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Tehran, Iran - - In your opinion, why do both Trump and Clinton support Israel in their campaigns?

American election campaigns can turn up occasional flashes of truth. One of the few sparks of hope this time was the surprise nomination of Donald Trump as the Republican candidate.

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People are left with the spectacle of an unashamed puppet of bankers, whose 'no-fly zone' over Syria could well spark start WWIII, facing off against a lascivious buffoon. Whose antics nonetheless conceal moments of sanity.

Russia wants to get rid of ISIS. We want to get rid of ISIS. Maybe let Russia do it. Let them get rid of ISIS. What the hell do we care?

Trump is a Democrat on social policy, and an old-fashioned Republican on foreign policy. He has moved back and forth between the two parties over his colourful history.

Obama promised change but came up with the 'same ole, same ole'. Clinton doesn't even bother with the pretense anymore. Trump represents the frustration of Americans caught in a deadend, which promises only war and war industry.

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He is no pacifist, but neither is he an expansionist. Inasmuch as he has a coherent philosophy, it is libertarian and isolationist. He wants good relations with Russia, and cooperation on fighting al-Qaeda's latest incarnation.

The peace logic has never been completely smothered, and now has an eccentric 'republican' on board. Back in 2008 and 2012, it was libertarian Ron Paul. In a debate, he faced off with Rudy Giuliani, who called his view that US foreign policy contributed to anti-Americanism in the Middle East "absurd".

Paul held a press conference with the ex-CIA analyst and author of Imperial Hubris Michael Scheuer to explain the concept of blowback. He argued, "We should mind our own business," to enthusiastic applause.

Scheuer countered the accusation that Paul was following marching orders from Al-Qaeda. "It is all of the Democrats and the Republicans who are marching to Osama Bin Laden's drum."

In 2016, it's only the Greens Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson who want to turn around the war machine and even they are low-key on the issue of Palestine. Neither they nor Trump recognized how central Israel is to the US imperial war machine. There is virtually no room for debate in the US on anything that involves Israel.

Trump's willingness to work with Russia could potentially reverse the war machine. It could allow them together to confront Israel. That would make his presidency historic.

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- Why do both Clinton and Trump beg the consent of Israeli lobby (AIPAC) in America?

The Israel lobby, headed by AIPAC, controls US politics through 'soft power'. No need to invade to conquer. Just control the media and have lots of money to pursue the goal--common to both the US and Israel--of world hegemony. Making all countries postmodern nations, without any foreign policy, subservient to the US and Israel.

Both Republicans and Democrats are caught in this web. At least Trump, in his naive worldview, sees no compelling logic in this lust for world domination. He wants to reduce world rivalry, work in harmony with Russia.

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Eric writes for Al-Ahram Weekly and PressTV. He specializes in Russian and Eurasian affairs. His "Postmodern Imperialism: Geopolitics and the Great Games" and "From Postmodernism to Postsecularism: Re-emerging Islamic Civilization" are available at (more...)
 

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