“Obviously strongly prefer normal democratic and constitutional politics. But if it comes to it, prefer the deep state to the Trump state.” – Neocon Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard.
Do “progressives” (and Bushite neoconservatives) hate Trump and “the deplorables” so much that they would sell their collective souls to the “deep state” to take Trump out? I hope not but I think many would happily do it. And that is a very sad development.
Trump is challenging the establishment at the core and the establishment is scared and is fighting back. So what if Trump is president? Washington DC is the bureaucrat’s town. It’s our swamp and we are well paid and powerful and we prefer to stay well paid and powerful thank you very much.
Some “progressives” are being used to wage war against the new president, in classic “useful idiot” style.
Trump is a mixed bag for America, he’s got serious crony tendencies and trade barriers are not wise, but he’s really bad news for many of the entrenched interests in the government. The reason Trump is being met with such opposition is because the bureaucrats are scared of him. The folks in the streets chanting the latest talking points? Those folks are for the most part window dressing.
(From Democracy Now!)
And you go—this is not just about Russia. You go all the way back to the campaign, and what you saw was that leading members of the intelligence community, including Mike Morell, who was the acting CIA chief under President Obama, and Michael Hayden, who ran both the CIA and the NSA under George W. Bush, were very outspoken supporters of Hillary Clinton. In fact, Michael Morell went to The New York Times, and Michael Hayden went to The Washington Post, during the campaign to praise Hillary Clinton and to say that Donald Trump had become a recruit of Russia. The CIA and the intelligence community were vehemently in support of Clinton and vehemently opposed to Trump, from the beginning. And the reason was, was because they liked Hillary Clinton’s policies better than they liked Donald Trump’s. One of the main priorities of the CIA for the last five years has been a proxy war in Syria, designed to achieve regime change with the Assad regime. Hillary Clinton was not only for that, she was critical of Obama for not allowing it to go further, and wanted to impose a no-fly zone in Syria and confront the Russians. Donald Trump took exactly the opposite view. He said we shouldn’t care who rules Syria; we should allow the Russians, and even help the Russians, kill ISIS and al-Qaeda and other people in Syria. So, Trump’s agenda that he ran on was completely antithetical to what the CIA wanted. Clinton’s was exactly what the CIA wanted, and so they were behind her. And so, they’ve been trying to undermine Trump for many months throughout the election. And now that he won, they are not just undermining him with leaks, but actively subverting him. There’s claims that they’re withholding information from him, on the grounds that they don’t think he should have it and can be trusted with it. They are empowering themselves to enact policy.