A new article from the Wall Street Journal reports that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lied to congress about the measures Saudi Arabia is taking to minimize the civilian casualties in its catastrophic war on Yemen, and that he did so in order to secure two billion dollars for war profiteers.

This is about as depraved as anything you could possibly imagine. US-made bombs have been conclusively tied to civilian deaths in a war which has caused the single worst humanitarian crisis on earth, a crisis which sees scores of Yemeni children dying every single day and has placed five million children at risk of death by starvation in a nation where families are now eating leaves to survive CIA veteran Bruce Riedel once said that “if the United States of America and the United Kingdom tonight told King Salman that this war has to end, it would end tomorrow, because the Royal Saudi Airforce cannot operate without American and British support.” Nobody other than war plutocrats benefits from the US assisting Saudi Arabia in its monstrous crimes against humanity, and yet Pompeo chose to override his own expert advisors on the matter for fear of hurting the income of those very war plutocrats.

If the so-called “Resistance” to Trump was ever actually interested in opposing this administration in any meaningful way, this would be the top trending news story in America for days, like how “bombshell” revelations pertaining to the made-up Russiagate narrative trend for days. Spoiler alert: it isn’t, and it won’t be.

It would be so very, very easy for Democratic party leaders and Democrat-aligned media to hurt this administration at the highest level and cause irreparable political damage based on this story. All they’d have to do is give it the same blanket coverage they’ve given the stories about Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos and Paul Manafort which end up leading nowhere remotely near impeachment or proof of collusion with the Russian government. The footage of the starving children is right there, ready to be aired to pluck at the heart strings of rank-and-file Americans day after day until Republicans have lost all hope of victory in the midterms and in 2020; all they’d have to do is use it. But they don’t. And they won’t.

The US Senate has just passed Trump’s mammoth military spending increase by a landslide 92-8 vote. The eight senators who voted “nay”? Seven Republicans, and Independent Bernie Sanders. Every single Democrat supported the most bloated war budget since the height of the Iraq war. Rather than doing everything they can to weaken the potential damage that can be done by a president they’ve been assuring us is a dangerous hybrid of equal parts Benedict Arnold and Adolf Hitler, they’ve been actively increasing his power as Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful military force the world has ever seen.

The reason for this is very simple: President Trump’s ostensible political opposition does not oppose President Trump. They’re on the same team, wearing different uniforms. This is the reason they attack him on Russian collusion accusations which the brighter bulbs among them know full well will never be proven and have no basis in reality. They don’t stand up to Trump because, as Julian Assange once said, they are Trump.

In John Steinbeck’s The Pearl, there are jewelry buyers set up around a fishing community which are all owned by the same plutocrat, but they all pretend to be in competition with one another. When the story’s protagonist discovers an enormous and valuable pearl and goes to sell it, they all gather round and individually bid far less than it is worth in order to trick him into giving it away for almost nothing. US politics is pretty much the same; two mainstream parties owned by the same political class, engaged in a staged bidding war for votes to give the illusion of competition.

In reality, the US political system is like the unplugged video game remote that kids give their baby brother so he stops whining that he wants a turn to play. No matter who they vote for they get an Orwellian warmongering government which exists solely to advance the agendas of a plutocratic class which has no loyalties to any nation; the only difference is sometimes that government is pretending to care about women and minorities and sometimes it’s pretending to care about white men. In reality, all the jewelers work for the same plutocrat, and that video game remote won’t impact the outcome of the game no matter how many buttons you push.

The only way to effect real change is to stop playing along with the rigged system and start waking people up to the lies. As long as Americans believe that the mass media are telling them the truth about their country and their partisan votes are going somewhere useful, the populace whose numbers should give it immense influence is nullified and sedated into a passive ride toward war, ecocide and oppression. If enough of us keep throwing sand in the gears of the lie factory, we can wake the masses up from the oligarchic lullaby they’re being sung. And then maybe we’ll be big enough to have a shot at grabbing one of the real video game controllers.


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21 responses to “Trump’s “Opposition” Supports All His Evil Agendas While Attacking Fake Nonsense”

  1. People, please share this insightful article. Share as far and wide as you can (without spamming of course). I know that what’s mentioned here might seem obvious to you, but please remember that the majority of people still live inside the google constructed bubble of CNN/WashPost/NYT/Fox/Wall Street Journal/MSNBC etc. If we ever want things to change, we must start making those masses aware of what is actually going on. This article does it beautifully, so please share it.

    I shared it on the facebook page of one of the CIA agents that is now running as a Democrat for congress (Abigail Spanberger). She has people there cheering for the CIA, for NATO and for corporate profit (And then they call themselves Democrats and different than Trump). I shared both the name of the article (cannot post a link there. It is removed by facebook) and quoted paragraphs from it, to make it as easy as possible for them.

    Please do something similar. We must start reaching those masses that are still believing in the corporate media story. Not just the few who are on this site. Please share..

  2. I was referred to this page by a RSS service, otherwise I would not have known it existed. I must say that I concur with the points in this article. However, the comments here read like they were written by left-wingnut conspiracy enthusiasts – not unlike those on the right who follow people like Alex Jones , Michael Savage, Glen Beck, etc.

    I would suggest that most Americans are so ignorant of how government gets done in their own country, that they invent deep states and cabals to explain complexities, incompetence, accidents, and coincident in a huge government bureaucracy – one I toiled in for 44 years. One does not change the government. One can nudge it a bit with their votes or public demonstrations. Everything else is histrionics and political theater.

  3. Well… that does it for me – I’ve heard the story they are all one and the same a hundred times, but with every Democrat voting for the recent mammoth defense budget, while 7 Republican voted against it, shows me they are just enjoying a little “mix” in their game. Of course Bernie also voted against it, making the score 92-8 in favor of the budget. It’s also easily seen why Bernie has been viewed as the red haired stepchild and they will do everything and anything possible to keep him within reach of the Presidency … he’s an oddball Independent and not in the Club.

    1. You’re very wrong about Bernie Sanders.

      1. Every human being on the planet has a fault or many. Even Bernie Sanders. I’m going to take the time to reply (rant) because as a far-left leftist, there is one thing that should be MORE important than a mistake made in the past and FAR MORE important than a person’s ‘read’ into what Bernie may be thinking, or what his motivations are, that ‘thing’ is ETHICS. Bernie has and will make mistakes just like every human being. But, I challenge each and every person who wants to fault Bernie for not being the perfect American socialist, to find a person who MAY run for President who has even half the ETHICS of Bernie.

        I can say this because I’m old enough to have known Bernie’s stances and votes over the many years. He has integrity, ethics and he doesn’t lie – period.

        I’d much rather have a person as our leader who I KNOW actually gives a damn about the poor folk, and who means what he/she says, than someone who may come up out of the blue who talks a good talk.

        1. Edit: “… has a fault of many, even Bernie Sanders.”

          Sorry, I can’t edit after the fact.

    2. Ron, Bernie may be a different answer but he is still just another wrong answer.

      The problem is not who runs the system. The problem is that the system itself is horribly wrong.

    3. Bernie is literally another “hope and change”, “single-payer-healthcare” Obama who, after he took office, became “O’bomb’em” — the brilliant constitutionalist who supposedly sat in his office every Tuesday and signed off on the latest, ever-expanding kill-list. In short, Bernie would be Bush V and would probably soon deserve the title “Burn’em”.
      Although I hate to say it, Trump seems to be evolving into Bush V, but I sincerely hope I’m wrong. IMO we are going to know if that is true long before the 2020 campaign (if Trump is not assassinated, that is). If Trump attempts even more obvious regime changes in Venezuela, Nicaragua, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Russia, China, North Korea, etc. through the financial system or outright bombing or paying mercenaries to shove another shive up another leader’s rectum, that will indicate to me that he is indeed Bush V.

  4. Satan and his people are who is in control.

  5. There are no cheaper political points than those ‘earned’ by Trump bashing. “For instant coolness: hate on Trump.” (You’ll get a standing ovation!)

    Did you forget that the alternative was HRC?!

    Pretty easy to point the finger at what everybody – including most Americans – knows are insane regime change missions. Trump just got here. You want him to shut down MIC in two years?!

    More good than not is actually happening now, because this man is in the White House…

    Drain the Swamp, and go from there. What’s wrong with that plan?? Not happening fast enough for ya?!

    You can tell a lot about a person by looking at those who oppose her/him. Look at his opposition. You wanna join that team??

    1. John, it has been two years on Trump’s watch and not one drop of the swamp has been drained. In fact Trump has surrounded himself with plenty of swamp monsters, many of the military variety and certainly of the worst kind of swamp monster – the neocons.

      I expect major escalations in the banksters’ pre-planned war on Iran and Russia soon after the elections, maybe even right before as an “October surprise”.

      Trump will follow the orders of his puppet masters the same as obuma, little bushie, clinton, big bushie, ronnie, Jimmy etc.

      1. You may be correct, Inforebelscum. There’s probably no choice, when the MIC tells you what’s going down – if you want to live. Although… did you see what Trump said about Bush recently?! About, “going to war in the Middle East,” being the biggest Presidential mistake in US history.

        Admittedly, I’m optimistic about the domestic side of President Trump’s goals. Putting America first has the economy going pretty decent.

        My gut tells me he knows about pizzagate, and is going after them.
        The Secret Service may have their toughest assignment ever.

        We’ll see…

        1. John, I am neutral on Trump. I think both the Trumpers and those suffering from TDS (those people are insane) are both wrong about him.

          I am judging Trump 95% by war. If he enacts the Zionist plans for war against Iran and Russia he will be exposed as just another MIC puppet.

  6. And what is the likelihood they will actually “resist” Kavanaugh. Haven’t we seen this playbook before? Distract from a judge’s judicial philosophy and practice and put forward an unprovable sex scandal that the two-party sock puppet actors turn into a dramatic play? Judging by the governments the elite establishment tries to install in South America, Kavanaugh fits just fine into its preferred course.

  7. The first step would be for COUNTRIES to put the interests and well-being of their own communities first and stop going ALL THE WAY WITH THE USA regardless of what international laws they breach and war crimes they commit. Just ignore the war-mongering sanctions-imposing assassinating droning invading US regime. Boycott them and their products and look after your own. Including you, lapdog Australia.

    1. Robyn, it would be nice if this was possible but the banksters control it all.

  8. US amerikans will not wake up to the horrors of war until war is waged on US soil, one way or another.

  9. I find it interesting all the hoha put up about the shooting down of MH-17 by Ukrainian force’s with a missile supplied by Russia, and all the accusations about the Russians being responsible only because the made it. It would be like holding a sheep farmer responsible for their sheep being cruelly slaughtered by a customer 3 or 4 times removed from the farm gate.

    Yet here we have UK and USA directly knowingly supplying weaponry and knowing exactly what it is being used for and doing nothing about it.

  10. There are so many process votes that is confusing. The link on the 92-8 vote takes us to a cloture vote, a vote to end debate, but I can’t find the vote on the actual bill. Also whenever Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul agree and are in the minority, the public is getting shafted. Mike Lee is often with them. One could make an integrity index based on this phenomenon.

  11. Sadly, there are far too many Americans who don’t want to wake up to the lies, or anything else. They prefer to sleepwalk through life, giving lip-service to caring about the future of the planet, or even that of their own children. The life they fear losing and refuse to modify is a 1000 times better than most people have elsewhere on earth – and that’s only the upper lower class and middle class who both live day to day. Those even higher up are just keeping them stupid, uninformed and working long enough hours that they don’t have time to question.
    Honestly, I don’t think there are enough caring people to peacefully turn this around. I may not be here to see it, but honestly think that either a violent revolution takes back this country for the people, or the U.S. continues its gradual slide into totalitarianism.

  12. I am now wearing my T shirt from Hancock N.Y. Anti drone Protest with my Brother Corney West. “Boeing Drones Fly, Thousands Die”. Have a nice day or night. Ike was right.Wage Peace not profits…

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