For those of you who have completely fallen in line with the thought that President Trump is the panacea to all our problems, it’s advisable that you rethink that stance. Firstly, there are interests behind the throne that are neither controlled by nor parallel to the interests of the administration. Secondly, the “transition period” is not over. It is far from over, and the lines that are developing…both of intra and inter-party dissension domestically…and the “Second Cold War” lines throughout the world…have materialized. They are beginning to solidify, and they are becoming fortified.
Yes, it was mentioned last year that the U.S. was sending troops to Poland and the Baltic States as a “show of support and encouragement.” It was mentioned last year, but it is happening now. A battalion-sized element deployed to Poland this past week. The slow but steady buildup begun with Obama is not being curtailed with this administration. The Military Industrial Complex (MIC) is too ensconced within our society and too powerful to sweep under the rug. We already have emplaced missile defense units and equipment in Romania. Last week Montenegro was officially “welcomed” into NATO and the EU. More troop deployments to Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, and Norway are continuing.
It appears Secretary of State Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Mattis are at the forefront of foreign policy, and the MIC-controlled Senators McCain and Graham have not yet relented on pushing for a war to commence in Ukraine. Foreign policy should (with the first two individuals mentioned) not be delegated at this stage of the President’s term, as it is still in its infancy. Regarding the latter two, they should be removed from their offices and charged with treason. The U.S.-installed government in Kiev has been pushing the separatists in the Eastern provinces of Ukraine relentlessly, violating the Minsk accords of 2014 ceaselessly.
The intent is to put so much pressure on the Eastern Ukrainians of Russian ethnic derivation that Russia will feel compelled to act on their “behalf.” Such a response by Russia will ensure the U.S. throws its hat into the ring. This plays right into the hands of McCain, Graham, and others of their ilk who wish war with Russia, who has in no uncertain terms declared that war will arise if one bullet is shipped to Ukraine. More than that is on its way, as at the end of 2016 Congress approved an “aid package” to Ukraine of weapons and munitions.
Last week Russia took some key actions, as well. Russia signed an agreement with South Ossetia, the breakaway (self-declared) republic from Georgia that Russia has held as a “protected territory” since the 2008 war between Georgia and Russia. The agreement provides that South Ossetia’s military is in alliance with, and is a part of the Russian military.
Here’s the “kicker”: South Ossetia will vote this month whether to officially become a subject of Russia.
That ought to “go over” well with Georgia. In the meantime, you are well aware of the missile tests, threats, and posturing by North Korea, and the U.S. moving assets into the area to “counter the threat.” The latter is viewed as an encroachment by China and Russia. To make matters worse, Senator McCain has been publicly insulting Kim Jung-Un. One would think that McCain has done enough damage already and should be prevented from doing any more. Because of Obama, our relations with the Philippines are a shambles, and China’s strength in the region has been increasing.
The Middle East was Obama’s “piñata party” for the past six years, and the countries (such as Egypt and Libya, among others) are smashed, with detritus strewn all over their backyards. The withdrawal from Iraq was premature, we’re in a stalemate in Afghanistan, and there is no clear direction for Syria, Yemen, or any of the other countries in the region.
Domestically the President just lost a major fight over Obamacare. It would appear Obamacare will not vanish as readily as everyone thought that it would. This is due to the bought-off members of the Republican party in Congress who have kept Obamacare in play. Everyone was so excited with the election! Yay! We have a supermajority in Congress! Yay!
Nothing has changed: we have nothing in Congress, except a pack of misrepresentatives who represent only their own interests, and not the will of their constituents.
Even the President’s executive order (designed to keep Arab terrorists from entering the U.S.) has been shot down by the Obama-appointed judges in the courts. They’re fighting the creation of the border wall/fence. As time passes, the fickle populace begins to turn their back on the President. Their attention spans are less than the gnat’s, and the clock is ticking. It is hard to determine who is doing more damage to the President’s standing: The Democrats or the Republicans.
The clock is ticking. That mid-term election campaigning will begin in the fall, and the President needs to tighten the screws on things happening in the United States and abroad, or he will be viewed by Americans and foreigners alike as someone who is ineffective. The first two months have been extremely rough, and his opposition is not letting up one bit.
Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson is also a Gunsmith, a Certified Master Herbalist, a Montana Master Food Preserver, and a graduate of the U.S. Army’s SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape). He lives in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with his wife and three cats. You can follow Jeremiah’s regular writings at SHTFplan.com or contact him here.
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