Yes, we are all captivated by the Trump – Un battle of the small penises to see who can be the first to lob a nuclear missile at the other.  And, yes, we should be a bit worried about all this bluff and bluster since who knows where this latest fantasy WWF blood match might end up.  But while you were distracted by the threat of nuclear war, there were other things going on.  About three layers down, burbling quietly beneath the surface below nuclear war and Mitch McConnell, is the McMaster “scandal.”  I put scandal in parentheses only because it’s only a scandal if you are a right wing believer in conspiracy theories and believe that McMaster is a part of the Obama Deep State apparatus out to overturn Trump. 

About a week ago, right wing “news stories” began popping up that slimed White House National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster, in what seemed to be criticism surrounding the firing of a few NSC staff members.  Not such a big deal, one would think, given the employment in the White House is not only “at will” but “at whim” or so it seems.  Why not elsewhere in the Trump Administration?  Remember, it was McMaster who replaced General Michael Flynn when Flynn's background and associations came under scrutiny and is now under investigation by the Special Counsel.  McMaster is a life-long military guy with a chest full of medals and was a battlefield commander during the 1991 Gulf War.

I paid scant attention to the initial reports of some right wing campaign against McMaster even when they began popping up on the mainstream media.  “Just some more White House and Trump Administration chaos,” I thought.  Until yesterday when I ran across an Atlantic article that exposed the reason for the smear campaign against the National Security advisor.  And it has nothing to McMaster’s qualifications but has everything to do with “Whose side is he on: Bannon’s, Miller’s and Gorka or the traditional politico White House contingent” (such as this is).   McMaster’s mistake?  Firing people at the National Security Council.  And not just any people.  The wrong people according to the right wingers. 

Here’s a quote from the Atlantic article:     

It’s come from all corners. Breitbart News, the website Bannon controlled as executive chairman before joining the Trump campaign, has produced a flurry of negative stories about McMaster over the past two days, accusing him of “purging” dissenters and kowtowing to “holdovers” from the Obama administration. Fox News host Sean Hannity has tweeted about McMaster, saying he might need to go. Radio host Laura Ingraham has also weighed in, tweeting that “Obama holdovers at NSC or State Dept who are leaking should do real time for these leaks. Why has McMasters fired actual Trump supporters?” The Daily Caller published an interview with two former NSC officials attacking him, accusing him of undermining the president’s foreign-policy agenda. Circa, a site owned by the conservative Sinclair Broadcasting company, published a letter Thursday that McMaster sent months ago to his predecessor Susan Rice, in which he informed her that she could keep her security clearance. It’s a standard letter, but it has caused a furor in light of the ongoing controversy over unmasking.

The provocative right-wing blogger and activist Mike Cernovich has launched a sustained attack on McMaster, including setting up a website called When it launched, the main page displayed a large cartoon of the Rothschilds controlling a George Soros puppet, which in turn controlled puppets representing McMaster and former CIA director David Petraeus. (The hand labeled “Rothschilds” has since been relabeled “Saudis.” Cernovich told me he changed it because complaints about the cartoon’s anti-Semitism are “not a hill to die on,” and “if everybody wants to complain, then fine—I’ll just put the Saudis at the top.”)
Cernovich’s criticism isn’t new: He has been going after McMaster for months, as well as other top NSC aides like Dina Powell and more junior staffers. Others in the right-wing media “are finally catching up to where I was three or four months ago,” he told me. But the recent staffing changes spurred him to intensify his effort.

But the spark that caused McMaster to clean house at the NSC and set the right wing world ablaze is a radical right wing five page ideological piece authored by Rich Higgins, an NSC staffer, who McMaster fired.  Below are a couple of excepts from Higgin’s thesis:

Through the campaign, candidate Trump tapped into a deep vein of concern among many citizens that America is at risk and slipping away. Globalists and Islamists recognize that for their visions to succeed, America, both as an ideal and as a national and political identity, must be destroyed. … Islamists ally with cultural Marxists because, as far back as the 1980s, they properly assessed that the left has a strong chance of reducing Western civilization to its benefit. Having co-opted post-modern narratives as critical points, Islamists will co-opt the movement in its entirety at some future point. (NOTE! Communist take over of Russian revolution against the Czars, N Vietnamese against the South, Maoists against the democratic forces against the Chinese dynasty.)

As used here, "political warfare' does not concern activities associated with the American political process but rather exclusively refers to political warfare as understood by the Maoist insurgency model. Political warfare is one of the five components of a Maoist insurgency. Maoist methodologies are described as synchronized violent and non-violent actions. This approach envisions the direct use of non-violent operations arts and tactics as elements of combat power In Maoist insurgencies, the formation of a counter-state is essential to seizing state power. Functioning as a hostile compete state acting within an existing state, it has an alternate infrastructure. Political warfare operates as one of the activities of the "counter-state." Political warfare uses non-violent methods such as participation that undermines the morale or offers to engage in discussions, as a adjunct to violence. Political warfare methods can be implemented at strategic, operations, or tactical levels of operation.

Political warfare is warfare. Strategic information campaigns designed to delegitimize through disinformation arise out of non-violent lines of effort in political warfare regimes. They run on multiple lines of operation, support the larger non-violent line of effort, are coordinated with violent lines of effort, and execute political warfare agenda promoting cultural Marxist outcomes. They principally operate through narratives. Because the left is aligned with Islamist organizations at local, national and international levels, recognition should be given to the fact that they seamlessly interoperate through coordinated synchronized interactive narratives … These attacks narratives are pervasive, full spectrum and institutionalized at all levels. They operate in social media, television, the 24-hour news cycle in all media and are entrenched at the upper levels of the bureaucracies …

Political Warfare has been described as "propaganda in battledress."

Note the terms used in the Higgin’s conspiracy meme:  Cultural Marxists; Political Warfare; Marxist Outcomes; Left aligned with Islamists; Islamists ally with Marxists.  Do these terms sound familiar?  Remember that this guy was employed by the United States Government in the National Security Agency and he was promoting this garbage to other government folks on government time.  Sure, one can “explain” the appropriateness of penning such an “option” for the conduct of American security efforts but in order to do this you would have to ignore the way over the top characterization of liberals and progressives as Marxists allied with Islamists.  This is fake.  It’s false.  It’s made up shit.  It’s fantasy.  This, apparently, was a stretch too far for rational, if conservative, McMasters.  On the other hand, Bannon, Miller, and Gorka who share precisely the same views as Higgins are still on the Federal payroll and also are engaged in sliming McMaster. 

If any of this is a surprise to you then you haven’t been paying attention.  Rush Limbaugh and Alex Jones plus literally hundreds of right wing web sties have been in the process of creating this connection – Liberals = Marxists; Progressives = Commies; Liberals = America Destroyers  – for at least a decade now.  And in right wing world it has become a fact that we liberals are Marxist Commies dedicated to overthrowing the current rule of law in the United States.  Those interviews of Trump supporters?  This is what they believe about us. So when does “opinion” become “provocation?”  When do “words” become “battle cries?”  When does “Free Speech” become “Demented Idiocy?”

It’s no big secret that Trump and his Administration when it comes to policy initiatives, are pretty much guided by conservative and right wing “theories” rather than facts, data and statistics.  Viz:  The Muslim Travel Ban that ignores the reality that our domestic terrorists have been U.S. citizens living right here in the United States.  Viz: The Mexican Border Wall based on the “theory” that Mexicans are pouring over our southern border and taking jobs from Americans.  Both are simply false.  Both premises are statistically untrue.  Viz: It’s the Obama Holdover Deep State that’s the cause of Trump’s failures.  (No comment necessary.)   Plus, Trump seems quite comfortable with the authoritarian aspects of the Bannon, Miller and Gorka purveyors of the Deep State, government de-construction and “fuck the law and decency as long as we get what we want” ideological memes.   

The unfortunate reality of the situation we find ourselves in today in regard to our resistance to Trump, is the very real danger that the “theories,” “memes,” and “conspiracies” bubbling just below the surface of popular consciousness and now becoming a factor in the real world of reality, will be used as a means to crush dissent, free speech and liberty should we actually succeed in deposing Trump.

Impossible you think? 

Take Care. 

Here's the Atlantic article.  


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