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The explanation below assumes Trump is capable of organized thought.


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>From: Anthony Boynton via Marxism <marxism@lists.csbs.utah.edu>
>Sent: May 15, 2017 11:42 PM
>To: Thomas F Barton <thomasfbar...@earthlink.net>
>Subject: [Marxism] Russia/Trump
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>*Reading the tea leaves*
>This list has a tea leaf reading session going on about why FBI Director
>Comey was fired by President Donald Trump.
>After stirring them again, and examining them under a magnifying glass, I
>have come up with the following reasoning.
>First of all Donald Trump is in deep trouble over the issue of Russia. It’s
>not just the Democrats who have an anti-Russia program, it is the
>“internationalist” Republicans of the John McCain ilk. In fact, there is
>little evidence that any significant sector of the Republican party
>supports Trump’s Russian turn.
>The Russian intervention into the elections was not an invention of
>hysterical Democrats or of the New York Times. Cyber-warfare has been going
>on world-wide for some time among businesses and states. The North Korean
>cyber-attack against the Sony Films picture *The Interview *may have been
>the funniest moment, but there have been plenty of serious moments
>including the very recent attack against hospitals in the UK. In any case,
>Trump’s infatuation with Vladimir Putin and Putin’s support for Trump were
>both on the record in the media of the world. Why wouldn’t Putin try to
>help Trump? He would have been an idiot not to.
>The Russian state remains a competitor to the American state in
>geopolitics. It has the only nuclear arsenal that can compete with that of
>the USA, and it is aggressively countering US/NATO pressure on it: most
>notably by its land grab in the Ukraine and its genocidal role in Syria.
>Although both US and Russian imperialism are counter-revolutionary through
>and through, that does not mean that their geopolitical interests are
>identical. The French and German empires of 1914 were thoroughly
>counterrevolutionary, but their geopolitical interests clashed.
>What interests are at stake?
>First of all client states. Every client state an imperial power has is a
>client! Who buys arms from the biggest arms merchant in the world? (that
>would be the USA) It’s client states!
>Who buys arms from the Russians? Not too many client states these days, but
>the market of the old Soviet Union is still holding up. Oh, and then there
>is Syria.
>Nevertheless, a significant sector of big US corporations are heavily
>invested in Russia, and the GOP is still the party of business despite the
>Clinton’s efforts to bring them all into the Democratic party family.
>Corporations heavily invested in Russia include not only Mr. Tillerson’s
>alma mater Exxon, but Boeing, Pepsi, Ford, Procter & Gamble, McDonald's,
>Mondelez International, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, Cargill, Alcoa,
>General Electric, and Morgan Stanley.
>They would like to have their cake and eat it, too. Keep the geopolitical
>power of the United States, diminish Russian power still further, but get
>rid of the sanctions against Russia so that they could get on with business.
>Fat chance.
>One significant overlap of ideology and interest between Putin and Trump is
>on global warming. It doesn’t exist! But, if it did, opening up the arctic
>to oil exploration and development would be just that much easier. Why not
>make the Arctic Ocean navigable – and drillable - 365 days a year!
>So far there is no evidence that President Trump is a deep thinker or
>strategist. Trump appears to be a blow-hard idiot and a bully who was the
>right man, in the right place at the right time. His Russia turn could be
>no more than admiration and attraction for other blow-hard bullies.
>But, maybe the man is more than he seems.
>At the very least, he is a cunning and corrupt real estate developer.
>Certainly, he has been attracted to doing business with the cunning and
>corrupt operators in Moscow. Apparently, he has made no big deals in
>Russia, but Trump is a man who has not released his income tax returns, and
>who has built an opaque business empire of interlocking private
>partnerships that no one has yet deciphered. What kinds of dirty deals are
>hiding in that labyrinth can only be guessed at, but some dirty deals in
>Russia would easily fit into Trump’s pattern of behavior.
>And this raises another issue that the American ruling class has with
>Trump. They do not like to be robbed. Sharp business practices are routine,
>and that is why they do not normally put one of their own in the White
>House. They hire lawyers like Obama and the Clintons, or put the idiot son
>in charge. Now, the President is a member of their own class who is out to
>rob the rest of the members of the country club and use the powers of the
>state to do it.
>True, a few of them have jumped on board. Some to participate in the
>plunder, and others to try to control him, to guide him, to use him. This
>in fact is what most of the Republican Party has been trying to do since
>the election. And, it is also what most of the Democratic Party is up to.
>But, if that effort fails, they will get rid of him.
>If they do, Russia will be part of the real reason, and most likely will be
>the legal grounds for impeachment.
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