Trump Surrounded by Neocons


From The Saker:

Bonnie Faulkner: In your recent essay, “2018: War or No War,” you take a detailed look at America’s role in global geopolitics and come up with a very disturbing picture. You write that “It is plainly obvious that the neocons are now back in total control of the White House, Congress and the US corporate media.” What is the evidence that the neocons are now running things?

The Saker: I think the strongest piece of evidence is the recent move by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which is a typical kind of thing neocons would do…

One of the biggest, most effective tools Israel had in the Middle East was to have the United States impersonating a neutral mediator…

I think this is just the latest in a long series of clumsy attempts by Trump to appease the neocons because he realizes, correctly, that they form the core that opposed his presidency, that they were the number-one enemy. He tried to appease them and all he did is sell out to them completely, and now he’s basically just taking orders straight out of Israel…

So we’re not dealing with a rational actor, and that’s the scary part. The good news is that they’re incompetent…

[W]hat we see in Syria – you can call them Daesh, al Qaeda, ISIS, Al Nusra, IS, it doesn’t matter; it’s the same thing…

Whatever we want to call them, this is a US creation…

The Russian forces did play an important role in defeating Daesh. They provided crucial bombing and close air support, so I don’t want to minimize that. However, it is true that the force was tiny – I mean, ridiculously tiny. We’re talking about 35 combat aircrafts at max, which is really small. So, first of all, it tells you how good the personnel is, how advanced the technologies they’re using are – I mean, it’s superb. They achieved a sortie ratio and an effectiveness which the United States and NATO allies can only dream about…

Russia now has very powerful electronic warfare and air defenses in Syria. This is the main deterrent to a U.S. attempt to impose a no-fly zone is the Russian air defenses there, and that is a true game changer. So I think once the combination of those two things happened, a political message, very effective support for Syrian forces by Russia but also again by Iran and Hezbollah, and the creation of an integrated air defense between Russian equipment and Syrian-controlled equipment creates a completely new dynamic, which basically says that the war is lost for the U.S. and al Qaeda…

Trump lost Pakistan now. Good luck in Afghanistan, really…

He’s surrounded by wall-to-wall neocons or basically – their ideology’s very simple. Israel first, violence everywhere, and no diplomacy. That’s how I would sum it up. In their opinion, diplomacy is basically issuing threats and sanctions. That’s the sole function of foreign affairs. That’s it…

I don’t believe anybody in the U.S. military believes that sending more forces to Afghanistan, giving them more leeway, and then sanctioning Pakistan is going to in any way, shape or form allow the U.S. to walk out of Afghanistan or to get any victory, however you define victory. It is absolute, pure, unadulterated stupidity. Really, it’s amazing…

The United States cannot afford this…

I would have to conclude that the true military doesn’t have much of a say at all in what’s happening right now…

There were people like Admiral Fallon who said there’s not going to be any war against Iran on his watch…

Nikki Haley is not intelligent enough to even be called a neocon but does she totally parrot their line? Absolutely…

The neocons got rid of the two dangerous guys for them, which was Flynn and Bannon…

The neocons try to create conflict everywhere. That’s their sole tool in their toolkit…

Trump might sound like an idiot but people around him don’t sound like that, yet they do stupid things…

I think the rank-and-file Hezbollah and Iranian soldiers that are on the ground, they’re just dreaming of it. They dream to get finally their hands on some GIs because they’ve been denied that for many years. So I think there’s no fear left, and that’s where this entire strategy of war on the cheap collapses…

[T]he U.S. is not a credible military threat anymore…

How do you explain that the North Koreans are not afraid, clearly are not impressed, by Trump’s threats?..

I don’t believe that North Korea has warheads. I think they have nuclear devices, but I don’t think that they can deliver them and I don’t think they have real ICBMs yet. ….

A lot of what is produced in China is actually manufactured in Korea, then assembled in China, so war in the Korean Peninsula would also stop a lot of the manufacturing in China. It would dramatically effect shipping through the entire region and even air movement because crucial airports are also located in South Korea, which I had overlooked. And yes, of course, in Japan.

So we’re looking at a paralysis of basically Far East Asia economically, which would be devastating economically worldwide…

This is a terrible place to fight. And what the Chinese can do is basically inject people, like they did in the first Korean War, because it’s not going to be a high-tech war…

But the terrain is such that they can force the adversary to go World War Two again, or Korean War, which was essentially the same thing…

I don’t think the U.S. or Israel or the Saudis have the stomach to start a full-scale war against Iran…

[T]he sole value of Ukraine is to harass Russia, to keep sanctions on Russia. It’s a platform for anti-Russian operations; that’s what it is. And they will continue that, unfortunately…

Putin has repeatedly warned the Russian business community. He has urged them to bring their money back to Russia…

[T]he glorification of ignorance is the hallmark of the imperial mindset…

You have to have this belief that others either need or want you to rule over them, and ignorance is what makes that possible because as soon as you become aware of the immoral nature of the empire, of the human value of those that you oppress, murder, kill, exploit and otherwise terrorize, you’re becoming subversive, you’re becoming disloyal to the empire…

You know that you’re hated worldwide; at the same time you think that the U.S. has a mission to lead the world…

People who watch TV live in a different world, which has very little resemblance to the real world out there…

It’s difficult to talk to people who confuse Austria and Australia…

I have absolutely no hope left whatsoever in the sanity of U.S. decision makers. None.

From the comments:

I would submit that Trump’s present course is as good as it gets. Playing the internal conflicts and keeping his base in the loop is the best way. By placing 3 ex-Generals in his Administration, he’s weakened the links between the Militarists & Imperialists and the Neocons. Meanwhile, he’s given the Neocons and their most egregious agendas free rein as the surest way to expose them first to ridicule and eventually to political insignificance. A Nikki Haley has done, and continues to do more to make the Neocon agenda unviable than 100 Ron Pauls.

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