‘Absolutely Apocalyptic’ Bullshit

With these generals, it was less disagree and commit than disagree and resist.
With these generals, it was less disagree and commit than disagree and resist.

The new year began as the old year ended – with the establishment up in arms over generals leaving the Trump administration. How would the world survive the departures of John Kelly and James Mattis?

“Today has just been a cascade of what would be generally seen as absolutely apocalyptic news in any other presidency…Let’s start tonight with the resignation of the Secretary of Defense James Mattis,” Rachel Maddow lamented.

“Apocalyptic.” Forget about war or disease or poverty. The apocalypse is when America’s elected president is no longer supervised by the unelected ruling establishment. They even gave it a name – the “Committee to Save America.” It included not just the military’s Mattis and Kelly, but Exxon’s Rex Tillerson and Goldman Sachs’ Gary Cohn.

The Committee to Save America. Have you ever heard anything more smug, more pompous but — most importantly — more anti-democratic? Because it turns out that the Committee to Save America was really the Committee to Save the American Establishment. Its aim was to stop the president from delivering populist election promises.

On trade, Trump promised to “renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal to get a much better one for our workers and our companies.” He also said, “fixing our trade deals will be the foundation of our economic revival.” This is what Americans voted for.

But, as reported by Bob Woodward, James Mattis — yes, Trump’s own defense secretary — plotted to block the president’s trade policy. Woowdward wrote: “Mattis and Cohn agreed. Together they would fight Trump on this…They met for lunch at the Pentagon to develop an action plan…One cause of the problem was the president’s fervent belief that annual trade deficits of about $500 billion harmed the American economy. He was on a crusade to impose tariffs and quotas despite Cohn’s best efforts to educate him about the benefits of free trade. How could they convince, and in their frank view, educate the president?”

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See Also:

(1) Obama Ethics: Another law enforcement agency found corrupted

(2) Sen. Mitch McConnell has a problem – And it’s Donald Trump (Jack: The author is clearly wrong on this but the column is interesting because she makes a few good points.)

(3) How about a taxpayer shut down?

(4) Trump adviser Bolton says U.S. will only leave Syria once ISIL is beaten, Kurds safe

(5) Joe diGenova: ‘Cardinal’ James Comey — The man who destroyed the FBI

(6) Pelosi, Nielsen clashed during border-security meeting: ‘I reject your facts,’ House speaker said, according to report

(7) Manufacturers under Trump had best year for jobs since ’97

(8) U.S. economic resilience spells Chinese model’s doom

(9) ‘Gun-toting hippies’ greet Boulder ‘assault weapons’ ban with mass non-compliance

(10) Iran Sanctions Are Working

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Obama Ethics: Another law enforcement agency found corrupted

A Senate memo has blasted another law enforcement agency for corrupt behavior: the U.S. Marshals Service.

‘Target America’ under Obama. In random order. First was the ATF (Fast & Furious). Then it was the IRS (Lois Learner attacking the Tea Party). Then it was the FBI (too many to list). Same for the DOJ. Same for the CIA. Now, it’s America versus the U.S. Marshall’s Service.

Et tu, Brutè.