Andrea, while your excellent article on this particular (and singular offensive/dangerous ‘issue’) of Emperor Trump’s bullying of the EU to pay for the LNG tankers to keep them from freezing, is well reported, analysed, and very concerning in itself, the actions of Emperor Trump in bullying Mexico into “paying for the wall”, and the EU “paying for defense/NATO” are merely some of the examples of Emperor Trump’s bullying abroad.
As my comment submitted to the NY “Times” article on Emperor Trump’s domestic bullying (and looting) of all ‘we average Americans’ at home being deceived, bullied, and illegally ‘looted’ by Emperor Trump’s regime with their planning of yet ANOTHER massive ‘tax-cut on capital gains’ for the UHNWIs (and their corporations) in Treasury Secretary of Looting, Steven ‘me first’ Mnuchin’s plan to use ‘regulatory capture/control’ (instead of Emperor Trump’s captured Congress) to carry-out the looting this time:
"My biggest surprise is that ‘we the American people’ have yet to recognize that Emperor Trump and his massively and illegally looting regime are increasingly (and deceitfully) turning our formerly promising, and sometimes progressing, democracy into acting exactly like an Empire with respect to both shamefully extracting all the wealth it can from average Americans domestically, and bullying functional democracies abroad into increased funding militarist (and dangerously aggressive) behavior abroad against any countries that may even attempt to avoid being bullied by Emperor Trump into his dreams of global empire.
Ironically, such tendencies by a leader (‘Fuhrer’ in German) were criticized by the late great Jewish intellectual, Hannah Arendt, warning to her own people:
"Empire abroad entails tyranny at home”
One might easily and justifiably argue that ‘looting’ and other predations at home are symptoms and warning of gathering “tyranny”.
The “Times” may or may not run my comment this time — but over the last 6 months they have overwhelming done so — which is IMHO an encouraging surprise and has caused me to write of this ‘opinion leading’ paper that, as Dylan sang, — “the “Times” they are a changin”. I’ll keep you up-dated if this article allows further editing.
BTW, Andrea (and Craig) a story that may not be effectively covered, was yesterday’s interview of Noam Chomsky by Amy Goodman on her show “Democracy Now” in which Amy was clearly surprised, and seemingly annoyed (to the point of ‘talking-over’ Noam) when the great analyst kept dismissing Emperor Trump’s insults to the EU and display of ‘kissing-up’ to Putin as being only minor and superficial distractions from the seminal meta-causal factor of Trump acting like a virtual global emperor with respect to both domestic looting, tyranny, and oppression of the deceived American public, and his focused attempts to bully in a war-like manner any and all countries that did not fall into line with his singular global attempts to lord-over the rest of the world.
Noam, of course, is absolutely correct — although Chomsky’s analysis is radically different than the view of most of the even the furthest left progressive-lite, pseudo-academic, alt-media reading crowd.
CD may want to take a stand on what Noam said and how the principled, progressive, serious (even Revolutionary) left reacts, or hopefully re-adjusts to Noam’s far more accurate view of the world.