Trump’s Goals Seek Lesser US World Influence! Is He A New Manchurian Candidate?

By Donald A. Collins | 2 April 2024
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At 93 I find it unsettling to look back to the 1959 Richard Condon thriller book The Manchurian Candidate which spawned two memorable movies, one in 1962 starring Frank Sinatra and another in 2004 with Merryl Streep where I found striking similarities to Trump’s treasonous behavior which you can read about below.

You can read about the 1962 Manchurian Candidate movie here.

As Wikipedia tells us, “The plot centers on Korean War veteran Raymond Shaw, part of a prominent political family. Shaw is brainwashed by communists after his Army platoon is captured. He returns to civilian life in the United States, where he becomes an unwitting assassin in an international communist conspiracy. The group, which includes representatives of the People’s Republic of China and the Soviet Union, plans to assassinate the presidential nominee of an American political party, with the death leading to the overthrow of the U.S. government.”

In short, Trump has become a proxy for dictators especially Putin, who is aggressively pushing electronic messaging to foster the undermining of American democracy.

Trump has well earned the title of The Russian Candidate, as he sees NATO as a bad investment, while not acknowledging Putin’s huge disinformation campaign to influence our next election, and dismissing the rule of law as something to be ignored wherever possible. Trump sees his policies as prime access route to winning in November.

His rhetoric has become more and more Hitler like. Since my January Op Ed he promises a blood bath if he is not elected.

Read my earlier examples of Trump quotes here.

The real life comparison is truly frightening and it is buttressed by the following comparative examples of historical precedence you can read about here.

Reading the persuasive historical comparison with today’s circumstances in the 3/28/24 Washington Post by Robert Kagan entitled Trump’s anti-Ukraine view dates to the 1930s. America rejected it then. Will we Know, we learn how similar thinking prevailed about our world responsibilities prior to WW II. The author, a Post Opinions contributing editor, is the author of “The Ghost at the Feast: America and the Collapse of World Order, 1900-1941” as well as “Rebellion: How Antiliberalism Is Tearing America Apart — Again,” which will be published by Knopf in April.

Kagan, title begins as follows:

Many Americans seem shocked that Republicans would oppose helping Ukraine at this critical juncture in history. Don’t Republican members of Congress see the consequences of a Russian victory, for America’s European allies, for its Asian allies and ultimately for the United States itself? What happened to the party of Ronald Reagan? Clearly, people have not been taking Donald Trump’s resurrection of America First seriously. It’s time they did.

The original America First Committee was founded in September 1940. Consider the global circumstances at the time. Two years earlier, Hitler had annexed Austria and invaded and occupied Czechoslovakia. One year earlier, he had invaded and conquered Poland. In the first months of 1940, he invaded and occupied Norway, Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands. In early June 1940, British troops evacuated from Dunkirk, and France was overrun by the Nazi blitzkrieg. In September, the very month of the committee’s formation, German troops were in Paris and Edward R. Murrow was reporting from London under bombardment by the Luftwaffe. That was the moment the America First movement launched itself into the battle to block aid to Britain.

Cutting off Ukraine seems like small beer by comparison, but behind it lies the same “America First” thinking. For Donald Trump and his followers, pulling the plug on Ukraine is part of a larger aim to end America’s broader commitment to European peace and security. America’s commitment to NATO, Trump believes, should be conditional, at best: Russia can do “whatever the hell they want” to allies who do not pay their fair share and meet certain defense-spending objectives.”

Kagan adds “should the United States make clear that it is no longer bound by its security guarantees, the likelihood is that other industrialized nations will quickly turn to nuclear weapons to try to make up for the sudden gap in their defenses. Japan could build hundreds of nuclear weapons in a very short time if it chose — or do the new America Firsters believe that the Japanese will find reassuring America’s abandonment of the similar treaty commitments in Europe? We will be living in a world of many heavily armed powers engaged in a multipolar arms race, ever poised for conflict — in short, the world that existed in the 1930s, only this time with nuclear weapons. But yes, they will be spending more than 2 percent of their GDP on defense.

Read this vital piece in full here.

The powerful isolationist American movement lead by Joseph Kennedy Sr and Charles Lindbergh allowed Hitler to make major incursions into Europe only abated when Japan attacked us at Pearl Harbor. This delay in our awakening required full US mobilizations to save the free world.

Now we are confronted by the neo isolationists as this Kagan article so frighteningly demonstrates!

As the 3/27/24 NY Times story entitled Trump’s Social Media Company Opens New Avenue for Conflicts of Interest, it argues that “Ethics experts say Trump Media, now a publicly traded company, would present a new way for foreign actors or others to influence Donald J. Trump, if he is elected president.”

Read the entire article here.

In further corroboration of his earlier behavior with Putin, the 3/24 Washington Post article entitled Trump stays silent on detained U.S. reporter as he avoids criticizing Putin, it begins by noting that “Trump has consistently gone out of his way to avoid criticizing the Russian president and routinely demonizes reporters.”

Read it in full here.

Let’s not forget that Trump before he was elected President was trying to do a real estate deal in Moscow about which on June 30, 2019 Forbes Magazine did an extensive report. For years he tried to do deals in Russia and only being elected President kept him from not completing one or more.

Here’s a quote indicating complex negotiations.

Money has a way of repairing relationships. Cohen and Sater eventually sketched out plans to travel to Russia. Cohen talked to Trump about it, and the candidate said he would be willing to go as well, so long as Cohen could “lock and load” on the deal, according to the Mueller report. Cohen settled on a rough timeline: “My trip before Cleveland,” he texted Sater, referencing the Republican National Convention. “Trump once he becomes the nominee.”

On May 5, 2016, Sater followed up with Cohen, offering promising news. “Peskov would like to invite you as his guest to the St. Petersburg Forum, which is Russia’s Davos. It’s June 16-19. He wants to meet there with you and possibly introduce you to either Putin or [Russian prime minister Dmitry] Medvedev.”

But Sater was apparently bluffing. He now says he never actually had an invitation from Peskov, although he was confident he would meet some heavy hitters at the conference. When the Peskov invitation failed to materialize, Cohen called off the trip, according to the Mueller report, and checked in with Trump. But he did not tell the boss the deal was off, since there still seemed to be a chance it could come back to life in the closing months of the campaign. Or possibly afterward, when Trump would return to just being Donald Trump, private citizen.

What ultimately killed Trump Moscow was not all the bluster, nor the ties to Russian oligarchs, nor even the limited financial upside. When asked why the deal ended, in a sworn congressional hearing, Cohen pointed to one part of the plan that went awry: “He won the presidency.”

One might reasonably ask what else Putin might have on Trump’s extended dealings in Russia???

Read in full the whole article here.

A more complete listing of Trump’s strategy to escape any trials before the election in a 2/29 article by Tom Hartmann who begins by saying,

At least four members of the most corrupt Supreme Court in American history have decided to help Trump delay his trial for trying to overthrow the government of the United States. Just like in 2000, when five Republicans on the Court ignored Al Gore’s probable (later found to be definite) win in Florida to put Bush in the White House, today’s Court is doing as much as they can to help Trump win this November. In a hail-Mary attempt to push his trials beyond the election, hoping he’d win with Putin’s help and could then pardon himself and gut the DOJ, Trump’s attorneys filed a claim that his efforts to overturn the 2020 election were “official acts” and that all presidents have “absolute immunity” while in office and for the rest of their lives thereafter.Nobody took it seriously. Even the appeals court his bid first went to pointed out how absurd it was.

Read all Hartmann’s Daily Kos report here.

In summary, the above citations confirm that with all his other dangerous prospects if given another term, Trump has already become The Manchurian Candidate perhaps better named the Russian Candidate.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?”, “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us”, “Economic Growth: A Cancer on all Earthly Life”, “On the Precipice of Political Disaster in 2024” and “Democracy at Red State Risk”.

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