Henry Kissinger on Obama’s Foreign Policy and Challenges for Donald Trump

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Jeffrey Goldberg writes for The Atlantic:

Over the past several months, I’ve interviewed Henry Kissinger, the former secretary of state, numerous times on the subject of America’s role in the world. Our conversations took place before this week’s election, but were informed by the foreign-policy differences between the candidates. The December 2016 issue of The Atlantic includes my article on these conversations, which you will  find published below. In addition, a full rendering of our several interviews, on subjects including the future of Russia, the rise of China, and the chaos of the Middle East, can be found here.

On Wednesday, the day the country, and the world, were just beginning to absorb the shock of Donald Trump’s victory, I spoke with Kissinger by telephone to get his postelection thoughts. He told me that he was expecting other nations, particularly the great powers, to enter a period…

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The 2016 Election Was Stolen – Here’s How…

Was the vote rigged, not by Democracts as Trump stated, but by Republicans.

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Greg Palast reports:

Before a single vote was cast, the election was fixed by GOP and Trump operatives.

Starting in 2013 – just as the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act – a coterie of Trump operatives, under the direction of Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, created a system to purge 1.1 million Americans of color from the voter rolls of GOP–controlled states.

The system, called Crosscheck, is detailed in my Rolling Stone report: “The GOP’s Stealth War on Voters”.

Crosscheck in action:  
Trump victory margin in Michigan:                    13,107
Michigan Crosscheck purge list:                       449,922

Trump victory margin in Arizona:                       85,257
Arizona Crosscheck purge list:                           270,824

Trump victory margin in North Carolina:    …

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Politics Is the Solution

This is true, there is a distrust of politicanswho promise one thing and then do another, but then Trump could be the same, but the American public saw him as a non-politican and thought lets try something different. We will now have to wait to see if they were correct to do so.

For it is known that to vote for change of something you do not care for, to one that may be uncertain could in the long run put you in a worse position, when you believed nothing could get worse, but then it may turn out good, but is that a long shot or worth a try.

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Megan Erickson, Katherine Hill, Matt Karp, Connor Kilpatrick, and Bhaskar Sunkara write for Jacobin:

Photo by Pablo Martinez MonsivaisWe have no illusions about the impact of Donald Trump’s victory. It is a disaster. The prospect of a unified right-wing government, led by an authoritarian populist, represents a catastrophe for working people.

There are two ways to respond to this situation. One is to blame the people of the United States. The other is to blame the elite of the country.

In the coming days and weeks, many pundits will be doing the former. Frightened liberals have already written explainers on how to move to Canada; last night, the Canadian immigration website went down after a surge of traffic. The people who brought us to this precipice are now planning their escape.

But blaming the American public for Trump’s victory only deepens the elitism that rallied his voters in the first place. It’s unquestionable that…

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Donald Trump Would Have Lost If Bernie Sanders Had Been The Candidate

Correct, although between Clinton and Trump I do believe Clinton would have beed a better choice than Trump, but Bernie Sanders would have been a more better choice.

However, the Democratic Party had other ideas and favoured Clinton.

Now we can see how wrong they were as Bernie Sanders would have made America Great Again, with Trump we can only wait and see, that is if there will still be an America and the World after Trump. As it will only take one upset to Trump to go for an Armageddon and world annihilation. What have the Republicans done for us all.

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Andrew Buncombe reports for The Independent:

Image result for Donald Trump would have lost US election if Bernie Sanders had been the candidate“Right now in every major poll, national poll and statewide poll done in the last month, six weeks, we are defeating Trump often by big numbers, and always at a larger margin than Secretary Clinton is.”

So spoke Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton’s Democratic rival in the primary, when he appeared on the May 29 2016 edition of NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’.

It was not the first time the socialist former Mayor of Burlington had made the claim. And it was something that his supporters believed passionately.

Time after time, supporters of the white-haired, frequently cantankerous Democratic socialist, said the media was helping prepare a coronation for Ms Clinton in a way that was neither fair or democratic.


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Donald Trump Is America

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Dan O’Sullivan writes for Jacobin:

A Trump rally in Dallas Texas on September 14, 2015. Jamelle Bouie / FlickrDonald Trump isn’t just losing a presidential race — in the waning days of this election, his admittedly tenuous grasp of reality is evaporating.

[…] There are winners and losers, and Trump is a loser.

This is the immutable truth this man is facing. Like a cornered rat, Trump is overwhelmed by the pulsing, protean sense that he is finished — that he is facing a disaster, which must somehow be transcended, and fast. Trump has given little indication he cares that he may have cost his party the Senate, or wasted hundreds of millions of dollars of his donors’ money, or humiliated his wife and children in public for months. What he does care about is explaining his incipient destruction away sufficiently, so as to allow his ego to survive intact.

Trump has thus spent the better part of his general election…

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The Hatred that Trump’s Lies Will Leave Behind

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Juan Cole writes for Informed Comment:

147841543577687Whether Trump wins or loses (and in my view there isn’t much chance he can win), he will leave behind a toxic legacy of increased racial and religious hatred, which he has deliberatedly stirred up in order to take the focus off his policies– policies that will hurt workers and will throw even more money at the super-wealthy. This use of racism to divide the working class and whip up support for the business classes is as old as American capitalism.

Trump has galvanized sentiment against Latinos and immigrants (a minority of Americans of Latino ancestry is first-generation immigrants) by loudly proclaiming that they are guilty of all kinds of crimes. In fact, violent crime has fallen 48% in the US since the early 1990s, yet in the past 25 years immigration has soared. Research shows that immigrants commit less crime than the native-born…

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Greg Palast in Ohio on GOP Effort to Remove African Americans from Voter Rolls in Battleground State

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Amy Goodman speaks to investigative reporter Greg Palast who has uncovered the latest in vote suppression tactics led by Republicans that could threaten the integrity of the vote in Ohio and North Carolina. On some polling machines, audit protection functions have been shut off, and African Americans and Hispanics are being scrubbed from the voter rolls through a system called Crosscheck. “It’s a brand-new Jim Crow,” Palast says. “Today, on Election Day, they’re not going to use white sheets to keep way black voters. Today, they’re using spreadsheets.” (Democracy Now!)

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Afghanistan: The War Trump and Clinton Have Ignored

Yes, Afganistan is something that the next US Predisent will have to consider, but in respect of Trump, could it be that he has not mentioned because he does not know of or understand the Afgan situation, for he does not wish to make himself look stupid, or should I say more stupid and ignorant than he is already.

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Deb Riechmann and Robert Burns report for the Associated Press:

In this Oct. 3, 2016 file photo, Afghan civilians watch the site of a bicycle bomb explosion targeted an army vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have said next to nothing about how they would handle the war in Afghanistan.

That’s remarkable, given the enormous U.S. investment in blood and treasure over the past 15 years — including two American deaths on Thursday — the resilience of the Taliban insurgency and the risk of an Afghan government collapse that would risk empowering extremists and could force the next president’s hands.

In addition to the two service members killed on Thursday, four others were wounded while assisting Afghan forces in the northern city of Kunduz.

President Barack Obama escalated the war shortly after he took office, but he fell short of his goal of compelling a political settlement between the Taliban and the Afghan government. The next president will face a new set of tough choices on Afghanistan early in his…

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A Veteran Spy Has Given the FBI Information Alleging a Russian Operation to Cultivate Donald Trump

The tip of the iceberg re Trump.

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David Corn reports for Mother Jones:

On Friday, FBI Director James Comey set off a political blast when he informed congressional leaders that the bureau had stumbled across emails that might be pertinent to its completed inquiry into Hillary Clinton‘s handling of emails when she was secretary of state. The Clinton campaign and others criticized Comey for intervening in a presidential campaign by breaking with Justice Department tradition and revealing information about an investigation—information that was vague and perhaps ultimately irrelevant—so close to Election Day. On Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid upped the ante. He sent Comey a fiery letter saying the FBI chief may have broken the law and pointed to a potentially greater controversy: “In my communications with you and other top officials in the national security community, it has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump

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American Irrationalism

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Chris Hedges writes for Truthdig:

There is no shortage of signs of impending environmental catastrophe, including the melting of the polar ice caps and the rise of atmospheric carbon to above 400 parts per million. The earth’s sixth mass extinction is underway. It is not taking place because of planetary forces. Homo sapiens is orchestrating it. Americans are at the same time bankrupting themselves by waging endless and unwinnable wars. We have allowed our elites to push more than half the U.S. population into poverty through deindustrialization. We do nothing to halt the waves of nihilistic violence by enraged citizens who carry out periodic mass shootings in schools, malls, movie theaters and other public places. The political and financial elites flaunt their greed and corruption. Donald Trump appears to pay no federal income taxes. Hillary and Bill Clinton use their foundation as a tool for legalized bribery. Our largest…

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