Our roundtable reacts to the Mueller Report and the wider implications of the report for politics in the U.S., including checks and balances between the Executive Branch and Congress, the 2020 Presidential race and views on the way forward, including demands for the report to be made public.
We discuss the gift of the Mueller Report to Donald Trump. Plus, stepped-up attacks on socialism against Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC) provide us with a glimmer of the GOP 2020 election strategy. Meanwhile, the Democrats are sorting their way forward " will it remain centrist or continue its push to the left? Will the Democrats go on the offensive or demure and stay on the defensive? Will the party be shaped by Bernie, AOC and Ilhan Omar?
As we see the Yellow Vests movement in France continue mass mobilizations across that country against President Emmanuel Macron and austerity, in Haiti the reigniting of mass protests against the pro-U.S. government. In Algeria, mass protests pressing the President to step down. On both sides in Venezuela, protests for and against the U.S. intervention. In the U.K., mass protests against the Brexit debacle, but we see no such mass mobilizations in the U.S. Indeed, the largest protests in the U.S. since Trump was elected were the annual Womens Marches. Where is the mass movement of resistance in the U.S.? Are people in the U.S. banking on investigations and reports to replace a movement in order to dump Trump and to make change? Are we too comfortable or are social movements too divided one from the other?
On the international front: the international implication of the U.S. recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory. Is the clock being turned back to when countries with the most wealth and military might can just annex other peoples lands? Also, we discuss whats behind the bromance between Trumps son-in-law Jared Kushner and the Saudi Prince, who ordered the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Was there a secret deal between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia to share nuclear secrets? Was Trump outplayed in his bromance with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un?