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Concluding remarks on the U.S. Election – Donald Trump for President

If Donald Trump does not win, the world will be plunged into chaos. Even if he does, the world isn’t out of the woods, nor is he.

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The American election cycle is a long and arduous journey from the inane to the surreal, to the frightening. Somewhere along the way, in this particular election cycle, the trajectory of the whole process transformed from being one of ‘how low can America go’, to a clear choice between the following: war versus peace, globalism versus protectionism, cosmopolitanism versus patriotism, mad idealism versus pragmatism. In each of these dichotomies, Hillary Clinton represents the former and Donald Trump represents the latter.

For these reasons alone, anyone concerned about both the fate of the world and of America ought to vote for Trump.

He is more than a one-off, more than lucky shot. Donald Trump is a man who has risen to the occasion, knowing full well that one doesn’t always get to choose the timing of the occasion to which one must rise. He is more than just the antithesis of the evil that Hillary Clinton represents. It is true that she is the most dangerous candidate to run for President in US history, but Trump offers more than a passive alternative. Donald Trump offers a real chance of getting the priorities right.

He wants cooperation with Russia rather than war, he wants to fight barbarous Islamic terrorism and not President Assad. He acknowledges that the wars on Iraq and Libya were disasters. His opponent glories in them. He is opposed to culture and job destroying globalism, whilst Hillary Clinton is an architect of both.

There is only one clear choice, the choice is Trump. Not only do I fully endorse him, but I predict that unless the election is rigged further that it has already proved to be rigged, Trump can and will win. He represents the real America, the tired America, the used and abused America, and the war weary America. He speaks for the America looking for its own voice, an America sick, tired and fed up of politicians speaking on behalf of alien interests for alien dollars.

But I fear the end of this saga is not a positive one. The recent security breach at a Trump rally in Nevada conjures up images of a former anti-war, anti-establishment, famous individual. It conjures images of Robert Kennedy’s dead body in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

There are many vested interests who want Trump to ‘go away’. I fear this may result in his death. I fear moreover, that violence may ring down on his supporters. To paraphrase Lord Grey, ‘The lamps are going out all over America, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time’. If Donald Trump is allowed to win and lead, the lights will be re-lit, otherwise, things will get incredibly and inexorably dark, the result of which will be in a word;  terrible.

My great hope is counterbalanced by a sense of great foreboding. Thus we come to Russia. Much has been made, and quite rightly so, of Hillary Clinton’s desire to wage war on Russia. Should she win, she may attempt to do so. Yet, Russia shall neither falter nor fail. If Hillary Clinton and her establishment cronies cling onto power, the first victim will be the United States itself.

Russia has been weathering storms for centuries, long before the United States existed. If Hillary wins, all hell will reign down, if Trump wins there is a legitimate opportunity for peace. Russia shall survive one way or the other. It is others who must examine their own values and own perspectives on a life fit to live.

My final word on the election is this. Vote Trump if you care for the world, vote Hillary if you do not. If you vote Trump, look over your shoulder. If you vote Hillary, head for the fallout shelter.

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Trump Has Gifted “No More Wars” Policy Position To Bernie Sanders (Video)

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RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou discuss how US President Donald Tump appears to have ceded his popular 2016 ‘no more wars’ campaign message and policy position to Bernie Sanders and any other US 2020 candidate willing to grad onto a non-interventionist approach to the upcoming Democrat primaries.

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The center of gravity of U.S. politics is shifting toward the Trump position of 2016.

“The president has said that he does not want to see this country involved in endless wars… I agree with that,” Bernie Sanders told the Fox News audience at Monday’s town hall meeting in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Then turning and staring straight into the camera, Bernie added:

“Mr. President, tonight you have the opportunity to do something extraordinary: Sign that resolution. Saudi Arabia should not be determining the military or foreign policy of this country.”

Sanders was talking about a War Powers Act resolution that would have ended U.S. involvement in the five-year civil war in Yemen that has created one of the great humanitarian crises of our time, with thousands of dead children amidst an epidemic of cholera and a famine.

Supported by a united Democratic Party on the Hill, and an anti-interventionist faction of the GOP led by Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee of Utah, the War Powers resolution had passed both houses of Congress.

But 24 hours after Sanders urged him to sign it, Trump, heeding the hawks in his Cabinet and National Security Council, vetoed S.J.Res.7, calling it a “dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities.”

With sufficient Republican votes in both houses to sustain Trump’s veto, that should be the end of the matter.

It is not: Trump may have just ceded the peace issue in 2020 to the Democrats. If Sanders emerges as the nominee, we will have an election with a Democrat running on the “no-more-wars” theme Trump touted in 2016. And Trump will be left defending the bombing of Yemeni rebels and civilians by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.

Does Trump really want to go into 2020 as a war party president?

Does he want to go into 2020 with Democrats denouncing “Trump’s endless wars” in the Middle East? Because that is where he is headed.

In 2008, John McCain, leading hawk in the Senate, was routed by a left-wing first-term senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, who had won his nomination by defeating the more hawkish Hillary Clinton, who had voted to authorize the war in Iraq.

In 2012, the Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who was far more hawkish than Obama on Russia, lost.

Yet, in 2016, Trump ran as a different kind of Republican, an opponent of the Iraq War and an anti-interventionist who wanted to get along with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and get out of these Middle East wars.

Looking closely at the front-running candidates for the Democratic nomination of 2020 — Joe Biden, Sanders, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker — not one appears to be as hawkish as Trump has become.

Trump pulled us out of the nuclear deal with Iran negotiated by Secretary of State John Kerry and reimposed severe sanctions.

He declared Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, to which Iran has responded by declaring U.S. Central Command a terrorist organization. Ominously, the IRGC and its trained Shiite militias in Iraq are in close proximity to U.S. troops.

Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, moved the U.S. Embassy there, closed the consulate that dealt with Palestinian affairs, cut off aid to the Palestinians, recognized Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights seized from Syria in 1967, and gone silent on Bibi Netanyahu’s threat to annex Jewish settlements on the West Bank.

Sanders, however, though he stands by Israel, is supporting a two-state solution and castigating the “right-wing” Netanyahu regime.

Trump has talked of pulling all U.S. troops out of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet the troops are still there.

Though Trump came into office promising to get along with the Russians, he sent Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine and announced a pullout from Ronald Reagan’s 1987 INF treaty that outlawed all land-based intermediate-range nuclear missiles.

When Putin provocatively sent 100 Russian troops to Caracas — ostensibly to repair the S-400 anti-aircraft and anti-missile system that was damaged in recent blackouts — Trump, drawing a red line, ordered the Russians to “get out.”

Biden is expected to announce next week. If the stands he takes on Russia, China, Israel and the Middle East are more hawkish than the rest of the field, he will be challenged by the left wing of his party, and by Sanders, who voted “no” on the Iraq War that Biden supported.

The center of gravity of U.S. politics is shifting toward the Trump position of 2016. And the anti-interventionist wing of the GOP is growing.

And when added to the anti-interventionist and anti-war wing of the Democratic Party on the Hill, together, they are able, as on the Yemen War Powers resolution, to produce a new bipartisan majority.

Prediction: By the primaries of 2020, foreign policy will be front and center, and the Democratic Party will have captured the “no-more-wars” political high ground that Candidate Donald Trump occupied in 2016.

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Over 200 killed, hundreds injured in series of blasts at Sri Lankan hotels & churches

A series of bombings hit churches and hotels across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing more than 200 people.

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A series of eight explosions rocked Catholic churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka as Christians began Easter Sunday celebrations, with over 200 killed and hundreds injured, media reported, citing police.

The blasts started at around 8:45am local time at St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo and St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a Catholic-majority town outside of the capital. The Zion Church in Batticaloa on the eastern coast was also targeted. At around the same time, the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury five-star hotels were also hit, police confirmed.

Two more explosions happened later in the day, targeting two more locations in Colombo. All attacks appear to have been coordinated.

At least 207 people were killed, Reuters reported, citing police. More than 450 were injured in the attacks.

Alleged footage of the aftermath, shared on social media, showed chaos and large-scale destruction inside at least one of the churches.

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Mike Pompeo reveals true motto of CIA: ‘We lied, we cheated, we stole’ (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 147.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a look at a Texas A&M University speech, and subsequent interview, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The former CIA Director admitted, ‘as an aside’ to the question asked, that the Intelligence agency he headed up before being appointed as the top US Diplomat had a motto “we lied, we cheated, we stole”…which, according to Pompeo, contained entire CIA training courses based on ‘lying, cheating and stealing.’

Pompeo finally speaks some truth.

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