Speculation: The Op Ed in the NY Times was published to coincide with the publication of Bob Woodward’s new book. And it was also to coincide with the news that the Trump regime had been having discussions with Venezuelan military officers about staging a coup.
Further speculation: As part of the deal between “Anonymous” and the NY Times, the author(s) of the Op Ed gave the Times details about the plan to topple the regime in Venezuela.
It then raises a new and even more disturbing set of questions: The Op Ed is not just about Trump’s insanity, instability, random episodes of rage and the fact that he is wholly unprepared for the complexity of the job, but it is also about the off stage bureaucratic war between the Trump-supporting fanatics like John Bolton and the only by comparison to Bolton less fanatical Mike Pompeo on one side, and on the other, Kelly and Mattis and their cadres – including but not limited to, members of the NSC, and the intelligence agencies including those at the DIA which then bring on board the Joint Chiefs.
Missing amid all the breathless speculation about who wrote the Op Ed is the CIA’s freshly minted new DCIA Haspel who, with her sociopathic attachment to torture could either be the adventurous type, who wants to use the Langley Way on Venezuela – and to make a big reputation affirming splash with her new boss. Or perhaps she has – as happened with some of predecessors – been swallowed by the bureaucratic machine?
The wilderness of mirrors makes certainty impossible.
Consider that JFK, as to Trump as a hawk is to an amoeba, was foisted on the petard of plans inherited from the Eisenhower regime and it’s possible that cadres in various corners of the imperial death star bureaucracy dusted off old ideas, and pushed them to the unstable Trump who being a lunatic, and momentarily distracted from FOX, said sure let’s do it.
But regardless, it seems unlikely that plans to overthrow the government in Venezuela just happened to find its way to the Times at the same time as the Op Ed. (Though for all we know, a reporter from the Times got the details on their own in a separate channel).
What seems more likely is that plans to stage coups, assassinate leaders around the world, and to drag the country into a war somewhere with no reason beyond Trump’s lunacy and the sadomasochism of Bolton, and assorted malignant trolls like Stephen Miller, or Rambo wanna-be Erik Prince,* has prompted some within the regime to fire a shot over the dome of the Capitol building.
Not a dramatic as the Bat Signal but far more frightening because it’s real, and there are no superheroes only ordinary people who must find the courage to become extraordinary, and recall that grace under pressure, means you must face the risk of failure but act as if refusing to try is a kind of hell in which there is no possibility of redemption.
For details on the plans to topple the government of Venezuela, see the following:
*A word about Erik Prince vis the Venezuela coup. Prince is of course some sort of near cartoon or Batman style villain with tracks reaching back to the Bush Cheney adventure in Iraq – a set of war crimes and assorted catastrophes for which we are still paying, and for which the culprits will never see the inside of a court let alone a cage.
Prince and his mercenary company, Black Water, have since been rebranded, in the soft patois of the corporate psychosis meets Blade Runner crowd, and he has also been linked to meetings in the Caribbean with assorted Russians and Arab sheiks – all on behalf of Trump and apparently being examined by Robert Mueller. That Mueller was a major majordomo in the Bush Cheney junta – heading the Hoovers – and therefore may have his own strange Pynchonian connections to Prince is another alternate dimension in the kaleidoscope of spy vs spy vs spy.
But we digress.
The thing about Prince and Venezuela and Trump and a coup, is that it’s exactly the sort of half-baked, completely stupid idea, that would make sense to an armchair warrior like Trump, and would be a perfect beta test for Prince’s new merc force. Keeping in mind that there were rumors recently that Trump was considering “privatizing” the war in Afghanistan and that Prince would be selected as CEO or warlord, to oversee operations – or, plantations, in a Mista Kurtz Heart of Darkness 2.0 carnival of postmodern mayhem. Sort of William Gibson meets Joseph Conrad.
But beyond even that potential episode of psychosis, there is this: if letters are being whisked off the president’s desk, and the so called “resistance” is thwarting the president, and perhaps also blocking people like Prince and Bolton and Miller and Bannon (each with their own agenda and a enemy of my enemy is my – temporary – friend sense of morality which places them somewhere to the right of the SS) then one must consider bureaucratic fiefdoms placing their eyes and ears inside other offices. As in, back in the end times phase of the Nixon regime the Joint Chiefs placed a spy of their own inside Kissinger’s office, and Kissinger in turn had gone behind Nixon’s back to tell the military to check all of the president’s orders with Kissinger and Schlesinger first.
Thus one should logically speculate that Kelly and Mattis and god knows who else, all have their own people spying for them.
On the surface there is something so absurd about all of this that one could be forgiven for finding it all funny – even in a macabre way, but still funny.
And, it is funny but that doesn’t also mean it isn’t deadly serious. Former DCIA Brennan said after the Op Ed was published, that this is going to get worse before it gets better and that it can’t continue.
Calling Trump a spark for a constitutional crisis has been overused by the never miss a cliché establishment media, but the truth is one could make the case that there has been a constitutional crisis since the utterly unconstitutional Patriot Act was passed and Nancy Pelosi said, we have to vote on it before we can read it.
Handing out blank checks to the Hoovers is never a good idea, and voting to allow corporations to have the status of people is so Orwellian that were he alive to hear about it our George would say – I can’t write about that. No one would ever believe it because it’s too absurd.
Now the crisis has reached a fever pitch if not a terminal phase. Trump is insane. Senior members of the regime are in open rebellion. The House and Senate are paralyzed by blood feuds, turf wars, ideological cases of the delirium tremens, and the asinine need to raise money with the same devotion junkies use to score a fix.
Say what you will about Brennan but ignoring his sense of the danger is itself dangerous.
This will almost certainly get worse before it gets better.