Streetwise Professor

March 24, 2019

I Love the Smell of Napalm . . . Anytime–But the War Is Not Over, By A Long Shot

Filed under: Politics,Russia — cpirrong @ 5:33 pm

Watching the wailing, moaning, shrieking, rending of garments and gnashing of teeth emanating from people I despise following the release of AG Barr’s summary of the Mueller report brings to mind this epic scene:

I realize that the metaphor extends. Yes, Charlie got smoked here, but this is just one battle. He will be back. He will shift the fight to Congress in particular, and the media will continue its assault. But here I think Trump actually has some advantages. This will be a political battle, with partisans on both sides: it is no longer possible for the left/media/Democrats to hide behind the alleged impartiality of Mueller. (Indeed, I think this is another reason that Mueller’s report is a huge benefit to Trump: given the partisan makeup of his team, if even he can’t find collusion or obstruction of justice, it’s not there to be found.) In fact, this may redound to Trump’s benefit because even on his most unhinged day he will seem normal compared to Schiff, or Swalwell, or AOC, or “impeach the motherfucker” Tlaib, or Maxine Waters, or and on and on and on. He will have a surfeit of fools providing a surfeit of foils.

The left/media/Democrats are also holding out hope that some other authority–the US attorneys in the Southern District of New York (do they know it reports to Trump, which is the whole purpose of special counsels?), the New York AG, or maybe Officer Mcgillicuddy from Queens who saw Donald jaywalking as a youth–will take up the cudgels and find something to indict Trump for. But it won’t be collusion. Because get real, if after all this Mueller can’t find any evidence, the evidence ain’t there to be found:

When I witness these desperate, pathetic clowns pinning all their hopes on somebody, anybody, else in authority, this comes to mind:

I also find it infinitely amusing that they are channeling their inner Donald Rumsfeld, and flogging variants of “absence of evidence is not evidence of absence” for all it’s worth. The irony! Which is fitting, because the Russia conspiracy hoax will go down in infamy alongside WMD.

And there must be a reckoning. An incomplete list, but a necessary start:

  • The “leadership” of the FBI that started the whole counterintelligence operation against the Trump campaign, and once it was elected, continued it against the Trump administration, starting with James Comey. These were the people who were interfering with US elections.
  • Key figures in the Obama administration, notably Brennan, Clapper, and Rice . . . and then following wherever that leads.
  • The Hillary Clinton, and the Hillary Clinton campaign and its beard, the DNC, which concocted the Russia conspiracy hoax first as a campaign dirty trick, then continued it as an excuse for its loss and as a means of crippling the administration of the man who had the temerity to derail her coronation.
  • Hillary’s henchmen, especially the loathsome, beyond execrable Glenn Simpson and his tool, Christopher Steele. (One thing I would really like to know is what the Mueller report says about the farcical dossier.)
  • Last, but surely not least, the entire media establishment, not just in the US (the usual suspects, CNN, MSNBC, NYT, WaPo and on and on) but their foreign fellow travelers (esp. the FT, the BBC, and other supposedly reputable UK outlets).

There are many institutions in government and the media that deserve to be pulled out, root and branch. But of course they will fight, tooth and nail, hammer and tong.

Meaning that the smell of napalm might be sweet today, but many more strikes will be necessary before the war is over.

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  1. When talking about foreign fellow travelers don’t forget the ABC the Australian government broadcaster, a bitter twisted lot they are.

    Comment by Peter — March 24, 2019 @ 8:26 pm

  2. The news of Trump’s victory certainly made for a pleasant day. In the words of Churchill on V-E Day, we may permit ourselves a moment of rejoicing.

    Trump has a lot of options open for him, in terms of how to exploit this. Hopefully he’ll push to extract the maximum benefit by going on the offensive on all fronts. I don’t doubt that he’ll do it. What is more worrisome is if his staff is aggressive enough to do so. It is very easy to throw away an opportunity like this through fecklessness and hesitation.

    There most definitely should be an investigation into the opposition. Will Trump’s staff have the druthers to follow through?

    Comment by I.M. Pembroke — March 24, 2019 @ 9:32 pm

  3. ‘maximum benefit by going on the offensive on all fronts’ does not necessarily mean a conflagration. It can mean using only what you need, using it when it’ll have maximum effect, and keeping something up your sleeve. For example the slow drip approach, or the 2020 approach, or, well, anything that works best.
    And Monty Python? Holy Grail and Life of Brian have everything you need to know about politics, and the left in particular, even Stan/Loretta. For me, as well as the Black Knight, this scene sums up the Democrats v Trump most beautifully.

    Comment by NB — March 25, 2019 @ 1:52 am

  4. I seriously hope that ‘Tlabia’ is only a typo and not a Freudian Slip. For your sake.

    What amazes me about this whole story is that anyone believed it for a second. It was so transparently a load of rubbish. It’s quite disturbing to think that there are so many gullible people and wishful thinkers out there making decisions in our societies.

    Comment by Global Super-Regulator on Lunch Break — March 25, 2019 @ 4:02 am

  5. @ GSRoLB

    – some are gullible and some are wishful thinkers, but many – or perhaps most, who knows? – are leftists who tolerate democracy only as long as it produces results with which they agree.

    They tolerate freedom of speech on the same basis (meaning that they do not).

    Comment by Green as Grass — March 25, 2019 @ 6:24 am

  6. Trump should probably go on the offensive.

    Comment by Jeffrey Carter — March 25, 2019 @ 6:50 am

  7. Plan B, the slow-motion coup, having failed, maybe They will revert to plan A and shoot him.

    Comment by dearieme — March 25, 2019 @ 6:59 am

  8. It is time start inflicting the consequences on the miscreants.

    Comment by Richard Whitney — March 25, 2019 @ 7:53 am

  9. GaG,

    Yeah, agreed. Those are the ones who would cynically promote this story even while they didn’t believe it, because it served their interests.

    Thing is, they wouldn’t have been able to do so, so successfully, for so long, without the gullible and the wishful thinkers providing the fertile ground on which it fell.

    A narrative promoted by the cynical and kept alive by the gullible, and the deluded. Truly frightening, on all counts.

    Comment by Global Super-Regulator on Lunch Break — March 25, 2019 @ 8:06 am

  10. @SWP…I completely agree with you about Simpson, but let me suggest a different take on Steele. Yes, he was a tool, but gathering from his UK issue, he may have been an unwitting tool.
    What do you think?

    Perkins, Coie hires GPS Fusion to create this dossier, a complete fiction. How do they give it credibility? They deliver it to Steele. The FBI, in on the Clinton-Perkins-Coie-GPS Fusion scheme, pays Steele for this information, thus giving it the patina of credibility (an FBI source) disguising the real Clinton authorship. It is congruent to what happens to the dossier in order to secure the FISA application: leak it to a reporter, reporter writes it up, then refer to the reporter’s article to claim a factual basis.

    Yes, Steele is still a tool.

    Comment by Richard Whitney — March 25, 2019 @ 8:24 am

  11. Trump has released the hounds two years ago, it just takes time to make a case, I am interested in the global money laundering angles and also university endowments and what they have been up to-see Duke in Brazil.

    Comment by TomHend — March 25, 2019 @ 4:57 pm

  12. dearieme,you may be right.Lets not forget every president elected at 20 year intervals from 1860 died in office,4 of them being assinated.Ronald Reagan broke that jinx,but he got shot for his trouble.2020,of course is one of those intervals.

    Comment by Sabena — March 26, 2019 @ 3:16 am

  13. Thank you, Sabena. I have no taste for numerology but I’ll grant that four murdered and one wounded seems a lot to me.

    Maybe Nixon should have considered himself lucky to have been coup’d against rather than assassinated.

    Comment by dearieme — March 26, 2019 @ 1:05 pm

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