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Are President Trump’s senior cabinet members working against him? It’s hard not to conclude that many of the more hawkish neocons that Trump has (mistakenly, in my view) appointed to top jobs are actively working to undermine the president’s stated agenda. Especially when it seems Trump is trying to seek dialogue with countries the neocons see as adversaries needing to be regime-changed.

Remember just as President Trump was organizing an historic summit meeting with Kim Jong-Un, his National Security Advisor, John Bolton, nearly blew the whole thing up by making repeated references to the “Libya model” and how it should be applied to North Korea. As if Kim would jump at the chance to be bombed, overthrown, and murdered at the hands of a US-backed mob!

It seems that Trump’s appointees are again working at cross-purposes to him. Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that he was invoking a 1991 US law against the use of chemical weapons to announce yet another round of sanctions on Russia over what he claims is Putin’s involvement in the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in the UK.

The alleged poisoning took place in March and only now did the State Department make its determination that Russia was behind it and thus subject to the 1991 sanction law. Was there new information that came to light that pointed to Russian involvement? According to a State Department briefing there was none. The State Department just decided to take the British government’s word for it.

Where do we get authority to prosecute Russia for an alleged crime committed in the UK, by the way?

President Trump’s own Administration is forcing him to accept the State Department determination and agree to sanctions that may well include, according to the 1991 law, a complete break of diplomatic relations with Russia. This would be a de facto declaration of war. Over unproven allegations.

Trump has authority to reject the imposition of new sanctions, but with his Democrat opponents continuing to charge that he is in league with the Russian president, how could he waive sanctions just before the November US Congressional elections? That would be a windfall for the Democrats seeking to take control of the House and Senate.

The only way Russia could avoid the second, most extreme round of these sanctions in November is to promise not to use chemical weapons again and open its doors to international inspections. What government would accept such a demand when no proof has been presented that they used chemical weapons in the first place?

Certainly it is possible that President Trump is fully aware of the maneuverings of Bolton and Pompeo and that he approves. Perhaps he likes to play “good cop, bad cop” with the rest of the world, at the same time making peace overtures while imposing sanctions and threatening war. But it certainly looks like some of his cabinet members are getting the best of him.

If President Trump is to be taken at his word, that he welcomes dialogue “without pre-conditions” with leaders of Russia, North Korea, Iran, and elsewhere, he would be wise to reconsider those in his employ who are undermining him every step of the way. Otherwise, it is hard to believe the president is sincere. Let’s hope he does choose dialogue over conflict and clips the wings of those under him attempting to push him in the other direction.

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  1. Virgile 说:

    Until November Trump has no choices than to appear more anti-Russsian so as to block the democrats accusations that he owes Russia the favor of his election.
    Russia has to be patient and ready for the worse if democrats win…

  2. Yep, people can explain all they want about how President Trump is blocked by this judge here, and this law over there, but he could have appointed people who believe in his policies (per the campaign, at least) of ending the warmongering and doing what’s right for Americans, for a change. That’s all on him. Hell, he can fire any one of them at any time. Why doesn’t he? Does anyone have a gun to his head? We really don’t know the answer to that one. Remember Ross Perot? What really happened in the summer of 1992?

  3. anon[348]• 免责声明 说:

    Trump delegated the establishment of his cabinet to Pence and Kushner, both are about as neocon as they come. It’s no wonder that he ended up with a cabinet full of people who opposed him, especially on foreign policy and immigration, the two main issues that got him elected. As rumors came out about each candidate before the formal nomination, many conservative pundits like Ann Coulter, Mark Krikorian and Neil Munro of Breitbart would scream at the contradiction of those candidates. Trump either was not listening or just didn’t care. He created this situation for himself.

    His biggest problem as putting his trust in Pence, who sold him out in a big, big way. Sometimes I think Pence is planning a soft coup. He was the one who hired Rosenstein, Haley, Bolton, John Kelly, Reince Priebus, urged Trump to keep Paul Ryan. Wouldn’t surprise me if he plays a big role in hiring Mike Pompeo and replacing Tillerson with Bolton. He has the most to benefit when Trump is impeached, but before then, he’s the establishment GOP’s man to get Trump to behave the way they want him to.

  4. animalogic 说:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I don’t disagree with you Achmed. I ask this question seriously. In the current climate, is there 任何人 Trump could employ who he 可以 trust? I judge Trump as I find him: sometimes OK, sometimes not. But, I simply can’t recall a President who has had to deal with such a degree of both overt & covert treachery & yes, treason from ALL quarters.
    Poor Trump: neither Liberal, progressive, neoconservative nor religiously neoliberal.

    • 回复: @Achmed E. Newman
  5. Dante 说:

    There is no “selling out”. There is no “contradiction”. Trump has always been a militant Zionist, as much as Kushner, Pence, Haley, or any neocon. And he has been quite open about it, too, including the campaign. There is no “conflict” in his staff: everything for Sheldon, everything for Israel. Fire Flynn? No problem. McMaster for Bolton? Here you go! Bomb Syria? Animal Assad! Sanctions on Russia? With pleasure. Yes, there were many dissident tweets and opinions by Trump going back to 2010. But words are cheap. His connections to the mob, as that of the Kushners and the Israel lobby speak much louder. He may not have liked Saudi Arabia, but when in doubt, or when pressure is applied, he will always follow Netanyahu, Adelson, or simply Kushner himself. The first Jewish president of the USA has also been the most anti-European president, even worse than Obama, while doing everything for greatest ally.

    And who, after a 350 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia and stepping twice before the world public, telling lies for the Israel lobby, while bombing Syria, even for a second entertains the idea that any of the figures Trump played during his campaign has any reality left, should go see a doctor.

    If anything is remarkable about the Trumpenstein presidency, it is how absolute the control of the Jewish lobby in the USA is. Just how much they dominate the foreign policy, the war industry, the mass media, the education system and the entertainment industry, pornography included. And how well a reality TV-star/billionaire conman together with Cambridge Analytica and Soros funded Cadre was able to fool millions of Americans, and western dissidents on the right, that they were supporting an anti-establishment revolution, that actually finalized the Jewish take over of America on all fronts. Shilled for by “alternative” media that was, in fact, Zionist itself. That is a much greater triumph than Harvey Weinstein bullying and blackmailing Hollywood starlets through ex-Mossad agents of Blackcube! There is no escaping the matrix of power and even “Neo” was nothing but a tool and an agent himself.

    But if the British had done 1/10th of what the Jewish lobby is doing to America, America would have already had a revolution. The educated and enlightened American of today is sedated through gizmos, toys and tittytainment, brainwashed into a slow spiraling suicide of his nation while his freedoms grow smaller and smaller every day. Executed by the very people he fought world wars for.

  6. @animalogic

    Good question. Donald Trump had to have had many close associates whom he’d have learned to trust over the years. I don’t know the man, but dang, could he not get in touch with some of the most-trustworthy guys, make sure they are on the same page politically, and bring them on. Not all of the people have to be approved by the Senate, only the cabinet heads and stuff.

    • 回复: @Miro23
  7. Realist 说:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Yep, people can explain all they want about how President Trump is blocked by this judge here, and this law over there, but he could have appointed people who believe in his policies (per the campaign, at least) of ending the warmongering and doing what’s right for Americans, for a change.

    Absolutely. It is obvious to me, Trump is a member of the Deep State. His anti Deep State rhetoric is merely a charade.

  8. @Achmed E. Newman

    Why on earth did Trump hire old warmonger beltway insider neocon John Bolton? and still has him hanging around? I want to barf every time I see some kind of negotiations being conducted with bolton in the middle. He should have been sent off to Siberia after his crimes committed during bush administration.

    nikki haley isn’t much better.

    Trump is a he#!!va lot better than hillary but why he brings on incompetent warmonger neoncons like this is beyond me.

    • 同意: Herald
  9. Miro23 说:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Donald Trump had to have had many close associates whom he’d have learned to trust over the years. I don’t know the man, but dang, could he not get in touch with some of the most-trustworthy guys, make sure they are on the same page politically, and bring them on.

    Trump has all the appearance of someone being blackmailed. They’ve done a lot of digging on him (and no doubt there’s a lot there), so he does what he’s told.

    Out of interest, McCain and Graham also have the same zombie like reactions with regard to Israel, so they’re probably also being blackmailed.

  10. Mike Pompeo announced that he was invoking a 1991 US law against the use of chemical weapons to announce yet another round of sanctions on Russia over what he claims is Putin’s involvement in the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in the UK

    What no one seems to have explained is how this chemical weapon “attack” by the Russians occurred in Salisbury, a bucolic cathedral town in southwest England which is 从字面上 within walking distance of Porton Down, Britain’s top-secret military research facility that deals with germ warfare and such.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porton_Down

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