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Again, The Deep State Goes Shallow: "Reality-TV Coup d'etat in Prime Time"

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This article was first published on February 21, 2017, one month after Donald Trump was sworn in as president, more than two-and-a half years ago. What was true then is even truer now, and so I am reprinting it with this brief introduction since I think it describes what is happening in plain sight today.

Now that years of Russia-gate accusations have finally fallen apart, those forces intent on driving Trump from office have had to find another pretext. Now it is Ukraine-gate, an issue similar in many ways to Russia-gate in that both were set into motion by the same forces aligned with the Democratic Party and the CIA-led Obama administration.

It was the Obama administration who engineered the 2014 right-wing, Neo-Nazi coup in Ukraine as part of its agenda to undermine Russia. A neo-liberal/neo-conservative agenda. This is, or should be, common knowledge. Obama put it in his typically slick way in a 2015 interview with CNN's Fareed Zakiria, saying that the United States "had brokered a deal to transition power in Ukraine."

This is Orwellian language at its finest, from a warmonger who received the Nobel Prize for Peace while declaring he was in support of war. That the forces that have initiated a new and highly dangerous Cold War, a nuclear confrontation with Russia, demonized Vladimir Putin, and overthrown the elected leader of a country allied with Russia on its western border, dares from the day he was elected in 2016 to remove its own president in the most obvious ways imaginable, seems like bad fiction.

But it is fact, and the fact that so many Americans approve of it is even more fantastic. Over the past few years the public has heard even more about the so-called "deep state," only to see its methods of propaganda become even more perversely cynical in their shallowness. No one needs to support the vile Trump to understand that the United States is undergoing a fundamental shift wherein tens of millions of Americans, who say they believe in democracy, support the activities of gangsters who operate out in the open with their efforts to oust an elected president. That so many, out of their hatred of Trump, have convinced themselves that these gangsters are only doing their patriotic duty and are honest and truthful patriots is a sign that they have lost their ability to think for themselves, if they ever had it. Propaganda rules the U.S.A.

We have crossed the Rubicon and there will be no going back.

Feb. 27, 2017

"In irony a man annihilates what he posits within one and the same act; he leads us to believe in order not to be believed; he affirms to deny and denies to affirm; he creates a positive object but it has no being other than its nothingness." Jean-Paul Sartre

It is well known that the United States is infamous for engineering coups against democratically elected governments worldwide. Voters' preferences are considered beside the point. Iran and Mosaddegh in 1953, Arbenz in Guatemala in 1954, Indonesia and Sukarno in 1965-7, Allende in Chile in 1973, to name a few from the relatively distant past. Recently the Obama administration worked their handiwork in Honduras and Ukraine. It would not be hyperbolic to say that overthrowing democratic governments is as American as apple pie. It's our "democratic" tradition - like waging war.

What is less well known is that elements within the U.S. ruling power elites have also overthrown democratically elected governments in the United States. One U.S. president, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated because he had turned toward peace and opposed the forces of war within his own government. He is the lone example of a president who therefore was opposed by all the forces of imperial conquest within the ruling elites.

Others, despite their backing for the elite deep state's imperial wars, were taken out for various reasons by competing factions within the shadow government. Nixon waged the war against Vietnam for so long on behalf of the military-industrial complex, but he was still taken down by the CIA, contrary to popular mythology about Watergate. Jimmy Carter was front man for the Tri-Lateral Commission's deep-state faction, but was removed by the group represented by George H. Bush, William Casey, and Reagan through their traitorous actions involving the Iran hostages. The emcee for the neo-liberal agenda, Bill Clinton, was rendered politically impotent via the Lewinsky affair, a matter never fully investigated by any media.

Obama, CIA groomed, was smoothly moved into power by the faction that felt Bush needed to be succeeded by a slick smiling assassin who symbolized "diversity," could speak well, and played hoops. Hit them with the right hand; hit them with the left. Same coin: Take your pick - heads or tails. Hillary Clinton was expected to complete the trinity.

But surprises happen, and now we have Trump, who is suffering the same fate - albeit at an exponentially faster rate - as his predecessors that failed to follow the complete script. The day after his surprise election, the interlocking circles of power that run the show in sun and shadows - what C. Wright Mills long ago termed the Power Elite - met to overthrow him, or at least to render him more controllable. These efforts, run out of interconnected power centers, including the liberal corporate legal boardrooms that were the backers of Obama and Hillary Clinton, had no compunction in planning the overthrow of a legally elected president. Soon they were joined by their conservative conspirators in doing the necessary work of "democracy" - making certain that only one of their hand-picked and anointed henchmen was at the helm of state. Of course, the intelligence agencies coordinated their efforts and their media scribes wrote the cover stories. The pink Pussyhats took to the streets. The deep state was working overtime.

Trump, probably never having expected to win and as shocked as most people when he did, made some crucial mistakes before the election and before taking office. Some of those mistakes have continued since his inauguration. Not his derogatory remarks about minorities, immigrants, or women. Not his promise to cut corporate taxes, support energy companies, oppose strict environmental standards. Not his slogan to "make America great again." Not his promise to build a "wall" along the Mexican border and make Mexico pay for it. Not his vow to deport immigrants. Not his anti-Muslim pledges. Not his insistence that NATO countries contribute more to NATO's "defense" of their own countries. Not even his crude rantings and tweets and his hypersensitive defensiveness. Not his reality-TV celebrity status, his eponymous golden tower and palatial hotels and sundry real-estate holdings. Not his orange hair and often comical and disturbing demeanor, accentuated by his off-the-cuff speaking style. Surely not his massive wealth.

While much of this was viewed with dismay, it was generally acceptable to the power elites who transcend party lines and run the country. Offensive to hysterical liberal Democrats and traditional Republicans, all this about Trump could be tolerated, if only he would cooperate on the key issue.

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Can we wonder what the Dem leaders will say if Trump's pullout of Syria leads to a more peaceful world?

I see a difference between my good friends, mostly Dems and their party leaders and the difference for me is Liberals aren't Liberal anymore.

Love and Peace

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Very true, Jim. The old sense of liberal is gone, as is the old sense of conservative - among the pols.

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I consider Senator George McGovern to be perhaps the last true liberal to hold office.

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I've been saying for a while that we live in a hologram. I do still wonder sometimes if reality has just become so ugly that most people would rather embrace the illusion than have to confront that ugly reality so long as they get to live a comfortable existence. The test will be what happens when that comfortable existence becomes unbearable scarcity for the majority?

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Lois,

Since, as Ray McGovern just said in an interview, it is the mainstream media that basically controls people's minds, the odds are that the illusion will continue. Depressing but true. Ed

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Thanks again, Ed, for saying this for me.

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Thanks, Nels

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"out of their hatred of Trump---they have lost their ability to think for themselves

"Trump's fatal mistake was saying that he wanted to get along with Russia, ---end the war against Syria and pull the U.S. back from foreign wars."

Some really classic lines in this article, like the two above. I am sure liberal Democrats are going to hate it.

So, let's talk Syria. It is absolutely disgustingly amazing to see neocon Republicans and liberal Democrats line up together so obviously. As Curtin might say, the parties of war are hiding in plain sight: "We are abandoning our allies the Kurds". Really?

Since when have the Kurds be our allies? They have always been pawns that the US, CIA and Special Forces have used and abandoned. Sadly, the Kurds keep falling for US promises of a state of their own.

Since when has the US ever kept a promise?

In Iraq the CIA did the same thing to the Kurds in the 1980's and 1990's. When Saddam Hussein's forces attack in force the CIA bugged out, leaving the Kurds to be gassed by Saddam Hussein with chemical weapons that the US sold to him.

The parties of war say the US is in Syria to fight ISIS, when everybody should know that is a lie. The US has always been in Syria to overthrow Bashar al Assad. The US created the mujahideen, al Qaeda, ISIS and dozens of other terrorists groups in order to overthrow non-compliant governments.

The US didn't defeat ISIS, it was the Russians who defeated ISIS---does anybody remember the videos of Russia bombing the convoys of tanker trucks with blackmarket oil going to Turkey that the US couldn't see for years.

Do people remember why the US is trying to overthrow the democratically elected government of Venezuela? Yes, people's memories are very short. After a few months of the government and media saying that Maduro is a dictator, people start to believe that is why the US is killing Venezuelans with a blockade.

Trump even said it out loud when he came into office: "Look at all the oil in Venezuela; why aren't we at war with them?"

Actually the US has been at war with Venezuela since 1999 when Hugo Chavez was elected and decided to use Venezuela's oil for the people. Chavez even gave heating oil to poor Americans until 2008.

I could go on, but I won't. It is all too depressing.

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All you say is true. Thank you. Pax, Ed

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How many folks don't even realize you're speaking straightforward truth,

David William? It's all so dreadfully pitiful.

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The more we hear about "the deep state" and begin to grasp its definition, the more we will have descended down the rabbit hole. Soon this "deep state" will be offering courses on what it is, how it operates, and why it must stay hidden while it "exposes" itself.

Yes. That says it perfectly. Soon we'll have "Deep State" experts pontificating on CNN.

Bravo, Ed!

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Thanks, Philip.

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