By Manuel E. Yepe
Exclusive for the daily POR ESTO! of Merida, Mexico.
Translated and edited by Walter Lippmann.
In the political lexicon of the United States, since the presidency of Donald Trump, the mysterious concept of a “Deep State” has become fashionable. It’s understood as a kind of mystical adversary that the president’s cabinet must face.
The term has been used to refer to an allegedly secretly operating network of public officials working to prevent Trump from pursuing his policies. The expression is also used to allude to a de facto power of public employees whose stay in office is beyond the control of the president.
But its definition varies according to who uses it. It generally implies the existence of a secret and invisible nebula that operates from the bowels of government and that would be responsible for leaks of sensitive information from public offices, including those of intelligence and those of advisers and analysts directly subordinate to the President.
“The deep state has to stop with its shit,” Roger Stone, Trump’s old political adviser, told The New Yorker magazine on the eve of the president’s inauguration January 20.
He was referring to information published by The New York Times, citing U.S. officials, indicating that the FBI, CIA and other intelligence agencies were investigating Stone and other Trump collaborators for alleged links to Russia.
Stone denied having had such links, and blamed the “deep state” for the information disclosed.
Different media supporting the government have handled the concept, especially after it was revealed that the Micheal Flynn, Trump’s then- National Security Adviser, had withheld information about his contacts with Russia, which, according to the press, led to his having to resign shortly after taking office.
“The deep state never sleeps. It’s always doing something to undermine Trump’s administration,” said an article on Breitbart News, a right-wing Web site whose founder and former executive, Stephen Bannon, a controversial Trump trustee who was repeatedly accused of anti-Semitism and racism and who served as the White House’s chief strategist.
“The Deep State is here,” Ed Rogers, a Republican columnist in his Washington Post column, wrote a week earlier. “It is a worrying phenomenon to have the anti-Trump organizations and Democratic officials aligned conspiring to work actively against the government in office,” he said.
However, there is no shortage of analysts who reject the idea that in the US there can be a “deep state” acting in the shadows. “The term comes from a kind of conspiracy theory that does not capture what is a normal tension between bureaucrats who have been running political programs for years and who may want to change things themselves,” says Gordon Adams on BBC World.
According to many analysts, the “Deep State” actions that overwhelm Trump derive from the basic contradiction between the federal government and the invisible power of the military and corporations defined by former President Dwight Eisenhower as the Military-Industrial Complex. This tension is manifested, for the time being, as a confrontation between the White House and the intelligence community, in which the latter acts, by definition, in a reserved manner.
When he was Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon defined the government’s goal as the deconstruction of the administrative state, which he believed had been set up by the political left to defend its interests through bureaucratic regulations that must now be corrected.
“If you look at the cabinet appointments, you’ll see that they were made with a goal of deconstructing the administrative state,” Bannon said in a meeting with conservative politicians.
Proof of this is that many people chosen for Trump’s Cabinet have had conflicting positions with those traditionally assigned to the departments for which they were appointed.
For example, for the Environmental Protection Pgency, he chose someone with interests linked to the fossil fuel industry who doubts the existence of climate change. As Education Secretary, he selected a millionaire who is an enemy of public education and public schools. For the Health Department, he chose a doctor who believes that the problem is that “there is too much government involvement in health care.
There are those who appreciate that this conflict of interest between senior government officials and civil service officials supports the existence of a “deep state” operating against Trump as an unpredictable, ignorant person, one incapable of fulfilling the mandate of the dominant forces of the system… much less the mandate of the citizenry.
May 25, 2018.
By Manuel E. Yepe
Exclusive for the daily POR ESTO! of Merida, Mexico.
Translated and edited by Walter Lippmann.
The madman was advised and suspended his visit to Lima where he would have attended the VIII Summit of the Americas as head of the U.S. delegation. Nor will Donald Trump travel to Colombia, as officially announced. The reason given for this was that the president had to deal with the situation in Syria, a country over which a threat of war hangs as a result of the president’s own outbursts. These are based on the worn-out, paradoxical and proven-false accusations against the government of Bashar Al Assad of having used chemical weapons in its internal war against terrorism.
Sarah Sanders, White House spokeswoman, announced that Vice President Mike Pence will be in charge of Washington’s delegation, both in Lima to conduct bilateral talks with Latin American leaders who will be present at the hemispheric meeting and in Bogotá for the meetings Trump had scheduled with Colombian authorities.
There is no doubt that the pretext of the situation in Syria will serve to prevent the United States from having a resounding catastrophe in its relations with the governments of the nations of Latin America.
History shows that when the countries south of Rio Grande act together they are able to shock the empire at its deepest roots. But hardly anyone expected that, as a result of the right-wing movement that has emerged as a result of various US coups d’état on the continent, such unity would be able to achieve such encouraging results.
The planned Summit of the Americas was announced as a likely trigger for the fury of the peoples of the continent against Washington’s most recent impositions and manipulations. But the arrogance and irresponsible actions of President Donald Trump have reached such an extreme that even the rulers of Latin America, who have shown themselves to be more servile in their ties with Washington, have jumped with unprecedented firmness.
An extreme case was produced by the president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, who suggested that the New York magnate review the origin of his anger. “If your recent statements stem from frustration over domestic policy issues, your laws or your Congress, you should address them, not the Mexicans. We are not going to let negative rhetoric define our actions,” Peña Nieto said, when it was announced that President Trump had ordered the deployment of between 2,000 and 4,000 military personnel to support the Border Patrol agents on the southern border of the United States.
The Mexican president’s message also responded to a series of tweets and comments by the magnate-president, motivated by a caravan of Honduran migrants who sought to reach Mexico’s northern border with the United States.
Trump warned that he would cancel the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations if the Mexican government did not detain Central American migrants.
“It is better that the great caravan of people from Honduras, coming through Mexico to our border of weak laws, stop. NAFTA is at stake, as are foreign aid for Honduras and the countries that will allow this to happen. Congress must act now!“the president tweets threateningly.
To general surprise on the continent, Peña Nieto declared that Mexico will not be afraid to negotiate with the United States, but he demands respect. “We will never negotiate in fear.”
The Mexican Senate also demanded respect from the president of the United States and demanded that the Peña Nieto government suspend binational collaboration on immigration matters.
The four candidates for the presidency of the nation: Margarita Zavala, Ricardo Anaya, Andrés Manuel López Obrador and José Antonio Meade immediately joined in the rejection of the deployment of U.S. troops on the Mexican border. “When it comes to defending national dignity, we all speak with one voice and demand respect,” independent Congresswoman Margarita Zabala wrote to Donald Trump in her tweeter.
Peña Nieto mentioned these statements in his message to the nation while underscoring the negotiating tone with which his government has addressed the U.S. president. “The Mexican government’s efforts have been aimed at building an institutional relationship of mutual respect and benefit for both nations.
The relationship between the two countries “is intense and dynamic but that does not justify threatening attitudes or lack of respect between our countries,” insisted Peña Nieto. “If you want to reach agreements with Mexico, we’re ready. As we have shown so far, we have always been ready to engage in serious, good faith and constructive dialogue.
April 12, 2018.
Translated and edited by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump was the candidate of several supremacist groups. Since his rise to power he has come to declare that among the supremacists there are “good people”.
By Manuel E. Yepe
Exclusive for the daily POR ESTO! of Merida, Mexico.
Translated and edited by Walter Lippmann.
Donald Trump seems to have completed his team of “all-star” hawks that reaffirms the harshness of his power at the head of the only great power on the planet.
John Bolton, a United Nations critic, and advocate of the war against Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela, will be, as of April 9, National Security Advisor. As Under Secretary of State for Arms Control, Bolton was the spokesperson for Bush’s justification for invading Iraq, citing the falsely-alleged possession by its President, Saddam Hussein, of chemical and biological weapons that never appeared, nor did they exist.
Mike Pompeo, whom Trump presented as the most loyal member of his cabinet, has been appointed head of diplomacy in Washington, is a follower of the Tea Party’s ultraconservative philosophy. His political career has been financed by the reactionary brothers Charles and David Koch, one of the most influential extreme right-wing power groups in the United States.
With the backing of the Koch brothers, Pompeo was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 until Trump appointed him CIA director. In that capacity, he raised fears of a return to the practice of assassinating foreign leaders when he invoked the possible assassination of North Korean communist leader Kim Jong-un.
Pompeo has been in favor of “regime change” in North Korea and of sabotaging the nuclear agreements with Iran.
The Bolton-Pompeo duo will be joined by UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, always remembered for her despotic threat of retaliation against countries whose diplomatic representatives voted against Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Common to all of Trump’s newly-appointed diplomatic leaders is his interventionist and “Monroeist” stance on Latin America and his affinity with Republican Senator Marco Rubio. The latter is a controversial figure who stands out for his aggressive stance toward Cuba, a country he has never visited, and who is described by the media as an opportunistic Cuban-American.
In recent days, Ambassador Nikki Halley convened a meeting at Florida International University with anti-Cuban members of Congress Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Marco Rubio, Carlos Curbelo and Mario Díaz-Balart to discuss “how democracy can be strengthened in Latin America and especially in Venezuela and Cuba,” although, according to Senator Marco Rubio, the current state of U.S. business was also discussed.
Rubio has rejoiced in the appointment of the new White House counselor: “I know John Bolton well, he is an excellent choice and he is going to do a great job as a national security adviser,” Rubio wrote on his Twitter account.
In return for the favors that Trump apparently owes him, Senator Rubio has increased his ascendancy in current U.S. foreign policy by appointing former U.S. Ambassador to the OAS Carlos Trujillo, a budding political figure in the Florida State House, akin to the senator.
Keep in mind that the new Secretary of State, Pompeo, has been one of the main supporters Marco Rubio has had in putting together the sinister story of the sonic attacks on accredited officials at the U.S. Embassy in Havana. The design and development of this plan are attributed, by some observers, to CIA plans aimed at hindering and eventually interrupting the process of rapprochement with Cuba initiated by the Barack Obama administration. At the same time, this would place the ambitious Senator Rubio under presidential luminaries who would point to him as a likely Republican party candidate to succeed Donald Trump in the 2020 elections.
Mike Pompeo, now named head of the State Department to replace Rex Tillerson, was considered a hard-line Republican congressman before Trump named him director of the CIA. He is credited with playing an important role as a mediator between the agency and its commander in chief, who has not hesitated to compare the US intelligence services with those of the Nazis.
Hours before Trump announced that he would meet with the North Korean leader, Pompeo was seen in the Oval Office with the President during a White House meeting with a South Korean delegation.
Pompeo had previously played an important role in the investigation into Russia’s alleged attempts to influence last year’s US elections.
March 29, 2018.
By Iroel Sanchez
June 17, 2017
July 30 is a day of national mourning in Cuba. On that date, each year, the streets of Santiago de Cuba are filled with a spontaneous pilgrimage; rose petals fall from the balconies, and people walk in silence towards the cemetery.
This yearly pilgrimage is a remembrance of the popular reaction of the city in response, in 1957, to the murders of young Frank País and Raúl Pujol by the police of Fulgencio Batista. It is also a remembrance of all the many who were victims of similar actions.
It was the son of one of Frank and Josue’s murderers whom the US President Donald Trump chose for the storytelling in the speech he delivered in Miami June 17. A violin in the hands of the offspring played –out of tune– the notes of the US national anthem.
In a theater that bears the name of one of the invaders that –under the orders of the CIA– suffered an embarrassing defeat at Playa Girón [Bay of Pigs], a politician many consider a “loser”, promised more of the same the whole world –and even his predecessor in office– recognized as doomed to failure.
The audience –mostly elderly Miamians who have not set foot in Cuba in decades– shouted, “USA, USA,” while the president announced that citizens of “the land of the free” will continue to be banned from engaging in tourism in Cuba. If they travel to the island they must do so in a group and with a detailed and auditable logbook, so that Big Brother can adequately confirm if they fulfill the mission that their government has given them: to overthrow the “regime” that has made sure that crimes such as those of December 30, 1957, never happen again o n the island.
The same President, who signed a $100 billion contract for arms sales to the Saudi Arabian monarchy less than a month ago, signed another in the presence of people who practiced terrorism. The objective: to prevent a single US penny from reaching the Armed Forces of the Republic of Cuba. He also promised to prevent trade and investments that do not exist today.
With the balance of his campaign promises showing more debits than credits and threatened by a congressional investigation following his pressure on former FBI director James Comey, Mr. Trump seems to have found among the Cuban-American ultra-right in Miami a way to show he is true to his word and to be applauded.
But rhetoric cannot conceal a reality: 73% of Americans and 80% of Cuban-Americans support the end of the blockade of Cuba, and Trump’s announcements this Friday will only increase that rejection. Time will tell. The day before the speech, Trump managed to make the analysts of The Miami Herald agree with those of The New York Times.
South of the Florida straits we did not have long to wait. The first results of Trump’s show in Miami are already perceptible in Cuba: there is more talk about politics. In social networks many young people, who do not usually discuss these issues, express their indignation with the Miami speech of the American President. Since the kidnapping of Elian Gonzalez, Cubans had not seen such a clear image of the Jurassic Park that would be ruling Cuba if there was no Revolution.
A sample of what some of the most renowned American caricaturists post about the politics of Donald Trump
June 17, 2017 23:02:29 CDT
A CubaNews translation by Walter Lippmann.
Instead of the accustomed texts, the three of Sunday arrive with the vision that some of the most renowned American caricaturists publish in the media on domestic and foreign policies developed by Republican President Donald Trump, or his way of leading that nation .
A CubaNews translation by Walter Lippmann.
EL HERALDO GROUP sarahnes@ …
“THE FEELING OF FULFILLING THE MOST SACRED OF THE DUTIES,
TO FIGHT AGAINST IMPERIALISM WHEREVER IT IS”
There is an expectation among a good number of people, especially in Cuba and in Miami, about what Trump might say in relation to our island in the declarations he is about to make in the near future in the city of Florida.
Some wish that these statements would provoke Armageddon and that everything that has advanced in the relations between the two countries will be without effect and we will return to the time in which hostility is the main reason that governs our relations.
Others, whom I believe have a more objective approach, suggest that there will be some changes in what Obama has established, but many issues will remain as they have been until now, especially those that could affect business profits, jobs, immigration policy, and campaigns against Cuba, such as those related to religious freedom, so-called political prisoners, human rights and ideological-political subversion.
It should not be surprising, according to the rumors running on Calle 8, that some issues be added to U.S. claims, among which may be to demand that people who are considered to have debts with justice be delivered to the United States, impose sanctions and visa limitations on certain Cuban officials and act against the entry into the United States of Havana Club rum. The problem with the claims is another one that has also been considered to be included in Trumps’s speech , that if it includes all that is desired by some in Miami, it will last about three hours.
In relation to something on Radio Bemba in Miami, we could also say that also in the United States people who have debts with Cuban justice, many of them for having committed acts of terrorism, in or against the island and its citizens, I do not think there is any interest in sending those terrorists to Cuba to be tried. The main interest of the government of the northern country lies in Joanne Chesimard [Assata Shakur], a woman, a militant of an organization that fought for the rights of blacks. She was accused unjustly of having committed a crime, and whom they say is in Cuba.
As to limitations and sanctions, it is possible that again and have been so many times raised that the food that Cuba buys and if it manages to buy medicine in that country, they can not go to military installations. As for tourism, they say they are thinking of banning business with Gaviota, because they consider that MINFAR (the Ministry of the Armed Forces) runs this company, hence it could be deduced that the visa limitations and sanctions would be to civil servants who now occupy positions in our government, but they come from the Armed Forces.
That of Havana Club rum is a business problem, as the Bacardí firm feels strongly affected and is precisely the one that delivers large amounts of money to the electoral campaigns of US politicians of Cuban origin. This is the time to pay off that debt, and business people understand that politicians have enough influence on Trump to do something about it, if that were possible.
The financial demands between the two countries could be another issue touched on by Trump. It is true that this is a long-term problem, because the United States demands $8 billion from Cuba and we demand $120 billion from them. The Miami speech could give Trump the opportunity to argue that those Cubans whose property was nationalized, and who traveled to the “land of democracy” and became US citizens, will be included in the claims they present.
Many of these issues, as discussed in this article, are rumors, which stakeholders put into the possible pronouncements that Trump could make to try to reach their ears and take them into consideration. Those in charge of trying to do this are the Representatives of Cuban origin who have been closer to Trump lately.
There are other elements that can not be left out of the analysis. The first is Trump himself, who is quite difficult to predict. The second, in my opinion, is Greenblatt, that of the Cuban grandfather. According to him, the number two person of the Trump Corporation, appointed as presidential negotiator, the third is Sonny Perdue, recently named by Trump as Secretary of Agriculture. On several occasions Purdue has mentioned the benefits which would be obtained from agricultural trade with Cuba.
Trump, as always, may surprise us. He may say that his policy will maintain everything that implies economic benefits for the United States, increasing jobs, increasing trade possibilities (which would reduce the United States’ negative trade balance), maintaining a system to ensure orderly immigration of people and the exchange between civil entities of both countries.
Other matters of interest (such as Havana Club rum) should be analyzed more deeply, which will be reported to the extent that he has decided what to do.
He will maintain US support for what they are fighting for in Cuba for the “liberties”, the “human rights” and the liberation of “political prisoners”. He will demand the sending to the United States of fugitives of justice who may be refugees in Cuba. Above all this, he will order an immediate start to talks with the Cuban government.
The latter he will leave until the end, as a good communicator that is, to leave a good impression on the audience, who must be pleased with the proposal to maintain a degree of hostility towards Cuba.
I could be wrong. To err is human and especially of humans who say what they think will happen.
The one who does not bet does not lose, but does not win either.
By Telma Luzzani
A CubaNews translation.
Edited by Walter Lippmann.
Cuban academic Néstor García Iturbe assured us of this based on the campaign promises of the president-elect, but also because he believes that it is in the interest of both countries to keep what has been achieved and to advance further. With optimism, he believes that now that Congress is in Republican hands one of the first steps Trump will take will be to lift the blockade.
The diplomat who holds a PhD in History from the University of Havana is confident that Donald Trump and President Raul Castro will find common ground for agreement.
“I believe that the policies of the Republican President will be not only more beneficial for the United States but also for Cuba. He promised measures that would limit US interference in other countries,” recalled García Iturbe.
He also thinks that Trump will lift the economic blockade against the island because: “there are many American companies eager to do business.”
Anyway, the Cuban government scheduled military exercises as a kind of message to the White House. “The periods of transition between two US administrations are often dangerous: if there is aggression or military action by the US, neither the outgoing nor the incoming president is really in charge; one, because he is leaving office and the other because he has not taken office yet.” García Iturbe calls this period the “limbo of power”. Our message is: If there is a problem we are ready to take action. However, I believe that Venezuela and Syria are in greater danger. “In this “limbo”, there could be a new attempt to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro,” he said.
On the other hand, Mexican journalist Cecilia González looked at some of the hundreds of referenda which were voted on Tuesday in different US states: legalization of marijuana, the death penalty, solar energy and slavery. “In many cases, the results were surprising,” she said. González also referred to the “infinite sadness” that Mexicans feel outside and within the United States because the Republican candidate´s discourse exacerbating rejection of Mexicans, “promoting a culture of contempt and hatred.”
Comparative media analysis discussed the coverage by the Los Angeles Times, the only newspaper to publish a poll which projected Donald Trump a winner, although the paper, as most, supported Hillary Clinton and The Washington Post where media expert Margaret Sullivan criticized the press (including the newspaper where she works) under the title “The Media Did Not Want to Believe that Trump Could Win and Therefore Looked the Other Way.” Journalists with university degrees, urban dwellers, and mostly progressive, usually live and work in New York and Washington DC or on the West Coast. And although they would cover other cities in the country, and talk to miners and the unemployed, they did not take them enough into account.
The program also reported on the suicide bombing against a German consulate in the Afghan city of Mazar i Sharif, which left at least four people dead and hundreds wounded; it also reported on the statement of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights that denounced the case of the missing students of Ayotzinapa (Mexico) which still has more than 200 loose ends due to failures of the official research.
Por Telma Luzzani
Opinión: “Con Trump no va a haber marcha atrás en la relación entre EEUU y Cuba”
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Lo aseguró el académico cubano Néstor García Iturbe basado en las promesas de campaña del presidente electo pero también porque considera que interesa a ambos países mantener lo logrado y avanzar más. Con optimismo, cree que ahora que el Congreso está en manos republicanas una de las primeras medidas que tomará Trump será levantar el bloqueo.
El diplomático y Doctor en Historia por la Universidad de La Habana confía en que Donald Trump y el presidente Raúl Castro se van a poner de acuerdo.
“Creo que las políticas del republicano van a ser no sólo más beneficiosas para Estados Unidos sino también para Cuba. Él prometió medidas que limiten la injerencia norteamericana en otros países”, recordó García Iturbe.
También piensa que va a levantar el bloqueo económico contra la isla ya que “hay muchas empresas norteamericanas deseosas de hacer negocios”.
De todas formas, el gobierno cubano programó ejercicios militares como una forma de mensaje a la Casa Blanca. “Los períodos de transición entre dos gobiernos norteamericanos suelen ser peligrosos: si hay una agresión o una acción militar por parte de EEUU el presidente saliente no se hace cargo porque se está yendo y el entrante tampoco porque cree que todavía no le corresponde.” García Iturbe llama esto el “limbo de poder”. “Nuestro mensaje es: si hay algún problema nosotros estamos listos para intervenir. Aunque en este momento yo creo que los que están en más peligro son Venezuela y Siria. En este “limbo”, podría haber algún nuevo intento de derrocar al presidente Nicolás Maduro”, aseguró.
Por otra parte, la periodista mexicana Cecilia González analizó algunos de las centenas de referéndum que se votaron el martes en distintos estados norteamericanos: legalización de marihuana, la pena de muerte, energía solar y esclavitud. “En muchos casos los resultados fueron sorprendentes”, afirmó. González relató además la “tristeza infinita” que sienten los mexicanos fuera y dentro de Estados Unidos porque el discurso del republicano exacerbó el rechazo hacia ellos, “instalando una cultura del desprecio y del odio”.
En comparación de medios se analizó la cobertura de Los Angeles Times, el único diario que publicó una encuesta que daba ganador a Donald Trump aunque como la mayoría apoyó a Hillary Clinton, y The Washington Post donde la experta en medios, Margaret Sullivan, criticó a la prensa (incluyendo el diario donde trabaja) con el título de “Los medios no querían creer que Trump podía ganar y entonces miraron para otro lado”. Los periodistas con títulos universitarios, urbanos y en su mayoría progres generalmente viven y trabajan en Nueva York y Washington DC o en la costa oeste. Y aunque vayan a cubrir por unos días otras ciudades del país y hablen con mineros y desocupados, no los toman en cuenta lo suficiente.
En este programa se informó, además, sobre el atentado suicida contra un consulado alemán en la ciudad afgana de Mazar i Sharif que dejó al menos cuatro muertos y centenares de heridos y sobre la declaración de la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos que denunció que en el caso de los estudiantes desaparecidos de Ayotzinapa (México) hay aún más de 200 cabos sueltos debido a las fallas de investigación oficial.
By Manuel E. Yepe
A CubaNews translation.
Edited by Walter Lippmann.
A new and unexpected element has added tension to the already unusual primary stage of the US electoral process. When it seemed certain that Donald Trump would be the presidential candidate representing the Republican Party, a “bomb” against him has been publicly detonated from an unexpected field.
Trump was invited last week by the The National Interest to give his first speech on foreign policy. This magazine is published by the Nixon Center, a group of survivors from former State Secretary Henry Kissinger’s old team.
To everyone’s surprise Trump did not have anything to say about his position on various subjects, aimed at satisfying one lobby or another, but instead delivered an analysis of US foreign policy and described his project of total overhaul.
According to Trump, it was “a fundamental error to have attempted to export by force the Western democratic model to people who had no interest in it.
After having denounced the “gigantic human and economic waste of the countries concerned as well as for the United States itself”, Trump continued with an indirect attack on the military-industrial complex, blaming it for the general excess of weapons circulating in the world.
According to French journalist and political activist Thierry Meyssan, for the first time since the assassination of John Kennedy, a presidential candidate was denouncing the omnipotence of the arms manufacturers. All those who have fought the military-industrial complex have been gagged or eliminated –John Kennedy was assassinated when he opposed the war against Cuba; Richard Nixon was eliminated by the Watergate affair when he made peace with Vietnam and led the détente with China; Bill Clinton saw his administration paralyzed by the Lewinsky affair when he attempted to oppose rearmament and the war in Kosovo.
In the words of Meyssan, “Trump was not a politician until now, but a real estate promoter, a businessman and a television presenter. This absence of a political past allows him to envisage the future from an entirely new angle, without being bound by any previous engagement.”
To block Donald Trump, the Republican Party organised an alliance between Ted Cruz and the last candidate in the race, John Kasich. Both of them agreed to give up the presidency and to work together to prevent Trump from obtaining the absolute majority of the convention delegates, promoting the candidacy of retired General James Mattis, former commander of the Marines Central Command (Cent Com).
Although General Mattis has not expressed his willingness to run for office, an anonymous group of billionaire donors have concocted a plan to achieve this and so to deal with Donald Trump. There is talk of about a dozen influential donors who are
billionaires with deep pockets and involved in politics with conservative tendencies, who are willing to put their resources behind Mattis.”Trump is a fascist madman and Hillary has one foot in a jail cell. This means that Mattis can win. I would be the first to root for the general to save America,” said John Noonan, a former Jeb Bush adviser now involved in the campaign project for Mattis.
Confidential opinion polls have already been organised, funds are been collected and a campaign team has been built around General James Mattis, a man who denies having plans for a political career. However, many believe he will not reject the role of a new Eisenhower who did not take part in the primaries because he was still commander of US forces in Europe. Eisenhower slipped into the competition almost at the end and was nominated by the Republican Party convention as their representative in the final bid for the presidency which he ultimately won in 1952.
General Mattis is reputed to be an intellectual. Today a researcher at the Hoover Institution (Stanford University), he has recently given lectures at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). This think-tank, traditionally close to the oil industry, is mainly financed by Saudi Arabia.
In his lecture at CSIS after predicting a dreadful future for the Middle East, he denounced the dangers of the Iranian revolution and called for war against Iran.
The contradiction that is currently taking shape in the struggle within the Republican party over its presidential candidate reflects the one that at the national level has emerged between the neo-conservative vision of Nixon and Kissinger, and the dreams of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. The latter two are supporters of imposing a universal regime and global democratization which they have worked toward since the coup of September 11, 2001 until the rise of Obama.
May 17, 2016.
Por Manuel E. Yepe
Un nuevo e inesperado elemento ha agregado tensión al ya inusitado proceso electoral estadounidense en su etapa de primarias. Cuando ya parecía claramente definido que Donald Trump sería el aspirante presidencial en representación de partido republicano, se ha hecho estallar públicamente una “bomba” en su contra desde un campo inesperado.
The National Interest, una revista creada por el Nixon Center, donde colaboran sobrevivientes del equipo del ex secretario de Estado Henry Kissinger, invitó a Donald Trump a pronunciar su primer discurso sobre política exterior.
Para sorpresa de todos, Trump no recitó sus posiciones sobre una u otra cosa para contentar a tal o cuál grupo de presión sino que formuló un análisis sobre la política exterior de Estados Unidos y describió su proyecto de reformulación de ésta.
Según manifestó Trump, “haber tratado de exportar por fuerza el modelo democrático occidental e imponerlo a pueblos que no están ni remotamente interesados en ese modelo, ha sido un error fundamental”. Luego de denunciar lo que llamó “gigantescos daños humanos y económicos causados tanto a los países agredidos como al propio”, Trump pasó a un ataque indirecto contra el complejo militar-industrial y denunció la excesiva cantidad de armamento que circula actualmente en el mundo.
Según el periodista y activista político francés Thierry Meyssan, fue esta la primera vez desde el asesinato de John F. Kennedy que un candidato a la presidencia se pronunciaba contra el poderío de los fabricantes de armas. Todos los que lo han hecho han sido
neutralizados o eliminados: John Kennedy fue asesinado cuando se opuso a la guerra contra Cuba; Richard Nixon fue eliminado –a través del escándalo del Watergate- por haber concluido la paz con Vietnam e implementado el proceso de distensión con China; Bill Clinton vio su administración paralizada a través del escándalo con Monica Lewinsky cuando trató de oponerse al rearme y a la guerra en Kosovo.
Al decir de Meyssan, “Trump no era, hasta ahora, un político sino un promotor inmobiliario, comerciante y presentador televisivo. Esta carencia de pasado político le permite ver el futuro de manera totalmente nueva y sin verse limitado por compromisos anteriores”. Para contrarrestar el fenómeno Trump en sus propias filas, el Partido Republicano ha organizado una alianza entre los otros dos aspirantes que aún quedaban: Ted Cruz y John Kasich. Ambos han aceptado renunciar a la presidencia y unir esfuerzos para impedir que Trump obtenga la mayoría absoluta de los delegados en la Convención, promoviendo la candidatura del general en retiro James Mattis, ex comandante del Comando Central de Marines.
Aunque el general Mattis no ha manifestado su disposición de presentarse, un grupo anónimo de donantes multimillonarios han urdido un plan para conseguirlo y así hacer frente a Donald Trump.
Se habla de cerca de una docena de donantes influyentes, que son multimillonarios con bolsas profundas e implicados en política con tendencias conservadoras, que están dispuestos a poner sus recursos en favor de Mattis.
“Trump es un loco fascista y Hillary tiene un pie en una celda de la cárcel. Esto significa que Mattis puede ganar. Yo sería el primero en abogar por el general para salvar América,” declaró John Noonan, un ex asesor de Jeb Bush ahora involucrado en el proyecto de campaña a favor de Mattis.
Ya se hacen sondeos confidenciales, se recoge dinero y se ha creado un equipo de campaña en torno al general James Mattis quien, si bien niega que esté pensando hacer carrera política, muchos creen que no rechazará el papel de émulo de Dwight Eisenhower, quien sin participar en las primarias porque fungía como comandante de las fuerzas en Europa, se deslizo en la competencia en su etapa final y la Convención del Partido Republicano lo designó participante en la lucha final por la presidencia que obtuvo en 1952.
Mattis tiene reputación de intelectual. Es investigador en la Hoover Institution (de la Universidad de Stanford) y, recientemente, ha sido conferencista en el CSIS, tanque pensante cercano a la industria del petróleo, financiado principalmente por Arabia Saudita.
Durante su conferencia en el CSIS, tras anunciar un pavoroso porvenir para el Medio Oriente, denunció el peligro que en su opinión representa la revolución iraní y llamó a hacerle la guerra.
La contradicción que actualmente se perfila en la lucha interna del partido republicano por la candidatura presidencial, refleja la que a nivel nacional, se ha manifestado entre la visión neoconservadora de Nixon y Kissinger, y el sueño de George W. Bush y Dick Cheney, partidarios de imponer un régimen universal y una democratización global, en lo que trabajaron desde aquel golpe del 11 de septiembre de 2001 hasta el ascenso de Obama.
Mayo 17 de 2016.
By Manuel E. Yepe
A CubaNews translation.
Edited by Walter Lippmann.
Currently no one doubts that Donald Trump is heading for the Republican Party presidential nomination in the upcoming US elections.
Just a few weeks ago, the most reputable experts denied any possibility to “that multibillionaire clown” whom they considered a farcical element compatible with the electoral show in the model of representative democracy that the US has been trying to on the world. Almost every one took it for granted that, sooner rather than later, Trump would abandon the race to make way for more “serious” candidates.
Only a few insisted that “in the US of America everything is possible” mentioning similar antecedents such as Nixon, Reagan and George W. Bush Jr.
Now observers of all wakes, even Trump’s bitter rivals, are predicting that he will triumph in most March primaries and that it will be virtually impossible to deny him the nomination.
Trump has left behind –after months of campaigning– candidates as important in the national political panorama as Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and son and brother of US presidents, as well as a long list of governors, senators and prominent names in politics and finance. Only remaining in the race with any chance of getting the Republican nomination: Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio; both children of Cuban immigrants promoted by the most reactionary sectors of US politics.
So far, Senator Cruz has been the only candidate for the Republican nomination to defeat Trump in the polls –narrowly in Iowa. After that, Cruz has had to be content with third place, always very close to Senator Rubio, who reached second place in recent primaries. As for Trump, although he came in second in Iowa, he has won with high percentages in the remaining contests.
Particularly striking is the way by which Trump –the wealthiest presidential aspirant in recent decades— has become precisely the candidate who enjoys a higher degree ofmedia attention and advertising, without having to spend money on propaganda. His image appears on TV practically all day long –morning, noon and night– withouthaving to invest a cent, although he is constantly criticized and even denigrated by reporters and commentators.
And, the more outrageous and obscene his statements, the more his popularity increases.
Although Trump has become the almost inevitable candidate for the most conservative party of the two that dominate US politics, he cannot be said to be an absolute reactionary, because he has favored both conservative and liberal causes in different situations. It is said that he has financially contributed more to the electoral campaigns of Democrats than to those of Republican candidates.
According to the well-informed US-based Dominican historian and essayistMarcos Antonio Ramos, “If Trump becomes President, the Republican Party will only have in the White House an occasional supporter; a ruler who will not be subject to the parliamentary leaders of his party. His would be a Trump administration, not a Republican administration. “
According to Ramos, “Trump speaks well of Russian President Vladimir Putin, is notopposed to the normalization of relations with Cuba, and offers to solve the Israeli-Palestinian dispute through compromise …
“More mysterious is the fact that being a Republican … and despite being a billionaire, his words are particularly attractive to poor white people without many academic credentials. Underestimating Trump would be wrong and foolish! “
“Trump attracts not only conservatives, but also “moderates” and many Democrats. His main problem will be –after becoming the presidential candidate– the avalanche of African-American, Latino and strongly-militant Democratic voters who would disregard their differences with the likely Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, to prevent the triumph of Trump. “
On February 27, in the South Carolina Democratic primaries, Clinton received more support from African-American voters than that obtained by Barack Obama in the 2008 primaries.
The November elections will be hotly contested. Both Trump and Clinton have a chance of victory. And the impact of the polarizing effect left by the current campaign on the political future of the country with the entry into the political arena of the popular and socialist alternative brought by Bernie Sanders cannot be measured yet.
March 8, 2016.
Por Manuel E. Yepe
Ya nadie duda que Donald Trump se encamine a la nominación
presidencial del Partido Republicano en las próximas elecciones estadounidenses.
Hace apenas algunas semanas los expertos más acreditados le negaban posibilidad alguna a “ese payaso multibillonario” a quien consideraban un elemento burlesco compatible con el espectáculo electoral en el modelo de democracia representativa que Estados viene imponiendo al mundo. Casi todos daban por seguro que, más temprano que tarde, Trump abandonaría la carrera para dar paso a aspirantes más “serios”. Solo unos pocos insistían en que “en Estados Unidos todo es posible”, citando antecedentes similares como los casos de Nixon, Reagan y George W. Bush Jr.
Ahora, observadores de todas las tendencias, incluso rivales acerbos de Trump, pronostican que triunfará en la mayoría de las elecciones primarias de marzo y que será prácticamente imposible negarle la postulación.
Trump ha dejado atrás, luego de meses de campaña, a figuras tan importantes en el panorama político nacional como Jeb Bush, ex gobernador de la Florida, hijo y hermano de Presidentes de Estados Unidos, y a una larga lista de gobernadores, senadores y figuras prominentes de la política y las finanzas. Con alguna posibilidad de lograr la nominación, sólo permanecen en la carrera por la nominación, en campo republicano, el senador por Texas Ted Cruz y el senador por Florida Marco Rubio, ambos hijos de inmigrantes cubanos aupados por los sectores más retrógrados de la política estadounidense.
Hasta el momento el senador Cruz ha sido el único aspirante
republicano a la nominación que ha logrado derrotar a Trump en las urnas – por escaso margen en las asambleas de Iowa-, pero después ha tenido que contentarse con terceros lugares, siempre muy cerca del senador Rubio, quien logró el segundo lugar en primarias recientes. En cuanto a Trump, si bien quedó en segundo lugar en Iowa, ha prevalecido por altísimos porcentajes en el resto de las contiendas.
Llama la atención la manera en que la candidatura de Trump, el más acaudalado aspirante a la Presidencia en las últimas décadas, es precisamente el aspirante que disfruta de un grado más alto de atención de los medios de comunicación social y publicidad, sin tener que invertir dinero en propaganda. Su imagen aparece en la televisión prácticamente durante todo el día – mañana, tarde y noche – sin necesidad de invertir un centavo, a pesar de que es constantemente criticado y hasta denigrado por reporteros y comentaristas.
Y, mientras más escandalosas y obscenas sus declaraciones, más aumentan su popularidad.
Aunque Trump se ha convertido en el candidato casi inevitable del partido más conservador de los dos que dominan la política
norteamericana, no puede decirse que sea un retrógrado absoluto, porque ha favorecido tanto causas conservadoras como liberales en diferentes coyunturas. Se asegura que ha contribuido financieramente más a campañas electorales de demócratas que a las de aspirantes republicanos.
Según afirma el muy documentado historiador y ensayista dominicano radicado en EE.UU. Marcos Antonio Ramos, “Si Trump se convierte en Presidente, el Partido Republicano sólo tendrá en la Casa Blanca a un partidario ocasional, un gobernante que no se sujetará a los líderes parlamentarios de su partido. Sería una administración Trump, no una administración republicana”.
Según Ramos, “Trump habla bien del Presidente ruso Vladimir Putin, no se opone a la normalización de relaciones con Cuba y ofrece solucionar mediante arreglos el diferendo judío-palestino…
“Más misterioso es el hecho de que siendo republicano… y a pesar de su condición de billonario, sus palabras atraen sobre todo a personas pobres de raza blanca y sin demasiadas credenciales académicas. ¡Subestimar a Trump sería erróneo y descabellado!”
“Trump atrae no sólo a conservadores, sino a los “moderados” y a muchos demócratas. Su problema principal será, después de ser candidato, la avalancha de votantes afroamericanos, hispanos y de firme militancia demócrata que pasaría por encima de cualquier discrepancia con la probable candidata demócrata Hillary Clinton para evitar el triunfo de Trump”.
El 27 de febrero, en las primarias demócratas de Carolina del Sur, Clinton recibió un apoyo mayor del electorado afroamericano que el obtenido por Barack Obama en las primarias del 2008.
Las elecciones de noviembre serán reñidas. Tanto Trump como Clinton tienen posibilidades de victoria. Y no puede medirse aún lo que significará para el futuro político del país el efecto polarizador que dejará la actual campaña con la entrada en el ruedo de la alternativa popular y socialista que ha aportado la figura de Bernie Sanders.
Marzo 8 de 2016.