Trump and Bringing Jacksonian Ruthlessness to the Fight Against Daesh
As Edward Luttwak, author of The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire (one of the Russia Analyst’s favorite works of medieval history) writes, the emerging Trump foreign policy is neither reckless nor radical. It does represent as historian and frequent anti-Trump blogger Walter Russell Mead writes, the long pent up return of the nation’s Jacksonian populist heritage in both foreign and domestic policy.
— Mark 🇺🇸 (@MarkGearRex) November 17, 2016
By Jacksonianism in foreign policy, Mead means if the nation must fight wars, then let them be as brief and waged as ruthlessly as possible. Meaning no more pussyfooting around when it comes to destroying the Islamic State in Syria as opposed to Iraq. Or worrying about coddling Saudi Arabia and Qatar if not Turkish feelings, or predicting the mythical ‘Sunni (Arab) street’ will rise up if Daesh gets crushed, or whether the Russians will use any American cooperation to bolster Assad or their own position. All of these concerns, in reality excuses, have been used by the neocons and dirty Saudi firster elements of the Deep State, as well as the (false) claim that the Russians weren’t fighting ISIS except around Palmyra, to rationalize American inaction.
This piece by paid shill for the Qatari royal family Charles Lister written for Foreign Policy sums up the globalists ‘warning’ to Trump not to cooperate with the Russians in Syria. Combined with Obama’s caution about casualties (in reality, forlorn hope that ‘moderate’ jihadists would ever actually fight the ISIS terrorists many of them consider to be brothers) expressed in a dearth of boots on the ground aka a handful of special forces embedded with the YPG/SDF Kurds, and you have the present view of America as feckless and non-trustworthy in Cairo and other Mideast capitals that don’t support the Syria jihadists. It was certainly no accident that just days after Egyptian ammunition if not advisers appeared near the front lines of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA)’s fight against the jihadists in east Aleppo, that Gen. Sisi’s government warmly welcomed the election of Donald Trump. And that there has been a similar if more cautious welcoming of a new Administration dedicated to destroying ISIS faster in Baghdad.
— Kenan Rahmani كنان (@KenanRahmani) November 17, 2016
Even after Trump’s election, the neocons maintain their circular reasoning that blames Russia for not doing more to destroy ISIS, while insisting the continued existence of the Assad regime makes finally wiping the floor with the super terrorist gang and marching on Raqqa impossible (because hurt Sunni/Saudi/Qatari feels). A Trump Administration, notwithstanding the appointment of generic Congressional hawk Mike Pompeo as CIA director to put outgoing Director John Brennan’s boys temporarily at ease (before his neocon/Saudi firster cronies get forced out in early retirement), is tired of that stalling approach.
— General Flynn (@GenFlynn) November 18, 2016
Asked about RT, he answers CNN. Asked about Manafort, he says, “How about the Clintons?”https://t.co/FHJVC282m6
— Jake Rudnitsky (@Rudnit) November 18, 2016
The confirmation of Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn as Trump’s National Security Adviser despite a steady smear campaign against him as a Putin puppet or lobbyist for Erdogan confirms it. Trump is standing by Flynn and that along with the readout of his first phone call with Vladimir Putin signals that the U.S. and Russia will cooperate to crush Daesh. The neocons will then be forced after inauguration day to explain why American JSOC guys and Russian spetsnaz killing ISIS terrorists together is a bad thing, a very awkward position for them. The worst nightmare of neocons like The Daily Beast‘s Michael D. Weiss, of U.S. and Russian soldiers posing together in Raqqa for 21st century selfie versions of the famous linkup at Torgau (the town in Germany where the American and Red Army met near the end of World War 2) could very well come true.
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As for the domestic Jacksonian agenda, one can look at the historic precedents there as well: Andrew Jackson, the president whose last words included, “I killed the bank [the 2nd Bank of the United States, a 19th century forerunner of the Federal Reserve] stood for easy credit and western expansion, two drivers of economic growth, and against the eastern and in hock to the British bankers of New York and New England. Jackson was invoked by newly appointed Trump adviser Stephen K. Bannon in an interview with of all publications The Hollywood Reporter. Breitbart News the media organization that Bannon has expanded from a website at the time of Andrew Breitbart’s death four years ago into a multinational empire is of course, based in Los Angeles.
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) November 20, 2016
Please note RogueMoney readers something very interesting that Bannon, who is considered Trump’s ideological guru if not a man that The Donald would always agree with on everything, had to say in the interview about the Administration’s expansionary economic program. That is, if there’s going to be the mother of all debt bubbles, then let the United States get some actual infrastructure and jobs out of it (not just banker bonuses and record Wall Street Dow highs) before the bubble inevitably pops:
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This brings us back to the subject of President elect Trump’s 90 minute meeting with Abe. Of course security issues were likely discussed, including the problem of North Korea that Trump has said China must play a role in solving using the PRC’s control of the Hermit Kingdom’s border and limited trade as leverage. Trump has also in the past hinted at Japan and South Korea acquiring nuclear weapons of their own, but correctly complains the press misquoted him in flat out telling these nations they ought to build their own nuclear deterrents. There is of course a big difference between saying something may happen and demanding that it happen, a ‘nuance’ lost on the cretins determined to misquote or distort just about anything Trump says (and he does indeed say a lot while Sun Tzu like, keeping his most vital plans in a tight circle).
Nonetheless, while the Russia Analyst is on the outside looking in at this juncture, we speculate that the bulk of the Abe-Trump talks concerned economics, not missile defense against NoKo nukes or the controversial (given Tokyo’s WW2 history) rearmament program that Mr. Abe’s government has pushed through in Japan. An agenda of making Tokyo less reliant on American security protection that Dr. Joseph P. Farrell has covered repeatedly in his ‘see you on the flip side’ videos.
Japan and Trump’s Agenda for Reviving American Oil Production, Alaska Included
— Rogue Money (@theroguemoney) November 17, 2016
In terms of the economic agenda, we can look to the past for some clues as to what The Donald has in mind. One of the leading environmentalist talking points about opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and the north slope of Alaska’s vast reserves to drilling has been that the oil would mostly go to refineries in Japan and the rest of Asia, not to the lower 48 U.S. states. A Trump Administration may not be moved by such arguments, and maintaining U.S.-Japanese energy trade particularly in oil and nuclear energy would be important to Tokyo’s goal of maintaining a broad hydrocarbon and energy portfolio (meaning not being excessively reliant on the Middle East, as opposed to Russian and North American crude).
— Stefan Molyneux (@StefanMolyneux) November 17, 2016
The (U.S. and Japanese-Made) Robots Are Coming
Japanese auto makers were prodded by tariff threats and monetary inducements in Reagan’s second term to begin shifting more of their production to the U.S., where much of their markets were, we expect Trump hinted that more Japanese investment in automaking and advanced AI enhanced robotics (a key Japanese area of competitive advantage) into American manufacturing would be welcome. Perhaps the two world leaders even found the time to mention that since he published The Art of the Deal in the late 1980s, Mr. Trump the businessman has been pretty ‘big in Japan’, complete with a Japanese woman fan club director who vowed to be at his inauguration: