Teach Your Children; Crosby, Stills & Nash
It should be obvious now what President-elect Trump’s foreign and domestic policy plans are shaping up to be.
He is packing his administration with retired generals, unreconstructed Neo-con war hawks, Big Oil executives, and Wall Street bankers.
He is about to gut both the EPA and the DOE, slash federal education funding to states, roll-back Dodd-Frank and the ACA, slash Medicare, privatize Social Security and the VA, pump billions of new money into defense spending, expand the military, and enter into a new bi-lateral non-aggression and non-interference pact with Putin.
Together with Putin, Assad and Erdowan, he intends to extend a tri-partite political-economic hegemony over a parceled-out Middle-east, to hamstring OPEC, and pit the Saudi’s against Iran like a pair of pit-bulls in a dogfighting ring. Then, together with India as a South Asian proxy, and Taiwan and Japan as Pacific Rim proxies, he’ll isolate China economically and militarily to force them to bring North Korea to heel or suffer an economic crash that will destabilize the current regime. Japan, South Korea and Taiwan will be given a free rein to re-militarize under the guise of a non-interventionist policy of support for our allies. India will be given a free rein to deal with Pakistan in whatever way suits them including the nuclear option. The UN will be effectively neutered by the US and Russia acting in concert.
And he’ll get the infrastructure spending and jobs bills that the GOP wouldn’t grant to Obama, which along with massive defense spending, high profile tax cuts for middle-class wage-earners (first $30K of earnings deductible) and the wealthy; and a time-limited window for the moneyed interests to repatriate off-shore holdings through the purchase of US Treasury notes, he’ll juice the economy just enough to convince voters that the country is “going in the right direction,” before engaging in another unilateral war prior to the 2020 presidential race, which will make him a sitting war president and probable shoe-in for re-election.
He can do all these things because he has all the legislative branches of government in his pocket. In a short time, he’ll have the Supreme Court in his pocket as well.
In short, we are witnessing the dawning of a very dark era of international brinksmanship and a very, very dangerous form of Big Stick diplomacy that will become known in the next few years as the Trump Doctrine. If you believe in a deity, pray.