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Wednesday, 14 December 2016

U.S. Foreign Policy and the Electoral College Vote. Towards a December 19 Surprise?

Comment: More like A January surprise...


Michel Chossoudovsky
Global Research

In a previous article entitled Constitutional Crisis, Movement to Undermine President-elect Donald Trump’s Accession to the White House? I focussed on the process of confrontation between the Trump and Clinton factions leading up to the Grand Electoral College Vote on December 19th.

While the Hillary Clinton faction supported by mainstream media propaganda is accusing Moscow of intervening in the US elections on behalf of Trump, they are  also intent upon shifting the Electoral College vote in favour of Clinton with a view to blocking president-elect Trump’s accession to the White House.

If this were to succeed, the U.S. would be precipitated into a deap-seated political crisis. It should be noted that this process is also coupled with  extensive anti-Trump protests across America, organized by the Clinton faction. 

What is a stake: “are fundamental rivalries within the US establishment marked by the clash between competing corporate factions, each of which is intent upon exerting control over the incoming US presidency.”  (Ibid)

Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State 

Since the publication of  my earlier article, ExxonMobil Chief Rex Tillerson has been chosen by Trump to occupy the key position of  US Secretary of State.  This appointment potentially points to a major shift in US foreign policy (including an openly anti-China stance by Trump).

It is also points to rising divisions within the US establishment.  Tillerson not only has a good relationship with president Vladimir Putin, ExxonMobil also has  sizeable business interests in the Russian Federation including drilling projects in the Arctic, Black Sea and Siberia in partnership with Russia’s Rosneft. Needless to say these projects have been affected by Obama’s economic sanctions regime directed against Russia.

In response to this controversial appointment, the Neocon faction linked both to the bi-partisan “War Party” has promised to block the confirmation of  Tillerson’s candidacy in the US Senate.

It should be noted that Wall Street is also divided. Financial institutions are engaged in an internal war. 

Donald Trump announced on December 12 his choice to head the White House National Economic Council (NEC): the appointee is Gary Cohn, Goldman Sachs President and Chief Operating Officer. 

The NEC director occupies a central advisory position regarding the formulation of government economic policy. Ironically, Cohn is a Democrat and Goldman Sachs is known to have supported the Hillary Clinton campaign.

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