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Swamp fails to drain Trump

Posted by seumasach on March 1, 2021

Cailean Bochanan

1st March, 2021

Trump’s triumphant return at the CPAC can only accentuate the despair felt in Atlanticist circles, especially those emanating from London. After 4 years trying to tame the beast he is back and Biden’s election turns out to be a Pyrrhic victory. In fact, Trump looks in a stronger position than ever, continuing to highlight the blatant electoral fraud which denied him victory ( with three dissenters on the Supreme Court openly sympathetic), pushing for quicker reopening of schools (with falling “cases” due to a suspiciously timed intervention from the WHO curbing PCR testing excesses), a plank of Biden’s programme, lamenting Biden’s failure to withdraw the military from the Middle East and escoriating the treacherous republican leadership to the delight of the crowds, a Republican leadership which now has no choice but to endorse the man they queued up to stab on Capitol Hill. There is nothing here to suggest that the greatly feared Democratic Party dictatorship has become a realty. Trump has not been driven from political life, his supporters haven’t been hunted down, the far-left, rather than being empowered, are in despair at having been sold down the river so soon. The drive to open up the economy as the so-called covid epidemic tails off is becoming irresistible.


While Trump exudes strength, Biden exudes weakness. True, he has presided over a piece of gratuitous aggression, a missile attack on Syria, a traditional blooding of the new incumbent, but it’s questionable whether he was even informed, let alone consulted about it. His Vice-President Kamala Harris certainly wasn’t and complained vociferously. In office, but not in power. Extraordinarily, leading members of the Democratic Party want to take away Biden’s power to press the nuclear button. I would suggest that is symptomatic of a situation where power is escaping their hands. They want to control the president but someone else is already doing that. Quite explicitly, in fact. Shortly before Biden’s inauguration the Joints Chief’s of Staff made the unprecedented announcement that they would guarantee the Biden succession. So he owes his position to them in a sort of managed transition. Is this a soft military regime being signalled to us also through the occupation of Washington DC by the National Guard, at Trump’s command remember! General Michael Flynn spoke openly of a military intervention but not quite in this way. The fact that he is not facing treason charges, which undoubtedly would have been the first move of a Democratic single party dictatorship following on a coup by electoral fraud, confirms that the coup hasn’t happened. The appointment of his brother to head Asia Command confirms it doubly. It is as if MacBeth, after killing Duncan, continued to encounter his ghost in the corridors of the castle, failed to kill Banquo and the rest of the Duncan supporters, promoted some of them and even allowed them to continue to propagate conspiracy theories about Duncan’s death.

If we are in a period of military stewardship of the United States what would their goal be? To keep the states unified, in the first instance. They would seek to prevent the slide into civil war so confidently predicted in certain circles. Blocking normal politics would then be an essential step since normal politics is driven by irreconcilable extremes. Having a puppet Democratic president is then ideal to take the wind out of the sails of the loony left whose identity nonsense if incompatible in principle with any stable body politic. They do indeed seem to have gone quiet and the Trots are in despair, always a reliable marker. As WSWS puts it : “Biden and the Democratic Party leadership have strengthened Trump and his fellow Republican plotters.”


They would also have grasped by now that China has emerged victorious from Coronawars and that the USA better open up quickly before even more damage has been done to its standing in the world. They would also seek to salvage something of the middle class as some kind of stable base to the political system.


They would also seek to strengthen the military, of course, through the time honoured method of generating tension against imaginary enemies. At the same time the realists would be in charge as they have tended to be since the Iraq debacle and the overthrow of Rumsfeld, checking any temptation towards reckless conflict. This, of course, is contradictory but the trend towards non-engagement by US troops spread out around the world will likely continue. Any realist would also realise that US levels of defence spending are incompatible with diminished US economic power and the looming financial blowout. Perhaps, bringing the troops home and curbing the Military/Industrial Complex might be the twin planks of future Trump foreign policy. Meanwhile, London will continue its amateur propaganda campaign to bounce the USA into conflict with the evil Russians

The great losers in these developments are precisely these the warmongers and neo-imperialists in London. As I have argued within the anti-lockdown movement, the immediate goal of lockdown is not a NWO, as advocated by Klaus Schwab, already a figure of fun and general derision, but the NOW, the New Order of the West, a remilitarised, streamlined West under the leadership of a re-empowered NATO and Johnson’s D-10, a grandiose Freedom Alliance of the Western democracies with the Eastern democracies, Australia, Japan, South Korea, India underpinned by the strict denial of basic democratic rights under the pretext of an imaginary epidemic. Significantly, the ten leading countries in terms of covid “cases” are members of NATO. By Covid will they stand or fall. They will fall.

Trump has not drained the swamp but neither has the swamp drained Trump. The USA is in an unstable equilibrium that has to resolve itself either through its refoundation as a nation state or a disastrous, renewed bid for global hegemony.

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7 Things to Know About the Pentagon’s New Plan for a 500-Ship Navy Fleet

Posted by seumasach on November 16, 2020

7th October, 2020

Military.com

From the Defender 2020 NATO military exercises back in March, the biggest since the 90s- carried out incidentally in the midst of a supposedly deadly epidemic, to this grandiose scheme to maintain US naval superiority in the China Seas the contours of war are clearly delineated under the shadow of covid panic. Whilst the people’s fear remains focused on covid, this is the truly frightening bit. Trump has fired Esper but will Trump survive: the anti-Trump coup means the military/industrial complex moves to centre stage, the deep state becomes the state and, in Europe, the EU rather than just living under the shadow of NATO becomes NATO.”If we can assemble the collective will and determination to see it through, I’m confident Battle Force 2045 will maintain our maritime superiority far into the future and ensure the United States Navy remains the greatest in the world for generations to come,” he said.The new plan, which matched a document Defense News first obtained and reported on last month, marks a significant increase in the 355-ship fleet the Navy has been working toward. Esper acknowledged the U.S. will face challenges in building a 500-plus ship fleet under tightening budgets. But he stressed the buildup is necessary, citing China’s troubling and “brazen destabilizing” actions in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as Beijing’s plans to modernize its force in the next 15 years and field “a world-class military by 2049.”

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Covid, fascism and the road to war

Posted by seumasach on October 2, 2020

Cailean Bochanan

2nd October, 2020

General Sir Nicholas Carter has warned that Russia and China, authoritarian regimes as he has it, are using the covid crisis to undermine Western societies. He even accuses them of seeking to win without fighting. That is probably true in accordance of the dictum of Sun Tzu. In fact, they may already have won. But not in the eyes of out gallant general. This is a man who called for the army to be deployed against coronavrus back in March. He is the symbol and the rallying point of all those who refuse to recognise that the empire is over. In this speech he was introduced in this web conference by David Petreaus, a seasoned neocon. The neocons, the infection which won’t go away, are indeed back. Some of them are featured in the Transition Integrity Project, a more or less brazen attempt to overthrow the president of the USA in the, highly likely, event that he wins the coming election. Where this leads the USA is anyone’s guess but the great hope of the neocons, judging by past form , is that America will once again lead the world to a New World Order by defeating the Russia/China alliance. That certainly seems to be a long shot, but politics as the art of the impossible is exactly attuned to dying empires. 

What concretely, does Carter propose. He has realized that modern warfare is about modern technology, specifically 5G, AI, robotisation and cybernetics. Isn’t it a bit late in the day to realise this? Well, the West thought they could win through their Jihadi irregulars destabilising the Middle East and thence both Russia and China. Empire on the cheap, if you like, actual investment, long term investment, in new technology being beyond the scope of America’s corporate welfare system. So, that all has to change- there has to be a reset. The pretext for the reset is the lockdown, a proposal first mooted by the Chinese and their friends in the WHO. Perhaps the Chinese hoped to out the war party once and for all and Carter and Petreaus have duly obliged. Their language may be newspeak but their intentions are transparent. The US/UK and their self-declared allies have decided to reassert their birthright, their ‘ownership” of the “international community”.

Covid, of course, is about politics rather than public health. In the first instance, it is essential in order to set the US election within the framework of the “new normal”. This enables the subversion of the electoral process as never before. In particular, it allows the postal voting which , as Trump correctly points out, is a guaranteed means of electoral fraud. All that matters if that the outcome, presumably a victory by Donald Trump, can be contested. Why the removal of Trump is such an imperative I can’t say. That it is an imperative is beyond question. If the neocons are in the mix , as they appear to be, then it can only be a question of war or peace. I would then surmise that Trump, despite all appearances, intends to seek an American diplomacy which permits a detente with Russia/China wheres his adversaries seek a New World Order built on the ashes of Russia and China. Trump’s policy then would be a realistic pursuit of US national interests as opposed to the entrenched fanaticism of fantasists.

It is significant that Trump has consistently sought to downplay the coronavirus crisis in contrast to most of the media, the democrats in general and the neocons in particular. Not only is coronavirus a cover for electoral fraud, it is instrumental in furthering the aims of the war party. The USA has to “reset”, restructure in the interests of war. This would entail economies of scale, the monopolisation of the economy, the rapid running down of social programmes, the destruction of independent wealth, the middle class and the scaling down of the population. If fascism is defined as the orientation of an entire society to war then this is fascism- fascism with a transhuman face: the human values of yesteryear and their advocates reduced to naught. We can already get more than a glimpse of this in the lockdown, already a dystopia which leaves 1984 or Brave New World looking not so bad after all. Is this then between an Orwellian vision and a Huxley vision. I believe not. We are firmly placed in Oceania and Orwell’s world of rivalries between power blocks. The Western elites have retreated from globalisation which is now being led by China. They make seek to retool for global war, a ‘challenge” too far I would say, regress into a fourth world misery, or finally embrace the new multipolar reality where no one is top dog, not even China, and the world finds a new equilibrium.

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