After the Helsinki Summit, Trump Threatens Iran in ALL CAPS tweet

After the Helsinki Summit, Trump Threatens Iran in ALL CAPS tweet

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.

Screen shot from: Russia’s Vesti News/First Channel

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'Deals' Or Wars? — Trump Joining Economics With Xi, Meeting Putin, Will Decide

'Deals' Or Wars? — Trump Joining Economics With Xi, Meeting Putin, Will Decide

A Japanese newspaper has raised the prospect that President Donald Trump's crucial June 12 summit with D.P.R.K. leader Kim Jong-un may be joined by China's President Xi Jinping. This report, sourced to an unnamed American official, is not at all confirmed. But the potential of the leaders of the three Armistice countries of the Korean War meeting, with the included goal of ending it with a treaty, is a very significant one for that summit furthering peace and economic progress in the world.

More important, however, is that President Trump decide between his own campaigning for Alexander Hamilton's "American System" to "make America great again," and the British system of high profits from trade and cheap labor, which his party and advisors push on him.

Why? Because the decision for the American System means joining in cooperation with China's extraordinary Belt and Road Initiative of great infrastructure projects, which itself culminated decades and decades of China's learning and adopting Hamilton's economics with Chinese characteristics. And that will make President Trump's Korea "deal" succeed.

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War Hype Around North Korea—While Steps Are Being Taken To Begin Talks

War Hype Around North Korea—While Steps Are Being Taken To Begin Talks

While the legacy and alternative media hype surrounding a potential war on the Korean Peninsula is approaching a crescendo, Executive Intelligence Review (EIR) reports quiet diplomacy is underway to defuse tensions. This week Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov affirmed Moscow's stance that a nuclear North Korea is unacceptable, while repeating Russia's 'freeze for freeze' offer to Pyongyang for suspension of major U.S. and South Korean exercises in return for the North freezing its ballistic missile and nuclear testing activities. China warned through state owned media that a missile attack by the North against the U.S. would be unacceptable and lead to Chinese neutrality (read: a potential economic blockade against Pyongyang), while warning against any American attack on North Korea. In short, the Eurasian giants China and Russia appear to be coordinating their diplomatic overtures to Washington.

For this reason, the Russia Analyst concurs with the Guerrilla Economist, London Paul and W the Intelligence Insider that a second Korean War is exceedingly unlikely to break out in the near future. -- JWS

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