Either the Russia investigation yields a lot of quick indictments, or we end up doing Russia’s dirty work in the Mideast and elsewhere. It’s not just about Trump, it’s much of the entire top echelon, and the ones who aren’t corrupt have been retired.
Lemme stop you right there. I have seen no evidence that Trump has the foresight, temperament or attention span for long-term “planning” of any kind. He plays everything by ear, all the time. If we go to war it will be on a whim.
Trump is a fool, but Bannon et al are not. Neither is Putin.
Trump’s bullshit about fake votes isn’t just deluded ranting; it’s a setup for accelerated disenfranchisement. The demonisation of Iran and whitewashing of Saudi Arabia wasn’t just Trump being ignorant; they’re trying to start a war. The offensiveness at the NATO summit isn’t just Trump’s boorishness; they’re trying to destroy NATO. Etc.
Not that they’re any sort of super-geniuses, either; they’re just mediocre fascist thugs. But they are capable of some degree of planning and subterfuge, albeit of a cartoonishly simplistic style. “Let’s get the Muslims to fight amongst themselves so that they’re already weakened before we conquer them all” is their idea of a cunning plan.
Bannon has been marginalized as Trump’s administration has gotten dumber though. That’s where the dumb argument works for me, Putin will do his thing and honestly he’s really good at what he does. Bannon is the one bringing Trump’s image as an anti-(((globalist))) into focus and setting the contract promises. Trump, instead, has been split between the GOP and Bannon and brought in his son-in-law to be the most loyal of his power-hungry ensemble.
So now Trump is demanding loyalty and firing FBI directors investigating his administration and dealing with the Saudis and his Twitter rants are even more meaningless.
Trump’s bullshit about fake votes is consistent with something a man with a long-term plan for justifying voter disenfranchisement might say. However it’s ALSO consistent with something a petty man with a fragile ego who resents the idea that he is genuinely held in low regard by the majority of the American public might say.
In the end it might not matter which one of those scenarios is true, just as it might not matter whether Trump dragged us to war as part of an evil Machiavellian power grab or out of sheer small-minded pettiness. But personally I’m definitely leaning toward the “dumbass without anything resembling a coherent long-term plan” explanation.
I have books on my shelves dating back to the early 80’s or earlier about potential future conflicts and hotspots (like Korea and the Middle East, Central America, etc.). But nowadays we don’t really need a book. Just a map of the earth sums it up.
More seriously, though, where is the money? What would gain the administration insiders and their friends the most profit? Moreso now than ever, I’d guess that this administration would seek the most profitable war(s) possible, regardless of any ideology, geopolitics, or actual strategic objectives.
Bannon’s crew are convinced that a clash-of-cultures global war of Christians vs the heathens is inevitable, and they’re making it into a self-fulfilling prophesy. They’re not interested in avoiding it, they’re interested in winning it.
Ally with Russia, split Europe and the Middle East between them, then fight with China over who gets to loot Africa.
I don’t think that France and (especially) Germany are going to quietly go Vichy. And the Chinese are worth watching carefully; their leadership are bastards, but they’re extremely competent bastards with a penchant for careful long-term planning.