Hold the cheers. Trump didn’t get super-rich by being
a good guy. Billionaires make money the old-fashioned way, devious
methods unavailable to ordinary people, including small businesses,
operating by the rules, honestly and fairly.
His views on most issues are extremist, way over-the-top - like
wanting a wall built on the US/Mexican border and having its
government pay for it, along with TRUMPeting against Muslim
He’s bad for America, real bad, maybe not all bad. Unlike most,
perhaps all other presidential aspirants, favoring virtually
unlimited military spending at a time America’s enemies are only
ones it invents, Trump criticized wasteful war-profiteering, saying:
“I hear stories, like they’re ordering missiles they don’t want
because of politics, because of special interests…because” defense
contractors are big campaign “contributor(s).”
Trump is no peacenik, far from it. He supports unchallenged US
military strength, saying he wants wasteful, fraudulent spending
He’s part of America’s money-controlled system - at the same time
duplicitously railing against it, calling corporate giants
“bloodsuckers,” controlling government through campaign
“Whether it’s the insurance companies or the drug companies or the
oil companies, it’s all the same thing,” he said. They, Wall Street
and war-profiteers decide everything.
Trump is part of the dirty system he criticizes. Otherwise, he
wouldn’t be presidential material.
At the same time, his leadership as president, if elected, would
likely differ greatly in style from any previous administration in
memory - for better or worse.
He claims to want improved US/Russian relations. Whether he means it
is another issue altogether. Campaign pledges are one thing,
In mid-December, he said “I have always felt that Russia and the
United States should be able to work well with each other towards
defeating terrorism and restoring world peace, not to mention trade
and all of the other benefits derived from mutual respect.”
Putin praised Trump during his annual yearend tour de force Q &
A press conference, calling him the “absolute front-runner in the
presidential race…very talented, no doubt about that.”
“He says that he wants to move to another level of relations, to a
deeper level of relations with Russia. How can we not welcome that.
Of course, we welcome it.”
Trump called Putin’s praise a “great honor” from a “highly
Will his leadership if elected US president change longstanding
anti-Russian hostility - ongoing for nearly a century, more strained
now than during the height of the Cold War?
Campaign promises are made to be broken. Don’t expect Trump to break
tradition if empowered.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at
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Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
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