Sunday Talks: USTR Robert Lighthizer -vs- Margaret Brennan…

President Trump is the first U.S. President to confront Beijing directly -head on- and the Chinese respect him immensely for it. It is an inherently adversarial relationship; but it is also a conflict where opponents respect their enemy because the outcome is victory or death. Ultimately, this, from the perspective of China, is a zero-sum contest.

President Trump is also the first U.S. President to: (1) understand how the red dragon hides behind the panda mask; and (2) be willing to directly confront that dynamic. That’s where U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer comes in.

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Ambassador Lighthizer is willing to go to the mattresses because he knows that ultimately his kids future, and his bosses’ grand-kids future, are entirely dependent on victory.  Freedom or serfdom, those are the alternatives.  Yes, this is that big a deal.  The biggest of all big deals (pun intended) in the last century.

There is also no doubt in my mind that President Trump has a very well thought out long-term strategy regarding China.

President Trump takes strategic messaging toward the people of china very importantly. President Trump has, very publicly, complimented the friendship he feels toward President Xi Jinping; and praises Chairman Xi for his character, strength and purposeful leadership. President Trump knows how to play their panda/dragon games.

Nuance and subtlety is everything in China. Culturally harsh tones are seen as a sign of weakness and considered intensely impolite in public displays between officials; especially amid adversaries. Respect is earned through strength and cunning.

To build upon a projected and strategic message – President Trump seeded the background by appointing Ambassador Terry Branstad, a 30-year personal friend of President Xi Jinping.

To enhance and amplify the message – and broadcast cultural respect – U.S. President Trump used Mar-a-Lago as the venue for their visit, not the White House. And President Trump’s beautiful granddaughter, Arabella, sweetly serenaded the Chinese First Family twice in Mandarin Chinese song showing the utmost respect for the guests and later for the hosts.

Why the constant warm messaging?

What is the purpose?

What does all this have to do with a trade confrontation?

 

Historic Chinese geopolitical policy, vis-a-vis their totalitarian control over political sentiment (action) and diplomacy through silence, is evident in the strategic use of the space between carefully chosen words, not just the words themselves.

Each time China takes aggressive action (red dragon) China projects a panda face through silence and non-response to opinion of that action;…. and then the action continues.

The red dragon has a tendency to say one necessary thing publicly, while manipulating another necessary thing privately. The Art of War.

President Trump is the first U.S. President to understand how the red dragon hides behind the panda mask.

It is specifically because he understands that Panda is a mask that President Trump messages warmth toward the Chinese people, and pours vociferous praise upon Xi Jinping, while simultaneously confronting the geopolitical doctrine of the Xi regime.

In essence Trump is mirroring the behavior of China while confronting their economic duplicity.

China has no cultural or political space between peace and war; they are a historic nation based on two points of polarity. They see peace and war as coexisting with each other.

China accepts and believes opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. Flowing between these polar states is a natural dynamic to be used -with serious contemplation- in advancing objectives as needed.

Peace or war. Win or lose. Yin and Yang. Culturally there is no middle position in dealings with China; they are not constitutionally capable of understanding or valuing the western philosophy of mutual benefit where concession of terms gains a larger outcome. If it does not benefit China, it is not done. The outlook is simply, a polarity of peace or war. In politics or economics the same perspective is true. It is a zero-sum outlook.

If it does not benefit China, it is not done !

Therefore the economic battle must be carefully waged to deliver a series of alternative thoughts in the mind of Beijing.  They must view specific action as their best interest.  Any reversal in the current standard of benefit is viewed as a loss; the Chinese will not cede to any losses.

To challenge those who hold this zero-sum position, you must first change the standard.

This means China must lose first before the negotiations can begin.  The baseline within the negotiation must be reset.  Once the baseline position is reset, then negotiation can be viewed by the Chinese as a gain.  This is the only way to get the Chinese to agree to any terms.

If the baseline losses to China are not currently firmed, meaning Beijing and Xi Jinping see their current position as the standard, then President Trump and Bob Lighthizer need to wait longer before engaging.

Big Panda must see their diminished bamboo forest as the natural, current, and diminishing forecast status.  Only then will Panda engage in negotiations.  China must be in a seemingly perpetual stasis of losing before they will contemplate their need to achieve gains.

This is an economic and geopolitical battle that requires nerves of steel and an incredible amount of cunning and strategy.  As Trump resets the baseline, China will make multiple simultaneous moves to counter any potential losses.

President Trump, Secretary Ross and U.S.T.R. Lighthizer must think well ahead of China (they have); and make moves early in the conflict (they have); long before China realizes they are being confronted (they did).   {Go Deep}

As we saw with the DPRK showdown Trump was several moves ahead of Xi, and blocked the counter-offense position of the Red Dragon before it was deployed.

President Trump will not back down from his position; the U.S. holds all of the leverage and the issue must be addressed. President Trump has waiting three decades for this moment. This President and his team are entirely prepared for this.

We are finally confronting the geopolitical Red Dragon, China!

The Olive branch and arrows denote the power of peace and war. The symbol in any figure’s right hand has more significance than one in its left hand. Also important is the direction faced by the symbols central figure. The emphasis on the eagles stare signifies the preferred disposition. An eagle holding an arrow also symbolizes the war for freedom, and its use is commonly referred to the liberation fight of righteous people from abusive influence. The eagle on the original seal created for the Office of the President showed the gaze upon the arrows.

The Eagle and the Arrow – An Aesop’s Fable

An Eagle was soaring through the air. Suddenly it heard the whizz of an Arrow, and felt the dart pierce its breast. Slowly it fluttered down to earth. Its lifeblood pouring out. Looking at the Arrow with which it had been shot, the Eagle realized that the deadly shaft had been feathered with one of its own plumes.

Moral: We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.

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91 Responses to Sunday Talks: USTR Robert Lighthizer -vs- Margaret Brennan…

  1. Paul Paul says:

    I’m not sure how to write this… I am amazed that you can see Trump adroitly handling these large issues on the international stage, playing a deep, long game with nations with vastly different cultures with enormous resources, and yet you think that he is stymied and endangered by the local deep staters. That he doesn’t have some plan to simultaneously take care of them, too. Somehow it just doesn’t scan for me. Wouldn’t China or whoever align themselves with the swamp rats to overcome Trump? Enemy of my enemy and all that?

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    • sundance says:

      I will address this soon.

      However, with respect, the biggest flaw that people make is thinking POTUS Trump cares about the DC swamp enough to confront it, or expend energy on it….. IMHO, He doesn’t.

      He’s working on generational issues that are much bigger and consequential than the administrative state. The DC deep state is downstream from where POTUS is working.

      Donald Trump is, well, essentially, John Gault.

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      • Squirrel Doc says:

        Sundance, your analysis is light years above my own, yet I wonder whether Trump’s success with China will matter if our internal struggles against the Deep State go unrewarded, our legal system continues to be mocked, and our elections tarnished by fraud.

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        • sDee says:

          Invert your question…..
          e.g……..wonder instead if a Trump success replacing corrupt Deep State henchmen would matter if the rest of our manufacturing, jobs, wealth and IP are moved to Communist China? Does it matter if Comey and Clinton are in in jail while the globalist carbon tax schemes pull us into the first phase of global governance?

          Trump is making a move unprecedented in modern history – single handedly taking on the new world international order (gloablism). Trump is taking on the money, power and evil that enables and protects its minions like Clinton, Comey, Rosenstein, Burr et al.

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        • fleporeblog says:

          It will matter because China 🇨🇳 is the holy grail that holds together Globalism, NWO, CoC, Lobbyists, Democrats, RINOs, MSM etc. If China 🇨🇳 is destroyed, everything that they have done for the past 30 years vanishes.

          Folks the Chinese over the past six months have seen all of their games destroyed by the Atomic Sledgehammer of Truth! Ole Xi will have to decide in the very near future whether he wants to really give in to our demands or whether he wants to destroy his paper economy. He CAN’T stop 🛑 both!

          Our President continues to drive the Dragon 🐉 crazy 😜. Xi knows damn well that since our President finalized the trade deal with Mexico 🇲🇽 and Canada 🇨🇦, China 🇨🇳 will see a reduction of 1% to 2% to their real GDP rate!

          They also know that PDJT is absolutely right when he states the obvious.

          There is a cause and effect to our GDP and theirs. By squeezing them with tariffs of 25% on the first $250 billion on April 1 (since the 90 day window doesn’t commence until January 1st) and 25% on the remaining $267 billion, PDJT is swinging our GDP up and killing China’s GDP.

          Let’s look at the math:

          USA 🇺🇸 Tariffs on China:

          $250 billion x 25% tariffs = $62.5 billion dollars to our Government

          $267 billion x 25% tariffs = $66.75 billion dollars to our Government

          China 🇨🇳 Tariffs on USA:

          $110 billion x 25% tariffs = $27.5 billion dollars to their Government

          $40 billion x (THAT IS ALL THEY HAVE LEFT) 25% tariffs = $10 billion dollars to their Government

          That totals $129.25 billion dollars in tariffs for our Government versus $37.5 billion dollars to their Government.

          That shrinks the trade deficit by $91.75 billion dollars a year.

          What does that mean for each country’s real GDP rate?

          In the 2nd Quarter we shrunk the trade deficit by $52 billion dollars and it added 1.16% to the 4.2% real GDP rate.

          Our President is absolutely right that WE CAN’T LOSE!

          Xi knows HE CAN’T WIN!

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          • cali says:

            @fleporeblog & @Sundance:

            The worst thing for Xi and China is the unspoken acknowledgment of a wounded dragon!

            Anyone that knows about cultural and geopolitical history as well as China’s history from the beginning will find that weakness is not tolerated. Their pride in their culture and their choice of dragon is for them the outward display of infallible strength.

            A ‘wounded’ dragon or moving the Panda just the slightest actually triggers an inward shame never openly expressed.

            President Trump studied China for years and openly spoke about the trade issues between the US and China. Now he has the opportunity to reset the ‘baseline’ with China.

            Add into that a little “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu and Xi as well as the Chinese citizens have lots of affinity for our presidency that also will remain unspoken.

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          • zorrorides says:

            Flep (Cali also touches on this) could you expand a little on China’s special place in the NGWO? My thoughts have hovered over the question: Why China, for the globalists?

            My theory is that China is external to the Rest/West, and the globalists expect China to stay within itself even after China becomes massive in global power. They plan for China to be be big enough to balance out the USA.

            Consider there could be war. How many soldiers or population could China afford to lose, vis-a-vis the USA? By whatever development, when America is just another player in the West/ the Rest, then the globalists do control all of not-China. And of course the gloabulists believe they can keep a prosperous detente with the rulers of China.

            Nothing else works this way; not Islam, nor Africa, South America, India, or Russia. Gaining control of all of not-China is a reachable goal. Gaining control of the whole earth is not going to work out for anyone, any time.*

            (*Except for Jesus. My prayers ask God to favor PDJT, whom he has raised up for us and all the nations.)

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            • fleporeblog says:

              China 🇨🇳 was the country they selected to overtake the USA 🇺🇸 when they were allowed in the WTO. They also saw China 🇨🇳 as the one country that could go toe to toe militarily with us because they would have the economy to do so. By taking out the USA 🇺🇸 as a superpower, their world domination could commence.

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        • The Deep State is not just the Administrative State but is a symbiosis of private enterprises with the Administrative State.

          The Administrative State crafts laws that benefit transnational private enterprises at that expense of Main Street. One example is the role that lobbyists for private enterprises played in crafting the various international trade agreements. A role that Trump and Team put to a stop with the new USMCA agreement.

          As Sundance has made clear, there are trillions at stake for private enterprise with POTUS Trump’s changes to the dynamic in international trade.

          Members of the Administrative State feel comfortable behaving as they do because they know that, should they be removed from their positions they can just move over to the ‘private sector’ or some NGO funded by the private sector.

          Administrative State actors never have to worry about their livelihood as long as they are loyal to their benefactors in private enterprise.

          However, what happens if the sluice gates of money that have been coming in as a result of specially-crafted benefits in trade start to decline as a result of changes in trading arrangements? Or, worse yet, service to private enterprise by the Administrative State is seen as ineffective?

          What if one side of the public/private ‘revolving door’ stops being willing to accept refugees from the Administrative State?

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          • zorrorides says:

            Heya ‘Burger Today, good one, TY! I’ve worked for government and in truly private get-paid-for-what-you-make business. The gummint folks were not dummies, but the private economy folk use all their inner resources much better.

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            • Sorry for not responding sooner.

              Consider that both ‘gummint’ and most private enterprises have exactly the same organizational form: bureaucracy.

              So what accounts for the differences in their use of resources: The profit motive and ’employment at will’.

              The problem is that is is not obvious that ‘gummint’ can be safely made about profit. All of the attempts to do so simply raise financial barriers to the use of ‘public services’. I’ve seen this time and again because the only way to generate profit is to increase the price of the ‘product’ (in this case government services) above that of the cost of ‘delivering’ the ‘product’.

              And who would the profit geneated by ‘gummint’ go to? How would it be used? Capitalists have come up with all kinds of ways of explaining why it is acceptable for a small subset of the population to profit the needs/desires of a larger subset of the population, but it’s not clear to me that any of those justifications would fly when applied to government services.

              I honestly don’t think the distribution of ‘lazy’ and ‘incompetent’ workers is all that much different between government and private enterprises.

              Most people who are employed work for the money. This is their extrinsic motivation for going to work every day.

              Some people within every organization do a better job than their colleagues because (a) they have more talent for the job and/or (b) they are intrinsically motivated to do so.

              That’s my perspective, but here’s the point I want to make: Most of the problems we see with ‘gummint’ have the same source as that we see in private enterprises: Bad management combined with a naturally inefficient context (bureaucracy).

              As William Edwards Deming argued so eloquently, bad management practices and bad organizational design destroy workers sense of pride and ‘ownership’ in their work.

              Fix these things and, quite suddenly, the workforce that implements the goals of the business finds ways to improve the outputs of the business.

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      • dawndoe says:

        Sundance, are you suggesting the work and policy Trump is instituting is Deep State proof and that he doesn’t need to deal with them? That they cannot undo what he is doing? Maybe I’m misunderstanding you or don’t understand what Trump is actually doing.

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        • Being light years ahead, PDJT is, to quote SD,“working on generational issues that are much bigger and consequential than the administrative state.”

          Essentially by working on those bigger issues the DS is beng weakened with each success PDJT has. Taking away funding, changing foriegn policy, reducing the “dependent class”, appointing constiutional judges, removing DS operatives in government or making them ineffective through leverage.

          PDJT does not have to directly confront the DS.

          The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
          Sun Tzu, The Art of War

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          • sDee says:

            Agree. Like his laser targeting of Macron who was to take the globalists’ baton from Merkel, who Trump had jst taken out by turning the German automakers on her with USMCA.

            Sundance has been be explaining this was Trump’s designs all along. With its own spin, Bloomberg outlined this for the Wall Street vultures.

            “With Angela Merkel planning to step down as German chancellor, the baton was supposed to pass to Macron to uphold liberal democracy.

            Rarely, though, have so many political vultures been circling around one leader with so much at stake for the world order.

            It’s a stark contrast to the weekend of Nov. 11 as leaders marked a century since the end of World War I. Macron championed the need for global cooperation while Trump cut an isolated figure.

            The images televised around the world last weekend were of burning cars in the French capital. The retreat by the 40-year-old French leader was mocked by Trump.

            The trouble for opponents of Trump-style nativism and protectionism is that there’s no one else to take up his mantle, Dungan said.

            Trump ignored him and withdrew from the Iran nuclear accord and the Paris climate agreement. Trump tweeted that Macron’s climb down over a carbon tax that would raise fuel prices was proof that he’d been right all along.”

            The Trump effect

            https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-07/macron-s-defeat-in-paris-sounds-alarm-for-europe

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        • guest4ever says:

          I think so. I think, from other postings above, that by POTUS doing what he’s doing GLOBALLY it most assuredly does affect the swamp because their $$$$ is directly affected by the global situation/players, even if most people can’t see it.

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          • dawndoe says:

            I get that part of the equation and it may put a huge dent in the problem of payoffs, etc., but it doesn’t get rid of the corruption within our justice system. It doesn’t get rid of the political operatives (who are not supposed to be political) who are behind the scenes doing corrupt things. These people who are being replaced are being replaced by the same swamp type creatures. It’s a vicious cycle. I believe it’s vital to drain the swamp or everything that is being done can just as easily be undone. But I will keep an open mind and see what Sundance has to say about it.

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      • Peter says:

        I think you’re right on this. He has contempt for swamp creatures and bored by those drama queens.

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      • kurt72 says:

        The Atlas Shrugged reference is absolutely brilliant, SD!! It is absolutely accurate too!
        We could use a little Objectivism these days. But who is Dagny and Hank?😎

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        • Heroic Dreamer says:

          I don’t want to over work a great metaphor, but I would say that The Deplorables are John Galt (as are the Yellow Vests in France) while POTUS Trump is Hank Reardon.

          Then again, perhaps because Trump just doesn’t play with Deep State (ignoring them) that makes him John Galt.

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      • mimbler says:

        Very interesting perspective.

        I’m going to have to think long and hard about that one, but I certainly don’t discard it out of hand.

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        • starfcker says:

          Soooooo, we can get the country on a better track culturally and economically and still leave a fully corrupted Washington DC untouched? We’ve got an election in 23 months. I think President Trump will win. But there is certainly no guarantee of that. It’s an awfully big bet to leave the DC swamp corruption culture intact when we have regular elections. Barack Obama and his handlers spend a lot of time setting up systems that would outlast his presidency. President Trump has destroyed lots of them in under 2 years. Our problems haven’t been that we don’t have good laws on the books, our problems have been that we have nobody to enforce those laws. And we still don’t. And I think that’s an Achilles heel that needs to be addressed if MAGA is going to succeed. Maybe the new guy will kick some ass. Maybe. But I’m not sure this is an issue they can be left unaddressed. Somebody is backed into a corner on the wall. Is it us, or is it the Democrats? We’re going to know in 3 weeks. President Trump has done lots and lots of good things. But it pains me to see people touting moving the embassy to Jerusalem as a big win for us. I’m fine with it, but I don’t care about it. Not one bit. I care about the wall. I care about the Department of Justice and the FBI being restored to honorable institutions, that look out for the interests of our country. Barack Obama could have gone down in history as one of the best presidents we ever had, all he would have had to do was end the wars, and break the banks. He failed to even try. Instead he will go down as a stain on our history. He left the deep state intact. Is this guy going to make the same mistake? Lot to think about. I’m not happy I can tell you that.

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          • sDee says:

            Obama was a globalist champion – one of their nastiest henchmen. He did not leave the Deep State intact – he fueled it with passion, and was enormously successful in tightening the globalist noose around America’s neck.

            For nearly a century, the globalists have been dismantling all the pillars of Ameica’s greatness………systematically destroying our families and culture, corrupting our politicians, indoctrinating our children, opening our borders, drawing us to war, owning our political Parties, taking over our judicial, nullifying our Constitution, poisoning our churches, and running the press.

            Trump is strategically attacking the pillars of the globalists’ power.. If he does not do that first and cleanly, a squeaky clean DOJ and FBI will be a flash in the pan.

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          • dawndoe says:

            I agree. So much has been done with EOs and can be rescinded on day one if the Dems or RINOs so wish. If Dems take control of both houses and we have a Dem or RINO President, they will undo everything and even trade deals. The swamp must be dealt with, but I’m interested to see what SD has to say.

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      • Pew-Anon says:

        I’ve come to a similar conclusion myself. I think it is entirely likely that Trump views the corrupt machinations of DC middle-management types as way beneath his pay grade and not worth his time to deal with directly. My concern, of course, is that if they are not dealt with, everything Trump accomplishes we be summarily dismantled as soon as he leaves office.

        And we might also want to consider the issue from his perspective. To take the DC corruption on directly will literally mean signing his own death warrant and the death warrant of his family and business the moment he steps down from power. The only way to avoid that is to become like his “friend” President Xi and remain in power for life. Or just leave the corruption alone and try to do as much possible upstream, as you said, and hope some of it sticks. Again, my concern is none of it will stick unless there is real change in DC.

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        • emet says:

          Arrest or fire the top layer, you will find another just like it. POTUS is facing more than a few corroptocrats, he is fighting a twisted culture.

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        • Never fight the enemy on his turf with his choice of weapons.

          President Trump is “preparing the terrain”.

          Translation: He’s putting them in Political Quicksand, where their weapons are powerless.

          Then he’ll take them out with warfare they can’t even imagine … like throwing them life vests with the weight of boat anchors.

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      • Dutchman says:

        Paul paul,
        If I may add, YES, now you are BEGINNING to ‘get it’, when you speculate POTUS’s domestic enemies might align with China or whoever.

        In fact, the d.c. swamp, globalists and China were ALREADY aligned, long before DJT rode the escalator .

        In fact, ALL this attack on DJT, the man, candidate and President, is NOT because of his demeanor, etc. It is BECAUSE he is taking on China, Gobalists and D.C. swamp.

        POTUS is largely focusing on China and trade, because if successful, the d.c. swamp becomes irrelevant.

        As the economic engine switches from Wall st. to Main street, the,swamp will realign its priorities. On the other hand, putting a bunch of swamp creatures in jail, while leaving China and globalist in place, wouldn’t really accomplish anything of substance.

        A new generation of swamp creatures would move up, and the behavior would continue.

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        • FuBu says:

          China and its corrupt Communist government has been the mechanism for the Uniparty to get rich. You’ve got state owned businesses controlled by government officials that have been able to funnel sweetheart deals to our politicians and their friends that have siphoned off the wealth of our country to our detriment. As Sundance says, this is about trillions. The Russia stuff is chump change and nothing but a head fake.

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          • yucki says:

            …funnel sweetheart deals to our politicians and their friends…

            …an incestuous lot embedded in corporate MEDIA – media that’s owned in some significant part by Red China.

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        • Dutch great point. Trump is moving the cheese ($) from Wall St to Main St, because he knows the rats in the swamp will follow and become advocates for Main Street. Dang that’s a long game. VSG indeed.

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          • guest4ever says:

            AND, IMHO, I think it’s up to us, also in Main Street, to fight to get our culture back. Real families, homeschooling so people learn how to think, go to Church on Sundays (or synagogue on Saturdays), don’t shop on Sundays, etc. It really is a long game for the culture as well……

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      • Now THAT was elegantly brilliant, Sundance.
        Awesome insight.

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      • While I enjoy your analysis, ignoring the DEEP state is akin to a previous President considering a particular “group of religious folk”, the JV team and look how much havoc that caused. Or from another perspective what conceivable threat would be a youth with a sling be against a fully armed and seasoned warrior?

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      • platoriusnepos says:

        Yes, who is John Galt indeed. From that angle Obama’s legacy will continue to unravel and no one will notice until it is too late to stop its final demise. The ‘bigger picture’ is not to be undersold. Or put into plain language: “Boy, I got vision, and the rest of the world wears bifocals.” (as Butch explained to Sundance). I like this perspective.

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      • Astro says:

        Could not agree more with sundance. The DS is a symptom; tackle the disease and the symptom dissipates. Could not be more emphatic in this point.

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      • john edward lorenz says:

        Yeah but the problem is the rats still keep nibbling at him and as far fetched as it may sound now, they may debilitate him to the point China will wait him out.

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      • john edward lorenz says:

        The point is the sawmp cares a lot about him

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      • Paul Paul says:

        Well, sure, maybe.

        But didn’t Trump run on ‘draining the swamp?’

        That was a huge part of his campaign…

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    • railer says:

      China is aligned with the Swamp rats. They are full participants in our government. I’m surprised you didn’t know this.

      A president has Constitutional powers to address trade and foreign relations including China, which is the only reason Trump is able to make progress in those areas. Absent those powers, Trump’s accomplishments would be few, because the Swamp can stymie him as it does most everywhere else.

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      • rashomon says:

        I don’t know about that. His team has reduced many strangling regulations that were stunting growth, disrupted Obamacare with more choices at lower cost, overhauled some of the ridiculous “Title” rules in education that disregard due process, revived diverse sources of energy production, reformed the VA and its delivery system, expanded opportunities for small banking institutions and credit unions…and those are only the activities that have impacted me and my family.

        Meanwhile on the global scene…he’s reorganizing a system that hasn’t been pro-Main Street since WWII with a banking system that has bounced around America’s John and Jane Doe the benefit of Wall Street since pre-WWI.

        Not bad for 688 days of fulfilling promises.

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    • Rgt says:

      I offer no analysis only evidence of the Trump effect. I will not touch anything China if I can avoid it. China is toxic to me, much like “made in Japan” after WWII. The reaction to Trumps election has convinced me I will never talk to the FBI or any other LE agency without an attorney and even then my memory will fail.
      I think the Dems are traitors and the Reps are worse. Yeah I watch Trump rallies even though I could probably recite his speech as good as him. He has confirmed my worse fears of how history repeats itself and we are in the grips of tyrannical progressives who will not stop until they no longer breathe. Normal folks are not that consumed and only respond when no other option will work. We are close to that point, thank God Trump won. I have my yellow vest. I have lived a good life. I want little but that my kids have the same opportunity.

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    • ron Milam says:

      Rush Friday on his radio seems to think the “Deep State” had the Phone Exec of Huawei arrested in order make China angry enough pull out of talks with the USA on trade talks, they know if the president gets this deal it proves that they have been working behind the scenes to sell out the American workers for years, when they could have done exactly what Trump did, excpt they sold us out.

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      • amjean says:

        That was my first thought also.

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      • Jake says:

        You’re the first that brought it up but I’ve been curious about the CFO from Huawei as well. Is this a Dragon move by the President while showing a Panda mask?? Just read that many countries are now looking at banning Huawei from involvement in their conversion to 5G. This would be a big kick in the gonads to China. Would like to hear SD’s take on that move…

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  2. Sheepdog74 says:

    Well played, sir, well played. Folks, this is what leadership looks like. We have been lacking in true courageous leaders for a while now. Thank you President Trump!

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  3. delighteddeplorable says:

    PDJT hit multiple home runs with his picks for all things financial in the Administration. These guys know their stuff, and how, and make a formidable team. No question about their MAGA cred and ability to succeed, which is why they’re such a immense threat to the establishment. Fortunately, God has it all under control as part of a much greater design. Hard to keep that in mind sometimes, but no less true.

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    • Lars says:

      Mr. Lighthizer has so much credibility that you can throw it all the way across the Pacific. Infinite cred.

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    • bakocarl says:

      ” . . . God has it all under control as part of a much greater design.”
      We can hope for PTrump and pray for PTrump, but the specific outcome will not be known until it happens.
      One thing we know for sure is that God’s plan is perfect, and it will happen. When all is said and done, God will give the righteous their just reward, as He will give the unrighteous theirs.

      That is the much greater design. Everything else pales in comparison.

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      • Angelle Staria says:

        You have well written the bottom line that is deeper than all the subterfuge and conniving machinations of evil men, power brokers and skillful devices of corrupting elements.

        Any true, devoted Christian who loves God understands that He indeed, is invested in His Creation.

        Yes, we must do our physical part and duty in the political and national scheme of things and not be complacent about facing the threats that are determined to destroy this Republic. That is our part of living up to Benjamin Franklin’s words…”a Republic, if you can keep it.”

        Having said that, and doing it, let us not fail to understand that God does intervene from time to time in the affairs of men and nations, albeit we may not necessarily behold it in outright, overt actions such as in the days of Moses in Egypt.

        It is a fine and marvelous balance between our practical duty and faith in God’s higher-highest wisdom and ultimately, His Absolute Sovereignty to do as He pleases anyway and anytime He so chooses to act, silently or overtly.

        Bless all here today.

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        • piper567 says:

          Angelle, thanks for another excellent post.

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        • Bill says:

          Yes GOD does have a plan, well stated in the Bible.
          Evil thought it had free reign till the final battle in Revelation.
          But GOD’s plan has a battle in Ezekiel 38, that is NOT the same as the final battle.
          V 11 gives the condition that must be met: the land of unwalled villages…that dwell safely, all of them….dwelling without walls, and having neither bars or gates.

          This is not the case now, and never before either.

          I and many others believe the LORD has placed Donald Trump in the position he has, to battle the world wide evil and put in place the actions needed to allow the conditions in Ezekiel 38:11 to develop.

          Since impossible is only a starting place for Donald, and the speed he gets things done, this will be another “impossible task” that gets done, at the right time and not before!

          it’s going to be a wild ride, keep lots of popcorn handy.

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  4. dawndoe says:

    I’m glad we’re finally confronting China. Too bad the MSM distorts the truth of what is actually happening and is speaking ill of our great President. MAGA! 🇺🇸

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  5. jjs says:

    I was able to watch the whole thing, she asked good questions in a respectful way.

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    • GB Bari says:

      Yes. And she was deliciously silent for a few moments after Lighthizer clearly debunked the “reports” she floated about him being approached for the chief of staff job.

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  6. Heroic Dreamer says:

    Praying for America and POTUS Trump.

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  7. Dutchman says:

    The soft coup, muh russia, resistance and media bashing are BECAUSE of POTUS’s actions on TRADE, and specifically CHINA.

    All the critcism about tweeting, unPresidential, is b.s.

    The swamp opposes DJT BECAUSE he is an intrinsic, existential threat TO the swamp, media etc as a result of what he is doing, on trade. The two areas are directly inextricably related, to drain the swamp, first you HAVE to dam up the water supply.

    Otherwise, any efforts to drain the swamp will be for naught. China, and their aligned multinationalist corporations are the water source.

    Everything else, resistance, etc. is DOWNSTREAM.

    I post this, cause a lot of those calling for ‘perp walks’, and ‘release the kraken, let the chips fall where they may’, seem to simply ‘not get it’.

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    • Curry Worsham says:

      Confucius say: Before drain swamp, first dam up water supply.”

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    • yucki says:

      I get it, Dutch.
      You’re right – keep posting it.

      Between Sundance’s essays and voices like yours woven through a thread, others will begin to understand. It’s heavy-lifting.

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    • guest4ever says:

      I think that many people calling for ‘perp walks’, etcetera are looking for genuine justice, and, dare we deplorables say it, The Rule of Law.

      When we get down to it, IMHO, much of the loss of the Rule of Law, is directly related to our loss of our Christian faith and not living out that faith. Liberals (if not Democrats and RINOs, specifically) live like they will get away with things—-and they have. That’s not to say they will when they go meet their Maker.

      But the ‘perp walks’ are seen, on a level as reflecting the fact that God is THE final judge, and that should be reflected in our entire world, if not in our country.

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  8. Beth02 says:

    Seems likely that the Chinese are using Swamp Rats to pressure Administration (ie Chris Wallace: “but, but, but, Chinese aren’t confirming the deal details, etc.” Honestly, the Press is so far behind the President – it’s just plain sad… They’re just pawns of the Chinese…

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  9. Dutchman says:

    “There is also no doubt in my mind that President Trump has a very well thought out long term strategy regarding China.”

    THATS what puzzles me the most, although I agree. He KNOWS, unlike the other countries that he’s negotiating a trade reset with, China (at least as it is now, with Chicoms in charge) CAN NOT simply agree to play fair, and stick to the terms of the agreement.

    So, whats his plan? To hand them the knife they use, to slit their own throat?

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    • GB Bari says:

      IMO President Trump cares little about how China deals internally with its structural problems. He only cares that he stops the exfiltration of America’s wealth, I.P. and technology. That he is determined to accomplish via the trade deal or high tariffs (to offset the wealth extraction).

      Socialist and communist nations have this inherent problem where they generally cannot generate enough wealth internally to fund their totalitarian schemes. Hence the past parasitical nature of China’s, Europe’s and other socialist countries’ trade arrangements with the U.S.

      VSGPDJT is incentivizing those countries to alter their internal economies by “forcing” balanced trade with the U.S. In China’s case, “balanced” trade includes stopping the IP theft and forced tech transfer.

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  10. railer says:

    Lighthizer is the man. There can be no gotcha with this guy. He handles everything flawlessly and stays in his lane.

    I still remember that one Mexican trade rep commenting on how tough he was to deal with, as they were signing the agreement in the White House. Lighthizer wore this poor guy down to a nub, and he wearily commended him for it. That’s what’s required in that job.

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  11. Successful Loser says:

    The Art of War is elementary, a book that spells out the strategies of its’ day, and sets out the conditions for each one. I had just finished reading the translation by Thomas Cleary; A doctorate in East Asian Languages and Civilization in Harvard, Translator of Sanskrit, Pali, Chinese, Japanese, old Bengali, and Arabic. Very simple, yet thorough and poignant. If I can breeze through it in a couple of days, anybody can. http://www.Shambhala.com to order the book.
    I give the Irish man’s credentials to show it is not a joke. Whether we deal with our local Marxists problem or not, this topic is the sun on our horizon, and all the appeasement in the world won’t be able to deal with it.
    Freedom or slave would be the kindest outcome if we continue to face this reality with blinders on. Thank God the problem can be met and dealt with now, in the future would be too late. Thank God we have the right man for the job.

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  12. Jane Smith says:

    I don’t know…

    Senator Feinstein had a Chinese spy working as an assistant in her senate office for years.

    Under Hillary’s watch as Secretary of State and John Brennan as CIA director, 20+ CIA agents who were working in China had their identities exposed and they were killed or imprisoned in China.

    Senate Leader Mitch McConnell’s wife is Chinese and her father, who she talks to regularly, is a Chinese businessman who has a huge company in China.

    Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry went to China with their sons from Wall Street to start a huge banking initiative.

    A high tech company was just caught trying to give US Military satellite technology to the Chinese.

    So, you have Congress ( past and present), the past Executive, the Deep State, Wall Street, US Corporations…all in bed with the Chinese.

    Not to mention our Universities who are educating Chinese Nationals and our high tech companies who hire Chinese Nationals on H1B visas over American graduates for cheaper salaries.

    Also, the Chinese abuse the US Postal Service…hence Amazon wants to keep the lower cost to ship Chinese goods to the US.

    How do you fight all of this?

    Never mind stealing intellectual property, reverse engineering our products, or cheating by putting back-doors in 5G technology?

    We really do need to have a Nationalist Movement in order to survive as a Country.

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    • yucki says:

      Derail them, maybe.
      Internal economic pressures have been known to cost an emperor the “Mandate of Heaven”.
      How lovely to pitch this one straight to hell !

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  13. apfelcobbler says:

    Actually, Trump is the first to even have a strategy with regards to China.

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  14. zooamerica says:

    China’s stock market is on a giant cliff.

    https://tradingeconomics.com/china/stock-market

    I think a new trade deal between the United States and China is imminent. China will sign the deal and the MSM will completely ignore it just like the USMCA.

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    • The Boss says:

      That is one ugly chart. Thanks for the posting the link.

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      • zooamerica says:

        You’re very welcome. Always follow the money. There are trillions at stake as we all know by now. Lighthizer is in a unique and somewhat awkward position to be in. He knows he can make a killing on China with a new trade deal, but he also knows that if no deal is made then China’s economy will completely collapse. The results of said collapse has the potential to cause yellow vests to appear in China with the possibility of overthrowing the old communist guard. President Xi’s power could be seriously challenged. I am more inclined to not make a deal with China and let their economy collapse under its own fake communist heavy weight.

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    • guest4ever says:

      Yeah, that sounds like our yellow stream, “press”.

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  15. Peter says:

    The best approach to China is to slay the dragon and neuter the panda. That’s how to treat them.

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  16. DT2020 says:

    HANDLED!

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  17. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    “Ambassador Lighthizer is willing to go to the mattresses because he knows that ultimately his kids future, and his bosses’ grand-kids future, are entirely dependent on victory. Freedom or serfdom, those are the alternatives. Yes, this is that big a deal. The biggest of all big deals (pun intended) in the last century.”

    That is the reason [ ultimately his kids future, and his bosses’ grand-kids future ] PDJT left the coziness of Trump Tower to put up with all this grief. A friend who had been through the political grinder himself asked our President over dinner at Trump Tower why he was willing to leave all this (luxury of TT after decades of hard work) to enter the political cesspool – that was his answer and my friend and others close to him have been backing PDJT ever since, despite all the GOPe opposition.

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    • guest4ever says:

      That’s what I figured as well. Trump did this for his children and grandchildren, and for his country. Look at Europe. Other than royals, none of the leaders have any children. Is it any wonder they’re so greedy and willing to sell out their own countries, for money!!!

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  18. Pyrthroes says:

    Defining Trump as a true generational patriot, one of disinterested valor on behalf of American ideals, seems a true insight. As Freud put it, “the opposite of love is not hate but indifference”– Trump has no time for sentiment, he just guts your fish.

    Come 2020, we think this historic figure will have made mincement of squeaking Rats brandishing subpoenas like Chamberlain at Munich. As for a Tammany Hall indictment– be our guest.

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