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Neocons Panic That Trump Presidency Would Mark End to Their New World Order

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As eccentric billionaire Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump continues to rack up primary victories, the party's establishment is beginning to wonder whether the political outsider can be stopped. Alarmed, neoconservative pundit Anne Applebaum goes so far as to suggest that a Trump presidency would mark "the end of the West as we know it."

On Saturday, real estate mogul Donald Trump racked up two more primary victories, winning in Louisiana and Kentucky, and thus securing a total of 373 delegates, with establishment candidates Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich trailing with 291, 122 and 33 delegates, respectively.

With some pundits now openly asking whether the Republican establishment really has a chance to derail Trump, others, including neocon journalist Anne Applebaum, have resorted to scaremongering. 

In a recent op-ed for The Washington Post, Applebaum, an American-Polish journalist known for her hawkish, stridently anti-Russian attitudes, laid out a worst-case scenario for the Euro-Atlanticist empire, warning that "right now, we are two or three bad elections away from the end of NATO, the end of the European Union and maybe the end of the liberal world order as we know it." 

"In the United States, we are faced with the real possibility of Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump, which means we have to take seriously the possibility of a President Trump. Hillary Clinton's campaign might implode for any number of reasons, too obvious to rehash here; elections are funny things, and electorates are fickle."

"That means," Applebaum warns, "that next January we could have, in the White House, a man who is totally uninterested in what presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton, Reagan – as well as Johnson, Nixon and Truman – would all have called 'our shared values.'"

Blowing through Trump's domestic policy proposals in one sentence, what seems to interest the journalist more is his approach to foreign policy, particularly as it relates to Russia and Eastern Europe, of course. 

"[Trump] brags that he 'would not care much' whether Ukraine was admitted to NATO; he has no interest in NATO and its security guarantees. Of Europe, he has written that 'their conflicts are not worth American lives. Pulling back from Europe would save this country millions of dollars annually'. In any case, he prefers the company of dictators to that of other democrats. 'You can make deals with those people,' he has said of Russia. 'I would have a great relationship with [Vladimir] Putin.'"

The journalist goes on to suggest that "not only is Trump uninterested in America's alliances, he would be incapable of sustaining them. In practice, both military and economic unions require not the skills of a shady property magnate who 'makes deals' but boring negotiations, unsatisfying compromises and, sometimes, the sacrifice of one's own national preferences for the greater good."

Moreover, "in an era when foreign policy debate has in most Western countries disappeared altogether, replaced by the reality TV of political entertainment, all of these things are much hard to explain and justify to a public that isn't remotely interested," Applebaum laments.

If by 'all of these things' she means endless wars and Washington's fumbling attempt to preserve its shaky global hegemony, perhaps there's a little more thought behind American voters' logic toward anti-establishment candidates than she gives them credit for.

Europe Too Faces the 'Threat' of the Anti-Globalists

In Europe too, Applebaum warns, things aren’t looking good for the Euro-Atlanticists.

"Americans aren't the only ones who find their alliances burdensome. A year from now, France also holds a presidential election. One of the frontrunners, Marine Le Pen of the National Front, has promised to leave both NATO and the EU, to nationalize French companies and to restrict foreign investors."

"Like Trump," the neocon writes, "[Le Pen] foresees a special relationship with Russia, whose banks are funding her election campaign. French friends assure me that if she makes it to the final round, the center-left and center-right will band together, as they did two decades ago against her father. But elections are funny things, and electorates are fickle. What if Le Pen's opponent suddenly falls victim to a scandal? What if another Islamic State attack jolts Paris?"

In other words, Applebaum seems to imply, 'what if, as a result of an attack by the Islamic caliphate which the US-led invasion of Iraq created and US Persian gulf allies have bankrolled, the French people were to vote for a politician opposed to foreign control of French affairs and to the policy of endless imperial adventures around the world?'

As for her jab suggesting that Russia is bankrolling the National Front's campaign, Le Pen has been very open in her explanation, noting that she took a loan from a private Russian bank because no French bank would give her one. In fact, she has since said, she would cancel the loan with the Russian bank if a French bank were to make a counter-proposition, but she is yet to receive one.

But Applebaum isn't done yet. By the time French elections come around, she notes, "Britain may also be halfway out the door. In June, the British vote in a referendum to leave the EU. Right now, the vote is too close to call –and if the 'leave vote' prevails, then, as I've written, all bets are off. Copycat referendums may follow in other EU countries too. Viktor Orban, the Hungarian prime minister, sometimes speaks of leaving the West in favor of a strategic alliance with Istanbul or Moscow."

And for the journalist, "it's not hard at all to imagine a Britain unmoored from Europe drifting away from the transatlantic alliance as well." 

To make things even worse, in Applebaum's mind, "if the economic turmoil that could follow a British exit from the EU were sufficiently severe, perhaps the British public would vote out its conservative government in favor of the Labour Party, whose leadership is now radically anti-American. Everyone discounts Jeremy Corbyn, the far-left Labour leader, but they also discounted Trump. Corbyn is the only viable alternative if the public wants a change. Elections are funny things, and electorates are fickle."

Ultimately, the journalist anxiously notes, "without France, Europe's single market will cease to exist. Without Britain, it's hard to see how NATO lasts long either. Not everyone will be sorry. As Trump's appealing rhetoric makes clear, the cost of alliances ('millions of dollars annually') are easier to see than the longer-term gains."

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  • terryjohnodgersin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    Goyimwhisperer, the problem with the capitalist fee enterprise system over the past one hundred years is that it has become perverted to suit a small elite who control us all via money that engenders political power.

    You need to broaden your knowledge on how the West has become infiltrated by fake ideologies that play on the emotions rather than the logic of non-thinking folk and that were brought into being for the very purpose we are all now living today.

    Those who control us have no political affiliations, they do not subscribe to ideologies as does the major proportion of the populace, but to their own ends which means playing one side or one religion or one ideology against the other to achieve those ends.

    You need to look beyond blaming cultures or religions for what is happening.
  • Hermesin reply toterryjohnodgers(Show commentHide comment)
    terryjohnodgers,
    Kissinger never got the blame for being the low-life backstabbing conspirator that informed the newspapers about a burglary he himself organized. He is being covered from left to right, from communist to capitalist.
    Wikipedia
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_Throat_(Watergate)
    suspects somebody else by the name of Mark Felt, but I see no reason to characterize him as a 'deepthroat' since he has a high pitched voice.
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5-GWiHO1Ik
    But they don't even mention Erlichmann's statement neither has any msm related 'news-organization'. So do not say that everybody blames the Jews because they seem to get away with anything.
  • Marc Nonnenkamp
    It's amazing to see just how low people are stooping in an effort to derail Donald Trump's candidacy. If any normal person had said what Glenn Beck said at the debate, they would wind up in handcuffs. And then Marco Rubio was making cracks about the size of Trump's personal parts. Who would have imagined that American politics would go this far into the gutter? Trump started this by using foul language, and now his opponents have gone even lower than he did.
  • terryjohnodgersin reply toHermes(Show commentHide comment)
    Hermes, in my opinion Kissinger is just a grub, the lowest of the low who only sees his own ideals as worth living for. He is also a Bilderberger and that should ring alarm bells with everyone who knows anything at all about the globalist elite.
  • michaelin reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
    sixpack6t9, yes. it really is childish...oh we have to catch him out.....oooh aren't we good...? It is actually sickening how some people justify their existence on this planet.
  • wbeeby
    This talk lately of Trump being assassinated is very worrying and god forbid if it did happen there would likely be an uprising in the US . The people versus the establishment? America seems to be in turmoil on the inside and beligerent to the rest of the world , yes even it`s so called allies are treated as vassals ( remember fcuk the EU from assistant secretary of state Nuland ? ) and with an impending crash of the world economy in the offin it does not look good.
  • JOHN CHUCKMAN
  • kasivasantha
    The democracy of USA is a joke.
  • marxistmarxist1234
    Hopefully he will have them all executed.
  • tanksbb
    The political, corporate establishment doesn't want Trump as President to gain access to top secret information like 911, Obamas citizenship, false flags... The 911 perpetrators will kill Donald Trump to keep him away from that info then they will use a Muslim patsy with ISIS ties to take the rap.
  • Ann in reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
    michael, "It is actually sickening how some people justify their existence on this planet"...and some are still struggling to do so.
  • NWO has been Trumped !!
    Satan resides at the Pentagon, and it is afraid Trump will oust it from there !!
  • NWO has been Trumped !!in reply totanksbb(Show commentHide comment)
    tanksbb, very insightful, Sir !
  • NWO has been Trumped !!in reply totanksbb(Show commentHide comment)
    tanksbb, very insightful, Sir !
  • belgradetower
    He already did even if he loses election. In spite of Trump's huge popularity, big brother's "hidden government + corporate establishment" is ready to do anything to prevent him
    to walk into white house. There are numerous examples in the past starting from great President Lincoln onwards.
  • williamsxenia7
    Applebaum is not speaking for the American People, she is speaking for the Establishment. We will vote in Trump
  • williamsxenia7in reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    Mystic-One, Im sorry, not all people who are wealthy are corruppted. The people have a better sense of this than neo-con pundits and their admirers
  • JOHN CHUCKMAN
  • alex.huskey
    Anne Applebaum carries water for globalist donkeys whose intellects pale before America's Founding Fathers. Washington and Jefferson and the rest of our luminaries NEVER desired a free people to go wandering the world in search of regimes to topple, or take orders from some supranational oligarchy like the New World Order (United Nations) but no, they wished other nations well in their search for freedom, which was up to their own citizens. When attacked, our forefathers defended. Did Jefferson send our Navy to nation-build the Barbary Pirates? No, our sailors went to kill the bad guys and break their stuff (thanks to Mike Medved for this sharp phrase!) but neocons stretch the idea of national defense to the point that that American taxpayers are supposed to do "nation building" where we don't belong, supposedly to insure our safety. Neocon dimwits don't know the difference between RE-building Germany and Japan after World War 2 which truly revived and civilized them--and creating political structure out of thin air in Afghanistan, which is fruitless and builds resentment of our very different culture. Since we were attacked from there it was appropriate to crush their war making capability, but that doesn't automatically entail creating and occupying a nation. Far better to incentivize locals to remain within their borders, if you receive my meaning. Likewise America could have told Saddam Hussein "Have your country, but step outside it and we will incinerate you personally!" Neocons have a picayune and provincial mentality. They're out of touch with reality itself and Applebaum is a prime example. She decries the lack of foreign policy debate in Western nations, yet her bosses subsidize defense of those wealthy nations as well as that of Japan, South Korea, and the super wealthy Arab oil states, so their people have nothing to debate because it's free!. If those countries had to muster soldiers & weapons to defend themselves, they wouldn't have the energy left to flood world markets with their goods and cheap oil. They'd have to learn the meaning of compromise and thrift! The alliances like NATO which Applebaum holds sacred are anachronisms of the long gone Cold War, and they now stand in the way of cooperation with Non-Com-Russia, whom the West needs in its mortal combat against Lunatic Islam. Trump is the New Andrew Jackson, flying in the face of wealthy Establishment Republicans and Democrats; he's not perfect, he's not an orator, and he has a salty vocabulary, but his common sense patriotism will make the world a better, safer place. Remember, if he really meant the obnoxious things he's said about women, would his children have turned out as fine as they have? Let's not have a new boss who's the same as the old boss, people!
  • libertas.americana
    “I have been a neo-Marxist, a neo-Trotskyist, a neo-socialist, a neoliberal, and finally a neoconservative.” – Irving Kristol, Neo-Conservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea, Selected Essays 1949-1995

    Spreading democracy, nation building, world revolutions, terror wars, torture, secret prisons, economic central planning...man, I'm really lovin' this neoconservative stuff, does it come with bread lines too?

    Welcome to the USSA, your papers, shoes, and liquids please. :-/

    "I have never dreamed that all opposition was to cease. The clergy, who have missed their union with the State, the Anglomen, who have missed their union with England, and the political adventurers, who have lost the chance of swindling and plunder in the waste of public money, will never cease to bawl on the breaking up of their sanctuary." --Thomas Jefferson to Gideon Granger, 1801. ME 10:259

    "[We] should look forward to a time, and that not a distant one, when corruption in this as in the country from which we derive our origin will have seized the heads of government and be spread by them through the body of the people; when they will purchase the voices of the people and make them pay the price. Human nature is the same on every side of the Atlantic and will be alike influenced by the same causes." --Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia Q.XIII, 1782. ME 2:164

    "Crooked schemes will end by overwhelming their authors and coadjutors in disgrace, and... he alone who walks strict and upright, and who, in matters of opinion, will be contented that others should be as free as himself, and acquiesce when his opinion is fairly overruled, will attain his object in the end." --Thomas Jefferson to Gideon Granger, 1804. ME 11:25

    "The spirit of 1776 is not dead. It has only been slumbering. The body of the American people is substantially republican. But their virtuous feelings have been played on by some fact with more fiction; they have been the dupes of artful maneuvers, and made for a moment to be willing instruments in forging chains for themselves. But times and truth dissipated the delusion, and opened their eyes." --Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Lomax, 1799. ME 10:123

    "The flames kindled on the Fourth of July, 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them." --Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 1821. ME 15:334
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