Trump: ‘America’s enemies are on the run’

The fact that Trump also specifically paid homage to members of the African-American population with this staging to win votes was not only noticed by the New York Times

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There is prayer in the public schools and everything else is in the best of the country, whose prosperity, power and prestige are making a “big comeback” under him – the speech on the state of the US President’s nation as a best-selling author

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Who can successfully stand in the way of Trump’s re-election? That is the question that comes up once again after his address on the state of the Union.

After the Democrats in Iowa had already embarrassed themselves when counting an area code and had to face the ridicule of their incompetence, which was accompanied by assumptions that internal competition was involved, Trump is in a good position. He made extensive use of this in his speech.

100 percent Trump: “Authentic lies”

It was an election campaign speech in statesman-like garb, the democrats in white suffragette robes offered him silent decor, nothing more. Trump got people from the population, the army and the border guards out of the conference room of the congress to show with this known theatrical effect that he is not a withdrawn president who talks about “deplorables” (unfortunate “dependents”, Hillary Clinton) ), but a politician in contact with the population. Obama hasn’t seen anything like this.

The fact that Trump also specifically paid homage to members of the African-American population with this staging to win votes was not only noticed by the New York Times.

The speech was made on the topic of “the great american comeback”, which actually says everything in terms of content, but Trump, who is supposed to write his speeches “100 percent” himself – “He is a bestselling author and a highly talented speaker” it off his baton – masters a kind of narrative that blurbs for adventure novels make pale in envy. And probably even more politicians who want to have success with voters.

Trump creates “flowering landscapes” in short form, the calming effect of which is so strong that hardly anyone seems willing to shake off the illusion. He conveys something like authentic lies – everyone knows that this cannot be true, but it is Trump and this reality is gladly bought from him:

“America’s enemies are on the run … The decline is over … We have been exploited, this is over … Power and prestige are back … We have discarded downsizing and we will never return to this state … We have closed the borders … the families flourish … our situation is better than ever” Donald Trump

As the German media show, for example, Die Zeit, one can contrast the sentences of the cinema posters with what the floor looks like under these blooming announcements. And, for example, to draw attention to the growing deficits, to the new debt of over a trillion US dollars in the household.

Some US media are also making an effort to highlight the critical downside or the thin floor that is under the “job miracle” with simultaneous wage increases. But the impact of this criticism is not particularly apparent. Of course, the focus is on the successes that are clearly visible and popular: more jobs, an increase in wages that has not existed for a long time. The downside, however, remains in the niches of those who experience them, or in the niches where critical economists and specialists publish.

Pray and judge

Trump yesterday counted his successes to “pro work, pro family, pro growth, pro America”, referred to his anti-immigration policy, to which some evils from reality should be noted, made it clear that law applies (the rule of law) and his policy does a lot to ensure a conservative interpretation: Under his leadership, 180 new judges have come into office, two of them at the top. More are waiting in the “pipeline”. The process is not over yet.

Religion and its practice are close to his government’s heart – “praying in public schools” – and permission to own weapons. This constitutional component (second amendment) remains untouched under his leadership, he can promise that.

Anyone who asks, given the applause of the majority and the calls from the boardroom “Four more years”, will find a palette that this image, which is effectively spackled and spotted in the manner of Bob Ross and primed with infantile “Faith” and greatest business toughness, can paint over successfully?

First Mars, then the Middle East

The opposition sits in the audience stands; Their phlegm is also evident from the fact that there is no counter choir for the “great peace plan” that Trump’s son-in-law put forward for the decades-old key conflict in the Middle East between Israel and the Palestinians, no alternatives are presented, no counter votes that are loud and convincingly pronounced.

Only at the end of his long speech (at 1: 51.00) does Trump come to the Middle East. Its predecessors gave the Middle East much more space.

Another point is that the topic came after the claim that the American flag should be the first to be put on Mars. Trump was also content with putting up flags on the Middle East site. Like a golf course, it ran through a number of important holes – the fight against radical Islamic terrorism and the great peace plan in question. But he never stayed anywhere longer.

Trump savored again that the former IS caliph was afraid of the U.S. special forces before they killed him, that IS had lost its territory (that the IS fighters were still strategically dangerous as guerrillas in Iraq and parts of Syria as well as in Africa is set up, Trump left out of the picture) and that with the Iranian general of the Revolutionary Guard Soleimani, another terrorist was killed – this was more or less all important information about the Middle East crisis zone.

It is known that Trump does not have outstanding strategic skills for this region, but neither can one assume that his predecessors Obama and Bush. Much depends on his advisors, who consistently continue what the Republicans started in a neo-conservative spirit, only that the Trump administration deploys even fewer troops and is more at war with the U.S. economic power. The basic goals of Middle East policy, such as securing oil wells, Israel’s security interests and strategically well-placed military bases, are also reliably maintained under the “Disruptor Trump”.

The regional powers of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who decided after the uprisings in 2011 that their authoritarianism would only change as much as they allow it, will do more to ensure that order does not topple. NATO is also said to play a larger role in the Middle East.

Observers fear that the developments in the region as a result of the “great peace plan” may not necessarily have less escalation potential, but for the majority of Trump voters, as long as this does not affect the United States, something else is more important.


The author of the article is Thomas Pany. Thomas Pany studied political science with Kurt Sontheimer at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, plus modern history and Semitic studies. The original article has been published in Telepolis. Translation and editing by Defenseweek’s team.

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