Many reports of the decline of Bannonism fill the news cycle if only to offset a Jared Kushner fashion faux-pas and to provide cover for the actual Nazis (Gorka) who are disinforming the onrushing #TrumpRussia investigations.
and Bannonism also has within it some tendencies toward anti-semitism, white-supremacy, and neo-naziism with connections to RW parties in the EU as well as Russia supernationalists
Trump Baku and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard … Business reporter Adam Davidson spent months investigating the Trump Hotel Baku deal, which the Trump Organization cut its ties with a month after Trump’s election. In his detailed story for The New Yorker, Davidson writes that Trump did business with corrupt partners who also did business with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. This would be in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. www.npr.org/…
Remind yourself that the prevailing Trump management style resembles a porous Thunderdome where reporting a victor is a media game not reflected in the actual struggles in the White House.
This week Ivanka’s caring about Syrian babies obscures the numbers of civilians being killed, an offsetting MOAB strike on the under-publicized ISIS-K in Afghanistan, and an apparently empty threat against North Korea ignoring their ability to wage asymmetric war against Sinophobia.
Like Brangelina, will it be Jarvanka or Ivankred?
The swing to favoring Jared and Ivanka this week is what suffices for cyclical moments in the Strategy of Tension playing a commit/defect game with those conflicted Trumpists whose anti-semitism, xenophobia, and base racism were reflected in MSM and social media as #KeepBannon versus #FireKushner.
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“Brush up your Shakespeare, start quoting him now…” — from Kiss Me Kate
(WASHINGTON) — The Trump administration has settled on its North Korea strategy after a two-month review: “Maximum pressure and engagement.”
So Trump has finally decided on a brand strategy for his military escalation, meaning his threats are now as empty as his tweets.
The problem with Trumpian games of chicken is that they might be dangerous for the planet, because the premise in the case of narcissist personality disorders is a speculative assumption that ultimately “might makes right”.
Our military is building and is rapidly becoming stronger than ever before. Frankly, we have no choice!
The problem is also asymmetric in terms of resources when the owner of some 30 nuclear warheads does need the respect that its putative peers (Pakistan, India, Israel) might receive. The tireless depiction of the DPRK as a “rogue state” might convince them to actually believe it, and not think about deterrence but singular acts of madness where framing it as “terrorism” really wouldn’t matter to anyone.
More often than not, South Korea is hardly mentioned since Trump assumes that South Koreans (also) lack the “necessities” to have nuclear weapons, even as Trump has speculated that they could be given such weapons. This assumes very different conditions than simply basing atomic weapons there.
Then again, that could be another of his “truthful exaggerations” and it’s apparently pressure “or” engagement, rather than pressure and engagement. So the actual new policy in practice, may be pressure, then engagement, which is just as risky.
With nuclear weapons, it could be Strangelove for seven days in May, and only the living will envy the dead who applied the pressure.
U.S. officials said Friday the president’s advisers weighed a range of ideas for how to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear program, including military options and trying to overthrow the isolated communist dictatorship’s leadership. At the other end of the spectrum, they looked at the notion of accepting North Korea as a nuclear state.
In the end, however, they settled on a policy that appears to represent continuity.
The administration’s emphasis, the officials said, will be on increasing pressure on Pyongyang with the help of China, North Korea’s dominant trade partner. The officials weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the results of the policy review and requested anonymity.
The new strategy will be deployed at a time of escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula. U.S., South Korean and other officials are closely monitoring the North amid indications it could conduct another missile test or nuclear explosion to coincide with an important national anniversary this weekend…
Just so we’re all clear: Trump’s “maximum pressure doctrine” is “a game of ‘chicken’ with nuclear weapons.” Period. https://t.co/Tes8mqimlj
The more interesting problem for any country is a single launch of a lone SLBM, or more problematic, any number of countries that can now launch cruise missiles from submarines. Could a failed launch with a live nuclear warhead be considered an attack.
Primitive Trumpist thinking might assume that a direct or a proxy attack on a single facility like Sinpo would suffice, but ignore the consequences since his vaunted unpredictability is more about incompetence. And then there’s the POTUS45* decision to give field commanders more leeway.