Steve Bannon Interview: China is Biggest Economic and Geopolitical Adversary – All Else Chaff and Countermeasures…

Stephen K. Bannon

Political Strategist Steve Bannon gives an exclusive interview to a far-left progressive media outlet where he asserts the big picture issue that matters above all other current policy issues, is the economic war between China and the U.S.

(Via Prospect) […] To me,” Bannon said, “the economic war with China is everything. And we have to be maniacally focused on that. If we continue to lose it, we’re five years away, I think, ten years at the most, of hitting an inflection point from which we’ll never be able to recover.”

Bannon’s plan of attack includes: a complaint under Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act against Chinese coercion of technology transfers from American corporations doing business there, and follow-up complaints against steel and aluminum dumping. “We’re going to run the tables on these guys. We’ve come to the conclusion that they’re in an economic war and they’re crushing us.”

But what about his internal adversaries, at the departments of State and Defense, who think the United States can enlist Beijing’s aid on the North Korean standoff, and at Treasury and the National Economic Council who don’t want to mess with the trading system?

“Oh, they’re wetting themselves,” he said, explaining that the Section 301 complaint, which was put on hold when the war of threats with North Korea broke out, was shelved only temporarily, and will be revived in three weeks. As for other cabinet departments, Bannon has big plans to marginalize their influence. (read more)

It would appear, at least on its face, that CTH and Steve Bannon are in agreement on this issue.  It is a little odd to see expressed within the format of the interview itself, and the interviewer most definitely attempts to inflate the scope of Bannon’s ability to influence the entire administration; but regardless of context on this issue Bannon is hitting the bulls-eye.

However, there’s something about the timing of this in addition to the outlet Mr. Bannon has selected that strikes a note of caution in reading.

First, other than CTH, this is the first time the issue of China -VS- the U.S. has been appropriately outlined and weighted in the geopolitical realm.  Is it surreptitious timing, or is Bannon striking a finely-tuned note of economic nationalism because there’s an ulterior motive involved?

Is Mr. Bannon trying to drag his ideologues toward an understanding that is antithetical to the perspectives many of them carry?  Who exactly is Steve Bannon – to think that he can “marginalize the cabinet”?  And against the division narrative within the White House why the heck would he push that opinion publicly?  Is he trying to push the envelope and get fired?….  weird.

There’s just something, well, actually a lot of somethings, about this interview that doesn’t quite add up.  I’m not sure what it is, but it’s a little odd to select a far-left liberal outlet to discuss the issue.

Regardless, with an abundance of caution as to the motives and intents, on this issue Steve Bannon’s perspective on China as an adversary is accurate.

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389 Responses to Steve Bannon Interview: China is Biggest Economic and Geopolitical Adversary – All Else Chaff and Countermeasures…

  1. SR says:

    SD, flap or others what is your take on Wikileaks JA talks and meeting regarding DNC hacking and not Russia?

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  2. lfhbrave says:

    Yesterday, POTUS said Steve was a good person. IIRC, the last two or three times when POTUS said the same thing about one of his staff, the person was gone within days.

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    • Ned says:

      Trump also said similar things about Jeff Sessions and he is still there, “for now”.
      I think this is Trump’s way of being transparent and letting a person know, step it up or you are out. Perhaps Bannon is stepping it up.

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  3. Bannon is the chief strategist for the Potus hence has a major say in policy. The cabinet works for the POTUS so I say yes, Bannon can influence the working of the cabinet insofar as he can influence the president, a job he was selected to perform.

    It is possible that the interview was seeding the ground for future China interactions more than anything; why would he discuss actual policy and strategy with a rag ? That is not the style of this asministration.

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    • MadeMan says:

      You can almost see the smile on Bannon’s face as he’s bullshitting this to the reporter. Seppuku tactics when it’s most needed. Bravo.

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      • dayallaxeded says:

        What do you mean by “seppuku tactics”? I get that this interview has to have a strategic purpose, but what, other than getting the economy and trade message out to a previously unreached audience, is that purpose? I think we will have to wait a while to see, b/c PDJT and by extension, SB aren’t going to show their “hole cards” until it comes time to “call.”

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        • Although the heat from the MSM Rags will never come off President Trump, this changes their direction and diffuses their focus. I think the President was aware that Bannon was going to do this. If Bannon did it on Breitbart it would of looked like a set up. Also I bet he recorded it and could release the transcript if the leftoid lies about what was said.

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      I believe we need to expect new behaviors now. Things are going to be very mixed up. The more I am observing these people, the more I see a complex, long-term, and beautifully orchestrated strategy.

      Remember when the “Gang of Four” fell in China? I think one could view all of this as the fall of the “Party of One” here in America. A long and slow program of socialist subversion is dying right in front of its goal line, out in the open, fully exposed.

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    • Just Curious says:

      It’s like a game of chess. The US is playing the board closely it seems to me, at least from my take on what Bannon had to say, I do agree with you it’s seeding the ground – nice move so far. Bottom line is they can’t trump Trump.

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      • Will Janoschka says:

        “Bottom line is they can’t trump Trump.”
        They can trump the Trump, in this, but not without reveling to all the world who ‘they’ are and ‘who’ is providing the vast money! Not Soros, he is a gonner in this game! Scary stuff! Best to grin at your gransprouts then watch the smile at tickling tummy. Damn near as good as mommy can do!

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    • xyzlatin says:

      I myself am disturbed by, as reported in Breitbart, that Bannon said that the US would never attack NK as there would be too much life lost in South Korea. How does this help Pres Trump in his negotiations? Pres Trump never takes anything off the table.

      I also believe for someone high in the administration to basically “leak” that there is a trade war between US and China also limits Pres Trump’s options in that the Chinese will now dig in to save face. Whatever is going on with Bannon, I cannot see any of this that he has said, and the way he has done this, a late night chat over the phone with a leftie reporter, is not right. It is almost a “leak” except we know who it was.

      Very bad optics and I wonder if Gen Kelly was consulted. EVERYONE is supposed to be disciplined under him, including Bannon, aren’t they?

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      • Tonawanda says:

        “I myself am disturbed by, as reported in Breitbart, that Bannon said that the US would never attack NK as there would be too much life lost in South Korea. How does this help Pres Trump in his negotiations?”

        My immediate thought was that Bannon was disarming NK – lowering their expectations – about a swift and completely devastating attack which in fact is a real possibility, an attack so thorough that Seoul will not be threatened.

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      • mimbler says:

        Yes, as much as I like Bannon, I can’t see what he did as being sanctioned by PDJT, and IMHO some of it is damaging to Trump and the US.

        I expect to see him gone pretty quickly. If he is still in his position next week, I’ll assume he was indeed doing the interview on PDJT’s behalf.

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  4. ALEX says:

    Considering the source and the fact he thought it was off the record, then it does show a willingness to blab to people..What is the point of this conversation if it was just a chat…He knows better, especially in this climate when everyone will take shots at the President and his people..

    I agree with Sundance it’s odd or weird..I just can’t wrap my head around how people in this administration have just winged it..As if there are no ground rules whatsoever…

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    • MaineCoon says:

      An excerpt from Kuttner’s article states the on/off record issue wasn’t discussed, which by default means it’s on the record.

      “The question of whether the phone call was on or off the record never came up. This is also puzzling, since Steve Bannon is not exactly Bambi when it comes to dealing with the press. He’s probably the most media-savvy person in America.”

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      • MadeMan says:

        Guys, no ifs ands or buts about it, this convo was orchestrated and approved by Trump. Bannon just watched Scarramucci implode in a matter of days due to rookie mistakes. One of the reasons Mooch got shitcanned was his naive impression his explosive conversation with the journalist regarding Reince and the communications leaks was that the conversation was off the record. Bannon knows the game, and he wouldn’t just fall into that same trap that literally just got Mooch fired

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        • Ned says:

          Jared and Ivanka wanted Scarramucci. Both Jared and Ivanka HATE Bannon.
          Thankfully Mooche screwed up or he would have gotten Bannon out. Mooche is a crude lefty and I hate to say ot but so are Jared and Ivanka. You should have heard Ivanka on Howard Stern… nasty…I don;t think Trump was too pleased about Mooche’s comments about Bannon. Mooch is s crude street kid that made it big. He wants people to LIKE him so be mouthed off to a reporter. Mooche is a lefty, like Jared and Ivanka, so he thought things would be okay. It backfired.

          Trump is being pulled in all different directions. Bannon is a mature experienced person and fears no one. What he stated is already known. It’s not new news. He is simply putting it out there for discussion. The RIGHT won’t agree with him or listen to him so why not the LEFT? They HATE corporations and “greed”. That alone might get their attention. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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          • mj_inOC says:

            Good analysis.

            Bannon doing what Bannon does best.

            He knows the impact/angle Jared and Daughter prefer… as does Bannon, CTH, and astute conservatives [who know the history of both our First POTUS and General Robert E.Lee, including Traveller ]…
            “Thy will be done, LORD.”

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          • KittyKat says:

            Not too long ago it has been said that President Trump likes competition on his team; seen in that light, the rivalry between Jared and Bannon should be something DJT likes.

            However, I’m not sure he does like it, because one thing that is sticking in his craw, that he has mentioned more than once lately, is others being attributed as being the “genius” who won the election for him. The two people who’ve been attributed with that genius are none other than Jared and Bannon.

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          • Paula Daly says:

            How do u know Jared and Ivanka hate Bannon? Just because Fakenews writes it, doesn’t mean it’s true.

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            • Oldschool says:

              Agree paula. How does anyone know the relationships of these people with each other? Hogwash
              It is obvious, however by Trump’s comments, that he cannot tolerate people giving Bannon credit for his victory, nor will he acknowledge Bannon’s role in that victory. Sure hope POTUS checks his ego. When he makes statements like he did the other day about Bannon coming late to the campaign, winning before Bannon, imo Trump looks very juvenile. School yard talk.

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            • mj_inOC says:

              Pull up pix of Hope [Ivanka’s hire first] and you will see her talking and smiling with Steve which tells me a lot…

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              • dayallaxeded says:

                Yep, other than PDJT, the people HH most often seems to be engaged with are Miller and Bannon. Say anything else you want, but that group looks a lot like the “Fountain of Smart” Ponce De Leon and everyone since should’ve been looking for.

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            • Carolina Kat says:

              I agree. The disinformation about this administration is thick, I don’t believe anything at face value. I doubt there is antipathy like that – there may be policy divergence but I cannot imagine Kushner and Bannon who worked under the stresses of a Presidential campaign haven’t found a way to work through it.

              Also, Bannon and Conaway rescued the campaign from Manafort. No doubt Trump recognizes the benefits brought by them.

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          • mdaush says:

            Agree with you totally. Bannon almost never speaks publicly….so when he decides to be interviewed, you can take it to the bank that his words are STRATEGIC and well thought out beforehand.

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          • cjzak says:

            Wow, who do you get your info from? You seem so certain you know what all those people are doing and who they like and don’t like. Please, let us all in on the place to go and get this very inside info so we can all be as certain what’s going on in the WH. Would sure answer alot of questions.Thanks!

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        • KittyKat says:

          That was my biggest question: was he freelancing or working at the president’s behest? and I lean very much toward, he was working at the president’s behest.

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        • I agree mademan. Part of the strategy of this interview, I think, is to cultivate alies on the left.

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        • singingsoul says:

          Is Banon in on wanting ousting P Trump?

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    • usayes says:

      I don’t know Alex – this is all very Art of the Deal and the Art of War to me AND VERY orchestrated and thought out… We’ve been numbed by political nonsense for decades – messy and unstructured. Welcome to President Business USA – strategic but unpredictable… organized and well-oiled but unsettling. Goal driven (MAGA) and willing to break some glasses (NAFTA, TPP, CHINA, the unhinged amateurish MSM). IMHO, I don’t feel Bannon’s comments are all that odd – they were planned, deliberate and typical of a boardroom demeanor when there are such high stakes in the room.

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    • Judith says:

      There are no ground rules except God and country. In that order.

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    • NC PATRIOT says:

      Bannon and PTrump are on the same page regarding hard economic pressure on China.
      I can’t imagine Cohn and GOPe will like that. (Don’t forget Cohn and others disagreed with our leaving the Paris climate accords, too. Bannon sided with Trump )

      So Bannon is more aligned with P45 on economic tactics or economic nationalism. I Don’t believe Bannon did this without P45’s advance knowledge. That is just my opinion. Reason? To get the media off balance or to give them something else to obsess about.

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  5. trapper says:

    “Either the reports of the threats to Bannon’s job are grossly exaggerated and leaked by his rivals”

    Kuttner figured it out. There is a distinct possibility that this is no accident, no act of desperation, and the timing is not random. It sounds to me like a flanking move directed by President Trump and executed by his domestic general Bannon. “Ethno-nationalists” are “irrelevant,” “losers,” a “fringe element,” and “a collection of clowns.” America is in an economic war with China and everything else is chaff. It will be interesting to see if anyone else on the left picks this up (American Prospect is a serious journal). And if they don’t, Mr. Kuttner will be left to wonder why not. Games afoot he didn’t realize? See here:

    http://prospect.org/article/our-incoherent-china-policy-fall-preview

    Oh, and Bannon’s comment on Nork could just be a planted statement intended to allay China fears (Nork=China=Nork=China) of a preemptive strike by us anyway even though the Panda has backed down and pulled back Kim.

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  6. FTWPhil says:

    I think these men, who we have looked to as leaders, knew what kind of shit storm they would have to weather when they put their agenda in play. The left will eat itself.

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      Exactamente. They are feeding the socialist monster to itself, as they hack off pieces and throw them at the mouth.

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    • trapper says:

      There are multiple parts to the “left.” Some are liberals who have different ideas of policy and values and approaches and can be reasoned with and who can engage in discussions. I have friends in this camp and we get along fine. They understand why I voted for and support Trump and we just disagree on certain things.

      There are others on the left who do things like approve the sale of Loral missile guidance technology to the Chinese communists. They are committed Marxists and can only be described as outright traitors to their country. China’s illegitimate regime is the last gasp of Marxism on the planet, and those who follow that old fraud know it and are insane with desperation to see China not lose the economic war to the death China initiated aqgainst America. Some on the “left” may still be forced to figure this out. Hence Bannon’s call to Kuttner. Flanking the Marxists.

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  7. Prettyplease says:

    Bannon interview made the Daily Mail. 400+ responses n rolling. Lol 😂

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  8. Texian says:

    Peering from my binoculars.. something is not quite right here.. I do see smoke.. but not from our seemingly benign piece of armament.. and the enemy appears unwaringly casual.. what is our strategist doing on the Left flank battlefield and what is he up to.. holding my fire..

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  9. Bubba says:

    4D chess is great and necessary to win, however, in politics, you also need the straightforward chess moves that everyone can see. In politics, your supporters need to be fed some red meat periodically. Your opposition needs to be punched in the face (figuratively) and knocked off balance at the right times. The ambivalent need to be able to see your chess moves because they’re not paying enough attention to figure out 4D strategy. Politics is about garnering support. We need more in your face, straightforward chess moves. We need the 4D strategy, of course, but, at this point in time, we need MORE of Steve Bannon. It’s time.

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    • George says:

      4D Chess is absolutely an emotional fight and this is been the play since Presidents announcement. He tweets and wins on their evil reactions. COMMON MAN! lol
      Maybe tomorrow I always say
      MAGA = SELF DEPORTATION
      NEVER FAILS

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    • Just Curious says:

      Bubba,
      I have a feeling those punches are coming swift and sharp.
      Let the games begin.
      This is the ‘ warm up the hands’ stage

      This just might end up being the most eloquent dance of surrender that the Chinese will ever do without even realizing it. LOL

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  10. Neural says:

    Perhaps I will be considered not patriotic enough, or that I don’t have my priorities straight, but the one time in my entire life that I chose to write a letter (email) to the President of the United States (or at least to those who read his e-mails for him) was on the issue of China and how they are strangling our economy.
    I think part of this is because I feel it is something that President Trump can really do something about, as it is trade/business related. He won’t need to rely on outsiders for information on how to deal with this, his decades of personal experience will come into play.

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    • Just Curious says:

      Neural,
      If that’s the only letter you wrote….my friend YOU ARE PATRIOTIC …period… nuff said. thank you for writing it and sharing that with us.

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  11. SeekerOfTruth says:

    Recently I have been sending notes to the WH hoping they were listening, for Bannon to come out and speak publicly. It was needed. Here we go finally. He needs to be part of the public strategy play in this public war. Not just a private inside person. He needs to show public value.

    A few more comments of interest. Typical Bannon.
    Bannon dismissed the far-right as irrelevant:

    “Ethno-nationalism—it’s losers. It’s a fringe element. I think the media plays it up too much, and we gotta help crush it, you know, uh, help crush it more.”

    “These guys are a collection of clowns,” he added.

    And finally, Bannon scoffed at The Democrats…

    “…the longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em. I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”

    — His comments on the cabinet are a little confusing.
    — He needed to hit at Congress and their struggles. Maybe next time. Another note to WH.

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  12. Ned says:

    I think Bannon took a hint from Trump to DO more. Why not interview with a left media person?
    The RIGHT won’t like what he has to say. They are global establishment types. They want CHEAP labor – legal or illegal. Colleges and Universities have a program in place that when a foreign student graduates, they send their resume over to a F500. They will happily work for less because they can get a green card.. dreaming of citizenship and chain migration. The illegal wants the money and works dirt cheap so why would the global establishment council that lefty Jared put together be interested in abandoning that when it magnifies the money they make? Of course they wouldn’t be interested! They used the Charleston problem as holier than thou self righteous exit. That council was ll Jared’s idea. Who Trump could have gathered together was SMALL and MEDIUM sized businesses to isolate their issues and solve them.

    An interview with a LEFTY group puts Bannon’s idea out there. He is RIGHT about China. Jeff Sessions is now working on that. So maybe Bannon feels the need to get that out there. Even LEFTIES talk. They don’t like cororate greed at the expense of people who want to work. Bannon is one of the few that I trust. Trump would be a fool to diss him. Trump should dump, Jared and Ivanka and McMasters. McMasters was recommended by McPain. Trump should have ripped uo the Iran deal. McMasters wants it in place and making a fool of Trump. McMasters sold the Iran deal to our lovely swamp critters. McMasters is slowly bringing in Obama people while firing Trump people.Trump really has to think about that. If he wants two terms and keeps this up, it won’t happen with Obama people pushing failure.

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  13. dustahl says:

    Bannon got the OK from Trump on his interview, they have reasons. Of that I am 95% sure, Cohen
    out of favor. my view

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    • MadeMan says:

      Yep Cohn is waffling and has cold feet. He just doesn’t have it in him to push what needs to be done to properly take on China economically. I understand Trump likes different viewpoints, but China is the key to Trump/Bannons economic nationalism agenda. You are either on board, or your not. Better get on board.

      The one thing Trump has been consistent on all the way back since the early 80’s is his insistance we are getting ripped off on trade, and its imperative we have Pro American worker trade deals. Trump is playing to win, Cohn is playing not to upset the apple cart. That shot Bannon took at Cohn was a message from Trump. Guaranteed

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      • usayes says:

        Watch Wilbur do what Cohn could never do… i.e., understand NAFTA and run circles around the Canadian and Mexican lightweights… that man is simply incredible.

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      • KittyKat says:

        The approach they are taking gets to the core because communism is primarily an economic order, which gets lost in all the identity politics.

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  14. maxmbj says:

    Bannon’s about the only guy on the team I fully trust.

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  15. While we are discussing China. This is from a post on Breitbart.

    ALL of this has nothing – zero, zip, nada – to do with the Confederacy or the Civil War. This has EVERYTHING to do with gaining power and attempting a coup d’etat through creating chaos. This is a Maoist style cultural revolution. If you’re not too familiar with that, here’s a great overview:

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      Agreed. However, I see it as a PLAN they had under Hillary (for what would have been a REAL cultural revolution), that they have quickly and badly retro-fitted as an attempt to get out of Trump’s closing pincers of justice.

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    • nyc0009 says:

      Excellent vid. Eerie similarities. Especially the fact that now the leftists in our country are working the colleges hard to find hard left Antifa(Ooops should be “FA” for FASCISTS) students they can mold. I pray that most of American parents can see through this.

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    • The Boss says:

      Barry Soetero was an impressionable boy during the Cultural Revolution. He is certainly following in Mao’s footsteps even now, and mixing in the best of Muhammedism for an added boost. Evil SOB!

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    • Ploni says:

      Here in America, EVERY attack on our republic is an attack on G-d Almighty.

      (If you doubt this, review the Five Books of Moses thoroughly to understand what is G-d’s will in every social, political, social, or economic conflict within our society.)

      If we relinquish our faith — and, most importantly, our public expression of our faith in G-d, our Creator — our end will come fast.

      And, yes, this means the expression of our faith in G-d in the public realm of government, business and industry, and community.

      The Chinese NEVER turned to The One True G-d in faith and for protection.

      Our American situation today is all about G-d, Who chose the United States of America and bestows upon it its great blessings.

      Now that blessing must be acknowledged publicly more and more.

      Our president does this incessantly, and we must too.

      G-d bless America.
      America bless G-d
      MAGA 2017

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    • Texian says:

      This explains it. This explains the mysterious death of one of my role models during my youth..

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      • Texian says:

        Their “cultural revolution” purge reached around the world..

        Every Treeper is on the Leftist hit list.. “..be water my friend..”

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        • dbcaldave says:

          Yep, everyone of us is on their Hit List. According to them we are all racists and unfit.
          I was just thinking this morning as I was at the beach that this stuff is
          getting real, and we all need to get strong (if one is able to.)
          Thanks Tex, for the clip of Bruce.
          I idolized him as a kid, and I’ve never seen those demonstrations before.
          he was one of a kind and so shocked when he died.
          I got chills seeing his face and hearing his voice thanks again. Wonderful.
          ” be water…..”

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      • dayallaxeded says:

        If you get the chance to see the films about Bruce Lee’s mentor, “Ip Man” they are not great cinema, but his is a very great story.

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    • AgiProp. I’m reading even the organizer of the Unite the Right march was Occupy Wall Street and an Obama supporter until last December, after the election.

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  16. nyc0009 says:

    “the longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em. I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”

    BINGO. I am surprised that more CTH’rs have not mentioned this. (I tell my friends this every day). There is no way the Dems win in 2018 if this is the issue. It did not work in 2016 and won’t work in 2018. Let them keep it up. They have marginalized themselves out of existence. Problem is that we have to pick up more TRUMP republicans as it is clear that the republican old guard is too entrenched with their money from their corporate bosses to fight for the American people.

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      I agree – I thought this was the most stunning admission. And what is really cool – it’s a message to China – “YOU ARE SCREWED if you think your plan to activate your assets here is going to work, ChiComs. We have the dragon by its thieving paw, trapped and bleeding in American steel. Go ahead. Make our day. Activate your socialist radicals with their inane garbage. All you get is MORE and BIGGER TRUMP.”

      This is how we know that the Dems are actually gimps of China. They CAN’T offer any kind of real economic plan that doesn’t serve the beast / dragon. Schumer thought about doing it, and came up with his fake rip-off economic plan, but Trump has the social justice “REEEEEEEE” crowd of Trigglypuffs by the piercings, and he can make them howl at any time. The Democrats are dead in the water – trapped by their own social justice cray-cray. All we have to do is stay with Trump – and ride out any false flag for one or two months until the facts come in (meaning ignore the fake news and support Trump), and they can’t do ANYTHING. We just saw this work AGAIN with Charlottesville, and trust me – it will work with ANY bogus scheme they cook up. They are SCREWED by their own evil. They squirm, and they just get MORE trapped.

      Stay behind Trump. Don’t believe the lying media. Trigger the trigglypuffs. THAT is all we need to do to MAGA and win 2018, 2020, and 2022. And maybe beyond.

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      • Grandma Covfefe says:

        Bingo! and Amen!

        Stay the Course!

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        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          Yup. We need to EMULATE THE MASTER – TRUMP – who said ALWAYS wait for the facts.

          I am predicting the socialists are gearing up to a desperation false flag – almost certainly with a lot of real bodies (I said desperate) – and THAT will be their cover for a nasty move to change the government, Ukraine-style. But WE need to be like Trump – keep supporting him, keep supporting MAGA, resist the FakeNews media, remain 100% non-violent, and simply wait for the facts. WAIT FOR THE FACTS. Those facts will set us free.

          I would even urge the extreme right – who have been surprisingly non-violent – to stay that way. READ the revolutionary works of MLK, Jr. Just because BLM doesn’t – doesn’t mean it’s not awesomely good advice for everybody – that is EXACTLY how we can ALL beat them. Note that the left had to use a PSYCHOTIC to get right-wing violence in their Charlotteville scam. Psycho, just like Dylann Roof. Well, the rational people in the extreme right can probably see it, but THEY need to work on things to WATCH for fakes and psychos advocating violence, because THAT is how the socialist UniParty creeps will false-flag them again.

          Very ironic, but the “Unite the Right” psy-op actually points to the solution – NON-VIOLENCE. If we “unite the right” on total non-violence, we MAGA, and there is NO stopping the MAGA movement.

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        • Southern Son says:

          Press ON!!

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      • Gil says:

        IOW, confuse the bejeezus out of them so they cant focus any particular direction and then be smart enough to change strategy to fit the needs of the battle. The more I read, the more I see. Imagine what POTUS and team must strategize.

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      • JT says:

        speaking of Schumer I find it odd how he’s been needling Trump to get harsh on trade with China ever since he was inaugurated. I wonder if it is his genuine position or perhaps he is baiting to get Trump to make a mistake.

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  17. ver2cal says:

    Love this week. More pressers with President Trump and insightful interviews with Bannon please. Less everyone else in administration. Republicans in congress can go fall in a lake. MAGA.

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  18. pyromancer76 says:

    i read through the Kuttner article after I read Sundance’s take and all the comments. I “felt” the gravity and insistence that we are in this for all the marbles. If we aren’t, we lose. Period.

    China has been given a huge head start working toward our demise due to our feckless, or worse, leaders If China continues its ascendance, we finally won’t recover. We know that at least China and Russia — and the Caliphate — are working towards these ends. All communists certainly are. It is time to stop helping them.

    This is the one and only area worthy of warfare and as Sundance so clearly defines it, the warfare is economic. All the rest is about containment. If we compare the various countries GDP, the only real competitor is China — and China is always out to win by any means necessary.

    I don’t know about the naming cabinet names and about the bragging about getting certain people out. I don’t know. Unusual — planned, or a slip, perhaps due to frustration and arrogance. I am going to guess on the side of planned for what reason? Maybe to light a fire under their butts to get with the program.

    Finally, why choose Kuttner? This might be the only way to achieve a modicum of “left” support — from those few, well placed, who are not communist and who don’t want China to win.

    Good to put white supremacy to its proper resting place — stupid, vicious arrogance.

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    • The Boss says:

      Like your post, and I have Two little things to add:

      White Supremacy is and has been a sorry side show. The left’s constant exhuming of it reeks of desperation. When you’ve lost the plantation’s slaves and have to pay the taxes on Tara, you’d do just about anything to keep it.

      I’m with you on “Planned, for what reason” but for different reasons which I’d like to keep under wraps for now. After two cups of joe, I’ve got a “reason” I’ve not seen posted here yet and may not see. I could be wrong, bit maybe not. No sense in giving hints to the “wrong people”.

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  19. pyromancer76 says:

    One further thought on North Korea. The reality of Bannon’s statement is so obvious. Our military must be ready and we must show force, no alternative to that. But if the NorK’s begin anything, the devastation will be hellacious. Again “warfare” with China is the only game in town. They must reign in their total client state, their puppet.

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  20. Llyod says:

    maybe bannon & trump working together as a psyop. 2 birds with one stone. MSM + china. Just my .02.

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    • A2 says:

      It would be comforting with that opinion, but if you read Bannon’s statements he is outclassed, out thought and if we believe this interview, a disruptive and undermining force.

      The President’s administration knows where the conflicts are with China and are on top of what policies need to be pursued and implemented.

      Mr Bannon is not one of them. He is, if this interview is true, a divisive, and wholly ignorant of what may be done. He sounds like a a political operative whose time has sadly run out.

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  21. A2 says:

    Sundance said it “caution”. Reading the interview link Mr Bannon statements if true is a real eye-opener.
    Quote: “Oh, they’re wetting themselves,” he said, explaining that the Section 301 complaint, which was put on hold when the war of threats with North Korea broke out, was shelved only temporarily, and will be revived in three weeks. As for other cabinet departments, Bannon has big plans to marginalize their influence.”

    If this interview is true, he needs to go away.

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    • Oldschool says:

      Maybe A2. Take caution with all of it including some of SD comments. Of all SD analysis, the stories about Bannon, imo, seem to have a bit of bias and/or emotion against Bannon. Maybe he really is Bannon trying to throw us off the track!!!!

      We just don’t know.

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    • Judith says:

      “..He needs to go away..” I don’t follow. Sec 301 is a game changer, no doubt the art of the deal. Why wouldn’t China be concerned? And, with cabinet departments swarming with Uniparty obstructionists who openly defy the President, I say: Man those torpedoes, Steve! Bombs away!

      By all means, relegate these snowflakes to a quiet corner, so we can get on with the business of MAGA!

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  22. jeans2nd says:

    IF
    Bannon had Our POTUS’ ok to do this

    THEN
    this is the logical solution.

    Visualizing your political continum, Bannon is moving his target, from the alt-right, which is similar to rigid morality police, to just past the anarchy of the alt-left, which is currently tied to identity politics. The only solution to identity politics is police state, which no one wants. These left people are currently demoralized, and rightly so.

    Bannon – and we – are in agreement about economics. We only differ on the solution.
    Bannon, Miller, Trade Trio, and others, know the U.S. laws and how to use them to the U.S.’s benefit. The left’s elected leaders are old guys who grew up ignoring our laws, if they ever learned them at all. Remember, lobbyists write the laws, not those old guys. (Our elected old guys are just saying Show Me The Money.)

    The left also sees the only solution is massive big government – more police state. Bannon is offering another way – send things back to the states, which are, obviously, smaller government. The federal government will shrink due to attrition, and work to benefit those in the states.

    Thank goodness, our old guys are not elected officials, and actually read and know our laws. Bannon is just going to those folks on the left, offering a way out of their morass, and, like Tommy Lee Jones in MIB3, yelling to the monster, “Eat Me!”.

    ELSE nevermind. Stevie Wonder may be in heap big trouble.

    Suspicious Cat?

    BTW, McMasters is there for his military mind, not economics. Geography, not ideology. Bannon is there for the economics. Odds are Bannon has little influence over military matters, and McMasters has little influence over economic policy. Kelly is there to rein in the staff, not Our POTUS. Military guys will understand this completely. Kelly’s “body language,” etc. at the press conference yesterday was directed at the Fake News, NOT Our POTUS.

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      See my comment below. Maybe Bannon is targeting a PART of the left’s base. The kind that ARE tired of the racial BS, and DO see China and globalism as trouble, and who are NOT happy with ANTIFA types. Maybe he’s choosing this moment (when analytics say TONS of union type Dems are not happy with Dem politics) – “Hey – come to the Trump side. We’ve got your back.”

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      • jeans2nd says:

        “a PART of the left’s base.”

        Who are mostly millennials, the guys I call my “Bernie Buddies,” and old guys like the Teamsters, UMWA, USW, IBB, UA, Border Patrol, IUPA, IAFF, etc. The female wymyn are hopeless, they are alt-left and not worth the powder to blow them up.

        The aforementioned are Trump people. Many worked to elect President Trump. Your toes would curl if you heard the stories they told me.

        The only problem is, they still see the solution as big government, which of course is antithetical to the correct solution.

        So, do not get caught up in language and labels. Listen to them, then use their own words to explain things to them. Works every time. 😉

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  23. Buck says:

    Bannon is blamed each second of each day for leaking by his enemies. Think he would just run off and give his first interview to some leftist pub? Yeah okay.

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    • sundance says:

      Except, he did.

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      • wolfmoon1776 says:

        To me it just screams intentional placement of a purpose I just can’t quite figure. It’s like Howard Hughes showing up in person at some motel in Kansas in the middle of nowhere and saying “I’d like to buy the motel”. OK. He obviously wants THIS motel. But WHY THIS MOTEL?

        One possibility is that Bannon knew it would not be distorted by the particular journalist OR the publication, AND it would have credibility on the left. In other words, he wanted it to be read very unambiguously on the left.

        Is he reaching out to core Bernistas and Kucinich types? Rust belt politics on China? Is it a message to Trumka? (We will talk to your base, and screw you, buddy.) Something interesting here.

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      • Yes, and remember when PDJT gave an interview to -was it the New York Times(?) where he spoke of his dissatisfaction with Sessions and we could not understand why PDJT would have spoken to that outlet, …. does this interview of Bannon’s have the same “flavour”?

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  24. A2 says:

    So many comment, “I trust Bannon”, ‘It’s 4D chess’, ‘Bannon is blamed by his ‘enemies’. And so on and so forth. Makes me wonder if anyone read this interview. If Bannon does not refute this interview, then he is not what he seems.

    Everyone knows China is a major competitor. The Trump administration is taking steps in that regard, but Bannon saying this:
    “Oh, they’re wetting themselves,” he said, explaining that the Section 301 complaint, which was put on hold when the war of threats with North Korea broke out, was shelved only temporarily, and will be revived in three weeks. As for other cabinet departments, Bannon has big plans to marginalize their influence.

    OK Bannon supporters. When was he given the power attack other cabinet appointments to “marginalize their influence”.

    Get him out.

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    • Will Janoschka says:

      “OK Bannon supporters. When was he given the power attack other cabinet appointments to “marginalize their influence”. ”

      It is called ‘Strategic advisor to the President’. P45 can ignore any of his cabinet appointment opinions. The idea is to get enough strong variance, so nothing is ignored! The deadly part of assuming.

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      • A2 says:

        Hey Will Janoschka , that was not a statement of trust it was a statement of attack against cabinet officials, if true.

        It was not a statement of differences of opinion. The ‘deadly part of assuming’ is if ( this interview is correct and not refuted) that we assume Bannon is supportive of the President’s foreign policy. Sounds to me like a definitive no. Bannon seems to know better, Fail.

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        • Will Janoschka says:

          “As for other cabinet departments, Bannon has big plans to marginalize their influence.”
          Ok A2 deep state fool, where is any evidence of such?
          ‘It was not a statement of differences of opinion.’
          McMaster (military) disagrees with Bannon ‘strategic political’, not military info-structure, both are needed. Gen M. Flynn is much better at the true ‘SPOOK’ stuff that most ignore. More necessary than others! He is not gone!

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          • A2 says:

            OH wise insider and general poobah. I am ‘deep state’ now. Name calling and identity politics, because I disagree with you. Pretty pathetic @Will Janoschka.

            You didn’t read my comment. I said ‘if true”.

            Not good enough for you as you have another agenda.
            Good luck with that sport.

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            • Will Janoschka says:

              A2: ‘You didn’t read my comment. I said ‘if true”.’
              I did read. That ‘if true’ does not negate your intended viscous message!

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  25. sundance says:

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    • A2 says:

      DUH, so does everyone else know this whether they are Pres Trump supporters or not.
      The evidence is there, No one except crazy loony tunes don’t get it.

      It is how to ‘wage’ the war. Smart policies, deep analysis and America First as primus inter pares.

      We have this. Bannon is just noise.

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      • The Chinese know we’re at economic war. From the article:

        “We’re at economic war with China,” he added. “It’s in all their literature. They’re not shy about saying what they’re doing. One of us is going to be a hegemon in 25 or 30 years and it’s gonna be them if we go down this path. On Korea, they’re just tapping us along. It’s just a sideshow.”

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  26. Will Janoschka says:


    Just like my kitten “shadow” communicates:
    1) ‘It is now permissible to pet upon US’`. So get on with it!
    2) ‘Wars my food’.

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  27. ledygrey says:

    Well, the cats have got it figured out.

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  28. Evelyn says:

    History certainly does have a way of repeating itself. This seems like a good time to revisit Isaiah 45, in regards to our POTUS 45. How perfectly does this fit our POTUS and our nation at this time? Praise God!:

    “This is what the Lord says to his anointed,
    to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of
    to subdue nations before him
    and to strip kings of their armor,
    to open doors before him
    so that gates will not be shut:
    2
    I will go before you
    and will level the mountains;
    I will break down gates of bronze
    and cut through bars of iron.
    3
    I will give you hidden treasures,
    riches stored in secret places,
    so that you may know that I am the Lord,
    the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
    4
    For the sake of Jacob my servant,
    of Israel my chosen,
    I summon you by name
    and bestow on you a title of honor,
    though you do not acknowledge me.
    5
    I am the Lord, and there is no other;
    apart from me there is no God.
    I will strengthen you,
    though you have not acknowledged me,
    6
    so that from the rising of the sun
    to the place of its setting
    people may know there is none besides me.
    I am the Lord, and there is no other.
    7
    I form the light and create darkness,
    I bring prosperity and create disaster;
    I, the Lord, do all these things.

    8
    “You heavens above, rain down my righteousness;
    let the clouds shower it down.
    Let the earth open wide,
    let salvation spring up,
    let righteousness flourish with it;
    I, the Lord, have created it.

    9
    “Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker,
    those who are nothing but potsherds
    among the potsherds on the ground.
    Does the clay say to the potter,
    ‘What are you making?’
    Does your work say,
    ‘The potter has no hands’?
    10
    Woe to the one who says to a father,
    ‘What have you begotten?’
    or to a mother,
    ‘What have you brought to birth?’

    11
    “This is what the Lord says—
    the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker:
    Concerning things to come,
    do you question me about my children,
    or give me orders about the work of my hands?
    12
    It is I who made the earth
    and created mankind on it.
    My own hands stretched out the heavens;
    I marshaled their starry hosts.
    13
    I will raise up Cyrus in my righteousness:
    I will make all his ways straight.
    He will rebuild my city
    and set my exiles free,
    but not for a price or reward,
    says the Lord Almighty.”

    14 This is what the Lord says:

    “The products of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush,
    and those tall Sabeans—
    they will come over to you
    and will be yours;
    they will trudge behind you,
    coming over to you in chains.
    They will bow down before you
    and plead with you, saying,
    ‘Surely God is with you, and there is no other;
    there is no other god.’”

    15
    Truly you are a God who has been hiding himself,
    the God and Savior of Israel.
    16
    All the makers of idols will be put to shame and disgraced;
    they will go off into disgrace together.
    17
    But Israel will be saved by the Lord
    with an everlasting salvation;
    you will never be put to shame or disgraced,
    to ages everlasting.

    18
    For this is what the Lord says—
    he who created the heavens,
    he is God;
    he who fashioned and made the earth,
    he founded it;
    he did not create it to be empty,
    but formed it to be inhabited—
    he says:
    “I am the Lord,
    and there is no other.
    19
    I have not spoken in secret,
    from somewhere in a land of darkness;
    I have not said to Jacob’s descendants,
    ‘Seek me in vain.’
    I, the Lord, speak the truth;
    I declare what is right.

    20
    “Gather together and come;
    assemble, you fugitives from the nations.
    Ignorant are those who carry about idols of wood,
    who pray to gods that cannot save.
    21
    Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
    Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
    Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
    a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.

    22
    “Turn to me and be saved,
    all you ends of the earth;
    for I am God, and there is no other.
    23
    By myself I have sworn,
    my mouth has uttered in all integrity
    a word that will not be revoked:
    Before me every knee will bow;
    by me every tongue will swear.
    24
    They will say of me, ‘In the Lord alone
    are deliverance and strength.’”
    All who have raged against him
    will come to him and be put to shame.
    25
    But all the descendants of Israel
    will find deliverance in the Lord
    and will make their boast in him.

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    • Will Janoschka says:

      “For this is what the Lord says—he who created the heavens,
      he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it;’
      Just who gives a shit of what BS you think the Lord says\said.
      “he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited—
      he says: “I am the Lord, and there is no other.”

      OK just what did your only ‘Lord’ claim\say of the soon to be Solar eclipse by the Moon across most of the USA? Earthlings are not God, but can only rummage around and try to get some clue as to Gods “is”. How can you, Evelyn, have any clue? Grab a beer, sit back, and carefully observe what is!

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      • Sr.PegCJ says:

        Evelyn, that was beautiful. Thank you for those scriptures. As a Benedictine Sister, I find your post uplifting, Pax, to you.

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      • mj_inOC says:

        Please delete your disrespectful comment.

        Who do you think plans an eclipse?

        God is not mocked.

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      • David R. Graham says:

        Will, your comment here is cruel. I am sorry you made it and sorry for hurt it may have caused its target. That sort of comment is directed at me occasionally. It is not gentlemanly.

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      • dayallaxeded says:

        By all appearances, Evelyn is a much more careful and intelligent observer than “deer in the headlights” Will. What does the watchmaker “claim/say” when the minute and hour hands meet at exactly 12? “0bunghole didn’t make this?” Maybe.

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      • v4ni11ista says:

        Nasty prick who knows about grabbing beers

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      • Phil aka Felipe says:

        “Grab a beer, sit back, and carefully observe what is!”

        Evelyn seems to be able to “sit back, and carefully observe what is”.

        She and those of us who know the Lord observe just exactly what the Lord said is going to be taking place.

        The “what is” is what He said.

        It is so much easier to see when we don’t “Grab a beer”.

        But whether we “Grab a beer” or not, He is faithful to what He says.

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Thank You, Evelyn, for bringing this chapter up for a time like this for our President Trump.
      Today, I’ll be reminding my prayer contacts to bring Isaiah 45 to the front. Interesting chapter number as President Trump is 45th President.

      God Bless you, Evelyn!
      May God Bless our President Trump and all his supporters.
      MAGA

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    • Sr.PegCJ says:

      Evelyn, dear. I’m sorry that I put my post in the wrong reply space. So allow me to repeat myself. That was beautiful and uplifting. Thank you, and Pax

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  29. Lburg says:

    Snip from the original article by Kuttner:
    “Steve Bannon, Unrepentant

    ROBERT KUTTNER AUGUST 16, 2017
    Trump’s embattled strategist phones me, unbidden, to opine on China, Korea, and his enemies in the administration.”

    Last two paragraphs of the original article:
    “Either the reports of the threats to Bannon’s job are grossly exaggerated and leaked by his rivals, or he has decided not to change his routine and to go down fighting. Given Trump’s impulsivity, neither Bannon nor Trump really has any idea from day to day whether Bannon is staying or going. He has survived earlier threats. So what the hell, damn the torpedoes.

    The conversation ended with Bannon inviting me to the White House after Labor Day to continue the discussion of China and trade. We’ll see if he’s still there.”

    Apparently, Bannon called the reporter – not the other way around.

    If Bannon called him, seems to take the ‘Bannon thought it was off the record’ off the table and hopefully puts ‘Say Cheese’ on the table as the centerpiece. To be followed by “Would you like some more cheese?”.

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    • JAS says:

      This is the actual comment on the “off the record” thing.

      “The question of whether the phone call was on or off the record never came up. This is also puzzling, since Steve Bannon is not exactly Bambi when it comes to dealing with the press. He’s probably the most media-savvy person in America.”

      Meaning Bannon is media savvy enough to know this was on the record.

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      • Sherlock says:

        Of course he knew it was on the record. Why would anyone think otherwise? The rankest amateur in our media saturated culture knows that unless you have a very clear “off the record” or “on background” agreement with the writer, you are “on the record.” This is especially true with a writer with whom you have no prior relationship. I see no problem with the comments, and would like to see more from Bannon.

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  30. JAS says:

    Read the whole article. Five things I took away from the tone of the phone call and the author’s musings:

    – The infighting inside the administration is HUGE. That’s not unusual for a new White House. However, my take is that the globalists inside are wreaking havoc on the admin’s policies, more importantly the policy on China.

    – North Korea – “we lost that one” years ago. There is nothing we can do militarily that will not cost millions of South Korean lives.

    – Virginia – Bannon almost said in so many words that the Virginia thing is and attack on Trump based on racial nationalism, with all of Congress getting on board (globalists). He denies this saying that it is all about economic nationalism, race is not in the picture.

    – Bannon, and maybe Trump through him, is trying to get support on the left by finding common ground for economic nationalism to help defeat the globalists, both in and outside the Admin.

    – Bannon invites the reporter to the White House after labor day to continue the conversation. He then must believe the he is not going anywhere anytime soon.

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  31. Miles Rost says:

    For the record on this, and with inside information from an attorney who works closely with the Trump Administration, I am ignoring anything A2 is saying about this situation.

    Bannon got the approval to do this from Trump. That’s the inside scoop.

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  32. Bob Thoms says:

    ” their setting themselves “. He is talking about china.

    ” Im changing out people at East Asian Defense; I’m getting hawks in. I’m getting Susan Thornton [acting head of East Asian and Pacific Affairs] out at State.” …..Does Bannon really have this kind of juice inside the Administration?

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    • pyromancer76 says:

      Did Bannon really say this? We appear ready to believe programmed news. Can’t get Bannon out any other way? Maybe this will work. Maybe Kuttner has more moxie than other leftists. I can’t believe how many I am shocked about, having done what I consider to be selling their souls to the devil. I thought they had their honest, if wrong from my perspective, beliefs. I thought there was some integrity within a point of view. Hah!

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      It’s Trump’s juice. I’m sure of it.

      I think it’s important to realize that this administration is firing on all cylinders because it has a clear articulation of Trump’s vision throughout, and needs no direct orders to implement his will. This is why Trump’s gal at Cambridge Analytica who wrote his campaign Facebook posts could say it was (paraphrasing) “easy because Trump is so authentic” (and of course the libs had no idea why this is true, and could only criticize it on simplistic terms as being impossible because Trump himself didn’t write the posts. They don’t get the virality of authenticity along with vision).

      If a report comes in from loyalists at State that this gal is a problem, Bannon verifies, Bannon takes it to Trump, Trump signs off, Bannon gets her out. Who did it? TRUMP. State may have started it, Bannon may be “doing it”, but it’s all Trump.

      The difference between a communist cult of personality and a unifying vision in American government, like Trump’s, is that the latter can have an internal demand of self-consistency and various other self-tests, and it basically runs itself. In communism, there is always a fallible focal authority who overrules themselves without consistency, because it’s all about the power of people, and not the power of ideas.

      Bannon is there because he gets and articulates the Trump vision into words. As do others. And that is a beautiful thing. (McMaster does, too. Ponder THAT!)

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  33. Tonawanda says:

    Bannon also spoke to the NYT:

    Bannon told then Trump will win on the “tearing down statues” issue and I agree.

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  34. SeekerOfTruth says:

    The thing that disturbed me most about the Bannon interview is he comes across as a smug elite political analyst. Thinking he is the smartest person in the room. His comments about the cabinet people indicated he thought he was better than many of them.

    Unfortunately this interview gave me a real look into who is Steve Bannon. And some parts I do not like…… Does Steve Bannon play well with others? No. Does he need to play well with others? Yes.

    He must remember that he is part of a very smart and strong team and sometimes he will not be right or get his way. And he should never think that he is the smartest person in the room otherwise he will fail to listen well to others..

    I may be off on this quick personality analysis but maybe I am correct. More public comments would soon tell. If he is allowed to do that.

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    • LULU says:

      Bannon is an adviser to President Trump. I doubt that “play well with others” is part of his job description. And there is a fair amount of agreement that he very often is the smartest person in the room. PDJT excepted.

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    • pyromancer76 says:

      Yes, this is the main, follow-the-facts-as-written experience of that “interview” or whatever it was — all except “fake news” or “frosting-the-cake” news. Might be a good way to try to get Bannon fired.

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  35. mimbler says:

    I am a Bannon supporter.

    It is human nature to rationalize when facts lead you to a conclusion you don’t like.

    I see that often here at the treehouse, and undoubtedly have been guilty of it myself.

    But I’ve yet to see one of those tortured rationalizations come true.

    Despite sayings to the contrary, things are -usually- exactly what they appear.

    And, sadly, it appears to me that Bannon got off the reservation, and made a number of ill-advised comments to a lefty writer. Some of them are damaging to PDJT and the country.

    I’d be happy to see my observation turn out to be wrong, but I’m not expecting to. I still appreciate Bannon for the help he gave PDJT, but he now appears to be a distraction and a hindrance. Perhaps he got bored,

    Mike

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    • Howie says:

      I like to take a conclusion and work it back to see if facts fit the theory.

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    • Tonawanda says:

      I understand and sympathize with what you are saying, but the information chaos is so confused right now for a variety of reasons, including deliberate deception, I find it impossible to say much for sure, including that things are exactly what they appear to be on the surface.

      And I can’t even say that is a bad thing, and is probably a good thing (but who knows?)

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      • mimbler says:

        I agree. That is why I form an opinion on what appears to be the facts, and then modify the opinion as the real facts appear.
        Currently anything political is like the fog of war.

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    • Sherlock says:

      Bearing in mind that the reporter almost certainly cherry picked his comments and did not publish the entire conversation, I have zero problem with any comment in the article. I do not agree that his comments were damaging to POTUS or the country. Far from it.

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      • mimbler says:

        Well, it is certainly a matter open to different opinions.
        For myself, saying that we wouldn’t use force with North Korea seemed damaging to our negotiating position with them and with China.

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        • NC PATRIOT says:

          Using force to NK is NOT part of our negotiating with China. Our negotiating with China is purely economic to get THEM to pull NK back.

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          • mimbler says:

            Leaving all options on the table has been PDJT’s negotiating position from the beginning. We weren’t positioning our military assets around North Korea because we wanted to burn excess gas.
            Of course, military is always part of diplomatic posturing in regards to N Korea.
            China doesn’t want economic disruption, it also doesn’t want military disruption of a neighbor.
            It is the classic carrot and stick approach.

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  36. Snow White says:

    Suspicious cat making an appearance again. I like this cat.😻😻

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  37. bitterlyclinging says:

    The ability to come up with unlimited quantities of manpower is a weapon in itself.

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  38. Howie says:

    Noticed Tokyo Rove is up early on FOX lamenting the awful Bannon. I don’t know about this yet but will bet that if Rove doesn’s likee, it is a good thing.

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  39. Mr. Morris says:

    “Turd Blossom” Karl Rove likes the trade deals that have financially benefitted China, and global corporations. Decline of American manufacturing and American jobs is not important to Rove. He is part and parcel of the uni-party.
    Steve Bannon and President Trump want fair and good deals for America. With this in mind “Turd Blossom” will do anything to discredit Bannon and Pres. Trump.

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  40. SayWhut? says:

    Bannon just took the wind out of the sails of all the TrumpHaters…
    Brilliant Bastard.

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  41. The more I think about this odd interview the more I think it highly possible Trump gave Bannon the green light to stir the “palace intrigue” plot.

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  42. daughnworks247 says:

    Recall the 25K word article which Bloomberg did on Bannon. It’s fascinating and I keep going back to reread. https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/graphics/2015-steve-bannon/
    One thing sticks out to me.
    While forming and growing Breitbart, Bannon was always looking for ways to “percolate” a story into the MSM. When one of their stories “broke through” to MSM, it was celebration time, happy hour at their favorite bar. The staff, under Bannon’s leadership, did not care who got the credit for the story, which was VERY interesting and savvy. They learned, early on, the MSM was lazy. Often, they would hand a story over to the MSM, at 98% complete, and let the MSM run with it. Bannon merely wanted the ideas to get into print – to the widest audience possible.
    Knowing that Bannon was/is this savvy with the MSM, and after the Scaramucci debacle, why would Bannon call a left wing outlet and ramble….if it was not intentional?

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    • pyromancer76 says:

      Correction: This is how the Daily Mail writes that Bannon responded. Remember, Fake, Phoney, Paid News.

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      • LULU says:

        I have a bridge, and island, a slightly used Ferrari and the Hope Diamond, ready to sell to anyone who believes what the Daily Mail puts out.

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  43. Sherlock says:

    I’m curious. Has anyone read the China article that Bannon’s interviewer wrote? It was that article that supposedly prompted Bannon’s call. Would like to see it if anyone has a link handy.

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  44. That would imply that Rmoney was WRONG when he claimed during the debate five years ago that Russia was our primary geo-political adversary…

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    • dayallaxeded says:

      Romney was, is, and probably always will be an idiot shill for globullshit financial interests. He is as or more fake and traitorous to the USA than any Bushie ever was. And Rove is essentially his and the Bushies’ evil, deranged henchman.

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  45. David R. Graham says:

    Thoughts of “why he did it” and other domestic hubbub aside, the geo-strateg coup d’oeil says unequivocally that the principal nation-state threatening USA sovereignty is China. And that along two vectors, which are related but not identical: geography and economics. This is old news, which is not the same as being accepted news. So this geo-strategic fact must be stated, regardless the circs of stating it.

    It is also the case — and this is neither old nor accepted news; it is new news for most — that two other *major* powers share with the USA the distinction of being threatened principally by China. That would be India and Russia. And China threatens their national sovereignty, likewise, through vectors of geography and economics.

    China is the only major state today nursing global hegemonic ambitions. Salafi and Iranian Islams have the same ambition but lack major nation status to support it, fluff up their fur, stand/move sideways and screech as they do.

    My perhaps now tiresome urging of strategic alliance between USA, Russia and India — for the purpose of, proximately, quieting MENA and, ultimately, deflating Chinese hegemonic ambition — has as reality anchor the geographic and economic threat China is to the sovereignty of specifically these three nation states. http://theological-geography.net/?p=27675

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  46. bessie2003 says:

    If Treehouse people are perplexed by this interview, I can only imagine heads exploding in China trying to read between the tea leaves as to what could be the meaning of such a close adviser of the President ‘seeming to be going rogue’

    and wondered the purpose that behind the interesting name dropping of a few State Dept employees within his comments to the reporter,

    definitely Suspicious Cat worthy intrigue.

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    • bessie2003 says:

      p.s. My comment is in reference to this paragraph from the linked article:

      “I’m changing out people at East Asian Defense; I’m getting Haws in. I’m getting Susan Thornton [acting head of East Asian and Pacific Affairs] out at State.”

      to my suspicious mind, this one sentence is the whole purpose of the article, sending a message such as ‘this particular person isn’t as secure in her bargaining words as some might think as we’re putting in a hawk instead’ kind of message.

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  47. jeans2nd says:

    There are some residents living in the environment into which Bannon ventured that regard Bannon as the sane grown-up in the Trump Admin.

    “Grown-ups” Versus “Ideologues”? The Media Narrative of the White House May Be All Wrong
    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/08/grown-ups-versus-ideologues-the-media-narrative-of-the-white-house-may-be-all-wrong.html

    We have nearly everything in common with these folks. We differ only at the very end, where they go into socialism/communism and we go into free trade between the states and fair trade for the rest of the world. Oh yes, they also blame America for every single thing wrong in this world. (this is leverage, btw, easily turned into a positive message) http://silentcrownews.com/wordpress/?p=5586

    Bannon may have been too young to have memories of this Kennedy speech, about doing things in the open and not in secret. Would wager President Trump remembers it.

    The Bannon narrative re: Bannon’s influence on White House other-than-economic policy is typical Trumpian bluster, imo. The question is, will POTUS see it this way?
    We shall see.

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