It is Sunday morning in Asia and it’s the same old stuff coming on to the news, Trump is in France as arrogant and self-serving as ever and proves it everyday though investigations, press conferences, rallies, and research. The president is as crooked as a corkscrew.
Hold up his share of the Nobel Peace Prize, folks, North Korea is getting grumpy and says imperialist sanctions will never work. I agree and taken to extreme can lead to devastating military confrontations. (Pearl Harbor 1941)
Under any previous president the international trade issue of unfairness to Americans and the U. S. economy could well be addressed sensibly, gradually, and peacefully over short years by rational means. After all as a nation we do not want to go broke. But, no, no Trump jumps into it with both feet immediately, non-diplomatically, and blows the issue out of proportion. Before the Trumpet came into the picture economic progress was being made by Obama and the Democratic party mostly, slowly, cautiously, eventually aimed at practicality without the ruffled feathers and anger, while utilizing mature time-tested methods of negotiations.
Does the U. S. have to change the entire world order immediately to benefit Trump’s ambitions for political power and his economic dreams? He has given us more than a hint of his final destination the possible destruction of the free American constitutional democratic system we cherish.
Reviewing the record, it is apparent Trump’s long-term strategy is to slowly, over time, withdraw from the poor, disadvantaged, and the middle class and provide Wall Street and his one percent business friends the lion’s share of the government’s taxpayer’ budget; not for me to remind the financiers receive enough from the rigged system’s lucre already. To the Teflon Don the effective transfer has political power and meaning on the Street and Mar-a-logo, the rest of us are losers.
Another subject: I cannot for the like of me understand a superpower nation with the largest and most prosperous economy in the world cannot solve its immigration policies pertaining to migrants as complicated as these issues can be. As I write there are seven thousand or more marching through Mexico prematurely to enter the country. The U. S. is a nation of 330 million people, the third largest population of any country below India, and above Indonesia and Brazil. Do we mean by law we cannot receive this crowd that is begging to enter?
I believe we can easily and safely, but with the proviso each of those who enter must be thoroughly screened for bad elements, and being poor and victimized by the previous country is not one for elimination, and must be taken into consideration. These trekking seven thousand or 10,000 can eventually be accommodated, but within the proper procedures to accomplish it. It could well be a significant task to include expanded immigration staff and the FBI to allow it to successfully evolve. In the long-term it will benefit the U. S.
Readers, let me get a little wishy–washy liberal in closing. I am not theological by any means, and live by common sense and science, not the supernatural, but what would Jesus do? What would Martin Luther King Jr. do, and what would the controversial bias white supremacist Louis Farrakhan do, who would be hesitant the poorest South American would take low paying jobs from his black supporters, he and the mentioned above would let them come in to the land of opportunity and dreams.
Have a nice day ahead and all the Best to you.
Some readers may not know or care, but prior 1950 the American public knew little about Iran and the ancient Persian Empire. Most folks could not find the country on a world map, even if they wanted to. But after World War II the British continued to indirectly controlled the oil rich Middle East country through captured markets and the extremely profitable oil concession.
The country was ruled by the Royal Pahlavi family and had become moderately progressive through European financing, i. e. new roads and railway, and improved public facilities, yet minus a vigorous democracy. This was in fact a political climate the British enjoyed. However, a serious difficulty arose, a visible discontent by the Iranian people who could upset the arrangement with the Iranian status quo. Our British ally needed and asked U. S. assistance in quelling a potential uprising and to solve a serious mounting political problem.
Enter the famous secret meeting between the British oil lobby, MI-5, Allan Dullas, Director of the CIA, and most importantly John Foster Dullas, Secretary of State, concerning the potential loss of the profitable British oil concession to a rising perhaps communistic sentiment of Nationalism, which asked for a significant reduction of fees which left the Iranians with only four percent of the profit from their own oil production and export efforts. (Hmm, doesn’t seem fair to me either) The British desperately needed help to retain their hold on the country.
Enter the fox, John Foster, along with his brother Allan foreseeing a great opportunity for American business, Wall Street oil business, in assisting the war-weary Bits in continuing the concession as well as enhancing control of Persian Gulf ship traffic, an energy chokepoint to the oil hungry world. Dullas agreed to help in the overthrow of a newly democratic election parliament headed by Mohammed Mosaddeq who by the way, was known as the weeping Prime Minister because he became emotional during political speeches. (A fact not of little importanc, I know)
The assistance came via the CIA quickly as a crisis was in development. The organization threw everything it had into the program to support the British request to retain it profitable concession.
Marshalling the CIA, the U. S. embassy, and the Miliary Advisory Contingent staff, the U. S. began the nefarious coup by paying for phony press release, providing remuneration for pro-British and American street demonstrations, and of course anti-Mosaddeq and parliament articles. Sources report a half to one million dollars was well spent on the activity. The program was successful. Mosaddeq was placed under house arrest, later house arrest for life, while others members of parliament and nationals were jailed for extensive periods for their “own protection.” The country became barely functional and leaderless.
Simultaneusly the CIA called forth a 27-year-old Palaiev prince who at the time was undergoing military flight training in Texas to return and become the a new ruling puppet Shah taking orders from the British, but by this time also the Americans. Within months the British were out from guiding the country and controlling the oil concession. That’s the very reason I identified Cold War Warrior Dullas as a fox. From the overthrow the U. S. gained control of the Persian Gulf and new markets; from then on Iran became a powerful pawn in the Middle East and the U. S.’s largest arms purchaser for two decades.
Let’s not take the overthrow of the democratically elected government too damatically although it was the first one after WWII, the U. S. accomplised others frequently sometimes casually thereafter. The move was frankly commercially inspired in the U.S.’s best short-term interest. The intrusive Iran coup had its blowback however. Infuriated crowds stormed the Tehran embassy and incarcerated its operational staff for 444 day. The invasion marked the beginning of mutual dislike and hatred for the Islamic Republic.
Forgotten by most people was the grasping deception and overthrow of the Iranian government by the CIA during 1952-53 and the placement of a compatible Shah and his regime who would absolutely do the U. S.’s bidding.
Let the reader paraphrase this coup in an example: A large number of Iranians hate the U. S. … But wait, what if Russia in league with China suddenly capture the New York financial street and interfered with our political and economic stability, our sovereignty, of course without our consent or approval, would we not hate them?
Even worse, let us suppose Russia and China undermined the GOP and attempted to overthrow President Trump? Oh, my God how would the stock market respone? Up or down?
Food for thought.
All the Best to you.
PS. Much in this post can be found on Wikipedia, and better yet, in Stephen Kinzer’s excellent book titled Overthrow listed on Amazon books.
Greetings. Posted by the author of Rogue Journey, Asia, 1935-1975. the way it was for me; and Vietnam Journey, ten years in the Nam, a family at war story.
Available thru Amazon books. via Overlooked, Trump Has Accomplished Outstanding Works for the Nation.
As many others, I am not a fan of Donald Trump…. But the demagogue-conman has done some significant good work while in the presidency. Cases in point:
To my regret, I cannot think of any further positive programs or projects enacted to add to the aforementioned list, but credit and recognition for these issues and not condemnation is deserved.
With these kudos safely in Trump’s pocket, the GOP and others do not care that he is often a hypocrite and a pompous liar. Moreover, we have to admit Trump has boundless energy along with strong determination, and his campaign speeches, rallies, and fund-raisers are the envy of any want-to-be demagogue. Trump is not going away. By recent polls and other background contributors the president’s voter support number as high 63,000,000 followers who are rather fond of his authoritarian leadership.
All the Best to you.
Written by the author of Rogue Journey, Asia, 1934-1975, the way it was for me, and Vietnam Journey, ten years in the Nam, a family at war story via Saudi Arabia Our Most Reliable Middle East Ally
The Trump Administration says, and I understand completely, Saudi Arabia is our closest ally in the Middle East as well as our best arms customer. But how about Israel, they’re in the Middle East too? Oh, I forgot… they’re our fifty-first state. You can’t beat the Zionists for hiding in plain sight.
‘Ron, Ron, stop it, stop it. People will think you are a Palestinians whose land has been taken.’
All the Best to you’
PS: Sorry, drafted and sent out to other readers hours before the Pittsburg Synagogue massacre that killed eleven and injured six. My sincerest condolences.
Written by the author of Rogue Journey, Asia, 1935-1975, the way it was for me; and Vietnam Journey, ten years in the Nam, a family at war story, via Violent Political Rhetoric
Yes, Trump is right again. The Media must stop the inflammatory talk because we know our president never does and probably never will. If you have seen his last rally, or three, and in particular the last one just after the domestic terrorist bomb packges were discovered, you know Trump’s hypocritical head is not screwed on right. He simply does not know Black from White.
Wall Street has lost all its gains made in 2018. Yep, the loss may have weakened his most influential domestic base pillar, but let us not forget the massive tax reduction he initiated and pushed through with the able assistance of the GOP and Democratic Congress for the benefit of the Street is Permanent. The Street still owes Trump Big Time for that.
Presently the GOP and the FOx Network have been battling the Dems and liberals as violent mobs, are down playing the terrorist bomb packages episode and are hitting hard on the themes of immigration and the greatness of our economic prosperity. Winning the midterms is all important. So, get out and vote. I live overseas and have my absentee ballot in hand already .
All the Best to you.