One of the funniest, most satisfying things you’ll watch today.
A week has passed since the Trump-Putin summit, and a RogueMoney reader asked me for my thoughts on the outcome. Rather than give the stock answer of ‘it’s too soon to say’, I thought I’d do what analysts do and emphasize the knowns, then contrast those with the greater part that remain ‘known unknowns’ in the ongoing negotiations to defuse Cold War II (or more accurately, to revive the USA’s geoeconomic fortunes because Kissingerian realists in Washington realized by 2016 fighting Russia, China and Iran all at once while dominating the EU, Japan and the Koreas was no longer feasible). The problem with this traditional analytical framework including labels like ‘realism’ vs. neo-conservativism, is that Trump defies easy characterization.
On the one hand, Trump appears to sincerely want to improve U.S.-Russia relations because he has taken more heat for this than any other aspect of his platform, culminating in this week’s insane allegations that he has committed ‘treason’ by questioning the ‘intelligence community’ finding that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections in support of his candidacy. On the other hand, on Sunday night Trump escalated his anti-Iran rhetoric, hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) delivered a speech in southern California calling for a 1980s Reaganesque policy of rollback against the Islamic Republic.
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July 20 -- In reaction to the outpouring of rage, bitterness and hysteria towards him following his successful summit and press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16 in Helsinki, Finland, President Donald Trump sent out a tweet on July 18 which further angered his opponents. "Some people HATE the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russia," he wrote. "They would rather go to war than see this. It's called Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Responding to this in her July 19 Schiller Institute webcast, Helga Zepp LaRouche said it is not simply "Trump Derangement Syndrome...some of these people really have a deranged mind...they are deranged; because any peace-loving person in the world, should be happy about this," referring to the result of the summit (*****see article on summit).
How then should one assess the overwhelming rancor toward Trump exhibited by his political opponents in both parties, the intelligence community and the mainstream media? Is it possible that the anti-Trump networks really would prefer to go to war with Russia, than to engage in dialogue? And does this represent the view of the American people?Read More
The following is a roundup of the @FinanceExaminer Ken “the Shotgun Professor” Schortgen Jr’s posts about the hysteria surrounding the Trump-Putin summit and the intriguing discovery of a Russo-Japanese war era shipwreck reportedly containing over $100 billion in gold bars. Even if the estimate of what can be salvaged from the Far Eastern waters proves overly optimistic, the shipwreck underlines the massive mineral wealth the Russian treasury possessed on the eve of World War I that Moscow’s historic enemies in the City of London coveted, and eventually plundered while using the mass murdering Bolsheviks as their agents. — JWSRead More
President Donald Trump slammed the European Union (EU) during a speech to his supporters in North Dakota on Wednesday. Speaking to thousands of people at Scheels Arena in Fargo, N.D. the President said, “We love the countries of the European Union. But the European Union, of course, was set up to take advantage of the United States. And you know what, we can’t let that happen.” The Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin predictably seized on the remarks in the context of trans-Atlantic trade and an alleged conversation between Trump and French President Emanuel Macron to accuse POTUS of seeking to destroy the EU (some would reply ‘if only’). Josh Rogin’s column and CNN appearance is typical “OMG everything Trump does benefits Russia!” neocon hysteria, ignoring the agency of Europeans in determining whether or not the EU will survive and conflating the Franco-German core with ‘Europe’ as a whole.
Nonetheless, Trump has praised former UKIP leader Nigel Farage as “Mr. Brexit”. And there is no doubt Trump sees the EU not as a compliment to American foreign policy but as a competitor, with the bloc running a large trade surplus to the U.S. largely thanks to German exports. What the CNN/MSNBC globalist mouthpiece media ignore is that it will be Europeans, not Americans, who ultimately decide that the Brussels bureaucracy is failing to meet the needs of their people. Naturally the CNN/MSNBC talking heads captive to their #TrumpRussia narratives don’t even mention that, after tearing up the JCPOA with Iran, the Administration is trying to foist expensive US liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports on Europe — and neither policy is supported by the Kremlin.
In our view Europe must return to the original aim of many Gaullist supporters of economic, but not political integration — a free trade zone with relaxed internal borders but strong external border protections, a Continent of sovereign nations at peace, neither inundated by refugee flows nor engaged in a second Cold War with Russia. If Trump accelerates that process by inspiring populist politicians on the Continent like the ‘Austro-Hungarian’, Polish and especially Italian governments, so be it. — JWSRead More
The British Empire, threatened with its final demise, unleashed a desperate ploy this month, claiming without any evidence that Russia had used a nerve gas to attack Sergei and Yulia Skripal on British soil. London called on its trusted Western allies - and most of all, the United States — to rally behind its evil geopolitical designs, for war on Russia, and likely also China, intent on preserving their imperial division of the world into East and West. After all, the ploy had worked so often in the past. As the Lords so delight in saying: British brains and American brawn can preserve the Empire, even though the age has long passed when Britannia Ruled the Waves.
But the world has changed. Rather than dutifully following the "special relationship" with the Mother Country, President Donald Trump, on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, instead called President Vladimir Putin. The leaders of the U.S. and Russia held a dignified, extensive discussion about the necessity that these two great nations, together with China under the able leadership of Xi Jinping, can and must set about to solve the multiple existential crises facing mankind. Adults, discussing the real world, providing real leadership to a world brought to the brink of thermonuclear holocaust and global economic chaos by the misleadership of the Lords of London and their satrapies in Europe and America.Read More
On Tuesday the headline from Zerohedge said, "Steele Goes Dark; Ditches London Court Appearance Following Criminal Referral By US Senate". The 84-year-old Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA)'s released, now mostly unredacted memo demonstrating that the former British spy Christopher Steele not only lied to the FBI about his dossier media contacts on behalf of the Democrats' Fusion GPS hired guns, but also that the Bureau covered for Steele's lies while seeking FISA warrants may have had something to do with the no-show in London libel court. Certainly U.S.-based attorneys for Russian technology executive Aleksei Gubarev want to know why Steele was happy to discuss his dossier (which risked its allegedly super sensitive Kremlin sources) with gossipy reporters, but not under oath to defend the veracity of his sources and work in court.
Scribd file of this week's released Grassley memo
Despite the cowardly Steele's unwillingness to defend the truthfulness of the dossier, despite numerous allegations the document makes being proven false or hotly disputed in existing and pending libel suits (such as from Trump attorney Michael Cohen, whom the dossier falsely places in Prague meeting with Russian agents, echoing years later 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta's infamously made up meeting with Iraqi intelligence agents in the same city reported to drum up support for the American-led invasion of Iraq), there are still deep state spokesmen willing to defend Steele and the dossier's integrity on cable news and social media.
John Sipher, who runs a blog called the Cipher Brief and writes for Just Security and other sites while regularly appearing on CNN and MSNBC, has doubled down on his insistence that Rep. Devin Nunes and Grassley are hurting U.S. intelligence sharing, principally with the British and other 5Eyes (former British empire countries) partners, supposedly by smearing the poor innocent ex-spook Steele. In reality, Sipher, his former boss CIA director John Brennan and ex-James Comey FBI aide Josh Campbell and their recent hires as 'analysts' by MSNBC and CNN respectively, reveal not only deference, but humiliating sycophancy from supposedly loyal American 'ex' security agency executives to their masters in London. It is richly ironic that these same spooks who invoke 'democratic norms' and the Founding Fathers memory to denounce Trump as a Kremlin-blackmailed, Russia-colluding traitor would likely be regarded by the brave Founders who revolted against the Crown as British stooges, modern day Benedict Arnolds. -- JWSRead More
Defeated presidential candidate and lifelong grifter Hillary Clinton is out in the legacy media this week, promoting her book What Happened and accusing Trump's campaign of colluding with the Russians.
If the consequences from an accelerating Eurasian and now even Venezuelan dump of the U.S. dollar wouldn't be so dire, the entire #MuhRussia story concocted by deep staters and the suddenly ultra-hawkish fake liberal presstitutes would make for a hilarious Cold War farce.
Instead, as my friend The Saker writes the initial optimism in Moscow regarding the election of Trump has turned to contempt for the extent to which the USA is disappearing up its own paranoid rear orifice faster than you can say, "Russian troll-bots organized an anti-refugee rally in Idaho" (which four people can seem to recall attending if it happened at all). Trump being bullied and blocked from pursuing his campaign promise of detente with Russia has also revealed who really runs Washington, and that certainly isn't the man sitting in the Oval Office. Vladimir Putin put it succintly in a recent press conference when Vlad stated that Trump isn't his bride and he is not a groom, and that it's difficult to constructively engage people who confuse Austria and Australia (alluding to a gaffe by President Obama, but intended as a dig against the American political class in general).Read More
"Beware the dogs of war. The same intel “folks” who brought to you babies pulled from incubators by “evil” Iraqis as well as non-existent WMDs are now peddling the notion that North Korea has produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead able to fit its recently tested ICBM."
"That’s the core of an analysis completed in July by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Additionally, US intel believes that Pyongyang now has access to up to 60 nuclear weapons. On the ground US intel on North Korea is virtually non-existent – so these assessments amount to guesswork at best." -- Pepe 'Empire of Chaos' Escobar, The Asia Times, August 9, 2017Read More
Pepe is a humorous frog, who became a meme. Then he became — sometime after Hillary Clinton gave her ‘Putin is the global godfather of the AltRight’ speech in August 2016 to the 4chan trolls’ battle cry of PEPE! — a legend. And as every child who’s watched a superhero movie like Batman Begins knows, a legend never dies — even when Pepe’s creator cartoonist Matt Furie tries to kill him off, only to be mocked by the froggy lolz of the Internet’s sh-tlords.Read More
A look back at the final two weeks of the campaign that led to the glorious day of Trumpening judgement for the Clinton Crime Family, the ridiculous pollsters, and the dying mainstream media's credibility. - JWSRead More