Financial Times: "America Is Now A Dangerous Nation"

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The Financial Times reminds readers of something that has occurred numerous times throughout history when leaders lose the support of their people... "The president may exploit an overseas conflict to distract from problems at home..."

Authored by Gideon Rachman via FT.com,

The claim that America is a “threat to world peace” has been a staple of Russian and Iranian propaganda for many years. For believers in the western alliance, it is painful to acknowledge that there is now some truth to this idea. Under Donald Trump, America looks like a dangerous nation. Over the past week, Mr Trump has indulged in nuclear brinkmanship in North Korea, issued vague threats of military action in Venezuela and flirted with white supremacists at home. He is offering the very opposite of the steady, predictable and calm leadership that American allies seek from Washington.

Mr Trump’s swiftly notorious threats that North Korea risks “fire and fury” from a “locked and loaded” America were particularly irresponsible. Even if the threat is a bluff, it puts American credibility on the line and risks triggering escalation from the Kim Jong Un regime, which is threatening to fire missiles near the US territory of Guam. Even more alarming, the Trump administration is openly flirting with the idea of a pre-emptive strike on North Korea — arguing that a nuclear-armed Mr Kim cannot be deterred. But if America could rely on deterrence to contain the nuclear threat from Stalin’s Russia and Mao’s China — it can certainly do the same with Mr Kim’s North Korea. All previous presidents have rejected the idea of pre-emptive attacks on nuclear-armed states — for obvious reasons.

The international crisis that Mr Trump is stoking is increasingly inseparable from the domestic problems besieging his administration. The investigation by former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller into Russian intervention in the US election is getting ever closer to the president’s inner circle. Congress is deadlocked and the White House is a merry-go-round of sackings and scheming. And now there is political violence on the streets, as white supremacists and neo-Nazis attack, and even kill, protesters in Charlottesville — while the president issues evasive and equivocal statements from a golf course.

The danger is that these multiple crises will merge, tempting an embattled president to try to exploit an international conflict to break out of his domestic difficulties.

Just this week, Sebastian Gorka, a controversial White House aide, used the North Korean crisis to pressure Mr Trump’s domestic critics to back down, telling Fox News: “During the Cuba missile crisis we stood behind JFK. This is analogous to the Cuba missile crisis. We need to come together.”

Mr Gorka’s flirtation with the idea that the threat of war could lead Americans to rally around the president should sound alarm bells for anyone with a sense of history. Governments facing a domestic crisis are often more inclined to adventurism abroad. For example, the German government that led Europe into the first world war felt under acute threat from domestic political enemies. But on the day war broke out, an exultant Kaiser told a crowd: “I no longer recognise any parties or affiliations; today we are all German brothers.” Or as Mr Gorka put it last week: “These are the moments when we have to come together as a nation.”

Leaders under severe domestic political pressure are also more likely to behave irrationally. During the Watergate crisis, members of Richard Nixon’s cabinet told the military to double check with them before obeying a presidential order to stage a nuclear strike. Unfortunately, it is not clear that any US official — now or then — has the right to countermand the president if he decides to go nuclear.

Outside observers are left hoping that the “adults” in the Trump administration will somehow manage the president. But, at least in public, the pushback against Mr Trump’s threats of war has been remarkably weak, both in Congress and within the administration.

HR McMaster, the president’s national security adviser, has defended Mr Trump’s warmongering on national television. Meanwhile, General McMaster himself is under attack from the white nationalist wing of the president’s supporters, who blame him for sacking some of their allies on the National Security Council. Last week, as the North Korean crisis built, the hashtag “Sack McMaster” was trending on Twitter, as the nationalists sought to purge their newfound enemy from the White House. This is the very opposite of the atmosphere that should prevail in the White House as a potential nuclear confrontation looms in the Pacific.

Those who are hoping that America’s “Deep State” will contain Mr Trump — or even force his resignation — are probably guilty of wishful thinking. Forcing him from office remains a massively difficult task and risks provoking a further radicalisation both in domestic politics and the conduct of US foreign policy.

A final disturbing thought is that Mr Trump’s emergence increasingly looks like a symptom of a wider crisis in American society, that will not disappear, even when Mr Trump has vacated the Oval Office.

Declining living standards for many ordinary Americans and the demographic shifts that threaten the majority status of white Americans helped to create the pool of angry voters that elected Mr Trump. Combine that social and economic backdrop with fears of international decline and a political culture that venerates guns and the military, and you have a formula for a country whose response to international crises may, increasingly, be to “lock and load”.

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Quite frankly, with Bannon leaving, Rachman may be even more correct: Bannon was the dove on North Korea (preferring economic war with Xi to nuclear war with Kim) and with Kelly and McMaster left, conflict is much more likely.

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unrulian's picture

Emily Rose Nauert, a 20-year-old antifa member who became a symbol of the movement in April when a white nationalist leader punched her in the face during a melee near the University of California, Berkeley.

“You need violence in order to protect nonviolence,” Ms. Nauert added. “That’s what’s very obviously necessary right now. It’s full-on war, basically.”

Silvery Dan's picture

I'm all for equal rights... and lefts.

PrezTrump's picture

Giddeon Rachman doesn't acknowledge the "President" in President Trump.  Fuck You!

toady's picture

NOW it's a dangerous nation? I'd say it became the most dangerous nation right around the time it gave most favored nation status to China. Of course, it's always been dangerous, but up until wwII it was a sleeping giant.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Well that article made me pretty angry.   

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Must be nice to voice your opinions juden.

TBT or not TBT's picture

You talkin' to me?    You talkin' to ME?  

HRClinton's picture

(((Gideon Rachman))) doesn't acknowledge the "President" in Trump. Fuck (((you)))!

FIFY.

Handful of Dust's picture

No one has to tell me USA is not safe:

 

Pair charged in UNC cancer research professor's beating death recently released from jail

 

http://www.wral.com/unc-professor-dies-after-chapel-hill-mugging/13840540/

 

The dindus beat him to death in broad daylight one block from the UNC hospital while he was on lunch break.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Is "dindu" always a reference to racially or ethically "black" folks or is that just any designated Democrat constituencies generally speaking?

BigJim's picture

Rachman: that's an Irish name, isn't it?

Moe Hamhead's picture

Rachman can go pound sand.  Just a Michael Moore with a tie.

JRobby's picture

FT & Economist are Rothschild propaganda rags. Complete shit.

Why are they being posted here?

Why is the content of the propaganda being argued here?

Unreliable Narrator's picture

Financial Times.  Oh, the lulz.

TBT or not TBT's picture

No one ever accused them of being globalist, statist sellouts.  

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Financial Times: "America Is Now A Dangerous Nation"

My response: America is a dangerous nation for one reason and one reason only. America forgot what GOD said about man's heart. Below is GOD's perspective on man's heart.

Genesis 8:21 (NIV)

21 The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though[a] every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.

....  AND ....

Jeremiah 17:9 (NIV)

9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

.... AND ....

Romans 3:10-11 (NIV)

10 As it is written:“There is no one righteous, not even one;

11 there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.

I could go on and on and on. But, lets end with a quote from a great patriot Rep Robert Charles Winthrop stated during the 1800's 

"Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled, either by a power within them, or by a power without them; either by the word of God, or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible, or by the bayonet."

The LORD is SPIRIT and where the SPIRIT of the LORD is there is FREEDOM and LIBERTY.

CompassionateConservative's picture

Violence against white people is justified.  White people defending themselves is not due to their role as oppressors.  You'd have to be a WHITE SUPREMACIST KKK NAZI to disagree!

Winston Churchill's picture

KKK=FBI.

90% are on the FBI payroll, the other 10% are the democrat patsies.

CompassionateConservative's picture

The truth is irrelevant you fucking NAZI WHITE SUPREMACIST!!!

toady's picture

They really don't know what they're doing fucking around with the white man. The white man has killed nearly every thing that has walked or crawled at some point over the eons.

Have you ever heard the colloquialism "It's better to let sleeping dogs lie" or "don't poke the bear"?

TBT or not TBT's picture

Sleeping dogs with a stash of clean, "well regulated" firearms with which they are well practiced.   Yeah we are dangerous, rest of world.  And we're twice as well armed after eight years of The Won.  Make our day.  

gilhgvc's picture

awww did mommy not tuck you in last night or have your pudding ready? seems like alot of anger from such a little boy

gilhgvc's picture

bring it on boy, I'm tired of threats

Juggernaut x2's picture

The American Government Is Now a Dangerous Threat Its White Citizens

researchfix's picture

"the steady, predictable and calm leadership that American allies seek from Washington."

Like killing millions in calm blood? I am German and ashamed.

Handful of Dust's picture

Don't forget the alt left media:

 

Mark Dice: MSM Is Officially Terrorist Propoganda


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5XS6xUPwO4

natashav's picture

German and ashamed?

Of what?

Dresden?

 

More civilian Germans were slaughtered in Dresden by Winston Churchill 

then all work/labor camps combined.

 

The German people were victims just as everyone else who was pushed into this staged war.

Balfour declaration?

Germany has been the patsy for many years.

 

 

 

Let's not forget about the slaughter of Germans for 10 years after the war by the Mongols, Bolsheviks.

popeye's picture

Well, looks to me from the outside that you Americans are being encouraged to find divisions amongst yourselves, and so divided to commence fighting amongst yourselves.

I don't get it, I don't see the benefit, but you are being incited to civil war, and it looks from your comment that this strategy is playing out very successfully.

You are being played.

gilhgvc's picture

not played, prodded. when prodded long enough EVERY animal will turn and fight...unless they want to be dinner. do YOU want to be dinner? Will YOU kneel or do you already as all of europe has done?

popeye's picture

And my point - to buy into the division and incitement to violence, US residents are following the script written by others. Yes prodded, but that is only a device employed to implement the strategy. They are played as exploitable and expendable pawns.

Son of Loki's picture

The Dems are royally pissed Hillary lost. There's tons of money that trickles down when your Partee wins the election at all levels, and even  more if you are an embezzler.

The Dems figured they'd be in power forever one Cankles was elected and legalized 89 million illgeals, most of hwoim would be life-long free Shit Army memebers...ooops, I mean Democrats.

However, she lost and she lost bigly. The dems and left wingers refuse to accept it so they resort to violence instead of intelligent debate and legislation, etc. Their violence and Fake News (which many is not most Americans see thru) is another reason why they have lost almost all the local elections since the Big Pres Election last November, such as the beat down of Assoff by a Woman in Georgia despite soros and the DNC and Hollywood celebs throwing millions at that election.

The libtards and Wall Street threw over a Billion in support of Hitlery and Jeb the War Monger, but orange Top beat them by a landslide.

They're pissed and I don't see them winning an eelction for the foreseeable future given their current level of vicious violence.

Iskiab's picture

@Popeye. I agree, and I think I see the endgame. Keep divisions up while the country is being robbed blind. Once the government is on the brink of collapse and there's no more money to be stolen they'll move countries.

Debt follows the nation and not the people. All this debt being piled up can be repaid by those left behind. The unrest is needed to keep people's focus on trivial things so the theft can continue.

Conscious Reviver's picture

Honest and clear. The FT is Rothschild propaganda.

SybilDefense's picture

That was Hillary's plan to prevent Trump's presidency.  (Bensenson Group recommend "Salvage Project" using Project Bluebeam" to DNC Podesta).  The prelection effort was not strong enough and she thought she would win regardless (rem the firework no show).  Since the loss, civil war is being forced upon us by MSM propoganda machine. Why? To create Chaos (out of chaos God created the world). Through chaos, the NWO globalists will transform the world into their vision much more quickly than the slow drip of liberal education, re education or programming that boil frogs.

Charlotteville was a group of a few hundred that was presented by the media as thousands, to influence millions to take sides.  All the talk of inclusivity is divisive by design as you have to now identify your difference to be included.  For example, before few cared about Park statues.  Today you must be for or against it.  Take your sides in the name of inclusivity.

We must peacefully resist this prodding to decrease our own middle class numbers for their benefit and demand prosecution of political treasonous actions and reinstate Smith Mundt act once again preventing by penalty of imprisonment the use of propoganda on US soil against America (i.e. MSM agenda and fake news) which was repealed during Obama's first days in his final term.  A nothing to loose hail marry bill hidden in the annual NDAA report that quiently created the fake news environment we live in today in order to "shape Americans" into accepting the NWO ideology.  Trump was a speed bump and will soon be removed post election by the same strategum Hillary was told to use pre election.  Read the BenSenSon report to podesta and check off the list of 7 things suggested that have happened since Trump's win.  It is predictive of our future unless we resist the threats of our hijacked state.

God Bless America

Scanderbeg's picture

Oh you mean the hairy Pornstar MoldyLocks right?

These are the people who they think will defeat heavily armed marksmen from rural America folks. 

Nolde Huruska's picture

If I was keeping a "Civil War II clock" I would set the hands at 3 minutes to midnight.

Blue Steel 309's picture

Isn't FT a CFR mouthpiece?

JRobby's picture

Rothschild, the ultimate enemy we face and must hunt down to extinction.

But look at the debate their filthy fucking propaganda has stirred here.

Source, Source, Source before you shoot off.

 

chunga's picture

No, get Assange on a plane to safety and carpet bomb the swamp with truth.

CompassionateConservative's picture

Assange is going nowhere except to a dark room to be tortured to death for his crimes against world Jewry.

chunga's picture

I'm a pretty mellow guy by nature but I'm getting pretty angry with people like you.

CompassionateConservative's picture

Well then you'll be really mad when we force you to turn in your guns.  LOL.  It's coming.  Your racist, and thus invalid, constitution is going to be fucking flushed down the fucking toilet and the entire main stream media is going to be laughing their asses off!  You people are a threat to world Jewry and it's time that you paid the price for that.  

chunga's picture

You either need a sarc tag or a mental exam.

CompassionateConservative's picture

Wrong.  It's you white supremacists/neo-nazis that are insane.  (((Wolf Blitzer))) said so and that makes it final.  You're just being a fucking racist because your descendants are going to be black as coal and dumb as shit.  

joeyman9's picture

You keep forgetting to put the //sarc label on your posts. 

Dammit Walter's picture

This troll is a certified loon.  Like a crazy mentally-ill homeless wandering the streets mumbling shouting things to themselves.  Best to not engage this crackpot.

chunga's picture

Time for me to step away from the pc, I'm getting a little testy.

Friedrich not Salma's picture

illegitimi non carborundum, as they say, chunga. And there are a lot of little bastards lurking around these parts lately.