Recent hysterics in the media have centered on crafting a false narrative that Russian authorities hacked the DNC emails, disseminated them through Wikileaks, and are actively trying to help Trump win the election.
This hysteria reached fever pitch as Donald Trump held an impromptu press conference, and in a throwaway line, said it would be great if the Russians had Hillary’s emails and shared them. This event inspired journalists to extrapolate from that line the meme that Trump was being treasonous and calling for international espionage and sabotage.
A modern Manchurian Candidate meme was born–just the wrong one.
Lost in this hysteria, which is simply the media protecting itself and favored candidate, is a deeper truth worth exploring. Looking at the framework of the globe as made up of three sovereigns: International Community (USG Empire), Russia and China, as well as USG being split into Red Empire and Blue Empire, one can come to a better understanding of this Trump-Russia connection. The Red Empire is the empire of bases, our security forces, the good ol’ Pentagon. The Blue Empire is the empire of consulates aligned with the securely blue vectors of the polygon that rules–e.g. media, academia, State, CIA, etc.
Foreign engagements are proxy wars between these two factions, and each faction seeks clients and more power to eventually beat the other for supremacy.
The view is that these factions Red and Blue interfere globally and seek allies to use as cudgels against the domestic opponent. The Blue Empire twice has worked to secure China to beat at the Pentagon’s Red Empire by first handing China over to Mao in the Chinese Civil War, and over forty years later, handing many Red Empire military secrets and trade perks to China to help them catch up. China has been ungrateful to the Blue Empire for never properly aligning with them. This view may be under fire as the USG Empire in totality weakens.
As the USG weakens, and this is demonstrable in multiple ways, suddenly its factions become ripe for partnering. First, the USG is weakening, as its debt-fueled economic Frankenstein is not responding as it once did. USG now relies on hashtags and cannot exert will to stop anyone or anything (#BringBackOurGirls, correct?). USG is also seeing its Blue Empire tentacles cut in nations that expel NGOs and pushback on American subversion.
There were twin events in particular that USG was caught flat-footed on that reveal a change in the international game.
The USG system worked a coup in Ukraine with the Maidan fiasco. This all began out of a simple choice by Ukraine to sign an economic deal with Russia, rather than the EU. Little covered by the American media was the fact that Ukraine had also sold prime agricultural land the equivalent of the size of Massachusetts to Chinese interests to secure reliable food production. USG pulled off its coup with neo-Nazi groups as shock troops, but then Russia responded by funding rebels and successfully beating back Ukrainian forces, as well as annexing the Crimea. Each time Ukrainian forces are routed, and while the Crimea remains in Russian hands, USG is reminded it is mired in the muck in Ukraine for no gain.
On the heels of the Ukraine events, the latest gambit in American democracy-exporting turned Syria into a land of ruin. Russia decided to intervene. President Obama claimed Russia’s kinetic intervention was in fact a sign of weakness, while skipping over the fact that America had been supplying arms and non-lethal aid to rebels for years. Russia did something new in multiple ways. First, Russia used air power without USG approval for a non-USG aim. Since the end of the Cold War, America has ruled the skies, and if a country were to use air power, it better have American approval or a no-fly zone would form.
Russia used and continues to use air power to help Assad. Assad is still in power and in a move that would make Red Empire jealous, Russian aid has allowed Assad to defeat Blue Empire-funded and supported elements. The State Department and CIA suffered a rare loss.
If the USG is slipping, then its two factions become potential partners for the remaining other sovereign states. Goals can overlap just by having a common enemy. Russia was a land empire and has a mindset formed from the steppes. No need for global expansion. The goal is ending the bipartisan neocon drive for confrontation with Russia. Russia wants breathing room, secure sovereignty, and pushing different systems for different nations (paraphrasing Xi Jinping) is appealing. Red Empire is the empire of bases that while completely competent to destroy militaries as evidenced since 2001, grows tired of the never-ending drive for regime change in CIA and State. CIA’s current reshuffling might be the only thing holding up more regime change in the Middle East. Red Empire’s military industrial interests need to be fed, but need a new target.
The first step in destroying the Blue Empire would be in destroying the outer party: the GOP. There’s a definite need to destroy that aggressive wing of war hawks. The inner party has competing wings of anti-war peaceniks and Trotskyite democracy-exporters. Neutralizing the hyper-aggressive GOP wrecks the bipartisan war party force in the USG. Killing the false opposition network of power, while building a nationalist, non-progressive approved political power structure is a first step.
To win the presidency is supreme. The takeover of the Democrats by the banks and the Democratic Leadership Council first started as moving within state parties, but junked that approach for the “grab the big chair” drive. It won the presidency in 1992 with Bill Clinton and set up the political arrangement we have today. Trump did not need the big money donors and generated ratings that the media could not resist. But Trump’s path became a fight against the media. His daily smears of the media delegitimized it as a source of truth and stressed an already widely held belief that the media is corrupt and rigs the system. The Red Empire’s many foot soldiers in the military and veteran network views the media in a negative fashion. A sign of USG slippage is the media’s drift to regime press and the emergence of alternative news sources.
The Russians help by providing simple information that Red Empire cannot get due to legal constraints. Do the Russians have access to hacked information? Possibly. America’s own security pundits have claimed that China and Russia likely hacked Clinton’s private server. Russia may have information. Russia also has channels for dissemination that Red Empire does not have. America’s freedom of the press allows for these alternative channels. America’s regime press has also forced people to look elsewhere and grant authority to these channels.
The DNC Leak story reveals Trump as absolutely correct that the Democrats’ system was rigged against its own supporters. Extrapolating from there, the general will be rigged just as the economy and society is rigged.
If Trump were elected, the payoffs for the Red Empire and Russia would have to be enacted. An easing of relations, formal recognition of Crimea as Russian, removal of sanctions, even a strategic alliance with Russia would be a global game changer. Russian sovereignty could be secured without having to become a vassal of China, and Russia’s alliance with a victorious Red Empire would secure it from physical threat and prevent Blue Empire subversion.
The payoff to Red Empire is more difficult. First, the economic interests that gain from Red Empire’s foreign adventures and budgets would have to be sated. Trump does have a plan for that, and a reorientation of foreign policy and law and order that would satisfy them. Consider what an armed, fortified border with surveillance would require for operations and budgets from the military industrial complex? If people are returned to Mexico, Mexico will have intense strains placed on its society. Add to that idea the concept that America would go after the cartels (unless making them properly recognized sovereigns of Mexico) that operate on the border and within our nation. The money still would pour into Red Empire coffers.
As the Russians and Red Empire would need to map out spheres of influence, the focus of American foreign policy could return to the old Monroe Doctrine, Western hemisphere centric view. One can look at not just the flow of immigration since ’65, but the mess that is Latin America to know that even with deportations and a wall, America will become more Latin if it survives as one entity. Properly rehabilitating South America so that immigration does not become an easy release valve for those nations would damage Blue Empire by removing voters for its legitimacy and potentially removing their NGO and consultant class influence and power. The Red Empire may need a new political system to implement this in South America, and possibly even in the US.
Foreign policy victory is not total victory, though, as Red Empire needs to destroy Blue. Appointments and hiring in the USG can place a young female with a law degree at a desk in Pakistan. In effect, Blue trained priests in place all over the globe. Trump could appoint veterans with any number of degrees in many spots and staff Red Team-trained warriors all over the USG network. Trump has spoken of ending nation building and regime change. This stabs at the heart of State and CIA.
Blue Empire’s foreign policy aims would be blunted, but domestic reign would still be firmly in their hands.
Consider Trump’s economic policies. Bankers treat Trump with uncertainty. He has stated he would repeal Dodd-Frank, but what would he replace it with? Trump has made noise about the Fed, but would he give up the reserve currency status? This would provide one boost for his program to bring back jobs. The dollar’s loss in worth would make America’s labor costs much lower. Any normalization in interest rates is going to choke off significant activity, since our finance-focused economy depends on the marginal borrower. How many Blue Empire domestic programs and state governments need low interest rates? Most, maybe all.
If America reorients away from the FIRE economy and back towards a productive economy based on manufacturing, natural resources and infrastructure, different power nodes aligned with the Blue Empire would suffer. Trump has hinted at doing something to help student debt loads and provide jobs. If Trump were to simultaneously address student debt, while bringing back decent paying jobs that do not require a degree, he would level a strike at academia far greater than anything Russia or Red Empire could. Removing the incentive to attend university strips demand, and American encouragement for the marginal student is well into negative marginal returns.
This is why immigration matters so much. It factors into Trump’s economic policy. By removing a pool of labor that suppresses wages, it allows individuals a proper choice of employment. Even just removing the lid that illegals place on construction wages has a huge effect. Suddenly, small and mid-sized construction firms have to pay decent wages. By doing so, other industries facing the same labor pool must compete with elevated construction pay rates. The working class finds employers competing for them in pecuniary fashion rather than just sucking in the latest the Third World has to offer.
How many men will add on $50,000-$200,000 in debt if they know they can get a job debt-free that pays $40,000 a year? Do people need to run to an exurb if their community stops taking in Third Worlders? The societal agreement that a ticket to the good life was earned by getting a bachelor’s degree is damaged, if not dead.
There are many essays written on Trump’s connections to Russia, with Paul Manafort being one of the main points cited. The media even ridiculously pointed out how Trump adviser Gen. Flynn once sat near Vladimir Putin at a dinner. Few consider the footsie being played between the Red Empire and Russia. The U.S. military shared intelligence with Russia and Syria about rebels. Red Empire-Russian cooperation is close to being formalized in complete opposition to Blue Empire regime change goals in Syria. Similar to the Clinton Administration’s aiding of China with military secrets in the ’90s, the USMil system allowed Snowden to not only abscond to Russia with the NSA and intelligence community’s secrets, but has allowed Russia to keep him. The Pentagon does not huff and puff over this, despite the gift to Russia.
Knowing American systems and methods gives the Russians a huge boost in the game. When combined with the potential possession of the 2009-2013 Secretary of State’s emails of every bit of unredacted intel that crossed her desk including her analysis and broader, long term USG goals, one can understand why and how the Ukraine and Syrian push back occurred at all.
What none of the media’s conspiracy theorists is considering is that there is an element not just of American society, but of the American elite that supports Donald Trump’s run. There must also be an element within the American political system. Old lions like Zbigniew Brzezinski call for stronger relations or even an alliance with Russia since many interests are aligned. Looking at the system as two competing factions within the whole, one can start to see how a faction would use such a figure for its gain. As the USG global empire unravels, the Red Empire faction that formerly was happy with limited to zero domestic power, so long as it was allowed foreign adventures, will want compensation and power back at home. While the USG system may look rickety at times, it is still an immensely powerful entity with powerful factions. Trump owes nothing to the GOP’s current configuration, nor the Democrats’. He can be their man.
He can be the Red Empire’s Manchurian Candidate.