Ambushed

Ed. note: Listen carefully to Donald Trump’s description on the US economy then compare his description to the material presented in the following news articles posted below. There seems to be a growing disparity between Donald Trump’s descriptions of the economy and the actual economy in America. We’ve been ambushed. One can’t help but wonder that if Trump gives the go ahead for a military invasion of Venezuela this will put the final nail in America’s coffin?

Source: The Economic Collapse

Advanced Social Decay: You Will Cringe When You Read What Has Been Going On Behind Closed Doors All Across America

It is difficult for me to write this article, and I will warn you in advance that some of the things in this piece are going to make you cringe.  Today, there are an increasing number of signs that the very fabric of our society is rotting away all around us.  We witnessed a very clear example of this last week when Kyrsten Sinema paraded around on the floor of the U.S. Senate looking like a hooker, but far more telling is what is going on behind closed doors all across America.  The stories that I am about to share with you barely made a blip on the news, but they should have, because they are all indications of how far our nation has fallen.

Let’s start in Colorado.  A 27-year-old man named Christopher Wayne Cleary was just arrested on terrorism charges after he threatened to shoot “as many girls as I see”

Authorities said Christopher Wayne Cleary, of Denver, posted on his Facebook page that “Theres nothing more dangerous than man ready to die.”

“All I wanted was a girlfriend, not 1000 not a bunch of hoes not money none of that,” he wrote, according to a probable-cause statement cited by authorities. “All I wanted was to be loved, yet no one cares about me I’m 27 years old and I’ve never had a girlfriend before and I’m still a virgin, this is why I’m planning on shooting up a public place soon and being the next mass shooter cause I’m ready to die and all the girls the turned me down is going to make it right by killing as many girls as I see.”

Thankfully authorities were able to arrest him before he was able to carry out his threats, but the sad truth is that there are thousands upon thousands more young men out there just like him.

These young men feel like failures if they can’t get young women to sleep with them, and this message is reinforced by popular culture over and over again.

But that isn’t what “being a man” is all about.

Unfortunately, the only values that many of our young men have are the values that they have been fed by Hollywood, and Christopher Wayne Cleary was so frustrated with his inability to live up to the Hollywood ideal that he was ready to go on a mass shooting spree.

Please go to The Economic Collapse to read the entire article.

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Source: Fox Business

GM will start laying off 4,000 employees on Monday: Report

By Megan Henney • February 01, 2019

GM CEO Mary Barra: Working hard to rebuild Cadillac in US

General Motors CEO Mary Barra on raising the automaker’s guidance, the plant closings due to the company’s transition, efforts to rebuild the Cadillac brand, competing against Tesla, the growth opportunities in China and the state of the U.S. consumer.

General Motors on Monday morning will start a weeks-long process of laying off close to 4,250 of its salaried North American employees Opens a New Window, according to a report from The Detroit News.

GM did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Please go to Fox Business to read the entire article.

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Source: SHTFplan

Apocalyptic Debt Crisis In America: 63 Of America’s Largest 75 Cities Are COMPLETELY BROKE

by Mac Slavo • January 31st, 2019

The debt crisis in the United States of America has reached apocalyptic proportions. A new and horrifying report out details the reason why 63 of America’s largest cities are completely broke: debt and overspending.

According to a recent analysis of the 75 most populous cities in the United States, 63 of them can’t pay their bills and the total amount of unfunded debt among them is nearly $330 billion. Most of the debt is due to unfunded retiree benefits such as pension and health care costs. That means those depending on that money, likely won’t see a dime of it.

“This year, pension debt accounts for $189.1 billion, and other post-employment benefits (OPEB) – mainly retiree health care liabilities – totaled $139.2 billion,” the third annual “Financial State of the Cities” report produced by the Chicago-based research organization, Truth in Accounting (TIA), states. TIA is a nonprofit, politically unaffiliated organization composed of business, community, and academic leaders interested in improving government financial reporting.

Many state and local governments are not in good shape, despite the economic and financial market recovery since 2009,” Bill Bergman, director of research at TIA, told Watchdog.org.

The top five cities in the worst financial shape are New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Honolulu, and San Francisco. These cities, in addition to Dallas, Oakland, and Portland, all received “F” grades. In New York City, for example, only $4.7 billion has been set aside to fund $100.6 billion of promised retiree health care benefits. In Philadelphia, every taxpayer would have to pay $27,900 to cover the city’s debt. In San Francisco, it would cost $22,600 per taxpayer.

Please go to SHTFplan to read the entire.

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How can there be so much disparity between let’s say Larry Kudlow, who is the Director of the National Economic Council under President Donald Trump since 2018 tickling us pink with his enthusiastic description of the US economy, and…

Robert Reich (Reich is one of many examples making similar observations) in describing the economy?

Why the disparity between Larry Kudlow and Robert Reich on the US economy? Donald Trump’s “ambush” of America can be best explained by the following article released by The Unz Review. Best explained in terms of what is not mentioned in the essay. Readers are invited to read through this long essay then consider this: no where in the article is Israel mentioned and neither is China’s Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) as this is directly related to what is going on under Trump’s presidency. And it isn’t Trump making these decisions, it is those around him.

End of the Dollar: China Sells off $7.7 billion of US Treasury bonds

Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski are mentioned in this article related to “driving Russia and China together”, a fact allegedly Kissinger and Brzezinski would be opposed to. If we accept the idea that Israel may have been developed over the past 71 years or so, by the Soviet as a “back door to the west”, Russia and China coming together would make sense in this context. To see the idea of “Trump’s brilliant strategy to dismember U.S. dollar hegemony” from a different perspective as to why this is happening, read the material presented here:

Self-Determination Has Been Negated by Technology – Communitarianism Is a Political Religion

Booming Economy: Israeli Exports Expected to Pass $100 Billion for First Time

Cybersecurity investment in Israel surges 47% to over $1b in 2018

As the following article “The Enduring Quest for Übermensch: From Renaissance Humanism to Silicon Valley’s Posthumanism” is read, keep in mind that Israel dominates much of this technology that is described in this article:

The Enduring Quest for Übermensch: From Renaissance Humanism to Silicon Valley’s Posthumanism

Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv Tech Hubs are “Key Partners” of the U.S., Says Former NSA Director

The Secretive Israeli Army Unit that Recruits Like Harvard—And Churns Out High-Profile Startups

Source: The Unz Review

Trump’s Brilliant Strategy to Dismember U.S. Dollar Hegemony

Michael Hudson • February 1, 2019 • 3,700 Words • 27 Comments

The end of America’s unchallenged global economic dominance has arrived sooner than expected, thanks to the very same Neocons [Ed. note: these Neocons work for Israel’s best interests] who gave the world the Iraq, Syria and the dirty wars in Latin America. Just as the Vietnam War drove the United States off gold by 1971, its sponsorship and funding of violent regime change wars against Venezuela and Syria – and threatening other countries with sanctions if they do not join this crusade – is driving European and other nations to create their alternative financial institutions.

This break has been building for quite some time, and was bound to occur. But who would have thought that Donald Trump would become the catalytic agent? No left-wing party, no socialist, anarchist or foreign nationalist leader anywhere in the world could have achieved what he is doing to break up the American Empire. The Deep State is reacting with shock at how this right-wing real estate grifter has been able to drive other countries to defend themselves by dismantling the U.S.-centered world order. To rub it in, he is using Bush and Reagan-era Neocon arsonists, John Bolton and now Elliott Abrams, to fan the flames in Venezuela. It is almost like a black political comedy. The world of international diplomacy is being turned inside-out. A world where there is no longer even a pretense that we might adhere to international norms, let alone laws or treaties.

The Neocons who Trump has appointed are accomplishing what seemed unthinkable not long ago: Driving China and Russia together – the great nightm1are of Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski. They also are driving Germany and other European countries into the Eurasian orbit, the “Heartland” nightmare of Halford Mackinder a century ago.

The root cause is clear: After the crescendo of pretenses and deceptions over Iraq, Libya and Syria, along with our absolution of the lawless regime of Saudi Arabia, foreign political leaders are coming to recognize what world-wide public opinion polls reported even before the Iraq/Iran-Contra boys turned their attention to the world’s largest oil reserves in Venezuela: The United States is now the greatest threat to peace on the planet.

Calling the U.S. coup being sponsored in Venezuela a defense of democracy reveals the Doublethink underlying U.S. foreign policy. It defines “democracy” to mean supporting U.S. foreign policy, pursuing neoliberal privatization of public infrastructure, dismantling government regulation and following the direction of U.S.-dominated global institutions, from the IMF and World Bank to NATO. For decades, the resulting foreign wars, domestic austerity programs and military interventions have brought more violence, not democracy.

In the Devil’s Dictionary that U.S. diplomats are taught to use as their “Elements of Style” guidelines for Doublethink, a “democratic” country is one that follows U.S. leadership and opens its economy to U.S. investment, and IMF- and World Bank-sponsored privatization. The Ukraine is deemed democratic, along with Saudi Arabia, Israel and other countries that act as U.S. financial and military protectorates and are willing to treat America’s enemies are theirs too.

A point had to come where this policy collided with the self-interest of other nations, finally breaking through the public relations rhetoric of empire. Other countries are proceeding to de-dollarize and replace what U.S. diplomacy calls “internationalism” (meaning U.S. nationalism imposed on the rest of the world) with their own national self-interest.

This trajectory could be seen 50 years ago (I described it in Super Imperialism [1972] and Global Fracture [1978].) It had to happen. But nobody thought that the end would come in quite the way that is happening. History has turned into comedy, or at least irony as its dialectical path unfolds.

For the past half-century, U.S. strategists, the State Department and National Endowment for Democracy (NED) worried that opposition to U.S. financial imperialism would come from left-wing parties. It therefore spent enormous resources manipulating parties that called themselves socialist (Tony Blair’s British Labour Party, Franc’s Socialist Party, Germany’s Social Democrats, etc.) to adopt neoliberal policies that were the diametric opposite to what social democracy meant a century ago. But U.S. political planners and Great Wurlitzer organists neglected the right wing, imagining that it would instinctively support U.S. thuggishness.

The reality is that right-wing parties want to get elected, and a populist nationalism is today’s road to election victory in Europe and other countries just as it was for Donald Trump in 2016.

Trump’s agenda may really be to break up the American Empire, using the old Uncle Sucker isolationist rhetoric of half a century ago. He certainly is going for the Empire’s most vital organs. But it he a witting anti-American agent? He might as well be – but it would be a false mental leap to use “cui bono” to assume that he is a witting agent.

After all, if no U.S. contractor, supplier, labor union or bank will deal with him, would Vladimir Putin, China or Iran be any more naïve? Perhaps the problem had to erupt as a result of the inner dynamics of U.S.-sponsored globalism becoming impossible to impose when the result is financial austerity, waves of population flight from U.S.-sponsored wars, and most of all, U.S. refusal to adhere to the rules and international laws that it itself sponsored seventy years ago in the wake of World War II.

Please go to The Unz Review to read the entire article.

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Source: American Herald Tribune

Trump’s New Strategy on Iran Embraces “Israel-First”, “Saudi-Second” and “America-Last” Perspective

October 16, 2017 • by Philip Giraldi

President Donald Trump’s move to decertify the Iranian nuclear Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), entered into a little over two years ago, was applauded by Israel, Saudi Arabia and a couple of Persian Gulf States, but by no one else. Quite the contrary, as the European and Asian co-signatories on the agreement, having failed to dissuade Trump, have clearly indicated that they will continue to abide by it. Also, the decision to kick the can down the road by giving Congress 60 days to increase pressure on Tehran in an attempt to include other issues beyond nuclear development like its ballistic missile program and labeling the country’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist group are likely to create confusion as Washington is unable to communicate directly with Iran. That uncertainty could possibly lead to a fraught-with-danger Iranian decision to withdraw completely from the agreement.

The Trump speech could reasonably be described as embracing an “Israel-First” and “Saudi-Second” perspective that might plausibly suggest that it was actually drafted by their respective foreign ministries. Contrary to Trump’s campaign pledges, it might also be characterized as an “America-Last” speech, since it actually encourages nuclear proliferation while rendering it even more difficult for anyone to respect the agreements entered into by the United States government.

Fred Kaplan sums up the speech’s fundamental dishonesty with considerable clarity by observing that.  “It flagrantly misrepresents what the deal was meant to do, the extent of Iran’s compliance, and the need for corrective measures. If he gets his way, he will blow up one of the most striking diplomatic triumphs of recent years, aggravate tensions in the Middle East, make it even harder to settle the North Korean crisis peacefully, and make it all but impossible for allies and adversaries to trust anything the United States says for as long as Trump is in office.”

Former senior CIA analyst Paul Pillar has also dissected the untruths and false analogies that made up the bulk of the Trump speech. In short, Pillar argues that the president is using faulty analysis to end a program that is working and that employs unprecedented intrusive inspections to guarantee that Iran can make no progress towards having a nuclear weapon for at least eight more years and quite likely for even longer. Against that, Iran could well end its cooperation and, out of fear of U.S. attack, might well turn towards possession of a nuclear arsenal to guarantee its own survival. Pillar calls ending JCPOA now because Iran just might develop a weapon after it expires in 2025 as “committing suicide because of fear of death.”

Please go to American Herald Tribune to read the entire article.

More:

How Netanyahu Pulls Trump’s Strings

‘Does Israel Have A Right To Exist’ Is A Trick Question.

Donald Trump works for Israel and Benjamin Netanyahu…ambushed…

Trump Explodes at CIA over Iran: “Naive and Passive,” “Go Back to School!”

Trump To Move US Troops from Syria to Iraq to “Watch” Iran, “Protect Israel”

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Are we still wondering why President Trump forced General James Mattis out of the Department of Defense two months earlier than General Mattis expected giving the administration time to find a replacement after he submitted his letter of resignation? Listen carefully to General Mattis speak on Israel and the two-state solution saying that “America pays a price for its perceived bias in support of Israel.” At this point in time it almost seems as if Trump is on some sort of a timeline to end America’s participation in the world.

Ex-US general: We pay a price for backing Israel

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