Donald Trump, under the influence of three of the most rabid Zionists and pro-Israeli expansionists serving in the U.S. government, has adopted a foreign policy that could only have been dreamed about during the George W. Bush-Dick Cheney administration.
Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law with many portfolios; Jason Greenblatt, former chief legal officer for the Trump Organization and now assistant to the president and special representative for international negotiation; and David Friedman, formerly with Trump’s law firm of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman and now U.S. ambassador to Israel, have succeeded in reversing 70 years of U.S. Middle East policy by ensuring America’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The Jerusalem decision will also see the United States move its embassy from Tel Aviv to property in Jerusalem originally seized by the Israelis from Palestinian landowners.
The Jerusalem decision sends a stark warning to Muslims everywhere who regard Jerusalem as the third-holiest city in Islam, after Mecca and Medina. It also throws a gauntlet down to the Vatican, Eastern and Coptic orthodoxy, and mainstream Protestantism, all of which regard Jerusalem as not only Christianity’s most-revered city but an international zone that ought to be placed under joint Israeli-Palestinian control or under a regime similar to those of past international city-states, Tangier, Danzig, and Trieste, for example. By rewarding Israel with U.S. recognition, Trump’s action was a slap in the face to Christians in Jerusalem who have been forced to contend with hundreds of vicious Jewish hate attacks on Christians, such as the scrawled words in Hebrew, “Death to the Heathen Christians, the enemies of Israel” and “Christians to Hell,” painted on the Benedictine Monastery in the Old City of Jerusalem, the revered site of Jesus’s Last Supper. The Israeli government has taken no action to find and punish the perpetrators of these anti-Gentile attacks by Jewish hate mongers.
Trump also tossed aside campaign promises to not plunge the United States into Bush and Obama-era “regime change” debacles abroad. No sooner had economic protests broken out in Iran, Trump borrowed from Israeli propaganda barrages by tweeting out his support for an end to Iran’s “brutal regime.” This came after Trump said he wanted to scrap the P5+1 nuclear agreement with Iran, something urged by Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu. It is all but certain that Trump’s Central Intelligence Agency director, Mike Pompeo, a Christian Zionist in the same fold as evangelical soothsayers like John Hagee, Pat Robertson, Paula White, Robert Jeffress, and Jerry Falwell, Jr., ordered CIA assets in Iran and on its periphery into action against the Iranian government at the first whiff of popular discontent over the state of the Iranian economy.
Trump wasted no time at the outset of 2018 by not only engaging in a tweet storm aimed at Iran, but he also chose to criticize Pakistan, the only Muslim nuclear-armed nation. Trump ordered $255 million in U.S. assistance to Pakistan halted, accusing the country of providing safe haven to terrorists active in Afghanistan. It is no coincidence that Trump chose to lash out at two more Muslim nations, Iran and Pakistan, after having ensured the destruction of the two-state Palestine-Israeli framework with his recognition of permanent Israeli control over Jerusalem.
Trump’s denunciation of Pakistan illustrates the influence that his ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, a hybrid Christian-Sikh whose parents hail from India, maintains over Trump’s pro-India and anti-Pakistan foreign policy. It also indicates that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is the most neutered Secretary of State since the days of Richard Nixon, when his national security adviser Henry Kissinger held sway over then-Secretary of State William Rogers on matters of foreign policy.
Pakistan’s foreign minister, Khawaja Asif, responded to Trump’s Twitter tantrum by declaring that, “He [Trump] has tweeted against us [Pakistan] and Iran for his domestic consumption.” But it was not merely generic domestic consumption for Trump. Trump’s anti-Iran/Pakistan rhetoric, coming soon after his Jerusalem decision, was aimed at pleasing Zionists like casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson, as well as his troika of Zionist advisers—Kushner, Greenblatt, and Friedman. It was also a milksop to Trump’s far-right conspiracy fringe, consisting mainly of Steve Bannon, Alex Jones, and Mike Cernovich, to placate their anti-Muslim xenophobia. It has not dawned on these conspiracy fringe-minded Trump acolytes that Trump, just like George W. Bush and Barack Obama, has adopted the very same regime change policies honed by CIA street themed protest guru Gene Sharp and the themed revolution mastermind, George Soros. Jones, for example, once railed against Soros and themed revolutions. But now, Jones and others of his ilk wildly cheer on Trump’s moves to toppled governments using Sharp and Soros tactics.
These operations are not only being employed in Iran but also in Honduras, where the Trump administration backed the drug smuggling corrupt nepotistic fascist incumbent president, Juan Orlando Hernandez, also known as “JOH,” against the opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla in the November 26, 2017, election. The Organization of American States, normally a rubber stamp for the United States, criticized the claimed victory by Hernandez as resulting from massive fraud. Former president Manuel Zelaya, ousted in a 2009 CIA coup approved by Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, announced that 2018 will be the year that JOH is toppled from power and democracy restored. However, Zelaya, Nasralla, and other opposition leaders will face the “no regime change” jackboot of Trump’s foreign policy of overt interference in the affairs of other nations.
Conversely, the Trump administration has declared all-out economic and political war on Venezuela, subjecting its leaders and citizen to U.S. visa bans and crippling economic sanctions. These were the same tactics employed by neocons in the Bush and Obama administrations against the Chavista socialist government in Venezuela.
In many respects, Trump is a neocon on steroids. Against the better judgment of Tillerson, national security adviser General H. R. McMaster, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and a few other “adults in the room,” Trump has now threatened with military and/or other punitive action North Korea, China, Qatar, Iran, the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad, Lebanon, Pakistan, Mexico, and all the nations that voted against the United States in votes taken in the UN Security Council and General Assembly on the Jerusalem recognition matter.
Those who voted for Trump because they believed he would keep the United States out of the internal affairs of other nations fell for a typical Trump con. They can now stand in line behind all those others who, through the years, have been defrauded by Trump’s gimmicks, scams, deceptions, artifices, and chicanery.
Previously published in the Wayne Madsen Report.
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Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist and nationally-distributed columnist. He is the editor and publisher of the Wayne Madsen Report (subscription required).