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Trump’s Presidency Is Already Doomed

March 16th, 2017

Eric Zuesse

If President Donald Trump doesn’t get an Obamacare replacement bill passed into law, then he’s not going to get anything significant done in domestic policy, because he had made this goal the centerpiece of his campaign. But it won’t happen; his Presidency (at least in domestic policy) is already dead.

Trumpcare — his promised replacement for Obamacare — is so blatantly atrocious that an excellent NBC News article on it, from March 8th, was headlined, and documented that — “Experts: The GOP Health Care Plan Just Won’t Work”. This was even before the Congressional Budget Office had priced out its costs to taxpayers (which still hasn’t yet been done but can only sink it even deeper when it finally is).

Already, by the time of Sunday, March 12th, Huffington Post bannered about it, “Tom Cotton Warns GOP Health Care Bill Could Put House Majority At Risk”, and subheaded with a quote from this Republican U.S. Senator saying to Republicans in the House: “Do not walk the plank and vote for a bill that cannot pass the Senate and then have to face the consequences of that vote.”

It was already a hot potato by that time. In fact, on March 10th, CNN had headlined “Nobody wants their name on the Republican health care bill” and opened: “The White House says don't call it ‘Trumpcare.’ Critics are labeling it ‘Ryancare’ and ‘Obamacare lite.’ Hospitals hate it, and insurers are pushing the panic button. The House GOP bill to repeal Obamacare is quickly becoming a bill that nobody wants to own.”

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The Rising Tide of Militarism in the 21st Century: From Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump

March 15th, 2017

James Petras

Introduction

US militarism expanded exponentially through the first two decades of the Twenty-First Century, and was embraced by both Democratic and Republican Presidents. The mass media’s hysteria towards President Trump’s increase in military spending deliberately ignores the vast expansion of militarism, in all its facets, under President Obama and his two predecessors, Presidents ‘Bill’ Clinton and George Bush, Jr.

We will proceed in this essay to compare and discuss the unbroken rise of militarism over the past seventeen years. We will then demonstrate that militarism is an essential structural feature of US imperialism’s insertion in the international system.

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Russian Ambassador Met with Hillary’s Advisors

March 14th, 2017

Stephen Lendman

Ambassadors to America and other countries routinely meet members of their political establishment and figures connected to it.

It’s part of the job. Russia’s ambassador to Washington met with numerous congressional members, including 30 Democrat senators in 2015 alone, discussing the Iran nuclear deal.

Criticizing Michael Flynn and Jeff Sessions for meeting with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak is one among many ways of bashing Trump.

Interviewed on CNN Sunday, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov explained Kislyak was doing his job. He spoke with members of Trump’s campaign and future administration officials “about bilateral relations and…what was going on in the United States.”

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Legislation to Stop Arming Terrorists Introduced in US Senate

March 14th, 2017

Stephen Lendman

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard earlier said “(w)hen it comes to the war against terrorists, I’m a hawk. When it comes to counterproductive wars of regime change, I’m a dove.”

In January, she called for ending Washington’s “regime change war in Syria now” - after spending a week-long visit to Damascus, Aleppo and Beirut, learning firsthand about ongoing horrors, devastating the lives and welfare of millions of Syrians, victims of US imperial viciousness.

Last December, her press release announced Stop Arming Terrorists legislation she introduced, saying it “would prohibit the US government from using American taxpayer dollars to provide funding, weapons, training, and intelligence support to groups like the Levant Front, Fursan al Ha and other allies of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, al-Qaeda and ISIS, or to countries who are providing direct or indirect support to those same groups.”

On the House floor, she said “(u)nder US law it is illegal for any American to provide money or assistance to al-Qaeda, ISIS or other terrorist groups.”

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Depression-Level Unemployment in America

March 14th, 2017

Stephen Lendman

Monthly Labor Department jobs reports are phony. Paul Craig Roberts calls them “a bad joke,” saying America’s economy is a “house of cards.” A day of reckoning awaits.

Job numbers are inflated, manufactured out of thin air, partly based on a so-called birth-death model, estimating net non-reported jobs from new businesses minus losses from others no longer operating.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) admits misreporting, saying “(t)he confidence level for the monthly change in total employment is on the order of plus or minus 430,000 jobs.”

Mark Twain’s maxim about lies, damn lies and statistics applies mostly to managed news misinformation.

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US War on Humanity

March 12th, 2017

Stephen Lendman

Endless US wars rage in multiple theaters, Trump continuing Bush/Cheney/Obama aggression against sovereign independent countries posing no threat to America or any other country.

Civilians are harmed most in all wars. America and Israel consider them legitimate targets, massacring them mercilessly, accountability not forthcoming.

The Pentagon admitted to killing 220 civilians in Iraq and Syria since bombings began in 2014 - a flagrant insult to many thousands indiscriminately massacred by US warplanes in both countries.

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Iranians’ Opinions of ISIS, of U.S. Gov’t., & of U.S. People

March 12th, 2017

Eric Zuesse

Iranians hold in extremely low regard: the U.S. government, ISIS, Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, and international terrorism, but their opinions of the American people are remarkably higher than their opinions of the American government — they don’t believe that America’s government represents the American people, at all. They think it represents instead the American aristocracy (which it does). And they detest ISIS and other terrorist and terrorist-supporting groups for the same reason they detest bin Laden: they don’t share the jihadists’ view of what Islam is. And yet, as Shiites, instead of (as the Sauds are) Sunnis, they also are more committed to their religion than they are to their country, whereas the citizens of the Sunni nations (especially Saudi Arabia), which is where the 9/11 terrorists and almost all other Islamic terrorists come from, view themselves more as citizens of their particular Sunni Sharia-law nation, than as being citizens of any particular nation.

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You’re Being Lied to!

March 12th, 2017

Stephen Lendman

Believe nothing at face value from government at all levels and scoundrel media sources.

On all issues mattering most, especially geopolitical ones, they systematically lie - fake news substituting for truth-telling, information important to know suppressed.

Media scoundrels operate as virtual press agents for wealth, power and privileged interests - willfully deceiving readers and viewers to keep them uninformed on what’s going on, feeding them worthless rubbish, fiction, not facts.

Truth-telling would expose rogue state policies, complicit with monied interests, inflicting enormous harm on humanity at home and abroad, ordinary people exploited and abused so privileged ones can benefit.

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Trump’s New Travel Ban

March 12th, 2017

Stephen Lendman

His new executive order, issued Monday, reworked his earlier one - rejected at the federal district and appeals court levels.

How this one fares remains to be seen. It’ll likely be challenged. Like the earlier one, it’s all about politics, unrelated to border control and keeping the nation safe from foreign terrorists - ISIS and others Washington created and supports.

It calls for improved “screening and vetting protocols associated with the visa-issuance process and the” US Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP).

It suspends for 90 days entry of certain (undefined) aliens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. More on the special case of Iraq below.

It cites authorization under Article II of the Constitution, section 212(f) of the 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act, and Title 8 of the US Code, stating:

“Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”

Jimmy Carter used it in 1979 after the Iranian Revolution to stop its citizens from entering America, along with deporting thousands of its nationals.

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Is Trump Leading a Grassroots Rev-illusion?

January 20th, 2017

By Fred Gransville

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The news is full of mis and disinformation regarding the inauguration of D. J. Trump. Misinformation is false or inaccurate information, especially that which is deliberately intended to deceive. Disinformation is intentionally false or misleading information that is spread in a calculated way to deceive target audiences, news that is true but is meant to deceive you. They both can be considered Fake News.

For example, about 1,000 of a promised 4,000 U.S. troops did arrive in Poland at the start of the week. As the troops, tanks and heavy armored vehicles crossed into south-western Poland from Germany getting close to the Russian border, some people, known as conspiracy theorists, are behind the disinformation that Obama is planning to kick off World War III on Friday so he can declare Martial Law and stay President.

Soros-backed groups, behind the “Not My President,” are funding anti-Trumpsters all over the country on Friday to protest Trump becoming the 45th POTUS. Although a large faction of demonstrators are self-motivated, there is no way a movement this organized could happen without outside, professional help.

What protests are taking place during Donald Trump's inauguration ...
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International-The Sydney Morning Herald-16 hours ago
Boycotting the inauguration may be the right protest, but it's the ...
Opinion-Los Angeles Times-16 hours ago
Donald Trump inauguration protests expected to break records
In-Depth-Washington Times-13 hours ago
Everything you need to know about Donald Trump's inauguration
Blog-Politico (blog)-Jan 17, 2017

And finally, the top commander, in charge of the 5,000 troops from out of state that have been sent in to augment security for the inauguration, is being removed at 12:01 p.m. on inauguration day.

Maj. Gen. Errol Schwartz, the commander of the District of Columbia National Guard, is going to be out of a job just as President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office. Schwartz confirmed that he would be leaving at that time but that he did not know the reason for his dismissal.

Why would the top commander be leaving at 12:01 p.m.?

Well, according to one of the top fake news websites, the "Deep State" is planning to assassinate Trump.

According to Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers, there is an apocalyptic sounding Security Council (SC) report circulating in the Kremlin today that says President Putin has just received an emergency personal message from President-elect Donald Trump that, in part, says “I may not live through week,” but adds, “If I do, I’ll get even with these bastards and everyone will win!” Trump allegedly goes on with two cryptic quotes:

1.) “We shall have world government, whether or not we like it. The question is only whether world government will be achieved by consent or by conquest.”—that was stated by the German born American banker James Warburg, son of Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) founder Paul Warburg, who said these shocking words when he gave testimony before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on 17 February 1950.

2.) “Today the path to total dictatorship in the U.S. can be laid by strictly legal means… We have a well-organized political-action group in this country, determined to destroy our Constitution and establish a one-party state… It operates secretly, silently, continuously to transform our Government… This ruthless power-seeking elite is a disease of our century… This group…is answerable neither to the President, the Congress, nor the courts. It is practically irremovable.”—that was stated by US Senator William Jenner four years later in 1954.

The bogus report, according to me, further explains that President-elect Trump is giving notice to the Federation he was battling against—and whose currently accepted nomenclature is the CIA-led “Deep State.” Trump hand delivered the message because “his enemies are all around me, I wish the American people knew the truth and how much I’m depending on them.” Trump goes on to lament that he wasn't able to stop Obama from "sending to Norway today of hundreds of US Marines who are now preparing to release from their massive military bunkers thousands of tanks and armored vehicles against Russia’s northern border."

No, I am not making this up, Sorcha Faal at whatdoesitmean.com is the source, according to me, of this nonsense.

So, what is really going on here?

There will be protests, but WW3 isn't starting on Friday and Trump will become the 45th POTUS after he takes the oath of office on the same bible Abraham Lincoln used during his first inauguration as president.

So why is George Soros spending all this money to protest Trump's inauguration and what is all this mis and disinformation about WW 3 and a Trump assassination?

Answer: To make everyone who voted for, and against the Donald, believe that, the real-estate mogul who became a reality-TV star, is the real deal and will start a grassroots revolution, TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT.

It should be obvious by now, to anyone who isn't in denial, that the Donald is the latest "deep state" puppet.

What happened to "lock her up!" or "draining the swamp?"

"Decades of special interest dealing must come to an end. We have to break the cycle of corruption...It is time to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C...That is why I am proposing a package of ethics reforms to make our government honest once again." Donald J. Trump

The Donald convinced his supporters that he would be an agent of change, getting rid of the entitled elites who got rich while the middle class struggled.

I can't help recalling Barack Obama, who specifically promised to “change the culture of Washington.” The escalation of the war in Afghanistan and Iraq and his policies on Guantanamo, state secrets, renditions, executive power, bailouts and the stimulus packages were for the most part identical to those of George W. Bush.

Voters who thought the president-elect’s cabinet would be handpicked to help ordinary Americans aren't too happy with the Donald.

The elite and Wall Street insiders like Steven Mnuchin, Wilbur Ross, and Goldman Sachs are everywhere in the new administration.

The President-elect is going to get first prize for naming more billionaires to cabinet and top posts than any other president in US history. The Hedge Funds are “Gleeful” That Trump “Conned His Supporters” and Appointed Wall Street to His Cabinet.

And then the military. Four US military generals representing the most corrupt military industrial complex in world history: 1) Secretary of Defense - General Dynamics board member, 2) the retired General James "Mad Dog" Mattis, 3) National Security Adviser - retired major defense contractor Lt. General Mike Flynn, and 4) Secretary of Homeland Security, retired General John F. Kelly with his own consulting firm.

But the most dubious appointment of all goes to the Secretary of State. Trump actually appointed Rex Tillerson, the CEO of Exxon Mobil to carry out the President's foreign policies through the State Department. Exxon Mobil ,the largest oil multinational of the United States, is sitting on billions of dollars in deals that can go forward, if and only if, the United States lifts sanctions against Russia.

As more and more Cabinet choices are named, it looks like the entire Trump Presidency project is emerging as Henry A. Kissinger's "Back Door Man," in the Cheney meaning of the term, the man with "skills" at getting what he wanted through opaque means.

Yes Henry, who met with Trump numerous times since the election, is emerging as the unofficial and key foreign policy adviser of the Trump Administration.

A major mis and disinformation campaign was necessary to keep the people believing we are in a Grassroots Trump Rev-illusion.

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