Opinion – 7 times Trump tried to call off the dogs on Russia – The Washington Post – John Gelmini

Dr Alf wonders when the Donald will be hounded out of office or impeached?. At the current speed of events, I would rule out impeachment, which leaves being forced out or resigning.

Being forced out makes for great theatre, so that Trump can say that he did his best, that his enemies were bad people, wanting to do the little man down, and that Mike Pence was a good man, ready to carry on the great work that he (Donald Trump) has already started).

With one more great bombastic flourish, he can do this in the run-up to next Easter, having reflected deeply over Christmas and New Year.

Then he can go back to creating a new business, having left his sons in charge and using what he has learned from the eight months thus far, he can start to live vicariously in a political sense, through his daughter, Ivanka, who after 2.5 years of grooming can be readied to run as the first female presidential candidate in 2022 or 2026, if the first attempt fails.

A lot depends on the state of the US economy, on which Lord Rothschild recently commented when he said that he thought the days of quantitative easing had probably run their course. He reinforced his prognosis by moving billions out of the USA and into investments in the Far East, which indicates to me that for the time being he foresees a correction at best, or a recession at worst, or is preparing for the planned war that nobody outside of the Neocons and the Military Industrial Complex want.

John Gelmini

Opinion – How Trump Gave Up On His Border Wall – The New Yorker – John Gelmini

Donald Trump is scary as is “Mad Dog” Mattis and some of the other hawks from the Pentagon who want to use the standoff with North Korea as an excuse to press Russia and China harder in a process of encirclement.

Dr Alf is right to worry but I suggest that the reality is that Presidents are merely figureheads with the real power lying in the Council for Foreign Relations in New York and in the Washington Beltway where the arms manufacturers are headquartered.

Geography always meant that the wall was not a practical proposition as some parts of the border are raging torrents of water and others are massive, inhospitable ravines.

Lack of geographical knowledge makes Trump unprepared and unfit to be a Hadrian who understood wall building, military matters and the geopolitics of his day and was very ruthless.

Trump is not so much a man whose word means nothing but more someone who doesn’t think things through and someone who wants to do whatever comes into his head at the time with or without evidence of any kind. Luckily he is surrounded by wiser heads but I do find him being advised by his daughter and son in law very worrying as neither of them should be making foreign policy as if Donald Trump was a king.

John Gelmini