The Lesson In Tactics From Charlottesville

Yesterday’s Charlottesville post was mostly concerned with the event as a whole from a legal and constitutional standpoint. And on that score, Unite The Right, who were there protesting the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue were expressing a first amendment right, and had gotten the OK of the authorities. Any violence that occurred was because Antifa ‘counter-protesters’ showed up with the explicit intent to bring the ruckus. The police and the government, perhaps deliberately, did little to prevent the powder keg from exploding. The authorities are ultimately responsible for spiral of violence that followed.

That doesn’t mean Richard Spencer and company can be proud of themselves for the events of the weekend. They made a substantial tactical error by continuing to permit the Nazi LARPing, even feeding into it with some of the visuals from the torch rally the night before. As I said in the post yesterday: if you actually want to win the long run, where winning is restoring America to her former greatness, extolling the virtues of 1930s German National Socialism is an odd way to do it, to put it mildly. (more…)

On the Violence in Charlottesville

My take on what happened in Charlottesville:

Whatever you think of Unite the Right, or the demonstration against the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue, they had a lawful and constitutional right to stage a peaceful rally. The only reason violence “broke out” was because Antifa operate on the principle of “We don’t like you so you can’t associate, so we’ll stop you from associating by any means necessary.” This is unlawful.

To the extent to which there were Nazi cosplayers among the Unite the Right crowd is almost irrelevant. This is the United States of America, one has the right to express his or herself, no matter how terrible that expression is. Furthermore, and I reiterate – the Unite the Right crowd went through the proper channels, obtained a permit to demonstrate, working with the authorities to guarantee a safe environment. Antifa did not.

The Antifa “counter-protesters” went there with the express purpose of breaking up a legitimate, constitutionally backed assembly of individuals. That is a crime, an infringement on the rights of others. Doubly so when the means of breaking up said assembly was through violence.

Antifa responding to a rally it doesn’t like

Now, the argument leveled by Antifa is that the mere existence of Unite the Right/white nationalists/whatever is itself a violent act. Indeed, anyone who voices opinions to the right of Lenin is lumped together by Antifa as dispensers of ‘hate speech,’ and thus violent actors against whom counter-violence is acceptable, and even honorable. These are communists after all, and they don’t shy away from it, with hammer and sickle flags flying high above their congregations, and propaganda posters which highlight the influence of the intellectual progenitor of the movement, Bolshevism. (more…)

Reality Doesn’t Care About Feelings, Vol. 7 – James Damore v Goolag

In 1957, Chairman Mao said the following during a speech in Peking:

Letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend is the policy for promoting progress in the arts and the sciences and a flourishing socialist culture in our land.

The speech was intended to encourage Chinese intellectuals to voice their criticism of the Chinese system, such that it could be improved. What ended up happening was that the outpouring of dissent against the Communist regime was used as evidence in the sentencing of those intellectuals to hard labor and prison for crimes against the regime.

The period was known as the Hundred Flowers Campaign. The recent case of Google engineer James Damore and his viral memo has parallels to what happened during that campaign. Google’s Vice President of Diversity, Integrity & Governance, Danielle Brown released a statement in response to the memo, part of which contained the following:

Diversity and inclusion are a fundamental part of our values and the culture we continue to cultivate. We are unequivocal in our belief that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as a company, and we’ll continue to stand for that and be committed to it for the long haul. As Ari Balogh said in his internal G+ post, “Building an open, inclusive environment is core to who we are, and the right thing to do. ‘Nuff said.”

Like Mao, Brown was effusive in the praise for multiple viewpoints, openness, and inclusion, which she described as ‘critical to our success as a company.’

Yet, Damore’s views clearly were not acceptable, both internally and to the public as word of the memo started to spread. (more…)

Interesting Developments in the Don Jr. ‘Collusion’ Saga

The media has gone nuts over the last couple days in regards to a June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manfort and a Russian lawyer called Natalia Veselnitskaya. This reason for the uproar was that the premise of the meeting was the delivery of information by Veselnitskaya to the Trump team which incriminated Hillary Clinton in illegal activities with Russia. Don Jr. was initially approached with the idea by an acquaintance of his, Rob Goldstone, who set the meeting up. I go into the meeting in painstaking detail here.

The media has held this meeting up as a smoking gun for the Russian Collusion Theory which they have propagated for nigh on a year now. At the very least, they claim, it shows that the Trump campaign was willing to collude with Russia in order to influence the election.

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On Donald Trump Jr’s Collusion With The Russians

The latest in the growing list of ‘smoking gun evidence’ of the Russia Collusion Theory was unearthed by the New York Times over the weekend when it dropped this story which outlined a June 2016 meeting in which Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manfort and Jared Kushner met with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower. The article was titled ‘Trump Team Met With Lawyer Linked to Kremlin During Campaign.’ The next day, a follow up article, ‘Trump’s Son Met With Russian Lawyer After Being Promised Damaging Information on Clinton,’ focused further on the premise under which that meeting was conducted, which was the potential divulgence by a Russian national of information damaging to Hillary Clinton.

Obviously this narrative, as described by the NYT, sounds bad. For months, the left, in conjunction with their allies on the establishment right, have promoted the Russian Collusion Theory, the idea that the Russian government colluded with the Trump campaign to obtain and disseminate emails from John Podesta and the DNC through Wikileaks. In this regard, the DJT Jr. meeting is a possible smoking gun because it contains the elements ‘emails,’ ‘members of the Trump campaign,’ and ‘Russians.’ However, a sober look at the facts, and applying basic common sense and deductive reasoning will render this smoking gun as nothing of the sort. It will result in a bad week of press for DJT Jr. and nothing more. Quote me on that.

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The Meme Heard Round The World (Or, CNN Can’t Take A Joke)

The entirely media-created, faux outrage laden Trump Wrestlemania Twitter ‘controversy’ took an interesting turn when CNN, unable to take its loss like a man, decided to threaten the individual who made the meme which the President so gleefully posted over the weekend.

Of course, CNN will interpret it differently, but a look at what happened would render their interpretation invalid. Analyzing this episode is important for various reasons, which will be made clear as I go on.

But first, to the events themselves. After Trump posted the now famous tweet heard ‘round the world, the Washington Post published this article, detailing that the GIF came from a Reddit user called ‘HanAssholeSolo,’ (HAS). It then chronicled HAS’s history of questionable posts on Reddit. Other journalists took this and began to broadcast the wrongthink of HAS all across Twitter. (more…)

Happy 241st, America

Today, the United States of America turns 241 years old, and according to the press, its new President has spoiled the party mood.  He has done this by way of his general vulgarity, and his attacks on the free press.

Of course by ‘the free press,’ I refer to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post and CNN, and it is publications such as these which have advanced the charge, echoed by those with leftist political, social and economic persuasions.

This latest round of pants wetting was induced by a Trump Twitter double salvo: the first aimed at MSNBC Morning Joe hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough:

(Tweets: I heard poorly rated Morning Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!)

And the second aimed at CNN:

In truth, both of these episodes are examples of shitposting par excellence. Joe and Mika had, after giving reasonable, balanced coverage of the President during his run through the primaries, turned on a dime after receiving massive criticism from fellow leftists and decided to become Trump Derangement Syndrome: The TV Show. (more…)

Chronicles of Trump versus The Establishment : Comey, Russia and ‘Classified Leaks’

Regardless of what happens from here on out, President Trump will have accomplished the invaluable public service of exposing the naked hypocrisy of The Establishment, comprised of your “name brand” Republican and Democrat politicians, mainstream media, and their backers in big business and academia.

This cohort stands in opposition to President Trump, owing to his pledge to put America First in all matters. This nationalist focus is at odds with the globalist view of the world which is the preference of The Establishment. Having failed to keep him out of the White House, The Establishment has gone all in to peddle the conspiracy that the Trump campaign – and even Trump himself – colluded with the Russian government to undermine Hillary Clinton, and win himself the presidency.

The latest leg of this Collusion Theory story has gathered steam on the back of President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey last week. Minutes after the announcement began to spread across the media, a copy of the letter which informed Comey of his dismissal was made public.

 

The following line stood out:

While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau.

It drew attention given it was a bit out of place in a termination letter. One could interpret that as Trump being Trump, firing a not so sly salvo in the ongoing information war, knowing that the letter would be read on every network at least once an hour over the next day or two. The sheer audacity of the man, to essentially shitpost under the White House letterhead, is something to behold, in a positive way.

Of course the cynical interpretation for the inclusion of that line was that for Trump to have had a Russia investigation on his mind in the first place, to the extent that he would want to assert to the public that it didn’t involve him, is evidence that Trump intended to tamper with that investigation. This was immediately seized upon by The Establishment and its Old Media mouthpiece. Senator Chuck Schumer made a statement wondering out loud whether Comey had ‘hit too close to home,’ calling for a Special Prosecutor to look into the Russia matter.

This cynical interpretation was further advanced a few days later, when Trump, in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, admitted that he had always intended to fire Comey. Trump further went on and cited Comey’s role in ‘this Russia thing’ as instrumental in his decision making. He also referred to a now infamous dinner the two men had on January 27, the accounts of which differ depending on who is asked.

Leaving aside the ‘why’ of Comey’s firing, the fact that he was fired at all prompted the hypocrisy and duplicitous nature of The Establishment to rise to the surface.

For a start, the May 9th firing of Comey came on the back of a multi-week Comey bashing campaign in the media and among DC politicians. He was personally blamed for having cost Hillary Clinton the election as a result of his handling of Clinton’s email scandal. Clinton herself decided to pipe up, declaring that if it weren’t for Comey’s late October shenanigans she would have been President, before declaring herself as part of The Resistance to Trump.

Comey was further excoriated after a May 3rd testimony in front of Congress in which he exaggerated the number of emails which were sent to now-disgraced Anthony Wiener’s laptop by his wife and Clinton confidant Huma Abedin. The FBI was forced to walk Comey’s testimony back a bit, leading to more remarks about Comey’s incompetence.

This recent burst of criticism for Comey was merely the culmination of several months’ worth of Comey bashing, ever since his fateful July 2016 presser in which he declared that a reasonable prosecutor would not bring charges against Clinton, despite not being in a position to comment on what the Department of Justice ultimately should or shouldn’t do. President Trump gleefully reminded The Establishment of its universal scorn for Comey via this video which he posted to Twitter.

The reason Trump posted the video was that on the evening of May 9th, following Trump’s canning of Comey, Comey had been miraculously transformed into a martyr, a six foot eight pillar of Truth, from whom the sweet smell of Justice and Democracy had once emanated, now tainted by the ‘little whiff’ of Trump’s ‘fascism,’ according to Chris Matthews.

Then, there were the media reports of the specifics and little details behnd the scenes, which of course were riddled with anonymous sources and innuendo. As typical of the Old Media reporting on the Russian Conspiracy Theory, it was constructed to paint an unjust, nefarious, and even felonious explanation for the Comey firing.

Indeed, just this afternoon, a story emerged in the Washington Post alleging President Trump divulged highly sensitive, classified information to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during his visit to the White House last week. The allegation, predictably, is being used to further the Russian collusion meme.

The report ignores that the President, by virtue of being the President has the right to declassify whatever he wants. It also ignores he fact that the Obama administration did similar information sharing with the Russians last year, which of course was reported very differently by that same Washington Post.

The report also has all the hallmarks of the Old Media smear campaign against the President, in an attempt to punish him for the sin of wanting to have better relations with the Russians. The sources for the report are the famous anonymous current and former government officials (aka Obama people) we’ve come to know and love. There were only a handful of people in the meeting, and one of whom, HR McMaster, has since released a statement declaring the WaPo article to be false.

That doesn’t mean the damage hasn’t been done. The media and Establishment politicians have worked tirelessly since the election to cultivate a Russian Collusion Conspiracy Theory, and their continued efforts have been successful in influencing the minds of the average observer. The meeting in question was only attended by a handful of individuals, and owing to the sensitive material discussed therein, key elements of the WaPo story cannot be officially commented on. The Conservative Treehouse breaks this down further:

The Washington Post states it:

“is withholding most plot details, including the name of the city, at the urging of officials who warned that revealing them would jeopardize important intelligence capabilities.”

Right there you see the same “officials” who are leaking the story to the Washington Post are telling the Washington Post not to publish details of a classified intelligence report they are leaking.

This is NOT the White House or on-the-record sources telling the Washington Post not to publish the details, this is “the intelligence leaker” telling the Post not to publish the details. Notice how the Post tries to conflate that reality.

This statement from the Washington Post itself, a self-admission, indicates that current or former “U.S. officials” have leaked classified information to the Post and told them to retract part of the report being leaked and cited.

Ironically this is the exact same classified intelligence information they claim Trump put the nation at risk by revealing (which he didn’t).

See how that works?

Thus the media gets to put its version out there and it can go relatively unchallenged in the Old Media echo chamber, which still has a wide reach. The administration can deny, but it becomes a matter of he said, she said.

Combating the well-established Russia Collusion media behemoth with a simple  ‘we didn’t do it’ from McMaster is always going to look weak. But the administration is hamstrung in this instance. And the media knows it. Such insidious tactics underscore the snake-like composition of The Establishment roadblock in the President’s way.

As usual, it has fallen to New Media entities to set the record straight. With respect to the aftermath of the Comey firing, The Daily Wire noted that multiple pieces of the Comey firing puzzle disseminated by the Old Media were erroneous at best, outright lies at worst. I will list some of those claims here, and you can read the DW article for the details if need be.

  1. Trump fired Comey as he was asking for more funds for the Russia Conspiracy Theory (False – Deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe refutes that claim in Senate Testimony)
  2. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein threatened to quit over being cited by Trump as the reason for the decision (False)
  3. Comey’s firing lowered morale at the FBI, prior to that the rank and file were thrilled, despite Trump saying otherwise (False – PBS admits that morale had ‘taken a beating’ months prior to Comey’s firing. Furthermore, we know that Comey’s October 2016 shenanigans may have been forced by an open mutiny in the FBI)
  4. Trump is interfering with the FBI investigation into the Russia Conspiracy Theory (False – in McCabe’s testimony he also specifically stated that the “firing of Mr. Comey had not affected the Justice Department’s investigation of Russia’s meddling in the presidential election.”
  5. Trump lied about Comey telling him that he was not under investigation (Bottom line is that Comey had told the Senate as much, with even Dianne Fienstein admitting there is 0 evidence to support the Russian Conspiracy Theory to boot)
  6. This is reminiscent of Watergate, and the Saturday Night Massacre (False – as the DW article points out, by this juncture of the investigation, Nixon administration officials were already in jail, and more were on the brink. The wolves were closing in. There is zero evidence of any wrongdoing by anyone related to the Trump campaign/administration. Trump is not even under investigation, let alone charged with anything)

That many of these threads had been debunked just hours after they were advanced by the Old media was of little concern to that festering lot. Their main aim was to advance the narrative that the Comey firing was indicative of a Nixon-esque, Watergate style cover up.

Of course this presupposes that there is a ‘something’ to cover up. And it is exactly this presupposition that the Old Media is attempting to buttress through the narrative that something shady is going on. The Russian collusion conspiracy to date has no tangible evidence supporting it, a fact that Establishment politicians who would love to ruin Trump, such as Senator Dianne Feinstein, has been forced to admit.

Devoid of any evidence of collusion conspiracies, a success in selling the Comey firing as a cover up would legitimize the Collusion Conspiracy in a roundabout manner. It is essentially fake news layered on top of more fake news, a true feat for the Old Media in the age of Trump.

Appointing a special prosecutor to look into the matter would do little more than provide an opportunity to erect yet another layer of fake news onto the saga. Even nominal Trump supporters have warmed to the idea of the special prosecutor, citing the fact that the situation is now so muddy that we could do with an impartial voice to clear the air.

Even though these supporters understand there is nothing to the Russian Conspiracy, they believe that investigating it via special prosecutor would do the President a favor as it would prove the nothingness once and for all. It’s a noble sentiment, but unrealistic. I have no doubt the special prosecutor would find something – not evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, mind – but some tangible legal indiscretion.

Any wrongdoing from a Trump associate, from outstanding parking tickets up to a discrepancy in testimony which could be deemed perjury would hand the impetus to the anti-Trump faction. The wrongdoing found by the special prosecutor, while not the Russian collusion theory that is alleged, would be promoted by the media to attribute to Trump this ‘rationale’ for Comey’s firing, thereby attaining grounds to ‘confirm’ the coverup angle, and in turn ‘confirming’ the idea that there was something concrete to cover up in the first place. The whole would-be scheme is comparable to organized crime establishing legitimate business lines through which the streams of illegitimate money can flow after the fact.

Tony Soprano explaining to his therapist that he makes his living as a “Waste Management Consultant”

Again, there is NO evidence for the now foundational layer of the collusion conspiracy – that is there is no evidence that Trump or his associates colluded with Russian officials to meddle with the 2016 Presidential Election. Neither President Trump, nor any of his top aides are under investigation. To date, the names who have been publicly reported as being under some sort of official scrutiny in regards to this matter – Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, Carter Page and Michael Flynn – have all stated publicly their willingness to testify before the government in an open setting. That an Establishment government which would love nothing more than to nail Trump to the wall has not leapt into action in setting up such hearings is quite telling.

With the exception of Flynn, they have each done multiple television interviews on the Russian conspiracy theory, seemingly with no lawyers present, answering each and every question freely. Interestingly, these television appearances have not been noteworthy.

Roger Stone on The Today Show

Given that these figures are the only tangible thread hanging from the Trump sweater, one would think that an Old Media which has all the interest in the world to tug on that thread, potentially televising the ‘smoking gun’ Trump-ending interview heard round the world, would be falling over themselves hyping up any questionable statement which was made. Yet nothing in the interviews that the men had given was particularly interesting or newsworthy, which says everything.

Furthermore, while the aforementioned Trump allies are willing to talk fully and openly, one Susan Rice is unwilling to do so. Rice, the former National Security Advisor, was pinned as the ultimate source of the leaking of Mike Flynn’s name to the press, which to date is the only publicly known criminal act committed during this entire Russian conspiracy saga. The bottom line is that Trump’s allies are not acting like the guilty would act in these situations. Rather, it is his opponents who are acting like they have something to hide.

All of this makes the circumstances surrounding Comey’s firing that much more intriguing. Comey was reportedly caught off guard completely by the firing, and found out as he was talking to FBI personnel – by noticing the news of his firing being announced on TV screens in the background. He was pulled aside later and informed that it wasn’t a prank, and that he really had been fired.

Comey was in LA at the time, about as far away as he possibly could have been from his Washington DC office. There were little to no leaks, with insiders only finding out minutes before the deed was done. The whole thing was seemingly done tactically with a military precision, emblematic of the war between Trump and The Establishment in general. Trump not only fired Comey, but gave him no notice with which he could have used to ‘get his ducks in a row,’ which in the context of Trump’s presidency would mean making sure that the bodies remained buried and that the closet with all the skeletons remained sealed shut.

(Tweet: CNN’s Jeff Zeleny reporting that Comey’s office is cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape. You can’t make this stuff up)

Make no mistake, James Comey is an entrenched member of The Swamp that Trump promised to drain upon being elected president. Whatever Trump’s reason for getting rid of him, the bottom line is that he was an implement for The Establishment in its war with Trump via his maintenance of the Russian Collusion conspiracy in an official capacity. After his dismissal, he could have continued on in his obsequiousness to Establishment ends by giving official credence to the ‘cover up’ narrative in later testimony, in the press, or elsewhere. Sally Yates is doing a sterling job of this, with her testimony to Congress, and will undoubtedly continue this during her scheduled CNN exclusive appearance tomorrow night.

Trump changed that potential plan of action for Comey with a simple tweet, in another fascinating display of Presidential politics in the Social Media age.

(Tweet: James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!)

That bomb of a tweet neutered any designs Comey may have had of causing trouble. By not so subtly reminding him that all of their private conversations had been recorded, most likely by Comey’s FBI, coming out with intentionally inflammatory accounts of what happened between the two men would do nothing but come back to bite him hard.

I’m principally referring to a dinner the two men had on January 27th, a few days after the inauguration. The account of this dinner differs, and you can read a lengthy account of how that night fits into the entirety of the Russian collusion saga here. The important thing is that Trump’s loud Twitter proclamation suggests that he holds the winning hand in all of this. He wouldn’t be so brazen and more importantly so public otherwise.

His actions indicate the reality of the war between he and The Establishment, Deep State, et cetera. The Establishment has nothing on Trump, which is why he truly is the most dangerous politician of modern times, at least to them. There is no leverage that Deep State acolytes like Comey can use to shift Trump, which makes him uncontrollable.

This is why the media has resorted to the strategy of taking leaked information from the Obama/Bush career professionals still in the government, adopting the most cynical interpretation possible, and weaving it into a narrative that Trump is incompetent, corrupt, or is somehow threatening National Security, of course, as defined by The Establishment. The Washington Post hit piece from earlier today is a perfect example.

Trump’s playbook had seemingly been to play nice, understanding the enormous power he has as an individual who can’t really be controlled. The ‘threatening’ tweet towards Comey could easily be interpreted as Trump trying to help Comey out. He is essentially saying ‘don’t fight me; you don’t have a leg to stand on, just bow out gracefully.’ If Comey still doesn’t relent, Trump can then bury him with no remorse.

This also demonstrates that he is willing to use the power he has in unapologetic fashion when cornered. It does not augur well for The Swamp. The Trump/Comey tweet situation to me seems like a microcosm of Trump’s entire presidency thus far as it relates to The Swamp. It seems that Trump is willing to let some of the sins of the past be bygones as long as The Swamp steps aside, allowing his America First Agenda to move forward unencumbered. Anyone with the slightest knowledge of the narcissistic, power-seeking nature of Establishment figures knows that such deference to the Trump Agenda will never happen. Thus, Trump will have to fight.

Given Trump’s willingness to do just that, combined with his ownership of the winning hand, the future does look bleak for these Establishment types. Owing to their narcissism, they would rather take the whole shebang down with them rather than admit defeat. And this is what will happen. The only thing The Establishment and its Old Media mouthpiece can do is to construct conspiratorial narratives in the face of such a beat down in order to influence the public against Trump, with the hopes that the public can be manipulated to come to their rescue at the ballot box. The resulting, but necessary turmoil in government that will come with a true Swamp-draining will be an ally in that regard. It will be up to the public to have the intellect to understand that the short term chaos will result in longer term stability.

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It reminds me of a funny bit near the beginning of the recent Netflix documentary about Roger Stone. In it, Stone describes being a young kid during the 1960 election, specifically a mock election which was held among the students. Prior to that mock election, Stone had informed his classmates that Richard Nixon had pledged to add an extra day of school to the week, making students come in on Saturday. JFK ended up winning the mock election unanimously.

Stone points to the experience as teaching him a lesson about the value of misinformation. The same thing is happening today with respect to the Russia collusion conspiracy. The Establishment and the Old Media are playing the part of Stone, attempting to poison the minds of the ‘studious’ American Public against Trump by intimating that he is some sort of Russian agent personally installed as President by Vladimir Putin.

One can only hope that the American public does not complete the analogy in accepting this narrative, thus revealing its collective intellectual capacity to be on par with 7 year olds. To this point, consider the following, rather delicious clip from Stephen Colbert’s show last week.

The show in question was recorded a few minutes after the Comey news broke, at roughly 6pm, when his show is taped. Colbert relays the news to his audience, which erupts in cheers and applause. Colbert is momentarily taken aback; when he recovers he dismissively remarks that there must be a lot of Trump fans in the audience.

The reality is that there probably weren’t many Trump fans in Colbert’s audience, as fans of the two men do not overlap, particularly given Colbert has been one of the more prominent examples of Trump Derangement Syndrome ever since the election.

What happened was that Colbert’s audience, representative of the standard indoctrinated American, was still operating under the old ‘Comey is Bad’ software. Recall the news media and prominent politicians had been roasting Comey for the last few days and weeks prior to his firing as mentioned earlier. The cheers were for the perceived comeuppance of the James Comey who had wrought such misery.

The 10-15 minutes between Comey’s firing and Colbert letting them know about it was not enough time for these average Americans to have downloaded and installed the ‘Comey is Good Now, So Trump Firing Him is Bad’ software update into their programmed cranium. This is why Colbert was startled for a second, and thus rationalized the cheers as the room being full of Trump supporters.

But he shouldn’t have been worried, as the indoctrinated Americans had not received the update to how they should think, precisely because guys like him hadn’t had the chance to tell them yet. This is what Colbert proceeded to do as the video went on, and as the crowd began to ‘get it,’ the cheers became boos.

Our intelligence was further insulted yesterday by CNN and CBS. James Clapper was on with Jake Tapper and the two of them proceeded to speak in somber tones about how the Comey firing was a threat to democracy.

Clapper invoked the founding fathers and their deliberate distribution of powers across three branches of government in making his argument, relying on the ignorance of the viewing audience, in not understanding that the FBI is a body within the same executive branch that Trump currently heads, rendering the firing of Comey to techncally being little more than a boss firing a subordinate.

Then, CBS decided to eulogize Comey on 60 Minutes by replaying a 2014 interview it did with him. The underlying theme of the interview was that Comey was a moral and upstanding man. The evidence for this was largely his defiance of George W. Bush and his focus on things like promoting diversity in the FBI, both things that score one Morality Points on the leftist scorecard.

Of course, the purpose for replaying that interview was to not so subtly establish to the public what a great man we had in the FBI, to thus not so subtly establish what a monster Trump is for firing him.

As I stated at the beginning of this piece, this is the naked hypocrisy of The Establishment which Donald Trump, both as a candidate and now as President has illuminated for the public to see. Not even Blinding Agents such as Colbert can keep the public misinformed forever, despite the influence they wield.

Thoughts on the Push for More Syrian Intervention

For me, one of President Trump’s more memorable lines from his inaugural was the following:

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.

It was memorable because, should it be carried out to the fullest, a substantive change in American foreign policy was afoot. From the onset of the Spanish-American War of 1898, the United States had embraced a policy of interventionism, which forever changed its character as a nation.

Back then, rebels fighting for Cuban independence from Spain provided the impetus for the United States to try it hand at interventionism. President Grover Cleveland at first declared the US neutral to the events in Cuba, but the 1896 election of President William McKinley came with a platform of endorsing Cuban independence and democracy for Cuba. From there, the calls for intervention grew, greatly aided by the yellow journalism of William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer, whose papers regularly painted a picture of the Spanish as barbarians to prime the American mind for war.

The sinking of the USS Maine under dubious circumstances further inflamed tensions. Ultimately the US declared war on Spain in April 1898 (even after Spain had pledged to grant the Cubans their freedom), kicking off what would be nearly 120 years of American foreign adventures, interventions and imperialist plays.

Even after all of that time, war continues to be a racket. As General Smedley Butler wrote so many years ago, the end result of war is massive profits for a select few, earned on the back of the death, maiming, and psychological trauma suffered by others, not to mention the physical destruction of civilizational landscapes built over the generations.

All that has changed are the names involved. Where it was once Presidents McKinley and Wilson sending poor American youth to fight, ultimately enriching the Du Ponts and US Steels of the world, today it is the Presidents Bush, Clinton and Obama sending poor American youth to fight wars ultimately enriching the Lockheed Martins, BAE Systems and Raytheons.

Where once the civilian population had the fortitude, national spirit and more importantly the savings to both buy war bonds and endure the necessary shortages and rationing that war brought about, today’s Americans view war more apathetically. To the extent we can draw ourselves away from our smartphones, Starbucks and celebrity gossip, the constant nature of our military adventures across the globe seem barely there. It is like the hum of a radiator – loud enough to be noticeable, and yet easily relegated to background noise as time goes on.

Perhaps this is by design. Some level of constant war means constant defense contracts, which means hundreds of billions in annual revenue. All the while the general horrors of war are kept from the public writ large, save for the families of the dead, maimed and wounded.

The public had been generally accepting of this low level of constant war mainly because there was no direct, up-front cost.  The government was not getting the money for wars from its citizens as it did in the past – it was borrowing from foreigners or merely printing the money. This meant that the public never had much skin in the game. There have been no rations during recent wartime as there were in the past – in fact the opposite has happened. The American public indulged further in decadence as war persisted in the background, with McMansions, expensive vacations and SUVs – also purchased on credit – satiating the need for instant gratification.

To be sure, there has been protest against war all along the way, but these protests have been nothing the government couldn’t swat aside, or simply ignore so as to fulfill its wishes.

As time has gone on, however, the anti-war cries have grown ever louder and have become more widespread. This is, in a sense, owing to the downsides of the credit-fueled decadence of the last few decades. The financial crisis of 2008, in particular, shone a light on the folly of an economy resting its foundation on debt backed consumption. In the aftermath that collapse, the government decided to bail out the banks and other holders of assets obtained at sky high valuations, while the general population saw foreclosures, layoffs, and home and 401k nest eggs sliced in half.

After the asset holders were made whole thanks to the government and the Federal Reserve, they were made better than whole in the asset price rally that occurred. This did little for the man in the street, who still dealt with a tough job market, a rising cost of living, an increased need to take on debt to put children through college, and spiraling healthcare costs.

On top of this, the government didn’t seem to be taking care of the basics. To take a flight, for example, meant traversing over highways riddled with potholes, bridges which were crumbling, through tunnels which were last upgraded half a century ago, only to arrive at decrepit airports not worthy of a country which is meant to be the greatest on earth.

All of this meant that President Trump’s repeated declaration on the campaign trail that we could have rebuilt the United States twice with the trillions wasted in the Middle East was that much more powerful. After years of feeling duped over a much touted economic recovery that didn’t feel like one, the American electorate as a whole finally started to wonder why exactly so much of their future was being pissed away in Middle East deserts when to date almost nothing of value had been gained.

To the contrary, in fact, much had been lost. The utter mess that has come of Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, Egypt (initially) and now Syria has led to a refugee crisis which has not yet touched the US in the same way it has Europe, but remains concerning given the decline in quality of life which has resulted in the Old World.

With Trump’s candidacy, the United States’ fetish for backing Jihadist ‘rebels’ to depose of secular Muslim dictators under the guise of a Wilson-esque desire to make the Middle East suddenly primed for a tsunami of Anglo-democracy finally became exposed for what it was – the Millennial iteration of that age old Racket. The only people who benefited were the aforementioned defense contractors, and the globalist ideologues who supported filling their coffers to supply the war efforts.

In taking the stance that the Middle East adventurism of the past was a waste of time and we should aim to soothe rather than inflame relations with Russia, Trump stood in contrast to not only Hillary Clinton, but the majority of his own party, represented by the likes of John McCain, Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham. Beyond that, the rest of the foreign policy establishment of think tanks and media punditry, all of whom sang the globalist war hymn with gusto, were all taken aback by Trump.

With Trump’s November 8th win, many of his most ardent supporters thought that the game had changed with respect to foreign policy. So when word of a chemical attack in Syria, followed a day later by tough talk and accusations from US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, followed by similar talk that afternoon by Trump at a press conference flanked by the King of Jordan, followed the next day by a strike of 59 Tomahawk missiles into Syria, Trump’s supporters were naturally unnerved.

And rightly so, for this was clearly an action which suggested that the new boss was the same as the old boss.

Doubly concerning was the outpouring of unbridled joy coming from the aforementioned globalist foreign policy establishment at the increasing developments.  On the night of the strikes, Marco Rubio did the rounds on television and couldn’t hide his glee. The night before, John McCain was on Fox News, speaking with increasing excitement about what the next steps should be, understanding that Trump had signaled for more hawkishness in response to the chemical attack.

Hillary Clinton, speaking at a public event, expressed her wishes for Syrian bombing in response to the chemical attack. Lindsey Graham spoke of the need for 5000-7000 troops to be deployed immediately. Brian Williams of MSNBC was ebullient as he watched video of the missiles being fired, using the word ‘beautiful’ in his description of the events three times in 30 seconds.

The immediate aftermath of the strikes saw both Fareed Zakaria and Reagan/Bush era Neocon Elliott Abrams (who was last seen attempting to weasel into the State Department as Deputy to Secretary Rex Tillerson)  declare that with the strikes, Donald Trump had become the President of the United States and the Leader of the Free world. All it took for a media and political establishment to finally support him universally, when it had opposed him universally since the inception of his campaign, was to bomb a country in the Middle East.

As I watched that reaction, I then realized the naivety myself and some other Trump supporters had displayed in our hope that Trump would just walk roughshod over the globalists. Their world view, having been the orthodoxy for several decades, is very much entrenched and will take some shifting.

And thus we should be thankful that we have a shifty President in Donald Trump.

It is almost irrelevant what actually happened in Syria, with respect to the chemical attack. The official line is that Assad gassed his own people and thus a proportional response was required. More than this, it was used as further evidence that Assad had to be removed from power.

In watching the pundit class talk about these points, I was particularly annoyed with these constant repetitions of ‘gassing his own people,’ the evil nature of using chemical weapons, dead babies, and the celebrations of the moral superiority and exceptionalism of the United States. For a start, the conflict in question is a Civil War. This means that every belligerent involved, whether its Assad or the Jihadist ‘rebels,’ some of which are US-funded, have been ‘killing their own people’ the entire time. Abe Lincoln ‘killed his own people’ and is considered one of the greatest US presidents ever.

In terms of the use of chemical weapons, the idea that Assad would resort to this when by all accounts he very much had the upper hand in the war strains credulity. Especially when one considers he was tried and convicted in the court of American Warmongering within 24 hours of the attack.

With the only ones set to benefit from such an attack being American war hawks, through the existence of a new pretext for war, and the fact that anything following the phrase “US intelligence believes…” is equally likely to be propaganda as it is fact, suspicion was warranted. Unfortunately, it only came in the shape of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and Senator Rand Paul in the US, and Peter Ford, the former UK ambassador to Syria. All of these figures were predictably marginalized despite speaking sensibly.

Then there was the moral posturing over how evil it was to be killing women and babies. As the week went on, the media produced reports that the Russians, Assad’s backers, might even have known about the attacks, a brazen attempt to further egg on the conflict the globalist set really craves – war between the US and Russia. Trump himself joined in on the posturing, almost comical in the way he forcibly worked dead beautiful babies and the like into every sentence he spoke on the matter. This moral posturing of course was done to paint the US in a superior light. The same US which once had Madeline ‘500,000 Iraqi children dying was worth it’ Albright as its Secretary of State.

I say these things not to absolve anyone from moral atrocities, but to ridicule the use of moral atrocity as a pretext for renewed war efforts in Syria. It doesn’t really matter what really happened there over the last two weeks or so because those events became merely a springboard for further intervention in Syria at the behest of the globalist set. Assad’s alleged humanitarian atrocities are the public justification as to why it must happen.

The broader reason is that Assad stands in the way of the destabilization of Syria, an event which in turn opens the way for a US backed pipeline running from Qatar to Turkey, which in turn undercuts the Russian supply of energy to Europe. This is important, given Russia stands as a nuclear backed opposition to NATO, and globalism generally, in the same way it stands in opposition to US-backed Jihadis in the Syrian Civil War. Of course there are your standard Sunni/Shiite conflicts embedded as well. The whole thing is a mess.

The torrent of praise Trump received for taking even the slightest step toward the globalist direction in Syria should be noted, because that same torrent is responsible for the characterization of Trump as a Putin double agent. Owing to Trump’s campaign rhetoric, and his willingness to ‘get along with Russia,’ he was subject to a myriad of leak-fueled reporting intended to propagate innuendo that Trump colluded with the Russians to defeat Hillary Clinton. All of a sudden, with that strike, those stories have died down, as if the globalist set have said ‘phew, he’s following our plan, let’s leave him alone so he can carry it out with as little distraction as possible.’

And indeed, Trump may go on to do that. But as I said, he is a shifty character and a master of The Art of the Deal. My sense is that Trump gave the globalists a little bit of joy with that strike, indulging them in a bit of aggro in on foreign soil, adopting their humanitarian rationale to boot. It is the ultimate aim of the aggression that is of concern here.  The ideal outcome of the Syrian Civil War for America is a solution that defeats the Jihadi ‘rebels,’ and ends with the US extricating itself from Syria. Whether Assad stays or goes is really of little concern, but given the fact that the narrative of Assad being a war criminal is the overwhelming prevailing narrative, he might have to go to satiate those voices.

The globalists have been telling us that Assad needs to go because he is a war criminal. Fine. Get rid of the Jihadi ‘rebels,’ arrange Assad’s exile to Russia perhaps, and install someone else who everyone, including the Russians can agree on. Stabilize Syria, and get out of dodge.

Of course, hat solution wouldn’t satisfy the globalists, as the Syrian piece on the geopolitical chess board would be out of their reach. They couldn’t get their pipeline through the country, and Russia would still have its influence. They would prefer the Jihadi ‘rebels’ as replacements, who would take Syria down the road to becoming an Islamist hellhole, but one friendly to American globalist wishes. The globalists would tolerate the terrorism and refugee crisis that would result, and attempt to tell the average American to tolerate it as well, but it wouldn’t be worth it. Should Assad go, he should be replaced by some other leader from Assad’s Alawite tribe, with Russian approval.

The globalist tears resulting from that scenario would expose the game to the American public, which would wonder why American forces would still be needed after securing a peace for all parties and ending the war.

Some of this is far-fetched, I admit, but it is not so far out of the realm of possibility. After all we’ve seen similar episodes of Trump-jitsu over the past week. Trump has been accused of flip-flopping for softening his stances on NATO and on China. On the campaign trail, he declared that NATO was obsolete, and accused China of ‘raping’ the United States on trade and vowed to label them a currency manipulator.

On both of those issues, Trump took a more sanguine position over the last week, leading most to declare that Trump was reversing campaign promises. What hasn’t been mentioned was the fact that in the interim, NATO and China have moved heavily in Trump’s direction on a number of issues. Both NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Chinese Premier Xi visited Trump in the US in the past week, held talks and came out the other side essentially singing the Trump tune on certain issues. NATO has agreed with Trump that all NATO countries must pay their fair share and are moving in the right direction in order to make it a reality. Trump also explicitly called for NATO to come to terms with Russia.

As far as China is concerned, for the first time in ages, China has taken concrete steps towards getting the belligerent North Korea under control. If NATO is going to stop cheating the US, forge closer relations with Russia, and if China is going to come to its senses and realize there is more profit in working with the US on trade and bottling up North Korea, there is no reason for Trump to maintain an aggressive stance on either issue.

The same rationale applies to Syria. On the campaign trail, Trump took a very ‘easy’ line with respect to Syria and Assad. As recently as two weeks ago, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared that the Syrian people must determine their own future. This drew gasps of horror from the Deep State/Globalist set, ironic given its public-facing rationale for foreign intervention is spreading democracy. Yet, it disapproved of Tillerson’s advocacy for self-determination in Syria, simply because it didn’t like what the outcome would likely be, a continuation of Assad.

Then, the attacks happened, and Trump’s tune abruptly changed. The fireworks display and the subsequent chest puffing of Trump and later Tillerson as he went to Moscow earlier this week is in line with a Trump taking the extreme position in a negotiation. A negotiated peace which begins with a show of force. The Russians don’t want war, Trump doesn’t want war, and the Syrians want their country back. The neocon/globalist set is the only actor which relishes war, and unfortunately it is also probably the most powerful actor. The only play here is to indulge it to a point, and then double cross it later by using that indulgence to put pressure on the Russians and Syrians for a deal. Then wipe out the neocon-backed Jihadi ‘rebels,’ exterminating the neocon foothold in Syria.

As I said earlier, it is the most optimistic angle in this whole Syria saga. It is also the most delicate. Trump has to thread the needle here, and the messy steps taken in this regard are legitimate cause for worry from those who fear globalists have compromised Trump. Reading between the lines, suggests that Trump is still holding true to his campaign rhetoric. If Trump can pull it off, he’ll be well on his way to the greatest foreign policy achievement of the last 30 years.

Competing Conspiracies

With respect to President Donald Trump, the Russian government, and the mainstream media, there are two narratives which have vied for the public’s attention over the past several months. They are as follows:

  1. The Russian government conspired with the Trump campaign in some capacity in order to tilt the election in his favor.
  2. The Obama administration ran surveillance on the Trump campaign, most likely illegally

The former narrative has been advanced by leftists, the neoconservative globalist element of the right, and the mainstream media. The latter narrative was introduced by President Trump himself, seemingly in response to the growing hysteria fomented by that first narrative.

The ultimate origin of Conspiracy #1 is the unconventional views President Trump holds on the topic of Russia. Congressman Dennis Heck referenced this during the much hyped Congressional hearing on Russian intervention in the 2016 election, dutifully playing up the idea that the Trump campaign may have colluded in the scheme:

Republicans who are always so strong against geopolitical foes like Russia, I know my colleagues on this committee take the Russia threat very seriously. Why wouldn’t the people who inhabit the White House? How else can we explain an Administration that beats up our oldest allies, like Australia and Britain, and our strongest and most sacrosanct alliance, like NATO, but never, ever say a bad word about Putin. In fact, they say a lot of good words about Putin.

An administration that we have heard decisively makes up baseless wiretapping charges against a former United States President, equates our intelligence agencies to Nazi Germany, and argues moral equivalents between a repressive, authoritarian states with an abhorrent human rights record like Russia in our free and open democracy. And yet, this Administration never, ever utters any criticism of Russia.

During the presidential election, Trump was one of the few candidates who did not, implicitly or explicitly, advocate for war with Russia. The Republicans, with the notable exception of Rand Paul, opposed Trump on this point, constantly falling over themselves describing how tough they would be on Putin and how badly they wanted to “punch the Russians in the nose,” in the words of John Kasich.

Hillary Clinton also expressed her desire for aggro with the Russians, consistently stating her support for  no-fly zone over Syria, even after it was pointed out by top generals that establishing such a zone would lead to war. Chris Wallace explicitly laid this out to her in the third Presidential debate, all but asking her “do you want war with Russia?” She brushed aside the grave implications and stood by her position.

That Trump stood so steadfastly against Republican and Democratic establishment orthodoxy meant that the media establishment had no choice but to fall in line against Trump. Given that this orthodoxy was, and is an anti-Putin, anti-Russia position, the media had no problems with this course. After all, Putin is a massive check on the globalist, leftist policy prescription for world. Geopolitically he resists NATO, and culturally he has promoted more traditionalist, Christian views within Russia, and has been critical of the West and its relative abandonment of those views.

Prior to the election, the media angst over Trump’s Putin views was limited to just another bad view in a long list of bad views Trump held.  The media and his political opponents were far more interested in exploring the RACIST SEXIST HOMOPHOBE XENOPHOBE line of criticism. To the extent Russians were mentioned before the election, it was to deflect attention away from the substance of the DNC leaks and the Podesta leaks. The fact that the Democrats were exposed as corrupt and duplicitous was supposed to be forgotten, simply because it was allegedly Russians who exposed that truth.

It was only after the election that the view that the Russian government ‘hacked the election’ for the purpose of installing Donald Trump as president took shape and metastasized to the point where a much hyped Congressional hearing on that matter took place this past Monday. Having failed in denying Trump the presidency on the basis of him being a ‘bigot,’ the coalition of leftist, neoconservative globalists and their media mouthpieces moved to paint Trump’s political stance on the subject of Russia and foreign policy as something much more nefarious than just an opposing viewpoint.

Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee which held the aforementioned hearing on Monday said in his opening remarks that Trump’s continued insistence on NATO countries paying their fair share, as they had already agreed to, was evidence of a quid pro quo, in which the Russian government hacked documents to help Trump in exchange for Trump’s tough talk:

The hacked documents would be in exchange for a Trump administration policy that de-emphasizes Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and instead focuses on criticizing NATO countries for not paying their fair share. Policies which even as recently as the President’s meeting last week with Angela Merkel have now presently come to pass.

Rand Paul, who, as mentioned before, was one of the few Republicans unwilling to sign on to a policy of war with Russia during the campaign, found himself in an explosive tiff with Senator John McCain last week. McCain, the foremost symbol of neoconservative  globalism, wanted to put forth a resolution which would support Montenegro’s entrance into NATO. McCain was asking for a unanimous consent request which would have allowed the measure to go to a full Senate vote, without debate, had it been passed without objection.

In the stunning video below, McCain, knowing that a Paul objection was imminent, moved to declare anyone who would object to be in cahoots with the Russians. Paul remained unnerved, raised his objection and left the room.

McCain then launched into an angry invective against Senator Paul, accusing him of ‘working for Vladamir Putin.’  All because Paul wanted the Senate to have a discussion about the merits of including Montenegro, a poor country which would almost certainly end up being a ward of NATO, into the organization. The only clear ‘merit’ would be that geopolitically, it would annoy the Russians. Thus, the unwillingness of Paul to unnecessarily provoke Russia must mean that he is a Russian agent. Such is the rationale of globalists of every political bent.

Of course, there was the infamous ‘dossier,’ which contained unsubstantiated information collected by a British intelligence agent at the behest of Trump’s political enemies, which alleged that the Russian government had ‘kompromat’ on Trump which was held over his head as blackmail.

Then there was Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who during his confirmation hearings, was asked by Senator Al Franken whether he would have an issue investigating associates of the Trump campaign who had contacted Russian officials in the context of the 2016 election, as had been reported at the time.

Sessions answered that he himself, having been such an associate, did not have any contact with the Russians. It was later unearthed that Sessions had in fact had one meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in his capacity as a member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, and an informal meet-and-greet with Kislyak at the Republican National Convention, publicly, in the presence of several other ambassadors.

Indeed, Sessions had had over 25 similar meetings in his Senate office in the same Armed Forces Committee capacity as his meeting with Kislyak, including one with the Ukrainian ambassador the day before. Yet, this seemingly routine meeting was used as evidence to suggest that Sessions had perjured himself during his confirmation hearings, prompting calls for his resignation from the post. The Russian Conspiracy frenzy was at its highest.

 

Connecting the Dots

 

It was then that Trump dropped his infamous tweet storm, early on a Saturday Morning:

[Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!]

[Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!]

[I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!]

[How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate.Bad (or sick) guy!]

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The conspiracy Trump put forth was largely sourced from the first conspiracy, that his campaign colluded with the Russians. In spinning that narrative, the media continually cited anonymous officials who were essentially leaking classified information. Consider the following news items:

January 19/20, 2017, NYT: Intercepted Russian Communications Part of Inquiry Into Trump Associates. The version of this story that ran in the print version had this headline: Wiretapped Data Used In Inquiry of Trump Aides – Examining Russian Ties:

The F.B.I. is leading the investigations, aided by the National Security Agency, the C.I.A. and the Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit. The investigators have accelerated their efforts in recent weeks but have found no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing, the officials said. One official said intelligence reports based on some of the wiretapped communications had been provided to the White House.

That would be the Obama White House, as all of this took place before Inauguration at noon on January 20.

February 9, 2017, Washington Post: National security adviser Flynn discussed sanctions with Russian ambassador, despite denials, officials say

Pence also made a more sweeping assertion, saying there had been no contact between members of Trump’s team and Russia during the campaign. To suggest otherwise, he said, “is to give credence to some of these bizarre rumors that have swirled around the candidacy.”

Neither of those assertions is consistent with the fuller account of Flynn’s contacts with Kislyak provided by officials who had access to reports from U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies that routinely monitor the communications of Russian diplomats. Nine current and former officials, who were in senior positions at multiple agencies at the time of the calls, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.

All of those officials said Flynn’s references to the election-related sanctions were explicit. Two of those officials went further, saying that Flynn urged Russia not to overreact to the penalties being imposed by President Barack Obama, making clear that the two sides would be in position to review the matter after Trump was sworn in as president.

February 14, 2017, NYT: Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence

Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials.

American law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee, three of the officials said. The intelligence agencies then sought to learn whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election.

[…]

The National Security Agency, which monitors the communications of foreign intelligence services, initially captured the calls between Mr. Trump’s associates and the Russians as part of routine foreign surveillance. After that, the F.B.I. asked the N.S.A. to collect as much information as possible about the Russian operatives on the phone calls, and to search through troves of previous intercepted communications that had not been analyzed.

March 1, 2017, NYT: Obama Administration Rushed to Preserve Intelligence of Russian Election Hacking

American allies, including the British and the Dutch, had provided information describing meetings in European cities between Russian officials — and others close to Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin — and associates of President-elect Trump, according to three former American officials who requested anonymity in discussing classified intelligence.

Separately, American intelligence agencies had intercepted communications of Russian officials, some of them within the Kremlin, discussing contacts with Trump associates.

[…]

As Inauguration Day approached, Obama White House officials grew convinced that the intelligence was damning and that they needed to ensure that as many people as possible inside government could see it, even if people without security clearances could not. Some officials began asking specific questions at intelligence briefings, knowing the answers would be archived and could be easily unearthed by investigators — including the Senate Intelligence Committee, which in early January announced an inquiry into Russian efforts to influence the election.

At intelligence agencies, there was a push to process as much raw intelligence as possible into analyses, and to keep the reports at a relatively low classification level to ensure as wide a readership as possible across the government — and, in some cases, among European allies. This allowed the upload of as much intelligence as possible to Intellipedia, a secret wiki used by American analysts to share information.

The mainstream media’s own reporting details a story of intelligence officials speaking under the cloak of anonymity to disclose classified information, or in the case of General Flynn, to disclose the fact that his name had been improperly identified as the American in conversation with Kislyak, given Flynn himself was not under investigation.

The media then went on to report with glee the manner in which the Obama administration sought to widely disseminate this information across the government to ensure that such leaks as we have seen happened.

All of this was done to buttress the Russia/Trump collusion angle with the innuendo provided by those numerous anonymous intelligence officials. The legality of the leaks were hand-waved away by political pundits as merely the sort of thing that happens in every administration, and thus was no big deal.

Trump’s tweets changed all of that. In directly accusing President Obama of tapping his phones, Trump brought the legality of the leaks front and center.

The globalist set, who were quick to exalt the leaks with religious fervor when it came to spinning the Collusion Theory, were all of a sudden on the defensive. They made sure to emphasize the fact that Trump had offered no evidence to back his tweets (despite having no evidence themselves with respect to the Collusion Theory). A clear example of the mental gymnastics invoked to contort oneself from a tricky situation was seen in this piece from Liz Spayd, Public Editor of the New York Times.

In it, she dealt with the obvious discrepancy between the Times explicitly reporting on the existence of “wiretapped communications” and the idea that Trump’s tweets were inaccurate by essentially saying that the Times never wrote that Obama himself directed the wiretapping.

Which brings me to the issue of semantics. The Wall Street Journal editorial board wrote a fiery piece condemning Trump based on his supposed rocky relationship with the Truth. It used as its centerpiece Trump’s claims that Obama had him wiretapped. These claims were officially shot down by FBI director James Comey and NSA chief Mike Rogers during the aforementioned hearing on Monday, giving the media the green light to officially brand Trump a ‘liar.’

This logic ultimately relies on a hyper-literal interpretation of Trump’s tweets. As in President Obama personally ordered some sort of wiretap – as in a physical method from a 1960s spy novel. It is true that no such, literal wiretapping occurred.

However, it is clear – from the media’s own reporting – that the existence of “intercepted communications,” which is the digital age equivalent of wiretapping, was involved, and indeed was instrumental to the narrative building which occurred. Furthermore, these communications were intercepted by various intelligence agencies, which, owing to their being a part of the executive branch, were under the authority of one President Obama.

Said differently, President Obama did not personally direct a fake painting crew to enter Trump Tower one afternoon and bug the place while Donald Trump was out to lunch. What undeniably did happen was that agencies in the Obama administration ran into members of Trump’s team as they were monitoring the communications of foreigners (which might have been legal), and then proceeded to leak some of the details to the media (which definitely is not legal).

Further credence to this point was given on Wednesday by Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. He came forth with the revelation that information he had received indicated that individuals associated with the Trump team had been involved in an “incidental collection,” meaning that those individuals had been subject to surveillance owing to the fact they were on the other end of a call with another individual who was being monitored, as opposed to being monitored party themselves.

The magnitude of this will be more apparent as time goes on.

 

Delegitimizing 45

 

No matter how this saga ends up, the intentions of the globalist cohort of establishment Republicans, Democrats and the media is clear – Delegitimize the Trump presidency. One can easily see this in the hypocrisy surrounding Trump’s tweet claims vis-a-vis the assertion that the Russians ‘hacked the election.’

The propensity of the media to talk up Trump’s loose, bombastic, exaggerative manner of speaking, while somewhat accurate, renders its deliberate decision to adhere to the most hyper-literal interpretation of Trump’s tweets to be a bit odd. After all, if all Trump does is speak in exaggerations, then why were those Tweets not treated as simply another exaggeration? Why was the language in those tweets not treated as the colloquialisms they were, but made out to be gravely literal?

These rhetorical questions are relevant given the phrase ‘hacked the election’ was never scrutinized along its literal meaning with the same aggressiveness, despite being equally as colloquial as ‘Obama wiretapped my phones.’ On top of this, the literal meaning (that Russian operatives would have remotely tampered with voting machines to get certain desired outcomes), had been put down by the intelligence community on several occasions, including the Monday hearing in which it was reiterated that not one vote was altered, and that the tallies from November 8 were correct.

Even the colloquial meaning of ‘hacked the election,’ that Russian operatives via their alleged dissemination of DNC and Podesta emails, and the propagation of ‘fake news’ changed the tenor of the election in a way that favored Trump, faces scrutiny.

Stanford University conducted a study into the matter of fake news, and concluded that the phenomenon had a marginal impact at best:

The researchers also noted that, though social media is an important outlet that Americans use to get their news, only 34 percent of those surveyed trust the information they get from social media, while most still depend on television as their main source of information. In comparing the top 690 U.S. news sites with 65 fake news sites, they found that only 10 percent of total site traffic to news sites comes from social media. However, fake news sites predominantly depend on social media for views. Therefore, it is misleading to focus on Facebook metrics in citing fake news as a major issue during the election.

Allcott and Gentzkow concluded, “Our data suggest that social media were not the most important source of election news, and even the most widely circulated fake news stories were seen by only a small fraction of Americans. For fake news to have changed the outcome of the election, a single fake news story would need to have convinced about 0.7 percent of Clinton voters and non-voters who saw it to shift their votes to Trump.” They added, “For fake news to have changed the outcome of the election, a single fake article would need to have had the same persuasive effect as 36 television campaign ads.”

Given the fact that the vast majority of Americans still depend on the television and more conventional sources of news, and given the fact that the vast majority of the coverage therein was negative to Trump, to the tune of 90%, it is more accurate to allege that the leftist mainstream media ‘hacked the election’ with the purpose of electing Hillary Clinton.

The reason for the hypocrisy is that intellectual honesty, journalistic integrity and plain fighting fair is secondary to the aim of delegitimizing President Trump’s administration in the eyes of the American public. Having failed to prevent Trump from winning the presidency, the globalist set has taken to undermine him as a foreign agent. Note the words of Congressman Heck from the Monday Intelligence Hearing:

Let’s be clear though. This is not about party. It’s not about relitigating the election. It’s not as if anything we do here will put a President from a different political party in the Oval Office. So, I hope that it’s clear that it’s about something much more important. And no, it’s not about political motivation, to my friend who said and suggested that earlier, this is about patriotism, about something way more important than party.

The game plan has been, and will continue to be playing politics under the guise of patriotism. Trump’s original sin was disagreeing with the globalists and their visions of war with Russia and continued NATO expansion. For this he is being made out to be a Russian agent, the figurehead of a Red Scare 2.0. Every time Trump orders a salad with Russian dressing, or the leaked workout routine of one of his associates is shown to include Russian Oblique Twists, the media will be there with the knives out.

It’s already begun, with CNN releasing a counter attack to the Nunes news, alleging that Trump associate Roger Stone colluded with Julian Assange of Wikileaks, and perhaps notorious hacker Guccifer 2.0. That assertion is based on various tweets and interviews Stone gave, in which he was essentially cheerleading the imminent release of Clinton information by Assange. The intimation, is that Stone, who publicly declared having spoken to Assange on several occasions, was in on it because he knew Assange was going to leak information.

However, Assange himself publicly declared that he was going to release information months before he did, rendering most of Stone’s alleged inside knowledge of the coming leaks to be nothing more than speculation on what the publicly declared upcoming leaks would be.

It is this sort of reporting, full of innuendo, and the rehashing old narratives, which will wear thin on the American public. Much like the constant charges of racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia which laced the pre-election coverage of Trump, the Russia conspiracy will end up being the post-election version of The Boy Who Cried Wolf.

With each passing report propagating the Collusion Theory (and burying deep within them the fact that there is no evidence, in order to retain legitimacy), the public will continues to see the game for what it is – an attempt at the political assassination of President Trump.

The fact of the matter remains, that to this point, the only thing that we know for a fact happened, based on public reporting, is that Trump officials had been the subject of surveillance, and had those communications illegally leaked to the media. Thus, Trump’s ‘Wiretap’ Conspiracy Theory is far closer to being Conspiracy Fact than the Collusion Conspiracy.

And it will remain so. This is a fight the globalists cannot win, and it will only be a matter of time before that is made apparent to the masses.