…by Jonas E. Alexis & Mark Dankof
Alexis: I stated in Part One of this segment entitled “To Trump or Not to Trump,” that Donald Trump reminds me of Franklin Delano Roosevelt who promised Americans one thing when he stated he would keep our young people out of foreign wars, and who did exactly the opposite in his actions leading up to Pearl Harbor.
Trump speaks of the need to implement policies rooted in the idea of America First, with the advocacy of some foreign policies and policy changes consistent with that theme.
Yet Trump simultaneously uses the strongest of rhetoric in supporting Israel and many of the Neo-Conservative themes of the Zionist Lobby which explicitly repudiate the notion of an America First foreign policy.
At the end of the day, who is the real Donald Trump? What is the meaning of America First? And why does the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai Brith take such issue with Trump’s employment of the term?
Dankof: Let me say at the outset how well you have laid the groundwork for the readers with all of the data, quotations, and footnotes contained in your Part One article entitled “To Trump or Not to Trump.” I basically said the same thing you did in 5 minutes for Press TV recently. You bring all the evidence of the nature of the problem presented by the Trump Enigma to underscore my off-the-cuff remarks while driving the other day.
As good academics and journalists, you and I understand that the best work we do is: 1) drawing attention to the real issues that matter for our readers and listeners; 2) providing a roadmap for the ongoing research and contemplation of these pivotal considerations; and 3) underscoring that no single source is the final word on a subject like this one, where all of us learn through a lifetime of rigorous dedication to the task of reading, thinking, and analyzing the implications of such matters.
This is especially critical in an age of untruth, censorship, distortion, and diversion as practiced by the political, media, and educational elites of the United States, largely under the direction of the usual suspects. I discovered the truth of this as a young person in elementary school and high school in Hawaii.
I was 11 years old at Trinity Lutheran School in Wahiawa, when Mark Lane’s Rush to Judgment emerged in 1966 as the genesis of all that would follow in responsible research exposing the deliberate falsehoods of the Warren Commission in its verdict on the Kennedy Assassination. I read that book without the knowledge of either the school or my parents. That began a lifelong trek for me in decades of reading about that tragedy and its still unfolding meaning in American and world history.
Decades later, my late friend, Michael Collins Piper, would send me his verdict on the ultimate players in the events in Dallas, in a book entitled Final Judgment. It was at that point that I began to see the hand of God in my life in developing a precocious interest in such matters as a child. The process is perpetually ongoing. As a junior in high school at Iolani School in Honolulu, a U. S. history professor interested me in revisiting the issue of FDR and Pearl Harbor, an episode I discussed in my presentation to the National Conference of the Washington-based American Free Press in Austin in August of 2013.
When Kourosh Ziabari of Iran’s Fars News Agency spoke to me about the issue of Israel and 9-11, it hit me that the Pearl Harbor and Kennedy episodes as I had encountered both over many decades, had set the stage for what I learned and came to believe about what really happened on September 11th, 2001, and why.
The point is this: Anyone who relies on the American government, educational system, and news media as the primary source and the last word on core issues and events in history is a tragic aider and abettor of what both Biblical eschatology and the last 100 years in time point to as the development of the most evil and comprehensive system of global governance ever to be seen before the Second Coming of Christ. We can now more fully appreciate that the military, surveillance, and computer technologies of this age have us near its full emergence in history.
With this in mind, let me be kindly indulged in adding to our reading list for readers and researchers. You and I have already discussed John Koster’s Operation Snow, which chronicles Harry Dexter White and Joseph Stalin’s role in steering FDR to policies which guaranteed a Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. I recently finished the book.
I’m presently doing a complete initial read of Pat Buchanan’s Churchill, Stalin, and the Unnecessary War. To this critical background reading in understanding the term America First, and the clash between advocates and detractors, one should absolutely add James P Duffy’s Lindbergh versus Roosevelt: The Rivalry that Divided America.
I’ll stop with two more recommendations for readers: One is the repository of information gathered over time in the archives of the online data bank of the Institute for Historical Research on both World War II and the America First movement. Mark Weber’s post on Roosevelt’s ‘Secret Map’ Speech is but an example of what is available there at the press of a button.
As far as very recent posts on this controversy emerging in the American presidential campaign of 2016, see Michael Brenden Dougherty’s essay for The Hill. It is entitled, “In defense of America First.”
Now we press on to my brief answer to Issue One. I find Donald Trump to be both a fascinating phenomenon, and one whose public persona and public statements on a whole host of issues are often baffling and seemingly impenetrable. Churchill’s famous description of Russia applies to The Donald. He is a “riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”
On the one hand, Trump has been charged with “anti-Semitism,” which seems inherently ridiculous given his long time professional, personal, and political history, as your initial segment and Brother Nathanael’s You Tube videos chronicle.
This “anti-Semitism” canard is employed by the ADL and their fellow travelers simply because of the America First theme in the Trump 2016 campaign, The Donald’s suggestion that he would be a neutral broker between Israel and the Palestinians, his statements in support of reasonable diplomacy with Vladimir Putin and Russia, Trump’s stated desire to keep NATO on a short leash or trash it altogether, and Trump’s Buchanan-like positions on immigration and globalist trade treaties.
On the other hand, Trump’s AIPAC speech, his statements of support for ongoing establishment of illegal Israeli settlements in occupied territories, his simian statements on the P5+1 deal with Iran, his recent endorsement by Sheldon Adelson, and his Not Buchanan-like positions on cultural issues, suggest that he is indeed a “riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”
Alexis: You really nailed it, brother. Trump is certainly “a mystery inside an enigma.” I’ll just add a few things to your excellent treatment here. Trump has recently condemned Tony Blair for participating in the war in Iraq, which Trump said was “maybe the worst” disaster in American history. We are again in complete agreement with Trump here. In fact, we all must applaud him for saying so.
But Trump must know that Blair, like Bush, Rice, Cheney, Rumsfeld and others, were all puppets of the current regime. If Trump wants to know the real criminals behind the war, then he needs to call flaming Zionist Thomas Friedman of the New York Times. Friedman told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz back in 2003 that the plan for war in Iraq
“was disseminated by a small group of 25 or 30 neoconservatives, almost all of them Jewish, almost all of them intellectuals (a partial list: Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, William Kristol, Elliott Abrams, Charles Krauthammer), people who are mutual friends and cultivate one another and are convinced that political ideas are a major driving force of history.
“They believe that the right political idea entails a fusion of morality and force, human rights and grit. The philosophical underpinnings of the Washington neoconservatives are the writings of Machiavelli, Hobbes and Edmund Burke.”
“Prince of Darkness” Richard Perle said almost the same thing in 2006. He told Vanity Fair that “[Bush] did not make decisions, in part because the machinery of government that he nominally ran was actually running him.”
That “machinery of government” was none other than the Neoconservative ideology, which we all know by now is a Jewish political movement which got its start in Trotskyism and the Bolshevik Revolution.
Jewish writer Sidney Blumenthal has gone so far as to say that the Neoconservative movement found its political and intellectual ideology “in the disputatious heritage of the Talmud.” So, the plot thickens: what we are seeing in the Middle East is basically a continuation of what Trotsky and his lackeys envisioned.
I was also disappointed that Trump has allied with none other than Sheldon Adelson, and it sounds like the Israeli gangster is planning to buy Trump for at least $100 million. E. Michael Jones has recently interviewed the wonderful lady and long-time fighter in the culture wars Phyllis Schlafly and she truly believes that Trump is challenging the oligarchs.
But the problem is that Adelson is one of the fattest oligarchs in town. He was accused of “possible bribery” and of spreading prostitution in Macau, China. Robert Keatley, former editor of The Asian Wall Street Journal and the South China Morning Post, said that numerous documents suggest that Adelson
“was willing to grease official wheels with cash to get his way; one document talked about the need to spread $300 million around Beijing to solve his problems. There are also claims that he approved using prostitution and unsavory mainland organizers of gambling junkets to entice customers.”
Former head of Adelson’s Macau operation Steven Jacobs said that Adelson approved “prostitution strategy” in China. According to Jacobs, Adelson was also involved in “Chinese triads, bribery, and criminal activity.” In a lawsuit, Jacobs “accuses the company and Adelson of breach of contract and of pushing him into illegal activity in Macau.”
Adelson’s activities in Macau, Jacobs suggested, are based on “loan sharks and prostitution” and that the prostitution activity itself “had been personally approved by Adelson.” The New Yorker reported:
“Local police reportedly arrested more than a hundred prostitutes and twenty-two syndicate leaders in a 2010 operation at Adelson’s Venetian Macau. The filing also accused Adelson of allegedly hiring illegal workers, and controlling a ‘Chairman’s Club’ that permitted ‘favored members, including known or suspected organized crime figures.’”
Trump cannot really tell us that he has no knowledge of this. If he is genuinely not aware of this well-known phenomenon, then I don’t know what to make of Trump at all. If he does know about this and is still willing to receive at least $100 million from Adelson, then Trump is in bed with the New World Order. I hope I am again dead wrong here. I hope Trump is just giving people like Adelson carrots and presents sticks later.
The good news is that Trump, Hillary, Sanders and the current regime are not in charge of history at all. In fact, history is going to move on with or without them. The inescapable truth is that Logos is in charge of history and it will triumph in the end.
As Hegel rightly pointed out, Logos will work itself out. Hegel argued that “the world’s events are controlled by a providence, indeed by divine providence,” and this “divine providence is wisdom, coupled with infinite power, which realizes its ends, i.e., the absolute and rational design of the world…”
“That world history is governed by an ultimate design, that it is a rational process—whose rationality is not that of a particular subject, but a divine and absolute reason—this is a proposition whose truth we must assume; its proof lies in the study of world history itself, which is the image and enactment of reason.”
We think Hegel is right. If you want a case study, look at the history of Russia or the history of the West when Rome fell in the fifth century. In the meantime, sensible people must never fail to use practical reason in the moral and political firmament. Only then will we be able to defeat the enemy of all mankind.
 Quoted in Jack Moore, “Donald Trump Condemns Tony Blair for Iraq War ‘Disaster,’” Newsweek, May 17, 2016.
 Quoted in Ari Shavit, “White Man’s Burden,” Haaretz, April 3, 2003.
 David Rose, “Neo Culpa,” Vanity Fair, November 3, 2006.
 Numerous scholarly studies have been written on this very issue, but for a short summary, see Francis Fukuyama, “After Neoconservatism,” NY Times, February 19, 2006. For those who want to pursue further studies, see Alan M. Wald, The New York Intellectuals: The Rise and Decline of the Anti-Stalinist Left From the 1930s to the 1980s (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1987); Alexander Bloom, Prodigal Sons: The New York Intellectuals and Their World (New York: Oxford University Press, 1987); Terry A. Cooney, The Rise of the New York Intellectuals: Partisan Review and Its Circle, 1934-1945 (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2004); Murray Friedman, The Neoconservative Revolution: Jewish Intellectuals and the Shaping of Public Policy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004); Joseph Dorman, Arguing the World: The New York Intellectuals and Their World (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000).
 Sidney Blumenthal, The Rise of the Counter-Establishment: From Conservative Ideology to Political Power (New York: HarperCollins, 1998), 124.
 “Report: Billionaire Sheldon Adelson to give millions to Trump campaign,” Jerusalem Post, May 13, 2016.
 E. Michael Jones, “Phyllis Schlafly Takes on the Oligarchs,” Culture Wars, April 2016.
 Robert Keatley, “The GOP, China and Sheldon Adelson,” National Interest, August 31, 2012.
 Ken Ritter, “Sheldon Adelson Approved ‘Prostitution Strategy’: Fired Former Sands Executive,” Huffington Post, June 29, 2012.
 Evan Osnos, “Sheldon Adelson and Macau,” New Yorker, July 3, 2012.
 Ritter, “Sheldon Adelson Approved ‘Prostitution Strategy’: Fired Former Sands Executive,” Huffington Post, June 29, 2012.
 Osnos, “Sheldon Adelson and Macau,” New Yorker, July 3, 2012.
 Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Lectures on the Philosophy of World History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1975 and 1998), 35.
 Ibid., 28.
Jonas E. Alexis has degrees in mathematics and philosophy. He studied education at the graduate level. His main interests include U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the new book, Kevin MacDonald’s Metaphysical Failure: A Philosophical, Historical, and Moral Critique of Evolutionary Psychology, Sociobiology, and Identity Politics. He teaches mathematics in South Korea.