What if? What if Trump was not the colossal ignorant narcissist asshole everyone has him pegged as? What if there was another script in his secret vest pocket? If so that would explain the continued animosity of the Deep State, despite the seeming eager collaboration of Trump in all its dearest goals, from fleecing the public to endless wars and MIC budgetary expansion. This article lays out the reasoning and facts behind what will seem to many as an highly improbable—if not shocking— proposition. —Editor
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Xi understands that Trump needs a crowd pleasing victory back home and will deliver on that goal. China will use its very successful millennial tributary system to help Trump bring home the bacon, and DJT will tacitly integrate his presidency into this ancient diplomatic framework.
The whole affair had the feel of a Ming Dynasty state visit, with 600 years of technology layered on top. Thus, we can say Godfree’s prediction that Sino-American relations will start taking on the form of China’s win-win tributary system has serious merit.
The results over Korea were less clear. To be honest, in their joint press conference (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjMLQgd6bl4), it looked like DJT and XJP more or less kicked the can down the road. Nothing of any great importance was announced, other than the two sides needed each other to solve the problem, it should all happen through the United Nations and military action was not the answer. Given the bellicose aggression the United States has been projecting in Korea, since the end of World War II (see footnote below), one could say that this was an important public acceptance of Asian realpolitik, from typically high handed, “we’ll do whatever the hell we want even if it’s illegal” imperial America. But, this is hardly a headline grabbing victory for Trump.
Thus, Godfree’s hopeful prediction, and he admitted it was a long shot, that some kind of cross border cooperation would be announced did not come to fruition. But, I will make a bold prognostication myself: before Trump leaves the White House, either he or Tillerson will meet with DPRK leader Kim Jong-Un. I’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s what Trump wants. In his own inimitable way, DJT said exactly that in an official tweet yesterday,
This tweet is not a Freudian slip. Trump means it.
This is not the first time. In May, 2017, DJT said this about DPRK leader Kim Jong-Un,
You can say what you want, but as far as Asian-American affairs are concerned, DJT is working hard for his citizens, which is more than can be said about America’s previous presidents, going back as many administrations as you care to argue. Trump even came out and said exactly that (http://globalnewsempire.com/uscanada/trump-does-not-blame-china-for-unfair-trade/). Listen to his APEC speech in Vietnam. The last president who talked like this was Ronald Reagan and then further back, to John F. Kennedy and Franklin D. Roosevelt (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKz72bTualE). Love ‘em or not, they all had something other recent presidents have lacked: vision.
One thing is clear. I don’t think we could have survived another four years of deep state, Wall Street elitism in the White House. As much as many people hate DJT, I shudder at the thought of uber imperial Hillary Clinton being president.
Conversely, you may not approve of Trump’s vision, but you know where he stands. He has clearly articulated his intention to defend his country’s interests and improve the lot of the American people [something which in the current US political context may sound like total and complete demagogy of the coarsest sort] but which [in an decent framework] is what any respectable leader should do, who is worth their salt. Sadly, sodium chloride has been sorely lacking in Washington and London since the 1980s, and in Paris since Nicolas Sarkozy was president.
After China, DJT went to communist-socialist Vietnam to meet President Tran Dai Quang. Trump’s delegation inked $12 billion in contracts. While comparatively puny to China’s leviathan showstopper, remember that Vietnam is economically like one province in China, and China has 34 of them, so this amount is about right. In their joint press conference, Trump said something jaw dropping that is utter blasphemy in deep state Washington-London-Paris-Tel Aviv.
…the United States is open to a free and open Indo-Pacific, where strong and independent nations respect each other’s sovereignty, uphold the rule of law and advance responsible commerce. We want our partners in the Indo-Pacific to be proud and self-reliant, not proxies or satellites. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liLd9DfI6nE&t=620s)
Trump clearly sees the diminishing marginal returns of the West’s imperial colonial model and in his mind, he hopes to change five centuries of one-sided exploitation, extraction, resource invasions, sacking, pillaging and genocide. Again, love him or hate him, but DJT has a vision that is antithetical to the deep state’s policy of total global domination and destruction.
Now the big question is: what happens when Trump gets off Air Force One in Washington tomorrow, after his successful Asian tour? How does he work through and around the Departments of Defense, Justice and State, the CIA-NSA complex, oil bankers, military contractors, prostituted US Congress and this murderous collective deep state’s equally corrupt mainstream media Myrmidons, without ending up dead like JFK (https://www.amazon.com/China-Rising-Capitalist-Socialist-Destinations-ebook/dp/B01LZ5KKNQ/), or framed and booted out of office, like Richard “I don’t want to go out like Jack” Nixon?
In closing, when analyzing all the background to these events [using the framework outlined earlier] Donald Trump could be a very brave man indeed, who is risking his life or his historical reputation for his vision of a post-Western imperial world order. It just so happens to be the same vision in China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba, Eritrea, etc., which—if true— gives me hope.
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In China, he has been a speaker at TEDx, the Bookworm and Capital M Literary Festivals, the Hutong, as well as being featured in an 18-part series of interviews on Radio Beijing AM774, with former BBC journalist, Bruce Connolly. He has guest lectured at the Beijing Academy of Social Sciences and various international schools and universities.
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JEFF BROWN—One thing is clear. I don’t think we could have survived another four years of deep state, Wall Street elitism in the White House. As much as many people hate DJT, I shudder at the thought of uber imperial Hillary Clinton being president.