You Don’t Have to Like Trump to Hate Russophobic Hysteria 1

Nicky Reid aka Comrade Hermit

Exile in Happy Valley

I hate Donald Trump. Every cell in my body rejects that man like a bad virus. Being a genderqueer anarcho-feminist with a functioning conscience, everything I believe in, everything that I have built my foundation of basic human values upon, is in complete and utter opposition to that depraved, misogynistic, xenophobic, orange-nationalist and everything he stands for. His treatment of women, Muslims, and immigrants in particular makes me physically sick. But this week I am not revolted by Trump, I am revolted by his self-righteous opposition and this makes me one very, very, very, pissed off lesbian bitch. No one gets in the way of my own self-righteous hate without getting a fucking taste of it. The Resistance hasn’t seen shit until they’ve fucked with me and when you fuck with detente, you fuck with Comrade Hermit.

Last Monday Donald Trump did something right for a goddamn change. He met with our “enemy” Russian president Vladimir Putin and appears to have taken a legitimate stab at diplomacy. After the meeting he was polite to his guest and registered doubt that Mr. Putin was behind any sort of interference with the 2016 election. He went on to boldly criticize Robert Mueller’s childish reenactment of the Salem Witch Trials for grievously damaging Russo-American relations and recklessly endangering world peace between the worlds foremost nuclear powers. “I would rather take a political risk in pursuit of peace than risk peace in pursuit of politics” he proclaimed in a defiant display of what looked suspiciously like leadership.

More…

TRUMP: My instinct was to pull out of Afghanistan — here’s why I changed my mind Reply

Because the consensus of state/ruling class/power elite opinion said so. Duh?

The real issue here is the intramural rivalry within the global-capitalist empire, with the Eastern axis, especially China, but also Russia and Iran, wanting to develop Afghanistan for the BRICS, while the Western axis wants to retain Afghanistan for itself.

As I have said all along, Trump is a Nixon-Rockefeller moderate Republican, who takes his foreign policy cues from Kissinger, and not a “Nazi,” “fascist,” “Alt-Right,” or even “Alt-Lite.” What this shows is that presidential politics is a waste of time, and that sensible people need to forget all about this Red/Blue nonsense just as they need to forget about the Nazi/Antifa nonsense.

Putin seems to me to wish to create a Eurasian alliance against the Atlanticist axis with what would amount to a restored Russian empire as the leadership of an Eastern axis of this kind. It’s essentially happening in the form of the growing relationship between the BRICS, the Shia block and the Global South. Putin is pretty much following the National-Bolshevik playbook, even if he doesn’t call it that, with Alexander Dugin playing the role of the Russian Kissinger. I wrote about the possibility of such a development in the early to mid 2000s and it seems to be happening at present, This is beneficial because it creates an intramural rift and accelerated division in the global capitalist empire led by the G20.  Just as it is a desirable state of affairs for the domestic regime to be divided into the Red and Blue Teams, thereby limiting the maneuverability of the state, so is is desired for the global plutocracy to be divided into the Western axis and Eastern axis.

By Maxwell Tani

Business Insider

After repeatedly criticizing the war in Afghanistan for years, President Donald Trump in a primetime speech Monday night said he was increasing the US military presence in the country.

In an address to military members in Virginia, Trump said he sympathized with Americans who were “weary of war without victory” and said he shared “the American people’s frustration” with a “foreign policy that has spent too much time, energy, money, and most importantly lives trying to rebuild countries in our own image.”

He also acknowledged the reversal in his decision to increase the American troop presence in a country he had previously called for the US to exit.

“My original instinct was to pull out, and historically I like following my instincts, but all of my life I heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office,” Trump said.

Keith Preston: Trump ‘conciliatory’ position on Russia against US hegemony Reply

Press TV. Listen here.

The “friendly” position towards Russia, adopted by GOP candidate Donald Trump, runs counter to the hegemony on top of the US foreign policy agenda, an American journalist says.

Keith Preston, the chief editor and director of AttacktheSystem.com, made the remarks on Saturday, while commenting on remarks by former CIA acting director Michael Morell, alleging that Russian President Vladimir Putin has recruited the Republican nominee as an “unwitting agent” in the run-up to the US 2016 presidential election.

“Mr. Putin played upon Mr. Trump’s vulnerabilities by complimenting him. He responded just as Mr. Putin had calculated,” Morell wrote in an article published by the New York Times on Friday, in reference to praise previously exchanged between Putin and Trump.

“Mr. Putin is a great leader, Mr. Trump says, ignoring that he has killed and jailed journalists and political opponents, has invaded two of his neighbors and is driving his economy to ruin,” wrote Morell, who has endorsed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for president.

According to Preston, “it is in the rational self interest of the United States as a whole to have a more conciliatory relationship with Russia.”

“Donald Trump has not merely been as hawkish about Russia as the American foreign policy establishment generally is,” said the Virginia-based political commentator. “He’s taken a much more friendly, and conciliatory position towards Russia.”

Trump’s stance comes amid pressure on Moscow mounted by the Western powers, particularly Washington, to reduce Russia’s “rightful” and “traditional” presence in Central Asia and Eastern Europe.

The presence, however, runs counter to the hegemony the US is seeking to maintain on the world, which prompts reaction from US intelligence and foreign policy officials such as Morell, Preston noted.

“The American foreign policy establishment is more concerned about maintaining the political and economic hegemony… It is concerned about Russia exercising its own influence,” he said. “Trump appears to be departing from what is a prevailing consensus among the foreign policy establishment about Russia.”

The US stepped up its military buildup near Russia’s western borders since Crimea re-integrated into the Russian Federation following a referendum in the Black Sea peninsula, formerly a part of Ukraine.

The United States and its European allies accuse Moscow of destabilizing Ukraine. Moscow, however, rejects having a hand in the crisis gripping the country and blames the West for the bloodshed there.