Thursday 27 April 2017

Why Steve Bannon thinks World War 3 is coming

Steve Bannon with Donald Trump
Steve Bannon with Donald Trump
Steve Bannon
Adviser Steve Bannon, left, watches as President Trump greets Elon Musk, SpaceX and Tesla CEO, before a policy forum at the White House yesterday. Photo: Getty Images
Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
White House Senior Advisor Kellyanne Conway smiles with chief strategist Steve Bannon in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. on January 23, 2017 Picture: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

A historian claims Steve Bannon repeatedly tried to prompt him into saying that the US was on the brink of a third world war.

David Kaiser said Donald Trump’s now chief White House strategist “really made an effort” in a 2009 interview to persuade him the “fourth turning” would be at least as big as the Second World War.

Mr Bannon’s belief that global society repeats itself and runs in cycles, divided up by a war every 80 or 100 years, has been well documented in recent weeks.

“He was talking about the wars of the fourth turnings,” said Mr Kaiser, speaking to the Huffington Post.

Steve Bannon
Steve Bannon

“You have the American Revolution, you have the Civil War, you have the Second World War; they’re getting bigger and bigger.

“Clearly, he was anticipating that in this ‘fourth turning’ there would be one at least as big. And he really made an effort, I remember, to get me to say that on the air.”

Adviser Steve Bannon, left, watches as President Trump greets Elon Musk, SpaceX and Tesla CEO, before a policy forum at the White House yesterday. Photo: Getty Images
Adviser Steve Bannon, left, watches as President Trump greets Elon Musk, SpaceX and Tesla CEO, before a policy forum at the White House yesterday. Photo: Getty Images

Mr Bannon was interviewing the then Rhode Island Naval War College professor for a 2010 documentary, by Conservative think tank Citizens United, called Generation Zero.

It looked at the generational theory by William Strauss and Neil Howe, but this line of questioning with Mr Kaiser, did not make the final cut.

Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Mr Bannon reportedly told Mr Kaiser America had slipped into the fourth turning when Hank Paulson and Ben Bernanke asked for a banking bailout in September 2008.

The former chairman of ‘alt-right’ news website Breitbart appears to believe we are in the midst of an existential war, predominantly with Islam and China.

He told The Washington Post last month “we are witnessing the birth of a new political order”.

In 2011 he told Political Vindication Radio “we’re in a 100-year war against radical Islam” and in 2014 told a Vatican conference: “We are in an outright war against Jihadist Islamic fascism.”

Mr Bannon reportedly once wrote a rap musical about gangster soldiers and said only people who own property should be allowed to vote.

Historian and New America Foundation co-founder Michael Lind also told the Huffington Post this Strauss and Howe theory was “fiction” and as vague as “fortune cookies”.

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