‘President Bannon’

 

It’s no surprise to see that Donald Trump is irked by challenges to his supremacy and authority as President. It didn’t take long for critics to recognise that Stephen Bannon was a likely achilles heel for Trump – both in the risks Bannon posed by trying to overreach with White House actions, and with doubts about who was pulling the White House strings.

NY Times: Trump leans on ‘fake news’ line to combat reports of West Wing dysfunction

The president appears especially irked by the growing narrative of Bannon as the real power in the White House.

President Donald Trump on Monday lashed out via Twitter at a series of news reports revealing the turmoil inside the White House, leaning on his crutch of “fake news” as he struggles to control a hardening narrative about a dysfunctional West Wing.

One of his missives came from Air Force One en route to Tampa, Fla., as Trump panned a New York Times report that detailed the friction inside his administration and its early stumbles.

“The failing @nytimes writes total fiction concerning me. They have gotten it wrong for two years, and now are making up stories & sources!” Trump tweeted at 11:32 a.m., ignoring the fact that many of his top advisers were quoted by name in the story.

Trump seemed particularly incensed by reports and parodies about chief strategist Steve Bannon being the actual decision-maker in the White House.

It comes as The New York Times released an unflattering portrait of Trump’s nights at the White House.

It suggested he spends much of his time watching cable news and wasn’t fully briefed before signing an executive order elevating Stephen Bannon to the National Security Council.

The message came at 7:01 a.m., 52 minutes after Joe Scarborough, whose MSNBC morning show the president is known to watch religiously, had suggested that “maybe Bannon’s calling all the shots.”

Being super sensitive about anything threatening his ego always looked like being a weakness for Trump.

Trump is also grumpy about negative polls (is he happy with positive polls?).

NZ Herald: Donald Trump lashes out over ‘negative polls’

CNN/ORC poll released on Sunday found that 53 per cent of American respondents opposed Trump’s Muslim travel ban.

CNN’s Brian Stelter pointed out that Trump tweeted about “fake” polls about 30 minutes after the network revealed the poll results.

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  1. There’s a neutral assessment of Bannon here,
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/02/05/steve-bannon-trump-administration-editorials-debates/97525930/
    and a balanced analysis of his views here,
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04qx7vv

    Bannon has a solid understanding of the threat Islam’s rigid canon presents to the West’s flexible moral narrative, compared with Trump’s electoral expediency. The restriction on immigration from sources of terrorism seems likely to have come from Bannon, though Rudi Giuliani presents it as coming from Trump when he said “When he first announced it, he said Muslim ban. He called me up, he said “put a commission together, show me the right way to do it legally.” What we did was, we focussed on, instead of religion, danger, the areas of the world that create danger for us, which is a factual basis not a religious basis. Perfectly legal perfectly sensible, and that’s what the ban is based on.”
    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/theminefield/is-trump%E2%80%99s-immigration-ban-a-show-of-strength-…-or-weakness/8227468

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    • ” What we did was, we focussed on, instead of religion, danger, the areas of the world that create danger for us, which is a factual basis not a religious basis.”

      Except that it has been shown that the seven countries have not created danger in the US anywhere near as much as people from other countries.

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      • David

         /  February 7, 2017

        “Except that it has been shown that the seven countries have not created danger in the US anywhere near as much as people from other countries.”

        You don’t drive a car looking in the rear vision mirror.

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        • Joe Bloggs

           /  February 7, 2017

          Certainly not. But this “7 country” nonsense is a driver looking at some vague indiscernible signpost nailed to the side of a barn beside the road, while ignoring the truck and semi-trailer barrelling down the highway towards them.

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          • David

             /  February 7, 2017

            Would you approve of the ban if it included Saudi, Egypt and Pakistan?

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            • Joe Bloggs

               /  February 7, 2017

              No I wouldn’t.

              The whole thing is a poorly thought out, poorly carried out stunt designed to appeal to xenophobic righties, and as a show of bully-boy muscle from a failed administration desperate to appear to be doing things…

    • Anonymous Coward

       /  February 7, 2017

      I would argue, Kit, that an assessment of Bannon by president and executive director of the pro-Israel think tank Haym Salomon Center is not exactly neutral.

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      • The Miller piece expresses little in the way of favour or disfavour except perhaps in the last paragraph, “Bannon brings to the White House a fresh, pragmatic perspective that might just save the lives of American Christians, Jews — and Muslims”, which is a valid opinion, at least as of now, of what the Trump administration might effect on America’s near future.

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        • Joe Bloggs

           /  February 7, 2017

          Nonsense. The author has a fixed pro-Israeli standpoint which cannot be avoided. It’s a little like Turmp and his cabal of men trying to sort out women’s issues. They’re men anddo that colours their views whether it’s explicated in their documents or not.

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      • Perhaps you’d prefer this item, from the same source. http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/02/05/what-bannon-shares-isil-leader-our-view/97350682/

        Significantly more polemical in comparing Bannon with IS’ Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The writer fails to grasp the concept of apocalypse, and typical of Western media, fails abysmally to understand Islamic doctrine, but never mind. The crux of the writer’s link between the two is that at some point the West is going to have to actively choose between a tweaked and Trumped version of the West, and the dogmatic supremacism of resurgent Islam.

        While it will get steadily worse over the rest of our lifetimes, just as it has over the past 50 years, you won’t have to worry for a while yet, In NZ, for example, even though the Muslim population has increased at a rate 12.2 times that of its non-Muslim population per annum over the last 37 years, Muslims won’t be a serious problem here until mid-century. I’ll be well past caring.

        But people are going to have to make that choice, just as they are in Eastern Europe and now the US. For Western Europe, to quote Bernard Lewis, “I think, is already a lost cause and as time goes on America will be endangered.” Bannon may have bought the US some time.

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        • “resurgent Islam”

          Looking at the Middle East part of the Muslim world self destruction looks more likely than resurgence.

          “In NZ, for example, even though the Muslim population has increased at a rate 12.2 times that of its non-Muslim population per annum over the last 37 years,”

          37 years is an odd period for comparison, unless it happens to conveniently fit an argument.

          I’m sure there are a number of minority groups in New Zealand who have increased in numbers far greater than average. For example Destiny Church followers. So what?

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          • “Looking at the Middle East part of the Muslim world self destruction looks more likely than resurgence.”
            ME’s self-destruction was a conflagration of among other things, Western interference in Baathist despotism, itself needed to control resurgent Islam, tribal rivalries enhanced by resurgent Islam, internecine rivalry – an essential part of Islam itself, and the Arab Spring, brought about by the ability to protest – a product in part of Western influence, in part of demographic balance favouring the young, and in part resurgent Islam.

            “37 years is an odd period for comparison,”
            I’ve been accused of hogging white paper so tend to hold my punches. 37 years equals the period between the censuses of 1976 and 2013. 1976 was chosen because this was during the period that the Muslim hijrah (doctrinal obligation to migrate in the service of Islam) began. It was fortuitous at first, due to European requirements for low-cost labour, but ME oil revenues began funding its spread. Having witnessed the dramatic changes in England’s demographic change between the 1950s and the 1970s, it’s around the time I realised that Islam was making a bid for hegemonic control, with the Saudi government’s financing of the Regent’s Park Mosque in 1978.

            “unless it happens to conveniently fit an argument.”
            OK, yes, it does, since the growth ratio maxes out over that period! Longer term, the 139 years from 1874 to 2013 is 5.9% but less valid since one source says “a small group of male migrant labourers, [17] probably from China, but all eventually returned to their native countries.” Growth rate comparisons, census by census with respect to 2013 since 1976 decline by the following ratios: 12.0, 12.1, 9.6, 8.2, 5.6, and 4.9 since 2006. Having said that, I base population growth projections at 1874’s 5.9%. You’ve got to start somewhere between max and min. If I chose the max growth rate of 11.3% pa (1986 – 2013) Muslim population would reach the nominally critical 5% of NZ’s population by 2030. A truly frightening thought since I might still be alive to see the consequences of people ignoring my warnings, but I think statistically less likely.

            “I’m sure there are a number of minority groups in New Zealand who have increased in numbers far greater than average.”
            I haven’t pursued growth in other minority groups, and I don’t think Density Church is a good example since I believe it’s on the wane. Hindus might, however, since their population is just under double that of Islam’s. But demonstrable religiosity and doctrinal goals of religious supremacism and supersessionism NEVER figure in their religious texts, speech, attitudes and actions. Indeed, Hindu’s moral flexibility and assimilation mindset, while not exemplary, offer no threat to the Western way of life.

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            • There is no credible indication that Islam is a threat to ‘the New Zealand way of life’ (there are already a range of ways of life in NZ anyway).

              There are much bigger threats, in particular domestic and general violence, alcohol abuse, and other drug use like ‘P’.

            • Short-term thinking, Pete. Islam doesn’t think in electoral cycles, decades, lifespans, centuries or millennia. Its doctrines determine Allah’s will from the beginning of time through the global dominance of Islam to the fulfilment of its prophecy of the end-times – the Apocalypse, that great battle between belief and unbelief, and for some, the reappearance of the Mahdi, the hidden Imam. THEN you will get Islam’s promise of peace. For those few remaining, at least.

              The threat of Muslims’ incomparable intensity of religious belief and Islam’s rigid 7th century morality are very much a threat to NZ’s way of life. Not yet, perhaps, and obviously not visible to those with short-term horizons. Forget getting your Islamic education from Radio NZ, the Herald, Whale Oil, the Dominion Post or your dairy owner. Subscribe to the Gatestone Institute’s newsletters (global and European) to get an idea of Islam, its doctrines, goals, influence, actions and progress. Over a period of time Islam’s narrative will make itself clear. For daily news source updates with doctrinal framing, Jihad Watch is hard to beat.

            • PDB

               /  February 8, 2017

              There are much bigger threats to ‘the New Zealand way of life’: Labour and the Greens are at the top of the list……..

            • The flaw in that reasoning is that Labour and the Greens are subject to the democratic will of the people. They too shall pass. Not so with Islam where democracy is subject to the will of Allah, as interpreted by its most conservative ulema (scholars and legal arbiters). Islam is forever and denying that can be fatal. Unlike with Labour and the Greens. Well, so far, anyway.

  2. The threat, of course, is the Islamic world and especially from its conservative strain which is setting the agenda. But it’s a start, at least for the US. The rest of the world has been at it a while.

    Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other Gulf states have a restrictive immigration policy. Kuwait’s Fahd al-Shalami, Chairman of the Gulf Forum for Peace and Security, said “In the end, you cannot accept other people — from a different background, from another place, who have psychological or neurological problems, or trauma — and just bring them into your society.”

    Eastern Europe, having tasted Islam’s conquest in the past, was equally resolute. Poland’s former PM Jaroslaw Kaczynski stated that, “After recent events connected with acts of terror, [Poland] will not accept refugees, because there is no mechanism that would ensure security.” Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico said, “Islam has no place in Slovakia.” Victor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary, said, “We do not like the consequences of having a large number of Muslim communities that we see in other countries, and I do not see any reason for anyone else to force us to create ways of living together in Hungary that we do not want to see.” Milos Zeman, president of the Czech Republic, said, “It is practically impossible to integrate Islam into Europe.” Stefano Stefanini, a former senior Italian ambassador, said that the migrant crisis “risks bursting the E.U. at its weak seams.”

    Fences and increased border controls have gone up all over the world. Spain’s enclaves in Africa, Ceuta and Melilla, and Kenya on its border with Somalia. Israel’s borders with Egypt, Jordan, West Bank, Gaza; Hungary on its Serbian and Romanian borders, Bulgaria on its Turkish border, France flanking the road to Calais’ ferry terminal; Germany around a refugee camp in Munich; Greece on the Macedonian and Turkish borders; and Slovakia accepting only Christian refugees. The Visegrad states of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Romania may forge a common position in rejecting EU migrant quotas because they fear Islamic revanchism – recovering lost territory. Belgium has ‘temporarily’ withdrawn from the Schengen treaty and reintroduced border controls on the French border to prevent migrants from finding access to the UK if Calais is decamped.

    Much of the free world, then, sees Islamic migration as a threat, and this includes Trump’s supporters in the US, of whom the media fails in understanding, but succeeds in underestimating.

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  3. Noel

     /  February 7, 2017

    Here the pollies say the only useful ones are those just before the elections.
    Trumps concerned about polls after election….hmmmmm

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    • Anonymous Coward

       /  February 7, 2017

      Copyright ©2017 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Alt Rights Reserved.

      Dow Jones has a newspaper now? That’s going straight to the right wing bias pile.

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      • Anonymous Coward

         /  February 7, 2017

        Seems it may have been a gift to a conservative MP for services rendered during the Phone hacking scandal.
        https://www.theguardian.com/media/2012/may/03/news-corp-given-details-claims-watson
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louise_Mensch

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  February 7, 2017

        Deviation. Trump still won again.

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        • Anonymous Coward

           /  February 7, 2017

          According to someone who uses the phrase ‘SJW-clickbait publications’.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  February 7, 2017

            The publication is irrelevant when reporting a simple fact, AC.

            Trump won again. Suck it up.

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            • Joe Bloggs

               /  February 7, 2017

              Pity the publication in question is renowned for not telling simple facts. Just another Alt-Right, Alt-White media source that’s highly biased toward conservative causes.

              They utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes.

              You might as well revert to using your neo-Nazi Breitbart as a source. At least they don’t hide their bias.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  February 7, 2017

              Deviation. Trump won again.

            • Gezza

               /  February 7, 2017

              Shockingly obvious biased publication, Al. Your challenge for deviation is disallowed. Point deducted for repetition (deviation x 2).

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  February 7, 2017

              Pathetic b.s., G. Show me where the relevant fact is incorrect or affected by bias other than yours.

            • Joe Bloggs

               /  February 7, 2017

              Meh, two can play your silly little game Alan…

              You call ‘deviation trump won’… I call lie, trump lost:

              http://occupydemocrats.com/2017/02/07/trump-fans-livid-black-patriot-trump-brady-obama/

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  February 7, 2017

              Bad call, Joe. My anti-virus blocks that page as infected. And not just with your nonsense.

            • Joe Bloggs

               /  February 7, 2017

              I told you two can play your silly little game – I chose crap media that reflected the calibre of your own biased sources. Keep up man…

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  February 7, 2017

              Trump’s friend and supporter’s won the Super Bowl despite the TDS lunatic’s attacks. I’m still chuckling.

              I’m guessing you wouldn’t have much of a problem finding infected crap media to support your ideology, Joe. And if you opened that page maybe you should run a virus scan now.

  4. lurcher1948

     /  February 7, 2017


    lots of idiots out

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  6. unitedtribes2

     /  February 9, 2017

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