An enforced absence has caused the blog to go quiet at a time when the world is at a crisis point.
Britain is at the start of a Brexit election campaign which will change the face of Europe, possibly forever and not only puts the prospect of any sort of “United States of Europe” at risk, but threatens the existence of the EU as a political entity.
In Australia, a country rich in resources, especially energy (unlimited coal, 1/3 of the worlds uranium, world largest exporter of natural gas etc), both major parties seem to be competing with each other to commit resource suicide and join Venezuela in squandering such advantage by turning away from using those natural resources at all. With the body politic seemingly infected with the Green obsession, it seems only a matter of time until this new economics ruins the economy and leads to unrest. Tensions with China over the relationship of Australia with long-time ally the US has Australia being called upon to choose between the two.
Far beyond all that in importance, however, and purely because its stability is the rock on which world stability rests, is the situation involving the USA and the past and current attempts to remove an elected president from office.
Whilst every region mentioned must be discussed, the immediate need must be to concentrate on the United States., where the 4-year attack on the campaign, candidacy and now the presidency of Donald Trump is reaching its crisis point and over 100 years of relative presidential stability is in danger of being smashed.
The United States Catastrophe
It surely cannot now be denied that the United States is at a watershed moment right now. Possibly a real turning point in its political history, unlike previous corrupt decades or centuries where the actual institutions remained intact and the state of the country could snap back into the constitutional republic it always was intended to be.
Australian Perspectives has published a number of posts about the opposition to the Trump presidency, especially as it covered the supposed key inquiry, that of ex-FBI chief Robert Mueller, which was supposed to settle everything. It not only did not do that – not being able to show a single Trump team member colluding with Russia – but its failure, coinciding with the Trump Attorney General Barr ordering an enquiry into the origins of the original investigation into Trump, has created turmoil amongst those opposed to Trump.
Absolutely huge conflicts now threaten to tear the politics of the US apart and must be covered. There is far too much for one post but this introductory post will outline the problems for the US, its people and its permanent political class. As relatively brief outlines, many strongly-held political positions will be challenged and the relevance to other countries, including my own, will be shown.
The political class at peak engagement. Or is it panic?
The investigation by Attorney General Bar and his prosecutor John Durham into the origins of the FBI-led investigation into the Trump campaign and presidency has been announced as now being a criminal investigation. Media allied to the anti-Trump forces (not only members of the Democratic party but insiders within the intelligence community, the Department of Justice and the FBI) have responded in opposition. Barr was changed from “well-respected” into a Trump lackey early on, from at least the time when he talked about “spying” being done on the Trump campaign. John Durham had never been anything other than respected everywhere when used by all sides of politics, but now his “reputation” is up in the air, so far as the media and Democratic sources are concerned. That criminal investigation has the potential to have momentous impact and, going by the responses by former (Obama) heavyweights in the anti-Trump Resistance from within the CIA and intelligence community generally, the Department of Justice and the FBI, they are nervous of its impact as it relates to them and their management of the pre-Trump presidential era.
Of more immediate concern to the anti-Trump forces, though, is the imminent release of the report of Inspector General Horowitz into the Justice Department and FBI approach to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA Court) the U.S. federal court established and authorized to oversee requests for surveillance warrants against foreign spies inside the United States. Warrants were taken out against a number of Trump campaign workers, some of which were allegedly based on the unverified Steele dossier. A taste of what is being leaked about the possibilities of the contents of the report can be seen here.
Ukraine and a “whistleblower” takes over from the Russian Operative allegation
More – far more – will be posted on this long and sorry tale of the whistle blower. It’s doubtful if a single extra post can cover it, as its ramifications for those putting it up are potentially immense,
Rather like a leaker as whistleblower, the man named as the one complaining about a Trump phone call to Ukraine president on 25 July, is bogged down and failing, even though it was used as the cause for the Democrats to create an actual Impeachment inquiry intended to get Trump impeached and removed from office.
It started going badly almost immediately because Trump did the unexpected – he released the transcript of the call, this rendering the (coordinated?) media claims of malpractice redundant. “Asked the Ukraine president 8 times” was false as was a lot of the rest of the claims. Even the “begging a favour…investigate Joe Biden’s son” left out hundreds of words showing Trump wanted the Ukraine interference in the US election of 2016 investigated first and “that” was the favour!. That the complaint was 2nd and 3rd hand came out quickly and it was revealed that the supposed whistle blower had first come to the Democrat-led committee which had two ex-colleagues of his on the staff. This and that the report form was secretly changed and backdated to allow the complaint in the first place caused some suspicion too. Releasing the transcript did all that or else a single narrative would have run and run.
More will come on these and many other topics. It is a moveable feast and there are multiple changes every single day. The hardest thing to deal with is that three major debates are taking place at the same time. While the Democrats are having to concentrate on this, their impeachment inquiry, the Horowitz Inspector General report gets closer and the Durham investigation has the potential to break the American political system wide open, not to mention shattering the perception of the public towards the CIA and other iconic institutions.
The one matter which has an almost imminent threat to put everything in the air is the sensational turn to which the Mueller charges against retired Lt General Michael Flynn have moved. That will be a vital topic for the near future.