Newscasts from around the world may soon tell us that a mighty United States armada has been sent to blockade Russia’s ports. That’s right, naval warfare genius, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says the US Navy can blockade Russia if need be. No, you are not reading CNN or other fake news, Trump’s big oil minion thinks he’s Oliver Hazard Perry now. Read on whether you do or don’t believe me.
“We have met the enemy, and they are ours.” Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, 1813.
Ridiculous is the New Normal
Just when you thought the Donald Trump administration could not look any dumber, the Secretary of the Interior proves he’s not only a complete idiot but a dangerous one. Zinke, who’s been busy opening up America’s national parks so big energy can frack our public land dry, is all set to take on Russia’s powerful nuclear fleet in order to stop energy flowing out. Admiral Zinke told attendees at a Consumer Energy Alliance event in Pittsburg:
“The United States has that ability, with our Navy, to make sure the sea lanes are open, and, if necessary, to blockade … to make sure that their energy does not go to market.”
Trump’s minister went on to state the obvious about Russia wanting to supply the south of Europe and other regions with natural gas and oil. President Trump, like Obama before him, wants the European Union to buy more US natural gas to diversify the continent’s energy supply and to cordon off Russia. With Nord Stream II and other Russian endeavors, the new US energy boom would lose some steam.
Hitler’s Frozen Brain is Running Things
In other Trump administration madness, Energy Secretary Rick Perry stated sanctions against the Nord Stream II are still an option if Russia does not “remain a good neighbor to its European customers.” My country’s policymakers have gone full-frontal crazy by all appearances. America no longer acts as a guiding democracy, but something akin to Hitler’s Third Reich. “If you don’t do what we say……” The open-ended insinuation from people like UN Ambassador Nimrata “Nikki” Haley, and even Trump himself, it all reminds me of the time just before World War 2 broke out. A case in point was in March 1938, when Hitler met with Konrad Henlein, leader of the Sudeten German Party. Henlein told the Nazi dictator at that meeting: “We must always demand so much that we can never be satisfied.”
I feel a bit awkward comparing the Trump administration to the Nazi regime, mostly because there were a few evil geniuses helping Hitler conquer Europe and the world. But Donald Trump seems to have put out a call for open job positions that included being soulless, nincompoop, junior narcissists, who were willing to do anything to get a morsel of power. Zinke is so stupid he even came out and admitted his own role in Trump’s master plan for making Exxon and other’s tons more money. The man who’s supposed to safeguard our natural treasures as Interior Secretary, had this to offer to the Pittsburg lot concerning embargoing (or attacking) Russia and Iran:
“National security-wise, how are you going to deal with Iran?” Zinke asked. “Well, there are two ways. There is the military option, which I would rather not. And there is the economical option. The economic option on Iran and Russia is, more or less, leveraging and replacing fuels. We can do that because … the United States is the largest producer of oil and gas,”
John Siciliano at the Washington Examiner frames the rest, but what concerns me as much as nuclear war from Trump trying to block the world’s second most powerful navy is the overall plan.
This Lunatic is Our Leader – Think About That
Bess Levin, writing for Vanity Fair, tells us Trump’s big plan is to tell big energy to “go hog wild,” because Earth is doomed anyway. While I do not always agree with Levin’s ideas, her presentation of the facts of Trumps energy plans bears out so far. Levin points out the administration’s moves one energy and the environment, and so far our dictator – um, the president has:
- Pulled out of the Paris Climate accord;
- Planned to make it “significantly easier for energy companies to release methane into the atmosphere”;
- Unveiled a proposal to let coal-burning plants regulate themselves that would kill 1,400 Americans a year;
- Signaled that it wants to make asbestos great again; and
- Moved to reverse Barack Obama’s fuel emissions rules.
The author goes on to present say that Trump is basically doing everything he can to make sure “his buddies cash in.” The amazing thing where the climate is concerned is that Trump’s rocket scientists have already admitted to knowing Earth’s temperature is bound to rise at least 7-degrees by 2100. And these are very conservative estimates.
Across the breadth of executive branch decision-making, Donald Trump and his mediocrity queens are hard at work putting billions of people in harm’s way or at least ruining their lives. A good case in point is the more than 4,300 people who lost their Medicaid coverage in Arkansas this month for not adhering to new work rules imposed by the administration. Arkansas became the first state in the history of the program to drop people over such violations. Many are claiming the president is out to destroy the program that helps the sick when they cannot help themselves.
Though the list of Donald Trump’s maniacal policies could go on and on, the US President and cheerleader Nikki Haley Trump administration claim only 250,000 Americans live in extreme poverty, despite UN estimates of 18 million is the show stopper here. This nincompoop sellout just put 4,300 more into not only abject poverty, but he probably condemned a few to death with one rule change. I’ll let you guys think about the level of insanity for now. To be honest, I am overloaded with the idiocy I am studying. Until next time, I leave you with comments the other day from Donald Trump on North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un.
“That was a big big problem. And, you know, when I did it, and I was really tough, and so was he. And we were going back and forth, and then we fell in love, OK. No, really. He wrote me beautiful letters, and they’re great letters. And then we fell in love.”
Phil Butler, is a policy investigator and analyst, a political scientist and expert on Eastern Europe, he’s an author of the recent bestseller “Putin’s Praetorians” and other books. He writes exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”