Desperation Drove U.S. Trump-Card Play

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North American Exceptional White Supremacist Extremism
“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive Why did I sit in classes teaching me the merits of our history and our
civilization?” Congressman Steve King interview

“I believe in American exceptionalism”
Barack Obama 44th President of the United States 2009 to 2017

 "The Negro youth and moderate[s] must be made to understand if they succumb to revolutionary teachings, they will be dead revolutionaries."   
J. Edgar Hoover FBI Chief, COINTELPRO against Black Panther Party and all revolutionaries

"Democracy has justified itself by keeping for the white  race the best portion's of the earth's surface.”
"Whether the whites won the land by treaty, by armed  conquest, or both...mattered little so long as the land was won... all men of sane and wholesome thought must dismiss with contempt the plea these continents should be reserved for the use of a few scattered savages whose life was a few degrees less meaningless, squalid, and ferocious than wild beasts
Theodore Roosevelt 26th President of the United States 1901 to 1909

"To maintain this position of disparity (supremacy)... we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming...cease to talk about vague and...unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standard and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts... The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better."
George Kennan, U.S. State Department Director of Policy Planning 1948

digest: Supreme Court ruling on 2000 election made G.W. Bush president

Employing Information as an Instrument of National Power
2016 Army War College
ABSTRACT The information instrument of national power, which has neither a recognized government lead nor a clear strategy for employment, remains the most misunderstood and underutilized element of D-I-M-E (Diplomacy, Information, Military, Economic). However, an examination of the application of information power from the First World War through the Cold War revealed that information has served as a potent instrument of national power. It is most effective when it is directed and supported by the President, guided by strategy that recognizes it as a fundamental component of official policy, coordinated across the whole of government, and implemented across the broadest spectrum of communication. Administrations should first decide whether the application of information power comports with enduring national values, their respective policy and national security objectives. Then, once the decision is made to employ information power, it must be adequately resourced to ensure its application aligns with the four key requirements. 15. SUBJECT TERMS Information Operations, Public Diplomacy, Propaganda, Public Relations, MISO

Forging the World: Strategic Narratives and International Relations
STRATEGIC NARRATIVES: Change the Story. Change the Outcome
The role and impact of information communication technologies (ICTs)... in the state’s critical international processes strategic narratives explain and shape the world.

 What's gone wrong with our democracy?
This is a time of high political anxiety. No one seems very sure of much anymore. Not that long ago it all seemed so different.

"Development, with defense and diplomacy, is now a pillar of our national security policy."
USAID should “be seen as the premier development agency in the world.”
7/23/09 Secretary of State Clinton The Center for Global Development

How the future gets written
Artificial intelligence is technology doing things typically done by people...people acting intelligently, using language to communicate complex ideas, explanations and series of events, as well as understand them when told to us by others.

Duncan Hunter·National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 requires the President to submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report on a comprehensive interagency strategy for public diplomacy and strategic communication. Executive Summary Across all of our efforts, effective strategic communications are essential to sustaining global legitimacy and supporting our policy aims...
In this report, we describe "strategic communication" as the synchronization of our words and deeds as well as deliberate efforts to communicate and engage with intended audiences....the positions, processes, and interagency working groups we created to improve our ability to better synchronize words and deeds, and better coordinate communications and engagement programs and activities. These are already producing visible results; however, we still have much ground to cover... the need to ensure appropriate balance between civilian and military efforts. As a result, a process has been initiated to review existing programs and resources to identify current military programs better executed by other Departments and Agencies....

What’s gone wrong with democracy?
Democracy was the most successful political idea of the 20th century. Why has it run into trouble,and what can be done to revive it?Freedom House reckons 2013 was the eighth consecutive year in which global freedom declined, and that its forward march peaked around the beginning of the century......Between 1980 and 2000 democracy experienced a few setbacks, but since 2001 there have been many. Democracy is going through a difficult time.. a few years ago democracy looked as though it would dominate the world...progress in the late 20th century has stalled in the 21st... And democracy’s problems run deeper than mere numbers suggest. Many nominal democracies slid towards autocracy, maintaining the outward appearance of democracy through elections...Faith in democracy flares up in moments of triumph, such as the overthrow of unpopular regimes in Cairo or Kiev, only to sputter out once again. Outside the West, democracy often advances only to the West, democracy has too often become associated with debt and dysfunction at home and overreach abroad. Democracy always had its critics, but now old doubts are treated with renewed respect as the weaknesses of democracy in its Western strongholds, and the fragility of its influence elsewhere, have become increasingly apparent....Established democracies need to update their own political systems to address the problems at home, and to revitalise democracy’s image abroad.

Global Trends in Democracy concerns...
Updated October 17, 2018

...Widespread concerns exist among analysts and policymakers over the current global trajectory of democracy favorable to U.S. Interests. For decades U.S. policymakers connected U.S. national security and other core interests with the spread of democracy around the world...democracy promotion has been a longstanding and multifaceted element ...of U.S. foreign policy....Cold War era democratization as major part of U.S. foreign policy was subordinated to the overriding goal of preventing the spread of Communism....
The aggregate level of democracy around the world has not advanced for over a decade. Analysis of data trend-lines from two major global democracy indexes indicates that as of 2017, the global level of democracy has not advanced since around 2005 or 2006...Overall, this data indicates that democracy’s expansion has been more challenged during this period than during any similar period dating back to the 1970s....
The following discussion analyzes trends as measured by two of the most frequently cited annual indexes: Freedom House's Freedom in the World report and the Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index.29
the 2010 NSS stated “America’s commitment to democracy, human rights, and the rule of law are essential sources of our strength and influence in the world...our long-term security and prosperity depends on our steady support for universal values, which sets us apart from our enemies, adversarial governments, and many potential competitors for influence.”25
The National Defense Strategy acknowledges an increasingly complex global security environment, e-emergence ofcharacterized by overt challenges to the free and open international order and the re-emergence of appraisal of thelong-term, strategic competition between nations. These changes require a clear-eyed appraisal of the rmation of howthreats we face, acknowledgement of the changing character of warfare, and a transformation of how the Department conducts business. Strategic competition is a central challenge to US with reemergence of long-term, strategic competition by what the National Security Strategy classifies as revisionist powers... increasingly clear China and Russia want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model—gaining UN veto authority over other nations’ economic, diplomatic, and security decisions.

DARPA social media strategic communications.. 
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, VA 22203-1714

Black Identity Extremist (BIE)
Executive Summary
Aug 3, 2017
(U//FOUO) The FBI assesses it very likely Black Identity Extremist (BIE)  perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement and will very likely serve as justification for such violence. The FBI assess it very likely this increase began following the 9 August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and subsequent Grand Jury November 2014 declination to indict the police officers involved. The FBI assesses it very likely incidents of alleged police abuse against African Americans since then continued to feed resurgence in ideologically motivated, violent criminal activity within the BIE movement. The FBI assesses it very likely some BIEs are influenced by a mix of anti-authoritarian, Moorish sovereign citizen ideology, and BIE ideology. The FBI has high confidence in these assessments, based on a history of violent incidents attributed to individuals who acted on behalf of their ideological beliefs, documented in FBI investigations and other law enforcement and open source reporting. The FBI makes this judgment with the key assumption the recent incidents are ideologically motivated.

“I've made some very difficult decisions that made public diplomacy in the Muslim world difficult. One was obviously attacking Iraq...we're behind... selling our own story and telling people the truth about America...”
George W. Bush, January 18, 2005
On 12 September 2001, the day after the horrible attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Towers, the United States Government (USG) and the American military officially began the global war on terrorism (GWOT). In a response to the overwhelming flow of compassion from the International, Arab and Muslim communities, President Bush quickly reached out to America and the rest of the world to make the U.S. government's case for a quick response to terrorist activity around the world. Proposing a war to rid the world of terrorism, he would deliver an eloquent but stern message, successfully framing why America and the freedom-loving people of the world needed to unite in an effort to stop terrorism. Almost two years later, as America faced a second war with the brutal government of Iraq, the USG again engaged the international community to state its case for war. This time America saw its positive support gained through public diplomacy and public affairs quickly dissipated. The USG then found it difficult to convince the world, specifically Arab and Muslim communities that America and coalition partners were doing the right thing in going to war with Iraq again. American military presence in Afghanistan and Iraq and USG Middle Eastern policy raised concerns about the effectiveness of American public
diplomacy around the world.
This SRP will examine the importance of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. It will review the current U.S. policy on public diplomacy and the role of public affairs.examine world opinion of the USG, assess its efforts to "win hearts and minds," and recommendation for improving Public Diplomacy in the war on terrorism.

Centers of Gravity in Public Diplomacy 2.0
Part 1Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern. Communication All papers in the CPD Perspectives series free on its website ( ) 2010 Hillary Clinton announced the Internet freedom agenda would take center stage in U.S. Foreign policy
Before the United States became a world power and a primary center of scientific discovery, it was already a leader in communications—postal service and newspaper publishing, development of the telegraph and telephone, then in the movies, broadcasting, and the whole repertoire of mass communications...this framework of communications has been a remarkable engine of wealth and power creation, so much so its influence now extends over not merely a continent, but the world.
America’s privileged position at the center of global communication networks has translated into shifts in public diplomacy efforts as well as foreign policy in general. Film played a central role in U.S. public diplomacy efforts during World War I and World II. In the 1950s, the USIA provided one of the largest global circulators of American cultural products through its mobile cinema units and cultural programs. International broadcasting, first in the form of radio, then in television moved to the center of public diplomacy efforts, coinciding with the global expansion of these technologies... U.S. government entities responsible...including within the State Department, Office of Web Engagement, Office of Innovative Engagement, and Office of CO.NX/DVC in the Bureau of International Information Programs ((IIP); Office of Digital Engagement and the Rapid Response Unit in the Bureau of Public Affairs (PA); Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA); Office of eDiplomacy, Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communication (CSCC)... these DOS e-diplomacy efforts are complemented by governmental entities ranging from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to DOD, and accounts by individuals representing myriad U.S. Government...

Global Engagement Center
Obama administration establishes the GEC in 2016
State-Defense Cooperation Global Engagement Center... to Counter State-Sponsored Disinformation><>
The Fund will be a key part of the GEC’s partnerships with local civil society organizations, NGOs, media providers, and content creators to counter propaganda and disinformation. The Fund will also drive the use of innovative messaging and data science techniques....GEC will initiate a series of pilot projects developed with the Department of Defense supported by Department of Defense funding designed to counter propaganda and disinformation.... .
The 2017 NDAA allows GEC leeway around privacy restrictions... for example to improve targeted campaigns. “Research and data analysis of foreign state and
non-state propaganda and disinformation efforts and communications related to public diplomacy efforts intended for foreign audiences. Such research and data analysis shall be reasonably tailored to meet the purposes of this paragraph and shall be carried out with due regard for privacy and civil liberties guidance and oversight,” according to the NDAA... State Department officials declined to provide an on-the-record response.....

Strategic communication, vital component of U.S. national security, in crisis, must be transformed with strength of purpose ...
Defense Science Board Task Force Report PSYOPS Strategic Communications
In a ten month study, written before the 9/11 attacks the Task Force...the October 2001 Task Force recommended America’s leaders give higher priority to strategic communication...Three weeks after 9/11, a Defense Science Board Task Force sponsored jointly by the DOD (Pentagon) and Department of State issued a report on U.S. civilian and military information dissemination capabilities. Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Managed Information Dissemination, October 2001, The report was briefed to the Secretary of Defense, the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, the Under Secretary of State for Management, and the NSC’s Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications and Information and Senior Advisor for Democracy, Human Rights, and International Operations...
Strategic communication, vital component of U.S. national security, is in crisis, must be transformed with strength of purpose ...

NB:As if electoral politicians job is making, not selling & executing US bipartisan geopolitical strategy
With Matthew Dickinson
Against the backdrop of today’s joint Obama-al Maliki press conference... the strongest portion of Obama’s presidential record has been his handling of foreign policy. Public opinion polls give the President much higher marks for foreign policy than domestic issues... some of his most notable policy successes have taken place abroad– killing Bin Laden, overthrowing Gadhafi...Obama’s success is largely building on the foundation laid by his predecessor George W. Bush, not dismantling it...  Continuity not change is the byword of Obama’s foreign policy.
Obama expanded Bush’s use of drones as offensive weapons in the War on Terror, but also in intelligence-gathering and reconnaissance operations.  Although Obama purportedly closed secret CIA prisons holding suspected terrorists, he continues the rendition policy under which suspected terrorists can be sent to foreign prisons for interrogation, authorized military commissions to try some terrorist suspects, and supports the Bush policy of holding enemy combatants indefinitely without charge. Despite opposition from both conservative Republicans and many Democrats, he signed a four-year extension of the Patriot act which, among other provisions, provides federal authorities roving wiretap power to listen in on conversations of suspects when they change phones or locations, and gives government the authority to investigate foreigners who have no known affiliation with terrorist groups..with approval of a secret federal court.
Obama out-Bushed Bush in the conduct of the war on terror In Afghanistan...hismost notable foreign policy success was violating Pakistan’s airspace in the Bin Laden killing and perhaps the most dramatic example of Obama’s pushing the limits of his authority,was authorizing the assassination of an American citizen overseas suspected of working as a terrorist....Obama implicitly admitted Guantanamo Bay prison will not be closed, in fact will continue to hold high value terror suspects...

Mission, Vision & Strategic Approach President’s Remarks on Strategic communication, vital component of U.S. national security, is in crisis, must be transformed with strength of purpose ...administration’s approach to Counterterrorism.
U.S. CENTCOM Command Narrative
MacDill Air Force Base, home to Department of Defense U.S. Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, 927th Air Refueling Wing and 6th Air Mobility Wing.
...We are a nation that won World Wars without grabbing the resources of those we defeated. We helped them rebuild.... We didn't hold on to territory other than the cemeteries where we buried our dead... Our Greatest Generation fought and bled and died to build an international order of laws and institutions that could preserve the peace,and extend prosperity, and promote cooperation among nations. And for all its imperfections, we depend on that international order to protect our own freedom.
...Remember that history. Remember what that flag stands for. For we depend upon you -- the heirs to that legacy -- our men and women in uniform, and the citizens who support you, to carry forward what is best in us -- that commitment to a common creed. The confidence that right makes might, not the other way around. (Applause) That’s how we sustain this long struggle. That's how we’ll protect this country. That's how we’ll protect our Constitution against all threats, foreign and domestic. I trust you will fulfill that mission, as you have fulfilled all others. It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as your Commander-in-Chief.

The Disposition Matrix, , 
Unofficially known as ’kill list’, is an information database of tracking, capturing, ’extreme rendition’ or killing suspected enemies of the United States Developed by the Obama administration in 2010 ...goes beyond existing kill lists is intended to be a permanent fixture of U.S. policy The process determining criteria for killing is not public was heavily shaped by National Counterterrorism Director and former Central Intelligence Agency  (CIA) Director John O. Brennan .[2]
Though White House , National Counterterrorism Center and CIA spokespeople all declined to comment on the database, officials have stated privately that kill lists will expand "for at least another decade", if not indefinitely, as one stated "it's a necessary part of what we do".[1] Paul R. Pillar former deputy director of the CIA counterterrorism center, stated, "We are looking at something potentially indefinite".[1]

“Effectively Obama construed the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force so broadly it is now hard to discern any meaningful limit”
Trump inherited and expanded Obama's drone war
 The report is based on data provided by US Central Command (CENTCOM) and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism which has tracked US drone strikes for years....Shortly before Obama took office after being a US senator, a CIA drone strike on a funeral in Pakistan killed about 41 civilians, that apparently wasn’t enough to cause him to rethink the U.S. Approach. He first drone strike he presided over January 22, 2009 shortly after taking office. missed its target. and Newsweek reported Obama was almost immediately informed it killed civilians . By the end of 2009 the CIA had conducted its 100th drone strike in Pakistan. The following year, a significant escalation in the drone war occurred not because “this technology really began to take off,” Obama’s construction which seems to assign responsibility for targeted suspect killings to drones themselves, but in response to a suicide attack  on U.S. outpost in Afghanistan killing multiple CIA officers, with an unnamed official to tell The Guardian, “This attack will be avenged through successful, aggressive counterterrorism operations." Many cross-border drone strikes targeted Taliban....
Thanks to Obama Donald Trump will be inaugurated into an office that presumes the authority to secretly order the extrajudicial killings of American citizens...construes its mandate to kill suspects with drone strikes in countries the U.S. is not at war targeting suspect groups and individuals that had nothing to do with the September 11, 2001. Effectively Obama construed 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force so broadly it is now hard to discern any meaningful limit.

Drone War Ground Zero Rare Photos
By Spencer Ackerman,
The epicenter of global terrorism and its highly classified CIA drone war is a black hole on the map -- a region of Pakistan off limits to outsiders, especially Westerners. It’s an area so dangerous even the Pakistani military avoids it. The CIA may have launched 70 drone strikes in tribal Pakistan in 2011 alone. But Americans, like e rest of the world, have no idea what the area looks like, or who lives there. Noor Behram ,a resident has spent years photographing the aftermath of of North Waziristan drone strikes, often at personal risk. Working with an Islamabad lawyer Shahzad Akbar and London-based activist Clive Stafford Smith, helping get his photos to the outside world, Behram provided Danger Room with dozens of his images never published in the United States. Included here is a sample. Be advised: Some show dead children....
TheU.S. shows no inclination to declassify its secret war . But exposure may happen anyway. Akbar and Stafford Smith recently began giving cameras to North Waziristanis, to document the drone war themselves. Behram wants to publish a book of his hundreds of photographs. A black hole may become a floodlight.

nb: NYT strategic communications support of US liberal democratic fascist world order
Secret ‘Kill List’ Proves a Test of Obama’s Principles and Will
By Jo Becker and Scott Shane
President Obama , overseeing the regular Tuesday counterterrorism meeting of two dozen security officials in the White House Situation Room, took a moment to study the faces. It was Jan. 19, 2010, the end of a first year in office punctuated by terrorist plots and culminating in a brush with catastrophe over Detroit on Christmas Day, a reminder that a successful attack could derail his presidency. Yet he faced adversaries without uniforms, often indistinguishable from the civilians around them. “How old are these people?” he asked, according to two officials present. “If they are starting to use children,” he said of Al Qaeda “we are moving into a whole different phase.” It was not a theoretical question: Mr. Obama has placed himself at the helm of a top secret “nominations” process to designate terrorists for kill or capture, of which the capture part has become largely theoretical. He had vowed to align the fight against Al Qaeda with American values; the chart, introducing people whose deaths he might soon be asked to order, underscored just what a moral and legal conundrum this could be.
Mr. Obama is a liberal law professor who campaigned against the Iraq war and torture, then insisted on approving every new name on an expanding “kill list,” poring over terrorist suspects’ biographies on what one official calls the macabre “baseball cards” of an unconventional war. When a rare opportunity for a drone strike at a top terrorist arises — but his family is with him — it is the president who has reserved to himself the final moral calculation. Without showing his hand, Mr. Obama preserved three major policies — rendition, military commissions and indefinite detention — that have been targets of human rights groups since the 2001 terrorist attacks...
Yet the administration’s very success at killing terrorism suspects has been shadowed by a suspicion that Mr. Obama has avoided the complications of detention by deciding, in effect, to take no prisoners alive. While scores of suspects have been killed under Mr. Obama, only one has been taken into American custody, the president balked at adding new prisoners to Guantánamo....a paradoxical leader who shunned the legislative deal-making required to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba, but approves lethal action without hand-wringing. While he was adamant about narrowing the fight and improving relations with the Muslim world, he has followed the metastasizing enemy into new and dangerous lands. When he applies his lawyering skills to counterterrorism, it is usually to enable, not constrain, his ferocious campaign against Al Qaeda — even when it comes to killing an American cleric in Yemen, a decision that Mr. Obama told colleagues was “an easy one.” The administration’s failure to forge a clear detention policy has created the impression among some members of Congress of a take-no-prisoners policy...his ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron P. Munter, complained to colleagues that the C.I.A. strikes drive American policy there, saying “he didn’t realize his main job was to kill people,” a colleague said....

By Richard Holbrooke U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations in the Clinton administration.
October 28, 2001
“ The battle of ideas therefore is as important as any other aspect of the struggle... It must be won...At least three times in the past 60 years Washington confronted similar extraordinary challenges in what is now called public diplomacy, and each time created special mechanisms to deal with them. First, Franklin Roosevelt personally started the famous Office of War Information (USIA's predecessor) as well as the Advertising Council and called on the most creative minds of that generation to perfect the message. Second, Truman and Eisenhower, recognizing the centrality of ideas in the struggle with communism, created USIA, a great Cold War agency led by people like Edward R. Murrow, George Stevens Jr. and John Chancellor. Third, when the Clinton administration realized normal public information programs were not denting Serb support for Slobodan Milosevic... created a special office to fix the message with new ways, overt and covert, to get it heard in Serbia, played an important (not yet fully recognized) role in bringing Milosevic down last year....
A similar special office essential now must be run from the White House, the only place in Washington that can coordinate -- by which I mean direct -- public affairs activities of State, Defense, Justice, CIA, USAID and others toward the Muslim world. More resources will be required; special broadcasting systems dedicated to this cause must be created...for the entire Muslim world, including Muslims in non-Arab countries such as India and China, and Western Europe, where terror networks are deeply embedded. The very best talent from outside the government must be recruited once more, as in World War II....This must be a sustained effort closely allied to the war on terrorism.... It will last longer than that war itself and if successful, have other benefits. We cannot afford to lose; if we do, a permanent struggle will lead to a permanent crisis ....