General James Matis. Foto:

When it seemed certain that Donald Trump would be the presidential candidate representing the Republican Party, a “bomb” against him has been publicly detonated from an unexpected field.

A new and unexpected element has added tension to the already unusual primary stage of the US electoral process. When it seemed certain that Donald Trump would be the presidential candidate representing the Republican Party, a “bomb” against him has been publicly detonated from an unexpected field.


Trump was invited last week by the The National Interest to give his first speech on foreign policy. This magazine is published by the Nixon Center, a group of survivors from former State Secretary Henry Kissinger’s old team.


To everyone’s surprise Trump did not have anything to say about his position on various subjects, aimed at satisfying one lobby or another, but instead delivered an analysis of US foreign policy and described his project of total overhaul.


According to Trump, it was “a fundamental error to have attempted to export by force the Western democratic model to people who had no interest in it.


After having denounced the “gigantic human and economic waste of the countries concerned as well as for the United States itself”, Trump continued with an indirect attack on the military-industrial complex, blaming it for the general excess of weapons circulating in the world.


According to French journalist and political activist Thierry Meyssan, for the first time since the assassination of John Kennedy, a presidential candidate was denouncing the omnipotence of the arms manufacturers. All those who have fought the military-industrial complex have been gagged or eliminated –John Kennedy was assassinated when he opposed the war against Cuba; Richard Nixon was eliminated by the Watergate affair when he made peace with Vietnam and led the détente with China; Bill Clinton saw his administration paralyzed by the Lewinsky affair when he attempted to oppose rearmament and the war in Kosovo.


In the words of Meyssan, “Trump was not a politician until now, but a real estate promoter, a businessman and a television presenter. This absence of a political past allows him to envisage the future from an entirely new angle, without being bound by any previous engagement.”


To block Donald Trump, the Republican Party organized an alliance between Ted Cruz and the last candidate in the race, John Kasich. Both of them agreed to give up the presidency and to work together to prevent Trump from obtaining the absolute majority of the convention delegates, promoting the candidacy of retired General James Mattis, former commander of the Marines Central Command (Cent Com).


Although General Mattis has not expressed his willingness to run for office, an anonymous group of billionaire donors have concocted a plan to achieve this and so to deal with Donald Trump. There is talk of about a dozen influential donors who are billionaires with deep pockets and involved in politics with conservative tendencies, who are willing to put their resources behind Mattis.”Trump is a fascist madman and Hillary has one foot in a jail cell. This means that Mattis can win. I would be the first to root for the general to save America,” said John Noonan, a former Jeb Bush adviser now involved in the campaign project for Mattis.


Confidential opinion polls have already been organized, funds are been collected and a campaign team has been built around General James Mattis, a man who denies having plans for a political career. However, many believe he will not reject the role of a new Eisenhower who did not take part in the primaries because he was still commander of US forces in Europe. Eisenhower slipped into the competition almost at the end and was nominated by the Republican Party convention as their representative in the final bid for the presidency which he ultimately won in 1952.


General Mattis is reputed to be an intellectual. Today a researcher at the Hoover Institution (Stanford University), he has recently given lectures at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). This think-tank, traditionally close to the oil industry, is mainly financed by Saudi Arabia.


In his lecture at CSIS after predicting a dreadful future for the Middle East, he denounced the dangers of the Iranian revolution and called for war against Iran.


The contradiction that is currently taking shape in the struggle within the Republican party over its presidential candidate reflects the one that at the national level has emerged between the neo-conservative vision of Nixon and Kissinger, and the dreams of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. The latter two are supporters of imposing a universal regime and global democratization which they have worked toward since the coup of September 11, 2001 until the rise of Obama.


May 17, 2016.


A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann.