Trump and his wartime president
By Ernesto Cazal
May suppose, Sun Tzu and millennial experience of humanity waging war, that the enemy tries to deceive both his own and those of others for strategic purposes.
Psychological operations are common for conflict decision makers, who don’t skimp on resources that could shape imaginary and decisions in favor or against what they implement in extraordinary times.
In the current case, the ravages caused in the United States as a result of the pandemic by the new coronavirus are more than visible, both for the common and for the media that do not aim to cover with a veil the critical situation that Americans live in times pandemic.
The same tycoon President Donald Trump recently said at a press conference at the White House that they expected about 200 thousand deaths from Covid-19, a statistic that in his opinion sounds promising but that would surpass any other country.
Today, the United States is the epicenter of the pandemic, and it’s hoped that it will be for a few more weeks, which would result in a catastrophe that, for all reasons, Washington tries to outsource, degrading blame towards its international enemies.
The White House first embarked on a demonization narrative calling SARS-CoV-2 “the Chinese virus,” accusing Beijing of “cover-up” to create a global pandemic that would, above all, affect North America.
An intense public relations campaign is being carried out for this purpose in US and international media related to Washington’s foreign policy. Federal government officials themselves have been instructed to answer questions from journalists and investigators in a “blame China” format, reports The Daily Best.
However, the psychological operations framed in this maneuver have gone to hell with separate articles from the New York Times and the Washington Post in which they assure that the Trump Administration is “covering up” the number of deaths that the pandemic causes within its borders.
Although the aforementioned newspapers have accumulated media records against the magnate president for years, the death rate in the United States grows exponentially over time and the ability of the American authorities to diagnose pre or post-mortem citizens through tests is scarce with respect to the need.
The actual number of Covid-19 victims is left out of official records.
This without taking into account the “collateral damage”, that is, the deaths that, due to the collapse of the American medical and health system, cannot be treated for other diseases with high mortality rates.
Tomas Pueyo already talked about this in his March 19 post.
Seen this way, it does not seem that such a “cover-up” is another media hoax by the corporate media, but rather a damage control plan with political intentions.
The American economy in the abyss of depression
The year 2020 is an electoral year in the United States, in which the magnate intends to be reelected for the presidency. Expectations before the pandemic took over were enormous for Trump, with a Democratic Party mired in an internal war for candidacy, as the establishment tried to prevent the rise of Bernie Sanders and position Joe Biden despite his obvious negative symptoms of mental health
But the coronavirus arrived to destroy the high value of financial markets and a “real economy” that had been rising in jobs, infrastructure and factory production, after years of neoliberal policies in North America.
Trump’s visible ace was, precisely, the economy against future American voters.
The White House response to the pandemic has left much to be desired in the eyes of citizens. Navigator Research, a progressive survey project operated by two polling companies, began tracking daily how the population is perceiving the Trump Administration’s response to the new coronavirus.
Tuesday’s numbers April 7 aren’t encouraging for the Republican.
Most perceive that Trump’s economic response favors the country’s richest; the population, regardless of political color, is concerned about the recession; and “Americans are concerned about their personal finances and as a result make difficult financial decisions,” survey’s comments.
Furthermore, the signs that the United States is heading towards an economic depression are predictable.
- The unemployment rate is extremely high, with more than 10 million enrolled in the federal government’s unemployment insurance program for this crisis, and it’s expected to exceed 47 million in the coming months.
- This affects the crisis in the service sector, which represents 70% of the US economy.
- As risk are the sectors that depend on trade, the free movement of people and supply chains, such as airlines, postal services, hotels and restaurants, but also car manufacturers, games and retail trade.
- There are still catastrophic expectations for the stock markets, despite the fact that the market is rising on some days. But there is no confidence that it will stabilize in the short and medium term, which causes a drop in investment in companies and services.
- A blow to consumer spending is looming, embodying about 70% of the US economy. 36% of US workers represent the service economy and outsourced contracts (gig economy), who don’t have health or life insurance, much less a financial buffer that can be supplied in times of economic depression. In addition, some 15.5 million people work in restaurants, for example.
- Food rationing is already under way, as in wartime, along with price controls and the accumulation of edible goods in the homes of Americans, a product of the panic generated by the federal government’s response to the pandemic.
- Most Americans have no savings. Surveys show that less than 58% of citizens do not even have a thousand dollars in a savings account.
- The rent payments are delinquent, a cumulative $ 14 trillion, according to the Federal Reserve. Will property owners drive millions of American families out onto the streets, homeless?
- Small businesses, which account for almost half of private employment in the United States, are on the verge of collapse, if they are no longer bankrupt. This threatens the livelihoods of millions, and also risks undermining an eventual economic upturn as financial difficulties spread to small and medium-size owners, retailers, and lenders.
- Food banks and soup kitchen are seeing an increase in demand, reasonable if the above points are understood. It’s a tragedy that is growing, since most of its workers are volunteers, seniors and are afraid of Covid-19. In addition, supply chains take weeks to supply these places, which feed thousands and millions of precarious Americans.
It’s the stupid American economy that walks just on the edge of the abyss.
Coronavirus is revealing how broken America’s economy really is
When Susan Finley developed flu-like symptoms, she didn’t go to the doctor because she was frightened about the cost. Finley’s grandparents later found her dead in her apartment. She was 53.
Finley did not die as a result of Covid-19. She died in 2016 as a result of America’s healthcare system – a system that led her to avoid treatment for the common flu in order to avoid debt. It is that same system that is currently creaking under the pressure of a pandemic that experts warned was coming but governments failed to prepare for.
It is a system that does not qualify for the term “developed”.
The United States of America, we are told by everyone from the president to the United Nations, is a developed economy. That term, “developed economy”, sounds like an endpoint, like man standing upright after a series of hunched and hairy iterations. It’s the contrast that makes the definition – developed economies can only really exist if they are compared to their poorer “developing” counterparts. Covid-19 has merely shown the cracks in a very successful marketing campaign about which category the US falls into.
First China, now Venezuela
Given this accumulation of factors plus negative ratings in the imaginary and thinking of the majority in the United States about the Trump government, it does not seem absurd to think that Washington has thought of a plan B to attract attention to other issues that already involve international actors demonized for years.
This is where Venezuela is the wild card and recent formal drug trafficking charges by the Justice Department. To this is added an “anti-drug operation” that mobilizes resources from the Pentagon to Caribbean waters, with the eye pointing towards the head of President Nicolás Maduro and other top leaders of the Venezuelan State.
This is confirmed by Newsweek with US officials: The aforementioned “anti-narcotics operation” is a facade for Trump to divert attention from his acute internal crisis due to the pandemic.
This fact does as much damage to its population (by omission and cover-up of its crisis) as it does to the Venezuelan population, who are waiting for the pandemic but who, with the drastic measures put in place by the Bolivarian Government, are not in the persistent difficulties in the United States.
In addition, the US military itself, in charge of the “anti-drug operation,” is also dealing with the difficulties of the coronavirus.
A report from Real Clear Investigations collects the testimony of General Tod D. Wolters, Air Force of, who asserted that the United States Army “is preparing for the worst case scenario regarding a potential spread” of Covid- 19.
“But what is that type of scenario is a military secret,” adds the outlet. Keep going:
“The Department of Defense has been providing cumulative totals of military-related Covid-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths, with separate figures for service members, their families, and civilian contractors. For example, as of Monday (March 30), the Pentagon reported 1,087 cases, of which 569 involved troops. These figures were two-thirds higher than they had been on Friday (April 3). But the demands for epidemiological precision are beginning to clash with the imperatives of operational secrecy. “
As the Pentagon doesn’t want to give prospects to the world that US troops are weakened by the pandemic, Defense Secretary Mark Esper himself told Reuters: “I am not going to get into the habit of starting to provide numbers on all commands and get to a point (…) (where) we reveal information that could put people at risk. ”
Furthermore, as early as 2017, the Pentagon knew that a new coronavirus would affect the world and called to anticipate, through a secret report recently declassified by The Nation, admitting that it would be “a disease of operational importance” whose rapid transmission “would degrade readiness. and combat effectiveness ”.
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This also leaves room for doubt that the United States Army is indeed willing to carry out such an operation in the Caribbean and with the purpose of facing Venezuela in a pitched battle. It seems unreasonable, even to the American military used to genocidal adventures in Southwest Asia.
Taking all these elements into account, it’s bad news for American citizens that Donald Trump prefers to look the other way when his own country has a catastrophe under his nose.
Transparency at the moment is a precious ingredient, more when combined with effective measures to protect the interests of the majority and not of the few owners of financial capital, who are truly responsible for the US economy being on the ground, knocked out and dumped. in blood. Washington’s measures lack opportunity and concern for society.
Trump is really waging war on his citizens.