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Muhammad Azam |

In the past two weeks, the state of the White House has sublimated from chaotic damage control to a visibly coherent institution that is pursuing its foreign policy objectives. For a President whose foreign policy views had been chameleon-like, constantly in flux and contradictory, his recent actions are giving the world a clearer picture of his stance, and it is not an unfamiliar creature.

The growing bipartisan support for both Syrian and Afghanistan strikes has shown Trump and his three companions the path down the yellow brick road of geopolitics.

The tonal shift in the media’s narrative on the Trump administration and the subsequent payoff in the form of rising approval in the polls is a clear indicator that American imperialist hawks have finally, after eight years, come back to nest in the White House. The long winter of Obama’s multilateralism is finally gone and it is now springtime in Trump’s America. Seemingly cornered by the allegations of Russian collusion, Donald Trump has been rescued by his knight in shining armor, General “H.R” McMaster who, along with Rex Tillerson and Jim Mattis, has taken control of Trump’s foreign policy.

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The M.O.A.B strike will most likely be interpreted as a message of intent addressed to all the major players in the region.

The unilateral minded strategic establishment, which had been lying dormant since the end of the Bush-Cheney era, has risen to the surface in ecstatic applause for this dream team of American expansionism. The growing bipartisan support for both Syrian and Afghanistan strikes has shown Trump and his three companions the path down the yellow brick road of geopolitics where one can almost hear Dick Cheney’s sigh of longing.

One of the highlights of Obama’s administration was the Iran nuclear deal and his efforts to forge a diplomatic solution for Iran and Israel, but it is evident that Trump lacks the drive and the subtlety required for such a feat. It is probable that the current strategic establishment will embrace Israeli interests in the region. The M.O.A.B strike will most likely be interpreted as a message of intent addressed to all the major players in the region. Up till now, anti-Iran rhetoric has been sparse and understandably so, the establishment has to get its affairs in order at home before they set their sights on a new prey.

Can this imperialist strategy be contained?

Virility and aggression, required to defeat the hate-mongering campaign rhetoric of Trump, are lacking thus the wave of imperialistic destruction is progressing.

Trump is most definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for imperialist interests and it is paramount for them to secure his presidency. Media coverage of the Russian question has already started to dissipate and poll numbers are rising. Can it actually be this easy?

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There are still voices in the alternative media vigorously pointing at the ridiculousness of it all, their effectiveness, as of yet, untested. There has been an unprecedented mobilization of protestors and unrest is at an all-time high. The Democratic left has still not reached a consensus over the recent strikes. Virility and aggression, required to defeat the hate-mongering campaign rhetoric of Trump, are lacking thus the wave of imperialistic destruction is progressing.

If Russia truly has compromising material, such as the tapes of Donald Trump’s alleged offer to lift sanctions in exchange for hacked material and other explicit shenanigans of the President, Putin will want to leverage it for maximum gain.

At present, the battle is for the Mid-Term Elections. The establishment will focus its energies on a narrative to build nationalistic sentiment. The promise to “Make America Great Again” must be fulfilled and it will be fairly easy for the seasoned right wingers which have thrown their weight behind Trump to utilize their resources for a propaganda drive with all the bells and whistles. It is imperative for the left to form a coherent structure in their resistance and come out with their own narrative. Mobilization of protestors, media presence and employment of financial resources must be meticulously planned and focused if they are to be effective. Public opinion, as always, is the most precious commodity.

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In the geopolitical scenario, such as the one we find ourselves in today, it is impossible to predict the course of events but one thing is certain: the Trump administration will be a fascinating case-study and its consequences will define our future.

On the international stage, the Imperialist establishment will face fierce opposition to their unilateral inclinations. Russia and China have so far maintained their poker faces, assessing the danger and the opportunity offered by the current state of affairs. If Russia truly has compromising material, such as the tapes of Donald Trump’s alleged offer to lift sanctions in exchange for hacked material and other explicit shenanigans of the President, Putin will want to leverage it for maximum gain. One can only imagine what that would entail. President Xi Jinping’s meeting with Trump has turned out to be a fruitful one given the sudden change in the tone of the President regarding China. The establishment will have to continue to perform complicated balancing acts if they are to pursue their imperialist agenda effectively.

President Barrack Obama’s measures to ensure a multilateral future appear to be on the verge of destruction, his environmental policy has already been discarded. In the geopolitical scenario, such as the one we find ourselves in today, it is impossible to predict the course of events but one thing is certain: the Trump administration will be a fascinating case-study and its consequences will define our future. You have to give Trump credit for that much at least.

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