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The Donald Opens a Geopolitical Overton Window: Vows to Put ‘America First’, Attacks ‘Globalism’ and Offers Full-Throated Defense of the Nation-State from Technocrats

Last week likely Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump delivered a powerful speech calling for the development of “a new foreign policy direction for our country – one that replaces randomness with purpose, ideology with strategy, and chaos with peace.” Due to what his campaign called “overwhelming interest”, Trump’s speech, originally scheduled for the National Press Club, was relocated to a ball room at Washington’s Mayflower Hotel.

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While the Russia Analyst’s intent isn’t to parse every line of the speech, we do want to highlight for RogueMoney readers around the world what a breach with the neoconservative, neo-liberal interventionist Republicrat/Democan ‘consensus’ on foreign policy from the last two Administrations Trump’s speech represents. It’s as if, despite the introduction to his remarks by former Bush 43 Administration ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad, all the smart people that have watched in pent up frustration for nearly two decades as Washington has stumbled from one hubris-fueled intervention after another have gathered around Mr. Trump.

The First Speech by Any Leading American Politician in Decades (Besides Now Retired Congressman Ron Paul) That Actually Names the American People’s Enemy: Globalism

In the speech, Trump identified five main themes linking foreign policy failure with Washington’s failures in ‘free’ (actually globalist) trade, over-taxation and over-regulation. In doing so, for the very first time in perhaps a generation since Patrick J. Buchanan’s failed 1992 run for the Republican nomination, a leading American politician offered a full-throated defense of America as a nation state putting its own interests first — not the Anglo-globalist empire that Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, or Barack Obama in his own smarmy fake ‘progressive’ form have offered the world.

To the delight of Buchanan, Trump had the audacity to name the ideology that dare not speak its name — and whose very mention sets the likes of the Council on Foreign Relations pukes or neoconservatives chortling about ‘tin foil hat wearers’ if it’s even mentioned — globalism. Namely, the belief that the Westphalian nation-state is an outdated construct in the 21st century, and all must bow to the dictates of transnational organizations like the European Union, supranational trade deals negotiated in strict secrecy like the TPP (aka the Toilet Paper Protocols)/TTIP, and multinational corporations:

Americans must know that we are putting the American people first again. On trade, on immigration, on foreign policy – the jobs, incomes and security of the American worker will always be my first priority.

No country has ever prospered that failed to put its own interests first. Both our friends and enemies put their countries above ours and we, while being fair to them, must do the same.

We will no longer surrender this country, or its people, to the false song of globalism.

The nation-state remains the true foundation for happiness and harmony. I am skeptical of international unions that tie us up and bring America down, and will never enter America into any agreement that reduces our ability to control our own affairs.

https://www.donaldjtrump.com/press-releases/donald-j.-trump-foreign-policy-speech

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The Donald Has Shifted the Overton Window on Russia and NATO: 
Trump Has Made Open Dissent Against Cold War 2.0 in the 2016 Election Possible

As we reported in a previous article about Trump’s willingness to take on the Washington and Atlanticist Establishment’s sacred cows, the Donald continues to shift the Overton Window for what it is and isn’t possible to say in American politics. In that sense, even if he goes down to defeat in November to what will likely be a massive voter-fraud boosted victory for Hillary Rodham Clinton, Trump will have inexorably shifted the terms of foreign policy discussion in America.

Amidst the idiotic competition among GOP also rans and losers to see who could appear ‘tougher on Putin’ by vowing to shoot down more Russian planes over Syria to save Jabhat al-Nusra or other terrorists from Russian bombs, Trump’s line of ‘let the Russians bomb the hell out of ISIS’ drew huge applause last October. And why not?

Did the arrogant, out of touch with reality neocons really think that fighting both the Russians who are fighting ISIS while claiming to fight the Islamic State would make sense to most ordinary Americans? Or that yet another American war in an Arabic-speaking nation after two plus a quagmire in Afghanistan over the last fifteen years would be an easy sell?

We desire to live peacefully and in friendship with Russia and China. We have serious differences with these two nations, and must regard them with open eyes. But we are not bound to be adversaries.

We should seek common ground based on shared interests. Russia, for instance, has also seen the horror of Islamic terrorism.

I believe an easing of tensions and improved relations with Russia – from a position of strength – is possible. Common sense says this cycle of hostility must end. Some say the Russians won’t be reasonable. I intend to find out. If we can’t make a good deal for America, then we will quickly walk from the table.

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Got a Problem with Russia? Well That’s Your Problem, Not Ours: Trump Lays Bare the Contradiction Between an Increasingly Diverse, Indifferent to Foreign Affairs American Society and the Elite if Not Elitist Driven Cold War 2.0

Trump’s insistence that he can ‘get along with Putin’ and seek a ‘deal’ with Russia has proven to be at least a small part of his appeal to broad swathes of the electorate who simply don’t give a damn about Syria or Ukraine, and resent the neocons and elitist ‘liberal’ interventionist war-hawks in D.C. who do. After all, how many Joses in East L.A., LeMarcuses in Detroit, or Joe Six Packs in Wolf Gray’s North Carolina really want to see their sons bleeding and dying alongside Ukrainian troops over which flag flies over Donetsk or Mariupol? How can neocons continue to support an America that looks increasingly like Brazil while labeling as isolationist or worse anyone who wishes the U.S. to have a more Brazilian-like foreign policy, that is one more focused on trade and less on an empire of military bases and (G)NGOs overseas?

Furthermore, Trump has exposed the hypocrisy of even the most hysterical Russia haters in Europe, by pointedly asking if Germany and other NATO member nations are so worried about Russian aggression, why aren’t they doing more in Ukraine? “Why does it always have to be us?” Trump pointedly asks, as he questions why all but three non-U.S. NATO members, only two of which — Turkey and Great Britain — aren’t tiny Estonia, spend more than 2% of their annual GDP on defense.

Trump could have also added, though he had enough tact not to, that many of the countries that insist they’re terrified of Russian aggression have sent no troops to fight alongside the armed forces of Ukraine, or at least implausibly deny (Poland cough cough) that they have sent combatants to the Donbass.

Trump’s Assembled Team of Experts and Prominent Supporters Like RogueMoney Guest Roger Stone vs. ‘Experts’ Who Are Hyper-Interventionist Blowhards

When accused of being flippant or ignorant of military or intelligence affairs, Trump has pushed back by not only mentioning advisers like Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn (USA ret.) the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (who is hated by the neocons as the man whose staff likely generated the now-declassified 2012 DIA memo accurately predicting the rise of a Salafist Caliphate in eastern Syria and western Iraq, and naming U.S. ‘allies’ Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar as the primary sponsors of what would become ISIS). Flynn even said in late 2015 that the Obama White House made a ‘willful decision’ to ignore the nascent Islamic State in 2014 because it was far more worried about pressuring Assad or the Iranian-backed government in Baghdad than the rise of a terrorist Caliphate in the Levant.

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Trump has also frequently mentioned in interviews his uncle, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who used to speak with him about nuclear weapons as far back as the Seventies and Eighties. We mention this here, because U.S. Naval (Twitter) War (on Trump) College Professor Tom Nichols, one of Trump’s harshest critics who seems to be tweeting out anti-Trump vitriol on U.S. Department of Defense (read: the taxpayers’) time, has attacked The Donald as clueless regarding nukes because he once misspoke about America’s nuclear ‘triad’. In response to Prof. Nichols, we would point out the following: Trump likely knows more about the awesome destructive power of modern nuclear weapons thanks to his uncle than all of his opponents, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Trump is also the only presidential candidate to give a major foreign policy speech mentioning the increasingly decayed if not soon to be decrepit state of America’s nuclear delivery platforms, whether it’s (bored to death crews cheating on readiness tests) operating their decades-old Minutemen missiles in the silos of Wyoming, or B-52 bombers old enough to be grandfathers. At the same time, Trump has emphasized to Chris Matthews of MSNBC and others that he would be ‘the last one’ to drop The Bomb, contrary to media manipulations of his remarks that seek to portray him as some sort of loose cannon lunatic. 

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In response to Prof. Nichols sneering about blue collar white Trump supporters allegedly complaining about ‘Mexicans taking my jerbs’ or ‘build muh wall’ on the Mexican border, the good professor should probably get used to Trump’s more trolly #AltRight Twitter fan club members retorting to he and other interventionists with tweets like, “But mah Ukraine war!” or “TOW missiles for muh moderate Syria jihadis!” or “muh NATO!’

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The point is, the contempt flows both ways as does the dismissal of the other sides’ sacred cows and policy priorities. Not for nothing have some Trump tweeters, whom Nichols will probably swear are actually Russian trolls sitting in St. Petersburg, prepared tweets like this one that ought to come with ‘trigger warnings’ about sending neoconservatives and Russia haters into fits of rage:

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It's happening, the Trumpening, as we and the FT's Gideon Rachman have foreseen: as the Russia Analyst indicated in his geopolitical forecast for 2016, the internationalization of politics across the post-Western world continues, including in the formation of a 'nationalist internationale' between the Trump campaign, Viktor Orban supporters in Hungary, the Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD) in Germany, the UK Independence Party in Britain, the National Front in France, and Italy's euroskeptic/anti-open borders Northern League
It’s happening, the Trumpening, as we and the FT’s Gideon Rachman have foreseen: as the Russia Analyst indicated in his geopolitical forecast for 2016, the internationalization of politics across the post-Western world continues, including in the formation of a ‘nationalist internationale’ between the Trump campaign, Viktor Orban supporters in Hungary, the Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD) in Germany, the UK Independence Party in Britain, the National Front in France, and Italy’s euroskeptic/anti-open borders Northern League

The long term impact of Trump’s speech last week is the long overdue recognition by a candidate representing millions of American voters that globalism as an adversary to jobs, prosperity, and national sovereignty. Whatever Mr. Trump’s other faults: an ego the size of Manhattan, his relationship with the Clintons prior to entering Republican Party politics, or his acknowledged need to appear ‘more presidential’ and shoot from the hip less often while speaking (the Mayflower Hotel speech was one of the first Trump has given using a teleprompter rather than from memory), naming globalism as an adversary to ordinary Americans is critical. As Trump complains about the Obama White House’s relationship to the phrase ‘radical Islamic terrorism’, if you cannot even name the enemy, how can you fight much less expect to win the war?

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Below: video of the full speech (that runs about 45 minutes) delivered on April 27, 2016:

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7 thoughts on “The Donald Opens a Geopolitical Overton Window: Vows to Put ‘America First’, Attacks ‘Globalism’ and Offers Full-Throated Defense of the Nation-State from Technocrats Leave a comment

  1. "Supposed "conservative" and confirmed idiot @RadioFreeTom prefers Hillary to Trump. Why? Because she will go to war with Russia. — Ricky Vaughn (@Ricky_Vaughn99) January 4, 2016"
    I mean those F-22s and F-35s must be invincible against the Su-35s because they cost more, amirite?
    [/irony]

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    • SOF — Nichols is a particularly pernicious example of a highly credentialed but not educated idiot, whose Twitter ‘tweeps’ are mostly hardcore neocons (just don’t call him a neocon) and whose strategic worldview is stuck in 1985 but with the obnoxious interventionism bred in the 1990s when it seemed the U.S. really could bomb any non-nuclear armed country it wanted to without any actual consequence tacked on.
      The fact that Russia isn’t just a bigger version of Serbia but with nuclear weapons and that Russian and Chinese military technology may have actually exceeded some of Uncle Sam’s own ‘war toys’ stock in key areas like anti-ship, hypersonic missile and long range stealth-detecting surface to air missiles even before we discuss the ‘Russian off switch’ in electronic warfare just hasn’t sunk in for Nichols. Nor has the possibility that proxy wars fought against Russia and Iran may go both ways and in fact are bleeding Turkey and Saudi Arabia militarily and especially financially already occurred to him. And just like so many others on Twitter he takes Ukrainian fairy tales about killing bazillions of invading Russian spetsnaz or VDV paratroopers in the Donbass with ‘heroic’ nationalist battalions who’ve received about one month of training and barely know which way to point their mortars seriously.
      Nichols has obviously been too busy berating any member of the public supportive of Trump on Twitter including probably from his U.S.-taxpayer funded offices at the USNWC to keep up with actual military affairs for the sake of his .mil students. And that is inexcusable for someone in his position, ‘academic freedom’ or not, and ought to be grounds for his dismissal from the U.S. Naval War College — even without would be paramours tweeting out junk pics of him like the man he hired, John R. Schindler aka the @20Committee. Thankfully not everyone at USNWC is an anti-Russian or NSA shill fanatic like those two, Nicholas Gvosdev is a fairly sober academic. There must be something in the water in Newport, RI though that lends itself to smugness.

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  2. I remember when Obama was the big hero who was going to save the world. Trump, same script? So the left was repudiated and now the right will be repudiated? The people will become disenchanted with politics and the nation state, and just accept whatever comes next?
    Are the elites playing a game that is so complex it’s stupid? Or are the elites just stupid!?
    Yet no one mentions the truth about 9/11, chemtrails, vaccines, etc, and the surreal reality continues as before.

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    • I think Andy there are two traps one can fall into…two sides to fall off the bike from. The first is denying the reality of conspiracy including the New World Order and insisting that everything is just random coincidence or individual self-interest. This is what I call becoming a ‘coincidence theorist’. The other is to see the NWO behind everything, absolve individuals of responsibility and agency, and assume these globalists are all powerful. They aren’t. As many have observed from brother Alex (who has his own problems) to one of the late purveyors of what his ‘elite’ friend the retired oil man used to say, there is still a God in heaven who limits what ‘they’ can do, and the vampire still has to be invited into the house to feast on his victims. The globalists are not all powerful, they can be defeated, and while they have their powerful and well placed agents in Moscow and Beijing too, they are not in control of every aspect of global events as they unfold, they only are deceived by their god the god of this world into thinking that they are.
      I would compare the relationship between many of the globalist bankster types in it for the money and power to the hardcore Luciferians to this scene from the Dark Knight Rises, with the ‘lucis’ as Hawk calls them in the role of Bane:

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  3. @"Andy"
    The faulty logic you employ is apparent in at least 2 very important ways. 1) there is no comparison between the no track record alleged community organizer let alone of where the enigma was actually from to a very successful well known businessman whose long track record can be reasonably assured to carry over and into the White House 2) the voting public are wiser today because of the Obozo Regime hoodwink and will not be fooled again with the likes of the same old establishment candidates as presented.The Trump call to place America 1st has many implications from domestic to foreign policies. I don’t believe he alone is capable of solving all of broken aspects in government that the foreign globalists have perpetrated but, he knows how to succeed in many endeavors. So, America requires that experience more than ever and certainly not more of the same old same old that is found in all of the others…

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    • From American expat Fred Reed aka Fred on Everything (who contrary to the ‘racist’ reputation of the ‘Alt Right’ or Unz Review, is rather fond of Mexicans including his Mexican wife with whom he lives in Mexico):
      http://www.unz.com/freed/the-mask-comes-off-putrefaction-most-foul/
      "This morning in the Drudge Report: “Trump Highest Number of Republican Voters in History.” Who do the Republicans want to get rid of? Trump."
      "On the same page a poll reports Trump tied with Hillary nationally. Who do the Republicans want to get rid of? Guess."
      "It’s wonderful. The GOP is looking for someone that Hillary can beat. She would squash Kasich or Cruz like stepping on bugs. Trump might actually win. This the Republicans strive to avoid. What could make more sense?"
      "But it does make sense. The Republicans try desperately to ditch the only Republican candidate who could win the Presidency because…Hillary is one of them. Because, as every sentient being has by now noticed, the Republicans and Democrats are members of the same corrupt club of blood-sucking parasites, the action arm of the corporations, Wall Street, the Israeli lobby, and those who want the US to control the world at any cost–except, of course, to them. They are panicked at the rise of someone who might put first the interests of America. Better Hillary, a fellow parasite, than Trump, who isn’t."
      "The latest skulduggery is the Virginia governor’s allowing convicted felons to vote. The obvious intention is to increase the black vote for Hillary. In Chicago, the dead vote. In Virginia, the killers. This sort of thing of course explains the support for Trump."
      "Will the two parties succeed in blocking the Donald? Might they even resort to the Martin Luther King solution? My powers of political prognostication would be under zero if they could figure out how to get there. If the felony vote and delegate-tampering bring Trump to the convention with only 1236 delegates, and the Republicans broker-in some sad-sack compliant loser, well, the mask will be definitively, openly, for all time off. Welcome to Paraguay."

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  4. Unfortunately Trump is not being seen or judged as the only candidate who raises real issues. The majority of people, especially liberals, seem content to reach judgment not on what the candidate says but on how his or her image "makes them feel." This is consistent with the duplicitous journalism that doesn’t care if they are correct but its only important to be first and outrageous in writing and printing articles.
    They know that the first impression they make on the public is the most important in setting or appealing to a bias. Most people want to be reassured that their bias is correct so they can go back into their comfortable sleep state and not be bothered with uncomfortable facts or information that will make them think and question established belief.
    Also on another front why is there no demand that a paper trail ballot be cast at the same time the electronic version is recorded? I know that internet security is above reproach these days (gag) so why isn’t the need for some paper trail being given highest priority in this perhaps the final or most important election in US history. If this one doesn’t go well, we may not be left with much of a country or a world for that matter.

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