Will Bannon’s Puppet Give Him the War He Wants?

Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, puppet
My executive orders are working out very nicely, right Steve? Photo credit: DonkeyHotey / WhoWhatWhy (CC BY-SA 2.0) See complete attribution below.
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What do you do if you believe that your beloved white race is in an existential battle but it is not fighting back? In Steve Bannon’s case, the answer seems to be: You find yourself a puppet, get him elected President of the United States and make sure everybody realizes that this war is happening.

Bannon, the de-facto president Donald Trump’s chief strategist and National Security Council member, believes that the “Judeo-Christian West” has been in an epic conflict for years without recognizing the scope of this fight.

The former Breitbart chief laid out that part of his worldview when he did a Q&A via Skype as part of a conference held inside the Vatican in 2014.

“We have to face a very unpleasant fact. And that unpleasant fact is that there is a major war brewing, a war that’s already global,” Bannon told his audience in response to a question of whether secularism or the Muslim world were a bigger threat to the Judeo-Christian civilization.

He added a sense of urgency, noting that this threat has to be confronted immediately.

“Every day that we refuse to look at this as what it is, and the scale of it, and really the viciousness of it, will be a day where you will rue that we didn’t act,” Bannon said.

Since he made that statement, 954 days have passed — and Bannon is finally in a position to do something about it.

In Trump, he has found the perfect vessel. An insecure man looking for validation who can be coaxed to spring into action without much thought.

The self-proclaimed billionaire was not the first know-nothing whose coattails Bannon had hoped to ride into the White House. Before taking over Breitbart, he had courted 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin — another populist who wanted to drain the swamp and put America first — and tried to coax her into taking on President Barack Obama in 2012.

When Palin declined to run, Bannon had to sit on the sidelines for four more years before springing into action again. He made good use of that time by whipping the GOP’s Tea Party base into a frenzy with his far-right publication.

One question remains: Now that he has his hands on the levers of power, what is Bannon going to do? The Executive Order to seal off the US for people from seven Muslim countries was just the first step. ISIS, which is itching for a fight as much as Bannon, hailed that move, hoping it would lead to Muslims in the US turning against the country.

Next up might just be a confrontation with Iran. Trump has already tweeted that he put the country “on notice” for conducting a ballistic missile test. After that, who knows? One thing seems for sure: With both ISIS and Bannon determined to show that there is a global war happening between Muslims and the “Judeo-Christian West,” chances are that the world will take notice real soon.

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7 responses to “Will Bannon’s Puppet Give Him the War He Wants?”

  1. Marilyn says:

    Trump is an embarrassment and too clueless to know he is being used by Bannon. Bannon on the NSC, and Senate lets it happen..disgusting.

  2. Mackenzie says:

    If Bannon does pull the strings and does want war, how exactly would that make the Trump administration any different from prior administrations? Obama was the first POTUS to be at war for every day of his 8 year presidency. Did you write that he did so for his “beloved black race”?

    All these politicians are criminals to me because they murder innocents (eg Madeline Albright’s statement that killing 500k Iraqi children was “worth it” then years later having the extreme nerve to say that there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t vote for Hillary).

    It is yet again disappointing that who what why buys the MSM line that “everything Trump” is racist when really his admin is no different from previous horrific regimes. How about calling them all out?!

  3. oller says:

    Sounds like those same hysterical persons who have to confront the fact that they lost their favorite puppet in the last election.

  4. mrviolin says:

    Big claims require big proof.

    • e Blogga says:

      Don’t think we ever found any proof of Cheney doing that to Bush either…but then again one would be amazed to think that Dubbaya was capable of all those agendas.

    • Jeff Clyburn says:

      There was copious evidence of Cheney pulling the strings on W. … keeping him in the air and away from DC on 9/11 is one example of many.

    • Raja says:

      Big proof? Pull your head out of the ideological sand and look, listen, read.