[Marxism] Marxism Digest, Vol 192, Issue 12

Ron Jacobs ronj1955 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 8 13:16:35 MDT 2019

Re: Re US Imperialism abandons the kurds again
This analysis lacks analysis.  US imperialism is not a monolith.  It is the
result of a constant struggle amongst the ruling elites as to what will
serve capitalism best.  The fact that Lindsey Graham and other Trump
supporters oppose his expressed desire to pull the troops from Syria is
evidence of the current uncertainty about how to move forward with the
competing approaches to making US imperialism more effective in serving the
economic forces behind the throne.  If the pullout does take place, it will
change very little in the Mideast.  Global alliances are constantly
undergoing shifts, both large and small.  So are global rivalries.  The US,
with Israel and probably the oil sheikdoms, will continue to force their
will on the rest of the region.  The Kurds are certainly aware of their
minimal role in what happens (as far as the US and its "allies" are
Anyhow, to dismiss this recent move as an idiosyncracy of the Trump White
House is intellectually lazy at best.

> I agree with what seems to be the implication of what Michael Karadjis
> wrote in reply to the above-entitled article: That we should not equate the
> policies of Trump with those of US imperialism. This is clear in the fact
> that even his most wild supporters, such as US Senators Lindsay Graham and
> Mitch McConnell, have strongly opposed Trump's call for a troop withdrawal
> from the border region between NE Syria and Turkey.
> As with so much else about Trump, especially in his foreign policy, his
> action in this case is based on a couple of things that have little to do
> with the interests or the strategy of US imperialism. They are based on how
> he sees his own personal interests, which in this case means appeasing and
> shoring up his base. If he were to drop a nuclear bomb on the region - or
> anywhere else - his base would be fine with that. At least if it did not
> immediately cause a large increase in gas prices. But the involvement of US
> troops is another question.
> Trump made the call shortly after having had a telephone conversation with
> Erdogan. None of us knows whether Erdogan directly communicated the wishes
> of Trump's semi-sponsor and Erdogan ally, Putin, but both must have known
> that Putin would approve. That would have figured heavily in Trump's
> calculations.
> Finally, Trump has an instinctive affinity for strong-man dictators like
> Erdogan. That would have also figured into his announcement. Sound
> ridiculous that the US president's actions would be based on personal,
> unthought-out feelings? Yes, it is. That is exactly a major part of the
> reason why so much of US capitalism opposes him and why even the editors of
> the Wall St. Journal criticize him. The president with self-described
> "great and unmatched wisdom" has all the consciousness of a six year-old.
> John Reimann
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