By David Hungerford
Pres. Trump’s “pay up or else” demand at the recent NATO summit in Brussels scuttles NATO’s Article 5: the principal that an attack on one is an attack on all. Now the approach is “If you pull some stupid stuff with Russia and get yourself in trouble the United States will think about what to do.”
An alliance is either an alliance, or is it not. NATO is no longer an alliance. It is something else. Hopefully it will not exist much longer. German Chancellor Angela Merkel understands that. She is looking around to rearrange Germany’s international relations. She has a lot of options. Already it seems too late to go back.
The NY Times is furious. It is retaliating with an attack on Trump advisor Jared Kushner for setting up backchannel diplomatic communications with Russia. That is standard operating procedure for governments. The NYT wants to prevent normalization of relations with Russia.
Discussion between the Trump administration and Russia also involves establishment of international conditions for an enduring peace in Syria. The Israel lobby does not want that – it wants all Arab countries broken up into sectarian mini-states. The defeat of the outside-organized and funded terrorist mercenaries in Syria would be a historic setback to Israeli policy.
Hence the NYT has a lot of company, most of it liberal: publications like the Atlantic, also the Soros operations, the Israel lobby, the Democratic Party, and Joseph Goebbels. Their main instrument is the hoax that “Russia hacked the election.”
These things happen because the United States is too rich, too developed, and too productive for its capitalist economy to function coherently any longer. The capitalists are fighting each other tooth and nail, economic “Globalists” versus “America First.”
We need an end to the war in Syria and the policy of “regime change.” We do not need a war with Russia. We do not need NATO. We do not need parties like the Democrats that specialize in demagogy and lies. Liberalism has become obsolete. We need an Independent Workers Party based on the economic, political, and ideological needs of the working class. That is the crucial step forward at the time.