THREADING THE NEEDLE

Is There Really a Deep State?

We are learning much about our government with the wall-to-wall coverage of the impeachment hearings in Washington, and both sides are making us wonder why there are two sides in this matter. Why wouldn’t regular law and order prevail in this passion play of power and perception? Technicalities and treason are under the microscope in the effort to impeach Trump.

Let’s begin with some simple facts. The federal government currently employs about two million full-time employees. There are 113,114 people who work for the Justice Department, and that includes 9,500 attorneys. The Department of State has 75,547 employees, including 13,855 Foreign Service Officers and 49,734 locally employed staff who primarily serve overseas. In addition, 10,171 employees form part of the predominantly domestic civil service. It’s estimated that 21,575 work for the CIA, although that figure is not as knowable as the other stats of the government. They work to keep it a secret.

This next fact will probably blow your mind. “Deep state” is a rather new term, only 30 years old. According to the journalist Robert Worth, “the expression deep state had originated in Turkey in the 1990s, where the military colluded with drug traffickers and hit men to wage a dirty war against Kurdish insurgents” The term “deep state” is likely a translation from the Turkish derin devlet, which means “state within the state.” Can you believe that Donald Trump, who thinks there is a deep state working against him, is the same man who greenlit Turkey’s invasion of Syria to fight the Kurds for land. If you think this sounds like Tom Clancy novel, well you’re not alone.

During his testimony at the impeachment inquiry, Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker claimed he didn’t see an investigation into the Ukrainian energy company Burisma being equivalent to scrutiny of Joe Biden. Volker said. “What I was trying to do in working with the Ukrainians was to thread a needle.” Here we can begin to dissect the notion of a deep state.

Volker works for the State Department and Mike Pompeo. In an unusual arrangement, Volker’s real job is the executive director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership, and his position with the government was an unpaid position. WHAT? The McCain Institute is part of Arizona State University and has nothing to do with the US Government, it’s simply a think-tank on diplomacy and public policy. I’m sure Volker has security clearance to do his job, but how does this work?

There are many questions about the role Rudy Giuliani played in this Ukraine caper and if his involvement in the US foreign policy broke any laws. Also, there are now questions about what is legal, what is illegal and what are the gray regions. Republicans’ desire to out a “whistleblower,” who has legal protection, proves that the fine print of law can sometimes be manipulated to overshadow the big print

The President of the United States has been continually trying to pull the wool over our eyes.  This started before his election. There is a state within the state and Donald Trump is the gang leader of this deep state. Our president has colluded with others, both in and out of the government, to bend laws, rules and policies so he could exercise his pursuit of personal gain. He believes the treasury is his bank account, like the Trump Foundation was. He’s just another corrupt, fat-cat politician and grifter.

This president is no different than Richard Nixon, who used the IRS, FBI and CIA to go after his enemies. Donald Trump ignores laws, believing he is above them. Nixon and Trump share an unhealthy disdain for the press and anyone who disagrees with them. Nixon is long gone, but his fate bears a lesson for Trump. Toward the end of his presidency, Richard Nixon turned to drinking at night to help himself get through the pressure of impeachment. Trump doesn’t drink, so he turns to his real addiction, Twitter. It is obvious that our 45th President mistakenly believes he can change the world by tweeting. What a shallow, irresponsible human. Sadly, he’s our president.

A magnetifying glass can make threading a needle easier by bringing little things into sharp focus. As we get closer and closer to the facts, it’s easy to see an “end justifies the means” mentality in many of the people who surround Trump. The deep state are those operatives — men like William Barr, Mick Mulvaney and Rudy Giuliani who, at the command of the ringleader, will do anything to advance the deep state of Trump. Outside of the government, his cult followers fuel his insane view of the world. Inside the government, the state within the state threatens democracy as we know it. How can we recover fast enough to repair this democracy? Impeachment is not an evil act of desperation, it’s normal order for a President who is out of order.

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GET OVER IT

Mulvaney’s Overt Folly

Yesterdays’ happenings in the Trump administration should bother every living American. The arrogance, fabrications and blunders are getting in the way of our progress and security. The massive methane of White House bullshit is threatening the planet’s environment.

How long it will take to “get over” this calamity known as Donald Trump? The election of our orange monster has given Vladimir Putin everything he could have ever wanted. Trump is all talk and no brains and the people around him are mindless tools and fools.

Mick Mulvaney did his undergraduate work at Georgetown and went on to receive his legal degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then won the South Carolina 5th District in House of Representatives, but not without controversy. Mulvaney’s campaign was funded by the Commission on Hope, Growth, and Opportunity, a group run by lobbyist Scott W. Reed, who was accused of violating federal campaign finance laws and disclosing false information to the Internal Revenue Service. Yes, here’s another swamp creature who slithered into the White House!

In front of the White House press corps, Mulvaney announced that Donald Trump has decided to “award” one of his properties, the Doral resort in Miami, the G7 Summit which will take place next June. He also brazenly declared that no one would see any of the bidding paperwork leading to that decision. This is clearly a violation of the Emoluments Clause, which restricts members of the government from receiving gifts, emoluments, offices or titles from foreign states and monarchies without the permission of Congress. Someone must step forward on Capitol Hill.

Mulvaney should have walked away from the press after his outrageous G7 announcement, but he’s just another grifter with no skill at self-editing. His phrase, “Get over it,” showed a contempt for law and order as well as a genuine belief that Donald Trump can do no wrong.

The Director of the Office of Management and Budget, who is also acting White House Chief of Staff, now tells us that political considerations are simply a part of foreign policy and we should “get over it.” Does he mean domestic or general politics? He’s just another buffoon communicator Trump has tapped to speak for him.  Nice work, Prez!

Mr. Mulvaney, you are a belligerent piece of shit. We will NOT “get over it” and we will remember your admission that the President of the United States asked another country to get involved in our elections in exchange for military aid. It was a quid pro quo and you knew it, which makes you and your fluffy little ass complicit. Get ready to  be thrown out of government, which will happen as soon as this whole matter of malfeasance is resolved, meaning Trump’s impeachment.

While the press room punk in the White House was playing out, two other Trump puppets were in Turkey surrendering to their President. The ridiculous photo op with Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was just another stain on a diplomatic suicide mission. After the announcement of a 120-hour ceasefire, Trump gloated in Dallas about how he alone “saved civilization,” but there are major lies in this plan.

First, when is it proper for two countries to decide the fate of a third sovereign nation without involving them in the process? That would be like Canada and Mexico deciding what they wanted to do with the Washington State in the US. Erdoğan wanted to take a sizable chunk of land from Syria to force movement of Turkey’s unwanted immigrants, and guess what?. We gave him what he wanted and in exchange we agreed to lift sanctions. So, we gave them two things and what did we get? Art of the steal?

The Pence and Pompeo agreement gave the Kurds and their fighters five days to leave the land that Turkey planned to take over with force. This was not a ceasefire, It was nothing but a third-party surrender of civilization and claimed land belonging to our fighting allies.

Trump and Erdoğan caused this disaster, and history will write that the Turkish President played Trump and got exactly what he wanted. If only they had agreed to this before the invasion, 285 Kurds would still be alive.

It wasn’t more than a few hours before Turkey’s Foreign Minister declared the agreement was not a “ceasefire,” but simply a pause. “Ceasefire” is legal terminology with international meaning and standing, Turkey said it was just a “temporary pause,” meaning they can resume killing whenever they want without any penalty or face loss.

The headline in today’s Wall Street Journal says it all, “Fighting Flares in Syria Despite Hours-Old Cease-Fire.” Let’s be crystal clear, as our president says. Kurdish forces are to withdraw from a 20-mile-deep territory that will then be controlled by Turkey. Donald J. Trump handed that win to Turkey. How foolish Pence and Pompeo looked on the world stage.

The Turkish forces, along with unhinged militias in the area, will continue to kill people while our fat foolish president prances around America professing his success in the Middle East. He will talk about fulfilling his campaign promise to bring the troops home, but he doesn’t realize that he has produced unrest and uncertainty in a volatile region of our world. And with a new land bridge which Iran will surely use to get closer to Israel, Trump may have just sunk the chance of his buddy, Netanyahu, from forming a government. Too bad. I guess the Kurds and Israel and those who were keeping the peace just need to “get over it.” What a screwed-up President we have.

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

Get the Kindle Version HERE. Or order your paperback edition HERE.

 


SPEED DATING IN SINGAPORE

Trump’s Simplistic View of Diplomacy

What the world just witnessed in Singapore was the devaluation of reality. The bull in the china shop destroyed so much stemware and pottery that the United States will have to take out another loan to pay for it all. If I was a conspiracy theorist, I might suggest that the big summit between Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump didn’t really happen. But we saw it on TV, so it must have taken place. However, the final product of the event has less backbone than a jellyfish.

The Democrats asked, “Where’s the beef,” While the Trump loyalists were toasting, “Well, Trump did it!” Yes, he took a meeting with the Chairman of a totalitarian nation, who arrests, tortures, kills and enslaves his people, but that never stood in the way of the Donald’s ego. He thinks he will get the Noble Peace Prize for this made-for-TV event, but he failed to get anything of substance from this high-level meeting. It’s pure Trump; lots of talk, lots of words, little substance.

Trump walked away with a two-page letter saying we agree to reaffirm the talks to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. We still don’t know if Kim’s definition of denuclearization matches ours. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the U.S. goal of the meeting with the North Korean despot was to get “Permanent, verifiable, irreversible dismantling” of their nuclear war machine. Mike has now become frustrated with the fair questions concerning that very pronouncement.

When Pompeo, probably suffering from the new orange form of jetlag, was asked about the fact that his words were not in the two-page agreement both leaders signed, he cited the word “complete” and equated it to “permanent, verifiable, irreversible dismantling” of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. When pressed further, Pompeo barked, “I find that question insulting and ridiculous and, frankly, ludicrous. I just have to be honest with you. It’s a game and one ought not play games with serious matters like this.” Mike, Mike, we appreciate your being “honest” with us but, please, when you negotiate a complex disarmament agreement with another country, you should use precise legal verbiage. Right?

Since Trump returned from his speed-dating session with a dictator in Singapore, he has declared that North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat. This, we guess, is based not on an agreement but on his perception of a five-hour meeting with Kim Jong-Un. Donald Trump destroyed relationships with members of the G-7 with insults and his lack of understanding about how trade works, and then dashed off to the big summit. He doesn’t have a solid grasp of diplomacy, so he wasted his time and millions of dollars on a giant photo-op.

Time will tell whether a pledge to start a dialog will indeed lead to peace, but there is good reason to cast skepticism over what happened in Singapore. By telling Kim that we would suspend all military activities with South Korea, we gave the autocrat a gigantic win, without getting diddley-squat in return. Trump also hinted that we might pull out all our troops from South Korea. Really? Why would we do that?

When confronted about some of the North Korean human rights violations, Trump replied with praise for Kim Jong-Un as a “tough guy,” a “smart guy” and a “great negotiator.” When Bret Baier of Fox News interviewed Trump following the denuclearization summit, our president declined to condemn North Korea’s record.

International bodies have accused Kim of crimes against humanity, including assassinations of political rivals, public executions and the imprisonment of tens of thousands political adversaries. Trump seems numb to real carnage.

The Donald disassociated Kim from those atrocities with, “Hey, when you take over a country, tough country, with tough people, and you take it over from your father, I don’t care who you are, what you are, how much of an advantage you have – if you can do that at 27 years old, that’s one in 10,000 could do that.” I guess their first date went well, judging from Trump’s additional comment, “So he’s a very smart guy, he’s a great negotiator and I think we understand each other.”

Trump believes that everyone is like him and that flattering the other person is all that’s needed. When Trump says something that doesn’t get a response, he assumes he has won. Judging by what we know so far, Trump received a few words on paper, while America appears to have given more than we got. We all hope this is real but, judging by the reaction of Mike Pompeo to a few honest questions about the agreement, maybe the Secretary of State realizes that this is not as it appears.

Trump knows how to pull out of deals, but there is no evidence that he is competent with making pacts, agreements or peace treaties. Without good people like Pompeo, Trump would just be another fat, pompous politician with promises to keep. It’s not bad that he delivers on all his promises, but those promises are terribly destructive. He has made America less great. I am embarrassed by him.

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