Trump and a new phase in the Washington Consensus

Working away in Hanoi for a few weeks and there has been little or no time to turn my attention to this blog. Moreover, while it is much easier to access western sites in Vietnam than it is in China, even the news is neglected. Indeed, it is almost limited to a coming up for air and grasping at snippets. Still, it is not the sort of shit you really want to delve into.

The article on  “How the electoral college works and can it stop Trump” in ‘the Guardian’ appears to  be an example of that newspaper grasping at straws in some sort of hope that Trump can be stopped. A theme that continues a day later when it is followed up by an article on how an “unusual number of the National Security Council’s more junior officials are looking to depart, due to concerns about incoming advisor Michael Flynn.” Really, and the band played believe it if you like; as if Washington’s National Security Council officials at any level ever suffered from a crisis of conscience! Moreover, if some of them do, then no doubt Trump appointing the hard-line Zionist David M. Friedman, who does not believe it would be illegal for Israel to annex the West Bank” , will make some of that some rethink their stance.

Yes, Trump will become President and neither the electoral college, nor anyone else will prevent that happening. With that the soundbites such as “the explosive allegations that Russia meddled in the presidential election in order to help him win” will fade away and there will be a slightly new emphasis in Washington’s wars. Moscow might expect better relations with America, but we can expect a cooling of relations with Beijing.

That is what should worry us for, even if some sort of peace might be possible in Syria, with Trump’s appointment of the islamaphobic Michael Flynn, a man whose  “portrait seems to reflect the worst qualities of Dick Cheney, but in exaggerated form” as his National Security Advisor, David M. Friedman as his ambassador to Israel, and an apparent committment to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, there will be no peace in the Middle East, while in East and South East Asia the stance vis-à-vis China could produce a new and very dangerous conflict.



About sanculottist

There are a lot of poor bastards out there being used and abused; it is just not cricket "old bean". Something tells me that ignorance is not bliss, but is, in fact, simply ignorance and in the global village we cannot look the other way.
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