In These New Times

A new paradigm for a post-imperial world

Posts Tagged ‘trump agenda’

China may be Trump’s best hope to ‘make America great again’

Posted by seumasach on October 13, 2017

This is the key issue of the Trump presidency behind all the rhetoric, the posturing and the threats. If Trump can consolidate a partnership with China we will know that there is method in his madness. Otherwise it is simply madness with Trump breaking America’s old partnerships whilst failing to create new ones.

Asia Times

13th October, 2017

China is not America’s enemy or competitor or whatever name the US anti-China crowd labels it with. It is not challenging US global supremacy or stealing its jobs, as many in America claim. On the contrary, the Chinese and US economies are increasingly intertwined, becoming each other’s largest trade partners and major investors.

Read more


Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

US envoy to Japan: Trump surrounded by cool heads

Posted by seumasach on October 1, 2017

Asia Times

30th September, 2017

People anxious about Donald Trump’s rhetoric on North Korea should be reassured that the US president has surrounded himself with “disciplined and thoughtful” advisers who won’t rush towards war, according to his new ambassador to Japan.

Read more

Posted in Global peace process, Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »

Overwhelming resistance to Trump’s plan to scuttle the Iran deal

Posted by seumasach on September 23, 2017

I don’t think Trump is about to scupper the Iran deal: the resistance to doing so is indeed “overwhelming”. Were he to do he would isolate the USA completely and cripple US diplomacy. The immediate consequence would be to rule out a diplomatic solution the the Korea crisis.  That would explain why, in what is now a familiar pattern, the military have been to the fore in appealing for reason. Thus

“on Wednesday afternoon, the Commander of U.S. Strategic Command, General John Hyten, in a speech at the Hudson Institute, said, “The facts are that Iran is operating under the agreement that we signed up for under JCPOA… We have an agreement that our nation has signed and I believe that if the United States of America signs an agreement, it’s our job to live up to the terms of that agreement, it’s our job to enforce that.” “

Cato Institute

21st September, 2017

This has not been a good week for President Trump’s Iran policy. As the president has indicated, he plans in mid-October to decertify Iranian compliance with the nuclear deal, or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), negotiated and signed in 2015, which rolled back Iran’s nuclear program, placed severe restrictions on it for the foreseeable future, and imposed the world’s most intrusive inspections regime on what remained.

Read more

Posted in Iran | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

US, Iran break ice at UN Hqs.

Posted by seumasach on September 22, 2017


Indian Punchline

21st September, 2017

The US President Donald Trump’s speech at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday has drawn attention to the Iran nuclear deal of July 2015. Will the deal survive? Or, will it perish in a sudden death?

Read more

Posted in Iran | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

Trump’s push to quit South Korea trade pact would mark latest swerve in region on edge

Posted by seumasach on September 3, 2017

Trump has undertaken a remarkable policy which consists of undermining key US alliances. He is effectively dismantling the US empire.


3rd September, 2017

Donald Trump has asked aides to prepare for US withdrawal from a free trade agreement with South Korea, it was reported on Saturday – a potentially stunning development at a time of tense confrontation with North Korea.

Read more

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »

Trump faces down the CIA and co-opts the Pentagon on Syria

Posted by seumasach on July 29, 2017

Glenn Ford

Global Research

29th July, 2017

It’s not like Donald Trump to “stifle” himself, as TV’s Archie Bunker used to say, but the president has been relatively subdued about his decision, reportedly made last month, to terminate the CIA program that has armed, trained, directed and protected jihadist fighters in Syria. Trump’s uncharacteristic reticence on the matter is understandable, given the agency’s homicidal culture and history.

Read more

Posted in Syria | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »

Trump ends Syrian regime change campaign

Posted by seumasach on July 22, 2017

Neocons and liberals howl

Justin Raimondo


21st July, 2017

The headline in the Washington Post said it all: “Trump ends covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria, a move sought by Moscow.” The madness that has infected what passes for journalism today could not be more starkly dramatized: everything is seen through the distorting lens of Russophobia.

Read more

Posted in Syria | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

White House admits defeat in Syria

Posted by seumasach on July 21, 2017

Finian Cunningham

Sputnik News

20th July, 2017

President Trump’s announcement this week to end the CIA’s covert arming of militants in Syria is an admission of defeat. The US has lost its six-year war for regime change in the Arab country. It’s time to wrap it up.

Read more

Posted in Syria | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

Washington has terminated all support for jihadists

Posted by seumasach on July 21, 2017


21st July, 2017

According to the Washington Post, President Trump has terminated all CIA programmes providing support to jihadists in Syria.

Read more

Posted in Syria | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

Trump outmaneuvers the media — and sets the stage for détente With Russia

Posted by seumasach on May 14, 2017

Russia Insider

12th May, 2017

Within the Neoconservative ideology that holds sway over the American political establishment, it is axiomatic that democratic countries are peace-loving because they truly reflect in policy the peaceful and business-like mentality of the broad population.  By contrast, authoritarian regimes are warlike because they are inherently unstable, lacking as they do genuine grass-roots support, and must resort to external aggression or threats of violence abroad to keep their people in line. Authoritarian regimes should be brought down one way or another if we are to enjoy global peace. So the story goes.

Read more

Posted in Global peace process | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

Tillerson-Remarks to U.S. Department of State Employees

Posted by seumasach on May 6, 2017

This is a major foreign policy statement by Secretary of State, Tillerson. Note that there is no reference whatsoever to the UK, supposedly America’s closest ally. At its heart is a strategic partnership with China envisaged already in terms of long term strategic planning ( 50 years). In addition, detente with Russia and, specifically, cooperation against ISIS is back on the agenda. This is only logical: the US understands that the idea of creating a wedge between Russia and China, trending recently on alternative news sites, is devoid of realism. Of further significance is Tillerson’s clear disavowal of any attempt to impose US values universally placing US foreign policy unequivocally in the “realist” camp. It goes without saying that this program can only be applied subject to the overcoming of internal  opposition or, to put it bluntly, over the dead bodies of the neocon faction. The retreat from empire implies an adjustment to the power structure within the USA. This may already have happened to some extent with the shift of power away from the State Department to the Pentagon in fulfillment of the reversal of the policy outlined by Rumsfeld in 2001.

Read full speech

5th May, 2017

Posted in Multipolar world | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »

%d bloggers like this: