Earlier today, an anonymous New York Times op-ed, I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration, ignited another Trump meltdown. In the first minutes after reading this op-ed, I was angered at the smug self-righteous tone and disgusted by the dereliction of duty to actively engage in this:
“The erratic behavior would be more concerning if it weren’t for unsung heroes in and around the White House. Some of his aides have been cast as villains by the media. But in private, they have gone to great lengths to keep bad decisions contained to the West Wing, though they are clearly not always successful.
It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room. We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.
The result is a two-track presidency.”
Our constitutional system bestows the power to a duly elected president, not to a bunch of selected presidential staffers.
However, within a short while, after thinking about this op-ed and the bigger picture events of the President now completely surrounded by FOX News Spin Force advisors, a disturbing thought struck.
I believe this op-ed was not meant to reassure Americans that there are adults in the room, as the op-ed writer confided. This op-ed was meant to incite President Donald J. Trump. Coming right on the tail of the news media revelations yesterday of White House staffers unflattering comments about Trump, this was timed to push Trump over the edge and egg on more erratic firings and chaos.
Two of the main targets the news media consistently works to incite Trump against are the two remaining generals, John Kelly and Jim Mattis. They were part of the mainstream media Woodward spin, quoting comments attributed to both generals that were very insulting of Trump. They both issued statements refuting the Woodward quotes, but now along comes this letter, which went into detail of the foreign policy/national security efforts to thwart Trump’s impulses.
This op-ed sure smells like an orchestrated hit to prod Trump to oust the generals and stable foreign policy/national security advisers.
There are determined players behind the “GOP Insurgent” who really want way more than to see the GOP burn to the ground. Their “drain the swamp” rhetoric brims with imagery of a coming American civil war and urgings of “burning down the entire system in Washington”.
I firmly believe this op-ed letter was meant to prod Trump into more rash and erratic behavior – especially mass firings from within his inner circle. This op-ed assuredly was not meant to assuage concern or reassure Americans.
The most vital question, now more than ever, is for our national security experts to get a handle on the scope of our scorched earth SPIN information war and identify hostile foreign influences.
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That guy (Hognose) taught me a lot, back in the day – too bad he ain’t no longer around.
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Interesting read JK, lol. With all of the Trump-baiting in the mainstream media SPIN timelines tell the story and there are always undercurrents in the effort to paint Trump as deranged & push the 25th Amendment theme. This op-ed fits that mold, being timed to run following the Woodward revelations.
The other side of the SPIN info war, worries me a great deal too and that is the FOX News & agitprop punditry, who prod Trump toward extremes, fanning his paranoia about a vast “deep state” working to take him down or urging him to rash actions. These agitprop pros work to manipulate Trump just as much as the Left’s. Both groups work tirelessly to create chaos, undermine Trump at every turn, but there’s also a constant effort to get him to turn on his own national security/foreign policy team. The stories fueling Trump to distrust Kelly and Mattis have become a steady feature of the spin from both SPIN factions.
I believe the real goal of the big players driving this SPIN infor war is to collapse the American system by creating constant chaos. Trump is just a tool both sides manipulate and incidental to the real goal – destroying the institution of the American presidency.
That link of yours offering a retrospect of Trump’s visit to the CIA reminded me of an early media SPIN effort, that has been repeated numerous times since – the Trump big military parade. In January 2017, the Stop Trump’s Inauguration by any means necessary was in full-swing. The Huffington Post ran a piece with one unnamed source asserting:
“They were legit thinking Red Square/North Korea-style parade,” an inauguration team source told The Huffington Post, referring to massive military parades in Moscow and Pyongyang that are often interpreted as displays of aggression.” https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_58811f4ae4b096b4a23091f7/amp
That was based on ONE unnamed source and the mainstream media went wild spinning that Huff Post “reporting” like mad to generate a SPIN attack to work to discredit Trump and feed the effort to stop Trump’s inauguration, barring that to delegitimize Trump.
The media has run this Trump big military parade SPIN gambit numerous times since. ONE unnamed source fed a full-blown mainstream media spin feeding frenzy and none of them bothered to do any independent investigating before spreading that HuffPost story.
Seen the news?
You’re probably gonna (figuratively, hopefully) kill me here but:
Thanks JK, I’ll listen to this later today.