As the reality show version of Game of Thrones continues to play out in the Oval Office the world lurches ever closer to another world war. Where to even begin keeping score of the incredible developments that have unfolded over the past week? Let's just briefly go over a few of the major headlines that have played out since the end of March:
Yeah, its been that kind of a week. And all of this unfolds against the backdrop of an ever increasing military build up in Eastern Asia while Trump is meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first time this weekend.
But then beginning this week a new offensive was begun by the anti-Russia faction of the deep state. Prince's meeting with Russian officials in January is leaked on Monday of this week and then the highly dubious chemical attack in Syria unfolds on Tuesday.
While the phrase "false flag" has become far too casually used by the conspiratorial right, the fact is there is absolutely no logical reason for Syria or Russia to engage in the use of chemical warfare at this point. Tillerson and Haley had both supported Assad's rule on Thursday, signaling a winding down of US operations in Syria, and then less than a week later Assad decides to gas his own people with sarin gas? What could possibly be gained from such actions?
Then, the day after this absurdity, Bannon is removed from the National Security Council, likely in preparation for the US attacks launched against the Syrian government the next day. Many people will no doubt point to Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, for this reversal in fortunes. Kushner was reportedly a lifelong Democrat and donor prior to Trump's campaign. He is also reputed to be a Zionist and is Trump's chief liaison to Jewish elites who such played a major role in Trump's campaign.
But here's the thing: Many pro-Russian Trump officials such as Bannon and former National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn are as anti-Iran as it gets. Reportedly Erik Prince's visit with Russian officials was to convince Putin to withdraw support from Iran for further US actions. Prince may even have made head way in this regard as Russia had agreed to assist the US and Israel in expelling Iranian influence in Syria on March 25, days before the pro-Assad proclamations made by Tillerson and Haley.
Is the anti-Russian faction that backed Hillary making a comeback then? Most likely, and Kushner may only be playing a side role in helping them change the agenda. The leading role may in fact being played by a man Hillary backers in the intelligence community have reportedly considered staging a coup for. It may even be a fear of this coup that forced Trump's recent actions in Syria.
But what could be forcing Trump's hand? Well, remember, Trump has been linked to billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein along with Bill Clinton. One of Trump's early mentors was attorney Roy Cohn, a man long linked to sexual blackmail operations run by the CIA that may have involved pedophilia.
Even more interesting is the fact that the man heading Trump's Justice Department happens to be a member of the same secretive network as the man Hillary backers have considered staging a coup for. Even Hillary herself is a "friend" of this network.
Ah, but surely all of this is a coincidence.
"Democrats have spent months wrapping themselves in extremely nationalistic and militaristic rhetoric. They have constantly accused Trump of being a traitor to the U.S., a puppet of Putin, and unwilling to defend U.S. interests. They have specifically tried to exploit Assad’s crimes by tying the Syrian leader to Trump, insisting that Trump would never confront Assad because doing so would anger his Kremlin masters. They have embraced a framework whereby anyone who refuses to confront Putin or Assad is deemed a sympathizer of, or a servant to, foreign enemies.
"Having pushed those tactics and themes, Democrats have painted themselves into a corner. How could they possibly do anything but cheer as Trump bombs Syria? They can’t. And cheering is thus exactly what they’re doing.
"For months, those of us who have urged skepticism and restraint on the Russia rhetoric have highlighted the risk that this fixation on depicting him as a tool of the Kremlin could goad Trump – dare him or even force him – to seek confrontation with Moscow. Some Democrats reacted with rage yesterday at the suggestion that their political tactics were now bearing this fruit, but that’s how politics works."Still, that's hardly stopped the dissemination of Russian conspiracy theories from certain quarters. Greenwood goes on to note:
"Already, the most obsessive Democratic conspiracists have cited the fact that the U.S. military advised Russia in advance of the strikes – something they would have been incredibly reckless not to do – as innuendo showing that Trump serves Putin. If Trump tomorrow bombed Red Square, Democrats – after cheering him – would quickly announce that he only did so to throw everyone off the trail of his collusion with Putin."
Still, there is something curious about all of this. The attack on a Syrian airbase was so effective that fighters were scrambled from said base only hours after the attack. And while many hawks from either party are hoping this is the beginning of a new offensive, Rex Tillerson has been vague on how committed the US is to further escalating things against Assad.
Reportedly, the Prussian element in Trump's administration personified by Secretary of Defense James "Mad Dog" Mattis is the faction most likely to have pushed for this strike. This is interesting as both Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford (such as here and here) have expressed reservations over escalating the conflict in Syria.
Just where all of this is heading is difficult to say. Next week Tillerson will reportedly visit Russia, the first time a Trump administration official has ventured into Mother Russia. This may provide some crucial insight into the level of commitment whomever is driving Trump's foreign policy has to the escalation with Russia. The possibility that this is some elaborate feign on the part of the Pentagon as it continues to build up its forces in Eastern Asia can not be dismissed. But policymakers will no doubt being playing their cards close to the vest as the final decision over what will be the primary theater of the next world war are hashed out.
China had their say this week, now its Russia's turn. The Pentagon is certainly doing all it can to be perceived as being in a position of strength.
Even more interesting is another shakeup at the National Security Council. This time its veteran foreign policy pundit K.T. McFarland being given the boot, a decision apparently driven by McMaster. Bloomberg notes:
"K. T. McFarland has been asked to step down as deputy National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump after less than three months and is expected to be nominated as ambassador to Singapore, according to a person familiar with White House personnel moves.
"The departure of the 65-year-old former Fox News commentator comes as Trump’s second National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster, puts his own stamp on the National Security Council after taking over in February from retired General Michael Flynn.
"McFarland proved not to be a good fit at the NSC, the person said, adding that Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was involved in the decision as well."
As such, she appears to be very close to the Rockefeller faction of the old traditional conservative establishment. Her removal, which appears to have been driven by McMaster and General John Kelly would indicate that the generals and the evangelicals are increasing their strange hold on the NSC. For me information of the forces vying for power on Trump's National Security Council (and as a result, his foreign policy), check here.
- An absolutely spot on analysis by Christopher Knowles of The Secret Sun.
- Henry Kissinger, a total creation of the Rockefeller family, has been one of the only members of the traditional conservative establishment to support Trump on Russia. While Kissinger no doubt still has a line to Trump, the removal of McFarland largely leaves him on the outside looking in at the NSC. This further muddies the waters concerning Russia, but Tillerson's current posturing indicates improved relations with Russia are still possible, if not a given
- Rick Perry's elevation to the NSC is interesting in the context of Bannon and McFarland's removal. Perry is close to the fanatical New Apostolic Reformation movement, which gives the Evangelical faction another key alley on the NSC. This is yet another sign our foreign policy is being totally directed by a combination of the Pentagon (and most assuredly not the civilian branch) and various Christian cults
"China will offer the Trump administration better market access for financial sector investments and US beef exports to help avert a trade war, according to Chinese and US officials involved in talks between the two governments.
"US President Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, his Chinese counterpart, decided at their first meeting in Florida last week that they needed rushed trade negotiations to produce results within 100 days. The two concessions on finance and beef are relatively easy for Beijing to make.
"At present, foreign investors cannot hold a majority stake in securities and insurance companies in China. The country’s largest companies in these sectors, such as Citic Securities and China Life Insurance, have achieved enormous scale in the 15 years since the world’s second-biggest economy joined the World Trade Organisation, making them formidable competitors for new entrants to the market...
"China is also willing to end a ban on US beef imports that has been in place since 2003, officials said, and buy more grains and other agricultural products as it seeks to reduce tensions stemming from the $347bn annual trade surplus in goods that it enjoys with its biggest trading partner."The financial sector concessions are the big one. By opening up their securities and insurance companies to foreign ownership via majority stakes, China is setting up this part of the financial sector for a takeover by their US counterparts. This is no small pivot and may lead to unparalleled foreign influence on China's economy during the PRC era.
It would appear Trump's deployment of shock and awe sent the deserved message to its intended target.