The Enemy Within: Trump vs. the Deep State

A perfect time to post this message from Chris Hedges. I agree that with or without Trump, the path of imperial downfall and associated evils is unavoidable. Only a spontaneous, nation-wide violent revolution can change the course of this slice of history. Think Germany 1933, when Hitler was made chancellor. At that point, anyone could have been a Hitler. The time to prevent totalitarianism and ensuing bloodshed would have been a couple of years before and it would have required another bloody revolution. Likely Germany, then France, would have joined the Soviet Union. International banksterism and ascendant US corporate power wasn’t going to let that happen. They aided and abetted Hitler. Today they are aiding and abetting two ascendant powers: China and Russia as America is being abandoned to become the wasteland of the empire. Be that as it may, let’s look at what this article has to say.  Any highlighting is mine. (Sha’Tara)
By Chris Hedges

Abridged by Lasha Darkmoon with brief commentary
November 11, 2019

(191111-The Enemy Within: Trump vs. the Deep State)

Is Trump an enemy of the Deep State . . . or is he secretly working for it?

“Trump committed political heresy when he dared to point out the folly of unchecked militarism. He will pay for it. The war between the deep state and Trump began the moment he was elected.” — Chris Hedges

Our democracy is not in peril. We do not live in a democracy. (It’s the image of our democracy (that) is in peril.)

Trump’s most unforgivable sin in the eyes of the deep state is his criticism of the empire’s endless wars, even though he lacks the intellectual and organizational skills to oversee a disengagement.

The deep state committed the greatest strategic blunder in American history when it invaded and occupied Afghanistan and Iraq. Such fatal military fiascos, a feature of all late empires, are called acts of “micro-militarism.” Dying empires historically squander the last capital they have, economic, political and military, on futile, intractable and unwinnable conflicts until they collapse.

They seek in these acts of micro-militarism to recapture a former dominance and lost stature. Disaster piles on disaster. The architects of our imperial death spiral, however, are untouchable.

The clueless generals and politicians who propel the empire into expanding chaos and fiscal collapse are successful at one thing—perpetuating themselves. No one is held accountable. A servile press treats these mandarins with near-religious veneration. Generals and politicians, many of whom should have been cashiered or put on trial, are upon retirement given lucrative seats on the boards of the weapons manufacturers, for whom these wars are immensely profitable. They are called upon by a fawning press to provide analysis to the public of the mess they created. They are held up as exemplars of integrity, selfless service and patriotism.

LD: The trendy phrase “deep state” appears to be the latest euphemism for international Jewry and their elite non-Jewish collaborators in the big corporations and military-industrial complex. These include the generals, bankers, corporatists, lobbyists, intelligence chiefs, government bureaucrats, technocrats, evangelical Christians, and the fawning presstitutes of the main stream media. All these gentile sycophants of Big Jewry have one thing in common: they are all passionate Zionists for whom the state of Israel is sacrosanct. They would rather see America go up in flames than suffer the loss of a single acre of stolen land in Occupied Palestine. [LD]

(I would caution getting all twisted up over the author’s use of “Jewry” and “Jewish” in this context. This is not a lesson in political correctness, this is an exposé of anti-life elitist collaboration. Substitute “Zionism” for “Jewry” and problem solved. – S’T) 

After nearly two decades, every purported objective used to justify our wars in the Middle East has been upended.

The invasion of Afghanistan was supposed to wipe out al-Qaida. Instead, al-Qaida migrated to fill the power vacuums the deep state created in the wars in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen. The war in Afghanistan morphed into a war with the Taliban, which now controls most of the country and is threatening the corrupt regime we prop up in Kabul.

The deep state orchestrated the invasion of Iraq, which had nothing to do with the attacks of 9/11. It confidently predicted it could build a Western-style democracy and weaken Iran’s power in the region. Instead, it destroyed Iraq as a unified country, setting warring ethnic and religious factions against each other. Iran, which is closely tied to the dominant Shiite government in Baghdad, emerged even stronger.

Then there is the fiasco in Syria. The deep state armed “moderate” rebels in Syria in an effort to topple President Bashar Assad, but when it realized it could not control the jihadists—to whom it had provide some $500 million in weapons and assistance—the deep state began to bomb them and arm Kurdish rebels to fight them. These Kurds would later be betrayed by Trump.

Next was Yemen. The “war on terror” spread like a plague from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya to Yemen, which after five years of war is suffering one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters. The financial cost for this misery and death is between $5 trillion and $8 trillion. The human cost runs into hundreds of thousands of dead and wounded, shattered cities, towns and infrastructure and millions of refugees.

Trump committed political heresy when he dared to point out the folly of unchecked militarism. He will pay for it. The deep state intends to replace him with someone—perhaps Mike Pence, as morally and intellectually vacuous as Trump—who will do what he is told.

The removal of Trump from office would not threaten corporate power. It would not restore civil liberties, including our right to privacy and due process.

It would not demilitarize the police or champion the rights of the working class.

It would not impede the profits of the fossil fuel and banking industries.

It would not address the climate emergency.

It would not disrupt the warrantless surveillance of the public.

It would not end extraordinary renditions, the kidnapping of those around the globe considered to be enemies of the state.

It would not halt the assassinations by militarized drones.

It would not halt the separation of children from their parents and the warehousing of these children in filthy, overcrowded conditions.

It would not remedy the consolidation of wealth and power by the oligarchs and the further impoverishment of the citizenry.

The expansion of our prison system and of black sites throughout the world, sites where we torture, would continue, as would the gunning down of poor, unarmed citizens in urban wastelands.

Most importantly, the catastrophic foreign wars that have resulted in a series of failed states and wasted trillions of taxpayer dollars, would remain sacrosanct, enthusiastically embraced by the leaders of the two ruling parties, puppets of the deep state.

The impeachment of Trump, despite the enthusiasm of the liberal elite, is mostly cosmetic. The entire political and governmental system is corrupt. Corporate lobbyists write the laws. The courts enforce them. There is no way in the American political system to vote against the interests of Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, AT&T, Amazon, Microsoft, Walmart, Alphabet, Facebook, Apple, Exxon Mobil, Lockheed Martin, UnitedHealth Group or Northrop Grumman.

We, the American public, are spectators. An audience. Who will be seated when the game of musical chairs stops?

Will Trump be able to hold on to power?

Will Pence be the new president?

Or will the deep state elevate a political hack like Joe Biden . . . or, God forbid, Hillary Clinton?

And what if the deep state fails?

The war between the deep state and Trump began the moment he was elected. Former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper—both now paid news cable commentators—along with former FBI head James Comey soon would accuse Trump of being a tool of Moscow. Intelligence agencies leaked salacious stories about “pee tapes” and blackmail, plus reports of “repeated contacts” with Russian intelligence. Brennan, Clapper and Comey were quickly joined by other former intelligence officials. Their attacks were then amplified by former senior military leaders.

The Russia conspiracy, after the release of the Mueller report, proved to be a dud. The deep state actors, however, were re-energized by Trump’s decision to pressure the government of Ukraine to investigate Biden. Trump, this time, seems to have given his deep state enemies enough rope to hang him.

The impeachment of Trump marks a new and frightening chapter in American politics. The deep state has shown its face. It has made a public declaration that it will not tolerate dissent, although Trump’s dissent is rhetorical and ineffectual.

The effort to impeach Trump sends an ominous message to the American left. Its resources to destroy those on the left are nearly inexhaustible.

There are no internal or external checks on the deep state.

The deep state will further expand the social inequality that has thrust half of Americans into poverty or near poverty, strip us of our remaining civil liberties and feed the rapacious appetites of the military and the war industry.

The resources of the state will be squandered as the federal deficit balloons. The frustration and feelings of stagnation among a disempowered and neglected citizenry, which contributed to the election of Trump, will mount.

There will come a moment of reckoning, as there has during the last few days in Lebanon and Chile. Social unrest is inevitable. Any population can be pushed only so far.

Trump, in the end, is not the problem. We are.

And if the deep state fails to rid itself of Trump it will, however reluctantly, use him to carry out its dirty work.

Original source: Truthdig

“Trump, if he manages to survive, will get his military parades.
We will get, with or without Trump, tyranny.”
— Chris Hedges

15 thoughts on “The Enemy Within: Trump vs. the Deep State

  1. Hyperion

    Fawning Presstitutes. My new favorite. I see the Libertine Presstitutes and their Libertine followers all getting the shock of their lives when they finally realize the real conquerers are Russia, China, and Iran. Who would have thunk it? I’m practicing my adaptability depending on who gets first dibs on the America’s.

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      So many new and improved terms to remember. “Fawning presstitutes” does suit them very well. I was yet to reach my twenties when I realized it would be impossible to have any sort of free press that ran ads or commercials. How could a paper publish an article less than savory about, say, McDonalds while collecting fees for full page ads? Would McDee fund its own negative image? Hello? The death of honest, open, free journalism was guaranteed long ago… and carefully executed. (Pun intended)

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      1. Hyperion

        It’s all true. My ex wife is the director for a dozen newspapers that all live or die on selling ads. She is one of the last old school that believes journalism should inform and educate the public in a neutral voice. In other words, tell it like it is, not like your favorite political group wants it. Sadly she admits that true journalism is over and no media mogul will let the truth stand in the way of a good lie that brings in the cash. Journslists are rewarded for lying but they are also the scape goat when the lie is challenged. Fake News is real. We know it’s real, but we like it that way.

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      2. Sha'Tara Post author

        Journalists, teachers, scientists, doctors – those in the front lines do what they’re told or suffer the consequences. Those with a conscience… quit. The rest make out well. “Mentez, mentez, it en resteras toujours un peut.” (Lie, lie, some of it always sticks.)

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      3. Hyperion

        This too is truth. Success is about the lies not the accomplishment. The lies become our truths and there is consequences but as long as it is somebody else paying the bill, we’re fine with it.


    2. Sha'Tara Post author

      Practising adaptability. Indeed. That’s how I am going to take it. People here believe, for the most part, that Canada is such a free country and China is such a vile dictatorship. Here we can go anywhere (she says) and in China you can’t travel. Uhhuh… whatever, but where is your freedom to “travel anywhere” when you can’t even make your monthly payments without maxing lines of credit and charge cards? You don’t need to wear chains to be a slave. China, Russia, local warlord, its the price we must pay for having lived in and enjoyed the perks of an imploding empire. We’ll do what the Romans had to do and some will survive, some always do.

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      1. Hyperion

        Very true. In my travels to all the world’s continents, I noticed people we scoff at as backwards and uncivilized were truly free because they had no bonds on their time and labor. Freedom is an illusion in the west. We fool ourselves and believe it.


  2. Sha'Tara Post author

    Thanks George. Take your time – speed read through, must of that I’m sure you know already – it’s common sense to any thinking person. Yes I leave my posts up – I don’t use images or videos to the space used is minimal. I keep thinking I have to spend a day or two just going over my dog’s breakfast of a blog, delete about 2/3 of it, maybe use a different theme, but for that one would need that little thing called …TIME! Who knows where the time goes? Time for some Judy Collins…


  3. Phil Huston

    Devil’s advocate here. The background noise behind Trump has been building since the turn of the last century. And there’s this – without a platform or a candidate and only a superficial, noisy smear campaign behind them TRump has no real opposition. Many of our recent historical leaders have conducted much filthier arm twisting. Trump at least adorns himself with his frist ammendment right to say whatever he wants, regardless of the DUH factor. Something many have forgotten in this PC is everything, fuck what history tells us climate.
    Truth – Everyone needs a scapegoat. And while they’re so busy trying to brand one the world slips further into its own cesspool.


    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Not sure I follow. There seems to be two lines of argument here. Trump, well, Trump will be Trump – everybody knows that now. Impeachment is too good for him. Manacles and an orange jumpsuit and good riddance. How that causes “the world” to slip into a cesspool seems like national hubris. I America goes down, chances are the world will be better off. In fact, no, not chances, but certainly. Then, without America, it will take a bit longer but “the world” will proceed to build a beautiful cesspool and jump into it, hook, line and sinker. What’s that line again? “It’s the people, stupid!” (This is a line, I’m NOT, NOT, NOT calling YOU stupid, Phil.) BTW, I’m still re-reading and mulling over your latest episode, “Put a Bow on it” ( Quite a story you have going there.


      1. Phil Huston

        My point was while an army of people with their own agendas tries to brand one man for bad behavior, bad behavior continues to run amok, unchecked. Endless resources stopping one man is the usual MO. While we check his bags for contraband nuclear weapons are changing hands, ethnic cleansing remains rampant based on (pick synonym for stupidity). Abolishing one scapegoat is not the answer to the problem. Scarier still, make him a martyr and one more powerful will emerge!


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