by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky
January 04, 2017
Obama has formally accused Moscow of interfering in the US elections
on behalf of Donald Trump.
These are serious allegations. Whereas
the sanctions are directed against Russia, the ultimate intent is to
undermine the legitimacy of president-elect Donald Trump and his
foreign policy stance in relation to Moscow.
According to the US media, the sanctions against Moscow were
"Box in President-elect Donald J.
Trump" because Trump "has consistently cast doubt" that Putin
was involved in the alleged hacking of the DNC.
In an earlier report on Kremlin
meddling, the NYT (December 15) depicted Donald Trump as "…a Useful
Idiot"… an American president who doesn't know he's being played by
a wily foreign power.
But the accusations against Trump have gone far beyond the "Box in"
Narrative. The unspoken truth pertaining to Obama's Executive Order
is that the punishment was intended for Trump rather than Putin.
The objective is not to "Box-In" the president-elect for his
"unfamiliarity with the role of intelligence".
Quite the opposite:
The strategy is to delegitimize
Donald Trump by accusing him of high treason.
In recent developments, the director of
National Intelligence James Clapper has "confirmed" that the
alleged Russian cyberattack constitutes an,
"existential threat to our way of
"Whether or not that constitutes an act of war [by Russia
against the US] I think is a very heavy policy call that I don't
believe the intelligence community should make," said Clapper.
That "act of war" not by Russia but
against Russia seems to be have been endorsed by the outgoing Obama
several thousand tanks and US troops
are being deployed on Russia's doorstep as part of Obama's
"Operation Atlantic Resolve" directed against the Russian
Are these military deployments part of
Obama's "act of retribution" against Russia in response to Moscow's
alleged hacking of the US elections?
Is this a "fast-track" procedure on the part of the outgoing
president with the support of US intelligence, intended to create
political and social chaos prior to the inception of the Trump
administration on January 20th?
According to Donbass DINA News:
"A Massive US military deployment
[on Russia's border] should be ready by January 20."
Political Insanity prevails. And insanity
could potentially unleash World War III.
"real story" behind hacking is front page news. The mainstream media
is not covering it.
the Trump Presidency
The ultimate intent of this campaign led by the Neocons and
the Clinton Faction is to destabilize the Trump presidency.
Prior to the November 8 elections,
former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leo Panetta had
already intimated that Trump is a threat to National Security.
According to The Atlantic, Trump is a
"Modern Manchurian Candidate" serving the interests of the Kremlin.
November 1 2016
October 8 2016
In the wake of the Grand Electors' Vote (in favor of Trump) and
Obama's sanctions against Moscow, the accusations of treason
directed against Donald Trump have gone into high gear:
"A specter of treason hovers over
He has brought it on himself by
dismissing a bipartisan call for an investigation of Russia's
hacking of the Democratic National Committee as a "ridiculous"
political attack on the legitimacy of his election as
(Boston Globe, December 16,
"Liberals are suggesting President-elect Donald Trump is guilty
of treason after President Obama announced new sanctions against
Russia and Trump praised Vladimir Putin's response to the
(Daily Caller, December 30, 2016)
Operation to Destabilize the Trump Presidency?
Is Trump "in bed with the enemy"?
These are serious accusations allegedly backed up by US intelligence
which cannot be brushed away.
Will they just be forgotten once Trump accedes to the White House?
Unlikely. They are part of a propaganda campaign on behalf of
powerful corporate interests.
What is at stake is tantamount to a carefully coordinated operation
to destabilize the Trump presidency, characterized by several
The central objective of this project against Trump is to ensure the
continuity of the Neocons' foreign policy agenda geared towards
global warfare and Worldwide economic conquest, which has dominated
the US political landscape since September 2001.
Let us first review the nature of the Neocons' foreign policy
The Neocons' Foreign Policy Agenda
In the wake of 9/11, two major shifts in US foreign policy were
devised as part of the 2001 National Security Strategy (NSS).
The first pertained to the "global war on terrorism" against Al
Qaeda, the second introduced the preemptive "defensive war"
The objective was to present "preemptive
military action" - meaning war as an act of "self-defense" against
two categories of enemies, "rogue States" and "Islamic terrorists":
"The war against terrorists of
global reach is a global enterprise of uncertain duration.
…America will act against such emerging threats before they are
National Security Strategy, White
The preemptive war doctrine also
included the preemptive use of nuclear weapons on a "first strike"
basis (as a means of "self-defence") against both nuclear and
This concept of a preemptive first
strike nuclear attack was firmly endorsed by
Hillary Clinton in her election
In turn, the "Global
War on Terrorism" (GWOT) launched in the wake
of 9/11 has come to play a central
role in justifying US-NATO military intervention in the Middle East
on "humanitarian grounds" (R2P), including the instatement of
so-called "No Fly Zones".
GWOT also constitutes the cornerstone of
The military and intelligence dimensions of the Neocons' project are
contained in The Project for the New American Century
formulated prior to the accession of
George W. Bush to the White
The PNAC also posits a "Revolution in
Military Affairs" requiring a massive budget outlay allocated to the
development of advanced weapons systems including a new generation
of nuclear weapons.
The PNAC initiative was launched by William Kristol and
Robert Kagan whose wife
Victoria Nuland, played a key
role as Clinton's Assistant Secretary of State in engineering the
Euro-Maidan coup in Ukraine.
The Neocon project also includes a menu of "regime change", "color
revolutions", economic sanctions and macro-economic reforms directed
against countries which fail to conform to Washington's demands.
In turn, the globalization of war supports Wall Street's global
The (secretly negotiated) Atlantic
and Pacific trade blocks (TPP,
TTIP, CETA, TISA), coupled up
and WTO "surveillance" are
an integral part of this hegemonic project, intimately related
to US military and intelligence operations.
State" and The Clash of Powerful Corporate Interests
Global capitalism is by no means monolithic.
What is at stake are fundamental
rivalries within the US establishment marked by the clash between
competing corporate factions, each of which is intent upon exerting
control over the incoming US presidency.
In this regard, Trump is not entirely in
the pocket of the lobby groups. As a member of the establishment, he
has his own corporate sponsors and fund raisers.
His stated foreign policy agenda
including his commitment to revise Washington's relationship with
Moscow does not fully conform with the interests of the defence
contractors, which supported Clinton's candidacy.
There are powerful corporate interests on both sides, which are now
There are also overlapping allegiances
and "cross-cutting alliances" within the corporate establishment.
What we are witnessing are "inter-capitalist rivalries" within the
spheres of banking, oil and energy, the military industrial complex,
Deep State" divided?
These corporate rivalries are also
characterized by strategic divisions and clashes within several
agencies of the US State apparatus including the intelligence
community and the military. In this regard, the CIA is deeply
the corporate media (CNN, NBC, NYT,
WP, etc.) which is waging a relentless smear campaign against Trump
and his alleged links to Moscow.
But there is also a countervailing campaign within the intelligence
community against the dominant Neocon faction. In this regard, the
Trump team is contemplating a streamlining of the CIA (aka purges).
According to a member of the Trump
transition team (quoted by the Wall Street Journal, January 4,
"The view from the Trump team is the
intelligence world [is] becoming completely politicized… They
all need to be slimmed down. The focus will be on restructuring
the agencies and how they interact."
This project would also affect CIA
operatives responsible for propaganda embedded within the mainstream
This would inevitably create profound
divisions and conflicts within the US intelligence apparatus, which
could potentially backlash on the Trump presidency. it is unlikely
that a Trump administration would be able to undermine the inner
structures of US intelligence and CIA sponsored media propaganda.
US Foreign Policy?
Crafted in the late 1940s by US State Department official George
F. Kennan, the "Truman Doctrine" sets the ideological
foundations of America's post-war hegemonic project.
What these State department documents
reveal is continuity in US foreign policy from "Containment" during
the Cold War to today's post 9/11 doctrine of "Pre-emptive Warfare".
In this regard, the Neocons' Project for the New American Century's
blueprint (cited above) for global conquest should be viewed as the
culmination of a post-war agenda of military hegemony and global
economic domination formulated by the State Department in 1948 at
the outset of the Cold War.
Needless to say, successive Democratic and Republican
administrations, from Harry Truman to George W. Bush and Barack
Obama have been involved in carrying out this hegemonic blueprint
for global domination, which the Pentagon calls the "Long War".
In this regard, the Neocons have followed in the footsteps of the
In the late 1940s, George F. Kennan
called for building a dominant Anglo-American alliance based on,
"good relations between our country
and [the] British Empire".
In today's world, this alliance largely
characterizes the military axis between Washington and London, which
plays a dominant role inside NATO to the detriment of Washington's
(continental) European allies.
It also includes Canada and Australia as
key strategic partners.
Of significance, Kennan underscored the importance of preventing the
development of continental European powers (e.g. Germany, France,
Italy) which could compete with the Anglo-American axis.
The objective during the Cold War and
its aftermath was to prevent Europe from establishing political as
well as economic ties with Russia.
In turn, NATO largely dominated by the
US has prevented both Germany and France from performing a strategic
role in World affairs.
It is highly unlikely that a Trump administration would depart from
the mainstay of US foreign policy.
While the Trump team is committed to a socially regressive and
racist right wing agenda on the domestic front, certain foreign
policy realignments are possible including a softening of the
sanctions against Russia, which could potentially have an impact on
the multibillion dollar contracts of the military industrial
This in itself would be a significant
achievement which could contribute to a period of Detente in
Moreover, while Trump has put together a right wing cabinet of
generals, bankers and oil executives, which largely conforms to the
mainstay of the Republican Party, the bi-partisan "entente cordiale"
between Democrats and Republicans has been broken.
Meanwhile, there are powerful voices
within the GOP who are supportive of the "anti-Trump faction".
The divisions between these two competing factions are nonetheless
With regard to US foreign policy, they
largely pertain to US-Russia bilateral relations which have been
jeopardized by the Obama administration as well as to the ongoing US
military agenda in Syria and Iraq.
They also have a bearing on the European
Union, which has been affected by Obama's economic sanctions against
The sanctions have resulted in a dramatic decline in EU trade and
investment with the Russian Federation. In conformity with the
"Truman Doctrine" discussed above, US foreign policy under the
Neocons, particularly since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, had sought to
dismantle the Franco-German alliance and weaken the European Union.
Of relevance in relation to recent developments in Ukraine and
Eastern Europe, George F. Kennan explicitly pointed in his 1948
State Department brief, to,
"a policy of containment of Germany,
within Western Europe".
What Kennan's observations suggest is
that the US should be supportive of a European Project only inasmuch
as it supports US hegemonic interests.
And that is precisely what the Neocons
have achieved under the Bush and
"Today both Francois Hollande and
Angela Merkel are taking their orders directly from Washington.
The 2003 invasion of Iraq was a
turning point. The election of pro-US political leaders
(President Sarkozy in France and Chancellor Angela Merkel in
Germany) was conducive to a weakening of national sovereignty,
leading to the demise of the Franco-German alliance. "
America's Blueprint for Global
Domination: From "Containment" to "Pre-emptive War". Global
The more significant question is whether
this realignment under a Trump administration will restrain the
deployment of NATO troops and military hardware in Eastern Europe on
Will it be conducive to nuclear
While Trump's foreign policy agenda has been the target of "dirty
politics" by the Clinton faction, the new administration has
powerful corporate backers who will no doubt challenge the Neocons
including those operating within the intelligence community.
It is worth noting that Trump also has
the support of the pro-Israel lobby as well as Israeli intelligence.
In December, the head of Mossad met up
with the Trump team in Washington.
of the Destabilization Project
At the outset, prior to the November 8 elections, the project to
disrupt and destabilize the Trump presidency consisted of several
coordinated and interrelated processes some of which are ongoing
while others have already been completed (or are no longer
The media smear campaign against
Trump, which has taken on a new slant in the wake of the
November 8 elections (ongoing)
The engineered anti-Trump
protest movement across the US, coordinated with media
coverage, petitions, with the objective to disrupt (ongoing)
The vote recount in three swing
states, (No longer relevant)
The passing of H.R 6393:
Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which
includes a section directed against so-called "pro-Moscow
independent media", in response to Moscow's alleged
interference in the US elections in support of Donald Trump
The Electoral College Vote on
December 19 (No longer relevant)
The Petition launched by
California Sen. Barbara Boxers on Change.org pertaining to
the electoral College vote (No longer relevant)
The ongoing "Disrupt" Campaign
intent upon disrupting the January 20, 2017 Presidential
The possibility of an
impeachment procedure is already contemplated during the
first year of his mandate.
Phrase is "Disrupt". The Objective is "Disrupt"
In turn, the Disruptj20.org website is calling for the disruption of
the inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20, 2017:
#DisruptJ20 is supported by the work
of the DC Welcoming Committee, a collective of experienced local
activists and out-of-work gravediggers acting with national
We're building the framework needed
for mass protests to shut down the inauguration of Donald Trump
and planning widespread direct actions to make that happen.
We're also providing services like
housing, food, and even legal assistance to anyone who wants to
What are the
The propaganda campaign together with the other components of this
operation (protest movement, anti-Trump petitions, etc) are used as
a means to discredit an elected-president.
This media propaganda campaign against an incoming president is
unprecedented in US history. While the MSM routinely criticize
politicians in high office including the president of the US, the
media narrative in this case is fundamentally different.
The incoming president is the target of
an organized media smear campaign which will not subside upon
Trump's accession to the White House.
Concurrently, an engineered and coordinated protest movement against
Trump has been ongoing since November 8. In fact it started on the
evening of November 8 prior to the announcement of the election
results. The protests have all the appearances of a "color
revolution" style op.
The media also provides a biased coverage of the engineered protest
The organizers and recruiters are
serving the interests of powerful corporate lobby groups including
the defence contractors. They are not serving the interests of the
It is unlikely that these various initiatives including the
Disrupt campaign will have a significant bearing on Trump's
Our assessment suggests, however, that
the president-elect will accede to the White House amidst an aura of
the "Talking Point"
The propaganda campaign will continue in the wake of Trump's
inauguration intimating accusations of treason. The impeachment of
Donald Trump has already contemplated, prior to his accession to the
In the words of the Huffington Post
(January 01, 2017):
"There is only one constitutional
way to remove a president, and that is via impeachment. What's
needed is a citizens' impeachment inquiry, to begin on Trump's
first day in office.
The inquiry should keep a running dossier, and forward updates
at least weekly to the House Judiciary Committee. There will be
no lack of evidence."
Change.org which organizes the
engineered protest movement has launched a petition to impeach
December 16, 2016
December 26, 2016
People are the Unspoken Victims - The Need for A Real Mass Movement
The American people are the unspoken victims of this clash between
competing capitalist factions. Both factions are serving the
interests of the elites to the detriment of the US electorate.
In turn, meaningful real grassroots opposition to Trump's right-wing
racist social policy agenda has been "kidnapped" by an engineered
protest movement financed and controlled by powerful economic
The organizers of this movement are
acting on behalf of powerful elite interests. People are misled.
What is required in the months ahead is
that the development of "real" social movements against the new
Trump administration with regard to broad social and economic
issues, civil rights, health care, job creation, environmental
issues, foreign policy and US led wars, defense expenditure,
Independent grassroots movements must consequently be divorced from
the engineered protests backed and financed (directly or indirectly)
by corporate interests. This is no easy task.
The funding and "manufacturing of
dissent", the manipulation of social movements, etc. are firmly
Ironically, neoliberalism finances activism directed against
"Manufacturing dissent" is characterized by a
manipulative environment, a process of arm-twisting and subtle
cooptation of individuals within progressive organizations,
including anti-war coalitions, environmentalists and the
"Co-optation is not limited to
buying the favors of politicians.
The economic elites - which control
major foundations - also oversee the funding of numerous NGOs
and civil society organizations, which historically have been
involved in the protest movement against the established
economic and social order."
Global Research, September 20,
gearing Towards a Deep-seated Constitutional Crisis
At this stage it is difficult to predict what will happen under a
Trump administration. What seems abundantly clear, however, is that
America is gearing towards a deep-seated political crisis, with
major social, economic and geopolitical ramifications.
Is the tendency (at some future date) towards the adoption of
martial law and the suspension of constitutional government...?