direct energy weapons - JWS], and submarines, and NOT air power, tanks and aircraft carriers.”
A realist, “X” admits that the warmongering neocon/neoliberalcon status quo – represented by most US deep state factions – will never abandon the default posture of unremitting hostility towards Russia. But he prefers to focus on change; “Let Tillerson reorganize the State Department along Exxon efficiencies. He may be worth something in that. He and Mattis may be gutless but if you tell the truth to the Senate you may not be confirmed. So what they say means nothing. But notice this about Libya. The CIA had a goal of driving China out of Africa and so does AFRICOM. That was one of the secrets to our Libyan intervention.”
Not that it worked; NATO/AFRICOM turned Libya into a wasteland run by militias, and still China was not driven away from the rest of Africa.
“X” also admits, “Syria and Iran are red lines for Russia. So is the eastern Ukraine from the Dnieper.” He is fully aware Moscow will not allow any regime change gambit on Tehran. And he’s also aware that “China’s investments in Iranian oil and gas imply that China also will not permit Washington’s overthrow of the Iranian government.”
The going really gets tough when it comes to NATO; “X” is convinced Russia “will invade Romania and Poland if those missiles are not taken out of Romania and the missile commitment to Poland rescinded [the Russia Analyst disagrees, but does not rule out deployment of hypersonic missiles in the Black or Baltic Sea fleets to work around the 1987 Intermediate Forces [IMF] Treaty prohibiting land based rockets of intermediate range, with the Mach 7+ 'Zirkons' or 'Brahmos' capable of turning NATO's vaunted European missile defense systems into ashes in minutes - JWS]. The issue is not the worthless defensive missiles of the United States but the substitute-ability of [Tomahawk TLAM in the vertical launch tubes - JWS] offensive nuclear missiles in these silos. Russia will not tolerate this risk. These are not subject to negotiation.”
In contrast to the “perpetual threat” perpetual propaganda by the US War Party, Moscow focuses on actual facts on the ground since the 1990s; the break up of historic Slavic ally Serbia; Warsaw Pact nations and even former USSR republics annexed by NATO, not to mention attempts to also include Georgia and Ukraine; US deployment of color revolutions; the “Assad must go “ fiasco, as in regime change forced on Syria even including the weaponizing of Salafi-jihadis; economic sanctions, an oil price war and raids on the ruble; and non-stop NATO harassment.
“X”, fully aware of the facts, adds, “Russia has always wanted peace. But they are not going to play a game with the Masters of the Universe that has Trump as the good guy and the Congress, CIA, etc. as the bad guy as a negotiating ploy. That is how they see it. They do not regard this circus as real.” [In other words, William Engdahl, forget about Trump guided by the old globalist Kissinger being able to cajole the Russians out of their friendship with China, it ain't happening -- JWS]
The circus may be just an illusion. Or wayang – Balinese puppet theatre – as I suggested. “X” advances a crisp interpretation of the shadow play ahead from Moscow’s point of view, allowing “several months to see if Putin can work out a detente with Trump that essentially creates an autonomous eastern Ukraine, a peace treaty in Syria with Assad in place, and a withdrawal of NATO forces back to their line of defense under Ronald Reagan.”
Who will prevail; the Masters, or the deep state? Brace for impact.