As Trump has found out, repeatedly, it’s hard to take on the Deep State. From Tom Luongo at tomluongo.me:
f anyone still thinks that Donald Trump has some master plan to kill off his Deep State adversaries they should check themselves into therapy. I know withdrawal is hard, but admitting you have a problem is the first step to curing it.
He doesn’t have a plan. He may fight them but it won’t be with any kind of master plan to trap them in some beautiful bit of political judo.
Frankly, Vladimir Putin he is not.
No, Trump is winging things at this point. While he still has the office he’s trying to do some of the things he promised. Doing that may keep him in power for a few more months.
But with his walking back the timetable for pulling troops out of Syria after a visit from Lindsay Graham (R-MIC/AIPAC) should tell you all you need to know about Trump’s willingness to stand up to the pressure he’s under.
Add to that the opening salvo from Mitt Romney (R-Wall St.) and it becomes pretty clear that Trump was told what the score really is. When, not if, the Democrats push for impeachment or a 25th Amendment proceeding against him Graham and Romney will lead a GOP revolt against him, siding with Senate Democrats to get rid of him.
That’s been the point of this from the beginning. Pat Buchanan and I both talked about this from the moment he was elected. Pat reminding us of what happened to Nixon who was hounded out of office because he did the unthinkable — ending the Vietnam War.
I’ve been simply looking at this from the standard libertarian perspective that “War is the health of the state” and Trump’s opposition to our Middle East follies would net him nothing but contempt.
The Makinder “Heartland” view of Geopolitics holds complete sway in Washington, Downing St. and the Pentagon. And as such, the Middle East is the access point to the Heartland and that means destroying both Russia and Iran to ensure that Germany never joins them.
This is why The Swamp will not let Trump make nice with Putin. It’s why the British deep state and intelligence community was so eager to help Hillary Clinton fabricate the Russiagate controversy through the creation of the Steele Dossier.
It’s why outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, would only entertain a peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan as long as the U.S. maintained all of its military presence there.
In other words, accept our colonial presence here to ensure you stay in the 19th century and we no longer have to fight openly.
If for nothing else, Trump’s firing Dunford was a brief bit of joy that may outlive his presidency. Not much else will.
Look, the Deep State is vast and cruel. Nancy Pelosi’s first act as Speaker of the House was to declare open season on Trump. She’ll wait until the Mueller report to start the process but she seems pretty confident she’ll get what she needs.
Michael Cohen likely provided the road map to Trump’s shady business dealings (far beyond his pecadillos) which will be used against him. Impeachment isn’t a legal proceeding, it’s a purely political one.
There is no standard of proof. If you’re hated by enough of the right people, you’re done. That’s it. In a time of unlimited corruption counting on people to act honorably is a fool’s game.
And Trump at this point is the head fool.
You don’t announce something like the withdrawal from Syria and all that that entails only to walk it back 10 days later because someone threatened you.
In fact, Trump’s best, and frankly, only course of action now is to go on the offensive. And Elizabeth Warren memes, no matter how entertaining, are not getting this done.
As I lay out in this video, the threat of exposing all of the corruption is his best play. It may cost him everything but if he’s going down the best thing he can do to MAGA is take as many of them down as possible.
Otherwise, turn the lights out before you leave.