by Don Wassall
Donald Trump campaigned as a nationalist and a populist, and there was some early promise to his administration – for example, the editorial in the March 2017 Nationalist Times stated of the fledgling administration that the “glass is half-full or half-empty, depending on one’s tendency toward optimism or pessimism.” But since that editorial was written, Trump has moved decisively toward embracing globalism, neo-conservatism, and the establishment he promised to “drain,” or as The Los Angeles gleefully headlined it, “In a Consequential Week, Trump Leans on the Washington Establishment He Vowed to Disrupt.” The list of Trump’s anti-nationalist and anti-populist moves beginning in March and continuing into April is a long one: Kevin Hassett, nominated by Trump to be the next chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, is a pro-immigration, free-trading globalist. Hassett has said and written such gems as: “[A]llowing more immigrants to enter for the sake of employment is one of the few policies that might restore our old normal. If the U.S. doubled its total immigration and prioritized bringing in new workers, it could add more than half a percentage point a year to expected GDP growth.” And this: “Liberalized trade – in broadly multilateral, regional, or bilateral agreements – is a key ingredient in the recipe for prosperity. . .An absolute prerequisite for long-term economic growth is full participation in the global economy and trading system.” . . . . . . . . Trump has punished the Border Patrol agents who strongly supported him by announcing he is keeping Obama holdover Kevin McAleenan as the next Commissioner of Border Patrol, Customs and Border Protection (CBP). According to a Breitbart news article, Border Patrol agents despise McAleenan, who was tasked by Obama with keeping America’s borders as open as possible. “All of the things we fought against happened under this guy’s watch,” Breitbart quoted a Border Patrol agent as saying. . . . . . . . One of Trump’s biggest applause lines during his campaign was his pledge that Mexico was going to pay for the border wall he was going to have built. However on April 9th, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, when asked by NBC News whether during his talks with Mexico he made it clear that Mexico was to pay for the wall, replied, “We had no conversation about this issue.” . . . . . . . . During the first days after his inauguration, Trump had called Obama’s deal with Australia to bring some of that country’s illegal aliens and asylum seekers to the U.S. “dumb.” However, Ann Corcoran of refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress reported on March 21st that “Trump has sent a team to [Nauru and Manus islands, where the Australian refugees are being held] to begin the screening process” to bring them to the U.S. . . . . . . . . . Remember the hiring freeze on federal government employees announced by Trump in January? It was rescinded in April. . . . . . . . . . . When the Freedom Caucus, composed of the most conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives, opposed Trump’s embrace of “Ryancare,” the “centrist” alternative to Obamacare that would keep much of Obamacare intact, Trump sent out a “tweet” announcing that he would campaign against them in 2018 if they didn’t “get on the team.” . . . . . . . . . . During the campaign, Trump was quite critical of NATO, even referring to it as “obsolete.” After meeting with NATO’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, Trump enthusiastically sang the praises of NATO, saying he was grateful for NATO members’ support of his attack on Syria, with Stoltenberg saying he and Trump agreed that “NATO must do more in the global fight against terrorism.” Trump also urged NATO member countries to increase their military spending to keep pace with the huge increase in money the Pentagon is slated to receive this year. . . . . . . . . Trump has expanded special forces deployments around Africa and the Middle East, according to Jason Ditz of antiwar.com. Writes Ditz: “While President Trump has been deploying larger numbers of regular ground troops into Syria and Iraq, the special force deployments have continued apace, and those familiar with the situation say he is likely to remove current restrictions on the special forces carrying out raids into Somalia. But that is just likely to be one of many new places the U.S. forces will be operating, with deployments in places like Niger, Cameroon and Chad, along with a much larger number waiting in Djibouti.” . . . . . . . . . The Trump administration did announce deep cuts in foreign aid, but guess which is the only country whose annual welfare payment from American taxpayers won’t be cut? MSN reported: “Mark Toner, a State Department spokesman, said U.S. aid to Israel, which totaled about $3.1 billion this year, would not be touched under the Trump plan. Israel gets more U.S. aid than any other nation.” . . . . . . . . . . . After Trump’s military action against Syria, the Jerusalem Post reported that “Vice President Mike Pence reached out to thank Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his steadfast support. . . Pence also updated the premier on details of the attack’s aftermath.” . . . . . . . . . . The military attack on Syria was of course wildly popular in the Supreme Soviet, er Congress. It pleased not only foaming at the mouth militarists like John McCain and Lindsey Graham, but virtually all liberal Democrats as well. When Hawaii Democrat Tulsi Gabbard asked the administration to collect and release evidence from the scene of the alleged chemical attack in Syria, she was viciously attacked by her own party. Gabbard visited Syria in January and met with its president Bashar al-Assad and has consistently spoken out against U.S. involvement in that country. Howard Dean responded to Gabbard’s request for evidence by “tweeting,” “This is a disgrace. Gabbard should not be in Congress.” Neera Tanden, head of the Center for American Progress, said, “People of Hawaii’s 2nd district – was it not enough for you that your rep met with a murderous dictator? Will this move you?” Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, who had previously been doing everything possible to stymie the Trump regime, were also very supportive of the strike on Syria. . . . . . . . . . . Steve Bannon, now the sole populist/nationalist in a prominent position among Trump’s circle of advisors, was demoted from the National Security Council and is now a candidate to be a recipient of Trump’s favorite phrase: “You’re fired!” An article on the website axios.com is headlined “Trump Kneecaps Bannon,” and points out “that if Bannon goes, there’s no one of similar status in the White House who has the status to push the nationalist agenda to Trump – and more centrist figures are already ascendant. Without Bannon’s voice, this becomes a much more conventional White House.” The New York Post ran an article on April 12th headlined “Trump Won’t Definitely Say He Still Backs Bannon.” In it, Trump is quoted as saying, “I like Steve, but have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late. . . I had already beaten all the Senators and all the Governors, and I didn’t know Steve. I’m my own strategist and it wasn’t like I was going to change strategies because I was facing crooked Hillary. Steve is a good guy, but I told them to straighten it out or I will.” The “them” Trump says have to “straighten it out” are Bannon and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. Also Kushner’s wife Ivanka (Trump’s favorite among his children), and a coterie of banksters, neo-cons and internationalists. According to reports, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is “with the program” of moving in an anti-nationalist direction, which is not surprising given that Priebus was long suspected of being a mole back when Trump was campaigning. Even if Bannon survives, he’s now outnumbered roughly 12 to 1 among the inner circle, so he’s already been effectively emasculated. . . . . . . . . . . The Free Republic website reported in mid-April that “senior editors at pro-Trump website Breitbart News have instructed staff members to stop writing critical stories about Jared Kushner.” Bannon was among the original group of Breitbart higher-ups and became its executive chairman after the mysterious death of founder Andrew Breitbart. If the Free Republic report is true, it means that even Bannon’s old news organization, supposedly a hotbed of nationalism and racism (it isn’t and never has been), has turned on him. . . . . . . . . . . It becomes easier to tie some of the loose ends of Trump’s lightning fast embrace of the establishment he vowed to dismantle once it’s understood that none other than George Soros has given $250 million in credit to brothers Jared Kushner and Joshua Kushner’s real estate start-up, called Cadre (isn’t “cadre” a word usually associated with communism?), according to a report by the Jewish news site The Forward. The article quotes an unnamed source who says, “Soros has had a long productive relationship with the Kushner family.” Soros of course is the arch-enemy of nationalists and populists everywhere, the most influential activist and financier of pro-globalist and anti-nationalist activism in the world. With that close connection established, everything that happens in the next four years will be more easily understood. . . . . . . . . The reality is that Trump often did show his true colors by not standing by “controversial” people who were loyal to him. When his campaign manager Cory Lewandowski was falsely accused of “assaulting” a rabidly feminist journalist, Trump fired him. When General Flynn was smeared for talking to some Russians, he was fired. When Jeff Sessions was attacked for talking to the Russian ambassador, he had to recuse himself from the silly Russian witch hunts taking place. When Congressman Nunes showed great loyalty and made Trump aware of information validating Trump’s claim that he had been wiretapped by the Obama administration, he had to recuse himself. These are not the actions of a man of principle. One Nationalist Times reader offers this: “I think it’s impossible to stop the Deep State now. Maybe it could have been done (with someone like Trump) right after they took out JFK, but not now. They are too entrenched and control the media narrative of the entire Western world as well as Japan and some other countries outside of the West. The only reason that some cracks have occurred in their narrative and that a counter-narrative has arisen over the past 20 years is because of the internet, which they are now trying to censor. Michael Cernovich, the man who exposed the Susan Rice story, just came out with another report a few days ago that said the Deep State will only hire or allow confirmations of individuals that have been compromised so that they can be blackmailed and controlled. So, it’s no wonder that Western governments are filled with pedophiles and Satanists. There’s a reason that hundreds of thousands of children ‘go missing’ every year in this country and others. Back to Trump though. . . once it became a reality that Trump won the election, the two commissions to ‘investigate’ (the utterly bogus and preposterous) ‘Russian collusion’ were formed ‘to get to the bottom of this,’ one in the House and one in the Senate. The real purpose of this was to push innuendo and unsubstantiated claims against Trump and his team, indefinitely, with the support of the media, until Trump capitulated on Russia and the overall neo-con agenda, which he has now done. The (bogus) conclusions of both of these commissions will exonerate Trump (especially now that he has capitulated) but assert that Russia is guilty to give them a pretext to go to war with them.” . . . . . . . . . . . And of the gas attack itself? When Obama was thwarted by American public opinion and Russia from intervening in Syria in 2013 because of an alleged gas attack by Assad, there was time for the matter to be discussed and debated. This time around, the gas attack was alleged and within virtually hours U.S. cruise missiles were in the air. Colin Liddell, writing for The Occidental Observer, says of the alleged gas attack: “Obviously gas attacks are an extremely risky and inefficient option for anyone, but especially the Assad government, so it simply doesn’t make sense that they would do this on purpose now. In fact there are a whole list of reasons why this couldn’t be a willful use of poison gas by the Assad government. First, there’s the fact that Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, told reporters on March 30 that removing Assad was no longer a priority for the U.S.: ‘You pick and choose your battles and when we’re looking at this, it’s about changing up priorities and our priority is no longer to sit there and focus on getting Assad out…Do we think he’s a hindrance? Yes. Are we going to sit there and focus on getting him out? No. What we are going to focus on is putting the pressure in there so that we can start to make a change in Syria…We can’t necessarily focus on Assad the way that the previous administration did…Our priority is to really look at how do we get things done, who do we need to work with to really make a difference for the people in Syria.’ Given this, why would Assad risk the displeasure of the United States by doing something that reinforces the image presented by much of the media that he is a prime candidate for regime change? Why give fuel to Trump’s many critics by putting him in a difficult situation when he has just given you a free pass? On the other hand, if you really want renewed U.S. efforts to topple Assad, a false flag gas attack is just the ticket. Trump, under pressure from the media and many Republicans, may decide to change his mind and opt for a military confrontation. So it’s no surprise that the neo-con media immediately concluded that Assad was responsible. Like 9/11, the gas attack is exactly the sort of thing the neo-cons want in order to panic the U.S. into military intervention by providing a powerful moral rationale. Remember the moral opprobrium attached to Saddam Hussein that was so important in selling the disastrous Iraq War to the American people? Assad’s supposed gas attack on children in a hospital paints him as the epitome of evil. And of course neo-con favorites Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham condemned the move. McCain‘s reasoning was that Trump, by de-prioritizing toppling the Assad regime, had encouraged Assad. Sorry, but it seems ridiculous to try to launch a gas attack that kills a few dozen people in a civil war that has already killed between 321,000-400,000 people when it will be condemned by virtually everyone and has been used in the past as a pretext for U.S. involvement. How could such a small-scale attack yield a strategic advantage? How can attacking a hospital and killing children have any military benefit at all? . . So, absolutely zero military benefit and a massive negative propaganda effect for the Syrian government. They would have to be insane to do it.” . . . . . .
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