centers on the US pushing a belligerent policy
on the same day, Trump’s pick for the next Secretary
of State, Rex Tillerson,
adopted a remarkably antagonistic view of Russia
under pressure from hostile senators during his
Congressional confirmation grilling.
who holds a Russian Order of Friendship award
bestowed by President Vladimir Putin in 2013,
responded to relentless goading from senators by
saying that the US should maintain sanctions on “resurgent
Russia,” adding that “the taking of Crimea”
was against the law.
the shift by Trump and his incoming cabinet toward a
more frosty stance on Russia signals that a coercive
taming process is underway by the Washington
establishment, with sinister implications for
supposed US democracy.
truism that US presidential winners are, in reality,
determined by elite corporate power, the 'Deep
State' military-intelligence apparatus, and their
controlled news media conglomerates. In Donald
Trump’s case, the outcome appeared to be an
exception to the rule. So, post-election, 'the
Donald' is being 'processed' to produce the desired
President-elect Trump’s first and much-anticipated
news conference this week was a boisterous media
scrum with the billionaire property magnate
shouting down CNN and other outlets as “fake
news.” On the surface, it looked like Trump was
being his unreconstructed feisty self, dictating the
rules of the game and overturning established
was he scathing of 'fake news' media organizations,
but he also
slammed US intelligence for “disgraceful”
leaks about unsubstantiated claims concerning sordid
links with Russia.
all the seeming bravado, Trump signaled a
willingness to toe the establishment line. “As
far as hacking, I think it was Russia,” he
told reporters who asked for his view on US
intelligence claims that Moscow had interfered in
the presidential election.
Up to that
moment, the incoming president had been dismissive
of the claims against Russia. Earlier, Trump even
poured scorn on US intelligence as being
“ridiculous” for alleging that Russian leader
Vladimir Putin had ordered an “influence campaign”
to sway the November election.
however, Trump was acknowledging his concurrence
with claims of a Russian cyberattack and that Putin
had masterminded the campaign. “Putin will stop
it,” added Trump enigmatically.
Trump did not use an aggressive tone toward Russia
and he equivocated about the gravity of the alleged
Russian interference, noting that “others
including China are hacking us.” He also seemed
to be maintaining his previously stated objective of
normalizing relations with Russia. “I consider
being liked by Putin not to be a liability but an
asset” for future bipartisan relations.
point is that the president-elect unmistakably
shifted significantly from his earlier position of
dismissing US intelligence claims against Russia to
one of acquiescence. This is in spite of many
sources insisting the US intelligence assessment is
flawed, including categorical rejections by the
Russian government that it had anything to do with
alleged cyber attacks, as well as repudiations by
whistleblower site WikiLeaks that it had nothing to
do with Russia, and in spite of several former US
intelligence employees publicly denouncing the
claims against Russia as spurious.
election rival Hillary Clinton was the 'selection'
candidate for the US political establishment of
corporate power and the Pentagon
military-intelligence apparatus. This nexus of
unelected power comprises the so-called 'Deep State'
and includes a largely obedient corporate-controlled
favored because of her express advocacy of
aggressive foreign policy and militarism toward
America’s perceived geopolitical rivals, primarily
Russia and China. If Clinton was being inaugurated
next week, instead of Trump, it is a fair bet that
she would be following through on her campaign vows
to confront Russia in Syria and Ukraine militarily.
Trump’s election on November 8, the US 'Deep State'
has intensified its political-media campaign to
discredit him – a campaign that was well underway
months before polling day.
Due to his
oft-stated aim to pursue friendly relations with
Russia, Trump has been pilloried for not just being
a 'Putin stooge' but a potentially treasonous
president. Former CIA director Michael Morell this
told CNN that Trump’s disparagement of the US
intelligence community was undermining national
security and emboldening Russia and other “enemies”
where the latest media frenzy about Trump’s alleged
Russian ties gain significance.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper may
deny that the leaks to the media came from his
agents. But there seems little doubt that if the
secret services had not included the "dodgy
Russian dossier” in its briefings to outgoing
President Obama and President-elect Trump, then the
US media would not have published the salacious
claims concerning Trump in a Moscow hotel and
alleged communications with the Kremlin.
words, this was indeed a dirty trick set in motion
by US intelligence.
outlets may also piously pretend that they did not
publish the sordid details about prostitutes and
orgies. But they certainly alluded to the reports in
their coverage, which inevitably lent credence to
what is a blatantly false story.
the New York Times followed up, instead of ditching
a rubbish rumor, by
saying portentously: “The consequences have
been incalculable… and cast a shadow over the new
story was fake, but evidently, the NY Times and
others continue airing it to “cast a shadow”
of doubt over Trump.
still giving an outward appearance of the fearless
populist taking on the establishment. His scathing
of “fake news” outlets at the news
conference this week and his rebuke to US
intelligence for using “Nazi” smear tactics
certainly gives the impression that Trump is the
outsider who will “drain the swamp” in
underneath all the bluster from Trump, the signs are
that he is slowly, but surely beginning to get with
Washington establishment, and its 'Deep State'
organs may have lost the presidential election in
the form of the person who won the ballot. Make no
mistake, though; the US ruling elite is working
assiduously through media orchestration and dirty
tricks to ensure that its desired election result
prevails. That is, a hostile policy toward Russia,
China and the rest of the world to serve US
electioneering based on restoring more balanced
foreign relations, in particular toward Russia,
probably won him many votes from American citizens
who are sick and tired of decades-old warmongering.
Unfortunately, a worthy aspiration for more peaceful
US foreign policy is being overturned by the 'Deep
State' and its multifarious operatives in Congress
and the media.
up on Trump and Tillerson is a pathetic display of
how American democracy is under attack as never
before – not from alleged foreign enemies, but from
the self-declared “patriots” of the Deep