Gathering Darkness

By David Stockman  |  September 30, 2019

The Tweeter-in-Chief is agitated… well, more so than usual. Impeachment does that to presidents.

This one, though, has an unmatched capacity for chaos – both the creating and the surviving of it. Witness the president tweet-quoting a Dallas pastor’s declaration on Fox News that impeachment could lead to a “civil war like fracture.”

At this stage of American Empire, given the way the Warfare State extends itself abroad, it might be the ultimate case of chickens coming home to roost.

Jacob Hornberger provided some fascinating context for the Donald’s current state of siege:

Notice something important about the hoopla regarding President’s Trump withholding of U.S. foreign aid to Ukraine while he was requesting Ukrainian officials to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden for possible corruption: Nobody in Washington, D.C., or within the establishment press is questioning the concept of foreign aid itself. Foreign aid has become such an established and accepted way of inducing foreign regimes to comply with the dictates of U.S. officials that the thought of ending it entirely doesn’t even enter the minds of Republicans, Democrats, or member of the mainstream media.

 Trump is Still Fulfilling His Role as the Great Disruptor

The Donald doesn’t know what he’s doing. But he still may get the important work of unwinding American Empire done.

Indeed, American democracy and capitalist prosperity are dying on the vine of empire.

The infamous mid-September drone attack on the largest oil processing facility on the planet is graphic evidence. So is this scene…

These are Yemenis burying a busload of children who were obliterated by American-made bombs delivered by American-made Saudi aircraft navigated to target by U.S. command-and-control assets.

These are the consequences of just one of thousands of sorties launched by the Saudis since 2015. Altogether, they’ve resulted in upwards of 100,000 civilian deaths in northern Yemen as well as the virtual destruction of its economy. Horrific outbreaks of starvation, cholera, and other diseases are commonplace.

The cost to the Yemenis in misery and human life is incalculable. Nor can the stain of these genocidal attacks on America’s moral stature be gainsaid.

Yet Imperial Washington’s collaboration in this mayhem is based on not even a smidgen of national interest or homeland security.

Imperial Washington Could’ve Stayed Out of It

To the contrary, the Houthi who took control of Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, and who dominate the population of northern Yemen, are a second cousin practitioner of the Shiite confession of Islam.

Accordingly, they’re aligned with the Shiite regime of Iran. They’ve received modest aid and weapons from Tehran in support of their struggle for independence from the Saudi-supported government in exile and its alignment with a motly array of Sunni-jihadist, Muslim Brotherhood, and other anti-Shiite factions in southern Yemen.

Of course, given the fact that Yemen was divided into two countries – North Yemen and South Yemen – for nearly three decades between the early 1960s and early 1990s, it’s obvious that no war, bloodshed, or devastation is needed at all to solve the religious and ethnic enmities of that godforsaken armpit of the world.

All that’s needed is repartition. It’s simple. Two countries. No war. No misery. No genocide.

In fact, back in 2015, Imperial Washington could have told new-to-the-Saudi-throne King Salman to accept partition or it would cut off resupply of spare parts and technical support for the Saudi military’s advanced American-made weaponry.

Without American military support, of course, the House of Saud would have to relocate to Switzerland.

Alas, Imperial Washington’s interventionists would have none of letting the world go its own way by staying out of other people’s quarrels.

And, indeed, neocons on Capitol Hill and in the national security bureaucracy, dead set on war with Iran, saw an attack on the Houthi as a way to administer a bloody nose to Tehran. And they could do it with no muss or fuss by nominal Saudi proxies.

At the time, President Obama was on the verge of his single greatest foreign policy achievement, the nuclear deal with Iran. But Barry was a weak double-talker when push came to shove. He failed to deter the Saudis from their own folly.

And, thus, a bone was throne to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s fifth column in Imperial Washington, who were otherwise dead-set against the deal.

They even invited Bibi to give a speech to a joint session of Congress, a hideous affront to the American president.

Saudis were Manipulated

Ultimately, the Saudis were manipulated into massive but wholly unnecessary military attacks on their southern neighbor. They became unwitting mercenaries – handmaids of Empire – because it suited Imperial Washington’s purposes.

Someday, they may learn that Imperial Washington’s “friendship” is a many-edged sword.

But, in the end, it’s based on mobilizing “allies” to buy its weapons. And it’s about getting them to march into conflicts that keeps America’s Warfare State in fiscal clover.

The Duopoly has managed to get us squarely in the middle of a 1,300-year-old Shiite-Sunni conflict, one that’s now being waged between Saudi Arabia and Iran. That conflict has no bearing whatsoever on America’s security.

The Persian Gulf is on the verge of an apocalyptic eruption. No producer that borders its waters – Iraq, Kuwait, Iran, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar – will benefit from what could be unleashed.

But events often overtake sanity. And the one person who could forestall the impending catastrophe is busy tweeting proof that he’s dangerously ignorant of the issues and stakes involved – here, there, and everywhere.

This, too, is what makes the Donald the Great Disruptor.

After “Peak Trump”: Charting Uncharted Waters

It’s my pleasure to be delivering the Keynote Address at the 2019 Irrational Economic Summit.

Please join me October 10-12 at the Gaylord Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor, Maryland – right outside Imperial Washington – for what promises to be three days rich with ideas about how to protect and grow your wealth.

The stakes are already high heading into 2020. The U.S. presidential campaign is already underway. And the Tweeter-in-Chief is tied up in the day-to-day movements of the major stock indexes like no president before him.

And the increasingly desperate incumbent will do anything he must to hold the White House.

That’s why I’ve titled my Keynote Address, “After ‘Peak Trump’: Charting Uncharted Waters”.

Leviathan gets bigger, Wall Street gets richer, and Main Street… well, Main Street gets more and more little every day.

We’re rapidly approaching the end of the oldest, weakest economic “recovery” in American history. At this major tipping point, there’s no telling what the Donald’s great disruptions could do to your wealth.

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David Stockman is the ultimate Washington insider turned iconoclast. He began his career in Washington as a young man and quickly rose through the ranks of the Republican Party to become the Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan. After leaving the White House, Stockman had a 20-year career on Wall Street.MORE FROM AUTHOR