I am starting to wonder whether the Deep State has successfully managed to clone Donald J Trump, the man who was elected to the office of 45th President of the United States last year. And while he is hanging out in a deep (state) freezer somewhere, his neocon-programmed doppelganger now occupies the White House and is bent on threatening everyone whom his handlers decide need roughing up. I jest of course, but only because after reading his speech to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, I’m having a hard time believing that anyone can have so changed his tune from just 12 months ago, without bothering to inform anyone how and why.
Did he always hold the opinions he now espouses, but campaigned with opposite views in order to trick millions into voting for him? Or is he thick enough not to realise that the things he says now bear no relation to what he was saying a year ago? Or has the Deep State perfected the art of doing what The Party did to Winston Smith at the end of 1984? You know, with the rats!
No point in going into too much of a detailed analysis of his speech, since the whole thing was a colossal insult to the intelligence of every sane and rational person out there. Nevertheless, dire as the entire thing was, some parts stood out as being particularly noteworthy for their absence of truth, reason, and civility. Let’s take a look.
Many people have remarked that there was a lot of stuff in his speech about sovereignty. And indeed there was. Ordinarily, this would have been music to my anti-necon ears, but for one thing: it was total and utter guff. How do I know? Well, I read the rest of the speech. And the rest of the speech was enough to demonstrate that despite his occasional attempts to cast himself as some sort of Westphalian Sovereigntist, 90% of it could quite easily have come from the mouth of Hillary Clinton herself.
So why was it there? Simple: to throw a bone to his delusional supporters who still hold out some hope that he will keep his campaign promises to stop messing around with other countries and get back to governing America rather than the entire planet. Not only this, but it was clearly intended to sound to the world that the United States has given up on its neocon/globalist aims. But of course the rest of the speech gave the lie to this, with Mr Swamp doing a great job of showing how America’s new found respect for state sovereignty bears an uncanny resemblance to the neocon globalist war on state sovereignty that we’ve witnessed for over two decades. Like this for instance:
“The United States has taken important steps to hold the regime accountable. We are prepared to take further action if the government of Venezuela persists on its path to impose authoritarian rule on the Venezuelan people.”
So either we have here that most contradictory of beasts — a Westphalian Sovereigntist who believes in interfering in the sovereignty of other nations — or all that blather about sovereignty was nothing but a ruse to fool the gullible. No prizes for guessing which.
Anyone who has been watching US foreign policy for the last several decades will know that there is one thing above all others that dictates what is and isn’t done. And that thing is the ideology of exceptionalism. It drives and dictates all else. Yet according to Mr Swamp, there is no ideology:
“We want harmony and friendship, not conflict and strife. We are guided by outcomes, not ideology. We have a policy of principled realism rooted in shared goals, interests and values.”
If there were any truth in his assertion, the US would have called its troops back from around the world years ago, since measured by “outcomes” every act of interventionism has turned out to be disastrous. But of course it is not guided by this at all. You want proof? Mr Swamp bragged in his speech of the US Government spending $700 billion on defence next year. $700 billion? Ha! That can only mean one of two things: either the folks at the Pentagon really don’t know that it’s possible to defend a country sandwiched between Canada, Mexico, the Pacific, and the Atlantic for significantly less than a 10th of $700 billion, or the money must be needed to feed the insatiable appetite for war that comes with having what is basically a messianic ideology to rule/save the world. My bet is on the latter, but one thing that can be said for sure is that you don’t need to spend $700 billion on defence if you’re directed by “outcomes” or “realism”.
Later on in the speech Mr Swamp showed, not for the first time, that he is prone to misidentifying the identity of the world’s chief sponsor of terrorism:
“The Iranian regime’s support for terror is in stark contrast to the recent commitments of many of its neighbors to fight terrorism and halt its finance. In Saudi Arabia early last year, I was greatly honored to address the leaders of more than 50 Arab and Muslim nations. We agreed that all responsible nations must work together to confront terrorists and the Islamic extremism that inspires them.”
Before his handlers convince him to go to war with Iran, it would be real swell if someone, anyone could get through to Mr Swamp with the following basic, but very important, information: Iran, for all its many faults, has been busy successfully destroying ISIS, al-Nusra and other assorted Wahhabi jihadists in Syria for the last few years. Whereas Saudi Arabia, for all Mr Swamp’s attempts to have us believe it is fighting terrorism, is the chief financer of those terror groups. Would be good if he could get that right before hundreds of thousands more have to die.
But as if wrongly identifying the world’s chief sponsor of terrorism wasn’t bad enough, he also appears to have trouble identifying the countries that are responsible for the victory over that terrorism, apparently believing this accolade belongs to the United States. Well you can fool some of the people some of the time, and all that. You can even fool yourself. But whilst it’s true that ISIS and Al-Nusra are facing total defeat in Syria, let’s just say that we can trace the beginning of their defeat not to January this year, when Mr Swamp was inaugurated, but to October 2015 — the time that the Russians entered the fray to stop US-backed jihadists from turning Syria into another failed state.
The one real highlight of this otherwise dreadful speech was perhaps the finest joke ever to be told to the UN General Assembly. Here it is:
“In America the people govern, the people rule and the people are sovereign.”
Unfortunately, despite the obvious intention to lighten the atmosphere, the joke fell flat and nobody got it. I can’t see why. I’d have laughed out loud if I’d been there. But in case you didn’t get it, here is the joke: The people who voted for the man named Donald Trump last year thought they were voting for, amongst other things, a man who wanted to stop interfering in other countries, a man who wanted to bring US troops back home, and a man who generally wanted to stop US interventionism so that he could concentrate instead on governing America. However, what they have ended up with is President Swamp. Swamp, unlike Trump, fully intends to interfere in other countries’ affairs (their inviolable sovereignty notwithstanding). Swamp, unlike Trump, who wanted to pull troops out of Afghanistan, has just announced that he’s sending more. And Swamp, unlike Trump, has now managed to ratchet up tensions with not one, but three nuclear armed-powers.
Couple that with the fact that his Deep State handlers, whom he appears happy to serve, have been plotting to overthrow him for nearly a year now, and it appears that in reality the American people are worth diddly squat in the eyes of the Washington establishment. Now do you see what a fine joke it was? Standing up in front of the watching world and telling everyone that in America “the people govern, the people rule and the people are sovereign”. Ha! Ha! Ha! Good one.
But of course the icing on the cake was this:
“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. ‘Rocket Man’ is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing and able. But hopefully, this will not be necessary.”
You will probably recall Mr Swamp’s “fire and fury” remarks a few weeks ago. An extremely charitable reading of that might have put it down to his speaking off the cuff, since we all know that his mouth and his brain do not appear to be terribly well acquainted with one another in such circumstances. But this was a prepared speech. He knew beforehand what he was going to say. And what was it he said? He said he might have no choice but to “totally destroy” an entire nation.
It’s worth remembering that North Korea has a population of around 25 million. 25 million human beings. Made in the image of God. And Mr Swamp just threatened them all with extinction.
But not just them of course. Should he and his handlers try to wipe North Korea off the map, the leadership and the military of that country will do their very best to wipe out hundreds of thousands of people, if not millions, in South Korea, Japan and possibly the United States. Such an action could also draw China and Russia into the fray as well.
Just press pause a minute to consider a few questions:
- Is there anything odd about the “leader of the free world” threatening to wipe out 25 million people?
- He talked about the North Korean regime’s contempt for its own people, but are these the same people that he then went on to threaten with extinction?
- Imagine any other leader from any other country standing up at the UN General Assembly and threatening to wipe out an entire country. What would we call them?
So apart from the sovereignty bone, there now appears to be very little difference in terms of foreign policy between the delusional madman occupying the White House and the delusional mad woman who still thinks she should be there. Trump has become Swamp has become Clinton. That’s the awful, awful truth of the matter.
Folks, there’s not much you can practically do about all this, and yet there is one thing you can do. Whatever Mr Swamp does or thinks, God is still sovereign over him, and there is nothing he can say or do unless the Triune God permits it:
“The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will” (Proverbs 21:1).
And so I ask you to pray hard, petitioning the sovereign God of Heaven and Earth to restrain this most volatile and troubling of Presidents. Even more so, I ask you to pray fervently that he would bring to nought the counsel of the Deep State neocons — those whose ideology has already done more than enough harm across the world.