Simon Says: President Trump Orders Gold Audit, Monday, January 23, 2017
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Related to this story from yesterday: President Trump Orders FBI To Conduct Massive Raid On CDC Headquarters
The government’s top public health agency has canceled a conference next month on climate change and health but isn’t saying why publicly.
But a co-sponsor was told by the Centers for Disease and Prevention that the agency was worried how the conference would be viewed by the Trump administration.
The incoming administration did not ask or order that the meeting be canceled, said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.
“They had no idea whether the new administration would be supportive,” said Benjamin, whose group was a co-sponsor of the event with the CDC.
Rather, the decision was “a strategic retreat,” intended to head off a possible last minute cancellation or other repercussions from Trump officials who may prove hostile to spending money on climate change science, Benjamin said Monday. . . .
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Besides the obvious, KrisAnne continues with some good information about who actually should be running this organization, how, and continues with the constitutional reason of ‘why.’
In a deployment not seen in seven years, three Chinese warships including a guided-missile destroyer warship embarked on a tour of Gulf Arab states for the first time since 2010 in what al Arabiya has called Beijing’s “desire to play a bigger role on the global stage.”
Trump administration threatens response to Beijing’s South China Sea territory grab . . . this article isn’t informed in a way that can compare with the next one, and it is worth it to note the difference.
!!! China is Building a Navy to Displace, Not Defeat the US in Asia, NEO . . . This is the read of the day. It puts the situation in ‘real’ perspective.
In many ways, China’s socioeconomic and military influence in Asia has already balanced a long-lopsided equation of geopolitical power in the region. The social and economic stability brought by the rise of China along with the rest of Asia has helped eliminate many of the “dark alleys” the US and its European allies have often used to create division, destruction and opportunities to then intervene, even overturn entire governments.
China’s naval ambitions in particular have been disparaged by Western political and military analysts who believe (correctly) China’s growing naval capabilities will never be on par with the United States’ global-spanning naval forces.
But that is precisely the point. . . .
. . .Considering the composition of his cabinet, as well as his motormouth twittering, the world according to Trump sees radical Islam as the No 1 threat, followed by Iran, China and Russia.
The strategy of Henry Kissinger, Trump’s unofficial foreign policy guru, is a mix of “balance of power” and “divide and rule”. It will consist of seducing Russia away from its strategic partner China; keeping China constantly on a sort of red alert; and targeting Islamic State while continuing to harass Iran.
All this has the potential to backfire splendidly. Even a real “reset” with Russia, of the non-Hillary Clinton kind, is not exactly assured.
Trump’s pick for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, may in fact be a cipher, a privileged ExxonMobil dealmaker, or a Trojan Horse for Kissinger’s views. Tillerson is a trustee of the hardline Centre for Strategic and International Studies think tank, along with Kissinger.
So let’s see how Kissinger’s shadowplay might develop on the new geopolitical chessboard. . .
Did Bayer AG do a Sly Deal on Glyphosate with EU Commission? by F. William Engdahl . . . Oh, the games being played . . . and, of course, what will the Trump Administration do?