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The Trump White House is a Chaotic Clown Car Filled with Bozos Who Think They are Brilliant

Trump the 'master of the deal' has nothing to show

The "moratorium" announced by China and the US on any trade sanctions against each other for alleged trade violations is a meaningless face-saving sop for Trump. The US actually gets nothing but the usual vague and unenforceable promises by China to buy more US goods. They probably will buy more US agricultural products, but there will still be a huge trade deficit for the US with respect to China. Why? Because the US doesn't make stuff anymore -- not just stuff that China or other countries would want to buy, but even stuff that Americans want and need. That means the US cannot hope to sell much more than Third World-type products and raw materials to China, and that at the same time, it will still have to keep importing increasing amounts of manufactured goods, from vehicles to iPhones and computers, from China.

The Bozos in the White House don't get this. Maybe they think they can bully China with their fancy weapons, but that's not likely to work either. China is fast catching up with the US in military hardware too. Already US aircraft carriers -- the core of US power projection in Asia -- cannot sail too close to China in any showdown because they would be sitting ducks for Chinese cruise missiles and other weapons. Short of an all-out nuclear war that nobody would win, China is pretty much immune to US military threats.

Iran is similarly in a much stronger position than Pompeo and his "crushing" threat implies. Russia has already been offering support to Iran -- support that is likely to include provision of top-of-the-line anti-aircraft weapons which would make any Isreali or US strike on Iran too costly to contemplate. No doubt Russia iis eager to offer Iran some of its state-of-the-art aircraft too, which would also up the ante for would-be attackers.

The blustery Pompeo, whose technical training was in law, not international affairs (and not even international law), should probably check out the CIA fact book on Iran. He'd discover that it is a country more than twice as large in population as Iraq or Afghanistan, and one that is much more unified than the stitched-together amalgam of Sunnis, Shia's, Arabs, Turkmen and other nationalities that comprised Iraq under Saddam Hussein, With a national history dating back at least as far as China's. Iran's citizens may have their gripes about the religious junta that rules over their sort-of democratically elected government, but like the Chinese, Russians or Vietnamese, they would all rally quickly to support the defense of their nation and civilization against any foreign invader.

Only fools would contemplate a war with Iran.

Sadly, the Trump administration, perhaps even more than the Johnson administration in 1965, is filled with fools with inflated egos and senses of their own intellect and infallibility -- in a word, bozos. And while clowns can be funny, lately we've been seeing cases where they have been downright dangerous psychos.

We'll have to hope that the next few years will be simply amusing, and not tragic.



story | by Dr. Radut