The Imperial Collapse Clock Ticks Closer To Midnight

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

As I noted in last Friday’s piece, Donald Trump Finally Comes Out of the Closet, the firing of Steve Bannon represents the most significant event to occur during the Trump administration thus far. For the purposes of this piece, it’s important to review some of what I wrote:

Irrespective of what you think of Bannon, him being out means Wall Street and the military-industrial complex is now 100% in control of the Trump administration. Prepare for an escalation of imperial war around the world and an expansion of brutal oligarchy.

 

The removal of Bannon is the end of even a facade of populism. This is now the Goldman Sachs Presidency with a thin-skinned, unthinking authoritarian as a figurehead. Meanwhile, guess who’s still there in addition to the Goldman executives? Weed obsessed, civil asset forfeiture supporting Jefferson Sessions. The Trump administration just bacame ten times more dangerous than it was before. With the coup successful, Trump no longer needs to be impeached.

 

Here’s another prediction. Watch the corporate media start to lay off Trump a bit more going forward. Rather than hysterically demonize him for every little thing, corporate media will increasingly give him more of the benefit of the doubt. After all, a Presidency run by Goldman Sachs and generals is exactly what they like. Trump finally came out of the closet as the anti-populist oligarch he is, and the results won’t be pretty.

Of course, his cheerleaders will remain enthusiastically in denial about what’s happened to their hero, but Trump has been totally brought to heel, a fact that’ll become increasingly crystal clear in the months ahead. This is now your standard Wall Street and military-industrial complex run Presidency.

Last night’s announcement of a recommitment to the Afghanistan war is the earliest evidence that Trump has been completely castrated and will now play by status quo rules with little to no friction. This Presidency will very quickly begin to look like the fifth George W. Bush term (Obama was three and four), on every single issue of genuine importance to oligarchs. Wedge cultural issues will continue to be hyped up hysterically by the corporate media since people can’t help themselves from taking the bait. It’s the perfect way to divide and conquer the populace, while pushing through what they really want. Oligarchs could care less about the outcomes of social issues, which is why they intentionally and incessantly hype them up. They’ll do anything to prevent the public from coming together in opposition to war, Wall Street bailouts and elite criminality generally, and the public is very easy to manipulate. The quicker smart Trump voters wise up to what’s happened, the better.

If you haven’t watched Trump’s Afghanistan speech by now you really should. It’s not good enough to read anyone else’s summary, you need to hear it for yourselves. It’s only 25 minutes long.

As I started listening, I sensed myself getting angry. It was the same empty, bullshit propaganda I’ve been hearing from U.S. Presidents my entire life. This broken record of disingenuousness has become simply unbearable, and even worse, I know it’s going to work on millions upon millions of Americans. We refuse to think for ourselves, and we refuse to admit the obvious. There will be hell to pay for this ignorance and denial.

Trump begins by explaining to the American public why he made a flip-flop that would make Barack Obama blush. He claims there are three conclusions he came to as a result of his grand introspection and wisdom. Let’s tackle the absurdity of each of them one by one.

First, he says he doesn’t think the U.S. should pull out because “our nation must seek an honorable and enduring outcome.” Let’s revisit a few facts. First, at 16 years old, this is already the longest war in American history. It was a war started after the most deadly terrorist attack on American soil, and near the height the U.S. imperial power. Nevertheless, the war’s been a complete and total failure. It was a failure under Bush, it was a failure under Obama and it will be a failure under Trump. To believe that Trump will usher in an “honorable and enduring outcome” in Afghanistan is to say he will succeed where his predecessors failed merely because…he’s Trump. Not gonna happen.

His second conclusion is that he doesn’t want to repeat what he deems to have been the big mistake made in Iraq; namely, that the U.S. left too soon. This is extremely telling. He doesn’t talk about how the war was based on a gigantic lie pushed by neocons and the “liberal” corporate press from The Washington Post to The New York Times. The biggest mistake in Iraq was starting the war in the first place. If we can’t admit such an obvious lesson from Iraq, of course all the solutions we come up will prove to be failures. The American empire is running on empty, fueled by never-ending insanity and a drive to vacuum in billions exporting weapons. There’s no vision, no wisdom and absolutely no exit strategy.

His third point revolves around how Pakistan has become a growing problem due to its harboring terrorists. He demands a change of course and increased cooperation. Guess which country he didn’t mention? The greatest sponsor of Islamic radicalization the world has ever seen: Saudi Arabia. This once again proves that Trump represents the same old tired thinking that’s been running the U.S. economy and society into the ground for decades. This is now a 100% establishment Presidency, which will be completely defined by establishment thinking. In other words, imperial collapse is coming.

Then towards the end of the speech, Trump says the following:

In every generation we have faced down evil, and we have always prevailed. We prevailed because we know who we are and what we are fighting for.

Unfortunately, here’s the cold hard truth: We have no idea who we are, and we have no idea what we are fighting for. We’ve become the very evil he claims to be fighting against as the nation morphed into a pernicious, destructive, and immoral empire. This is the heart of the problem — we are constantly lying to ourselves. Of course, we’ll never set things on the right track if we can’t diagnose the disease in the first place.

We’ve torched our national treasure and goodwill by running around the world trying to push everybody around, and simultaneously institutionalized a corrupt and predatory neo-feudal society at home. We’ve ignored our own people in a foolish and self-destructive quest to maintain and grow empire and the results will not be pretty.

Finally, let’s end with a little something to contemplate.

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silverer's picture

Let's go all out. Draft about 30 million Americans and send them straight to Afghanistan. That should speed things up a bit to where this has been headed since 1983.

peippe's picture

head count is a little high there chief-

they'll end up shooting each other...

nevermind, now I get it. 

30 million it is.

Muslimania's picture

Yeah, after you, chumski..............

Mustafa Kemal's picture

actually, that is a magnificent idea. They would either get the job done or say,

what the fuck are we doing here? and come home

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swmnguy's picture

That would do it indeed.

The entire reason the US no longer has a draft is that Nixon shrewdly realized it was the draft that had politicized the middle class and pushed them to oppose the Vietnam War in particularly, but overseas military adventures in pursuit of Empire in general.

Nixon ended the draft, making the military all-mercenary and, for many young men (and women) in the lower classes, the sole remaining way out of poverty or dead-end futility.  Where I grew up, the half of every high school class whose parents couldn't leave them a decent farm or small business operation mostly went into the military.  Of course, that was also when most of the non-combat jobs were auctioned off to cronies, so most of those kids who enlisted were ground into dust by repeated combat rotations and are now hopelessly damaged addicts and alcoholics.

Reviving the draft would get the middle class out in the streets in a heartbeat, and that would be the end of the neo-zio-cons and the delusions of military Empire.  They know this too.  So it won't happen.

BrownCoat's picture

You are entitled to your opinion, but it has not changed mine. You are mistaken.

Reviving the draft would:

1. expand govt.
2. expand the Military-Indrustrial Complex.
3. increase the number of humans turned into cannon fodder.
4. not change one iota the politics of the region called Afghanistan (cuz it never really was a nation and no amount of nation building and wishful thinking is going to change the situation on the ground).

BrownCoat's picture

@ Mustafa Kemal,

Actually, it would be a repeat of failed history à la Vietnam War.

bigkahuna's picture

looks like hillary did win- the antifa people can go away now...... their neolib IS in the whitehouse afterall

esum's picture

Look its all about the poppys and the uranium... I think the chinks already got the rare earth portion...
Far as Trump goes... he is appealing directly to the PEOPLE and cutting out the lame stream media..
The result is the repubs are vulnerable to TRUMP picking and backing candidates who are also not professional cocksucking scumbags (politicians)
So if you are an effeminate teeth grinder, hand wringing, panty waste nervous type..... hang on cause TRUMP IS NOT BACKING DOWN, PICKING HIS FIGHTS AND WILL PREVAIL
The Democratic Party is FINISHED and will be destroy from within by soros and the radical left..
AS TRUMP SAID.... ONCE MORE JOBS THAT PAY WELL KICK IN THINGS WILL NORMALIZE...
His biggest risk is a repeat of JFK... by the same crew that did him in...
The likes of BRENNAN CLAPPER COMEY MCCABE THE DOD AND THE REST OF THE DEEP STATE.... they cant beat him or neutralize him.
HE AHS GIVEN THE BALL TO THE GENERALS BECASUE IF THEY FAIL... ITS ON THEM...NOT ON A POLITICAL DECISION..he is giving them the rope...
HE WILL WIN.... AS USUAL

esum's picture

Look its all about the poppys and the uranium... I think the chinks already got the rare earth portion...
Far as Trump goes... he is appealing directly to the PEOPLE and cutting out the lame stream media..
The result is the repubs are vulnerable to TRUMP picking and backing candidates who are also not professional cocksucking scumbags (politicians)
So if you are an effeminate teeth grinder, hand wringing, panty waste nervous type..... hang on cause TRUMP IS NOT BACKING DOWN, PICKING HIS FIGHTS AND WILL PREVAIL
The Democratic Party is FINISHED and will be destroy from within by soros and the radical left..
AS TRUMP SAID.... ONCE MORE JOBS THAT PAY WELL KICK IN THINGS WILL NORMALIZE...
His biggest risk is a repeat of JFK... by the same crew that did him in...
The likes of BRENNAN CLAPPER COMEY MCCABE THE DOD AND THE REST OF THE DEEP STATE.... they cant beat him or neutralize him.
HE AHS GIVEN THE BALL TO THE GENERALS BECASUE IF THEY FAIL... ITS ON THEM...NOT ON A POLITICAL DECISION..he is giving them the rope...
HE WILL WIN.... AS USUAL

Conscious Reviver's picture

No need to Youri they just fly straight into Camp BondSteel and arrange onward distribution.

Hey and your Dreadnaughts Old Maui that was great. I can't get it out of my head. "Rollin down to old Maui me boys ...

Thanks

Anarchyteez's picture

We are all fucked. And if you still don't see it, well...

BennyBoy's picture

 

The US has a military-IMPERIAL complex run Presidency

neptune-klm's picture

I don't think Bannon ever planned on staying with the WH more than a year, plus he never stepped down at Breitbart indicating he would be coming back.  I think Bannon leaving was planned all along. 

Slippery Slope's picture

Trump really should look at a map. Now that the US has pissed off the Russians, the northern supply route to Afghanistan is closed.

That leaves Pakistan as the ONLY supply route. Let's see how long NATO keeps it if they tick off the Pakistanis.

Bay of Pigs's picture

Don't we have some Awan brothers there to iron out any problems?

OverTheHedge's picture

Someone commented the other day that the new plan is to start attacks inside Pakistan from Afghanistan, to get a new front on the go. I suppose once Pakistan collapses into chaos, they can have a supply route via India, as a jumping off point for China? The new boys are thinking big, it would seem. Poor old Afghanistan will be left alone at that point, with nothing but rubble and a few goats. So no change there, then.

Koba the Dread's picture

So much for sea power when you're fighting in a landlocked country. Reminds me of that great Folkways album from the sixties, Sea Shanties from Afghanistan.

fattail's picture

Have you seen our navy?  We can't keep them out of the way of oil tankers and cargo ships.  They would be no help.

Now they are knocking our drones out of the sky in Turkey.  I think we've been hacked.

chunga's picture

Oh gosh Krieger, well piss your pants. WTF do you think Hill'rey was gonna do. I watched his speech again and he put Pakistan on notice in pretty clear terms, something Hill'rey would never do. Let's see if he's sincere, what's done is done.

Good night click bait.

Bes's picture

hahahaha

I love this argument Killary! 

Cankles!

Trump that Bitch!

hahahaha

trump won, he's in

deal with it. 

that bitch cankles is a nothing burger

who lost

that shit is sounding more and more desperate by the day

trump, the zio-bankster-goldman-neocon

is president

#maga

Oldwood's picture

"Thin skinned authoritarian".

Lets put Krieger on the pedestal and throw rocks at him that way Trump has been attacked, and lets just SEE how thin skinned he is.

It feels like those crowds assembled throwing stones as women accused of improprieties in Muslim lands. None of them any more pure, but can't resist the notion of stoning someone given the opportunity. The media has declared open season on Trump and just about any egotistical pin head can now feel completely free to trash Trump for virtually any reason without fear of repercussion.

Now Trump is thinned skinned. Why? Because he fights back. The Clintons ALWAYS fought back (and people even DIED) and no one dared call them "thin skinned". Obama owned the media yet he never hesitated in striking back at anyone who leveled charges at him.

But Trump is thin skinned. Fuck that. He is a FIGHTER. He isn't always right and I surely don't agree with him on many issues, but I feel he IS trying to stay afloat, even with the lead boots they have tied to his feet.

He may well be owned by Goldman and the MIC, but what is new? Aren't we ALL? We are owned by the entire corrupt mess. Our jobs depend upon it, our wicked economy depends upon it. It exists because we allow it....because we do not want the alternative....evidently.

chunga's picture

All I'm trying to do is maintain an even keel and it's not easy. Last night I thought we were all doomed for not racing out of the middle east completely right this minute, and that IS something I'd anonymously call for right now on an internet comment board.

We don't know what uncle sam will do but we do know what Trump said and what he said was something the alternative, Honest Hill'rey, would never say. I have no idea why US has been over there fighting for 15 years, but it has, and what Trump said causing the "Imperial Collapse Clock" to be midnight sounds like sensational clickbait to me.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

" the "Imperial Collapse Clock" to be midnight sounds like sensational clickbait to me."

It may sound like that, but we are getting their fast, its very clear

the fall of the petrodollar, the fall of any sort of civil dialogue in the US,

the destruction of the middle class

One of the good things about the imperial collapse will be that cryptocurrencies will become the worlds reserve currency. It is a way you can at least make some profit from the collapse

 


Koba the Dread's picture

Chunga, you're a regular here on ZH. Surely you observe that over 50% of ZH is clickbait. Mike Krieger is almost always clickbait. Today, I think he's saying something real for a change.

Remember, ZH like most other things in the universe is in the making-money business. The news, like the hamburgers at McDonalds, are just a come-on.

HardAssets's picture

I remember when a conservative friend who said he was all for the US Constitution used to make excuses for Bush 2. He always came up with the excuse that it was some 'grand strategy' that 'genius' Bush was using to fool the Dems. The excuses after each horrendous Bush act got to be very pathetic. And after awhile the guy just gave up repeating them. At that point he'd only talk sports.

In other words, wake the f*ck up. We were had . . . again. And many of us thought this was likely to happen.

HardAssets's picture

Maybe you'd think differently if a young kid of yours was about to be shipped over to Afghanistan.

swmnguy's picture

That's why we won't ever have a reinstatement of the draft in the US, unless we're right at the very end of it all.

JRobby's picture

Or perhaps if some people threaten Krieger's life and family. See what his tume is then?

Trump tried to circumvent civil war. That is off the table now. It will come.

thestarl's picture

Yeah we all here know that, point is Trump supposedly stood for change. At least it should be obvious to all who really runs the show.

Archibald Buttle's picture

was gonna say something about change, but i'll settle for giving you a +1. 

Krungle's picture

Great, he put them "on notice." So that's what, Russia, China, North Korea and now Pakistan all on notice. Surely the way to lead the world is to piss off nuclear armed states. Now with Iran ready to resume their nuke program, that'll be five countries with nukes pointed at us. Hillary just wanted to go straight for Russia and China, so yeah, I guess he is better than her. 

Koba the Dread's picture

You're blowing it today, Chunga. What Hilary would have done is irrelevant. She ain't president. Hallelujah! What's important is that, unfortunately, Trump has been castrated and now does what the generals want him to do. It's unwinnable, Afghanistan. And crossing Pakistan? Good luck with that idea. Get crossways with Pakistan and India, that great leper colony, will invade Pakistan. The present RSS government in India can't win a war with Pakistan. The present government in Pakistan can't win a war with India. The US will have to move materiel through a nuclear war zone to get it to Afghanistan. Unfortunately India will have destroyed the ports of Karachi and Gwadar in the first days of war.

Loathsome as Hilary is, not even she would make such an error as Trump's speech implies.

HardAssets's picture

Maybe they can restart the Vietnam War.

But 'win' it this time.

Of course, the politicians and generals never define what 'win' means exactly.

jmack's picture

we deserve what we have coming to us:  http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/08/22/espn-pulls-asian-broadcaster-r...

 

 

   The truth hurts, but Krieger is right.  Only he is merely addressing a fraction of the problem,or, if you prefer, one problem among a multitude.

East Indian's picture

The Asian 'Lee' is the English version of 'Li'. Think Bruce Lee. 

 

Long Brawndo.  

kbohip's picture

I don't ever watch ESPN.  As a matter of fact it's one of the big reasons I got rid of cable and satellite tv years ago as I didn't want to be forced to subsidise it.  Anyway from what my freinds say it's turned into quite the uber PC circle jerk during the last 5 years or so.  I hope they continue their decline and white men figure out theres better things to do than watch other men chase a ball around.

JRobby's picture

Disney parent co. Very evil those micky mouse fuckers.

Lots of lawyers.

coast1's picture

just a thought, with everything going bat crazy, I try to simplify.  Lets say for instance, the fueds that went on among settlers when one family who lives a mile away, in the country, didnt like another family..ok, then the one family kills the son of the father who owns the other property...so the other father gets really upset, and goes oin and kills the other mans son...My point is here, do not kill people unless you have a perimeter, a wall, guards etc.   Having a difficult time explaining this, but before the U.S. bombs other countries, we should have our borders secured, a secure vetting system, etc....Am I making any sense here?   I just know, that if I was going to attack a neighbor, I would make damn sure my property was secure...Guards, cameras, etc.  But the U.S just bombs and could not care less about our boundaires and protection....WHY?   we all know why, to build a police state...I dont know what Trump is doing, but I am not happy about his speech..

HardAssets's picture

Trump doesn't know what he's doing either. So you're even.

Nostradumbass's picture

Krieger, 

Your pieces would be better if you could at least get this correct; "could care less"

couldn't care less...

 

 

cherg's picture

"Anyways" is another classic. Anyone who thinks it's "could care less" probably could care less anyways.

swmnguy's picture

Literally.  Meaning, of course, "figuratively."

And "Tow the line," which makes no sense, instead of "toe the line," which does.

wisefool's picture

Do I have to pay taxes to the 322 club after tonight?

ReturnOfDaMac's picture

YES. Who the hell do you think you are?