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    Donald Trump: An Evaluation

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    Paul Craig Roberts

    Donald Trump, judging by polls as of December 21, 2015, is the most likely candidate to be the next president of the US.

    Trump is popular not so much for his stance on issues as for the fact that he is not another Washington politican, and he is respected for not backing down and apologizing when he makes strong statements for which he is criticized. What people see in Trump is strength and leadership. This is what is unusual about a political candidate, and it is this strength to which voters are responding.

    The corrupt American political establishment has issued a "get Trump" command to its presstitute media. Media whore George Stephanopoulos, a loyal follower of orders, went after Trump on national television. But Trump made mincemeat of the whore.

    Stephanopoulos tried to go after Trump because the world's favorite leader, President Putin of Russia, said complimentary things about Trump, and Trump replied in kind.

    According to Stephanopoulos, "Putin has murdered journalists," and Trump should be ashamed of praising a murderer of journalists. Trump asked Stephanopoulos for evidence, and Stephanopoulos didn't have any. In other words, Stephanopoulos confirmed Trump's statement that American politicians just make things up and rely on the presstitutes to support invented "facts" as if they are true. Trump made reference to Washington's many murders.

    Stephanopoulos wanted to know what journalists Washington had murdered. Trump responded with Washington's murders and dislocation of millions of peoples who are now overrunning Europe as refugees from Washington's wars. But Trumps advisors were not sufficiently competent to have armed him with the story of Washington's murder of Al Jazerra's reporters.

    Here is a report from AlJazeera, a far more trustworthy news organization than the US print and TV media:

    "On April 8, 2003, during the US-led invasion of Iraq, Al Jazeera correspondent Tareq Ayoub was killed when a US warplane bombed Al Jazeera's headquarters in Baghdad.

    "The invasion and subsequent nine-year occupation of Iraq claimed the lives of a record number of journalists. It was undisputedly the deadliest war for journalists in recorded history.

    "Disturbingly, more journalists were murdered in targeted killings in Iraq than died in combat-related circumstances, according to the group Committee to Protect Journalists.

    "CPJ research shows that "at least 150 journalists and 54 media support workers were killed in Iraq from the US-led invasion in March 2003 to the declared end of the war in December 2011."

    "'The media were not welcome by the US military,'" Soazig Dollet, who runs the Middle East and North Africa desk of Reporters Without Borders told Al Jazeera. ‘That is really obvious.'"

    A political candidate with a competent staff would have immediately fired back at Stephanopoulos with the facts of Washington's murder of journalists and compared these facts with the purely propagandistic accusations against Putin which have no basis whatsoever in fact.

    The problem with Trump is the issues on which the public is not carefully judging him. I don't
    blame the public. It is refreshing to have a billionaire who can't be bought expose the insubstantialality of all the Democratic and Repulican candidates for president. A collection of total zeros.

    Unlike Washington, Putin supports the sovereignty of countries. He does not believe that the US or any country has the right to overthrow governments and install a puppet or vassal.

    Recently Putin said: "I hope no person is insane enough on planet earth who would dare to use nuclear weapons."

    Unfortunately for Putin and for Trump, if news reports can be believed, Trump recently said that he would use nuclear weapons against ISIS. This is a disqualifying statement. There is no reason to need nukes to defeat a force as small as ISIS.

    More importantly, as the US is the only country to use nuclear weapons against the population of another country, for the US to do so again would confirm for the Russian and Chinese governments that the US government is insane, untrustworthy, and in need of extermination before Russia and China are attacked. You cannot use nuclear weapons without consequence.

    As I have said in a number of interviews, Trump's problem is that he has no movement behind him, no advisors that he can trust, and he does not understand the issues. Trump has learned that forceful statements are appreciated by voters. Therefore, he doesn't differentiate intelligent forceful statements from insane statements. As long as his statements are forceful, they work.

    Recently I watched a video of a woman described as a "Trump advisor" who repeaded neocon nazi William Kristol's statement: "What's the use of nuclear weapons if you can't use them?"

    How did a William Kristol neocon nazi get on Trump's staff? What more proof do we need that even if Trump is elected, the establishment will prevail despite Trump.

    Trump cannot be a dissident politician without a dissident staff. He doesn't know the people who would comprise a dissident staff. Trump knows how to make deals, and the Establishment will staff up a Trump presidency with deals. The minute Trump takes office, he would be already captured.

    The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Sputnik.


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    • Mark Gewiss
      Paul Craig Roberts can always be counted on for reasoned analysis and commentary. Reading his many articles in counterpunch.org over the years has done much to shape my own views on contemporary Russia in general and President Putin in particular.
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      Ivan Zadorozhny
      I am afraid they will do something to Trump before he can become the president.
    • Brilliant commentary as ever. One of the very most important in English language journalism.

      I also recommend John Pilger for those seeking more honest and powerful journalism.

      In my wildest dreams this is type of quality journalism will break into the mainstream. Let's all share this great article with one person we trust to spread the word.
    • in reply toIvan Zadorozhny(Show commentHide comment)
      Ivan Zadorozhny, I have also had this thought. He has to be smart and very cautious and I truly hope he is.
    • There are glimmers of critical thinking & crucial information that pop up in Trump's utterances.
      He does need to round out his cadre of dealmakers with an army of well-versed fact checkers & those with extensive objective knowledge of US & Global history & dynamics.
    • rogertidy
      Others have made good points, so I will only add here that the author could also have mentioned the murders of TV journalists during US-led NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia.
    • avatar
      Hello PC Roberts, I read you often and have presented you on our website Quemado Institute. You've said a lot of things right about Trump, but a few things wrong. You say, "if news reports can be believed, Trump recently said that he would use nuclear weapons against ISIS." Actually, the news reports probably cannot be believed. I understand Trump said he would bomb ISIS aggressively, much as Putin has done, and that it was Ted Cruz who suggested turning ISIS territory into "glowing glass", implying the use of nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, you have cited no sources. Nor am I sure you know enough about who Trump knows to know whether he knows "the people who would comprise a dissident staff." Trump, a self-made man, may not need the staff you think he needs. He's sharp on the issues: the US should not be involved in Ukraine, Assad should not be overthrown, and the Middle East would be more stable if Saddam and Gaddafi were still alive. Moreover, he opposed the US war in Iraq. Even Putin has praised him. If you are going to criticize Trump, please ask yourself if you would rather have Hillary Clinton. As you've pointed out many times, the world is in crisis and possibly on the brink of global war. We need to think pragmatically. --Karl Pomeroy, retired American physicist, global analyst.
    • Ivan Buckeye
      Mr. Roberts is correct in saying that Mr.Trump will be captured once in the White House. This happens over and over with these presidents. Yeah, Mr. Trump has a big mouth but he will be to the Republicans what Mr.Obama was to the Democrats: a major disappointment. Trump will promise this and promise that and say this and say that but once he is in office...crickets in the background.
    • avatar
      America will fall and the destruction will come from within. Just as a cancer attacks a body.
    • avatar
      Trump is a super salesman he sell's the sizzle not the steak. He is also a dangerous lose cannon. Trump does not need advisor's because Trump has an ego the size of the universe and no one knows better than Trump. Trump talks but never listens and this is a major character flaw in any leader. Yes, Trump is a slick willy salesman with little or no understanding of the major issues either domestic or international.
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      George Stephanopoulos must be among the dumbest journalists on Planet Earth. He repeats after Romney--who must be, apparently, a brain-dead Mormon--that the US is killing only terrorists and enemy combatants.

      OK, I will spend several minutes of my precious time and life to give this absolutely worthless US media whore some answers:

      Actually nobody knows how many millions of innocent people the US has murdered since the end of the 2nd Word War because there have been so shockingly, unbelievably, unimaginably many! But here are some conservative estimates:

      600,000 in Cambodia
      500,000 in Laos
      250,000 in the Philippines
      3,000,000 in Vietnam

      And add the hundreds of thousands in Iraq, and you don’t have to even keep track of the countless murders any more, murders committed recently in, say, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and Somalia.

      And those appallingly uncaring, uninformed liars and hypocrites like Stephanopoulos and Romney officially say that US presidents kill only terrorists and enemy combatants!

      Needless to say, Paul Roberts is as solid as gold. And as rare in America.
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      hopscotch64in reply toCanassatego(Show commentHide comment)
      contratechnologiam, According to Wikipedia statistics it is around 7 million since WWII in direct and indirect wars and coup's.
    • choticastile
      Aljazeera was specifically targeted by the US because at the time it was revealing the horrors the US were committing in Iraq and in Afghanistan. Despicable and yes, the US should be held to account for its dastardly deeds. That's why its so laughable when the US has the audacity to tell lies about Russia. No wonder its said when their lips move -- lies spill out! Not even half of the unimaginable atrocities the US perpetrated in Iraq have been exposed yet. Then these people dare sing their Star Spangled Banner's beautiful words, while in actual fact they behaved like vicious cowards -- definitely not "the brave" they sing about! -- those responsible for these murders stand forever shamed in the eyes of the world.
    • choticastilein reply toCanassatego(Show commentHide comment)
      contratechnologiam, Love PCR too -- an amazing human being...
    • choticastilein reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      , I agree with you. If he reads between the lines and really polishes his "verified" backup -- he is definitely not only a unique contender, but a refreshing one.
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      Trump is probably the only genuine patriot in the race. Bernie Sanders may or may not be; it's hard to tell. The thing is, Trump only wants to be President of his country - whereas all his rivals want to be Emperor of the world and keep the war machine rolling. Yes, maybe he would be captured if he ever made it to the White House, but it's well worth the gamble. (But I too fear the Bad Guys will pull a JFK/RFK/MLK on him before he gets there. Well, what can you do?)
    • Drain the swamp
      As usual the goyim are dumb, the easiest way to judge is to see if the synagogue of satan is after someone. And they are sure after TRUMP, they will even kill him if he is about to become PUTUS.
    • avatar
      This commenter's photo lends credibility and infers intelligence.
      Using words like "presstitute" & filthy language dispel the impression.
      (stick with easily google-translated words, please)

      I like Trump - He is Brash and Disrespectful to the Iron Triangle.
      (Liberals as well as Conservatives)

      He plays to the Swing Voters. (we are the ones who decide)
      (Registered Republicans/Democrats/Swing Voters = 33% each)

      My concern is that he will lose interest and wander off.
      (witness his marital history with Pre-Nuptial Contracts)
      (be very careful about who he chooses to be Vice)

      Perhaps he will invest in Start-Ups in Russia's Far East.
      (could be a Good Thing) (Trump on the Moon!)
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