Does Trump Regime Intend Belligerent Confrontation with Iran and Venezuela?
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Trump regime war by other means rages against both countries, risking things turning hot by accident or design if hardliners Pompeo and Bolton push things too far.
Provocations against both countries continue with no end of them in prospect. Geopolitical/economic know-nothing Trump threatened to blockade Venezuela after ordering an embargo on the country.
A state of hot war will exist if he goes this far. His justice department’s order to commit maritime piracy against an Iranian tanker will heighten regional turbulence further if carried out.
Since taking office, Trump proved himself a lyin king, his regime a geopolitical wrecking ball.
Disliked by most Americans, he appeals to a hard-core know-nothing base, an ignorant crowd oblivious to damage he’s done domestically and geopolitically.
Gallup polls since August 2018 showed his approval rating between 37 and 46%, currently at 41%.
A new Fox News poll conducted by Beacon Research and Shaw & Company Research showed 56% of respondents disapprove of the job he’s doing v. an approval rating of 43%.
Most revealing is by how much he trails four Dem presidential aspirants in the poll’s findings: Biden by 12 points, Sanders by 9, Warren by 7, and Harris by 6.
If numbers close to these hold, he’ll be trounced in November 2020.
According to former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci (for all of 11 days), not a reliable source on most everything:
Trump will “drop out of the race because it’s gonna become very clear. Okay, it’ll be March of 2020. He’ll likely drop out by March of 2020. It’s gonna become very clear that it’s impossible for him to win,” adding:
“He’s got the self-worth in terms of his self-esteem of a small pigeon. It’s a very small pigeon. And so you think this guy’s gonna look at those poll numbers and say — he’s not gonna be able to handle that humiliation.”
Separately, he said Trump “has gone off the rails…sounding more and more nonsensical…(a) demagogue” wrecking the GOP.
Most Americans know nothing about geopolitical issues, practically nothing about domestic ones with one exception.
Pocketbook issues hit home. If the US economy goes into recession ahead of 2020 elections, it’s bad news for Trump, his approval rating likely to fall further, likely making him a one-term president.
At this stage, it’s too early to know what’s ahead in the coming months. Yet global growth forecasts show more weakness than strength.
The longest ever US equity bull market, created by money printing madness, may be headed toward rolling over.
In his latest commentary, economist John Williams noted “unstable and deteriorating economic and political circumstances (that may) foreshadow domestic market turmoil…Markets (may be) closing in on a major tipping point.”
Over-valued equity valuations are exacerbated by Trump’s trade war with China, likely to worsen not improve, and what looks like a US color revolution attempt in Hong Kong, trying to destabilize the country, worsening bilateral relations.
On August 18, a South China Morning Post editorial said “(t)rade war (the Trump regime initiated last year) appears likely to enter its most difficult time ever,” adding:
“(T)here’s no end in sight to the trade war between the world’s two biggest economies” at a time when “a global economic slowdown greatly influenced the bearish market outlook.”
“People need to batten down the hatches as the next few months are likely to prove among the most difficult of times.”
Surrounded by neocon hardliners, Trump is incapable of pursuing cooperative relations with other countries, including with allies.
His trade war with China, assuring losers not winners, undermined bilateral relations, greatly exacerbated by his regime’s dirty hands all over months of turbulence in Hong Kong.
His hostility toward Iran and Venezuela exceeds the viciousness of his predecessors, largely opposed by the world community — though few nations challenge what’s going on responsibly, Russia and China major exceptions.
His MAGA agenda is counterproductive, giving most nations pause about how US aims harm their own.
It’s all about dominating other nations by brute force or other means, controlling their resources, and exploiting their people.
Hot and cold wars define it, along with neoliberal harshness domestically, thirdworldizing the US more than already.
A permanent state of war at home and abroad defines the US agenda under both right wings of its war party.
Trump indeed may be a one-term president. Good news will likely be “trumped” by whoever succeeds him.
Since the 1980s, each new US regime was more dismal than its predecessor, what’s likely ahead in 2021 or 2025 with a new head of state in the White House.
There’s little or nothing in prospect to be optimistic about. America’s deplorable state continues reaching new depths.
Voting is a waste of time, dirty business as usual always winning. The only solution is sustained grassroots revolution, the only chance for responsible change.
The alternative is more of the same, things heading toward full-blown tyranny, ruin, and possible nuclear war by accident or design.
A doomsday scenario if launched, the permanent US war agenda makes it possible.
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