Post Inauguration Analysis Part One: How President Trump Intends to Make America Great Again
by KEVIN D. FREEMAN on JANUARY 28, 2017
A week ago I went to Washington for selected meetings and to watch the festivities. For one thing, I met with a number of key conservatives who have proven instrumental in helping our new President fill out his Administration. In addition, I had the surprise of being contacted by a senior person in the Embassy of an ally who wanted my take regarding President Trump’s foreign policy, especially in regard to economic warfare and trade. The diplomat had asked around to see who might have an understanding of Donald Trump’s view of the world and multiple sources had directed him to the Center for Security Policy (CSP) as one good source. The traditional think tanks and Republican establishment did not seem to offer the insights they needed. They got my name as a Senior Fellow of CSP. We met for coffee and attempted to give him at least one perspective. His questions were at least as interesting as any answers I could provide.
The truth is that the world has not seen anything like President Trump, at least not for a very long time. And the world is throwing a fit because they simply do not (and perhaps cannot) understand him. We have seen unhinged reactions from the Left, from Hollywood, from the political elite, and also from a vast array of foreign nations. The first week has been particularly interesting as President Trump has done exactly what he said he would do. The only people who truly understand his plan are the millions of people who supported him, the so-called “basket of deplorables.”
Let’s start with the things President Trump did in his first week. Basically, he acknowledged we are in an Economic War, admitted we have been losing, and vowed to fight back. That’s HUGE. It is also Step #1 in the 8-Step Plan to Restore America to Greatness as outlined in my January 2014 book, Game Plan: How to Protect Yourself from the Coming Cyber-Economic Attack.
I can’t tell you how refreshing this is after eight years attempting to convince higher-ups in the Obama Administration who seemed comfortable with America being diminished in the global economic war. They seemed to value the narrative over facing reality. President Trump’s Inauguration speech, however, vowed to “put America First.” He made it clear both in the campaign and in his first official speech that he intends for America to win the economic war. This is Reaganesque. Remember how the establishment types feared that Reagan wanted to win the Cold War? History shows he was right and they were wrong and the whole world benefitted. Can you imagine if America allowed China to win the economic war? The fact is that we didn’t start this fight but we are now set to finish it.
We can go through each of the eight steps on the list and outline actions already taken by President Trump to “Restore American Greatness” (or as he says “Make America Great Again”). Step#2, for example is “Take Reasonable Precautions.” An example might be to slow down immigration from terror hotspots until we get a handle on who is coming and for what reason. Or to build a wall. The fact is that immigration can be used as a form of economic warfare. Taking reasonable precautions is a great Step #2.
Step #3 is “Get Money Moving Without Money Printing.” Included in that is repatriation of American corporate earnings held overseas, something that President Trump has long espoused. Step #4 is “Achieve Energy Independence.” Pipeline approvals go a long way to freeing American consumers from any dependence on Middle Eastern crude. Step #5 is to “Reduce Regulation.” President Trump signed an order freezing new regulations and vowed to reduce the regulatory burden by 75%. We have written extensively on how excessive regulations sap American economic strength. Clearly, we need a reasonable regulatory framework. But the pendulum has swung too far one direction and now needs to swing back. Otherwise, we will be mired in a very slow growth pattern as we have been for the past eight years. Step #6 is get “A Workable Tax Code.” President Trump has vowed to simplify the code and provide relief to both individuals and businesses. Step #7 is “Teach What America is All About.” We will have to wait and see how President Trump does with this one but many of his supporters point to his Inaugural speech as defending traditional American values. Regarding Step #8, “Return to Our Spiritual Roots,” even critics admit that President Trump’s first speech in office acknowledged God and his role in founding and defending America:
“There should not be fear. We are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement, and, most important, we will be protected by God.”
In speeches and interviews over the past couple of years, I have shared that acknowledging God, asking forgiveness, and crying out to Him is the most important thing we can do.
Certainly, there is room for disagreement as to whether the eight steps I outlined over three years ago are the right ones to make America great again. But few can argue the fact that these eight steps have been powerfully incorporated into the Trump agenda. Obviously, the “put America first” idea does have some upsetting aspects for those who promote free trade and globalism. I agree with free trade but believe that the rules must be followed and that America should not automatically be disadvantaged. From a negotiating standpoint, you have to show both the carrot and the stick. Time will tell if President Trump’s skill will prove effective, but his book, Art of the Deal, is a powerful articulation of his negotiating approach. Ultimately, free trade is beneficial and a long-term trade war would be disaster. But there may be some rough challenges ahead. Keep in mind that President Kennedy had to confront the Soviet Union over Cuba. President Trump likely has to confront our economic adversaries.
From my perspective, the first week has been a powerful demonstration that President Trump intends to recognize, fight, and win the global economic war. Of course, there will be serious challenges, many in response to his Presidency. In the next Blog post, I will outline how China, Russia, Iran, and others are already reacting and how that will impact us. The war is far from over. But at least we are back in the fight.
Post Inauguration Analysis Part Two: The Domestic War on Trump
by KEVIN D. FREEMAN on FEBRUARY 5, 2017
In last week’s article, we discussed the intentions of the Trump Administration to Make America Great Again. The President has a credible economic warfare strategy that mirrors a blueprint I wrote over three years ago in the book Game Plan: How to Protect Yourself from the Coming Cyber-Economic Attack. Of course, in any war, there are at least two competing sides. We have a general understanding of the Trump strategy. Now, we will look at his enemies, both foreign and domestic. Make no mistake, this is war.
There should be no doubt. If President Trump succeeds in making America Great Again, the left is doomed, at least for the next few election cycles. And, if America regains global strength, our economic adversaries will be seriously diminished as well. This is a war for survival in many respects. The Trump “deplorables” turned out in surprising numbers in key swing states because they felt their survival was threatened. Now, we will see if they have the fortitude to stand behind their convictions in the face of a massive onslaught.
First, let’s examine who a few of the opponents really are. There are globalists who want to see America as just one nation among many under a de facto world government. There are also the leftists, radical Islamists, hyper feminists, and a host of others that comprise the “Red Green Axis.” This is the radical left that stands to lose the most. Beyond them are the foreign nations concerned about trade (including China and Mexico) and others with more radical ambitions like North Korea and Iran. Groups like the Muslim Brotherhood see risk to their plans as well. When you pull all of this together, there is a formidable potential alliance forming. It is well-funded, vocal, and empowered.
Be warned. Nothing is off limits to the legion aligned against Trump. We will see direct attacks against any and every policy. We will hear vitriolic lambastes against his person and family. The goal is to delegitimize and destroy any hint of credibility. We saw some of this directed at George W. Bush but we “ain’t seen nothin’ yet.”
Within minutes of the Inauguration, there were calls for impeachment. There have even been calls for a military coup to overthrow the government. That’s pretty strange coming from the left, isn’t it? From Daily Caller:
In a blog post for Foreign Policy magazine, Rosa Brooks, a former Obama administration official, outlined four ways to “get rid” of President Trump, including declaring him mentally unfit for command or carrying out a military coup.
Brooks is a Schwartz senior fellow at the New America Foundation, which is funded by billionaire George Soros’s Open Society Foundations. She served from 2009-2011 as Counselor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and served as a senior adviser at Obama’s State Department.
Her posting is titled “3 Ways to Get Rid of President Trump Before 2020,” although the piece actually outlines four ways.
This is almost unbelievable, especially for someone who was highly placed at the Department of Defense. It is not isolated. This is actually part of a coordinated effort. In fact, one group has an entire, well-funded 47-person “War Room” focused exclusively on removing President Trump from office before the next election.
Is there any wonder there was such a coordinated outrage against a temporary immigration pause from nations with known terrorism risks? While the left has been screaming wildly, the truth is that the Obama Administration had instituted a similar pause for Iraq and some Muslim nations acknowledged the effort as a necessary one. And yet, it was treated as if the President had rounded up and interred American citizens. Oh, wait, that was Democrat idol FDR that did that. No citizens were denied any Constitutional rights. The pause was temporary and designed to get a handle on the risks we face. Even the FBI has explained that we cannot adequately “vet” Syrian refugees. But even if you disagree with the policy, can you really say the executive Order behind it is an impeachable offense? That is extraordinary hyperbole. But the media is almost endorsing it. Does anyone remember the plethora of Obama executive orders? One in particular on immigration/amnesty exceeded the President’s authority by his own admissions. It was later struck down by the courts. Yet no major media gave any serious thought or discussion to impeachment talk.
Of course, the media is trying to make this Executive Order all about religion by calling it a Muslim ban. Interesting question, why does no one complain about the multiple religious bans targeting Jews?
It should be more than obvious that this is a part of a political agenda that began even before the Inauguration. It is serious and will extend far beyond a battle over immigration policies. The question is how effective it will prove in turning Middle America against the President they just elected.
We would not rule out active domestic economic warfare including attempts to knock down the stock market. We would also not rule out active domestic cyber terrorism. The stakes are so high to the left that we will likely see multi-pronged challenges.
As discouraging as this all may seem, the foreign threat is even greater. But we will save that for the next article.
Post Inauguration Analysis Part Four: The Globalist War on Trump
by KEVIN D. FREEMAN on FEBRUARY 20, 2017
It’s an easy case to make that multiple foreign governments were none too pleased with the election of President Trump. Of course, there are exceptions. Russia seemed pleased as did Israel and some populist elements in France, Italy and the UK. Other nations were neutral and most were nervous. Without question, China is concerned. So is Mexico. And Iran. While we can’t paint all of these nations with a broad brush, the fact is that his election was a shocker. Remember that U.S. stock market futures plummeted in overnight trading on foreign markets when it became clear that Donald Trump would be the 45th President of these United States. By contrast, the Americans cheered and share prices began rising almost immediately when trading commenced here the day after the election.
As we have shared, there is a domestic war underway designed to undermine President Trump at every turn. likewise, there is an international effort to delegitimize him as well, especially among globalists who would like to see America as nothing more than another nation among many. President Trump’s America First policies are a threat to decades of their planning. He is seen as a similar disruptor to Ronald Reagan, something that set the agenda back a quarter century. In addition, those nations that see the United States standing in the way of their global ambitions also oppose the “Make America Great Again” mantra.
One thing you should know is that the jury on Russia is still out. It is NOT true that Lt. General Flynn (recently resigned National Security Advisor) orchestrated a Russian hacking to put President Trump into the White House. This is a liberal fantasy with virtually no basis in reality. For one thing, the election was not hacked, despite all the effort to claim it so. Yes, the Russians attempted to use their influence, including media. We do that in other countries, sometimes openly. More troubling are the hacks of Secretary Clinton and her team. That is genuinely disturbing as we must protect against direct cyber hacking of any American citizen. While it proved entertaining and more than a little creepy to see the Podesta emails on “spirit cooking,” their exposure does not equate with hacking the election. Yes, the DNC (Democrat National Committee) was also hacked. and yes, it was exposed that the media colluded with the Clinton campaign (even giving questions in advance of the debates) and siding with Clinton over Sanders in unseemly ways. But this also does not equate with hacking the election. And, more importantly, the hacking exposed Clinton’s greatest vulnerability–her carelessness with her own emails and national security.
The truth is that Russia preferred Trump to Clinton and it likely dates back to the summer of 2014. Don’t forget that Russia applauded Obama’s election, certainly preferring him to Senator McCain. And, there was outright collusion prior to his reelection as caught on a “hot mic.” And, there was the embarrassing “reset button” incident with Senator Clinton. And, of course, in 2012 when Mit Romney attempted to warn about Putin, President Obama made fun of him. But just before the mid-term elections of 2014, Russia had grown weary of Obama and wanted a change. Putin did not respect Clinton. And more importantly, the United States appeared to be siding with a Saudi strategy designed to undermine Russia. They saw it as an act of Economic War when oil prices dipped below $70 per barrel. [If you haven’t seen the movie Jack Ryan; Shadow Recruit, be sure to rent it to see why this is so.]
It’s important to note that a falling oil price directly hurts Russia as a large supplier. But it is seen as helping China, a large oil consumer. This issue splits the tenuous Russia/China alliance. Thus, the Russians were more comfortable with Trump while China was more comfortable with Clinton. In addition, Russia tends to view things from a nationalist perspective while China is more globalist in nature. Of course the Chinese form of globalism has them rising to the top eventually.
Another truth is that General Flynn was in no way soft on Russia. Read his book. In it, he urges “Americans to view Russia as an implacable enemy of the United States that must be checked.” And there should be zero doubt as to whether Defense Secretary Mattis is a Russia hawk. Vice President Pence likewise made it clear that the United States will side with NATO in any dispute with Russia.
The third thing to recognize is that Russia may prove very difficult regardless. While they have taken a pragmatic approach to the U.S., they are also loudly proclaiming a “post West” world. This means that they plan to challenge Western dominance whenever possible. This may place them in direct conflict with a resurgent America under Trump. Russia has been known historically to switch sides when it convenience them. Keep in mind that I have been a Russia hawk for years and have written extensively on the threat that Putin can pose. For now, however, we can view Russia as mildly supportive of President Trump but certainly subject to change.
China, on the other hand has every reason to be concerned with Trump’s policy agenda. It is very likely that the Chinese will ramp up efforts to be disruptive. Funny, but the Democrats who seem all concerned about Russian influence in the last election were so quick to disregard Chinese influence in President Bill Clinton’s reelection. The Chinese were caught “red-handed” (pun intended) shuffling illegal campaign money into Clinton and the DNC. [Of course, there was also little outcry over the millions of dollars of illegal foreign money that likely went into Obama’s 2008 victory. And, there were no “Logan Act violation” charges against Senator Kennedy when he clearly tried to get Soviet support in his Presidential bid. Let that sink in a moment. We have incontrovertible proof from Soviet archives that a sitting Senator attempted to negotiate with the Soviets for election help in exchange for a pro-Soviet foreign policy.]
The Chinese are formidable. And they have vast resources including trillions of dollars at their disposal and some of the greatest hacker units in the world. they have already hacked the Office of Personnel Managementand no doubt compromised many civil servants and perhaps even many highly placed in our government. Undermining President Trump is essential to keeping the status quo in regard to global trade.
The Mexican government may also have a strong motive to undermine much of the Trump agenda although they have fewer available resources than either China or Russia. Other Latin nations likewise may also have an agenda to undermine our President.
Certainly Iran is opposed to Trump. After all, on the campaign trail the future President made it clear that he did not like the Iran agreement negotiated by the Obama team. The same can be said for North Korea and the Islamic State and the Muslim Brotherhood, al Qaeda, and any other elements bent on forcing global submission to Sharia Law. Remember that Secretary Clinton had been caught scheming to make any insult to Islam illegal in the United States. President Trump, by contrast, seems to have made what she would forbid into an art form. That is why we are seeing the burka used as a fashion symbol and Times Square overrun with Muslim protests.
Finally, the globalist crowd that had a strict timetable to enforce a one-world government has it in for the President and his America-first policies. Many in this community have the most senior positions in banking and finance. In fact, this has been true since the days of David Rockefeller. It is certainly true with George Soros today. We can expect stiff resistance and outright financial attacks designed to disillusion and demoralize the American spirit.
The point is two-fold. First, there are many nations and global cabals who will clearly oppose and work to undermine the Trump Administration. The second point is that we must not be so naive as to imagine they can’t be successful (unless we stand strong). When combined with the media and the “deep state” inside our own government, the financial and diplomatic networks of the world yield enormous power. These challenges will be severe. And thus, as we said in the last post, we must pray.
The good news is that if America gets back under God’s blessing (following the formula laid out in 2 Chronicles 7:14), we can and will emerge victorious. Certainly, supporting Israel is essential. If God be for us, who can be against us?