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posted on 13 September 2017

Steve Bannon on '60 Minutes'

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Last Sunday, '60 Minutes' aired its interview with Steve Bannon. It offers by far the most candid insight into Donald Trump and his administration. Therefore, it is a must-watch for anybody with any interest in American politics.

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The interview has been very well summarized in this article (The 48 most revealing lines of Steve Bannon's '60 Minutes' interview). I just want to respond to eight of the 48 points as follows:

  1. Point #1: "The Republican establishment is trying to nullify the 2016 election."
  2. Point #5: "The swamp is a business model. It's a successful business model."
  3. Point #6: "In the 48 hours after we won, there's a fundamental decision that was made ... We embraced the establishment."
  4. Point #11: "I'm worried about losing the House now because of ... DACA."
  5. Point #16: "Economic nationalism is what this country was built on."
  6. Point #29: "The elites in this country have got us in a situation. We're at not economic war with China. China is at economic war with us."
  7. Point #30: "That's the geniuses of the Bush administration. I hold these people in contempt, total and complete contempt."
  8. Point #43: "(General Kelly's) not going to be able to control it either because it's Donald Trump."

1. Point #1: the Republican establishment

President must not trust the Republican establishment, especially the neo-cons! For more, read: President Trump Will Be Impeached in 2017, Most Likely!

2. Point #5: the swamp

President Trump must reform our failing political system, as I have suggested, instead of merely replacing some politicians he does not like. Three informative readings:

  1. Donald Trump 2.0.
  2. Term Limits for Congress!
  3. "Make America Great Again," Really?

3. Point #6: We embraced the establishment

President Trump is being drained by the swamp, instead of draining the swamp! Why? It’s the political system, stupid! Specifically, he has obviously fallen into the trap of getting re-elected ad nauseam! For more, read: President Trump: Getting Re-elected Ad Nauseam?

For a complete diagnosis of our failing political system as well as the best solution, read the image below.

4. Point #11: DACA

It's easy to blame "other people" for "our" own problems. DACA is a problem, but not an essential one! Very importantly, do not do it at the cost of the GOP losing the majority in the House! Two informative readings:

  1. The Democratic Party is the Party of New Slavery!
  2. New Slavery in America: Pay without Work!

5. Point #16: economic nationalism

Completely false! Globalization has been part of American economy throughout American history, from slavery to America’s economic monopoly after WWII. For more, read: What is America, Anyway (Version 3)?

6. Point #29: China

It's easy to blame other countries, especially China, for America's problems. Two informative readings:

  1. Top 10 American Misconceptions about China (Version 3).
  2. The U.S. vs. China.

7. Point #30: the Bush II administration

Completely agree! As an example, read: 9/11 Attack vs. Pearl Harbor Attack.

8. Point #43: Trump's tweets

Again, completely agree! We may have to live with President Trump's tweets, although I think overall they do more harm than good to America. For more, read: President Trump: Getting Re-Elected in 2020, via Tweeting?

9. An additional point

The biggest point the above cited “summary” article missed is James Comey’s firing. Steve Bannon did talk about it in the interview, and regarded it as a big mistake, to which I agree.

10. Closing

Overall, it is a very good interview. Now, please sit back and enjoy the video.


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