Trump is coming unglued, as we noted yesterday, sent into a frenzy by the seriousness of the latest allegations and increasing support for impeachment. It is good to remember, this all started due to a whistleblower report compiled by a CIA agent. In short, our intelligence and diplomatic communities are convinced that the entire United States’ executive foreign policy apparatus, has been co-opted by an foreign asset, selling secrets, and, for the first time ever, selling foreign policy itself. The nature of the threat leads to a shocking dynamic, where the people normally seen as “the good guys,” our CIA agents, FBI agents, and international envoys, are “the enemy” according to Trump and his cult-followers. I want to share a reply that I received to a Tweet yesterday. I received this reply to a tweet that I sent whereby I noted that Trump might have called upon Chinese President Xi to investigate Biden because he had already asked Xi in June – over the phone – to investigate Biden. Here is the tweet and the reply: Chalk this under, paybacks are a bitch, ain’t that right Obama, Biden, Clinton, Lynch, Comey, McCabe, McCain, Clapper, Brennan and dozens more criminally corrupt DC swamp insiders (including the msm) who orchestrated the whole Trump Russian tooth fairy conspiracy, suck it.. — Right Spin (@RightSpin1) October 4, 2019 Forget the “Obama,” “Biden” and “Clinton,” reference for a moment, those are politicians for whom the Right has a genetic-based hatred. Look at the other names on the list, Attorney General Lynch, FBI Director McCabe, “McCain,” (?) and the intelligence officials. All law enforcement, all invested in the security of the United States from foreign manipulation, and all put their loyalty to the United States, not Trump. Trump knew from day one that the foreign intelligence community would become aware of his compromised position, his personal deals, and conflicts. He set about to make the good guys, the bad guys, and it has worked. From Rawstory, today: This is the traditional way of Washington politics, now whipped to a froth by the convulsions of a dysfunctional and deregulated political system. Not only do U.S. intelligence agencies see the American presidency is vulnerable to manipulation (or capture) by pro-Trump intelligence services in Moscow, Riyadh, and Jerusalem, but the president himself is viewed as a threat to the national security process. The crisis runs even deeper than Watergate, which had the effect of empowering Congress and reining in the intelligence agencies. As in Watergate, the Trump crisis pits a president who says there are no limits on his freedom of action against the institutional forces of the CIA and FBI. These agencies were, and are, adept at defending their interests in the Washington press corps. As in Watergate, the interests of the agencies and the Democrats overlap—they both seek to curb and remove a lawless president. The tweet, along with those two paragraphs lead to a terribly depressing conclusion. Any evidence obtained about Trump’s crimes will spring from an investigation done by the FBI, CIA, and State Department, and the dynamic dictates that the stronger the evidence, the more likely Trump supporters will believe it is all the product of a vendetta by the “Deep State.” They made it all up, or it’s not a problem to begin with. Trump didn’t […]
Over and over, we’ve said it. Trump will not “go down” without taking everything he can with him, and increasingly, it seems he’s determined to take down witnesses, other countries, and our nation itself, if it saves His Greatness. Yesterday, in a column infested with Trump self-righteous rage-tweets, we noted that Trump floated the threat of “civil war” should law-abiding citizens determine that Trump be impeached. We were not the only one’s who noticed. Conservative columnist Matt Lewis of The Daily Beast tore into Trump’s unveiled threat: “In January 1973, National Lampoon featured an infamous cover declaring: ‘If You Don’t Buy This Magazine We’ll Kill This Dog.’” he began. “I was reminded of that when Donald Trump sent a similarly desperate tweet this weekend, suggesting that ‘If You Don’t Stop This Impeachment My People and I Will Start a Civil War.’” Of course he will. At no point in his life has Trump ever acknowledged anything greater than himself. If his presidency is threatened by Americans, he will absolutely wage war – limited only by what he’s able to get away with – on other Americans. Not only is Trump not interested in “what’s best for the nation,” not only is Trump going to spend 100% of his time and effort in saving himself, he will take hostages. Not that it should surprise anyone, after all, holding funding to Ukraine hostage for Trump’s personal gain is how he got into this mess in the first place. Trump doesn’t learn well, he will only accelerate the pace of his lawlessness. It will all come undone, absent some sort of pushback by Republicans, Republicans in office, with the ability to stop this man. Trump is also intimidating witnesses – another felony, tweeting out messages to anyone who might dare cross him. We will find you. So if the so-called “Whistleblower” has all second hand information, and almost everything he has said about my “perfect” call with the Ukrainian President is wrong (much to the embarrassment of Pelosi & Schiff), why aren’t we entitled to interview & learn everything about…. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2019 And ….the Whistleblower, and also the person who gave all of the false information to him. This is simply about a phone conversation that could not have been nicer, warmer, or better. No pressure at all (as confirmed by Ukrainian Pres.). It is just another Democrat Hoax! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2019 “Learn everything about the whistleblower” and also “the person who gave all the false information to him.” Learn everything about him. It doesn’t take a MENSA member to note the twisted logic here. If the phone call is the only issue, and the phone call is perfect, why do we need to know anything about the “whistleblower,” Mr. “President”? Because Trump wants that whistleblower endangered, in fear. Moreover, he wants potential future whistleblowers in fear. This is the same man who called witnesses to the Mueller investigation “rats.” This is the same man who states that his supporters will erupt in civil war over his impeachment, Trump knows damn well that his “supporters” will immediately endanger this whistleblower. That is the point. We have whistleblower laws precisely because people in power could exact revenge upon the person highlighting the abuse of power. […]
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Yes, yes, we know. “Russian asset” or Putin’s “useful idiot,” we know that. Not breaking news. But when it comes from “spies” plural, and when it comes after the last week, after the G7 fiasco noted with heavy coverage here, and after the predicted “endgame” we made two weeks ago, the timing and the source matters. From a reporter at Business Insider: NEW: US spies tell me Trump's fervent defense of Russia at the G7 summit was "a new low" that suggests he's either a "Russian asset sitting in the Oval Office" or a "useful idiot" for Putin. https://t.co/0pEq8mh5MH — Sonam Sheth (@sonam_sheth) August 29, 2019 I do want you to note that he references “spies” and not “spy.” The reporting refers to a collection of people. One doesn’t get to be a “spy” without discipline and loyalty to one’s country. There is no conceivable way that each source for the story believed themselves to be speaking out as an individual, individually deciding he or she had had enough. What I am saying is that the decision to speak out, call the POTUS a Russian “Asset” or the equivalent, was coordinated, timed, by multiple insiders, so as to have the maximum impact. What they had to say individually was even more damning. We will start with the person willing to put his name next to the assessment: ”No question” that Trump is behaving like a “spy for the Russians. … The evidence is so overwhelming that in my 35 years in intelligence, I have never seen anything so certain.” — Glenn Carle, former CIA covert operative “No question,” “Never seen anything so certain,” from a veteran of the service? This is an incredibly strong statement from someone who put his name to it. One wonders what Carle has heard from his friends still on the inside. “We have a Russian asset sitting in the Oval Office. … There is no fathomable explanation for why the president said these things. Letting Russia off the hook for bullying smaller countries and then blaming Obama for it? It’s directly out of the Putin playbook.” — former senior Justice Department official. No fathomable explanation? Actually, he hit the fathomable explanation out of the park, Russians assets will act on Russia’s behalf. The only problem is that U.S. law and the rules followed by the U.S. news media (as opposed to opinion press, here), prohibits such accusations without proof, multiple sources in a position to know. As obvious as it may be, it must be proven to move legally. Perhaps it is proven to this person formerly on the inside. “I think what’s going on right now is an Occam’s razor scenario. Trump wants to do deals with Russia when he leaves the presidency. We already know he was interested in building a Trump Tower in Moscow before and during the election. The best way of doing a deal with Putin is to be nice to him, so I think what Trump is doing is currying favor.” — Robert Deitz, former lawyer at the CIA and the National Security Agency This is almost charitable to a fault. Trump may want to do “deals” with Russia when he leaves office. But the evidence is overwhelming that Trump wants to “pay for” the deals he has already made with Putin prior to taking office. Scotland? One must […]
Unfit To Lead
No president in our lifetime, perhaps ever, has done more to knee cap the intelligence community’s ability to operate in our best interests. After universally respected Dan Coats could not serve another day under Trump, professional intelligence officers and professional politicians expected the “also” universally respected, Sue Gordon – second in line for the job, to be appointed to the position, or at least stay on in the acting role as director. Yes, this is the same position that Trump attempted to staff with kiss-ass Rep. Ratcliffe, best known for chewing into the lifelong public servant Robert Mueller. Bipartisan forces aligned to ensure that such a naked political move didn’t succeed. Ratcliffe is back at home with other rats in the House. MSNBC just reported that a “senior official” accused Donald Trump of “decapitating” the intelligence community, making the job impossible for people with integrity to work in such a climate. Such people will not pledge “loyalty” to Trump, ensuring they will soon be “Comeyed” to a TV interview near you. The other inevitable impact is obvious to any observer. It makes it near impossibly to seamlessly study the threats to this nation. The most obvious threats include Russian plans to rig the next election, and study Trump’s ongoing ties to foreign adversaries such as Russia and, increasingly, Saudi Arabia. Often overlooked is that those pesky intelligence people may well know that the White House propounded accusations against Iran are primarily bullshit meant to slide our way into the Republican war. All of the above share one common denominator, they favor Trump at the risk of you and me. Rarely can an outside observer accurately predict the average administration’s motives and priorities. But, we have never had a president so painfully “readable,” especially with respect to his one universal priority. Himself. Besides, it is hard not to notice those heads rolling downhill from the front gate. **** Peace, y’all, especially to those intelligence officers, many of whom save lives, while putting theirs on the line. They deserve better. Jason
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