by L. Reichard White
Even if you're not a Trump fan, there are some things you just shouldn't bring up in public and/or polite company. It isn't necessarily that they're impolite, it's just that you'll call unwanted and embarrassing attention to things best left hidden under the carpet.
Start with those 13 Russian “ ham sandwiches” Mr. Mueller—with a lot of help—managed to conjure up and then indict for “meddling” in the 2016 U.S. election in February of last year.
It's not that, as the justice system aphorism goes, a D.A. can get his Grand Jury to indict even a ham sandwich, it's that it took Mr. Mueller and Company over a year and a lot of taxpayer money to do it without a Grand Jury.
And it's not so much that he then attempted to block a defense motion for a quick trial. It's not even that, as the indictment admits, there was no collusion and no effect on the election.
No, what's embarrassing is the overwhelming U.S. media/pundit consensus that 13 Russian ham sandwiches somehow “threatened our democracy.”
In his final flurry of indictments, Mr. Mueller added a few more Russian nationals, dubiously connecting them to the DNC leaks.
Too much James Bond is it?
If the Russians are that scary and powerful, either we're doomed or maybe the DNC should hire them for the next election.
Besides, as nearly everyone knows, countries try to influence each other all the time. The U.S. Government is particularly influenced by Israel and their AIPAC, etc. And that's on a regular basis, not just during elections. As Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu put it, “America is a thing you can move very easily.”
Now that's embarrassing. Shhhhhh!
But it's in the “keep it under the carpet” department where the real problems lie.
It's the U.S./CIA record of messing in other folks' elections. For example, elections held by our archenemies Australia and New Zealand. As in the U.S. coup sacking democratically elected Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and messing with the re-election of New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange for example.
And when that doesn't work out, the CIA/government amalgam dials-up regime change and/or an assassination even in New Zealand.
The problem that needs to be kept under the carpet is that the U.S. Government does this sort of thing regularly and pretty much everywhere. Like this—
Since World War II, during a supposed golden age of peace, the United States military has killed some 20 million people, overthrown at least 36 governments, interfered in at least 82 foreign elections, attempted to assassinate over 50 foreign leaders, and dropped bombs on people in over 30 countries. The United States is responsible for the deaths of 5 million people in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, and over 1 million just since 2003 in Iraq.—U.S. Wars and Hostile Actions: A List
Given this championship U.S. Government/CIA “meddling ” as the standard, it might be more appropriate to claim the Russian amateurs participated in the 2016 election rather than meddled. If they really did.
And there's another thing we don't want to call attention to. Mr. Trump's spotty record as chief U.S. arms salesman and head cheer-leader for Eisenhower's Military IndustrialCongressional Complex, you know, the “MIC”.
It's true, like the pro he is he has successfully pimped arms sales to Saudia Arabia and is helping them bomb yet another mid-east country, Yemen this time, back to the Stone Age.
As the Industrial part of the MIC knows, you can bomb people into prosperity: The people who make the bombs get rich.
And to his credit and against international law—which is now the U.S. Government standard—in two seperate actions, he managed to launch a total of over 180 cruise missles at targets in Syria. Which pumped Raytheon stock nicely. And he did it with inferior narratives and no credible evidence.
On the other hand, by naming the U.S./S.Korean so-called “joint military exercises” what they really are—“war games” and “provocations”—and making progress in denuclearizing the Korean peninsula by talking face-to-face with Kim Jong Un, he's endangering one of the biggest MIC boondoggles outside the continental U.S., namely the 35,000 troop S.Korean garrison and the military logistics to maintain it.
So shhhhhhhh! Do not talk about that Mr. Trump!!
In fact, whatever you do, don't talk to any folks who have been scripted as your enemies! Remember what happened when you talked directly face-to-face with Kim Jong Un for example.
Worse, as you pointed out in your much maligned media event with Russia's Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, you might let slip that your enemy is really only you're competitor instead—and could even become your friend.
Be careful! As the MIC knows, this is very dangerous. Without Russia as the Essential Villain—and Kim Jong Un plus North Korea etc. as understudy and supporting cast—how would you bamboozle U.S. taxpayers into accepting that bloated trillion dollar “defense” budget with its huge yearly budget deficit?
So for goodness sakes Mr. Trump, SHHHHHHHHHH!
And there's another problem with Mr. Trump. As thoroughly demonstrated in his July 13 media event with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May in London and again at the Helsiki event with Mr. Putin, Mr. Trump is opposed to nuclear weapons.
Donald Trump: Proliferation, to me, is the biggest problem in the world. I understand nuclear. I used to talk nuclear with my uncle. It is the biggest problem the world has, so if we can do something to reduce them, maybe it's a dream, but it's a subject I will bring up with him [Putin]. —Donald Trump-Theresa May press conference, July 13, 2018
Donald Trump: ...nuclear proliferation in terms of stopping, have to do it, ultimately that's probably the most important thing that we can be working on.... We [Russian and U.S. Governments] have 90 percent of nuclear power between the two countries. It's ridiculous. .... Transcript: Trump And Putin's Joint Press Conference : NPR
He and Mr. Putin were clearly on the same anti-nuke page in their two-hour closed door confab in Helsinki as well.
But that threatens the whole nuclear weapons industry including the on-going trillion dollar nuclear upgrade. For chrissake Mr. Trump, shhhhhhhhh!
Not to worry though, the MIC has skills. And it controls large swaths of U.S. Main Stream Media.
The most rabid anti-communists I've ever met are just about everyone who experienced first-hand the system which, as the unofficial mantra goes, “promised us worker's paradise but gave us the other place instead.”
None the less, fueled by the continuing propaganda they feed us, the MIC amalgam successfully exploits the confusion Americans have between the old communist USSR and today's anti-communist Russia.
So we need not fear for the MIC. It's managed to create and maintain enough paranoia to fuel debates like the one below, even betweem really serious thinkers such as Glen Greenwald of The Intercept vs. Joe Cirincione, president of prominent anti-nuke Ploughshares Fund—
You'd think anti-nuke Mr. Cirincione would be the one arguing the Summit was “Crucial Diplomacy Between Nculear Powers” but you'd be wrong. Score another one for the MIC!
And, as you can see, the media division of the machine has already managed to postpone another dangerous-to-the-MIC summit—
It's clear from these headlines that what has now metastacized into the MilitaryIndustrialCongressionalMediaBanking Complex— Deep State for short—is completely capable of protecting our elites' income and interests. They have managed to convince nearly everyone that a handful of amateur Russian ham sandwhiches who may have participated in a U.S. election are more important—and scarier—than nuclear annihilation.
They're right aren't they?
HERE f or updates, additions, comments, and corrections.
AND, “Like,” “Tweet,” and otherwise, pass this along!
L. Reichard White [send him mail] taught physics, designed and built a house, ran for Nevada State Senate, served two terms on the Libertarian National Committee, managed a theater company, etc. For the next few decades, he supported his writing habit by beating casinos at their own games. His hobby, though, is explaining things he wishes someone had explained to him. You can find a few of his other explanations listed here.