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    Greenwald: The Deep State Goes to War with President-Elect, Using Unverified …

    In January, 1961, Dwight Eisenhower delivered his farewell address after serving two terms as U.S. president; the five-star general chose to warn Americans of this specific threat to democracy: “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” That warning was issued prior to the decadelong escalation of the Vietnam War, three more decades of Cold War mania, and the post-9/11 era, all of which radically expanded that unelected faction’s power even further.

    This is the faction that is now engaged in open warfare against the duly elected and already widely disliked president-elect, Donald Trump. They are using classic Cold War dirty tactics and the defining ingredients of what has until recently been denounced as “Fake News.”

    Their most valuable instrument is the U.S. media, much of which reflexively reveres, serves, believes, and sides with hidden intelligence officials. And Democrats, still reeling from their unexpected and traumatic election loss as well as a systemic collapse of their party, seemingly divorced further and further from reason with each passing day, are willing — eager — to embrace any claim, cheer any tactic, align with any villain, regardless of how unsupported, tawdry and damaging those behaviors might be.


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  • bemildred (5803 posts)
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    1. One more paragraph:

    There is a real danger here that this maneuver can harshly backfire, to the great benefit of Trump and to the great detriment of those who want to oppose him. If any of the significant claims in this “dossier” turn out to be provably false — such as Cohen’s trip to Prague — many people will conclude, with Trump’s encouragement, that large media outlets (CNN and BuzzFeed) and anti-Trump factions inside the government (CIA) are deploying “Fake News” to destroy him. In the eyes of many people, that will forever discredit — render impotent — future journalistic exposés that are based on actual, corroborated wrongdoing.

    Like, maybe, what happened in Turkey.

    It ain't the things you don't know that hurts you, it's the things you know that ain't so.
    • Entrepreneur (2348 posts)
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      4. At least for CNN that ship has already sailed.

      “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness" - J.K. Galbraith
    • MistaP (6948 posts)
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      5. that's what happened with Pussygate: instead of shocking and disgusting

      America to the point where it made him lose, voters just saw a Bush hiding a tape for 12 years and then it getting released across all news outlets (except Fox) and a synchronized social-media campaign

      then when his poll numbers rebounded it was seen as a Dem scandal even more than a Trump one, since it’d been clearly released as an electioneering maneuver

      http://www.salon.com/2016/11/09/the-hillary-clinton-campaign-intentionally-created-donald-trump-with-its-pied-piper-strategy/ (Third Way = Bell Curve)
      • bemildred (5803 posts)
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        8. There are times I think he baits them into these follies.

        And other times I think he doesn’t have to. This is one of those.

        Pussygate was too, now you mention it.



        It ain't the things you don't know that hurts you, it's the things you know that ain't so.
  • Autumn (563 posts)
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    2. T Rump says that his Cohen didn't take a trip to Prague, it was a different guy.

    At the TV event this morning, he says he even checked Cohen’s passport. Of course his mouth was moving so who the fuck knows.

  • Tuesday (702 posts)
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    3. highly recommend going to the link

    “Most important of all, the legitimate and effective tactics for opposing Trump are being utterly drowned by these irrational, desperate, ad hoc crusades that have no cogent strategy and make his opponents appear increasingly devoid of reason and gravity. Right now, Trump’s opponents are behaving as media critic Adam Johnson described: as ideological jelly fish, floating around aimlessly and lost, desperately latching on to whatever barge randomly passes by.

    There are solutions to Trump. They involve reasoned strategizing and patient focus on issues people actually care about. Whatever those solutions are, venerating the intelligence community, begging for its intervention, and equating their dark and dirty assertions as Truth are most certainly not among them. Doing that cannot possibly achieve any good, and is already doing much harm.”

    • hippiechick (1350 posts)
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      6. ^^ This ^^


    • FanBoy (7983 posts)
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      7. +100. I hope the recent comeback of the forces of bern in ca is a



      historically, the failure of the left brings on a hard reaction from the right — Weimar is followed by hitler