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    Default "Russiagate": a Marxist analysis

    This will document the reaction of the real Left to this nontroversy.

    From the perspective of the ruling class, the problem with Trump is not his bigotry or his ruthless war on poor people. He says in public what they all say to each other in private. Since its very inception the FBI and the state apparatus have been built specifically for intimidation and suppression of oppressed communities, the working class and people’s movements. They have been carrying out political targeting, mass incarceration and deportation long before Trump came along.

    Trump’s fatal and inescapable flaw is that he considers himself bigger than the state. He substitutes himself — his interests, needs and relationships — over the common affairs of the ruling class. He calls the military “my military.” He replaced career officials with cronies whose main attribute is their personal loyalty to Trump. With early-morning Tweets he recklessly threatens carefully crafted relationships — from China to NATO.

    That is why the main centers of power preferred Clinton over Trump during the presidential race. After he was elected, the intelligence and foreign policy establishment used a variety of carrots and sticks to try and bring him into line, especially to cancel his proposed Russia reorientation.

    But Trump did not fully concede to them. While bringing in some Washington insiders, he retained his crew of renegade ultra-rich figures who came with their unconventional ideas about foreign policy and trade. The modern imperialist state does not function this way. It is not set up so that whatever little assemblage of the billionaire class captures the White House they immediately get to impose their vision and program on the rest of the ruling class and society.

    That is why the ruling class has the state, and no one — not even the president — stands above it.

    It is no simple task to manage a U.S. Empire facing diverse challenges and perhaps irreversible decline. Trump is an embarrassment to the foreign policy and intelligence establishment. The details of what Trump shared with Russia’s foreign minister is still in dispute, but the notion that Trump is the first president to share classified intelligence with foreign leaders is preposterous. (A simple review of the Kissinger transcripts with Soviet and Chinese Communist leaders in the 1970s demonstrates that.) The real point for the ruling class is that Trump is in over his head in the conduct of high-level foreign policy, which requires discipline and firmness to extract concessions. But Trump is highly subject to personal flattery, and is thus easily manipulated. Despite his boasts as the world’s best negotiator, he has negotiated nothing of value for the U.S. Empire.

    In short, all Trump has “achieved” is to throw everything off-balance — which works for a presidential campaign but is unacceptable for those institutions that have invested so much in the current global order. The permanent managers of the U.S. Empire desire someone who is reliable, stable and persuasive, who is generally popular enough to give their operations legitimacy; someone who knows to kneel before the generalized class dictatorship rather than project his own.

    Of course, Trump is no fool. He attempted to shore up ruling-class support by designing the largest corporate giveaways in history — hundreds of billions in tax breaks, the looting of the public sector, the build-up of the military and the elimination of regulations. If he were to succeed in this ambitious wealth transfer from poor to rich and permanently destroy what remains of the public sector, the ruling class would forgive his instability. He would become a legend, like Reagan did. Wall Street and the Fortune 500 would have his back.

    But all of Trump’s vulnerabilities have stalled this domestic agenda. Both his tax reform and health insurance initiatives are now on hold. Few legislators in his own party are willing to fully stand behind him. As his poll numbers decline, more and more of the Republican establishment must be whispering, “how about Pence?”
    To revenge the misdeeds of the ruling class, there existed in the middle ages, in Germany, a secret tribunal, called the “Vehmgericht.” If a red cross was seen marked on a house, people knew that its owner was doomed by the “Vehm.”

    All the houses of Europe are now marked with the mysterious red cross.

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    ... This struggle is basically over two different policies for imperialist aggression. The Trump grouping, which includes Steve Bannon, his strategy advisor, and Michael Flynn (now fired), wants to use a realignment with Russia against China and is for an expanded war in the Middle East, allegedly against Islam.

    The working class, the oppressed and the progressive movement should oppose both camps and seek an independent policy in opposition to Washington’s aggressive stance toward Russia while at the same time not being lured into Trump’s so-called “peace” camp.

    For the working class and progressives to get a clear view of the matter, it is best to set aside all speculation about what Flynn and others might have said to Russian officials, who may have hacked into whose emails or affected the election. It is not necessary to know any of that to understand this struggle.

    But, for clarity, we will cite Time magazine of Feb. 27-March 6. In an article titled “What’s Wrong with Russia?” Time gave its version of the conflict with Russia and then continued:

    “Perhaps the most important front in this new conflict has been unfolding in the West Wing. Over the course of the past three months, according to senior Trump administration officials and others who have participated, quiet but consequential talks have taken place there over whether the U.S. should resist Putin in his new campaign or cede to Russia a sphere of influence in Eastern Europe [and,] in return for an alliance against ISIS, work to reduce nuclear-weapons stockpiles and help constrain China.

    “Donald Trump has publicly enunciated parts of such a grand bargain, as have top advisers Steve Bannon and National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The White House officials who have advocated such a deal … see nationalism as the basis for all-important fights against Islamic extremism and China’s rise.

    “Opposing a Russia deal are such Cabinet secretaries as Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson … backed by virtually the entire foreign policy establishment.

    “Flynn’s ouster makes it politically more difficult for those who would like to advance a pro-Moscow strategy.”

    Trump called for realignment during entire campaign

    Whether or not the Time article is correct in its details or its formulations, it is not difficult to understand the axis of the struggle. Trump has been saying it out loud since his campaign began.

    He has constantly pleaded from the platform, in between his racist, misogynist and anti-immigrant diatribes and his wild attacks on the media: “Wouldn’t it be a good thing if we got along with Russia. We could join together and fight ISIS … and terrorism.”

    He’s been saying for over a year, “We could reduce nuclear weapons,” etc. And each time he says it, it sets off alarm bells in the Pentagon, in the spy agencies, in the anti-Russian mainstream media, in the political establishment and in the board rooms of military corporations.

    Bannon, the ideologue behind Trump

    Trump’s attempted political maneuver with Putin, which may already have failed, is promoted by his political guru, right-wing ideologue Steve Bannon. Bannon has an apocalyptic worldview that calls for war against Islam and China.

    The South China Morning Post reported on Feb. 17 about Bannon’s outlook: “The United States and China will fight a war within the next ten years over islands in the South China Sea, and ‘there’s no doubt about that.’ At the same time, the U.S. will be in another ‘major’ war in the Middle East.”

    This attempt to reorient Washington’s foreign policy, however, is a completely naive move by Trump. His overblown ego leads him to believe that it is possible to tear up all the Pentagon, State Department and CIA plans to subdue Russia.

    That is why the biggest hawks in the Senate, pro-Pentagon Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, have led the charge to investigate Flynn and the White House. Meanwhile, Secretary of Defense Mattis, Secretary of State Tillerson and Vice President Mike Pence were in Europe defending NATO, warning Russia that there would be no military collaboration and pledging support to Ukraine.

    Military high command wants Bannon out

    It is significant that retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward twice turned down the Trump administration’s request that he take Flynn’s place as national security advisor. Harward was a Navy SEAL, the deputy commander of U.S. Central Command, the representative of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the National Counterterrorism Center, and the director of strategy and policy on the National Security Council staff.

    For such a former high-ranking officer to turn down the president is almost unprecedented. Harward explained his objections: Trump and Bannon refused to let him have his own staff. Beyond that, Harward told the White House that “he wanted a clear chain of command reporting directly to the president, and most importantly, to restore the NSC structure of prior administrations … so that political advisors like Steve Bannon would not have a seat on the Principals Committee.” (“All In with Chris Hayes,” MSNBC, Feb. 17)

    The military high command are opposed to Bannon telling them where and when to make war. Additionally, returning to the previous NSC structure would mean returning the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to a standing position on the NSC Principals Committee, a steering committee of sorts that meets frequently and is the most powerful organ in the foreign and military policy structure.

    Trump forces reorganized the NSC to put Bannon on the Principals Committee and at the same time removed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the head of National Intelligence, reducing them to members who would be invited at “appropriate times.”

    It is clear why the Joint Chiefs and the head of National Intelligence were removed. They would be opposed to a rapprochement with Russia.

    The entire Pentagon, Wall Street and the political establishment have been geared up to threaten Russia ever since Washington failed to completely take over Ukraine. The fascist coup in 2014 was engineered by the Clinton State Department and the CIA and begun by the European Union. Its progress was halted by the resistance in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine.

    Washington and the Pentagon were furious when the Putin government moved with lightning speed to take Crimea back for Russia. (Crimea, which has a majority Russian population, was originally part of the Soviet Union separate from Ukraine.) Russia then effectively supported the insurgency in the east against the pro-Western imperialist government in Kiev, backed by fascist storm troopers.

    Russia was seeking to prevent NATO from advancing further east to its borders. The taking of Crimea can be understood as a strategic move to block the Pentagon and CIA from seizing Russia’s only Black Sea port at Sebastopol.

    The seizure of Ukraine by Washington had been preceded in 1999 by the incorporation of Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic into NATO, in violation of Washington’s pledges not to do so.

    For workers and oppressed ‘the enemy is at home’

    In the struggle between Russia and Washington, the workers, oppressed and progressive forces of this country must follow the Leninist dictum that “the enemy is at home.” We must be against our own ruling class trying to subordinate Russia to U.S. imperialism.

    The Democratic Party leadership is vigorously promoting the anti-Russia line to explain their loss in the presidential election, thereby adding their weight to Washington’s aggressive, warlike policy toward Russia. The masses of activists who are mobilizing to resist the racist, anti-immigrant and reactionary Trump agenda should not fall into the Democrats’ trap.

    By the same token, the workers, small farmers and oppressed peoples in Russia, while defending their country against U.S. imperialism, must fight Putin and their own oligarchic ruling class.
    To revenge the misdeeds of the ruling class, there existed in the middle ages, in Germany, a secret tribunal, called the “Vehmgericht.” If a red cross was seen marked on a house, people knew that its owner was doomed by the “Vehm.”

    All the houses of Europe are now marked with the mysterious red cross.

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