In Brief

Greetings from Fred Goldstein

By Fred Goldstein posted on November 23, 2017 This talk was presented on Nov. 18 to the Workers World Party National Conference. Greetings to the 2017 annual conference of Workers World Party. I want to especially greet all the new comrades, candidates and friends who have come to participate with the party in evaluating past struggles and planning future struggles against capitalism and to build the fight pushing back exploitation and oppression of all types. We are here to chart a path to eventual...

Prison profiteers drive detention of immigrants

By Fred Goldstein, published April 22, 2015 The U.S. prison system is more and more becoming a profit center for big private corporations. The detention of undocumented immigrants fleeing persecution has become a special source of “profit from misery.” A new study from “Grassroots Leadership” documents how the largest private prison corporations in the country, the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and the GEO Group, have spent millions of dollars lobbying the Department of Homeland Security...

Mass protests, boycott specter make anti-LGBTQ laws bad for business

By Fred Goldstein, April 6, 2015 It is rare when the capitalist class openly reveals its relationship to its political servants. But in the cases of the bigoted so-called “religious freedom” laws passed in Indiana and Arkansas, some of the biggest corporations in the U.S. panicked in the face of mass outrage and protests and pressured two right-wing Republican governors to shift course. Passage of the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” in Indiana was right-wing revenge for a string of court rulings...

Trump, the ruling class and the Paris Accords

By Fred Goldstein posted on June 7, 2017.  

Donald Trump has confirmed his right-wing ideological alliance with the ultra-chauvinist Steve Bannon faction in the White House by announcing that he is going to “pull out” of the Paris Accords on combating climate change. His speech announcing the so-called pullout was also a campaign speech for the 2020 presidential election.

Washington, D.C.

In fact, Trump did not need to pull out of the agreement. The agreement is nonbinding. It has no teeth. It has no mechanism for enforcement. It has no way of checking on compliance. Everything is voluntary. And Trump is taking measures to undermine U.S. compliance, anyway, by attacking the Clean Power Plan, which limits the leasing of federal lands for coal mining and other polluting activities.

To be sure, Trump’s denunciation of the Paris Accords is reactionary. It was a totally political move, calculated to appeal to the most backward, chauvinist elements of his political base and his most right-wing backers in the ruling class.

But Trump and Bannon did not do it alone. The decision was backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, natural gas billionaire T. Boone Pickens, head of the Senate Republicans Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, among others.

Twenty-two Republican senators from oil, gas and coal states signed a letter to Trump urging him to reject the Paris Accords. These 22 senators have received at least $10 million in gas, oil and coal money since 2012. (Guardian, June 1)

Why the ruling class uproar over Trump pullout?

However, there was a general uproar against Trump’s move by large sections of the ruling class. This does not mean that big business CEOs have turned into environmentalists. On the contrary. The Paris Accords would allow the bosses to slow down climate change somewhat, while at the same time preserving, if not enhancing, their profits. No, their deepest concern about the pullout is over the potential loss of energy technology markets.

As Forbes magazine, a mouthpiece of big business, put it: “[T]he point here is that the evolution to a carbon-constrained world is underway and the technologies to facilitate that are now mainstream. China has fully embraced that evolution, vowing to help lead the charge along with the advanced economies of the world.”

Forbes continued, “‘Most of the business community, including international energy companies, urged the administration not to withdraw,’ Ambassador Richard Morningstar said, who is the chair of the Global Energy Center at the Atlantic Council. ‘By this action we are ceding leadership on climate and new technologies to China and Europe.’” (June 1)

Listen to the point of view of the former deputy director of Greenpeace, Ken Ward, who is going on trial soon on felony charges for shutting down an oil sands pipeline to prevent harm to the climate.

“The value of the Paris agreement is in its aspirational goal of limiting temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius, not in its implementation mechanisms, which are voluntary, insufficient, and impossible to monitor. But that modest goal will be breached shortly, which makes the agreement a kind of fig leaf, offering political cover to those who would soft-pedal the runaway climate crisis a while longer.

“The U.N. Conference of the Parties is certainly not the organization to constrain powerful, retrenched fossil fuel interests and other bad climate actors and rogue climate states. The Paris agreement affords oil, gas and coal companies a globally visible platform through which to peddle influence and appear engaged on climate change while lobbying for business as usual. That won’t save the climate.” (The Hill, May 31)

Companies like Exxon, BP and Shell, among others, have protested the pullout by Trump. But these companies have been under attack globally for their devastation of the environment. The accords give them a “fig leaf” while in no way actually constraining them. With no monitoring, no enforcement and no punishment, it is up to the capitalist government in Washington to compel compliance.

Many of the giant companies financed the Paris meeting. If all the commitments made in Paris by all the countries were kept, the climate would still be in grave danger at a rise of 2 degrees Celsius in the atmosphere. The oppressed countries wanted the target for temperature rise to be no more than 1.5 degrees, but they lost out.

This weak agreement leaves the monopolies a free hand to revise, cheat, conceal and go ahead with business as usual.

While Obama was putting some soft pressure on them, Trump has given them a free hand and has assisted by attacking existing regulations.

To be sure, the big imperialists are concerned for the future of their system. They have seen first hand what happened during Hurricane Sandy. Flooding literally shut down Wall Street, as well as knocking out power to all of lower Manhattan in New York. It is costing billions of dollars to repair the subways and tunnels in the city.

Furthermore, the accelerated occurrence of tornadoes, hurricanes, excessive rainfall, floods, droughts, forest fires and other climate disasters that are televised have an impact on local, state and federal government, as well as insurance companies and destroyed businesses. The cost is running way into the tens and even hundreds of billions of dollars.

That is the way Wall Street and big business see it. They could not care less for the broad mass of people who suffer devastating losses, injury and death as a result of climate change. The capitalists are worried about the threat to their financial and physical structure in the future.

Pentagon and bankers fear climate change

The Climate and Security Advisory Group, a voluntary, nonpartisan group of 43 U.S.-based senior military, national security, homeland security and intelligence experts, including the former commanders of the U.S. Pacific and Central commands, issued a briefing book in 2016.

National Geographic reported last year: “The briefing book argues that climate change presents a significant and direct risk to U.S. military readiness, operations and strategy, and military leaders say it should transcend politics. It goes beyond protecting military bases from sea-level rise, the military advisers say. They urge Trump to order the Pentagon to game out catastrophic climate scenarios, track trends in climate impacts and collaborate with civilian communities. Stresses from climate change can increase the likelihood of international or civil conflict, state failure, mass migration and instability in strategically significant areas around the world, the defense experts argue.” (Nov. 15)

The briefing book leaves out that the Pentagon is one of the world’s biggest polluters.

As an example of the military’s problem, its naval base in Norfolk, Va., has been repeatedly flooded in recent years, interfering with military readiness to deploy the means of aggression. The Pentagon has hundreds of port bases that are threatened with similar obstacles from the rising tide of the oceans. Of course, island and coastal Indigenous civilizations, from Fiji to Bangladesh, face disaster.

Citibank is a global bank with branches in well over a hundred countries and a heavy stake in protecting U.S. and world imperialism. Citibank costed out the consequences of climate change for the world imperialist system in 2015.

“A new report from Citibank found that acting on climate change by investing in low-carbon energy would save the world $1.8 trillion through 2040, as compared to a business-as-usual scenario. In addition, not acting will cost an additional $44 trillion by 2060 from the ‘negative effects’ of climate change.

“The report, titled Energy Darwinism, looked at the predicted cost of energy over the coming decades, the costs of developing low carbon energy sources, and the implications of global energy choices.” (ThinkProgress, Aug. 31, 2015)

China’s environmental challenge to U.S. big business

It is reported that GE and other industrial companies urged Trump to stay in the pact. These companies have already geared up their corporate plans to grab market share of renewables like wind and solar. GE makes wind turbines. Numerous companies make solar panels, instruments and devices for the new technology. They have already invested based upon the Paris Accords. They fear that not being at the table would mean they would lose out to China and Europe as new technologies and new markets expand.

The bosses in the U.S. also have to worry about their cars and other carbon-emitting commodities meeting international standards or being shut out of overseas markets. In other words, the Paris agreement was all about profits and protection for the corporations and the imperialists.

China’s National Energy Administration has laid out a plan to spend more than $360 billion through 2020 on renewable power sources like solar and wind. Thanks in large part to Chinese manufacturing, costs in the wind and solar industries are plummeting, making them increasingly competitive with power generation from fossil fuels like coal and natural gas. (Obama put a 76 percent tariff on Chinese solar panels, driving up the costs for U.S. consumers.)

The New York Times wrote on Jan. 5: “Even the headline-grabbing numbers on total investment and job creation may understate what is already happening on the ground in China. Greenpeace estimates that China installed an average of more than one wind turbine every hour of every day in 2015, and covered the equivalent of one soccer field every hour with solar panels.” China has also embarked on a reforestation program that will absorb massive amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere.

So it is easy to see why Jeff Imelt, CEO of GE, and his fellow bosses are angry at Trump for putting them at a disadvantage, not only to China but also Europe, and particularly German imperialism.

Means of pollution are means of production

The workers and the oppressed should take sharp note of the fact that so many ruling figures and institutions have vowed to remain in support of the agreement. New York state, California and Washington are among the 30 states that have a network, United States Climate Alliance. About 180 cities are also forming a similar network. And big corporations are vowing to keep going with the Paris Accords.

What this means for the masses is that the ruling class is defying the White House and promoting it own environmental program, independent of the central capitalist state, including the Environmental Protection Agency.

In other words, Trump has control of the White House and the Republicans have control of the Congress, but the bourgeoisie have control of the means of production. And it is control over the means of production — the power plants, the oil wells, the natural gas, the coal mines, the factories, the means of transportation, etc. — that gives the bosses control over the CO2 emissions, the water supply, the air quality, the chemicals in the earth and so on.

The important point about all this is that if there is ever to be an effective policy to combat climate change — a policy in the interests of all humanity, a policy that does not depend on maintaining the profits of the polluters — then the means of production, the source of the pollution, must be taken out of the hands of the bourgeoisie and put into the hands of the workers and the oppressed. In other words, socialism is the only way out of the oncoming climate disaster.

Goldstein is the author of “Low-Wage Capitalism” and “Capitalism at a Dead End”, available at online booksellers.

Trump: Front man for Wall St., Pentagon

Trump is opening a full-scale assault against the workers and oppressed. The anti-Russia campaign is the last thing the movement should be pursuing in its struggle against him.

By Fred Goldstein posted on May 31, 2017

Donald Trump came back from his overseas trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel and Europe resuming his plans to launch full-scale attacks on the workers and the oppressed through his budget, his health care bill and tax cuts for the rich.

That being said, he has also managed to make two major foreign policy moves that push U.S. imperialist policy further to the right.

In Saudi Arabia, he formalized and weaponized an anti-Iranian alliance with the House of Saud and the royal oil puppets in the Gulf States. The U.S. has had an alliance with the Saudis for 70 years. The reactionary monarchy has been a pillar of U.S. imperialism, the Pentagon and Big Oil, with four huge U.S. military bases in the country. This new outsourcing to the Saudis of U.S. military intervention is a further turn toward U.S. proxy war and aggression in the region.

In addition, Trump managed to do severe damage to the Washington-Berlin­-Paris alliance as expressed in NATO. He went to Brussels and chewed out the European imperialist rivals for being deadbeats — i.e., not paying their NATO bills. This is great-power chauvinism run wild.

The U.S. ruling class and the Pentagon will have to ponder this. Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany, made a speech after Trump’s trip saying that Europe would have to rely on itself.

U.S. imperialism has relied on NATO for decades. NATO has troops in Afghanistan. It was key to the destruction of Yugoslavia. NATO was used to stop the Portuguese revolution in 1974 and the French workers’ uprising in 1968. French and British imperialism hold down the struggle in Africa using NATO.

The Pentagon needs NATO and they know it. Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have both pledged loyalty to the alliance.

From the point of view of the workers and the oppressed, anything that weakens imperialism is a positive development. We should not moan over Trump’s boorishness and undiplomatic insensitivity. That is a problem for the ruling class.

A further problem for big sections of the corporate ruling class is Trump’s refusal to say that he will stay with the Paris climate accords. Many of the Fortune 500 corporations, such as GM, Microsoft, DuPont, Amazon, etc., are moving toward low carbon and renewable energy as a matter of policy. Almost half of the Fortune 500 companies have adopted at least one climate or clean-energy goal, with 23 of them pledging eventually to run their businesses on 100 percent renewable energy, including Walmart, Bank of America and Google.

Whether or not these pledges are fulfilled, it represents a recognition by the bosses that climate change is a real threat to them and their profits. Even companies in Appalachian coal country are not using coal any more. (New York Times, May 26) Key sections of the ruling class are finally taking seriously the climate danger, just when Trump wants to wreck any progress in environmental protection.

These developments may intensify the contradictions in the ruling class here and feed ruling class opposition to Trump. They fear that getting rid of him could create further instability in the political system. Again, that is their problem. The job of the workers and oppressed is to take advantage of the situation and expose the capitalist system for what it is.

Fronting for military-industrial complex and big business

Back from his overseas trip, Trump faced the relentless anti-Russia campaign that anti-Trump forces in the ruling class are using to push him back or bring him down.

This is a deepening of the great “Russia” diversion in the struggle against Trump. At a time when Trump is opening a full-scale assault against the workers and oppressed, the anti-Russia campaign is the last thing that the movement should be pursuing in their struggle against Trump. The Democratic Party leadership is in the vanguard of this diversionary anti-Russia campaign.

He is planning to cut $800 million from Medicaid, which would destroy rural hospitals and nursing homes. He wants to cut back drug clinics, cancer research, environmental protection, job safety and student loan forgiveness, among many other things. His budget would wipe out Meals on Wheels, cut SNAP (food stamps) by billions of dollars and attack women’s health care around the world. And this after returning from a foreign trip where he served as a front man for big business and the Pentagon war makers.

At the very moment that his administration was planning massive tax cuts for the rich and major cutbacks for the poor, Trump was in Saudi Arabia heaping praise upon one of the most reactionary monarchies in the world. He was wined and dined and stroked by the royal princes of the feudal-capitalist patriarchal Saudi clan.

Women are the virtual property of men in Saudi Arabia. Trump made not even a mention of the status of Saudi women.

The princes rolled out the red carpet, gave him a sword to dance with, projected a 175-foot picture of him on the side of a building, drank toasts to him and had photo ops of him sitting surrounded by royalty and luxury in the palace in Riyadh.

Pentagon $110 billion sale

In return, the monarchy got $110 billion worth of weapons to wage a war of aggression against the people of Yemen and raise the military threat to Iran.

The military-industrial complex, the Pentagon death machine, was able to sell Abrams tanks, combat ships, missile defense systems, radar, and communications and cyber security technology, among other things. The Saudis are also getting a billion-dollar THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) system like the one the Pentagon just rushed into south Korea, as well as $500 million worth of precision-guided bombs.

Much of this military package was already approved by the Obama administration last fall. Obama offered the Saudis $115 billion in military aid (Reuters, Sept. 16, 2016), but held up on sending precision-guided bombs and other weapons. Trump just went to Saudi Arabia to bask in the deal. Trump’s Pentagon-guided White House and cabinet, with three ranking generals, included the precision bombs even as the Saudis are escalating the massive killing of civilians in Yemen. The generals also added in the THAAD system.

Big business and banking alongside Trump

In addition to the military contracts, the Saudi sovereign wealth fund also signed contracts with U.S. corporations worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Dozens of the biggest names in U.S. business went in Trump’s entourage. Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase, Michael Corbat of Citigroup, James Gorman of Morgan Stanley, Andrew Liveris of Dow Chemical and Stephen Schwarzman of Blackstone were among the U.S. chief executives attending a business forum, along with General Electric vice chair John Rice. The heads of military contractors Lockheed, Boeing and Raytheon also went along.

The deals included agreements between Saudi Aramco, the state energy giant, and U.S. companies. They involve oil services groups Schlumberger, Halliburton and Weatherford International, drilling contractors Nabors Industries and Rowan Companies, and engineering and construction companies KBR, Jacobs Engineering Group and McDermott International. (New York Times, May 17)

The Saudi-U.S. CEO Forum was held on the same day that Trump met King Salman of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi chief executives attending included Amin Nasser of Saudi Aramco and Yousef Al-Benyan of Sabic, a chemicals, plastics and fertilizer group that plans to build the world’s largest ethylene plant in Texas, jointly with Secretary of State Tillerson’s former firm, ExxonMobil.

Trump cutbacks destroy jobs

Trump and Tillerson tried to justify these deals as creating jobs. Trump made a grinning triumphant remark about his deals creating “jobs, jobs, jobs.” Actually, the Trump health care plan and his budget are job destroyers. Cutbacks in Federal employment endanger tens of thousands of government workers, from the Environmental Protection Agency and National Institutes of Health to Forest Protection Service, the Labor Department, the National Endowment for the Arts and other targeted government departments. Trump wants to cut $54 billion in federal spending in order to make up for the increase of $54 billion to the Pentagon.

His health care cutbacks will not only throw 23 million people off the health care rolls but will also throw millions out of work. Health care created more jobs than any other sector in 2016, helping to drive total annual job growth to 2.2 million, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A report released by the Commonwealth Fund and the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University found that repealing key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, including the insurance premium tax credits and Medicaid expansion, could lead to 2.6 million people losing their jobs by 2019. By 2021, nearly 3 million jobs in health care and other sectors could be lost. (Modernhealthcare, Jan. 6)

Trump rages against China and Mexico for destroying jobs at home. He is scapegoating these countries in order to whip up workers and pander to his racist base. Trump says protectionism is the answer. Actually, the real job destroyer is technology. Far more jobs have been destroyed by automation than by offshoring. One authoritative study says that 13 percent of job losses in the U.S. come from trade while 87 percent have been lost to automation. (New York Times, Dec. 21, 2016)

Furthermore, capitalist overproduction is destroying jobs at this very moment. The auto industry has recently peaked and production is beginning to contract. Overproduction of malls and retail stores, together with online buying, have led to tens of thousands of layoffs and tens of thousands more to come.

Trump has no answer to other bubbling crises. For example, student loans have reached $1.3 trillion. In the first quarter of 2017, consumer debt rose to $12.73 trillion, exceeding its peak in the third quarter of 2008. (New York Times, May 17)

Booming auto sales have more to do with low rates and easy financing than they do with the urge to buy a new vehicle. In the last few years, car buyers have borrowed nearly $1 trillion to finance new and used autos. Much of that money was lent to borrowers who have bad credit ratings and might not be able to repay the debt. There has been a recent surge in delinquencies among subprime borrowers whose loans were packaged into bonds and sold to investors. ­(Counterpunch, March 18)

Expanding the debt of the masses is how capitalism is staying afloat. The expansion of debt is calculated to compensate for overproduction in the economy. It helps keep people buying things and thus keeps the circulation of capital going. It keeps profits rolling in, but sooner or later these various debt bubbles will burst.

How can students who have tens of thousands of dollars in debt buy much, let alone start a household? How can workers who owe the auto loan sharks money buy enough to create jobs for other workers? How can people who are up to their eyeballs in credit card debt keep the system afloat by further purchasing? There is no public tally for debt due to health care costs, but a leading cause of household debt is often the astronomical cost of medical care.

Trump has no answer for all this. It is doubtful he is even aware of it, let alone trying to deal with it. His preoccupation is with making money now and getting re-elected in 2020.

Behind the firing of Comey: A struggle within the U.S. ruling class

The firing of FBI head James Comey by President Donald Trump is a struggle within the U.S. ruling class. It is taking place at the highest levels of the capitalist state. There are no progressive sides in this struggle.

The workers, the oppressed and the radical movement must not get drawn into it. The role of the movement and of the working class is to mount an independent struggle against the attacks coming down on the masses on all fronts — labor, immigrants, women, the environment, Muslims, escalating racist police terror, new draconian drug law enforcement, etc.

These threats can only be thwarted by the fullest mass mobilization and militant resistance.

There is justifiable hatred of the racist, reactionary, militarist, authoritarian, bigot Trump. And Trump is the target of an FBI investigation. This can cause confusion because Trump is so hated that some people might be driven to the “lesser evil” of siding with the racist, repressive, anti-labor, anti-communist, witch-hunting FBI — the U.S. secret police — because of its investigation of Trump.

Behind the anti-Russia campaign

A further cause for confusion is that Trump and his administration are being investigated for collusion with the Russians. The U.S. ruling class has been pushing back against Trump since the 2016 election campaign when he made open and repeated appeals for a rapprochement with Russia.

The campaign against Trump’s orientation for rapprochement with Russia began as a struggle over foreign policy. It still is. But there is now an added dimension. The anti-Trump forces in the ruling class are now using the issue of alleged collusion with Russia as a political wedge to weaken and possibly get rid of him.

The anti-Russia campaign has been fueled by the Hillary Clinton camp and the Democratic Party leadership. They want to blame Comey and Russia for their electoral loss. Instead of calling for an investigation into racist voter suppression or admitting their bankrupt political campaign was based on the line that “things are great,” the Democrats prefer to blame Comey and the Russians. The anti-Russia campaign has also been fueled by the Pentagon wing of the Republican Party, led by John McCain and Lindsey Graham.

The anti-Russia campaign flows not just from Trump’s foreign policy orientation. On the contrary, this campaign would exist regardless of Trump. It flows from the expansionist policy of U.S. imperialism.

The bosses and the Pentagon are opposed to the Putin government because it has nuclear weapons, a large army, and is seen as a powerful rival. Part of imperialist expansionism has been the campaign of “regime change” in Syria directed against the independent government of Bashar al-Assad. Russia has enabled Syria to ward off imperialist aggression.

Also part of Washington’s expansionism was the sponsorship of a fascist coup in Ukraine. The former president of Ukraine refused to join the European Union and steer Ukraine toward Western imperialism. Washington organized his overthrow by a fascist invasion of the Ukrainian parliament. In reply Moscow supported anti-fascist forces in Eastern Ukraine and supported a move by Crimea to return to Russia.

The anti-Russia campaign now serves as a convenient weapon against Trump because it allows the capitalist establishment to fight him on a reactionary basis. Never mind his anti-Mexican and anti-Muslim racism, his sexism, his war on the environment, his promotion of the racist police, his attacks on job safety and labor standards, etc. The bosses would much prefer to make Russia the issue.

The FBI: from Watergate to Trump

The establishment is using the FBI as their weapon to sharpen their attack on Trump. This is nothing new. W. Mark Felt, known as “Deep Throat,” who fed all the information to Woodward and Bernstein at the Washington Post in order to bring Richard Nixon down during the Watergate investigation, became deputy director of the FBI after the death of J. Edgar Hoover.

The spy agency had then, and has now, the means of eavesdropping, surveilling, infiltrating, etc. — all the techniques they mainly use against mass organizations, unions, radicals, liberation organizations. It also has the means to spy on factions in the ruling class.

The establishment is using the FBI at the moment because the Republicans control the House, the Senate and the White House. Until Judge Neil Gorsuch was appointed to the Supreme Court, the rulers had the option of using the judiciary to challenge Trump, as in the stays of his illegal Muslim ban. That option is now more difficult to use, with Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. So the FBI is the agency of choice.

Timing of the Comey firing

At the time of his firing Comey was preparing to step up the investigation of the Trump campaign. Days before his firing, he met with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to ask for more personnel and money to pursue the investigation. (latimes.com, May 14)

Trump decided to fire Comey at about the same time. He had a meeting with his Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus; his son-in-law, Jared Kushner; Vice President Pence; and White House Counsel Don McGahn. After the meeting Trump told Rosenstein to draw up a statement supporting the firing of Comey. The statement condemned Comey for, of all things, mishandling the revelation of the Clinton emails 10 days before the election! Rosenstein did not call for Comey’s firing. Trump then issued a one-page statement firing Comey for his alleged “mishandling” of the Clinton emails.

Of course, there is no one in Washington or anyplace else who could possibly believe Trump’s initial reasoning. It was patently obvious that Comey wanted to advance the investigation of Trump and his group. And Trump wanted to shut down the operation.

Trump also fired Assistant Attorney General Sally Yates after she told him that National Security Adviser Gen. Mike Flynn was dealing with the Russians. She also refused to support the Muslim ban. Trump maneuvered with Kevin Nunes, head of the House Intelligence Committee, who was in charge of leading the investigation into the Trump campaign. The investigation stalled and Nunes had to recuse himself.

In other words, Trump is clearly afraid of the investigation. The ruling class is not quite sure whether Trump’s fear is based on political relations with Russian officials or financial relations with the Russian oligarchy, or both. In either case, they do not trust him.

The ruling class is also suspicious because the only big bank that has lent money to Trump in recent years is Deutsche Bank, which was recently fined $630 million for laundering $10 billion worth of Russian money. (cnn.com, Jan. 31, 2017) The big New York Wall Street banks won’t lend to him because he has gone bankrupt six times, stiffing investors, contractors and workers. (Washington Post, Sept. 26, 2016; wsj.com, March 20, 2016)

Obama tried to stabilize the system

When Barack Obama was elected president over John McCain in 2008, he had major support in the ruling class because he was known as a moderate who could reach across the aisle and work out compromises. He was solidly pro-imperialist and pro-capitalist, but compromise was his strong point.

At the end of the Bush administration, U.S. capitalism was suffering from multiple crises that were threatening the stability of the system. Tens of millions of people were without health care and had no prospect of getting any. Two wars raged, in Iraq and Afghanistan. There were 12 million undocumented workers who needed a way to stabilize their situation. Big business was fiercely blocking any attempt to reduce carbon emissions or deal with the alarming rate of environmental degradation. And as Obama took office, the worst economic crisis in 70 years broke out.

During his tenure Obama tried to work on these issues while maintaining and protecting the capitalist system and the profits of the bosses. He got the Affordable Healthcare Act passed, which kept the insurance companies enriched but managed to cover an additional 20 million people. He dragged the bosses kicking and screaming into the global environment talks and finally got the Paris Accord on CO2 reduction. He pulled most of the troops out of Afghanistan and withdrew from Iraq. While Obama severely escalated drone attacks, he imposed strict White House control over military operations.

While Obama deported hundreds of thousands of immigrants early in his administration, and got called the ”deporter in chief,” he eventually got the Dream Act and other limited protections passed. He issued executive guidelines to Immigration, Customs and Enforcement to deport only those who committed “serious crimes” and said those whose only offense was to cross the border could remain. This was done by executive guidelines.

Finally, he presided over the bailout of Wall Street and promoted the passage of the Dodd-Frank bill, which placed restrictions on the Wall Street financiers and set up some protections for investors.

Fear of Trump destabilizing the system

The bosses and the bankers are licking their chops over the prospect of tax cuts, regulatory cuts on safety and environmental rules, tariff protection and other profit-growing measures under the Trump administration.

But the broad capitalist establishment — the corporate media, the think tanks, the academic institutions and the majority of the bourgeois intelligentsia — can see beyond the next profit-reporting quarter. They are fearful that Trump is determined to undo all the carefully worked out stabilizing arrangements at home and abroad that U.S. imperialism has constructed over the decades.

They also worry about his absolute ignorance of imperialist statecraft and his lack of interest in learning. Trump started his presidency by questioning the “one China policy,” which is the bedrock of U.S.-China relations. He took a call from the leader of Taiwan, but was forced to take it back.

He threatened and insulted the presidents of Mexico and Australia in his first diplomatic phone calls and then threatened to tear up NAFTA. NAFTA has brought billions in profits to U.S. industry and agribusiness. He was stopped and had to call the presidents of Mexico and Canada to tell them that he was backing off.

In the midst of the Korean crisis, when U.S. imperialism needed the government in Seoul, Trump told south Korea that it had to pay a billion dollars for the installation of a highly unpopular U.S. anti-missile system and that he was going to tear up the U.S.-south Korean trade pact. National Security Adviser Gen. McMaster had to call the south Koreans and tell them that the U.S. would pay.

Trump refused to shake hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the principal anchor of imperialism in Europe. These are only some of his political gaffs.

Trump’s health care bill, which threatens to strip 24 million people of their health coverage, is a disaster which has sparked fear and outrage among millions. His racist Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has reversed the Obama-Holder policy of sharply restricting the use of the harshest mandatory sentences. Trump has overturned safe water executive orders. ICE has ruled that everyone in the country who crossed the border is now subject to deportation. Trump plans to undermine, if not overturn, the Dodd-Frank bill. Trump has lifted all restrictions on the military and handed over operational control to the commanders; 3,000 more troops are now headed to Afghanistan.

In short, the Trump administration is moving rapidly to undermine the domestic stability and international imperialist order carefully worked out over decades. He is creating consternation in the upper echelons of the capitalist establishment.

That is what was fueling Comey’s investigation. And Trump is trying to shut it down.

Trump, el presidente gánster

De acuerdo con su papel en la sociedad capitalista, la mayoría de los altos funcionarios del gobierno, elegidos o nombrados, tienen cualidades de gánster. Estos funcionarios pasan gran parte de su tiempo conspirando esquemas con los ricos para estafar o atacar de otra manera a las masas populares. A diferencia de la mafia, deben obrar en el marco de la política capitalista.

La mafia se diferencia del establecimiento capitalista en que no está obligada a cometer sus crímenes bajo cobertura legal. Al contrario, las actividades de la mafia ocurren fuera de los límites de la legalidad burguesa con el consentimiento silencioso de la clase dominante y sus agencias policiales. Además, los crímenes de la mafia son mucho menores que los crímenes del Pentágono, la CIA y el FBI.

Dicho esto, entre los políticos burgueses con más cualidades de gánster, está Donald Trump. Él es un mimado multimillonario de bienes raíces que funciona ordenando a sus subordinadas/os, robando a contratistas y a trabajadoras/es. Cuando se ve atrapado en un error, moviliza a su ejército de abogados para que lo limpien.

Ganó la presidencia utilizando su carrera televisiva como un trampolín y aprovechando la quiebra de la dirección del Partido Demócrata. Sus estrategas de campaña también se aprovecharon de la antidemocrática institución del Colegio Electoral para conseguir una victoria electoral mientras perdían el voto popular. (Hillary Clinton ciertamente era también una enemiga del pueblo, corrupta, militarista, propiedad de Wall Street).

Presidencia como el camino hacia (más) riquezas

Trump no sólo ha rehusado desprenderse de sus multimillonarios activos, sino que ha tratado de ganar aún más al estar en la Casa Blanca. Sigue instando a líderes y asociados extranjeros a quedarse en su hotel en Washington. Ha aumentado el costo de la membresía en el club de golf de Mar-a-Lago de $100.000 a $200.000. Ha rehusado publicar sus declaraciones de impuestos para así cubrir sus inversiones. Tiene negocios en Turquía, Azerbaiyán y otros lugares alrededor del mundo. Ha elaborado un plan de impuestos del cual él y sus compañeros magnates inmobiliarios cosecharán cientos de millones de dólares.

Su hija, Ivanka Trump, sigue difundido su marca mundialmente. Su yerno y consejero principal Jared Kushner, mantiene su propio imperio inmobiliario. “Aunque el Sr. Kushner renunció en enero a su cargo de director ejecutivo en Kushner Companies”, informa el New York Times del 26 de abril, “sigue siendo el beneficiario de los fideicomisos que poseen el creciente negocio de bienes raíces. La firma ha participado en aproximadamente $7 mil millones en adquisiciones durante la última década, muchas de ellas respaldadas por socios extranjeros cuyas identidades no revela”.

Ahora este bufón derechista, autoritario y fanfarrón, que no sabe nada de política burguesa y no tiene ninguna inclinación de aprender o buscar consejo, está formalmente a cargo del imperialismo estadounidense.

Cuando Trump mete al capitalismo estadounidense en problemas con sus aliados imperialistas estadounidenses en la OTAN, o amenaza los intereses corporativos al hablar de las guerras comerciales con la República Popular China (1.3 mil millones de habitantes), Canadá y México (los dos mayores mercados comerciales de EUA), no puede conseguir que el Congreso Republicano quite asistencia de salud a 24 millones de personas, o apruebe una prohibición de viajar contra musulmanes que provoca un movimiento mundial, o amenaza con provocar una rebelión masiva diciendo que deportará a 11 millones de trabajadoras/es indocumentados, etc., todos sus subordinados, lacayos y abogados no pueden ayudarle a salir del problema.

La clase dominante está ambivalente acerca de Trump – con razón. Por un lado, están salivando sobre su recorte de impuestos para multimillonarios y grandes corporaciones. Están extáticos por su campaña de desregulación que permite, entre otras cosas, a las compañías de carbón envenenar el agua potable, destruir las normas de emisiones de autos para ayudar a la industria automovilística y eliminar las regulaciones ambientales para ayudar a la gran industria. Y, por supuesto, les encanta sus exenciones tributarias para las compañías de seguros de salud.

Por otro lado, se sienten frustrados porque esperaban obtener grandes exenciones tributarias a partir de la revocación de la Ley de Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio, y querían poner sus manos en $880 miles de millones en recortes de Medicaid para que se  financiaran incentivos fiscales para los ricos. Sin embargo, aunque la clase dominante quiere aprovecharse de los recortes tributarios de Trump y las  desregulaciones, no quieren que arruine su sistema. Por eso han tomado medidas contra él. Primero, lo han rodeado de generales y banqueros de Wall Street en la Casa Blanca y el Gabinete.

Limitan presupuesto de Trump y rechazan NAFTA

Pero últimamente le han dado una paliza en las negociaciones presupuestarias. En el último presupuesto de $1,2 billones, Trump salió con las manos vacías, a pesar de toda su gritería. En las negociaciones, Trump fue rechazado por los representantes fieles de la clase dominante en el Congreso sobre cuestiones clave:

  • El gasto interno aumentó, en lugar de los $18.000 millones en recortes exigidos por Trump.
  • Trump quería que el presupuesto nacional de los Institutos de Salud se redujera en $1.2 miles de millones. En cambio, se incrementó en 2.000 millones de dólares.
  • Trump pidió que el presupuesto de la Agencia de Protección Ambiental se redujera en un 33 por ciento. En cambio, se redujo en un 1 por ciento.
  • Planned Parenthood continuará siendo financiado a los niveles actuales en estados que no voten para retirar la subvención.
  • Trump pidió $30.000 millones en aumento del gasto militar. Consiguió $12.500 millones y otros $2.500 millones cuando presente un plan para derrotar al grupo del Estado islámico.
  • No hay dinero para su amado Muro de la Frontera; sólo fondos de seguridad fronteriza para nuevas tecnologías y reparaciones; de hecho, los fondos para la “seguridad fronteriza” se redujeron y no hubo dinero para una fuerza de deportación.
  • Los subsidios de salud para los pobres seguirán (el dinero va a las compañías de seguros).

“El gobierno de Trump dijo que ya no estaba considerando retirarse del TLCNA, después de un día de intenso cabildeo de líderes empresariales y legisladores que se unieron para anular la discusión interna de la Casa Blanca sobre la perspectiva”, escribió el Wall Street Journal el 27 de abril. Trump se vio obligado a llamar a los presidentes de México y Canadá para decirles que había abandonado la derogación. Luego emitió un tuit diciendo que lo habían llamado, en lugar de admitir que los grandes negocios y la agroindustria lo habían obligado a retroceder.

Trump, China y la RPDC

Washington está en medio de una crisis en Corea. Aunque necesita la cooperación del régimen surcoreano para perseguir su agenda beligerante, Trump aprovechó este momento para decirle al gobierno surcoreano que quiere romper el acuerdo comercial con su país. Es un “mal acuerdo” negociado por el presidente Obama, según Trump. En realidad, fue negociado bajo George W. Bush.

Empeorando las cosas, Trump le dijo al gobierno de Corea del Sur que tendría que pagar $1 mil millones para el sistema antimisiles THAAD del Pentágono, a pesar del acuerdo existente en que EUA pagaría el costo de su despliegue. El Asesor de Seguridad Nacional, General H. McMaster tuvo que telefonear a funcionarios  surcoreanos y asegurarles que EUA pagaría. (WSJ, 30 de abril)

Trump tiene una visión excesiva de sus poderes personales. Afirma tener una buena relación con el presidente Xi Jinping de la República Popular de China. Afirma que debido a sus llamadas telefónicas con Xi, China va a ayudar al gobierno de EUA a salir de su situación con la desafiante República Popular Democrática de Corea.

Trump ha tratado de hablar suave con China y duro con la RPDC. Pero la verdad es que los líderes de la República Popular China, especialmente su ejército, el Ejército Popular de Liberación, no pueden ignorar los hechos imperantes de la crisis en la península coreana.

En una llamada telefónica el 23 de abril, el presidente Xi pidió a Trump que se abstuviera de aumentar las tensiones en la región, incluso si la RPDC anunciaba pruebas de misiles o armas nucleares. Xi hizo un llamado a Trump para que no se entretenga en disputas y se mueva hacia negociaciones.

Evidentemente, no estamos de acuerdo con Xi en que la RPDC debe presionarse para que abandone su lucha por construir un elemento de disuasión nuclear. Pero, de todas formas, el jefe de la República Popular China pidió a Trump que bajara el tono.

Un día después, el 24 de abril, en plena noche, EUA desplegó en Corea del Sur el sistema anti-misiles THAAD, que está equipado con un radar de alta potencia que llega más allá de la RPDC y puede ser utilizado para espiar el Ejército chino. La República Popular China ya ha dicho que este despliegue desestabilizaría el equilibrio estratégico en la región a favor del imperialismo estadounidense.

El liderazgo chino y el EPL están conscientes de la amenaza. No puede ser coincidencia que el mismo día del despliegue, China probó su primer portaaviones de fabricación nacional. El buque se completará en 2020. “China ha lanzado su primer portaaviones construido por sí sola, en una demostración de la creciente sofisticación técnica de sus industrias de defensa y la determinación de salvaguardar sus reivindicaciones territoriales marítimas y rutas comerciales cruciales. El transportador de 50.000 toneladas fue remolcado de su astillero justo después de las 9 de la mañana del miércoles.” (Washington Post, 26 de abril)

Pero el mensaje implícito es que China tiene su propio poder naval, incluyendo un portaaviones armado y funcional construido por la ex-URRS que obtuvo de Ucrania y fue restaurado. China contuvo su respuesta a Trump y al Pentágono al no desplegar su portaaviones armado y desplegar en su lugar el aún sin terminar. Pero el mensaje fue enviado.

Lo que también queda claro de estos acontecimientos es que el imperialismo estadounidense y el Pentágono son los enemigos tanto de la RPDC como de la República Popular China. El Pentágono obra por venganza contra la RPDC porque este heroico país socialista se ha enfrentado sin temor a Washington, tan firmemente ahora como lo hizo durante la Guerra de Corea de 1950-53, cuando rechazó la poderosa máquina de guerra estadounidense.

El imperialismo estadounidense también se opone a la República Popular China porque, a pesar del crecimiento de millonarios y multimillonarios capitalistas dentro del país socialista, el Partido Comunista de China y el Ejército Popular de Liberación siguen siendo guardianes de las empresas estatales y de la planificación económica que son características del socialismo.

Washington se da cuenta de que mientras el imperialismo estadounidense está sumido en el estancamiento económico y crisis militares y políticas en todo el mundo, China se está fortaleciendo cada vez más, tanto económica como militarmente. Está aumentando su influencia en Asia, África y América Latina a través de proyectos de infraestructura que ayudan a las antiguas colonias a superar el subdesarrollo impuesto por los imperialistas.

En un momento en que el imperialismo de EUA está fuera de balance tanto en el país como en el exterior, la clase dominante capitalista tiene que mantener a raya a su presidente gánster, para que no aumente la inestabilidad de Washington.

A pesar de todos los intentos de la clase dominante de distanciarse de Trump, el gobierno capitalista es el comité ejecutivo de la clase dominante. Karl Marx lo dijo hace mucho tiempo, y todavía es cierto hoy en día.

Hay muchas maneras en que los patronos podrían deshacerse de él, dada toda la ilegalidad de su régimen de enriquecimiento familiar. Sin embargo, la clase dominante es la responsable de mantener a Trump en el cargo y por cada acción racista y reaccionaria que éste haga. Trump es el representante de su clase, y las masas deben responsabilizar a los capitalistas por cada crimen que comete contra el pueblo.

Detrás del ataque a Siria

“Usted proporciona las imágenes. Yo proporcionaré la guerra”. El editor William Randolph Hearst en 1898, preparando las bases para la guerra de Estados Unidos contra España y la invasión de Cuba.

By Fred Goldstein, April 18. 2017.

El ataque de la administración Trump contra la fuerza aérea siria fue dirigido primero a Rusia, así como al gobierno de Bashar al-Assad. China y la República Popular Democrática de Corea fueron objetos secundarios del ataque.

El ataque de armas químicas en Siria, suponiendo que no estaba totalmente escenificado por los enemigos del gobierno de Damasco, tenía por objeto forzar al presidente Donald Trump a desviar su orientación política de reconciliación con Rusia– y mantener la presión militar centrada en su objetivo a largo plazo, el derrocar al gobierno de Assad. Washington no sólo quiere derrocar a Assad, sino que también pretende poner un gobierno complaciente en Damasco que expulse por completo a los rusos de Siria y el Mediterráneo.

El ataque militar imperialista de Estados Unidos ocurrió cinco días después de que la embajadora de Trump en la ONU, Nikki Haley, dijera: “La política diplomática de Estados Unidos sobre Siria por ahora ya no se centra en hacer abandonar el poder al presidente del país, Bashar al-Assad”. (Reuters, 30 de marzo) La publicidad en torno al supuesto ataque con armas químicas fue diseñada para revertir esta política de Trump.

Cargos sin evidencia

Las acusaciones en contra del gobierno de Assad han sido unánimes y tempestuosas en los medios de comunicación capitalistas, el Congreso y los militares. Todo esto ha sucedido a pesar de que no hubo ni un atisbo de investigación ni un elemento de prueba convincente de que Damasco tuviera algún papel en el supuesto ataque. El gobierno sirio ha negado categóricamente los cargos, pero sus negativas no han recibido publicidad en los medios capitalistas.

En total, esto es lo que es cierto: el gobierno sirio no tenía ninguna razón para llevar a cabo tal ataque. Ha estado ganando la guerra sin usar armas químicas y no tiene el menor motivo de todas las partes implicadas para llevar a cabo ese ataque. Los ataques perjudicaron al gobierno sirio y ayudaron a los imperialistas y sus grupos de clientes reaccionarios dentro de Siria.

En cualquier investigación criminal lo primero que se busca es el motivo, los medios y la oportunidad de llevar a cabo el crimen. Las partes con los motivos, los medios y la oportunidad para hacer tal cosa son el gobierno de los Estados Unidos y los reaccionarios en Siria que están perdiendo la guerra. Los de este último grupo han intentado sin éxito derrocar a Assad y tratar de atraer al gobierno de Estados Unidos a la lucha militar.

Los neoconservadores del New York Times en el caso de Siria

El New York Times lideró la acusación acusando instantáneamente al gobierno de Assad. El Times asignó a dos de sus propagandistas anti-Siria más comprometidos para cubrir la historia – Michael Gordon y Anne Barnard.

Gordon fue coautor con Judith Miller de los artículos de Times que promovieron la idea de que Irak tenía armas de destrucción masiva al fraguarse la invasión EUA-Britania en el 2003. Miller finalmente perdió su trabajo por mentir sobre la existencia de estas armas en Irak. George W. Bush usó estas aserciones para reforzar el pretexto de la invasión. Barnard escribe como publicista para los grupos reaccionarios sirios.

El escritor progresista y fundador de consortiumnews.com, Robert Parry, explicó el 5 de abril: “Gordon durante años, ha estado en las primeras líneas de las estrategias de los neoconservadores para los ‘cambios de régimen’. Es coautor de la infame historia de tubos de aluminio del Times del 8 de septiembre de 2002, que dependía de fuentes del gobierno estadounidense y desertores iraquíes para asustar a los estadounidenses con imágenes de ‘nubes tipo hongo’ [de explosión nuclear] si no apoyaban la invasión del presidente George W. Bush contra Irak”.

Resultó que los tubos de aluminio estaban destinados a las armas convencionales.

Seymour Hersh, reportero investigador que expuso la masacre de 1968 en My Lai en Vietnam, informó en 2015: “En la primavera del 2013, la inteligencia estadounidense se enteró que el gobierno turco, a través de elementos del MIT, su agencia de inteligencia nacional y la Gendarmería, una organización militarizada de aplicación de la ley, trabajaba directamente con al-Nusra y sus aliados para desarrollar una capacidad de guerra química”.

Hersh continuó: “La Agencia de Inteligencia de Defensa (DIA) y otros agentes de inteligencia han informado a nuestros altos oficiales de que el sarín fue suministrado a través de Turquía, que sólo pudo haber llegado allí con el apoyo de Turquía. Los turcos también proporcionaron la capacitación para producir el sarín y manejarlo”. (reportado por Robert Parry, consortiumnews.com, 16 de septiembre de 2015)

Tras el ataque de gas químico en 2013, el Times informó que los expertos siguieron el camino de los misiles que transportaban el gas, y trazaron su origen a Damasco. Más tarde resultó que los misiles tenían un alcance que no podría haberlos lanzado desde Damasco. La distancia real era la distancia desde el territorio controlado por los rebeldes. (Consortiumnews.com, 29 de diciembre de 2013, vinculado al artículo de Times)

Objetivo de la clase dominante: Forzar Trump oponerse a Rusia, Assad

Incluso durante la campaña electoral estadounidense y desde que Trump ganó, el Pentágono y la clase dominante en general han intentado socavar el intento de la administración Trump de cambiar la política exterior estadounidense hacia una mayor cooperación con el presidente ruso Vladimir Putin. Las imágenes horrendas del presunto ataque químico en Siria fueron calculadas para encajonar a Trump y no dejarle otra alternativa que atacar al gobierno sirio.

Los tambores de guerra contra Siria llegaron implacablemente de casi todos los cuarteles de la clase gobernante, desde moderados del Partido Demócrata hasta reaccionarios republicanos. Trump, que ha sido el blanco de ataques, de ridículo y de bromas en los medios de comunicación corporativos, fue momentáneamente catapultado desde el estatus de bufón torpe a la posición de líder decisivo. Esta alabanza, sin embargo, es sólo temporera. Los militares y sus portavoces en el Congreso, como los senadores John McCain y Lindsey Graham, están presionando a Trump a ir más allá y explicar lo que sigue.

Militarización del Consejo de Seguridad Nacional

En toda la celebración sobre la repentina demostración de liderazgo de Trump, lo que se omite es que él ha militarizado la cúpula del gobierno. Él recibió muchos elogios cuando expulsó a Stephen Bannon del comité más poderoso del gobierno, el Comité de Directores del Consejo de Seguridad Nacional.

Bannon es un ultra-extremista de derecha con una visión apocalíptica de la guerra en Asia y está contundentemente opuesto a la civilización islámica. Pero los aplausos por el retiro de Bannon han ahogado alguna respuesta al cambio en el Comité de Directores. Ahora hay cuatro generales en el consejo – y son extremistas con armas.

Bajo Trump, el principal cuerpo de política exterior del gobierno capitalista ha pasado de tener la fachada de un gobierno civil, a un abierto control militar de la política exterior. El ataque a Siria debe ser visto en esa luz.

El secretario de defensa de Trump es James “Mad Dog” (perro rabioso) Mattis, un ex general de Marina. Mattis supervisó las operaciones de Oriente Medio como jefe del Comando Central hasta su jubilación en 2013. Entre las muchas citas coloridas de Mattis está: “Sea cortés, sea profesional, pero tenga un plan para matar a todos los que vaya conociendo”.

Mattis se opuso al acuerdo del presidente Barack Obama con Irán. Él dirigió el ataque a Fallujah en 2004, que destruyó esta ciudad iraquí de 300.000 personas. Ese ataque utilizó municiones venenosas y radioactivas de uranio empobrecido y causó masivas bajas civiles. Sus tropas masacraron a 24 civiles en la ciudad de Haditha en 2005. (democracynow.org, 26 de enero de 2012) Mattis rehusó disculparse. Ha sido un verdadero extremista militar.

El jefe del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional es el marino jubilado John Kelly, un halcón de seguridad fronterizo que estaba a cargo de las operaciones del Caribe y Sudamérica como jefe del Comando Sur de los Estados Unidos. Se opuso a los planes de Obama de cerrar la prisión de Guantánamo y ha alimentado los temores levantando el espectro de que terroristas ingresan al país a través de la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México.

El consejero de seguridad nacional de Trump es el teniente general H.R. McMaster, que sigue en servicio activo y es un ex comandante de tanques en Irak y Afganistán. McMaster reemplazó al General Michael Flynn cuando Flynn fue derrocado. McMaster desempeñó un papel clave en expulsar a Bannon del Comité de Directores del CSN. Los militares destituyeron a Bannon, el ideólogo ultra-derechista, para evitar que interfiriera o escuchara sus planes.

También en el comité está el Teniente General de Marina Joseph Dunford, presidente del Estado Mayor Conjunto. Fue comandante durante la invasión de Irak en 2003 y comandante de las fuerzas de la OTAN en Afganistán en 2013. Dijo al Comité de Servicios Armados del Senado en 2015 que Rusia es la “mayor amenaza para los intereses de Estados Unidos”. (Washington Post, 9 de julio de 2015).

Los militares estadounidenses planean tener un enfoque amplio que incluya a Rusia, China, la RPDC, Siria, Irán, Yemen, Somalia y Libia. Especialmente se esfuerzan por mantener la hostilidad contra Rusia ahora porque a Washington le interesa Ucrania y está indignado de que los rusos se movieron rápidamente para frustrar una total toma imperialista de ese país. El Pentágono le da un firme respaldo al régimen fascista en Kiev y planea alimentarlo con armas más poderosas. Todo esto está vinculado a su campaña anti rusa.

Washington a Putin: Somos el jefe

El año pasado y a principios de este año, un grupo de trabajo conjunto ruso, turco e iraní debatió cuestiones sobre una solución política para el conflicto sirio en conversaciones en Astana, Kazajstán. (Reuters, 16 de febrero) Estados Unidos no participó en las conversaciones.

Washington y el ejército EUA rechazan la participación política del gobierno ruso en la solución de la cuestión siria. Los ataques aéreos estadounidenses en la base aérea de Siria tenían la función de mostrar a Putin quien es el jefe de la región.

El mismo escenario se puso en marcha en 2016 cuando el entonces Secretario de Estado John Kerry se entrevistó con el Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Rusia, Serguéi Lavrov, para trabajar en una coordinación militar y conversaciones de paz sobre Siria. Después de una maratónica sesión de negociación el 8 de septiembre, Kerry calificó el acuerdo de “un potencial punto de inflexión” en el conflicto, si se implementa. (CNBC, 9 de septiembre de 2016)

Sin embargo, apenas una semana después del anuncio de Kerry, el New York Times informó el 17 de septiembre: “Estados Unidos reconoció el sábado [17 de sept.] que sus aviones de combate habían llevado a cabo un ataque aéreo en Siria que resultó en la muerte de tropas del gobierno sirio. Funcionarios militares estadounidenses dijeron que los pilotos en el ataque, en la provincia oriental de Deir al-Zour, creían que estaban dirigiéndolos contra el Estado Islámico”.

El artículo decía que “el ministerio de Defensa de Rusia dijo que el ataque de EUA había matado a 62 soldados sirios y había herido a 100 más”. Este ataque rompió las conversaciones y toda posibilidad de elaborar un plan de paz.

RPDC y China también objetos del bombardeo contra Siria

El ejército se apresuró a atacar a Siria con el fin de entregar una significativa bofetada diplomática a la República Popular China en el mismo momento en que el presidente chino Xi Jinping se reunía con Trump en su Casa Blanca de la Florida. Trump no le habló del ataque hasta que terminó la reunión.

El ataque también pretendía amenazar a la República Popular Democrática de Corea.

Para dar seguimiento al ataque en Siria, el Pentágono está enviando un portaaviones con fuerza de ataque hacia aguas coreanas. El portaaviones Carl Vinson, acompañado de misiles y fragatas, está navegando allí desde Singapur para llegar a tiempo para el 105 aniversario del histórico líder comunista coreano Kim Il Sung. El 15 de abril es celebrado en la RPDC como “el día del sol”.

Trump le ha dado a los militares una correa larga. Él está fomentando los planes de venganza de los militares contra la RPDC, que derrotó a la fuerza invasora estadounidense en la Guerra de Corea. El ejército estadounidense nunca se ha repuesto de esta pérdida.

El gobierno de Trump ha dejado que el Pentágono envíe más tropas a Siria, bombardee a un gran número de civiles en Mosul y aumente los ataques de aviones no tripulados en Yemen y Somalia, todo sin que la Casa Blanca firme estas operaciones. Ha habido una gran escalada en la matanza de civiles por los militares estadounidenses en virtud de estas nuevas normas.

Al militarizar el gobierno, Trump ha dado más prioridad a la batalla perdida del Pentágono y del imperialismo estadounidense de superar la disminución de la posición de Washington en el mundo. La verdadera consigna de la política exterior de Trump es: “Hacer que el imperio militar de EUA vuelva a ser grande”. Pero este bufón autoritario, racista, misógino y prejuiciado no tiene otro talento que fanfarronear dando órdenes. No puede ver que este peligroso curso sólo puede terminar en un desastre para el imperialismo estadounidense.