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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Trump Following Nazi Tactics Used by Hitler
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, January 11, 2016
Trump's Syria plan 'Let Russia do it'
Trump's latest TV ad says it all, even before you listen. The caption
is: Paid for by Donald J Trump, Inc., Approved by Donald Trump. It's almost
as if he's running his campaign as a send-up of the other hopefuls, beholden
to lobbyists and the mainstream media. The only one with name recognition is
Jeb Bush, and that, only because his brother was president (disastrously)
eight years ago. Think of Trump as The Joker in the film "The Dark Knight"
(2008): “I’m not a schemer. I try to show the schemers how pathetic their
attempts to control things really are.”
electrifies audiences, much as fascist scalawags Hitler or Mussolini did
when Germans and Italians felt hopeless in the face of economic disaster.
But where Nazism is defined as "a form of socialism featuring racism and
expansionism", Trump is no Nazi. It is precisely because he is not a Nazi
(and hence easy game for the mainstream) that the US imperial elite are so
incensed by him and his sudden, immense popularity. He is neither a
socialist nor an expansionist. In as much as he has a coherent philosophy,
it is libertarian and isolationist. He wants good relations with Russia, and
cooperation on fighting al-Qaeda's latest incarnation. "Russia wants to get
rid of ISIS. We want to get rid of ISIS. Maybe let Russia do it. Let them
get rid of ISIS. What the hell do we care?"
the Bush-Obama project
In 2008, there suddenly emerged an
equally unlikely 'dark horse', an elegant, articulate black candidate with
vague promises to counter the Bush warmongering, and confront the outrageous
crimes of the banking establishment. Obama's slogans were "Change We Can
Believe In" and the now painful "Yes We Can", which inspired hope for ...
change. Despite his blank cheque to confront the bankers who had brought the
US to the brink of 'bank'ruptcy, he appointed those very Wall Street foxes
to clean up the chicken coup, ended up slapping a few wrists, giving them
trillions in bailouts, leaving the criminals with their billions and their
casino capitalism in place. His promise of election financing reform turned
into the opposite, as tax loopholes and PACs were embraced in his own
Though having voted against the Iraq invasion in
2003--a brave move--Obama fritter away his one public rejection of
militarism, and methodically carried out Bush's agenda in Afghanistan. Both
Afghanistan and Iraq are failed states, now Obama's legacy as much as
Bush's, complete with a rag-tag caliphate in place in a large chunk of Iraq
and Syria. Obama is actually promoting ISIS as a result of, yes, more
The failure of the Bush-Obama neocon agenda
starkly shows that US imperialism is no longer a viable New World Order
option, that the only policy that makes sense is Trump's isolationism
combined with good relations with Russia. The war in Syria began, as did the
western invasion of Libya, when Obama and Hollande said "Assad must go," a
blatant violation of both longstanding western respect for the nation state
and Islamic jurisprudence. "Trump and Putin could return the concept of
sovereignty to its privileged position. This would end many wars," writes
Israel Shamir. A neo-detente to oppose neo-imperialism.
with Russia undermines the US need for a foreign enemy to justify
imperialist overreach. But the Cold War 'Better dead than red' lives on now
in 'If you are not with us, you are against us.' Hillary, who supported
Bush's invasion of Iraq and hostility to Russia, carries on the tradition.
Trump appeals to both bigots and thinkers
impresses all Americans about Trump is his lack of ties to the banking/
industrial/ Israel lobbyists. True, he loudly praises Israel and Netanyahu,
but at the same time states politely that Israel must make compromises if it
wants peace, putting him on the radar of Zionists, and preventing any
breakthrough in the mainstream media. Unlike the Bushes, Trump has no use
for Saudi Arabia. He has no fondness for bankers ("killers") after his four
bankruptcies. Trump argues his experience declaring bankruptcy is good
preparation for what he may need to do in the White House.
combined with a populist agenda emphasizing job creation--“Many of the great
jobs that the people of our country want are long gone, shipped to other
countries. We now are part time, sad! I WILL FIX!”--is a winning
combination. But there are problems. His Mexican wall and ban on Muslims are
clearly over the top, and are condemned by all but the bigots among his
followers. But as one supporter told the New Yorker, “There are so many
other things going on in this country that we’ve got to be concerned about.
I’ve seen a lot of our friends lose their houses.”
Both proposals are
unconstitutional and unworkable, more campaign rhetoric than substance.
Trump's promise to deport children born in America to illegal immigrant
mothers is prohibited by the Constitution. Every undocumented immigrant
would be entitled to a hearing and an appeal. Trump's advisers should have
told him that the Mexican wall is unnecessary in an era of total
surveillance, and besides, there is a net out-migration of Mexicans now. The
American Dream has soured, in case he hadn't noticed.
As for Muslims,
a ban on immigrants according to religion violates the first amendment.
Trump's emotional call came after the tragic shooting in San Bernardino, in
which 14 people were killed by ISIS types. Hillary Clinton said that Trump's
rhetoric was the "best recruiter" for the Islamic State militant group. On
Face the Nation, Trump dismissed Clinton's jibe, and elsewhere has retorted
to her that she is the proverbial pot calling the kettle black. "Clinton
caused tremendous death with incompetent decisions" in the Middle East. "All
this has led to ISIS."
Comically Bush and Ted Cruz called for a
similar ban (with no media outcry), only allowing Christian Syrian
immigrants, but when asked how he could implement this, Bush shrugged and
said, "You're a Christian. I think you can prove it. If you can't prove it,
then, you know ..."
Blacks generally resent Mexican immigrants for
taking jobs which otherwise would go to blacks, and many admire Trump for
his honesty. Only Latino Americans are staunchly anti-Trump. Trump's gaffes
have cost him millions, lost him many wavering supporters, not to mention
his honorary doctorate from Robert Gordon University in Scotland. They could
lose him the nomination, but he soldiers on fearlessly. He has admitted
mistakes before. He could do it again.
He has an intriguing policy on
taxes, claiming he wants to soak the rich, including himself. He proposed a
14% tax on the net worth of wealthy Americans. (It would increase his
personal tax bill by $725 million.) He argues his one-time tax package would
raise $5.7 trillion to erase the nation’s debt and save $200 billion in
annual interest payments, saving Social Security and allowing a tax cut for
the middle class.
Third party options
represents the new populist neo-neocon politics, already strong in France,
Greece, Spain and elsewhere in Europe, and similarly denounced in the
mainstream media there. But voters are no longer drinking the cool-aid.
A few months ago, it looked like Bush would take the nomination through
inertia, but his lack of charisma, and the growing understanding that his
brother's reign was disastrous, have buried him. If Trump incredibly wins
the nomination, there is talk (William Kristol and Bush) of organizing an
independent candidate. If the establishment manages to bury Trump, there
won't be anyone of substance left, and Republicrat Clinton will coast to
victory. Already Cheney and other neocons are looking to her as their dream
There is a third party waiting to be revived for such a
program of radical, right wing change--the Reform Party, founded in 1995
after Ross Perot's independent 1992 presidential campaign. It has nominated
several notable candidates over the years, such as Perot himself, Pat
Buchanan, and Ralph Nader. Jesse Ventura was elected on its ticket as
governor of Minnesota in 1998. Trump would fit in quite easily if it comes
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