From Matt Taibbi, Recently:
If we engage in Times-style gilding of every lily the leakers throw our way, and in doing so build up a fever of expectations for a bombshell reveal, but there turns out to be no conspiracy – Trump will be pre-inoculated against all criticism for the foreseeable future.
The Russian false narrative dates back to WWII, when the Soviet Union was a necessary foil for threat inflation to justify greater military budgets. Thank God they launched Sputnik or we’d never have made it to the moon.
But that was then and this is now. Those generations of persistent nuclear threat have produced Russian ABM defenses without equal. They also excel at the battlefield level with superior electronic warfare and air power. Meanwhile, NATO assets are ancient and no match for Syrians and Iranians, much less Russia. Nevertheless, neocons have them placed on the Russian border, having broken a post-Soviet treaty promising not to.
The US no longer makes rocket engines and must rely on Russia for them in order to launch satellites. In other words, we haven’t been preeminent technically for awhile. So, it isn’t surprising that the government responsible for these failures managed to lose an election necessary to keep them in power.
From Caitlin Johnstone:
The Democratic party’s primary goal is not to take back power from the Republicans. That goal is secondary at best. No, the number one priority of the Democratic party’s ruling elites is to keep real progressives from taking control of the United States government…
They’ve built their entire careers on propping up the oligarchy; it’s all they know and it’s all they’ve got…
As bad as Trump is, a world war with a nuclear superpower is unquestionably worse.
Trump’s reckless reform efforts offer an unprecedented target environment for an engaged opposition and its media machine. His Goldman Sachs and Zionist appointments have caused the plutocrats to understand they’ve backed the wrong horse. So, in addition to disbelief, the Dems will sooner or later lose the support of those to whom they’ve sold their souls. NPR has a story up today about Russians and is about to be defunded for it.
The demise of the Dems and the MSM will not affect the oligarchs, but does signal the heralded fall of the salary class, as political and media replacements are found on the ascending right. Eventually, liberals will regain power and effectively challenge the Right, which by then will have caused untold useless cruel lost opportunity, suffering and death. Being from North Carolina, ALEC’s Libertarian and Christofascist test tube, I know this to be true.
The Clintons have not only destroyed the Democratic party. Their continued dominance of the Left prevents the emergence and organization of authentic criticism of the Right. The status quo leaves no one but 9th circuit judges to issue defenseless edicts against Trump’s immigration policies. Pundits are worried no one will oppose Trump in 2020, but at this rate, the world will look very different by then, ruining prophecy.
What Trump has signaled with his appointments is a desire to protect the interests of the plutocrats at the controls of actual power, should a convenient divorce from Obama and the Clintons be arranged. At present, with the assistance of Wikileaks, Trump’s war against Deep State is going well. The Russian false narrative is no longer getting traction and so a realignment is in the offing.
Trump’s tight bonding with the military restores hope and confidence damaged by Obama and allows normal relations with foreign governments to resume. This respect for professionals will serve the new administration well as they place their imprimatur on agencies made less Byzantine.
As we have seen, Trump’s appointments and policies are designed to have maximum shock value, assuring that the opposition is too busy reeling for effective response. The rapid fire pace of announcements keeps the Dems focused on tactics and unable to develop strategy. Trump’s methods would have worked against formidable opposition. They are fantastically successful against a regime more concerned with holding on to the party.