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How Trump Is Corrupting Hillary’s Administration

May 14, 2016by Graham E. FullerBlog • Tags: Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Graham Fuller, Hillary Clinton, neocons, the Left

How Trump Is Corrupting Hillary’s Administration

Graham E. Fuller (

14 May 2016

The scariest thing about Donald Trump’s candidacy is not that a guy like him is running for top office, but rather the disastrous impact he is going to have on a Hillary administration.

Now, in this crazy year—actually non-stop circus for 18 months—the press has engaged in an orgy of vitriol and bloodletting against the Republican nominee for the presidency with a hysteria I have never seen in my life against any mainstream party candidate.

And the Donald probably deserves a great deal of it.

Yes, we can all see now how Trump is engaged in shredding, maybe even remaking the Republican party—creative destruction. That, in the view of many including myself, is basically a good thing, given how far off the rails of reality the party has drifted. Trump has trashed the neocon war party, blamed George W. Bush for the debacle in Iraq and elsewhere, wants to throttle way back on foreign wars, and has declared a readiness to talk to Putin—otherwise treated in the US press as toxic and satanic. (Though even Chuck Hagel, former Secretary of Defense, recently had the temerity to suggest that things with Russia were getting dangerous and that we should be in constant dialog with Putin.)

Like many others, I have been galvanized at watching the spectacle of  Bernie Sanders proclaiming issues in his campaign that had been virtually off limits for political discussion for decades: gap between rich and poor, rapacious international trade deals, a fair wage, free university education, the call for US balance (gasp!) in handling the Arab-Israeli, issue, etc.

The great thing about Bernie—even if he probably won’t get nominated—is that he has pushed hawkish, friend-of-Wall-St Hillary to the left. She has as much acknowledged that. That will be Bernie’s greatest legacy. I would have hoped that the issues Sanders has raised can never be shoved back into the political toothpaste tube again.

That was the hope. But now along comes Trump. The right—and especially the neocons—are hysterical about what he is doing to the Republican party— of neo-cons, hawks, Wall Street cash recipients, fundamentalist Christian, Tea Party, and US global supremacy.  They are pulling out all stops in a desperate attempt to block Trump at all costs. Many of them already say they will vote for Hillary, such is their fear of the Donald.

And herein lies the fear. Just what does that do to Hillary—ever tacking to the shifting winds of popular opinion?  Bottom line is that Democrat party nominee Hillary will no longer have to worry about winning over the Sanders’ left—some of whom might have stayed home on election day. The massive support of Republicans, and especially neocons, will bail Hillary out. Hillary will indeed embrace this Republican support—and will accommodate to it. Indeed her basic political instincts have been all along in that direction anyway— rather than to the left.

And that means we are guaranteed to have a President Hillary Clinton far to the right of Obama—who barely qualifies even as centrist himself.) 

In short, the essential pressures that Bernie has been exerting to pressure Hillary to the left—so vital to balanced government—are being cancelled out. Bernie’s influence, and all those who revel in the fresh air of his platform, will be drowned in the new love-fest between Hillary and the Republicans—whose key neocon figures like Robert Kagan and Charles Krauthammer now enthusiastically and publicly embrace her.

The handwriting on the wall is clear: the advisors,  counsellors, so-called brain trusts and special aides around her (some of whom even infiltrated into Obama’s ranks) —those who remain blindly impervious in their serial defeats in foreign policy—they will all be back in full force to offer us same old same old losing foreign policies dating back to George W.

And so the US will continue to be virtually the only democratic country in the world whose political spectrum runs boldly from Right to Center—and then stops. There is no Left in America. We operate on half a spectrum.

Why do I cringe in using the word “Left”—even to describe myself? Because Left is a dirty word in the US. One can speak freely of politicians on the Right. But to say that someone is on the Left is fightin’ words—it smacks of the un-American.

Trump’s delivery of the neons and Republican establishment to Hillary’s door will be his final and greatest damage to our political order. He will now bring out all the very worst instincts in Hillary that some of us had hoped might have been softened or nuanced through Bernie’s unwavering spotlight on what really ails the nation.  Precisely in his own defeat will Trump bring about his greatest revenge in decisively coloring the next administration.

Graham E. Fuller is a former senior CIA official, author of numerous books on the Muslim World; his latest book is “Breaking Faith: A novel of espionage and an American’s crisis of conscience in Pakistan.” (Amazon, Kindle)

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Rockford Register Star Supports Great Lakes Basis RR proposal


    • Our View: Great Lakes Basin rail bypass can benefit Boone County
  • By The Editorial Board
    Rockford Register Star

    Posted May. 14, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Would the plan by Great Lakes Basin Transportation Inc. to build an $8 billion, 278-mile railroad bypass around Chicagoland benefit the economy of Boone County?
    It certainly could, if local leaders take advantage of it.
    Would it contribute to the destruction of too much vital farmland, as opponents contend? No. The people so concerned about protecting farmland should look around Boone and Winnebago counties. Plenty of farmers have sold their land to real estate developers. That didn't seem to raise a ruckus.
    The railway, which would bisect Boone County, is a private enterprise, to be built without government funding. The entrepreneurs who plan to construct it calculate that they can make money by contracting with freight railroads to run trains around the nation’s third-largest metropolitan area. Chicagoland is beset by rail gridlock resulting from 500 freight trains a day hauling 37,500 freight cars and 700 passenger trains a day. The infrastructure to handle all that traffic is 100 years out of date. So, a freight train can travel from the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach to Chicago in 48 hours, then spend 30 hours stuck in Chicago before moving on to its final destination.
    That delay costs American businesses and consumers time and money. And rail traffic in Chicagoland is predicted to double by 2025, says the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.
    The congestion in Chicagoland can be traced to America’s lack of a comprehensive national infrastructure program, and the money to pay for it. Other countries have passed us by. Panama, for instance, has just completed a multibillion-dollar widening and deepening of the Panama Canal, which starting in June will accept the largest container ships in the world, making the canal price competitive with shipping through the U.S. by rail.
    That’s money for Panama that the U.S. is now getting.
    Of all forms of land transportation, the most efficient is steel wheels on steel rail. Railroads are the most eco-friendly form of transportation, too. And compared with superhighways, whose rights of way are 300 feet wide, a railroad takes up a fraction of that.
    Unlike, say, Interstate 90, even a busy railroad doesn’t feature constant traffic with whining truck tires day and night.
    Nevertheless, anti-railroad groups have organized along the route of the rail bypass, and the arguments they are making seem as hollow as they are familiar.
    Yes, a railroad would cut through some farms, but it wouldn’t destroy them the way a superhighway or a subdivision would. Provision would have to be made for farm vehicles to cross the tracks safely, perhaps with overpasses.
    If this railroad is built it could benefit Boone County’s economy and other nearby counties, too, especially if an extension is built into Winnebago County.
For an example of how a small community can take advantage of a main rail line, one only has to look to Rochelle, population 9,500. For more than a century, two transcontinental railroad main lines have gone through the city, but until about 30 years ago, Rochelle didn’t take much advantage of the possibilities they offered for economic development.
Then, two far-sighted economic development directors, Ken Wise followed by Jason Anderson, turned that situation around. The city constructed a municipally owned switching railroad to provide shippers access to both the Union Pacific and BNSF railroads. They worked next to bring logistics companies to sites along the line. Rochelle also convinced UP to build a huge intermodal rail-to-truck hub west of the city. The municipal switching railroad, operated by a private contractor, makes upwards of $1 million a year for the city.
And, although 80 to 100 trains go through Rochelle every day, no one is complaining about it because of the thousands of jobs made possible by companies that use rail transport.
Instead of seeing the Great Lakes Basin railroad as an intrusion, Boone County residents and leaders would do well to look it as a potential opportunity for economic growth, which generates prosperity and valuable tax revenue to support local government services.
Just as Rochelle has taken full advantage of its railroads to create jobs, so, too, could Boone County. Opportunities like this don’t come along every day.

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