America finally has its Mussolini and military parade – Op Ed – John Stanton – Pravda


After taking power, Mussolini was often seen i...

After taking power, Mussolini was often seen in military uniform. (Photo credit: Wikipedia).

In an op-ed in Russia’s leading paper, Pravda, Donald Trump is savaged, comparing him to Italy’s fascist leader, Mussolini.

Source: America finally has its Mussolini and military parade – Op Ed – John Stanton –  Pravda

Read for yourself, the article is light on evidence and rich in muck-raking.

The article is targeted at a Russian audience to justify Russia’s foreign and military policy, despite widespread economic hardship for the majority. However, it also provides a source of false news about Trump, which will be widely cited.

Thoughts?

The growing danger of great-power conflict – How shifts in technology and geopolitics are renewing the threat – The Economist

This Economist lead is a recommended read. I’m not sure that I agree that an increase in US military expenditure alone is the answer. The US needs to leverage its political power through global alliance, rather than alone. It needs to regain the moral high ground and again become the beacon of democracy. Perceived US domestic weakness, like the opioid epidemic, emboldens potential enemies internationally. Yes, the Obama squandered years internationally have drastically increased the risk of war. So far, many of Trump’s foreign policy decisions have increased the risks as well. But Trump has inherited an economically robust US. If Trump turns to soft power, he might still outmaneuver his potential foes.