Gideon Rachman Hysterics,episode DXXIII: America is now a dangerous nation, or Sleepers Awake! A comment by Old Socialist

Headline: America is now a dangerous nation

Sub-headline: The president may exploit an overseas conflict to distract from problems at home

Caption under a photograph of Donald Trump: Donald Trump is offering the very opposite of the steady, predictable and calm leadership US allies seek from Washington

The opening paragraph of Mr.  Rachman’s August 14, 2017 essay:

The claim that America is a “threat to world peace” has been a staple of Russian and Iranian propaganda for many years. For believers in the western alliance, it is painful to acknowledge that there is now some truth to this idea. Under Donald Trump, America looks like a dangerous nation.

Notice the use of ‘Russian’ and ‘Iranian’ Anti-American propaganda to frame his Anti-Trump screed. In a word, desperation! But first notice the rhetorical framing by the headline writers of this newspaper.  And then compare these statements of what? confirming the fact of America as ‘dangerous’, at least under the leadership of Trump. Has Mr. Rachman just woken up? Rip Van Winkle? ‘The War on Terror‘, in sum, the realization of Huntington’s paranoid conception of ‘The Clash of Civilizations’ now rages on eight fronts, most of which originated with Obama and one of his capos Monsignor Brennan.

What follows is a complicated bill of attainder against Trump. In melodramatic terms, name this Rachman Melodrama ‘The Political Crimes of Trump’. But note that Trump is the natural successor to another celebrity, Ronald Reagan, who came to prominence as movie star, spokesman for General Electric, and television star of G.E. Theater, and in his career doldrums star of Death Valley Days.  Ronny was sincere, winning, and most important likable, though no less a Social Darwinist than ‘The Donald’!  Trump is none of these, yet he established himself, in the public mind, through that Television Circus, as a ‘Leader‘ whose motto was ‘results not excuses’ : his particular ‘Brand’ of Social Darwinism chimed with the failed Neo-Liberal Dogmas, that still pervade American political/civic life.

Mr. Rachman is in mourning for the ‘Decline of the American Hegemon’, in sum, the political moral/glue that held The West together against the mongrel hoards. Rachman now plays the part of Huntington’s vulgarized journalistic successor.

Old Socialist


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2 Responses to Gideon Rachman Hysterics,episode DXXIII: America is now a dangerous nation, or Sleepers Awake! A comment by Old Socialist

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  2. rilme says:

    I was tempted to leave a comment at ICH house, but I’m blocked. Or at FT, but there’s a wall of ads. Like you, I was wondering where Mr Rachman was during Obama’s bombing frenzy of the past decade. Old Bomber just couldn’t stop killing people! Was it 26,000 terrorist bombs? Or 26,000 bombing missions? Either way, an awful lot of hurt or dead children. The US has been a danger for many decades.

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