The American leader unexpectedly called reporters to the State Dining Room late last week to take his comments about the event that he was hosting for military commanders and their spouses, during which time he said his infamous remark that was almost universally interpreted as a subtle sign that a future military conflict was in the cards. Of course, Trump, being the consummate businessman and author of "The Art Of The Deal", might have just been bluffing and decided to orchestrate this attention-grabbing news event in order to send a veiled threat to his adversaries and intimidate them, but there's also the frightening possibility that he was being serious.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders clarified the next day in confidently stating that — quote — "I think we have some serious world issues here. I think that North Korea, Iran both continue to be bad actors, and the president is somebody who's going to always look for ways to protect Americans, and he's not going to dictate what those actions may look like. He certainly doesn't want to lay out his game plan for our enemies." — end quote. This seemed to confirm that Trump did indeed have at least two possible crises in mind when he uttered his mysterious prophecy about "the calm before the storm". As it relates to Iran, this might have to do with him reportedly planning to decertify the nuclear deal and allow Congress to decide on its future instead. It could also be a hint that his administration will soon label the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a "terrorist organization", something that Tehran promised they'd make Washington pay dearly for.
The Crisis in the Koreas is a lot more self-explanatory and doesn't require further elaboration considering the dramatic war of words between the US and North Korean leader in recent weeks and their employment of so-called "insult diplomacy". That said, there's another creeping crisis that Trump might have been referring to, and that's the Hybrid War on Venezuela. The US-supported regime change operation in the country has led to a simmering socio-economic crisis there, one which could be exploited by Washington to further its geostrategic goals. Given Trump's visceral hatred for socialism, it can't be discounted that this Latin American country might have been what he had in mind.
We are joined by Eric Schwing, Anti-war activist from Virginia, and Justin Alexander Coley, US based analyst and Spanish-English translator.
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