5 November 2016

Enemies of the United States are joyously watching its upcoming elections that are exposing this once great nation as deeply corrupt. It’s as if a huge rock has been turned over, exposing the swarming, slithering underside of America’s political system.

For those who admire America, like this writer, this week is a time to weep for the republic.

We see two candidates who are utterly unfit for the highest office: Hilary Clinton, engulfed by scandals, and blustering TV mogul Donald Trump, a man of profound shallowness who advocates Islamophobia, torture and environmental ignorance.

Hillary Clinton’s core supporters are black food stamp and welfare recipients, and legions of women who are voting simply by gender. Trump’s core supporters are tax-paying workers who have watched Wall Street loot America’s economy and send their jobs abroad.

Like many people, I’ve been tearing my hair trying to decide for whom to vote. I now favor Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson who gained worldwide fame as a dolt when asked about the destruction of Aleppo, Syria. ‘What’s Aleppo?’ asked this New Mexico Bismarck.

Now that’s the kind of president I’d like to see. No more regime-changers and empire-builders. No more Imperial America. No more crusaders or world super power bullying. No more mucking around the world and acting as the globe’s enforcer. Let’s forget Aleppo, Beirut, Gaza, Tehran, Islamabad, the South China Sea and North Korea.

We can no longer afford to play ‘Game of Thrones.’ We’ve got to rebuild bridges and airports, and clean the Augean Stables of Congress, America’s most corrupt institution. We just spent $2.8 billion on roads in remote Afghanistan while our own highways are crumbling.

Such is the folly of imperialism. The old Soviet Union did something similar, allowing its domestic infrastructure and industry to fall apart while adventuring in Afghanistan, and deploying 55,000 tanks in the Red Army. These tanks were useful in putting down the heroic Hungarian Revolution of 1956 – 60 years ago this week – but for nothing else.

But I fear that whoever wins the US election will very quickly face major problems for which they are woefully unprepared. Most obvious is the bloody mess the US has created across the Mideast.

I just learned that Trump recently named, as Mideast advisor, a notorious Muslim-hating fanatic, who is a Lebanese Maronite Christian fascist. His advice will likely be to invade Lebanon and Syria and kill more Muslims.

For her part, Hilary Clinton has long been a wholly-financed subsidiary of Wall Street and the mighty Israel lobby. Just have a look at the list of her largest donors. Her pro-Israel supporters are urging her to create a so-called ‘no-fly’ zone over Syria, which is code for full-scale war against Syrian government and Russian forces. Guess who will benefit from Syria’s destruction and disintegration?

This supreme idiocy could lead directly to nuclear war with Russia, something I’ve been warning against for years.

There has been no mention in the campaign of rebuilding the Arab world, ravage by western imperial interventions. Little mention of some 12 million Syrian refugees created by the Saudis and US. Nor of five million Palestinian refugees, and who knows how many in Iraq, Libya, Somalia and now war-ravaged Yemen. And not a word about America’s stalemated war in Afghanistan. Nothing about a shaky Europe. Nor how to accommodate China’s rise.

Instead, we’ve heard tirades against the phony ISIS, which is funded by the Saudis, and Hilary Clinton’s absurd claims that wicked Vlad Putin is somehow behind America’s foreign disasters. It’s stupid and shameful demagoguery.

At least Trump has the good sense to urge that we end our pointless confrontation with Russia and scale back the unaffordable American Empire. Few Americans know that almost half their government’s budget is spent on the military.

Besides disgusting many Americans, the presidential campaign has made the US an object of derision and embarrassment around the globe. Many analysts claim that this grand fiasco marks the beginning of the end of US global hegemony. It’s certainly the beginning of the beginning.

This week alone, the Philippines and Malaysia, two staunch American allies, edged closer to China’s camp. Neither Trump no Clinton had a care for America’s reputation during their ugly debates.

My fear is that the election vitriol will not end America’ shame and misery but continue on, like an acid eating into the national fabric.

Copyright Eric S. Margolis 2016

This post is in: USA


  1. Well, I admire your points of view about the middle east, but how wrong you are that there was not a worse choice…and he is the one we are stuck with.

    Your vote was wasted, and what is happening affects more than world affairs at stake, but democracy in the United States.

    Say goodbye to environmental efforts. We have thrown in the towel by choosing not to vote for Hillary Clinton. There were 2 people who could win, and Johnson was not one of them.

    • “Hillary Clinton’s core supporters are black food stamp and welfare recipients, and legions of women who are voting simply by gender. Trump’s core supporters are tax-paying workers who have watched Wall Street loot America’s economy and send their jobs abroad. ”

      PS – Are you exchanging one racism for another? huh? That was simply awful.

  2. The election has passed and look what the American’s won…
    He was planning to drain the swamp, but, the people he’s chosen as his advisors are established ‘swamp dwellers’.
    Might be he’s no different than the rest. I was hoping for a change, an intelligent change. That might not happen.

  3. Well Mr. M, my trusted interpreter of the world, The Donald is in, Hillary is history. What do you have to say on all that ? I look forward to your view, as always.

  4. WTF just happened to the US?

  5. Respect this writer a lot and read all his posts… however,

    I see a lot of inconsistency in this post:

    First calls “Donald Trump, a man of profound shallowness”, but admits he’d prefer “candidate Gary Johnson” who he praises as knowing nothing. Then on the other hand, he admits “Trump has the good sense to urge that we end our pointless confrontation with Russia and scale back the unaffordable American Empire”, but then he fears Trump “will likely be to invade Lebanon and Syria “. Why? Because Trump has the good sense to want to stop immigration from that “bloody mess in the mid-east”? Somehow this is Islamophobia?

    “Trump’s core supporters are tax-paying workers who have watched Wall Street loot America’s economy and send their jobs abroad”
    And this shows what? Did Trump cause this mess? Trump is the only one who has actually spoken about these issues in a common-sense manner, identifying the issues and proposing solutions.

    I’m sorry to say that the author seems to have fallen for the main stream media lies and corruption, even though he himself often points out the same.

  6. Eric has been my hero for a very long time.

    He foretold with prophetic accuracy that the American Jews (neo-cons) were becoming quite uneasy watching American Muslims gaining political influence, (though miniscule, compared to the evil Goliath AIPAC), and something ominous might happen to curtail Muslims. (not the exact words, as my memory fails. I wish Mr. Margolis could send me a copy of that article).

    Then came a report in The Times that top U.S. Army analysts believed that “Israel’s intelligence agency, Mossad, has [the] capability to target U.S. forces and make it look like a Palestinian/Arab act,” quoting a 68-page paper prepared by 60 officers at the U.S. Army’s School for Advanced Military Studie.

    Not surprisingly, the 911 Terror Attack took place and Muslims became hated worldwide, and this hate has been kept going by many more synthetic terror attacks.

    After the 911 Attack, many scientists, academics, engineers, architects, aeronautical engineers, pilots and pyrotechnic experts have published volumes of research dismantling the “official” story blaming Arabs, and demanding a fresh, independent, international inquiry to apprehend the REAL culprits.

    Unfortunately, many intellectuals, including Eric, are scared to question 911, because they would come under such severe attacks, and their credibility and careers would be destroyed by the formidable hidden force, and even their lives threatened.

    Should Eric gather enough courage, we will certainly have amazing facts.

    BTW. Eric has mentioned ISIS was created by the Saudis, but he knows the Saudis do whatever dirty game the US wants them to play, including the Contra scandal, supplying weapons to South (Christian) Sudan etc. Most experts assert that ISIS was created by Israel and the CIA. It should not be a surprise to Eric, as he knows it is Israel which created Hamas.

  7. Well Eric – that’s why I’m a fan. You spell out so accurately and succinctly. I’m still proud the Justin Trudeau pulled the Canadian airforce out of that mess.

  8. It’s too late to push for a ‘Write In Ballot’, legal in all but 7 states.
    Bernie Sanders for King…

  9. Interesting take on this horrible election cycle. I fear Trump will win. I hope I’m wrong. But it feels like the fir is about to hit the shan!

    Take care.

  10. I once read an article on the fall of the Roman Empire and it is exactly what is happening to America. Even if Trump loses the election he is still a threat because he will start the next American civil war. People mock his followers and a bunch of cowardly knuckle draggers, but I remind them how the world in the 1930’s mocked that band of rabble in Germany and their silly little failed house painter leader and his even sillier little moustache. For the first time in my life I fear the future and I am Canadian not an American. I feel like I am in Halifax harbour in 1917 watching the SS Mont Blanc drift to shore and I know what it is carrying.

  11. Joe from Canada says:

    Mr. Margolis, you are right again, except in conclusion.

    I still do not understand why, when Americans have a decent choice, they consistently choose the self-destructive path.

    George McGovern, “the most honest man to run for office”, lost to Richard Nixon.

    Bernie Sanders offered remedies for all of the things that needed to be corrected. What a wonderful breath of fresh air he offered!

    My previous posts on this respected site implored more attention to his ideas.

    Write in Bernie Sanders. Let’s not glorify stupidity any more than CNN already has.

    With concern from a neighbour from Canada….

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