Trump lost

Hail to the generals

By Mark Luedtke

I keep waiting for President Trump, one day on camera, to pull off a Mission: Impossible-style mask and reveal himself as Hillary Clinton.

As soon as then-candidate Trump won the election, deep state rulers initiated a coup. Wikipedia describes the deep state: “Although the state within a state can be conspiratorial in nature, the deep state can also take the form of entrenched unelected career civil servants acting in a non-conspiratorial manner, to further their own interests (e.g. continuity of the state as distinct from the administration, job security, enhanced power and authority, pursuit of ideological goals and objectives, and the general growth of their agency) and in opposition to the policies of elected officials, by obstructing, resisting, and subverting the policies and directives of elected officials.”

That’s a great description of what the deep state did to Trump. They started with the phony story that Trump colluded with Russia to steal the election. They ousted Trump’s National Security advisor Michael Flynn in less than a month. According to Wikipedia, since then Trump has lost Reince Priebus, Katie Walsh, K.T. McFarland, Sean Spicer, Mike Dubke, Anthony Scaramucci, Boris Epshtein, George Gigicos, Carl Ichan, Stephen Schwarzman, and Josh Pitcock. Most recently Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka left.

To fill the voids, Trump appointed military generals, a bunch of them, all pillars of the deep state. This is why Trump, who won the election against warhawk Clinton by promising to withdraw from counterproductive wars, is getting American troops mired more deeply in those wars.

The coup didn’t take long. It was over by August. Against the deep state’s overwhelming power to lie to shape public opinion, Trump never had a chance.

We know the coup is complete because both House Democrat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and powerful Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein suddenly speak well of Trump. Pelosi said she likes Trump supporters. Feinstein hopes Trump serves his entire four year term.

The consequences are horrific. Deep state rulers produced phony intelligence claiming the Syrian government gassed its own people to draw Trump deeper into Syria. They used wargames to threaten to nuke North Korea to spark a crisis there. Trump escalated the long lost war in Afghanistan.

Pat Buchanan asks: Shall we fight them all? Surrounded by warhawks, Trump is threatening to start more wars in Korea, Iran, and Venezuela. He’s escalated wars everywhere else. Buchanan opines, “Apparently, US wars in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Somalia are insufficient to satiate our War Party. Now it wants us to lead the Sunnis of the Middle East in taking down the Shiites, who are dominant in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and South Lebanon, and are a majority in Bahrain and the oil-producing regions of Saudi Arabia.”

US aggression has eroded relations with China and Russia as well. Buchanan concludes with another question, “Was this what America voted for, or is this what America voted against?”

We also suffer at home. Judge Andrew Napolitano notes, “ … we are the most spied-upon people in world history and … the president himself has been a victim.”

Brian Wilson suggests we are ruled under a paradigm of mutually assured blackmail. “Considering the players and the stakes, is it not logical to conclude the vice president, attorney general, cabinet, SCOTUS and the entire congressional contingent have all been similarly surveilled by the so-called Intelligence Community to control with blackmail and extortion all aspects of what was formerly known as constitutionally limited representative governance?”

America’s Founding Fathers wisely placed the military under civilian control, but that’s over. Now the military and associated spy agencies control the civilian government.

The domination of our government, and therefore of our lives, by the deep state is what President Eisenhower warned us about 70 years ago. It’s a predictable consequence of perpetual war. Many of us warned it would happen.

Military idolatry is out of control. The other day, half of the Dayton Daily News’s headlines were about Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as if nothing else matters. Military idolatry infects every sporting event and parade. Military personnel receive special benefits at nearly every store and restaurant.

This will end one of two ways: downsizing or bankruptcy. Americans can’t afford perpetual war. Far better to end the wars on our terms than to have their end forced on us. If we choose bankruptcy instead of ending wars on our terms, the enemies our rulers made over generations will follow our troops home and attack us here.

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