If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader    John Quincy Adams
Dreams and dedication are a powerful combination    William Longgood
When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps    Confucius
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.    Jimi Hendrix
Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
An equation for me has no meaning unless it expresses a thought of God    Srinivasa Ramanujan
You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want    Zig Ziglar
There is nothing like a dream to create the future    Victor Hugo
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.    Albert Einstein
There can be no hope when there lacks interest for better. There can be no trust when there lacks confirmation of truth. There can be no faith when there lacks complete confidence of purpose.    Adlin Sinclair
Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.    Albert Einstein
Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more    Anthony Robbins
For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions    Lao Tzu
We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world - or to make it the last    John Fitzgerald Kennedy
The things that one most wants to do are the things that are probably most worth doing.    Winifred Holtby
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.    Anatole France
Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.    Dalai Lama
Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.    Dr. Seuss
What is not started today is never finished tomorrow    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of the arts    Henry David Thoreau
Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living    Anais Nin
Our sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living things in that enormous immensity    Werner von Braun
It’s difficult giving unlimited power to limited minds    Nikola Tesla
If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door    Milton Berle
Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.    Karen Ravn
The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving    Albert Einstein
Everything in the universe spins to the design of the Fibonacci spiral    Ronald Patrick Marriott
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If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it    Jesse Jackson
If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything.    Gordon A. Eadie
Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless    Jamie Paolinetti

Deep (what a) State

The article 'Donald J. Trump and The Deep State' written by Peter Dale Scott (first published by WhoWhatWhy and Global Research at the outset of the Trump Administration in February 2017) is worthy of reflection.
The article is well worth a read in full, but here I give an overview and summary that I hope reflects how the ‘unseen hand’ still operates. I also hope to indicate a view that the polarities that the article indicates may also be part of a more unified strategy. i.e. there is a will to create confusion through opposition within a concept of  'Deep State'. After all, the military strategy of divide and conquer is well known, and defined as: “to make a group of people disagree and fight with one another so that they will not join together against one”.

The article leads with – “When the uninitiated think of the “Deep State,” they tend to imagine a group of men getting together in a room, smoking cigars and plotting world domination. But the Deep State is not one coordinated network of people controlling the government from the shadows. Instead, it refers to individuals and groups that have the resources to shape the direction of the world to their benefit and don’t hesitate to make use of them. At times, the interests of different factions of the Deep State collide. That often happens when the direction of the world is rapidly changing, as is the case now after the election of Donald Trump.”

~ What Is Meant by the Deep State? ~

The article reflects that Trump’s opposition to America’s international defence alliances and trade deals (which both traditional parties in the US had long supported) would actualise.
A quick search on this brings up millions of results related to Trump ‘killing’ the Atlantic alliance and NATO. He has withdrawn the United States from both the Iran Nuclear Deal and the Paris Climate Agreement. He has withdrawn the US from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The INF Treaty required the United States and the Soviet Union to eliminate and permanently forswear all of their nuclear and conventional ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 kilometres. The treaty marked the first time the superpowers had agreed to reduce their nuclear arsenals and eliminate an entire category of nuclear weapons.

All this is very much Trump’s 'America First' strategy.

Where does this sit with the concept of Deep State:  On the one hand there are those who see the deep state as “a conglomerate of insiders”, incorporating all those outside and inside the traditional state, who “run the country no matter who is in the White House… and without the consent of voters.”[1] On the other hand are those who limit the “deep state” to security and surveillance apparatus, the war machine.”[2].

Neither of these are accurate in my opinion, as they are focussed on the US, whereas the ‘Deep State’ should be viewed in an international context. I would consider it far more apparent that there are divisions created by the opposing convictions heralded by the 'Big Money' players, (detailed below). However, the differences of opposing convictions of  'Big Money' players also sows the seed to pitch societal opinions against each other.

~ The Current Divisions in America and Its Wealth ~

~ American Politics and the Increase in Wealth Disparity ~

'Polarization of American public opinion has contributed to both stagnation in Washington and widespread popular anger'. Can this be the same Global strategy which is reflected in the polarised outcome of Brexit in the UK?

Now we have 'an enduring struggle between “America Firsters” and “New World Order” globalists, pitting the industry-oriented (e.g. the National Association of Manufacturers) against the financial-oriented (e.g. the Council on Foreign Relations), two different sources of wealth.[3]'.

A division among the American public is being provoked and funded by an old division within Big Money — roughly speaking, between those Trilateral Commission progressives, many flourishing from the new technologies of the global Internet, who present as being concerned about problems like wealth disparity, racial injustice and global warming, while manipulating markets through so called AI & IoT (more on this in future articles), and those Heritage Foundation conservatives, many from finance and oil, who want to rule through force and dictate, as seen in the withdrawal from the Paris Climate agreement, etc.

The division in the UK is remarkably underlined by the remain / leave disparity of Brexit! (But this is a Global stage).

This division in the Public simply creates stagnation and boredom with the repeated affairs, as seen in the mind-numbing, seemingly endless ineffectual handling of Brexit. Is this stagnation a deeper intent of the ‘unseen hand’ / ‘Deep State’ to thus be enabled to do as it pleases, without much opposition, because all of our energy to question, challenge & oppose is rather consumed in arguing amongst ourselves.

~ Turkey and the International Deep State ~

The term “deep State” (deren devlet) was coined after the so-called Turkish Susurluk incident, a 1996 car crash whose victims included the deputy chief of the Istanbul Police Department, a Member of Parliament, and Abdullah Çatlı, an international heroin trafficker and killer recruited by the Turkish police for “special missions” and paid in heroin while he was officially being sought by the Turkish authorities for murder.[4]
Here we see 'Big Money' financed by billions of dollars in profits from drug smuggling; just as the CIA in Laos and elsewhere utilized a protected drug trafficking operation to finance its covert operations in Burma, Thailand, Laos, and Afghanistan. This is a 'Deep State' that operates with no concern for morals, ethics or human rights.

~ Trump and the International Deep State ~

While Trump can use the Mueller Report to divert attention from the involvement of Russia interfering in the election, to conclude, I recount the original article:

"Under the guidance of Richard Cheney, a get-the-government-out-of-my-face conservative, Halliburton Company over the past five years has emerged as a corporate welfare hog, benefiting from at least $3.8 billion in federal contracts and taxpayer-insured loans.
One of these loans was approved in April by the U.S. Export-Import Bank. It guaranteed $489 million in credits to a Russian oil company (Tyumen, owned by Alfa) whose roots are embedded in a legacy of KGB and Communist Party corruption, as well as drug trafficking and organized crime funds, according to Russian and U.S. sources and documents. Two reports, one by “a former U.S. intelligence officer,” and one by the Russian FSB claim that Alfa Bank, one of Russia’s largest and most profitable, as well as Alfa Eko, a trading company, had been deeply involved in the early 1990s in laundering of Russian and Colombian drug money and in trafficking drugs from the Far East to Europe….
The FSB report, too, claimed that the Alfa Group’s top executives, “allegedly participated in the transit of drugs from Southeast Asia through Russia and into Europe.”[5]

President Trump will “absolutely” be a boon to Exxon and the rest of the oil industry. And Trump clearly will continue Exxon’s long-time history of opposition to measures to control global warming.[6]

~ The “Party of Davos” and the “New New International Order” ~

The “global power elite” who meet annually at Davos (in Switzerland) now have far more influence on how the world will be governed than those who meet annually at the United Nations General Assembly. Those at Davos do not need to give instructions to the American deep state, which is already structured around responsiveness to the requirements of extreme wealth in Wall Street and elsewhere. And some of them are members of what have been called “shadow elites, those whose influence stems from illicit or unconventional means.”[7]
Naomi Klein (author, social activist, and film-maker) ascribed Trump’s victory to the neo-liberalism of the Democrats and of Davos, and has written of the rise of the Davos class, a hyper-connected network of banking and tech billionaires, elected leaders who are awfully cosy with those interests (neo-liberal policies), and Hollywood celebrities who make the whole thing seem unbearably glamorous.[8]

Before becoming the Chief Strategist and Senior Counsellor in the Trump White House, Steve Bannon, while executive chair of Breitbart News, had said in a speech at the Vatican that working men and women in the world were “tired of being dictated to by what we call the party of Davos.”[9] Bannon, who self-identified as a populist, provided a platform for the “alt-right” (alternative right) movement, a loose association of relatively young white nationalists (who largely disavowed racism but celebrated “white” identity and lamented the alleged erosion of white political and economic power and the decline of white culture in the face of non-white immigration and multiculturalism), white supremacists, extreme libertarians, and neo-Nazis. Breitbart’s critics characterized it as racist, misogynist, and xenophobic.

While Bannon didn’t last long in the Whitehouse, the Trump attack on the “party of Davos,” the status quo of the world superclass, is likely to continue.[10] On the third day of his presidency, Trump signs an executive order withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
This approach, which by itself could please China as well as Russia, seems to reflect a coherent effort to replace the old consensus of the “party of Davos”, with what the right-wing Drudge Report approvingly called the “new, new world order”.[11]
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump suggests that he is open to the TPP if it could be renegotiated somehow. “I would do TPP if we were able to make a substantially better deal. The deal was terrible; the way it was structured was terrible. If we did a substantially better deal, I would be open to TPP,”
Trump then attempts to rejoin the TPP, but only creates more confusion, as he has also done with policies regarding Asia. It seems that currently the creation of chaos, confusion and division serves this very dark movement of far-right ideology. (Divide and conquer).

Trump had chosen an ambassador to the European Union in Ted Malloch, (self presented as Dr. Theodore Roosevelt Malloch) well-known for his pro-Brexit and anti-EU views & positions consistent with Trump’s long-standing anti-EU and anti-NATO biases. Ted Malloch, a right wing capitalist conservative, asserted in his autobiography that former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher called him a "genius" and a "global sherpa" in a 1992 address. Along with many other unsubstantiated claims. He seems an appropriate ambassador for Trump, creating further false illusions of grandeur.
He is absolutely clear in his writings that a right wing future is the only viable way forward. Reflected in his article ‘Perspectives on Reforming the European Union’:-

“The Trump Administration is steadily making it clear that the US is no longer interested in the old forms of European integration. In fact, it may be able to encourage a reversal of the EU’s accelerating drive to a socialist, protectionist, United States of Europe. A conservative electoral alternative must provide this option to the European demos.”

“This movement (EU) should be seen for what it is. It is very harmful to US business, to US investment, to US security, and is categorized by over-regulation, low growth, high unemployment, and structural rigidity as its outcome.”

“Furthermore, the EU increasingly openly works against it’s own interests abroad. Despite championing human rights and democracy, Brussels finds itself financing and defending the worst actors in the Middle East. Continually denouncing Israel – the only democratic state in the Arab world, while seeking to buttress Iran’s imperialist appetites – not to mention other rogue states like Cuba and Venezuela, making a farce of European ideals.”

“Brexit gives the US an opportunity to appreciate that the EU is weak and getting weaker. Again, European conservatives are called to avoid the scenarios where the EU comes apart.”

“What is apparent is that no one agrees.”

This is one conservative capitalist’s viewpoint. Yes, no one does agree in this polarised melee, but is that not what has been intentionally created?

Does this satisfy an unseen agenda of division?

So while the people are either too bored or too busy arguing to notice, Deep State goes ahead with its own agendas & we the people are either unaware or helpless to resist.

Again, the definition of divide and conquer: “to make a group of people disagree and fight with one another so that they will not join together against one”.

 

[1] Covel, “The Deep State V. Trump.” Cf. John W. Whitehead, “The Deep State: The Unelected Shadow Government Is Here to Stay,” Rutherford Institute, November 10, 2015, https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/the_deep_state_the_unelected_shadow_government_is_here_to_stay: “The Deep State…is comprised of unelected government bureaucrats, corporations, contractors, paper-pushers, and button-pushers who are actually calling the shots behind the scenes right now.”

[2] “Chris Hedges on How the ‘Deep State’ Will Influence the Trump Presidency,” Truthdig, Jan 17, 2017, http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/chris_hedges_the_deep_state_will_influence_the_trump_presidency_20170117. In this camp are Glenn Greenwald, who equates the “deep state” with “the intelligence community,” and Eric Margolis, who equates it with “the massed national security apparatus” (Glenn Greenwald, “The Deep State Goes to War with President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer,” The Intercept, January 11, 2017, https://theintercept.com/2017/01/11/the-deep-state-goes-to-war-with-president-elect-using-unverified-claims-as-dems-cheer/; Eric Margolis, “Trump Versus the Deep State,” The Unz Review, January 13, 2017, http://www.unz.com/emargolis/trump-versus-the-deep-state/.

[3] Peter Dale Scott, “Bringing It All Together: The New Releases and How They Help Us Converge on the Heart of the Case,” The Fourth Decade, Vol. 4, #1, November, 1996; republished at http://www.assassinationweb.com/scotte.htm. Of the eleven businessmen at the 1958 founding meeting of the John Birch Society, many, including the founder Robert Welch, were former members of the National Association of Manufacturers (Terry Lautz, John Birch: A Life [New York: Oxford University Press, 2016]. 225). One was William J. Grede, who served as president of the National Association of Manufacturers in 1952. Still another was Fred Koch, father of Charles and David Koch (Jeff Nesbit, Poison Tea: How Big Oil and Big Tobacco Invented the Tea Party and Captured the GOP [New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2016], 30; Van Dyke and Meyer, Understanding the Tea Party Movement, 100). Charles and David Koch also joined the John Birch Society.

[4] Jean-Louis Briquet; Gilles Favarel-Garrigues; Roger Leverdier, eds. Organized Crime and States: The Hidden Face of Politics (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). 43-44; Peter Dale Scott, American War Machine: Deep Politics, the CIA Global Drug Connection, and the Road to Afghanistan (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010), 19-20. Çatlı “is reckoned to have been one of the main perpetrators of underground operations carried out by the Turkish branch of the Gladio organisation and had played a key role in the bloody events of the period 1976-80 which paved the way for the military coup d’état of September 1980” (“Turkey’s pivotal role in the international drug trade, Le Monde diplomatique, July 1998).

[5] Knut Royce and Nathaniel Heller, “Cheney led Halliburton to feast at federal trough,” Center for Public Integrity [CPI]. August 2, 2000 Updated: 12:19 pm, May 19, 2014; https://www.publicintegrity.org/2000/08/02/3279/cheney-led-halliburton-feast-federal-trough. Alfa sued CPI for libel over the release of the Royce report, but in 2005 the suit was dismissed. Federal Judge John D. Bates wrote “No claim is made that the defendants fabricated the assertions in the CPI article. Nor are the allegations of organized mob ties and drug trafficking so inherently improbably [sic] that actual malice can be presumed” (“Libel case over mafia-Halliburton link dismissed,” Reporters’ Committee for Freedom of the Press, October 4, 2005, http://www.rcfp.org/browse-media-law-resources/news/libel-case-over-mafia-halliburton-link-dismissed).

[6] Farron Cousins, “Republican Attorneys General Met Secretly with Exxon Lobbyists to Stop Climate Change Investigations,” Desmog, September 30, 2016, https://www.desmogblog.com/2016/09/30/republican-attorneys-general-met-secretly-exxon-stop-climate-change-investigations.

[7] David Rothkopf, Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009), 289; cf. xx.

[8] Naomi Klein, “It was the Democrats’ embrace of neoliberalism that won it for Trump,” Guardian, November 9, 2016, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/09/rise-of-the-davos-class-sealed-americas-fate. Cf. Andrew Ross Sorkin, “Dealbook: What to Make of the ‘Davos Class’ in the Trump Era,” New York Times, January 16, 2017, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/16/business/dealbook/world-economic-forum-davos-trump.html: “The World Economic Forum — an annual gathering of global policy and business leaders…  known as the ‘Davos class.’ It is this group of so-called plutocrats that largely failed to anticipate — and may have even unconsciously generated — the seeping anti-establishment movement across the globe.

[9] Matt Clinch, “The ‘party of Davos’ wakes up to the new, new world order,” CNBC, Januaty 9,  2017 http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/09/davos-wakes-up-to-the-trump-new-world-order.html.

[10] The “party of Davos” is a target of a new book by Hugh Hewitt (The Fourth Way: The Conservative Playbook for a Lasting GOP Majority (New York: Simon & Schuster, January 2017).

[11] Clinch, “The ‘party of Davos’ wakes up to the new, new world order,” CNBC, January 9, 2017.

 

Donald J. Trump and The Deep State (2019)

Posted by: Colin Hunter

Category: Politics


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Created: Sat 01 Jun 2019
Updated: Wed 12 Feb 2020