Trump, the Middle East and the convulsions of US imperialism

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Trump, the Middle East and the convulsions of US imperialism
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In the above text, it says that after US National  Security Adviser, John Bolton left Turkey in mid-January (he was kicked out by Erdogan), and after making threats of war against Iran that his comments: "... were reportedly denounced through US embassies around the world". It says "reportedly" because the report appeared briefly on al-Jazeera only to quickly disappear. Now you never know but the report could well have been completely false, an invention from cyberspace yet, though the report couldn't be retrieved, it had a ring of authenticity about it.

A couple of days ago, in a written statement to the US Senate, US head of intelligence, David Coats, openly and comprehensively contradicted the views of Bolton and Secretary of State Pompeo over Iran, saying that the latter was limiting its activities to the JCPOA nuclear agreement and nor was it undertaking any key nuclear weapons development. In my opinion this is where the denunciation of Bolton's Iran comments came from and was relayed, through a coordinated process via US embassies, to the intelligence services of US allies around the world.

Coats also said in his statement that North Korea was unlikely to give up his nuclear weapons given the clout it gave to Kim Jong-un and further criticised Trump's policies over climate change, a major concern for US intelligence and the Pentagon.

What this underlines is the article's insistence on the convulsions currently hitting the US administration where significant departments are fighting one another - the intelligence services and Bolton's increasingly powerful National Security Council that is based in the White House.

jk1921
baboon wrote:

baboon wrote:

What this underlines is the article's insistence on the convulsions currently hitting the US administration where significant departments are fighting one another - the intelligence services and Bolton's increasingly powerful National Security Council that is based in the White House.

And in this fight, the national security establishment has the gracious support of nearly the entire mainstream liberal media apparatus, who have been lambasting Trump for days over his apparent lack of willingness to defer to the "real experts" on these matters--the unelected permanent bureacrats, like Coates, Haspel, etc., many of whom are hold overs from the W. Bush days. This has led some to ask, if Trump is not on the same page with his top advisors, why doesn't he find new ones who will implement his polcies, but it is not as if he can just pick those up at Costco. While Bolton and Pompeo, might be playing ball (Bolton is probably a true believer, Pompeo more an opportunist)--nearly the rest of the permanent state apparatus is determined to see Trump/Putin's agenda defeated.