Codevilla on Afghanistan

Unsurprisingly, Anthony Codevilla has a very long history in the US involvement in Afghanistan.  In this essay he walks through its beginning in 1979 and through the Russian War and bin Laden’s appearance as an amateur warrior and the aftermath of 9-11 and the tragicomedies of Iraq and Afghanistan occupations.  He identifies the mindset that shapes the terms of these occupations and the utterly useless outcomes they produce.

 

 

 

This Guy Thinks the Afghan Rout Will Be the Deep State’s Undoing

Interesting read.  Will it really spell the doom of our Cloud Elite?  It would be nice but I’m not sure I see it that way.  It’s definitely a blow to Joe Biden’s credibility.  It’s an object lesson to Iran, China, North Korea and Russia that the people in charge have grown feckless.  Maybe it’s a sign to us that our enemies are a lot stupider than we thought they were.

What Afghanistan told me was that we can’t trust any of the suits in Washington.  Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have our interests at heart.  They’re globalists and they believe in things that we abhor.  My take away is we need new leaders.  And we’d better be real careful choosing them.  We can’t afford to make these mistakes again.  They’ve already almost bled us dry.

Curtis Yarvin Muses on the Lessons of Afghanistan, But Not the Way You Think

Yarvin isn’t thinking about the strategy that brought us to Afghanistan and kept us there for twenty years.  He’s thinking of what it means to have a Deep State that would prefer to stay there forever because they want to endlessly expand their influence and scope to include the whole world.  Yarvin’s take on what could be done about this boils down to the American people providing the President and his party with a mandate to take a wrecking ball to the executive branch and reconstitute it at a much, much smaller scope.

And who disagrees with that on our side?  But how exactly do we get a majority of honest men in the Congress?  It seems impossible.  I think the only way it happens is if a President declares a state of emergency and using extralegal action fires the whole executive branch and uses the military to keep the government functioning while he rebuilt the government on a sane basis.

It’s nice to talk about draining the swamp but to do it would require an army and a general without fear.  Mr. Yarvin needs to provide the plan for how to do something that we all agree needs to be done.

What Would It Look Like If We Drained the Deep State Swamp?

After more than a decade of the FBI and the alphabet agencies routinely using illegal intel on Americans to control us, I wondered what it would be like to put a stop to it.  So, this is a thought experiment because, let’s face it, what we’re talking about is as theoretical as contemplating faster than light space travel.

First off, who could do it?  We saw Donald Trump successfully stopped in his attempts to even install a functioning attorney general.  Twice!  So, I guess the first question is would a president on his own be able to clean out the intelligence agencies?  Would he need supermajorities in the Congress and a friendly Supreme Court?

Actually, I don’t think he would.  What he would need is the military on his side.  Because I think the only thing that could bring these agencies to heel is the threat of military force.  If the FBI saw a brigade of US soldiers backed up by a tank or two, I think they’d stand down.

And that is what I’d suggest is the way to do it.  My guess at a plan is to announce to the country that I am demanding the resignation of the top three tiers of organization of the Justice Department, the FBI, the CIA, the NSA and the rest of the intel agencies and I would warn them that if they didn’t comply within a day, they would be escorted out by armed troops.

Then I would appoint some interim personnel to dig down and eliminate anyone who wouldn’t immediately cooperate with the new authority being established.  Following that I’d find any existing personnel who would be willing to provide information on the “Resistance.”  And I would quickly move onto prosecuting the people responsible for the heinous events of the last few years.

After that I’d say the priority would be to pull the teeth of the beast.  The Patriot Act needs to be declared unconstitutional and the intelligence apparatus needs to learn again that American citizens actually have the freedoms enumerated in the Bill of Rights including the ones having to do with unlawful search.

By the way, I’m fully aware that the people who run these agencies will us every means within their control to destroy the people attempting to bring them down.  Threats and leaks of embarrassing or criminal conduct are sure to be used.  I wouldn’t be surprised if assassination were to be used.  After all the CIA specializes in that sort of thing.

What kind of a man would have the wherewithal to implement such an action?  First of all, he would need a team.  Whoever is selected to be the attorney general must be willing to stand up against the threats and coercion that will be thrown at him.  It’s obvious that Trump’s first attorney general Jeff Sessions was cowed by pressure that was brought to bear against him.  My guess is that they had embarrassing or criminal evidence against him and used it to force him to give up control of the Justice Department to the office holders that Obama had in place.

He’ll also need IT resources to investigate the tangled and troubling data collection capabilities that the agencies and the tech companies have assembled.  That will be a monumental job.

And finally, it will require taking back control of the borders and identifying all the illegal aliens residing in the country.  These individuals are the real threat to our security.  If a terrorist threat appears that is where it will come from.  The FBI and CIA should be concentrating on non-citizens and using the high-tech gadgetry they possess to preventing the next Sept. 11 attack coming from foreign agents, not spying on innocent Americans whose only sin is not being Democrats.

Max Morton Reviews Washington’s “National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism”

In his article Max states, “Having spent some time in the intelligence community, I was puzzled as to how agencies with the mission of foreign intelligence collection—and which are statutorily and explicitly restricted from conducting domestic intelligence operations—are now writing Intelligence Community Assessments on U.S. citizens residing on U.S. soil.”

But based on the definitions in the report Max concluded that he himself along with most of his friends and even most of the people in his town would now fall under the category of “anti-government domestic extremist” and that the government considers that, “America’s greatest threat comes from domestic extremists.”

He goes on to say, “I spent the large part of my career in military special operations units and intelligence agencies tracking down foreign terrorists and threats to America. I came away from that experience with the knowledge that when the United States of America declares you to be the most dangerous threat it faces, your life is about to drastically change for the worse. The Biden regime has just explicitly told conservative and independent Americans that they are that threat.”

Well, I guess since I mostly agree with what Max Morton writes,  I must be a anti-government domestic extremist too.  Well, it’s good to know where you stand.

He finishes off by saying, “The Biden regime has just explicitly told conservative and independent Americans that they are that threat. 

Now that the regime has made that clear, citizens should mobilize their elected representatives at both the state and federal levels to push back against this domestic terrorism strategy. At the state level, elected officials should use their considerable constitutional authority to resist the administration’s plans. 

The alarming presumptions about criminal thoughts and motivations are likely unconstitutional, and should undergo rigorous scrutiny by the relevant oversight bodies. And Congress, instead of enacting new laws to authorize this dystopian overreach, should explicitly forbid it, for this administration and every one after.

If not, then we should all prepare ourselves for what comes next.

Pretty grim stuff.  I thought it was an interesting read.

What to Do About the Deep State?

With the Democrats preparing to install Merrick Garland as the consigliere for the Biden Crime Family it seems an appropriate time to consider exactly what kind of people make up the ranks of the managerial apparatus that runs our government.  It is instructive to see how the Justice Department functioned under the Obama regime and compare it to how it attacked the Trump Administration throughout that whole presidency.

During the time Obama was president his Attorney General was able to direct the policy of agencies like the FBI to attack police departments that attempted to prosecute minority offenders such as Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO regardless of the guilt of the criminals involved.  They were also glad to lend a hand in trying to criminalize self-defense as was the case with the Treyvon Martin case in Florida.  What seems clear is that Obama’s AG, Eric Holder, had no difficulty directing the agencies working under him to harass people Obama didn’t like and put their thumb on the scale to help even criminals if they were the right color.  And even when Obama’s term was almost completely finished the Justice Department was more than willing to begin an unjustified and traitorous witch hunt to hamstring the Trump Administration and delay the President’s ability to take control of the Justice Department.  I will add that the spineless behavior of Jeff Sessions went a long way to aiding and abetting the treachery going on in then Swamp by recusing himself from the investigation.  But it certainly didn’t look like they weren’t completely prepared to defy any and all attempts to stop them in their actions.

When the phony Russiagate investigation was finally completed Trump was able to bring in Bill Barr as his Attorney General.  And from everything I can tell in retrospective Barr is a full-fledged member of the Deep State.  His investigation of the Russiagate hoax never went anywhere.  One very low-level flunky who was identified as having perjured himself was given a slap on the wrist and returned to the fold.  The infamous Durham investigation has produced no indictments and empaneled no grand juries.  And based on what Garland has said at his Senate hearing he doesn’t guarantee that any report will ever appear at all.  From as much as we could gather from news reports, during the President Trump’s whole term in office the Justice Department, the intelligence agencies and the State Department defied his demands for action on almost all of his policy initiatives that involved reining in the Deep State.  Even when he directed classified documents to be declassified and released to the public nothing ever happened.  And once the travesty of the stolen elections unfolded the Justice Department under Bill Barr did nothing.

How I read this is that these government agencies see themselves as essentially beyond the control of the President of the United States and unless they agree with his agenda, they will use any and all means at their disposal to hamper his actions and avoid control by him.

Going back to when George W Bush was president, I can remember that the Justice Department also came after some of his personnel and used a special prosecutor to harass his Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs, Scooter Libby for years.  Based on this I have to imagine that these agencies are closely aligned with the world view of the progressive left.  As to the question of whether this alignment is ideological or pragmatic, I would guess it varies but probably sometimes it is both.

With the apparatus of the Executive Branch so firmly in the hands of people who refuse to cede power and authority to even the President of the United States it seems to me that if someone wanted to correct this situation it would require drastic measures.  I could imagine an Attorney General firing all of the bureau heads and the first few levels of reports to those bureau heads and then attempting to sort through the lower echelons to find employees who would be willing to follow orders.  But, if I were he, I’d bring some armed military personnel along with me to watch my back.

Of course, talking about cleaning up the Deep State may be a completely moot discussion.  I am not sure there will ever be another Republican president.  With the techniques used to fake the 2020 election it seems clear that the Democrats intend to falsify any election outcome that does not show them to have won.  Then the only avenue that can be explored is the idea of a state forbidding the Deep State from interfering in its sovereign affairs.  And that is a point of view that hasn’t been explored in over a hundred and fifty years.

Can the President Eliminate the Deep State?

Three and a half years into President Trump’s first term as President it would be fair to say that the United States government is still controlled to a great extent by a managerial class that works constantly and relatively unimpeded against the interests of the President and the Americans that voted him into office.

In order for his second term to have any lasting effect on the direction that this nation is headed President Trump will have to purge the Deep State from the executive branch agencies they control.  Can such a thing be done?  Has it ever been done before?  The answer to the second question is yes.  In the olden times a change of administration was the occasion for a massive purge of patronage office holders.  And to an extent that is still the case.  The agency heads are all political appointees that come and go as the party in charge is changed.  But the bureaucracy that serves below these appointees are permanent employees of the federal government and have job security that is almost bullet proof.  So as far as purging the Deep State the answer is at best a qualified “sort of.”  The rank and file drones working in the State Department, the Justice Department and the rest of the agencies are natural born progressives.  They live to interfere in the lives of ordinary people and relish the opportunity to exert their bureaucratic power on useful people that fall under their purview.  Even if many of the worst laws are eliminated these people will still make life hell for whomever they meet.  So, let’s assume this to be the case.

Be that as it may, the Deep State can be weakened substantially and the effort to do it should be the focus of the President’s efforts in a second term.  First and foremost, the Justice Department and specifically the FBI needs to be emptied of the viper’s nest that currently run it.  And if Barr won’t do it then he has to go first.  Why is Christopher Wray still the Director of the FBI?  He has obstructed the investigations into the Russia hoax and he has done next to nothing to stop the current insurrection that has gripped cities across the country.  Bill Barr has publicly praised Wray.  He acts as if the agency is working correctly.  That is simply not true.

Barr has talked about getting to the bottom of the hoax but he and Durham haven’t achieved anything after more than a year.  This more than anything makes it clear that he is afraid to destroy the status quo.  All of this must be crystal clear to President Trump.  So, what is his plan?

What seems to me to be the only way forward is to put someone in charge of the Justice Department who knows how it works but isn’t beholden to the network inside of it.  I’m not sure I know who could be that man but maybe Rudy Giuliani is right for that job.  He seems to be a true ally of the President and he was a federal prosecutor back before he was Mayor of New York.  And I think he would relish the chance to clean out the Justice Department.  But if Rudy isn’t the right guy maybe he knows who is.  Either way it’s critical that the second term start off by cleaning house of all the remaining top and mid-level cabalists in all the important department that are still obstructing and undermining the President’s efforts to fix the federal government.

So, to go back to the title of the post, can the President eliminate the Deep State, the answer is I don’t know.  But the rest of the answer is that he’s going to have to do it if he is going to survive.  These people are his mortal enemies and they’ll have to be destroyed for his sake.  And if there is going to be anything that fixes this country short of rebellion then getting rid of the Deep State is job one.  Let’s pray he succeeds.

Finally One of the Cabal Admits Guilt

Sure he’s the smallest fish and the evidence against him was undeniable but finally one of these creeps is admitting guilt.

The headline at the Federalist is “Kevin Clinesmith, Corrupt FBI Attorney Who Falsified Carter Page FISA Warrant, Expected To Plead Guilty.”

Clinesmith was the attorney at the FBI who tampered with a document so that it looked like Carter Page had been in contact with Russian agents without US government sponsorship.  In fact he had been working for the CIA and the FBI while in contact.  This was used as evidence for a FISA Warrant.

Finally, finally, finally.  Alright Clinesmith, now rat out the rest of the vermin and things will really get interesting.

 

Judge Emmet Sullivan Just Got Busted by the Court of Appeals

The Clown Prince of Injustice Judge Emmet Sullivan just got served with an order from the DC Court of Appeals to show why he hasn’t honored the Federal Government’s petition to vacate the prosecution of General Flynn.

DC Circuit Panel Orders Judge Sullivan To Respond Within 10 Days…

By some wonderful miracle two of the three judges on the panel are Republican appointees and it looks like old Emmet is headed for a spanking.  The order says he has to explain himself by June 1st.  Well ten days is a long time but I guess the General has been waiting three years already so it won’t be much of a stretch.

Hey, Could Bill Barr Really be Going After These Rats?

You know there’s nothing more comforting for someone who’s been burned before than the cynical pose.  You can sit back and make fun of all the suckers and mugs who really believe that the game isn’t fixed.  Well, as I declared just a week ago or so I don’t think Bill Barr intends to prosecute any of the Deep State Cabalists that attacked the Trump presidency, not even the low-level losers like Strzok and Page.  So much time has gone by that I concluded he was just marking time and running out the clock in order to appear to be investigating the offense but really just protecting the status quo.

But it’s a funny thing.  The small progress that has resulted in the charges against General Flynn being tossed out of court has stirred up a hornet’s nest of outrage from all corner of the Swamp.  Even the capo di tutti capi of the Swamp, Barry Obama resurfaced to complain that freeing an innocent man was an unheard-of innovation that never could have happened in his day.  And his minions rallied more than 2,000 of the swamp creatures to sign off on a letter condemning Barr for daring to recognize an illegal FBI prosecution of Flynn and urging the judge to refuse to dismiss the case.  And the media has been flooded with articles about the flurry of activity by the Justice Department:

  • Declassified Evidence Undercuts Clapper’s Testimony to Congress
  • Durham Moving “Full-Throttle”
  • Trump Implies Obama Link on Flynn, Labels Controversy “Obamagate”
  • Ex-DOJ, FBI Officials Call on Barr to Resign for Dropping Flynn Charges
  • Clinton Camp Knew About Plan to Have Steele Brief Media on Dossier
  • Search for Answers in FBI’s Mishandling of Flynn Case
  • 13 Unanswered Questions About Dismissal of Flynn Case
  • Why Did Obama Tell the FBI to Hide Its Activities?

Could I be wrong about Barr?  Is there still hope he’ll get something done?  I’ll have to admit that the prospect of seeing the Cabal languishing in some super-max prison is so exciting that it almost makes me faint but I fear disappointment so much that I would do anything rather than go off that cliff again.  Let’s look over the prospects.  It’s possible that Barr will allow for the investigation to free the wrongly accused and even expose the Obama minions who persecuted them to censure in a report that details the false prosecutions.  He could do that without actually indicting a single soul.  This would be a kind of “trial in the papers” exercise.  And if done during the election cycle it could have a good effect on President Trump’s numbers.  That’s sort of what I was saying last week.  This is the weakest of the positive outcomes Barr could be working toward.

The next higher outcome is the scapegoat.  That is where DOJ latches onto a stooge like Strzok and blames the whole mess on him.  He’s painted as a rogue agent who exceeded his authority and in an excess of zeal committed crimes that no one else recognized.  And Strzok will be allowed to cop a plea where he’ll get a slap on the wrist and the whole thing will be buried in some bureaucratic teachable moment exercise.  This is also a not unlikely outcome.  Strzok probably won’t even lose his pension and he can write a book about what a hero he was for zealously guarding the country against Russians.

Beyond this are the really unlikely outcomes.  Even the lesser cases involve the indictment of characters like McCabe, Comey, Clapper and Brennan.  These men all lied under oath.  There are documents attesting to their complicity in illegal activities.  Dragging all of this out in public would reveal to the public a partisan and disloyal intelligence community working against a duly elected President of the United States and routinely using tactics that would seem more at home in the soviet KGB.  This exercise would have the maximum effect on the public and would reinforce the opinion that the Democrats, the Deep State and the Media conspired to lie to the American public about the whole Russia-gate scam.  Potentially such an investigation and the indictments could go up as high as Obama.  There is no limit to just how much dirt could be unearthed if rats like Comey think they might be going to prison and needed to turn state’s evidence.

And this latter outcome is the one I find so unlikely at this point.  The damage to the FBI and the CIA would be massive.  After they see how corrupt these agencies are the public may be willing to see them weakened or even eliminated.  But somebody like Barr is almost a father figure to the Department of Justice.  Helping to chloroform the FBI might seem like murdering his own kids.  And for that reason, I don’t think he’ll ever unleash a full investigation that puts the blame where it really belongs, at the top.  At best he’ll target Strzok or possibly McCabe.  But no higher.

Let’s assume I’m right.  But if Barr really does decide to expose the crooked prosecution of President Trump’s men it will still be enough justification for a far-reaching purge of the Justice Department and the other intelligence agencies and that will be a very useful change for the next four years.

So where does this leave me?  Well, really back where we started from.  I still don’t know that Barr is going to do much of anything.  Could all the noise we’re hearing just be a bunch of nothing?  Yes.  For all I know this is just the smokescreen that is supposed to convince us that something will happen.  I still think that’s the likeliest outcome.

But I do have to admit that Barr’s lieutenants have unearthed a lot of evidence to show that all of the usual suspects did an awful lot of lying around the time of the incoming administration.  That alone is a valuable result.  It shows that the Russia-gate scam was just that and the Cabal knew it all along.  Surely that makes Barr a little more useful than I gave him credit for last week.  Bill Barr, I guess I underestimated you at least a little bit.  We’ll soon see just how much.