President-Elect Donald J. Trump is so smart few analysts notice just how smart he is. Trump knows something Obama never learned and it is called “priorities“. President-Elect Donald J. Trump has a smart strategy against Russia’s Putin, and against China, which is easy to see, but few notice because they are so busy chasing shiny objects (such as “hacking”) due either to political posturing or sheer stupidity. Those who want analysis above the superficial, read on.
Mitt Romney was mocked at a 2012 debate by Obama when Romney declared Russia to be America’s “number one geopolitical foe”. We’ve written repeatedly about Putin’s toughness and smarts and about his very dangerous aims, such as the Goldfinger Grand Slam Strategy, so we are not fools about Putin. Yet we agree with what Trump is doing because “priorities”.
For eight years we mocked Obama often and in part because he did not have “priorities”. To Obama everything was a “priority” and when everything is a priority, nothing is a priority. President-Elect Donald J. Trump has priorities and right now Russia and Putin are not nor should they be the #1 priority of President Trump.
Why is President-Elect Donald J. Trump correct to view America’s #1 geopolitical foe as not the #1 priority? Because Russia’s strength is Russia’s weakness and President-Elect Donald J. Trump has a clear cut strategy to win the fight against this dangerous geopolitical foe. In one word, that strategy, that strength, that weakness, is “oil”.
Did you notice that Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil CEO, is the man chosen by President-Elect Donald J. Trump to be the Secretary of State? Yes, the guy that knows the most about oil than just about anyone else, who knows Vladimir Putin very well, who knows the oil markets better than Obama knows where to buy the most potent weed to smoke – that’s the guy Trump has chosen to be Secretary of State.
President-Elect Donald J. Trump knows how to bring Putin and Russia to heel. It’s called “oil”. Charles Krauthammer, in between his limited vision and hatred of Trump, understands Russia’s strength is also it’s weakness:
“The Russians have been obsessed with missile defense systems since Reagan invented the idea. They know that we are technologically advanced. They are only a superpower because they have nukes. Their economy produces nothing but oil, gas and vodka.
Do you want to bring Russia to it’s knees and cut Vladimir Putin’s… um, knees, off? Stop drinking Russian vodka and flood the markets with oil and gas. Trump doesn’t drink vodka, so he is already one step ahead of many on that one.
Trump also wants to boost American production of oil and natural gas. If Trump does this Putin can say goodbye to his cut, …um, knees. President-Elect Donald J. Trump understands all of this. Raise American oil and natural gas production, prices fall, Russia goes into an economic spiral and must retrench. Raise American oil and natural gas production and the American economy booms (especially if via import tariffs on oil, production can be kept profitable).
President-Elect Donald J. Trump also understands that the Middle East and American policy in the region is driven by our love and support for Israel, and, mostly by the world-wide need for oil. All of this is why Rex Tillerson is such a smart choice for Trump.
To deal with Russia as America’s number one geopolitical foe requires America to be an economic superpower and that is why Trump says to Make America Great Again, Make America Rich Again.
President-Elect Trump knows how to handle Russia and Vladimir Putin. But intelligence dictates that China takes priority. You first have to make America Rich Again.
China! Have you noticed what President-Elect has already done on China? Hint: personnel is policy.
President-Elect Donald J. Trump nominated a friendly face, Iowa governor Terry Branstad, to be the American Ambassador to China. Governor Branstad is a long time friend of President Xi Jinping of China and other Chinese leaders. Why did President-Elect Donald J. Trump nominate Branstad? Think Mary Poppins – a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.
Better make that a sackful of sugar! Look at who else President-Elect Donald J. Trump has named to help him with China:
The president-elect announced the creation of a new National Trade Council inside the White House to facilitate industrial policy and named an ardent skeptic of trade with China, economist Peter Navarro, to head it.
Later, he tapped billionaire investor Carl Icahn to serve as special adviser on overhauling federal regulations, a job with sweeping implications given Mr. Trump’s campaign promise to remove 90% of federal rules that affect American jobs. [snip]
On trade, Mr. Trump has promised to withdraw the U.S.’s pledge to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement with Japan and other Pacific Rim nations that Congress has yet to ratify, and he has called for the U.S. to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.
But it is with China, which isn’t a party to either agreement, where Mr. Navarro has taken his harshest tone.
He has written several books with provocative titles, including “The Coming China Wars” in 2008 and “Death by China: Confronting the Dragon—A Global Call to Action” in 2011, and struck up a correspondence with Mr. Trump several years ago after he saw an interview in which the New York businessman spoke approvingly of Mr. Navarro’s China analysis.
“What we share in common is a deeper understanding of the key structural problem facing the U.S. economy, and it’s the trade issue,” said Mr. Navarro in an interview before last month’s election.
Labor groups have long complained about U.S. trade agreements and are likely to support Mr. Trump’s efforts to adjust policy in ways that bolster domestic manufacturing and curb imports.
Make that several sackfuls of sugar. China won’t like going up against Trump’s smarties:
US President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday named veteran steel industry trade lawyer Robert Lighthizer, a harsh critic of China’s trade practices, to be his chief trade negotiator, responsible for better deals aimed at reducing US trade deficits.
Trump announced his selection in a statement from his transition team on Tuesday, saying Lighthizer would help “fight for good trade deals that put the American worker first“.
Lighthizer was a deputy US trade representative during the Reagan administration, where he helped to stem the tide of imports from Japan in the 1980s with threats of quotas and punitive tariffs.
He returns to lead the agency after nearly three decades as a lawyer representing US steelmakers and other companies in anti-dumping and anti-subsidy cases, helping to establish import duties that have reduced Chinese steel imports by billions of dollars.
Lighthizer, who is with the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, has argued in public testimony that China has failed to live up to commitments made in 2001 when it joined the World Trade Organization and that more aggressive tactics are needed to “force change in the system”, even if it means deviating from WTO rules.
“Years of passivity and drift among US policymakers have allowed the US-China trade deficit to grow to the point where is widely recognised as a major threat to our economy,” Lighthizer wrote in 2010 testimony to Congress’s US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.
Lighthizer is regarded as an experienced tactician with an intimate knowledge of trade tools that were widely used before the WTO was created in 1995, including “Section 301” tariffs that were used against Japan in the 1980s to stem a tide of imports of Japanese steel and vehicles.
See what Trump is up to? Priority 1: boost the American economy first. Priority 2: Deal with China (thereby nuke nutjobs in North Korea too). Priority 3: then deal with Russia and the Middle East. Priorities!
Have no doubt, China understands that President Trump is no chump, unlike hapless punk Obama. China is scared and resorts to bluster:
“May the arrogant Americans realise that the United States of America is perhaps just a shooting star in the ample sky of history,” said an editorial in the Communist party-affiliated Global Times newspaper.
All the nonsense about hacks and Russia and sh*t are just a way for political opponents of President-Elect Donald J. Trump (in two weeks “President” Donald J. Trump and Happy New Year for us) to delegitimize Trump.
We can’t blame them for these tactics because the NeverTrump forces have no other cards to play. So they drone on about nonsense hacks and trot out liars such as Clapper to make fools of themselves and try to make fools out of the American people. Even Trump hating leftists such as Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi smell the B.O. stink from Clapper’s crappers. Computer security expert John McAfee smells the same stinky lies.
The latest back and forth of “intelligence briefings” for Trump about Russian hacks even as these allegedly top secret reports are published at Big Media outlets before Trump sees them – are all shiny, meaningless, nutrition-less, nonsense.
The big news is President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s “personnel is policy” priority appointments. That’s why China is worried. That’s why Putin wants to be friends.
That’s why President Trump will succeed and Make America Great Again!