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Last September I published a column on the famous Op-Ed "Anonymous" that was published in The New York Times on Sept. 5, 2018. I quoted several of the many responses to it, both positive and negative. One that I still think is most apt came from a friend and political colleague of mine:

"Written by a senior official of the Trump administration who prefers wisely to remain anonymous in order to protect the sub rosa 'resistance' to the capricious whims of a president with an incapacitated sense of morality this Op-Ed breaks new ground in world history. For the first time in our history, a high-ranking insider reveals the determination of a broadening group of patriots who are committed to protect and defend our nation from the moral, professional and personal insanity of President Donald Trump."

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I then noted the following from the text of the Op-Ed:

"Don't get me wrong. There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more. But these successes have come despite -- not because of -- the president's leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective."

And then, a major "however" from one of the letters to the New York Times commenting on the column:

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"Conspiring to keep an unfit president in office in order to promote the political agenda of his advisers has not avoided a constitutional crisis, but created one [emphasis added. President Trump's attacks on Congress, the judiciary, [his own FBI and Justice Department], and a free press are the threat to our democracy, not his removal."

And quoting from my earlier column further, this time from myself:

"I think that this person is firm right-winger somewhere in the Administration, White House most likely. Trump has gotten done the three main Repub. policy goals which they have never been able to achieve to this degree before: the tax cuts for the rich and the large corporations, the massive de-regulation program and vast curtailment of other Federal government programs (e.g., in housing, education, and the protection of the environment --- what Steve Bannon termed 'the Deconstruction of the [Federal] Administrative State'), and (to invent a term) the 'Right-Winging' the Federal Court System.)"

"So, in the thinking of 'Anonymous,' because Trump is so stupid, ill-educated, and difficult to work with, and is now deviating from some of central policies, it is time to dump him, if that is at all possible certainly before 2020. For if, in their view, he were to somehow survive Mueller as well as his terrible state of physical and mental health, enough to run then, he would get the nomination courtesy of his racist base but would then be destroyed in the general election, along with the rest of the Party."

And one more quote from me:

"By the way, I see [John] Bolton at the center of what is going on now in the White House internal struggle highlighted by Bob Woodward's book. In fact, he might even be Anonymous. For let us not forget that it was Bolton who apparently on his own cancelled Trump's self-announced meeting with Vladimir Putin, scheduled for before the mid- terms, and put it off until January [at least], Bolton who announced the closing of the PLO offices in Washington, and Bolton who is on the attack again against the DPRK. As I have noted elsewhere, Bolton may well have been thinking that Trump might not be in office in January."

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Which brings us to the present time, Trump's sudden announced withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and the Mattis resignation. (On the withdrawal itself, while I have been a firm critic/analyst of U.S. imperialism for decades, this particular pull-back does give me pause. It will likely lead to the slaughter of tens of thousands of Kurds, a slaughter led by the Turks. Of course, they have plenty of experience in such things. See "The 40 Days of Musa Dagh. ") Trump made this decision unilaterally, against the advice of Sec. Mattis. In terms of traditional U.S. post World War II imperialism, it makes no sense.

As do bunches of other unilateral Trump decisions/policies not make sense, like tariffs, like trade wars, like criticizing the Fed. (which Presidents are not supposed to do), like picking Acting Attorney General and A.G. nominees solely because they have advocated for shutting down the Mueller investigation, like the concurrent partial pull-back in Afghanistan, like the Trump-frenzy over "The Wall," like the frenzy of his immigration policy overall

If you look closely, many decisions that Trump makes have nothing to do with any rationality, even from the perspective of U.S. capitalism-at-home-imperialism-abroad. They have to do with "he can make them because he can make them, without interference either from Congress or, by rule, from within his Administration itself." By why Syria, why now, and why is Mattis leaving all-of-a-sudden, when there have been other occasions in the past that might have pushed him out the door?

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I tweeted POTUS today that he was on the right track, repudiating the war mongering and corrupt politicians. I hope he doesn't get assassinated like JFK was by his own people.

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Yes, and this has nothing to do with sympathy for Trump. One "wise" thing he did was run with Mike Pence.

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There has been "a slow-motion coup underway" against Trump for more than two years now--led by globalist traitors to the U.S. Constitution.

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+1!

Gotta love that word "dossier". Such an ordinary word in French, but in English, it's a fancy word for "paid-for propaganda".

Also interesting is how an actual political opponent is not only allowed to pay for such a thing, with no repercussions, but is allowed to accuse others of the same type of crime, while practically demanding the death penalty.

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Ironic, indeed.

Of course, some folks are smooth enough to conduct official U.S. State Department business on non-regulation servers, and never answer for it. Which is just another way of saying, "refuse to answer for it."

Nothing to it: Just gotta remember that laws are for the little people.

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Amen. Of course connected elites got some free intelligence to further their portfolios, but we will never dive into this story until we sweep the elites away.

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Hey Pablo!

Of course you know the coup started many decades ago. I am not sure when it started, perhaps it started when they darkened the skies with the founding of the US federal reserve system, or selling off gold and stealing some of the proceeds to create the IMF, or the break from the gold reserve standard or the assassination of JFK...who knows?

The question is not what I am going to do about it, but what are You going to do about?

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I believe it started with ALL the disasters of 1913.

1. Creation of the USA Federal Reserve

2. Change of USA Senators from Representatives of the States to additional Representatives of the people.

3. The USA Income Tax which takes the peoples money or else.

4. Creation of the ADL to belittle people who disagree with what the USA Government does.

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The answer? A big fat NO! There is no slow motion coup underway. The coup has already occurred. Trump is a counter revolutionary, not the sort that most of us who want too take down the global elites would prefer, but one that is effectively unbalancing and disrupting the globalist hegemony schedule. By the way what currency are you going to switch to as the dollar further turns into sh*t?

If they kill him, it should be The signal for the real human history as the day that every last one of 90% united to permanently wipe out the elites... before they wipe us out. It is silly to believe that an incompetently government schooled individual such as the current president could possibly manage an organization that he has little control over. How soon will it be before the military announces that Trump is no longer commander in chief and that for national security reasons they will ignore the president's statement to withdraw? They used Ashton Carter to kill 62 Syrian militarists just as Kerry and the Syrians had executed a cease fire nearly two years ago. So they know how to ignore the US President.

Apparently there are least 33,000 deep state mercenaries. Will they make a move? Is the plan ready to execute? We have our diversion. Let's use it to take back our sh*t.

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Seems the black budget deep state has its own military, separate from the pentagon and more technologically advanced. guess that is where we might find that missing 23 trillion dollars.

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The swamp is dark. The swamp is deep. Space is much bigger than Trump imagined.

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Nothing that wasn't planned when they installed him.

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Trump will go down as one of the greatest presidents of our brief history and the man who saved the Constitution. Popcorn ready.

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I do hope you are joking...

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He may not be joking.

There's the huge, ironic possibility that Trump may, thanks to his detachment from reality, unintentionally force a few things out in the open that can't be put back in the vault. Such a thing could "accidentally" reclaim some lost rights.

Talk about strange times.

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As long as he goes down ...

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hahahahaha.

And you must mean the man who soiled the constitution

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To Trump's defense, he didn't know any of the Constitution any better than anything else.

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I'm shaking my head slowly... After all this time I've been away, and still the anti-Trump fest goes on.

Surely you know that Bush 1, Clinton, Bush 2, and Obama soiled the Constitution before Trump, but your visceral hatred of Trump has blurred your vision. Worst, Obama - Mr. Constitutional Scholar - knew better than anyone what he was doing.

Surely you also know that Hillary would have been no better than Trump. The US seems incapable of fielding or electing true patriotic leaders.

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So people hate Trump so much they fight for More War? The Syria war WAS - and is - Illegal and a war crime - The Democrats are now the Endless War party? Disgusting I want no part of these people who think it's our job to occupy another country -

Quit stirring up the world for christ sakes - we can't even defeat the Taliban in their caves - besides anyone with a clear thinking head knows the USA and Saudi Arabia are funding and supporting ISIS. Masters of War I hope you soon find yourselves in the dust bin of history!

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Sometimes illegal is no crime.


Sometimes what seems right is not.

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Russia ate my homework! Blah blah blah Sick of hearing about it Show some proof! And then talk about the USA meddling in country's and their elections - It's sickening - the endless war will either bankrupt us or destroy us in a nuclear holocaust. MAD still applies whether one likes it or not - even to the fools running our foreign policy and those that buy their lies

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I might add the USA has 12 if not more military bases Inside Syria -


When did America become so insane that we can illegally occupy a country against their wishes?


Imagine a country setting up a military base inside America! We'd nuke them if need be - yet it's a-OK if we do it?


Heck we cry if Russia lands a pkaNE in Venezuela -


Insanity and the vast majority of Americans are either all for it or simply don't care.


Blowback will come from this level of hubris.

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"When did America become so insane that we can illegally occupy a country against their wishes?"



Ever since American voters forgot that politicians work for the people, and allowed greedy, compromised political hacks to become subcontractors for the central bankers, corporations and unelected bureaucrats who represent New World Order globalism.

Stretching the U.S. military thin across the globe, and forging it into the spearhead of the one-world-government U.N. police force--much like destroying America's manufacturing base--was designed to weaken the United States financially and demoralize its spiritual will.

Fascism is the merger of corporate and state power--i.e., a corporatocracy. While most of its citizens' attention was diverted by television and the gaudy materialism it purveys, globalists snuck the foundation of totalitarian fascism under the nose of America.

Now it must be dismantled. Otherwise, the entire world is at stake.

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Thanks for returning to Opednews. You say the very things I want to (although you say them better than I could) so I simply have to hit the "thumbs up" button. Believe it or not Trump is doing what he intended. He may not be draining the swamp, but he certainly is exposing it. He has been demonized as "out of control" by the Presstitute Media Propagandists (PMP), which he was until Kissinger (a figure in the take-over group) got his ear. To those take-over conspirators, Trump is still a loose cannon and it will be interesting to see how they corral him. They have used the JFK approach, they have used the Nixon approach, and they have used the Reagan approach.

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I developed a rule at some point in the last two decades, Dennis: Anything that sends apoplectic shock waves through what you referred to as the "Presstitute Media Propagandists" is, without question, beneficial. The fact that the current president of the United States does so with such vehemence speaks, to my mind, of the resurging health of the executive branch--and the nation itself--after half a century of torpor and dissolution.

Not sure if I'm back or if I never left, Dennis, but thanks for the kind words, all the same.



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"I might add the USA has 12 if not more military bases Inside Syria "


You might but it is misleading.

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I'm sad to see Steven Jonas' logic clouded by the distraction device that is "Russiagate."

While I have a great deal of respect for Mr. Jonas, the Russians have no part, large or small, in influencing Trump. The entire evidence-free "Russiagate" hysteria is a construct of the neo-liberals and/or Hillary worshipers.

If Steven Jonas knows of evidence linking Russia or Putin to influence in our elections, or linking them to some type of blackmail of Trump, he needs to get in touch with Mueller immediately, as Mueller would dearly love to have something - anything - on Trump that links him to the Russians. So far, he doesn't have jack.

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If they are truly concerned with our elections being influenced by foreign countries IMHO it would be fruitful investigation Israel and AIPAC. I know, AIPAC is not a registered foreign agent, but shouldn't it be?

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If they were truly concerned about election theft all they really have to do is read a Greg Palast book - he already did the hard work - problem is its the Republicans stealing elections while the Democrats act the part of the Washington Generals -

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What is even more incredible is that the Alabama Senate race was influenced by Americans pretending to be Russians, and no one seems to find that remotely troubling regarding democratic principles. See click here and .rt.com/usa/447031-democrats-election-meddling-alabama/

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When Trump "boasted" about "Draining The Swamp" he surely opened up a "Pandora's Box" he hardly ever expected with his "tweet" comment - "it's so important to audit the Federal Reserve", ("the Fed" had never been fully, independently audited in over a hundred years) he tweeted, and thereby instantly and forever more created a powerful (#FederalReservePower) and unforgiving, even hostile foe, i.e., the Fed Chairman Powell's rapid, incessant interest rate hikes are causing the Stock Market to "tumble" and with it perhaps Trump's entire Presidency as well ("9 IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES" #SignThePetition).

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After reading many economic analyses and opinion pieces, I believe the FED has no choice but to gradually raise interest rates. In the 2007-08 crash, lowering interest rates offered a partial short term fix. However, if rates are as low as possible, this fix would not be viable for the new crash coming. The fact that the market is reacting so crazily is due to it being a house of cards, not sustainable at current levels. The party is coming to an end.

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I pledge resistance to the flag, the Constitution, and all the politicians and patriots of the Terrorist States of Amerika.

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