Mês: julho 2018

Trump-Putin Summit

Helsinki Secrets   Israel Shamir Jul. 24, 2018   Like an orange hurricane, President Trump made a stormy visit to the Old World. Usually American presidents’ visits to Europe present photo opportunities and vows of eternal love and friendship. Not this time. Since the Mongol invasion, not many visitors from outside shook Europe like he did. The US President has finally emerged from the cage built by his political adversaries, and begun to say things his voters wanted to hear. However, his wonderful daring statements were quickly undermined and disowned by his ministers and advisers, creating the feeling that Trump speaks only for himself, while the US administration, his own appointees say the opposite. And then he also repudiated his own statements, saying he was misunderstood. The American president increasingly resembles the hero of The Prince and The Pauper, the poor boy who accidentally became a king – and began to behave in a non-royal way: showing mercy and caring for people. His own staff disregards his commands. Trump says what people like to hear, but his administration sticks to the original course. During the first part of his trip he acted a rebel in Wodehouse World with its feeble men and formidable women. Indeed the West is ruled by formidable aunts and elder sisters. Aunt Angela in Germany, Aunt Theresa in England, Aunt Brigitte in France. Only Aunt...

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Deep State

Deep State Turns on Trump   Bill Bonner Jul. 18, 2018   YOUGHAL, IRELAND – We left off yesterday with a provocative question: Has Trump really gone to war with the Deep State? Or was he just mouthing off in Helsinki… off message… and out of control? There are a couple more hypotheses, too… but we’ll get to them in a moment. Off the Reservation Even some of Mr. Trump’s dearest supporters seemed to think Mr. Trump he has gone too far off the reservation. Newt Gingrich, for example, seemed to suggest that the president needed to edit his transcript: “It is the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected – immediately,” he tweeted. And here is Dan Coats, the president’s own Director of National Intelligence, sticking to the Russians-are-bad-guys trope and referring to allegations of election interference: These actions are persistent, they are pervasive, and they are meant to undermine America’s democracy. From Senator John McCain: He and Putin seemed to be reading from the same script … And here is Indiana Representative Jim Banks: I want President Trump’s diplomatic efforts to be successful, but I’ll take the word of a Hoosier over Vladimir Putin any day. Who-Dunnit The word he was taking was what U.S. intelligence agencies were putting out – that is to say, the word of Deep State operatives. Their claim was that Russia...

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SI

Situação Internacional   João da Silveira     Seg. 16 – RUSSOFOBIA E DONALD TRUMP : Tim Black pergunta: Por que Trump não odeia a Rússia? Por que ele não abraça a russofobia? O Departamento de Justiça indiciou 12 agentes de inteligência russos, senadores deputados democratas pediram que Trump suspendesse a cúpula, e gente da própria equipe de Trump mostra medo da agressão russa presumida. Todos parecem russofóbicos, menos Trump, problema de sua administração. . . Os professores Stephen Cohen e John Mersheimer, dois experts da política externa americana, acham que a russofobia é que realmente ameaça os Estados Unidos, não a Rússia. E a russofobia é doença autóctone. É a grande república culpada e paranoica se comportando como uma republiqueta miserável. . . Enquanto isso e como que aproveitando a oportunidade, Harry J. Kazianis publica no The American Conservative artigo sobre uma vindoura aliança entre Estados Unidos e Rússia, contra a China, com o argumento de que um poder emergente, como a China, que desafia a ordem internacional, pode transformar inimigos jurados (Estados Unidos e Rússia) em companheiros de alcova. De fato, o arrazoado de Kazianis é especioso ou ingênuo. A “ordem internacional” como ele escreve é qualquer ordem. A China não está todavia a desafiar uma ordem qualquer, mas a Ordem Americana. Nesse aspecto, a Rússia é desafiante tão ou mais forte que a China, com quem já se alia por sinal. ....

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Deep State

Trump: Traitor?   Bill Bonner Jul. 17, 2018   YOUGHAL, IRELAND – Yesterday, the world’s press once again erupted in outrage. The hacks were upset… appalled… indignant. Of course, it was The Donald that set it off. But this time, they charged him not with being a boor or a nincompoop. This time, the charge was the sort that could get a man hanged, or at least impeached – treason. And this time, we rise to his defense, not in the spirit of mischief and mockery like we did yesterday, but in earnest. Deep State War Back to world events. Our beat here at the Diary is money. But today, we turn away from our usual rounds to try to connect some dots that lie on the periphery. The question on the table: Did Donald Trump just go to war with the Deep State? There are three parts to the Deep State agenda – the Warfare State, the Welfare State, and the Police State. Together, they keep the money flowing to the insiders. Until now, Mr. Trump has shown himself willing to go along with all three. So far, he’s been unable – or unwilling – to significantly cut spending on the Welfare State. He made no attempt to rein in America’s 17 different spook agencies. And he actually increased Pentagon spending by some $700 billion over the next 10 years. But what...

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