Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

The Deep State Goes to War with President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer

By Glenn Greenwald

The Intercept

Dwight Eisenhower delivered his farewell address after serving two terms as U.S. president; the five-star general chose to warn Americans of this specific threat to democracy: “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” That warning was issued prior to the decadelong escalation of the Vietnam War, three more decades of Cold War mania, and the post-9/11 era, all of which radically expanded that unelected faction’s power even further.

This is the faction that is now engaged in open warfare against the duly elected and already widely disliked president-elect, Donald Trump. They are using classic Cold War dirty tactics and the defining ingredients of what has until recently been denounced as “Fake News.”

Their most valuable instrument is the U.S. media, much of which reflexively reveres, serves, believes, and sides with hidden intelligence officials. And Democrats, still reeling from their unexpected and traumatic election loss as well as a systemic collapse of their party, seemingly divorced further and further from reason with each passing day, are willing — eager — to embrace any claim, cheer any tactic, align with any villain, regardless of how unsupported, tawdry and damaging those behaviors might be.

The serious dangers posed by a Trump presidency are numerous and manifest. There are a wide array of legitimate and effective tactics for combatting those threats: from bipartisan congressional coalitions and constitutional legal challenges to citizen uprisings and sustained and aggressive civil disobedience. All of those strategies have periodically proven themselves effective in times of political crisis or authoritarian overreach.

But cheering for the CIA and its shadowy allies to unilaterally subvert the U.S. election and impose its own policy dictates on the elected president is both warped and self-destructive. Empowering the very entities that have produced the most shameful atrocities and systemic deceit over the last six decades is desperation of the worst kind. Demanding that evidence-free, anonymous assertions be instantly venerated as Truth — despite emanating from the very precincts designed to propagandize and lie — is an assault on journalism, democracy, and basic human rationality. And casually branding domestic adversaries who refuse to go along as traitors and disloyal foreign operatives is morally bankrupt and certain to backfire on those doing it.


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  1. An interesting example is that 1 million people, cording to a source on Facebook, marchEd against Isis in the ME. According to that source they got no mainstream coverage. Yet I saw a Facebook post from the Huffington post that show 300 women marching against Trump. That is the power of the media that they are well aware of. It’s as if those million people Had never matched at all as the event gets lost in time, and by constantly replaying the 300 women it’s as if 300 million had marched. Or at least it may seem that way in the minds of corporate media viewers. The corporate media it’s more like a game, strategy, a tool of deception and a way to invent reality in anyway they choose. They are like magicians whatever they wish to conjure up in their papers and newsfeeds can become our incorrectly perceived reality and influence opinions and actions future action. for the 300 trump protesters maybe known to half 1 billion people because of the media, while the million ISIS protesters they only be known by themselves and their families, maybe 5 million people.

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