Despite more of his hyperbole, hypocrisy, and platitudes on the way out, there is no need to reassess Obama’s presidency. The fact is that, as the wars went on, the killing never stopped, and only the most myopic among us cannot see that the United States, and American foreign policy in particular, was not run by the man in the White House. Furthermore, with the intelligence community putting Trump in his place before the takes office, it might be believed that there is no real reason to believe that this will change after the president-elect takes office.
Indeed, with the Guardian proclaiming that a “Declassified assessment says Russia ‘had clear preference’ for Trump” and with US intelligence chiefs producing a report, which they say points to Russian interference in the US elections, but which lacks detail while also failing to publish any data which might prove that the Kremlin did interfere in the elections, it might be suspected that moves are already underway to at least limit the new administration’s ability to alter the course of American foreign policy.
However, while academic caution is always advised, an even more sinister scenario is being expounded by Michel Chossudovsky who argues that the latest hype from the hype man and the intelligence community is part of an effort by the Clinton faction and the neo-cons to destabilize the Trump presidency. Of course, none of this will stop Trump’s inauguration. Nevertheless, there is more than enough evidence to suggest that the conflict between the warmongering neo-cons and their backers and a racist right-wing administration, which is dominated by bankers and oil executives, is still to be played out.
It is not easy to predict what direction things will take. However, it is also difficult to disagree with Professor Chossudovsky when he says that “America is gearing towards a deep-seated political crisis, with major social, economic and geopolitical ramifications” . The crisis will be a clash between competing capitalist factions and it will be to the detriment not only of the American people, but of all of us. Déjà-vu, perhaps, but this is the absurdity that is capitalism, although with Trump there is already enough evidence to suggest that we have all the elements of both tragedy and farce.