Another Deep State Victory on Russia, Trump Must Fight Back
by Robert Carbery
This Wednesday, August 2nd, President Trump signed the Russia/Iran/North Korea sanctions bill which restricts our ability to improve relations through diplomatic means with these three problem countries. The Deep State seems to have full control of U.S. foreign policy with the help of the 10% approved Congress.
Dr. Ron Paul recently uploaded a great and insightful video on YouTube regarding this matter and many other revealing articles have hit the wires in recent days. Trump cannot mend relations with Russia when the rest of the U.S. government is against doing so. Russia is not the bad guy they used to be. They are another major world power that must be dealt with and we should tread lightly or else we risk another world war.
Federico Pieraccini wrote a great opinion piece in Strategic Culture, detailing the errors of Trump and Congress’ sabotaging of Russia relations.
Putin and Trump met three times in bilateral talks to talk about how to improve relations between the two nations. The ceasefire reached in southern Syria was an instrumental first step in a new trajectory for Washington and Moscow post-Cold War. Unfortunately, the Deep State did not like this so they asserted themselves to upend the president’s plans.
The repeated meetings by Trump and Putin were seen as some sort of collusion as opposed to a concerted effort to keep the world safe from another disastrous conflict. The last ceasefire in Syria reached by former Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, was sabotaged by the American Air Force’s bombing of Syrian troops at Deir ez-Zor, killing and injuring over 100 Syrian soldiers. The United States’ connection to the proliferation of terrorists in Syria has been well-documented and Trump has finally shut that shit down.
After the mid-June shooting down of the Syrian Su-22, any additional U.S. military assertion will be met with a harsh response from the Russians, risking an escalation that could very well lead to a spiraling conflict that we are not ready to handle.
Still, the U.S. Senate has ridiculously voted to approve new sanctions on Russia, the primary purpose of which is to deny Trump the ability to end sanctions on Russia without Moscow first demonstrating good will to resolve points of friction between the two countries.
“The areas of disagreement include the situation in Ukraine and Syria, nuclear weapons, an end to the alleged hacking of US elections, and the supposed intention of Moscow to invade the Baltic states. Obfuscation, lies and misinformation seem to be the driving force behind the Senate vote. The bill will end up on Trump’s desk, and at that point he will have to decide whether to sign it or not. If he signs it, it will obviously limit his autonomy,” so writes Pieraccini. He had no choice but to sign it. If he didn’t, he would be accused of colluding with the freaking Russians, even though we know that’s not the case.
President Trump unfortunately signed into law a new bill that imposes new sanctions against not only Russia, but also Iran and North Korea. The sanctions target Russia’s defense, intelligence, mining, shipping, rail, and energy industries. In addition, the law also limits Trump from easing any sanctions on Russia without any Congressional approval.
Despite Trump’s inspirational move to stop the funding and arming of Syrian rebels AKA terrorists in a blow to the CIA’s move to initiate regime change, it appears the Deep State still has quite a stranglehold on America’s foreign policy at the moment. Hello, McMaster!
America must have enemies at all times for the Deep State and the military industrial complex to survive. This requires major investments from corrupt politicians along with the rogue intelligence agencies that do what they please. The Deep State does not want peace with Russia. They want constant war and conflict and a warming of relations with our two most controversial allies in the Middle East: Saudi Arabia and Israel. These two countries have the most powerful lobbies in Washington DC, so it is no surprise that the Deep State caves to them. Both of these countries want to oust Assad from power, but Trump is realizing that Assad is very much needed to ensure stability in that chaotic region of the world.
Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev fired back on Wednesday, saying that the new bill leaves no hope for any improvement of relations between the U.S. and Russia. This is unfortunate because a rapprochement between the two most nuclear-armed nations would be a step toward peace in so many ways. Russia has also fired back by cutting the size of the American diplomatic staff in Russia by 755 starting September 1st.
Is this making America great again? Is this keeping the world safe and demanding respect abroad? No, it is caving to the damned Deep State that runs this country and it sickens me to cover this kind of ill-thought out strategy dealing with our “enemies.”
Trump has many options but likely no real choice with the Russia sanctions. He must deflect from the ridiculous Mueller-led investigation/witch hunt that is looking into nothing since we all know that Seth Rich leaked the emails and details to WikiLeaks and not Russia, despite the mainstream media hysteria over Trump and Fox News colluding to create this story out of thin air.
And if we want to get into foreign policy, Russia has been invited by Syria’s legitimate government, Bashar Al-Assad’s, while the American military has inserted itself without any approval from anyone, not even from the United Nations Security Council.
So will Trump be able to fight back against the Deep State and take control of his foreign policy yet again? Things do not look too promising at the moment. Are there more heads to roll? Will we see more coordination (not collusion) between Trump and Putin?
God, I hope so.
America Is on the Verge of a Thundering Debt Crisis
by BILL BONNER
POITOU, FRANCE – This is getting monotonous.
Another day, another record high for the Dow… now above the 22,000-point mark for the first time in history.
And based on the CAPE ratio – a valuation measure that compares stock prices to the average of the past 10 years of inflation-adjusted earnings – the S&P 500 is more expensive than it was right before the 1929 crash.
No volatility. No worries. If there is a train wreck coming, investors think they are all on the bus.
“Yes, stock prices keep going up… here in France, too,” said a wise man who came over for dinner last night.
“But I have a feeling it’s the same situation. You have Trump. We have Macron. Everybody’s looking for the situation to change. But it never does. Too many people like it the way it is.
“They’re the ones who get something from it. But our governments are spending too much money. Eventually, they’ll go broke and drag us down with them.”
We can’t improve on that assessment. But we can add to it.
This week, the U.S. Treasury Department released an estimate of its finances through the rest of the year. It showed that the feds would need to borrow more than $500 billion in the fourth quarter just to keep the bills paid.
This is more government borrowing in a shorter period of time than ever before – even during World War II.
This will mean two important things.
First, Congress will have to raise its $19.8 trillion debt limit.
Second, interest rates will go up.
For all its calm and nonchalance, it is hard to see the U.S. stock market can crash through both of these barriers without triggering the airbags.
Long Swing Downward
Yesterday, we looked at how the stock market tends to move in “primary trends” that can last decades.
The trend begins with the mavericks, who leave the herd and set out in their own direction.
Then, when others see it paying off, they join in. Finally, the least-informed investors crowd in at the end – buying the Nifty Fifty in the 1960s… or FAANGs (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google) and ETFs today – expecting to enjoy the gains of the last 20 or 30 years.
But then… something goes wrong. A crisis develops. And the long swing downward begins. A bearish primary trend takes over a bullish one.
For the next 10 years… 20 years… or longer (in Japan, investors are still waiting to break even after 27 years), investors are hurting.
Our own 10-Year Market Forecast – put together by former Value Line analyst Stephen Jones – looks at eight factors, including valuation, demographics, interest rates, consumer economics, and investment cycles.
As you can see, it predicts annual losses, after inflation, of 8.3% for the S&P 500 for the next 10 years.
For illumination on the first crisis of this autumn, we turn to our friend David Stockman.
He was a member of Congress. Then he served in former President Reagan’s cabinet as his budget advisor. Then he moved to Wall Street, where he was frequently “in the room” when the big deals went down.
David has been watching Washington and Wall Street for 47 years. And now, like our old friend Richard Russell, he has well-sharpened instincts:
We are literally just weeks from a thundering crisis over the debt ceiling and continuing resolutions for fiscal year 2018 that will hit the casino like a ton of bricks.
That’s because it won’t last for just a few days or even weeks. A bruising, contentious struggle to keep the lights on in the Washington Monument, in fact, is about to become virtually a permanent condition in the Imperial City.
It will be a “bloodbath,” says David. The fiscal conservatives in Congress will demand tough concessions before raising the debt ceiling. This will lead Team Trump to turn to Democrats to get the votes they need.
This is already underway. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin – a donor to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama – is scheduled to meet with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, intending collusion.
But the Democrats, too, will want concessions… touching off a Stalingrad-type battle. Get-along, go-along Democrats and Republicans will come along together to try to exterminate holdout conservative hardliners.
So far, the only thing that gets bipartisan support is more spending for the military, as evidenced by this morning’s New York Times headline: “With Rare Unanimity, Senate Sends G.I. Bill Expansion to Trump.”
And when push comes to shove, Congress will get the job done on the budget ceiling, too; politicians know their real job: to enable the Deep State.
But when you suddenly add half a trillion dollars of government IOUs, you’re asking for trouble.
Specifically, adding demand for credit should have the opposite effect of the Fed’s recent quantitative easing (QE) programs, which added to the supply of it. Instead of going down, interest rates should go up.
Rising rates should halt the Fed’s move to “normalization” and spook the financial markets. Here’s former Fed chief Alan Greenspan:
By any measure, real long-term interest rates are much too low and therefore unsustainable. When they move higher they are likely to move reasonably fast. We are experiencing a bubble, not in stock prices but in bond prices. This is not discounted in the marketplace.
Will this be the beginning of the end… the end of the beginning… or just more of the middle, with stocks continuing to trudge drearily higher?
Aangeleverd door: It’s Me
Blood Pressure Check: 49 Days / 7 Weeks – Where Are We?
Like a frog in a pot, sometimes we don’t realize how serious the situation is because we’ve grown accustomed to the temperature. We need a reality check.
I know some are skeptical of the Revelation 12 Sign. I get it, but stop and look around. How long until something big goes pop? Life at this pace and trajectory is unsustainable in the short-run. We can’t keep on like this very long before one of these near misses becomes a huge disaster – WW3 or worse.
Wars and Rumors of Wars…
Earlier this week it was reported that an Air France jet missed a collision with a North Korean ICBM by 10 minutes – Link
This week CNN and others reported “highly unusual” North Korean submarine activity. Some believe North Korea is planning an ICBM launch from a submarine – Link
China warns U.S. on North Korea – The Telegraph
China warns U.S. over South China Sea Islands – BBC
Iran and the U.S.
Iran warns U.S. over Syria – New York Times
Trump appoints General “Mad Dog” Mattis to Secretary of Defense – BBC
– If ever this world had a convergence of men at the ready to blow this world sky high and the capability to do so, now is the time. Gone are reverence, humility and respect.
Luke 21:11 –
There will be terrible earthquakes, famines, and dreadful diseases in various places. Terrifying sights and miraculous signs will come from the sky.
One version adds: “and winter, and cold, shall be protracted.”
Very large and odd cold weather system settles into the middle of the country – The Weather Channel
Unheard of head in the Pacific Northwest – CNN
Heavy storms in the Midwest and northeast – AccuWeather
India – dry in monsoon season – Link
Recently we were hearing about how bone dry California is, then Lake Tahoe was full, now wildfires and record temperatures. Seems the earth is all over the charts.
Just a few years ago Texas and the Southeast were bone dry and just yesterday it was 70 degrees in Dallas at 5 PM in early August. As a personal note: I put in a new St. Augustine yard last fall and have hardly had to water it since it has rained every few days for 10 months. Very, very strange.
In May, 60,000 were evacuated from Moscow due to severe weather – The Weather Channel
In March it was reported that The Sea of Galilee was at it’s lowest level in 100 years – YouTube
AOL – Unusual weather pattern
Fukushima fuel melt down confirmed (and there is no technology to address the clean up) – The Japan Times
TEPCO to release radioactive water from Fukushima where 777,000 tons are stored – The Japan Times
Fish, bird, bee and aquatic mass animal deaths are off the charts – link (seriously you should pay attention – this was prophesied in the book of Hosea. With the world population exploding through exponential growth and animals dying by the millions we are fast approaching a critical impasse. Already a full third of the planet goes to bed hungry or is starving.)
Not to mention the ecological dead zones and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (larger than the state of Texas) that are killing the oceans.
This needs little introduction, yet still billions hope in Washington, London, Brussels, Moscow, Tehran, Tokyo, Beijing. Stunning that hope remains for these feckless corrupt institutions.
Another topic that needs no introduction. Debt across the world is astronomical, with no hope of curbing its growth, balancing the budget or paying down outstanding obligations, much less meeting unfunded liabilities.
Still the DOW crossed 22,000 this week and everyone said hooray!
Ask the MTA and LIRR riders in NYC if the infrastructure can be counted on – CBS NY
A number of other reports suggest national and international infrastructure is on the verge of collapse.
“What could go wrong? We’ll be fine!” Conversely one might want to repent quickly.
Turn to the prophetic
Don’t forget the July post where we listed 70 prophetic signs that highlight the lateness of the hour. Link
The stage is set. The actors are in place. Of late the murders, riots and disturbance at the Temple Mount have moved the needle farther forward.
Now there are signs in the sun, moon and stars.