Trump’s Iran, Venezuela and China gambit


To date, Trump’s nationalism has had an isolationist feel about it when it comes to his foreign affairs agenda.

Where other Presidents see freedom raining down when they view this image…

…Trump sees a waste of money…

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…the alt-Right universe Trump inhabits believes the Deep State is the real enemy of the people and while Trump yearns for the tough man military aesthetic, his paranoia of the Military Industrial Complex is as righteous as Dwight Eisenhower’s was.

Like with everything else for Trump, the Military are there to make him look good, he doesn’t trust anything that doesn’t satisfy his immediate need to lash out. There have been stories told by insiders that Trump has demanded immediate military action against those he is angry with, only to later forget he asked.

I’m someone who no longer sees Trump as anything more than a gut instinct dog that chases every car and who has a feral rat cunning mixed with a toxic narcissism. His improbable rise and dominance of politics is because he understands resentment as a political tool better than any other living politician on the planet. Unfortunately this makes him far more dangerous, not because he is a Machiavellian mastermind, but because he is an ignorant bully who is far weaker than he knows.

He has weaponised envy  for those Americans who feel culturally alienated by the sneers and smug assuredness of Gen Y cosmopolitanism and Gen X cynicism. Those Americans whose economic pain has been the cost of globalised liberalism and whose misplaced cultural angst is at having to share space with voices, genders and ethnic identities that make them feel like the outsider.

Trump is the unprivileged who were accused of privilege striking back with naked blind fury the way an angry drunk explodes with wanton addiction.

Trump is the feral yawning chasm of loneliness and isolation that gnaws away at the consumer culture American psyche.

Trump’s gut is to push the rest of the world away and hide behind his wall,  no top brass military leader would want to embark upon conflict with such an irrational leader as Commander in Chief. The possibility of miscalculated escalation is simply too high to risk prolonged engagement, but those who won’t be tasked with carrying out military action see Trump as the perfect patsy to push their own pet hates and grudges through as foreign policy regardless of the price.

There are 3 gambits being played out externally that could all implode by accident or design.



Trump’s advisor John Bolton has wanted a war with Iran for decades so allowing him to move a carrier group into striking distance is like eating in front of a starving man.

You can almost hear Bolton drool in anticipation.

Much of this moronic madness has been shaped by Trump’s total capture by Saudi Arabia. It means Trump’s infantile misreading of the previous arrangement that kept Iran from making nuclear weapons is more venal than stupid.

Which makes it more dangerous.

Trump knows the American resentment voter see cheap petrol as a birth right and he needs Saudi oil to keep that dream alive and if that means adopting a farcical and violent approach to Iran, then so be it.

The fact the intel that Iran was preparing to commit terrorist actions against American interests came from Israel also needs a moment of eye rolling.

Israel would love nothing more than to goad America into a military conflict with Iran, believing intel from them that just happens to align with Israel’s own ambitions is a bit too good to be true isn’t it?

We have every right to be fearful that this is going to explode into war because it ticks every box for Trump’s narcissism. He wants to impress the Saudis and Israelis while striking an enemy very far away.

The miscalculation here of course could be enormous. The theological deformity that is the Iran of today was caused by America interfering once before with a coup and the propping up of an authoritarian regime. Deciding to launch a pre-emptive strike against all of Iran’s nuclear facilities would be dangerous and enflame the entire region in an anti-American backlash the likes of which we would not have ever seen before.

Once in that kind of mess, Trump lacks any strategic capability other then to make things worse and worse.

The chance of some other player tricking Trump into military action is dangerously high.



I’m no apologist for the incompetence of the Venezuelan Government buuuuuuuuuut the role of America in destabilising the economy can’t be ignored. US sanctions on oil has crippled them because 95% of Venezuela’s exports are from oil.

America has intervened in South America with coups and right wing paramilitary death squads to over throw democratically elected Government 41 times, that’s almost one every 28 months!

An attempted coup with US Forces entering the country to support whatever faction will give American Oil companies a favourable slice of the oil industry is too risky because large parts of the Venezuelan Army won’t roll over and Trump doesn’t have the patience. That’s not to say he couldn’t be goaded or conned into some type of military strike using missiles against Government military targets if the Venezuelan Government commit an atrocity at a public rally or march.

Such turmoil would also trigger a vast wave of migrants fleeing the conflict. America would have every reason to build that wall then.

Watch for any oil companies setting up the ‘Venezuelan Freedom Committee’.



If you look around those who advise Trump on China policy coupled with Trump’s own limited understanding of what a trade deficit means and you appreciate the insanity at play here.

Trump fears a long drawn out war with anyone because he doesn’t have the capacity to think long enough about anything other than himself so if he can dominate in a way that doesn’t;t require much personal effort, he’ll take that.

Those who advise him on China see China as an existential threat to Pax Americana, they also believe China is far weaker economically than China pretend to be. Trump doesn’t want a deal with China, he wants a trade war with them because beating them economically is safer than fighting an actual physical war.

Trump keeps erratically changing the goal posts with China because he wants to rumble and hurt them enough to force them into containment.

The problem is that this also clips the wings of those US Corporations who have used China as a lowest cost labour source, problem for them is that Trump hates them too. He sees them keeping their factories offshore as a major problem so doesn’t;t mind burning them a bit as well.

The miscalculation here is that China will simply accept this attempt at containment and by repeatedly and publicly slapping the country in the face, back them into a corner from which they will not be able to do anything but become militarily aggressive.



  1. China, the Han Chinese ethno-nationalist dictatorship, is the greater of the two evils by a country fucking mile.

    • hahahahahaahahaha

      Most of the world don’t seem to think so. At least to over 130 countries round the world who attended the recent belt and road summit.

      New Zealand can of course choose to get off the China train.

      But then watch unemployment rates hit 20 to 30%

      “China has objectively become the most promising hope and the best example for all Third World countries…….Xi Jinping is one of the strongest and most capable revolutionary leaders I have met in my life.”

      Fidel Castro
      Former Prime Minister of Cuba

      • A ‘revolutionary’ state capitalist, you mean re Xi Jinping, right?

        Castro must have been very old, perhaps not that mentally astute anymore, when he said what you quoted.

      • @ CASTRO.
        Yeah, but hang on a minute?
        Facts are facts, right?
        It’s not China who has military outposts abounding in the pacific region. ( Not to mention globally. )
        ( The U$A has around 400 I think. )
        The Chinese didn’t come here and, at the point of a gun, insist we sell them milk powder and fresh bottled water. That was our own people who did that.Our own people sold us, our farmlands and our environment out to the yuan. Ask judith collins? She’ll enlighten you, I’m sure. To argue otherwise by saying the Chinese are somehow different to, say, any another consumer is racism. Not politics.
        It isn’t the Chinese who have their military Airforce in Ch Ch.
        It isn’t the Chinese who maim and slaughter innocent people in the middle east while creating terrible problems where there were none to make a dollar for their war industry on the scale the U$A and its allies enjoy.
        I am sceptical about the terrible financial power the Chinese can wield but we still line up to buy the shit they make.
        You really want to freak yourself out? Read this.
        john bolton. He’s one to keep a close eye on. He seems to me to be the archetypal narcissistic sociopath and a common or garden power freak who gets a stiffy at the thought of War. And! And he has more than the orange ear of, arguably, the most contentious U$A president to ever be elected into office.

  2. “I’m no apologist for the incompetence of the Venezuelan Government”

    This sentence alone is buying into the narrative of the US. I’d like to see how the New Zealand economy would be going after 25 years of it being undermined by opposition within the country and a the greatest power in the world trying to undermine it from outside. I imagine the Venezuelan government is about as incompetent as the New Zealand one would be under such circumstances.

    • Great point.

      Martyn has a habit of being sucked in by the lies of the imperialist media, particularly when it pertains to ‘human rights’ or ‘china’

      20 or 30 years ago that was maybe excusable. Nowadays with the internet and access to a wide spectrum of news sources, it is inexcusable

      Here’s something for Martyn to chew on:

    • Continuing to rely on oil export revenues to feed and house a population in this time and age is idiotic. For a Venezuelan government to have done this, they fall into that category. They should have gone about diversifying as soon as Chavez got a strong hold on the people and government, and not doing so have left the people of Venezuela in dire straits.

      They seemed to have thought they could continue exporting to the US enemy to make a living, do little else and bite the hand that feeds them. Totally dumb, in my humble view.

      You cannot blame the US for that, it is a total failure by Maduro and his regime.

  3. The US is at it again, using the economy to deal to dissenting and difficult regimes and trading partners. they are forcing them into their knees, so to say.

    And if they will dare use military force to defend themselves, they will be bombed to bits, under made up arguments about alleged ‘threats’ to US interests.

    It is a true revival of US imperialism, Vietnam is surely forgotten, and Trump has now signed up to somehow collaborate with the US military complex, linked to the arms manufacturers.

    He had already done this to get the Saudi arms deals going and signed. So he is just a total hypocrite, that man, not worth trusting one bit.

    Re China, the US is so far succeeding to slow their growth rather significantly, but this will hurt the US also, especially the large multi national corporations having invested there, and US farmers, and US consumers paying higher prices.

  4. Very astute analysis of the current situation. Trump is definitely unpredictable, but in a general sense he covets his own popularity from his “base” more than anything else which more or less keeps him in check.

  5. Nice analysus, Martyn

    Scary to see Trump and Bolton working together on international crisis

    Add into the toxic swamp that is the White House, Israel and Saudi Arabia,and we have a dangerous precipice ahead of us

    Af the the men and women of Cold War era USSR and US knew what they were doing

    But worse still, which you forgot to mention is that a National govt would be champing at the bit to join with any lunatic American military adventurism in Iran or Venezquela

    Fucking Simon Bridges would bend over and “take one for the team” to earn a few brownie points from The Orange One

  6. For Trump its about the exercise of power. His will to be the bully now wrapped up in the flag of American first dominance.

    All of their relationships to be re-formed via new bi-lateral trade arrangements that establish the subservience of the other.

    While he goes along with NATO’s hard-line against Russia (over Ukraine/Crimea), he downplays it because this is a collective effort to diminish Russian economic power, and one he did not initiate it. So he plays outlier to it and even exploited Russian disdain for Sec of Sate Clinton to profit from it electorally.

    His challenge to China is real, his IT nationalism is not just designed to keep Chinese tech out of the West but to stop components being supplied to Chinese firms.

    With Iran there is a certain ambition on the part of other parties.

    Israel wants to determine the fate of the West Bank Palestine state (bury it as it has the right of return). It sees only Iran in its way.
    Saudi Arabia wants Shia Moslems out of government in all Arab nations (Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Gulf) and this requires the subjugation of Iran. That this also involves the end of Moslem polity and also democracy in government itself is why Moslem Brotherhood is called a terrorist group and Qatar host of Al Jazaeera is isolated.

    PS. Now that Houthi have drone weapons that can hit the Saudi oil pipelines, even Riyadh itself, the tensions have gone up a notch. It’s like pressure build-up to an earthquake.

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