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Mueller's Botched Counterintelligence Efforts


Theoretically speaking, one of the FBI’s core responsibilities is counterintelligence. The FBI lists eight priorities on their website and counterintelligence is second: “Protect the United States against foreign intelligence operations and espionage.”

Robert Mueller, when he was the FBI Director, had the responsibility of stopping Russian intelligence operations against America. He reigned a full twelve years, from 2001 to 2013, marking the longest tenure of any director apart from Hoover. He had ample opportunity to run American counterintelligence as he saw fit, and even to put in place a foundation, set a culture, and hire the right people, to protect America going forward.

However, Mueller was unable to bring victory to the intelligence department of the FBI. Indeed, Russia’s intelligence services clowned America numerous times.

Mueller’s mindset can clearly be seen in testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on June 13th, 2013. In his opening statement, he listed the FBI’s top priorities: terrorists, homegrown violent extremists, and cybercrime. Counterintelligence didn’t make the top of his list, the bottom of the list, or even get a passing moment during the three hours of testimony. In fact, when Mueller brought up cybercrime, he even listed off what entities may commit cybercrime, but left out state actors and certainly didn’t name Russia.

Given Mueller’s biography, none of this should be surprising. He was in law school around 1970 and worked as a lawyer up through 2001. He has good training to prosecute criminals. But it is another matter entirely to recognize, understand, prevent, and stop the activities of a foreign intelligence service.

Back in 2005, Judge Richard Posner anticipated precisely these problems with FBI counterintelligence in his book Remaking Domestic Intelligence. He argued that the FBI was incompetent insofar as counterintelligence went. The FBI was primarily concerned with finding crimes, gathering evidence, and prosecuting criminals. Such a mindset would be counterproductive as far as anticipating and preventing threats from foreign actors.

One only has to look at the absolute mayhem engulfing America, due to an intersection of the FBI and the Russian intelligence community, to see Posner has been vindicated.

As most people understand, Russia — successor to the USSR, child of the KGB, plaything of Vladimir Putin — has continued to execute covert operations against America. Mueller’s inability to understand this threat perhaps exacerbated the problem.

One example of successful Russian intelligence operations against America, which were carried out while Mueller was director, was their funding of American environmentalist groups. Their goal has been to stymie the American energy industry, drive up world prices, and profit from export of their own oil and gas.

Specifically, in 2010 and 2011, Russia laundered $23 million to the Bermudan cutout Klein Ltd., who then funneled it to the California based Sea Change Foundation, who distributed that money to more well-known “American” environmental groups.

This particular Russia plot hasn’t gotten much attention. There hasn’t been around-the-clock coverage from CNN with breaking stories like: “Senior FBI official claims Obama’s anti-fracking push got Russian help.”

Klein and Sea Change were only uncovered as nefarious groups in 2014 by a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee report. In 2015, Lachlan Markay at the Free Beacon made the connection between the shadowy Klein group and Russia.

Mueller’s FBI didn’t address this matter (nor did Comey’s). In 2017, two Republican Congressman had to write a letter requesting the Executive Branch finally take action to investigate and stop this corruption of American politics.

Another unhandled foreign operation was Russia’s support for Occupy Wall Street, the 2011 movement which pushed the political debate left, caused immense property damage, strife, and even despair for traditional Americans opposed to communist ideology.

The Occupy movement was American, but Russia worked to promote and infiltrate it. This fact was recently confirmed by none other than a founder of the Occupy movement, Micah White, in a fascinating article he penned for the Guardian.

White explained, “although it is rarely discussed, the Occupy movement received substantial support from Russia.” That is an important fact to know if one is to understand the leftist movement and Russian policy. If only someone in the government had let people know.

White also wrote, “Russia’s efforts are part of a larger shift in the nature of war in which activists are becoming pawns of the superpowers.” He has this partly right, I would just add that this isn’t so much a shift, but a continuation of earlier tactics. For example, Colonel Stanislav Lunev, a high-level GRU defector from Russia, stated that Russia had spent more on anti-war movements in the U.S. than they had on arming the Vietcong.

The proper response to Russian infiltration of America’s domestic political movements is not clear. It merits a serious debate, which is impossible as long as Americans don’t know this is going on. What is clear, however, is that the FBI should not act thunderstruck by Russian operations to, in Mueller’s words, “sow discord” in American politics. It’s not new.

Here is one more example that shows the abject failure of FBI counterintelligence: the Snowden case.

Mueller left the FBI in September of 2013. In July of 2012, Eric Snowden began taking advantage of a flaw in the intelligence community’s security to steal massive amounts of top secret data even though he was a just a low-level information technology worker. Snowden took those American secrets to Hong Kong in May of 2013 and reached Moscow by June.

In testimony to Congress in June of 2013, Mueller explained to Congress that he had initiated a criminal investigation into Snowden’s actions. Did you catch that? Criminal, not counterintelligence. America had just suffered its most catastrophic loss of secrets in history, the culprit went to China and Russia, but Mueller still refused to even acknowledge a counterintelligence issue. Even the most fervent supporter of Snowden must admit that the FBI had a responsibility to at least investigate Snowden, if only to definitively clear him of nefarious foreign connections, and to address the security gap which Snowden had exploited.

Years later, in 2016, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released a report slamming the FBI: “the IC assessment on Snowden does not contain an assessment of Snowden’s background and motive, an assessment of whether he was the agent of a foreign intelligence service, or recommendations for how to improve security in the IC.”

There is one final Russian operation that we need to talk about: their campaign to meddle in America’s 2016 election. You see, according to Mueller’s own indictment, Russia began taking concrete actions to implement their plan in July of 2013. That, of course, was when Mueller was in charge of anticipating and stopping these threats.

Properly understood, the Mueller Special Counsel is a Mueller investigation into Mueller’s failure as the FBI director.        

Theoretically speaking, one of the FBI’s core responsibilities is counterintelligence. The FBI lists eight priorities on their website and counterintelligence is second: “Protect the United States against foreign intelligence operations and espionage.”

Robert Mueller, when he was the FBI Director, had the responsibility of stopping Russian intelligence operations against America. He reigned a full twelve years, from 2001 to 2013, marking the longest tenure of any director apart from Hoover. He had ample opportunity to run American counterintelligence as he saw fit, and even to put in place a foundation, set a culture, and hire the right people, to protect America going forward.

However, Mueller was unable to bring victory to the intelligence department of the FBI. Indeed, Russia’s intelligence services clowned America numerous times.

Mueller’s mindset can clearly be seen in testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on June 13th, 2013. In his opening statement, he listed the FBI’s top priorities: terrorists, homegrown violent extremists, and cybercrime. Counterintelligence didn’t make the top of his list, the bottom of the list, or even get a passing moment during the three hours of testimony. In fact, when Mueller brought up cybercrime, he even listed off what entities may commit cybercrime, but left out state actors and certainly didn’t name Russia.

Given Mueller’s biography, none of this should be surprising. He was in law school around 1970 and worked as a lawyer up through 2001. He has good training to prosecute criminals. But it is another matter entirely to recognize, understand, prevent, and stop the activities of a foreign intelligence service.

Back in 2005, Judge Richard Posner anticipated precisely these problems with FBI counterintelligence in his book Remaking Domestic Intelligence. He argued that the FBI was incompetent insofar as counterintelligence went. The FBI was primarily concerned with finding crimes, gathering evidence, and prosecuting criminals. Such a mindset would be counterproductive as far as anticipating and preventing threats from foreign actors.

One only has to look at the absolute mayhem engulfing America, due to an intersection of the FBI and the Russian intelligence community, to see Posner has been vindicated.

As most people understand, Russia — successor to the USSR, child of the KGB, plaything of Vladimir Putin — has continued to execute covert operations against America. Mueller’s inability to understand this threat perhaps exacerbated the problem.

One example of successful Russian intelligence operations against America, which were carried out while Mueller was director, was their funding of American environmentalist groups. Their goal has been to stymie the American energy industry, drive up world prices, and profit from export of their own oil and gas.

Specifically, in 2010 and 2011, Russia laundered $23 million to the Bermudan cutout Klein Ltd., who then funneled it to the California based Sea Change Foundation, who distributed that money to more well-known “American” environmental groups.

This particular Russia plot hasn’t gotten much attention. There hasn’t been around-the-clock coverage from CNN with breaking stories like: “Senior FBI official claims Obama’s anti-fracking push got Russian help.”

Klein and Sea Change were only uncovered as nefarious groups in 2014 by a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee report. In 2015, Lachlan Markay at the Free Beacon made the connection between the shadowy Klein group and Russia.

Mueller’s FBI didn’t address this matter (nor did Comey’s). In 2017, two Republican Congressman had to write a letter requesting the Executive Branch finally take action to investigate and stop this corruption of American politics.

Another unhandled foreign operation was Russia’s support for Occupy Wall Street, the 2011 movement which pushed the political debate left, caused immense property damage, strife, and even despair for traditional Americans opposed to communist ideology.

The Occupy movement was American, but Russia worked to promote and infiltrate it. This fact was recently confirmed by none other than a founder of the Occupy movement, Micah White, in a fascinating article he penned for the Guardian.

White explained, “although it is rarely discussed, the Occupy movement received substantial support from Russia.” That is an important fact to know if one is to understand the leftist movement and Russian policy. If only someone in the government had let people know.

White also wrote, “Russia’s efforts are part of a larger shift in the nature of war in which activists are becoming pawns of the superpowers.” He has this partly right, I would just add that this isn’t so much a shift, but a continuation of earlier tactics. For example, Colonel Stanislav Lunev, a high-level GRU defector from Russia, stated that Russia had spent more on anti-war movements in the U.S. than they had on arming the Vietcong.

The proper response to Russian infiltration of America’s domestic political movements is not clear. It merits a serious debate, which is impossible as long as Americans don’t know this is going on. What is clear, however, is that the FBI should not act thunderstruck by Russian operations to, in Mueller’s words, “sow discord” in American politics. It’s not new.

Here is one more example that shows the abject failure of FBI counterintelligence: the Snowden case.

Mueller left the FBI in September of 2013. In July of 2012, Eric Snowden began taking advantage of a flaw in the intelligence community’s security to steal massive amounts of top secret data even though he was a just a low-level information technology worker. Snowden took those American secrets to Hong Kong in May of 2013 and reached Moscow by June.

In testimony to Congress in June of 2013, Mueller explained to Congress that he had initiated a criminal investigation into Snowden’s actions. Did you catch that? Criminal, not counterintelligence. America had just suffered its most catastrophic loss of secrets in history, the culprit went to China and Russia, but Mueller still refused to even acknowledge a counterintelligence issue. Even the most fervent supporter of Snowden must admit that the FBI had a responsibility to at least investigate Snowden, if only to definitively clear him of nefarious foreign connections, and to address the security gap which Snowden had exploited.

Years later, in 2016, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released a report slamming the FBI: “the IC assessment on Snowden does not contain an assessment of Snowden’s background and motive, an assessment of whether he was the agent of a foreign intelligence service, or recommendations for how to improve security in the IC.”

There is one final Russian operation that we need to talk about: their campaign to meddle in America’s 2016 election. You see, according to Mueller’s own indictment, Russia began taking concrete actions to implement their plan in July of 2013. That, of course, was when Mueller was in charge of anticipating and stopping these threats.

Properly understood, the Mueller Special Counsel is a Mueller investigation into Mueller’s failure as the FBI director.        



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A Modest Proposal on Immigration: For Alleviating the Suffering of Non-Americans


It is a melancholy object to consider the suffering of Mexicans.  Consider, for instance, the plight of a poor boy out working the corn fields for a pittance, only to come home and find that the Sinaloa Cartel has tortured his family and burnt their house to the ground.  This innocent child had a dream for his parents to see him earn an education.  But no more.

All people of a sane disposition are forced to admit that this is an unpleasant situation.  Only the most beastly would be left without a feeling of compassion.  Any method to improve this state of affairs must be immediately accepted. 

Fortunately, I have a solution.  Everyone in the world can be invited into safe, prosperous America, whereupon the government can redistribute wealth, food, medical care, and love from Americans to the new arrivals, who will be free to enter and leave as they please.  All ports, airports, and land borders must be completely opened up.

Naturally, the primary motivation for this plan, which hopefully will be passed through the American legislature at the earliest date, is altruism.  No longer can barbaric Americans put the welfare of our children first.  American laws must be dictated by the interests of billions of people we have never met.

In addition to being morally proper, this decision also carries many wonderful practical benefits.

First of all, the Republican Party could be destroyed for good.  Republicans’ antiquated notions about preserving American culture have lingered far too long.  The time is ripe to finish them.  When the borders open, they will be completely overwhelmed.  America’s new owners will vote overwhelmingly Democrat.  Not only will Democrats win, but they will continue moving to the left.  Republicans will become a meaningless fringe group.

Second, the vicious political ideas of America’s founders, from George Washington to Thomas Jefferson, could finally be wiped off the face of this earth forever.  Those men were the devil incarnate.  They burdened us with a Constitution.  As if the power of government should be limited and the rights of each Man strengthened.  How loathsome!

Third, that ugly concept of nationalism can be ended.  Americans can stop trying to advance the narrow interests of American citizens at the expense of others.  This can be a liberating experience.  Rather than working to preserve our society, we can just relax (!) and accept what people around the world tell us is best.  We can give in to indifference, decay, entropy.  America had a centuries-long run.  It is time to retire.  How anyone cannot admit to this fact is beyond me.

Fourth, war can be eliminated for some short-term period.  Conflict and war can occur only when there are two sides.  If America is subsumed, then it can no longer exist as a different side.  For instance, America created a big problem by trying to oppose Stalin.  What a foolish country we are!  We brought the world to the brink of nuclear annihilation with our stubbornness.  Alas, if my plan had only been adopted at the height of the Cold War, Russia could have sent us 50,000,000 comrades who could have voted in leaders friendly to communism, to completely hijack our policy, and thus there would have been no conflict.  When my plan is finally adopted, Americans will no longer be burdened with a unique political viewpoint to defend.   Only a deluded person would argue that conflict is superior to living a tranquil slave life. 

Fifth, I have it on good authority from someone who works in the State Department that America’s current policies are laughed at by foreigners.  This eminent man with knowledge far outweighing that of the American commoner has relayed to me that the French and Germans ridicule us, and especially the crazed Republicans, for our obstinacy in not permitting unlimited numbers of foreigners into the country.  These Europeans are very cultured and wise people, we should do as they think best.

Sixth, the government can be expanded endlessly.  Naturally, when America abolishes its borders, the world’s poorest, loneliest, depraved criminals will have the highest incentive to come.  With no families, career, or wealth, they have nothing to lose and everything still to take.  These new voters will do two excellent things: vote for policies obliging the government to hire huge numbers of people (perhaps themselves?) to take wealth from current Americans and give it to future Americans, and additionally, they will commit various types of fraud, placing further demands on the government to grow.  Finally, America can enjoy an all-encompassing government.

It seems to me that this proposal will meet with universal approbation.  I am nothing if not reasonable, though, so in the interests of fairness, let me try to anticipate a few complaints here, trivial as they may be.

One argument may be that there isn’t space for six billion new people to be crammed into America.  But this highly ignorant point does not correctly anticipate the future.  Not all of those people will come here.  As new and poorer entrants flood into San Francisco; Boston; New York; and even Kansas, Boise, and so on, America’s prosperity will gradually dilute.  As this process continues, an equilibrium will be reached where America becomes as base, poor, dirty, and sick as the rest of the world.  At this point, the incentive for others to come will disappear.  Thus, clearly, not the entire six billion people will come here.

Another complaint may be, what if some of these new elements, which will include war criminals, the mentally insane, communists, jihadists, drug cartels, and rapists, prove too violent?  I will respond: you are seeing the glass as half-empty.  Actually, whatever minor downsides there may be, their entry is highly helpful.  The more violence there is, the more need there will be for government to make new laws clamping down on liberty.  This will naturally provide an excellent path forward for government to assert itself.  Big Brother can go to work for us.

Additionally, these dangerous elements will serve another purpose.  They can help to permanently liquidate any unfortunate holdouts loyal to the extinct so-called American Way (you know, silly stuff, like the First Amendment and private property).  Unfortunately, the current system allows these old-school folk to voice their opinions in relative safety.  But there is no space for that in our brave new future.  It would be very messy indeed if Americans had to fight each other over these issues.  Thankfully, the imports, some of whom have terrific experience as killers, will gladly handle the problems.

In sum, this plan will be an amazing triumph for non-American people, equality, and world peace.  It is remarkable that this plan has not been officially adopted yet, though, thankfully, our leaders have already taken steps in this direction.  This obvious proposal must be implemented to its full extent now.

It is a melancholy object to consider the suffering of Mexicans.  Consider, for instance, the plight of a poor boy out working the corn fields for a pittance, only to come home and find that the Sinaloa Cartel has tortured his family and burnt their house to the ground.  This innocent child had a dream for his parents to see him earn an education.  But no more.

All people of a sane disposition are forced to admit that this is an unpleasant situation.  Only the most beastly would be left without a feeling of compassion.  Any method to improve this state of affairs must be immediately accepted. 

Fortunately, I have a solution.  Everyone in the world can be invited into safe, prosperous America, whereupon the government can redistribute wealth, food, medical care, and love from Americans to the new arrivals, who will be free to enter and leave as they please.  All ports, airports, and land borders must be completely opened up.

Naturally, the primary motivation for this plan, which hopefully will be passed through the American legislature at the earliest date, is altruism.  No longer can barbaric Americans put the welfare of our children first.  American laws must be dictated by the interests of billions of people we have never met.

In addition to being morally proper, this decision also carries many wonderful practical benefits.

First of all, the Republican Party could be destroyed for good.  Republicans’ antiquated notions about preserving American culture have lingered far too long.  The time is ripe to finish them.  When the borders open, they will be completely overwhelmed.  America’s new owners will vote overwhelmingly Democrat.  Not only will Democrats win, but they will continue moving to the left.  Republicans will become a meaningless fringe group.

Second, the vicious political ideas of America’s founders, from George Washington to Thomas Jefferson, could finally be wiped off the face of this earth forever.  Those men were the devil incarnate.  They burdened us with a Constitution.  As if the power of government should be limited and the rights of each Man strengthened.  How loathsome!

Third, that ugly concept of nationalism can be ended.  Americans can stop trying to advance the narrow interests of American citizens at the expense of others.  This can be a liberating experience.  Rather than working to preserve our society, we can just relax (!) and accept what people around the world tell us is best.  We can give in to indifference, decay, entropy.  America had a centuries-long run.  It is time to retire.  How anyone cannot admit to this fact is beyond me.

Fourth, war can be eliminated for some short-term period.  Conflict and war can occur only when there are two sides.  If America is subsumed, then it can no longer exist as a different side.  For instance, America created a big problem by trying to oppose Stalin.  What a foolish country we are!  We brought the world to the brink of nuclear annihilation with our stubbornness.  Alas, if my plan had only been adopted at the height of the Cold War, Russia could have sent us 50,000,000 comrades who could have voted in leaders friendly to communism, to completely hijack our policy, and thus there would have been no conflict.  When my plan is finally adopted, Americans will no longer be burdened with a unique political viewpoint to defend.   Only a deluded person would argue that conflict is superior to living a tranquil slave life. 

Fifth, I have it on good authority from someone who works in the State Department that America’s current policies are laughed at by foreigners.  This eminent man with knowledge far outweighing that of the American commoner has relayed to me that the French and Germans ridicule us, and especially the crazed Republicans, for our obstinacy in not permitting unlimited numbers of foreigners into the country.  These Europeans are very cultured and wise people, we should do as they think best.

Sixth, the government can be expanded endlessly.  Naturally, when America abolishes its borders, the world’s poorest, loneliest, depraved criminals will have the highest incentive to come.  With no families, career, or wealth, they have nothing to lose and everything still to take.  These new voters will do two excellent things: vote for policies obliging the government to hire huge numbers of people (perhaps themselves?) to take wealth from current Americans and give it to future Americans, and additionally, they will commit various types of fraud, placing further demands on the government to grow.  Finally, America can enjoy an all-encompassing government.

It seems to me that this proposal will meet with universal approbation.  I am nothing if not reasonable, though, so in the interests of fairness, let me try to anticipate a few complaints here, trivial as they may be.

One argument may be that there isn’t space for six billion new people to be crammed into America.  But this highly ignorant point does not correctly anticipate the future.  Not all of those people will come here.  As new and poorer entrants flood into San Francisco; Boston; New York; and even Kansas, Boise, and so on, America’s prosperity will gradually dilute.  As this process continues, an equilibrium will be reached where America becomes as base, poor, dirty, and sick as the rest of the world.  At this point, the incentive for others to come will disappear.  Thus, clearly, not the entire six billion people will come here.

Another complaint may be, what if some of these new elements, which will include war criminals, the mentally insane, communists, jihadists, drug cartels, and rapists, prove too violent?  I will respond: you are seeing the glass as half-empty.  Actually, whatever minor downsides there may be, their entry is highly helpful.  The more violence there is, the more need there will be for government to make new laws clamping down on liberty.  This will naturally provide an excellent path forward for government to assert itself.  Big Brother can go to work for us.

Additionally, these dangerous elements will serve another purpose.  They can help to permanently liquidate any unfortunate holdouts loyal to the extinct so-called American Way (you know, silly stuff, like the First Amendment and private property).  Unfortunately, the current system allows these old-school folk to voice their opinions in relative safety.  But there is no space for that in our brave new future.  It would be very messy indeed if Americans had to fight each other over these issues.  Thankfully, the imports, some of whom have terrific experience as killers, will gladly handle the problems.

In sum, this plan will be an amazing triumph for non-American people, equality, and world peace.  It is remarkable that this plan has not been officially adopted yet, though, thankfully, our leaders have already taken steps in this direction.  This obvious proposal must be implemented to its full extent now.



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12 Ways Trump is a Nightmare for Putin


I am frustrated to still hear the silliness about how President Donald Trump is soft on Russia.  It continues to be a mainstream talking point, repeated by congresspeople pushing impeachment and pundits like Max “I would rather vote for Stalin than Trump” Boot.  Our friends the Germans even made this disgusting parade float of a Russian bear sodomizing Trump.

Their argument is insane.  Not tethered to reality.  A supreme attempt to gaslight normal people.

Below is a list of all the ways that Trump’s policies are anathema to Moscow.  They are coordinated and deliberate, to help America and undermine Russia.  Trump may not be saying as many mean things about Putin as the media say about Trump, but he has taken the concrete actions of a dead serious man.

As a point of contrast, please keep in mind that ex-president Barack Obama’s pro-Russian policies included granting Russia permanent normal trade relations, ushering the Russians into the WTO, and a “reset button.”  It would be easy to go on at length about how Obama helped Russia.

Without further ado, the list:

1. Trump is unleashing the American energy industry: more fracking, more offshore drilling, and approval for the Keystone Pipeline.  This is important because 52% of the Russian government budget comes from sales of oil and gas.  Increased American supplies of fossil fuels will push global prices down, costing Putin many billions of dollars on a recurring basis.

2. Trump took the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement (PCA).

Putin was a strong backer of the PCA.  He said, “[C]limate change has become one of the gravest challenges that humanity is facing” and called for a legally binding treaty.  He has a few motivations for this.  First, each time the U.S. submits to international treaties and organizations, Russia gains control over America.  Second, as part of the PCA, Obama wanted to donate $3 billion to a Green Climate Fund.  These international funds are ripe for plunder by Russia.  Finally, the PCA would hurt American coal and help Russian gas.

3. Trump is permitting American companies to export liquefied natural gas.  The first shipment arrived in Poland in June of 2017.  A Polish diplomat described it as a “milestone.”  This will help Poland avoid “energy bullying” from Russia.  In addition to weakening Russia’s position politically, it will, once again, hurt Russia economically.  (Angela Merkel and Germany prefer Russian gas.)

Note how many policies Trump has coordinated that hurt Russia economically in a significant way.  Trump is, as Theodore Roosevelt would say, “speaking softly and carrying a big stick.”

4. Trump approved a deal to sell Poland an anti-missile defense system.  Russia will become weaker politically because it will have less leverage to blackmail Poland.  Russia’s comparative military strength is being diminished.  It will have a harder time attacking Poland – a threat the Polish people live with daily and take seriously.

5. Trump has approved the sale of $47 billion’s worth of defensive arms to Ukraine.  This was a move that “lawmakers of both parties have been urging for years.”  Russians will die because of this.  Insofar as Putin cares about dead Russians, or fails to hide the casualties he caused to his people, this will hurt him.

6. The American military recently killed up to 300 Russian troops in Syria.

7. Trump has shifted America’s foreign policy to become dramatically more hawkish toward a number of countries who act as proxies for Russia.  The clearest example is North Korea.  Russia has an extensive history of providing North Korea with weapons, including nuclear weapons.  (Please view this interview with world-class expert Peter Pry for details.)  Russia even threatens to go to war with America to defend North Korea.  Notwithstanding Russian intimidation, Trump has pushed a policy of steadily increasing pressure on North Korea via sanctions.  Trump even explicitly called out Russia for its help for North Korea.  (That’s a fact America’s mainstream media have been hiding for decades).

Iran is another country that works with the backing of Russia.  Trump has begun rolling back the dangerous and misnamed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.  When Iranians began revolting against the ayatollah, Trump offered them the full moral support of America.  Trump has also taken steps to strengthen America’s alliance with enemies of Iran.

Yet another example is Venezuela.  Russia is a good friend to Venezuela.  The Russians supplied Hugo Chávez and have since been supplying Nicolas Maduro with military weapons as well as billions of dollars.  In response, Trump is upping sanctions.  He has even threatened an American military intervention. 

In sum, Trump is containing and hurting the many arms of a devious Russian foreign policy.

8. Trump closed three Russian diplomatic compounds.

9. Trump placed sanctions on Russians.

10. Trump is pushing for a stronger military.  This includes auditing the Pentagon to remove waste and corruption, as well as significantly increased spending.  Russian governance and foreign policy are still based on hard power.  American military might is a key to respond to and deter any actions Russia may take that threaten American national security.

11. Trump has repeatedly pushed for modernization of America’s nuclear forces.  With a utopian view of the world, many previous presidents had allowed America’s nuclear deterrent to become “dangerously obsolete.”  Russia, on the other hand, has been hard at work.  The Russian defense minister recently stated that Russia will “continue a massive program of nuclear rearmament.”  A modernized American nuclear arsenal is essential to deter Russia and protect Americans.

12. Finally, and most important of all, Trump is doing his best to restore the confidence of Americans in America.  This is the basis for any success we may have.

I am frustrated to still hear the silliness about how President Donald Trump is soft on Russia.  It continues to be a mainstream talking point, repeated by congresspeople pushing impeachment and pundits like Max “I would rather vote for Stalin than Trump” Boot.  Our friends the Germans even made this disgusting parade float of a Russian bear sodomizing Trump.

Their argument is insane.  Not tethered to reality.  A supreme attempt to gaslight normal people.

Below is a list of all the ways that Trump’s policies are anathema to Moscow.  They are coordinated and deliberate, to help America and undermine Russia.  Trump may not be saying as many mean things about Putin as the media say about Trump, but he has taken the concrete actions of a dead serious man.

As a point of contrast, please keep in mind that ex-president Barack Obama’s pro-Russian policies included granting Russia permanent normal trade relations, ushering the Russians into the WTO, and a “reset button.”  It would be easy to go on at length about how Obama helped Russia.

Without further ado, the list:

1. Trump is unleashing the American energy industry: more fracking, more offshore drilling, and approval for the Keystone Pipeline.  This is important because 52% of the Russian government budget comes from sales of oil and gas.  Increased American supplies of fossil fuels will push global prices down, costing Putin many billions of dollars on a recurring basis.

2. Trump took the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement (PCA).

Putin was a strong backer of the PCA.  He said, “[C]limate change has become one of the gravest challenges that humanity is facing” and called for a legally binding treaty.  He has a few motivations for this.  First, each time the U.S. submits to international treaties and organizations, Russia gains control over America.  Second, as part of the PCA, Obama wanted to donate $3 billion to a Green Climate Fund.  These international funds are ripe for plunder by Russia.  Finally, the PCA would hurt American coal and help Russian gas.

3. Trump is permitting American companies to export liquefied natural gas.  The first shipment arrived in Poland in June of 2017.  A Polish diplomat described it as a “milestone.”  This will help Poland avoid “energy bullying” from Russia.  In addition to weakening Russia’s position politically, it will, once again, hurt Russia economically.  (Angela Merkel and Germany prefer Russian gas.)

Note how many policies Trump has coordinated that hurt Russia economically in a significant way.  Trump is, as Theodore Roosevelt would say, “speaking softly and carrying a big stick.”

4. Trump approved a deal to sell Poland an anti-missile defense system.  Russia will become weaker politically because it will have less leverage to blackmail Poland.  Russia’s comparative military strength is being diminished.  It will have a harder time attacking Poland – a threat the Polish people live with daily and take seriously.

5. Trump has approved the sale of $47 billion’s worth of defensive arms to Ukraine.  This was a move that “lawmakers of both parties have been urging for years.”  Russians will die because of this.  Insofar as Putin cares about dead Russians, or fails to hide the casualties he caused to his people, this will hurt him.

6. The American military recently killed up to 300 Russian troops in Syria.

7. Trump has shifted America’s foreign policy to become dramatically more hawkish toward a number of countries who act as proxies for Russia.  The clearest example is North Korea.  Russia has an extensive history of providing North Korea with weapons, including nuclear weapons.  (Please view this interview with world-class expert Peter Pry for details.)  Russia even threatens to go to war with America to defend North Korea.  Notwithstanding Russian intimidation, Trump has pushed a policy of steadily increasing pressure on North Korea via sanctions.  Trump even explicitly called out Russia for its help for North Korea.  (That’s a fact America’s mainstream media have been hiding for decades).

Iran is another country that works with the backing of Russia.  Trump has begun rolling back the dangerous and misnamed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.  When Iranians began revolting against the ayatollah, Trump offered them the full moral support of America.  Trump has also taken steps to strengthen America’s alliance with enemies of Iran.

Yet another example is Venezuela.  Russia is a good friend to Venezuela.  The Russians supplied Hugo Chávez and have since been supplying Nicolas Maduro with military weapons as well as billions of dollars.  In response, Trump is upping sanctions.  He has even threatened an American military intervention. 

In sum, Trump is containing and hurting the many arms of a devious Russian foreign policy.

8. Trump closed three Russian diplomatic compounds.

9. Trump placed sanctions on Russians.

10. Trump is pushing for a stronger military.  This includes auditing the Pentagon to remove waste and corruption, as well as significantly increased spending.  Russian governance and foreign policy are still based on hard power.  American military might is a key to respond to and deter any actions Russia may take that threaten American national security.

11. Trump has repeatedly pushed for modernization of America’s nuclear forces.  With a utopian view of the world, many previous presidents had allowed America’s nuclear deterrent to become “dangerously obsolete.”  Russia, on the other hand, has been hard at work.  The Russian defense minister recently stated that Russia will “continue a massive program of nuclear rearmament.”  A modernized American nuclear arsenal is essential to deter Russia and protect Americans.

12. Finally, and most important of all, Trump is doing his best to restore the confidence of Americans in America.  This is the basis for any success we may have.



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Trump-Russia: Not Mueller's First Botched Investigation


Controversy surrounds Robert Mueller and his investigation into the Trump-Russia collusion mirage.  Some maintain that he is the ultimate professional dedicated to following the truth, but others say he is a political hack.

There is no need to wonder about how Mueller operates.  His history has made it quite clear.  One needs only to study his actions as FBI director when he managed the FBI’s most important investigation ever.

In September of 2001, an entity began mailing anthrax through the U.S. postal system, hitting such prominent targets as NBC and Senator Tom Daschle’s office.  The terrorist attacks killed five and left others hospitalized.  The world panicked.

Under Mueller’s management, the FBI launched an investigation lasting ten years.  The bureau now brags about spending “hundreds of thousands of investigator hours on this case.”  To fully appreciate the Mueller response – whom his people investigated, targeted, and found guilty – it is appropriate to first build context.

The anthrax letters began just a week after the 9/11 attack.  Simultaneous to planning the airplane hijackings, al-Qaeda had also been weaponizing anthrax.  One of their scientists who ran an anthrax lab in Afghanistan also housed 9/11 hijackers.  In fact, one of the hijackers, Ahmed al Haznawi, went to the emergency room in an American hospital with a skin lesion, which a team of bioterrorism experts from Johns Hopkins confirmed was probably due to anthrax.  Meanwhile, the 9/11 hijackers were also trying to obtain crop-dusting airplanes.

So how did Mueller’s investigative team handle the case?

Mueller issued a statement in October of 2001, while anthrax victims were still dying: the FBI had found “no direct link to organized terrorism.”  The Johns Hopkins team of experts was mistaken, the FBI continued; Haznawi never had an anthrax infection.  The crop-dusting airplanes they needed were possibly for a separate and unrelated anthrax attack. 

A few weeks later, the FBI released a remarkable profile of the attacker.  FBI experts eschewed analysis of the content of the letters, where it was written in bold block letters, “Death to America, Death to Israel, Allah is Great.”  Instead, they focused on a “linguistic analysis,” stating that the letter’s author was not “comfortable or practiced in writing in lower[]case lettering.”  They therefore concluded that the author was likely an American.

The investigators hypothesized that the attacker was a lonely American who had wanted to kill people with anthrax for some undefined time period but then became “mission-oriented” following 9/11 and immediately prepared and mailed the deadly spores while pretending to be Muslim.

Mueller’s FBI honed in on Steven Hatfill – a “flag-waving” American who had served in the Army, then dedicated himself to protecting America from bioterrorist threats by working in the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases – as the culprit. 

There was no direct link from Hatfill to the attacks, by the FBI’s own admission.  The FBI never even charged Hatfill.

The bureau only spied on, followed, and harassed him, non-stop, for years.  The Department of Justice publicly outed Hatfill as the possible terrorist. 

While America’s secret police trampled on Hatfill’s dignity and life, Mueller took a stand – but on a different topic.  He made front-page news for threatening President George W. Bush with resignation over NSA policy – all while his own team was destroying the rights of an American in the FBI’s largest ever investigation.

Hatfill successfully sued the government for its unlawful actions.  He won almost six million dollars.

After the Hatfill investigation blew up in the FBI’s face, the agents moved on to Bruce Ivins, another Army researcher.  Ivins had actually been helping the FBI for years after having gone out of his way to contact the FBI to volunteer his expertise.  It wasn’t until five years after the attack that Mueller’s men decided that Ivins was a target.

The FBI case against Ivins was, once again, based on circumstantial evidence. 

  • The prosecution stated that Ivins had purposefully given a misleading sample of anthrax spore.  Frontline documented that this was a lie. 
  • Ivins was “familiar” with the area from which the anthrax letters were mailed – even though Pulitzer Prize-winning ProPublica lays out the accepted facts of the case, showing that it was impossible for Ivins to make the trip to mail the letters.
  • The spores used in the attacks were a similar type to the laboratory spores where Ivins worked – which ignores the fact that the anthrax letters had a unique additive, so sophisticated and dangerous that a scientist commented, “This is not your mother’s anthrax,” that was likely produced by a nation-state or al-Qaeda.

Ivins was never indicted.  He was just given the Hatfill treatment: house raided and threatened with a death sentence, or, as his lawyer put it, put under “relentless pressure of accusation and innuendo.”  He committed suicide.

One week later, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Taylor stated that Ivins was guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt,” and law enforcement was “confident that Dr. Ivins was the only person responsible for these attacks.” 

Director Mueller ordered an independent audit of the FBI’s case by the National Academy of Science but then quietly closed the case before the audit was finished.  Mueller concluded that Ivins alone committed the terror attack.  One year after Mueller closed the case, the NAS released its results and confirmed what many scientists had been repeating for years: the FBI’s science and conclusions were wrong.

The handling of the case was so egregious that a former FBI official involved in the investigation sued the FBI, alleging that the FBI had concealed evidence exculpatory to Ivins.

Mueller made his position known – “I do not apologize for any aspect of this investigation” – and stated that the FBI had made no mistakes.

The investigation was an unmitigated disaster for America.  Mueller didn’t go after al-Qaeda for the anthrax letters because he denied seeing a direct link.  But then he spent years abusing Americans without showing a direct link.

Mueller enjoyed the second longest tenure of any FBI director and was roundly applauded by nearly everyone (except Louie Gohmert).  For his behavior he was also awarded special counsel status to go after Donald Trump, in a process where, still, no one has any idea what specific crimes are even alleged.  There is every reason to think he will handle his most important investigation the same way he handled his second most important investigation.  We can safely predict that it will be a prolonged, abusive, and politically correct attack.  Actually, that isn’t even a prediction of the future.  It has already become a mere explanation of the past nigh year.

Controversy surrounds Robert Mueller and his investigation into the Trump-Russia collusion mirage.  Some maintain that he is the ultimate professional dedicated to following the truth, but others say he is a political hack.

There is no need to wonder about how Mueller operates.  His history has made it quite clear.  One needs only to study his actions as FBI director when he managed the FBI’s most important investigation ever.

In September of 2001, an entity began mailing anthrax through the U.S. postal system, hitting such prominent targets as NBC and Senator Tom Daschle’s office.  The terrorist attacks killed five and left others hospitalized.  The world panicked.

Under Mueller’s management, the FBI launched an investigation lasting ten years.  The bureau now brags about spending “hundreds of thousands of investigator hours on this case.”  To fully appreciate the Mueller response – whom his people investigated, targeted, and found guilty – it is appropriate to first build context.

The anthrax letters began just a week after the 9/11 attack.  Simultaneous to planning the airplane hijackings, al-Qaeda had also been weaponizing anthrax.  One of their scientists who ran an anthrax lab in Afghanistan also housed 9/11 hijackers.  In fact, one of the hijackers, Ahmed al Haznawi, went to the emergency room in an American hospital with a skin lesion, which a team of bioterrorism experts from Johns Hopkins confirmed was probably due to anthrax.  Meanwhile, the 9/11 hijackers were also trying to obtain crop-dusting airplanes.

So how did Mueller’s investigative team handle the case?

Mueller issued a statement in October of 2001, while anthrax victims were still dying: the FBI had found “no direct link to organized terrorism.”  The Johns Hopkins team of experts was mistaken, the FBI continued; Haznawi never had an anthrax infection.  The crop-dusting airplanes they needed were possibly for a separate and unrelated anthrax attack. 

A few weeks later, the FBI released a remarkable profile of the attacker.  FBI experts eschewed analysis of the content of the letters, where it was written in bold block letters, “Death to America, Death to Israel, Allah is Great.”  Instead, they focused on a “linguistic analysis,” stating that the letter’s author was not “comfortable or practiced in writing in lower[]case lettering.”  They therefore concluded that the author was likely an American.

The investigators hypothesized that the attacker was a lonely American who had wanted to kill people with anthrax for some undefined time period but then became “mission-oriented” following 9/11 and immediately prepared and mailed the deadly spores while pretending to be Muslim.

Mueller’s FBI honed in on Steven Hatfill – a “flag-waving” American who had served in the Army, then dedicated himself to protecting America from bioterrorist threats by working in the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases – as the culprit. 

There was no direct link from Hatfill to the attacks, by the FBI’s own admission.  The FBI never even charged Hatfill.

The bureau only spied on, followed, and harassed him, non-stop, for years.  The Department of Justice publicly outed Hatfill as the possible terrorist. 

While America’s secret police trampled on Hatfill’s dignity and life, Mueller took a stand – but on a different topic.  He made front-page news for threatening President George W. Bush with resignation over NSA policy – all while his own team was destroying the rights of an American in the FBI’s largest ever investigation.

Hatfill successfully sued the government for its unlawful actions.  He won almost six million dollars.

After the Hatfill investigation blew up in the FBI’s face, the agents moved on to Bruce Ivins, another Army researcher.  Ivins had actually been helping the FBI for years after having gone out of his way to contact the FBI to volunteer his expertise.  It wasn’t until five years after the attack that Mueller’s men decided that Ivins was a target.

The FBI case against Ivins was, once again, based on circumstantial evidence. 

  • The prosecution stated that Ivins had purposefully given a misleading sample of anthrax spore.  Frontline documented that this was a lie. 
  • Ivins was “familiar” with the area from which the anthrax letters were mailed – even though Pulitzer Prize-winning ProPublica lays out the accepted facts of the case, showing that it was impossible for Ivins to make the trip to mail the letters.
  • The spores used in the attacks were a similar type to the laboratory spores where Ivins worked – which ignores the fact that the anthrax letters had a unique additive, so sophisticated and dangerous that a scientist commented, “This is not your mother’s anthrax,” that was likely produced by a nation-state or al-Qaeda.

Ivins was never indicted.  He was just given the Hatfill treatment: house raided and threatened with a death sentence, or, as his lawyer put it, put under “relentless pressure of accusation and innuendo.”  He committed suicide.

One week later, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Taylor stated that Ivins was guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt,” and law enforcement was “confident that Dr. Ivins was the only person responsible for these attacks.” 

Director Mueller ordered an independent audit of the FBI’s case by the National Academy of Science but then quietly closed the case before the audit was finished.  Mueller concluded that Ivins alone committed the terror attack.  One year after Mueller closed the case, the NAS released its results and confirmed what many scientists had been repeating for years: the FBI’s science and conclusions were wrong.

The handling of the case was so egregious that a former FBI official involved in the investigation sued the FBI, alleging that the FBI had concealed evidence exculpatory to Ivins.

Mueller made his position known – “I do not apologize for any aspect of this investigation” – and stated that the FBI had made no mistakes.

The investigation was an unmitigated disaster for America.  Mueller didn’t go after al-Qaeda for the anthrax letters because he denied seeing a direct link.  But then he spent years abusing Americans without showing a direct link.

Mueller enjoyed the second longest tenure of any FBI director and was roundly applauded by nearly everyone (except Louie Gohmert).  For his behavior he was also awarded special counsel status to go after Donald Trump, in a process where, still, no one has any idea what specific crimes are even alleged.  There is every reason to think he will handle his most important investigation the same way he handled his second most important investigation.  We can safely predict that it will be a prolonged, abusive, and politically correct attack.  Actually, that isn’t even a prediction of the future.  It has already become a mere explanation of the past nigh year.



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How Trump Dominated Mueller and Tricked Democrats


Consider the central puzzle to Trump’s presidency: why did his own people give NeverTrumps a special counsel?

The most common explanation is that Trump is a bumbling fool.  First, he colluded with Russia.  Then he appointed Sessions, not knowing that Sessions would recuse himself.  Finally, he appointed Rosenstein and was blindsided by the initiation of Mueller’s probe.

The problem with this idea is that Trump has been a successful person for decades, building an empire in the cutthroat world of New York real estate.  Maybe it’s possible to argue that Trump isn’t a Harvard bookworm, but there is an enormous gulf between not being the second coming of Henry David Thoreau and being what Trump’s opponents say he is.  His record simply does not countenance a serious conclusion in accord with his haters.  At worst, he is merely competent, smart, and wily.

One of Trump’s favorite quotes is “A leader has the right to be beaten, but never the right to be surprised.”  The idea that two independent Trump nominations to the most important parts of his administration immediately acted in tandem to undermine his presidency is not believable.

Some Trump-supporters have a different theory: that Mueller is actually on Trump’s side, a “converted spy,” as Imperator_Rex would write.  Mueller is a Marine veteran who wants to support the American people but was forced into being Obama and Hillary’s agent.  Trump knows that Mueller will do what is right when given the chance.  The investigation will boomerang back against Democrats.

Though this is a thought-provoking theory that accepts the premise that Trump is fundamentally a competent actor, it also fails.  Mueller’s character was definitively established when, as FBI director, he oversaw the Anthrax Letters investigation to find out who mailed anthrax, weeks after 9/11, to prominent political American figures with letters saying, “Death to America, Death to Israel, Allah is great.”

Mueller’s FBI quickly exonerated al-Qaeda, stating there was no direct evidence of guilt.  The FBI then persecuted two different American scientists, who had worked for the Army, without any direct evidence.  FBI tactics against their “people of interest” included spying; wiretapping; house raids; leaking identities in public ways with the help of Mueller’s colleagues in the Department of Justice; bribing family members; and “bumper-locking,” a delightful tactic where the FBI trailed their American suspect so closely that they ran over his foot.

In the swamp, Mueller is one of the King Alligators.  There is no path from his known conduct in the FBI to a point where he follows the Trump investigation wherever it may take him, even if that means taking Democrats down.

Fortunately, though the two most common theories fail, there is an alternate theory that is consistent with all known facts.  Mueller is bent on harming Trump for unstated crimes of which there is no evidence.  And Trump wants Mueller doing exactly that.

Trump is facing the Salem witch trials.  Democrats are a runaway mob and want his blood.

Many Trump supporters are desperate for Trump to get in front of this mob and explain how he is innocent, that he is a nationalist who is strengthening the military, modernizing the nuclear forces, protecting America against an EMP attack, selling weapons to Ukraine, and increasing oil production, so quite clearly, he is not Putin’s agent, and they should all please stop their nonsensical protesting and turn around.

But Trump never made a serious effort to logically reason this out with his enemies.  It isn’t his style.

Trump has a fondness for Sun Tzu.  Here is a quote is I am sure he approves of: “Hold out baits to entice the enemy.  Feign disorder, and crush him.”  This is the hidden strategy.

Not only did Trump not stop Democrats’ attack on him, but he actually forced them to prosecute it.  He gathered Democrat swamp monsters into a single group, under his control, pointed them in a direction, and off they went.  From this perspective, the more anti-Trump the investigators are, the better.

The Democrats are well into their attack, ranting, chasing, running through the mountain pass.  But they are looking at a mirage.  Trump isn’t there.  They still haven’t noticed that Trump is president; Trump and his team are on top of the overlooks on either side. 

The ambush against Democrats is well underway.  The truth about Mueller’s investigation is coming out, and it his highly damaging, be it about Mueller team members Peter Strzok and Lisa Page exchanging texts calling Trump a “loathsome human,” Andrew McCabe testifying about a meeting in his office where FBI agents said they “can’t take that risk” of Trump becoming president, or Mueller obtaining thousands of Trump transition team emails in an improper manner. 

Democrats are not prepared for these developments.  The mainstream media are forced to black it out.  Eric Holder and James Comey post juvenile tweets. 

This is how Trump wants it.  Remember: during the campaign, Trump emphasized how he wouldn’t tell America’s enemies what his plans were.  Sun Tzu says, “These military devices, leading to victory, must not be divulged beforehand.”  Part of the reason the situation is confusing is that Trump wants it to be confusing.

After the ambush comes the counterattack.  Trump’s troops have been positioned.  The preparations are being completed.  The enemy is placed in a vulnerable spot. 

The Justice Department’s inspector general report will come out soon, ostensibly with highly damaging information on Democrat operatives.  Congressmen are getting increasingly fed up with prevarication by Deep State bureaucrats.  Congress is practically begging Trump to pursue Democrat corruption more aggressively. 

Simple explanations are always best.  It must be admitted: the idea that Trump is pulling a sophisticated and long-term caper can be hard to believe.  However, there is no other explanation that is simpler and makes sense.  Thus, we must accept the simplest explanation consistent with facts, which, in this case, is not all that simple.

Trump will probably never bother to explain this (though a tell-all autobiography would be the best book ever).  Bottom line, it’s impossible to know for sure what is going on in the murky swamp waters, but it appears that Trump is well in control of the situation.

Consider the central puzzle to Trump’s presidency: why did his own people give NeverTrumps a special counsel?

The most common explanation is that Trump is a bumbling fool.  First, he colluded with Russia.  Then he appointed Sessions, not knowing that Sessions would recuse himself.  Finally, he appointed Rosenstein and was blindsided by the initiation of Mueller’s probe.

The problem with this idea is that Trump has been a successful person for decades, building an empire in the cutthroat world of New York real estate.  Maybe it’s possible to argue that Trump isn’t a Harvard bookworm, but there is an enormous gulf between not being the second coming of Henry David Thoreau and being what Trump’s opponents say he is.  His record simply does not countenance a serious conclusion in accord with his haters.  At worst, he is merely competent, smart, and wily.

One of Trump’s favorite quotes is “A leader has the right to be beaten, but never the right to be surprised.”  The idea that two independent Trump nominations to the most important parts of his administration immediately acted in tandem to undermine his presidency is not believable.

Some Trump-supporters have a different theory: that Mueller is actually on Trump’s side, a “converted spy,” as Imperator_Rex would write.  Mueller is a Marine veteran who wants to support the American people but was forced into being Obama and Hillary’s agent.  Trump knows that Mueller will do what is right when given the chance.  The investigation will boomerang back against Democrats.

Though this is a thought-provoking theory that accepts the premise that Trump is fundamentally a competent actor, it also fails.  Mueller’s character was definitively established when, as FBI director, he oversaw the Anthrax Letters investigation to find out who mailed anthrax, weeks after 9/11, to prominent political American figures with letters saying, “Death to America, Death to Israel, Allah is great.”

Mueller’s FBI quickly exonerated al-Qaeda, stating there was no direct evidence of guilt.  The FBI then persecuted two different American scientists, who had worked for the Army, without any direct evidence.  FBI tactics against their “people of interest” included spying; wiretapping; house raids; leaking identities in public ways with the help of Mueller’s colleagues in the Department of Justice; bribing family members; and “bumper-locking,” a delightful tactic where the FBI trailed their American suspect so closely that they ran over his foot.

In the swamp, Mueller is one of the King Alligators.  There is no path from his known conduct in the FBI to a point where he follows the Trump investigation wherever it may take him, even if that means taking Democrats down.

Fortunately, though the two most common theories fail, there is an alternate theory that is consistent with all known facts.  Mueller is bent on harming Trump for unstated crimes of which there is no evidence.  And Trump wants Mueller doing exactly that.

Trump is facing the Salem witch trials.  Democrats are a runaway mob and want his blood.

Many Trump supporters are desperate for Trump to get in front of this mob and explain how he is innocent, that he is a nationalist who is strengthening the military, modernizing the nuclear forces, protecting America against an EMP attack, selling weapons to Ukraine, and increasing oil production, so quite clearly, he is not Putin’s agent, and they should all please stop their nonsensical protesting and turn around.

But Trump never made a serious effort to logically reason this out with his enemies.  It isn’t his style.

Trump has a fondness for Sun Tzu.  Here is a quote is I am sure he approves of: “Hold out baits to entice the enemy.  Feign disorder, and crush him.”  This is the hidden strategy.

Not only did Trump not stop Democrats’ attack on him, but he actually forced them to prosecute it.  He gathered Democrat swamp monsters into a single group, under his control, pointed them in a direction, and off they went.  From this perspective, the more anti-Trump the investigators are, the better.

The Democrats are well into their attack, ranting, chasing, running through the mountain pass.  But they are looking at a mirage.  Trump isn’t there.  They still haven’t noticed that Trump is president; Trump and his team are on top of the overlooks on either side. 

The ambush against Democrats is well underway.  The truth about Mueller’s investigation is coming out, and it his highly damaging, be it about Mueller team members Peter Strzok and Lisa Page exchanging texts calling Trump a “loathsome human,” Andrew McCabe testifying about a meeting in his office where FBI agents said they “can’t take that risk” of Trump becoming president, or Mueller obtaining thousands of Trump transition team emails in an improper manner. 

Democrats are not prepared for these developments.  The mainstream media are forced to black it out.  Eric Holder and James Comey post juvenile tweets. 

This is how Trump wants it.  Remember: during the campaign, Trump emphasized how he wouldn’t tell America’s enemies what his plans were.  Sun Tzu says, “These military devices, leading to victory, must not be divulged beforehand.”  Part of the reason the situation is confusing is that Trump wants it to be confusing.

After the ambush comes the counterattack.  Trump’s troops have been positioned.  The preparations are being completed.  The enemy is placed in a vulnerable spot. 

The Justice Department’s inspector general report will come out soon, ostensibly with highly damaging information on Democrat operatives.  Congressmen are getting increasingly fed up with prevarication by Deep State bureaucrats.  Congress is practically begging Trump to pursue Democrat corruption more aggressively. 

Simple explanations are always best.  It must be admitted: the idea that Trump is pulling a sophisticated and long-term caper can be hard to believe.  However, there is no other explanation that is simpler and makes sense.  Thus, we must accept the simplest explanation consistent with facts, which, in this case, is not all that simple.

Trump will probably never bother to explain this (though a tell-all autobiography would be the best book ever).  Bottom line, it’s impossible to know for sure what is going on in the murky swamp waters, but it appears that Trump is well in control of the situation.



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Why the United States and Russia Can Never Be Friends


Allegedly, the benefits of increased overtures to Moscow are significant, and varied enough to attract a wide spectrum of supporters. It’s not terribly hard to understand the instinct. Russia is one of the few powers on earth that could end civilization. Who in their right mind would want to fight with them? They have a history of brilliant culture, look like Americans, and share a religion with America’s Founders.

The problem, unfortunately, is that America can never be friends with Russia. America is a country based on freedom of speech and a government representing the people. Russia is the opposite. Russians don’t have anything like it. Not now. Not ever. This is a fundamental, irreconcilable difference.

Russian serfs were dominated by Tsars for centuries. Their revolution was owned by the Bolsheviks who killed people with machine guns for thought crimes. Russia was just getting started though, since Lenin was followed by Stalin. Almost a century after the Red Revolution, Russians still only had the choice of voting for a Communist or a former Communist who had been a career KGB man.

In modern Russia, if you say something that the leadership does not like, you may be shot in your house, shot in the back, or if you are lucky, maybe you will just have sh*t thrown on you and flee the country to protect your family.

By way of contrast, in American politics, Donald Trump was widely despised by the established powers, and won the Presidency. No matter what one thinks of Trump, whether he is a great man or a clown, there can be no doubt that he illustrated the power American citizens have to choose their own destiny. Indeed, the worse one thinks Trump is, the more it shows the power of the people to elect whom they please.

Trump could not have run his campaign in Moscow against Putin. Candidates from Vladimir Bukovsky to Boris Nemtsov to Garry Kasparov, have made milder statements against the establishment than Trump has, only to be exiled or killed.

Trump is a minor revolution against the government, something the world will see and learn from. In fact, there is a long history of America inspiring action around the world. Dramatically, it happened when the French decapitated their king. A more recent example would be how the United States stood with the oppressed people of the world throughout the Cold War, eventually enabling the Romanian people to execute their Communist overlords.

There is a lesson here for Putin. America’s very existence undermines him: his power, wealth, family, and life.

Closed societies engage in censorship of free speech to protect the ruling class. A prosperous and free America is “speaking” to ordinary Russians, whispering, hinting, showing a different type of life, one with freedom, one where Russians could freely say No to Putin.

The Ukrainians were also talking to Russians when almost a million patriots took to the streets, risking their lives, to oust the corrupt Russian puppet Viktor Yanukovych. Putin’s invasion of Ukraine only makes sense in this context. It was to silence freedom loving Ukranians lest the Russian people get any dangerous ideas.

Of course, Putin won’t stage a ground invasion of America. But in other ways, his tactics to weaken America — promotion of the secession of Texas, and funding BLM to incite ethnic rivalries — are remarkably similar to Russian actions in Ukraine

Russia, the country who has never held their Communists accountable for mass death, is planning on opening up a memorial to American Indians who died in America hundreds of years ago. The Kremlin wants to show that America is founded on genocide and thus morally bankrupt. If Putin cannot literally silence America, then undermining America’s credibility is necessary. These are not the actions of a friend.

America, for its part, has a choice. The President can call out Russian actions for what they are, this does not mean taking aggressive military action, but merely speaking the truth. A President tried this a few decades ago when he had the clarity to call the most dangerous power humanity has ever seen the “evil empire.” His foreign policy met with good results.

The other choice is to say what adversarial powers want America to say and hope this level of appeasement will decrease conflict without compromising America too badly.

Actually, this policy has already been tried. Bill Clinton tried to work out a relationship with the Kim regime, George Bush remarkably looked the other way while Iran aided Al-Qaeda, and of course Obama’s conciliatory attitude to any foreign power with a grievance was one of his trademark policies. The result is that today the world hangs on a knife’s edge.

Unfortunately, for all the nice gestures America has made to Russia — from the $20,000,000 given to feed Russians after the Bolshevik Revolution, to helping the Russian people rid themselves of the Communist regime, or the billions America gave Russia after the collapse of Communism — the Kremlin’s preferred policy is to demonize America.

Pleasant fantasies and smart policy are not the same thing. Unless anyone expects Putin to voluntarily put himself in danger, there is every reason to think Russia’s leaders will continue with the same necessarily antagonistic policy. Pleading with Russia to improve relations is unproductive and unbecoming to America. 

Friendship-with-Russia is a popular policy which candidates state boldly. It helps them get elected.

The yearning for a friend in Moscow stretches back decades, whether it be Bernie Sanders taking his honeymoon in the Soviet Union, Nixon bragging about his friendship with Brezhnev, or Franklin D. Roosevelt defending Stalin every chance he got.

Allegedly, the benefits of increased overtures to Moscow are significant, and varied enough to attract a wide spectrum of supporters. It’s not terribly hard to understand the instinct. Russia is one of the few powers on earth that could end civilization. Who in their right mind would want to fight with them? They have a history of brilliant culture, look like Americans, and share a religion with America’s Founders.

The problem, unfortunately, is that America can never be friends with Russia. America is a country based on freedom of speech and a government representing the people. Russia is the opposite. Russians don’t have anything like it. Not now. Not ever. This is a fundamental, irreconcilable difference.

Russian serfs were dominated by Tsars for centuries. Their revolution was owned by the Bolsheviks who killed people with machine guns for thought crimes. Russia was just getting started though, since Lenin was followed by Stalin. Almost a century after the Red Revolution, Russians still only had the choice of voting for a Communist or a former Communist who had been a career KGB man.

In modern Russia, if you say something that the leadership does not like, you may be shot in your house, shot in the back, or if you are lucky, maybe you will just have sh*t thrown on you and flee the country to protect your family.

By way of contrast, in American politics, Donald Trump was widely despised by the established powers, and won the Presidency. No matter what one thinks of Trump, whether he is a great man or a clown, there can be no doubt that he illustrated the power American citizens have to choose their own destiny. Indeed, the worse one thinks Trump is, the more it shows the power of the people to elect whom they please.

Trump could not have run his campaign in Moscow against Putin. Candidates from Vladimir Bukovsky to Boris Nemtsov to Garry Kasparov, have made milder statements against the establishment than Trump has, only to be exiled or killed.

Trump is a minor revolution against the government, something the world will see and learn from. In fact, there is a long history of America inspiring action around the world. Dramatically, it happened when the French decapitated their king. A more recent example would be how the United States stood with the oppressed people of the world throughout the Cold War, eventually enabling the Romanian people to execute their Communist overlords.

There is a lesson here for Putin. America’s very existence undermines him: his power, wealth, family, and life.

Closed societies engage in censorship of free speech to protect the ruling class. A prosperous and free America is “speaking” to ordinary Russians, whispering, hinting, showing a different type of life, one with freedom, one where Russians could freely say No to Putin.

The Ukrainians were also talking to Russians when almost a million patriots took to the streets, risking their lives, to oust the corrupt Russian puppet Viktor Yanukovych. Putin’s invasion of Ukraine only makes sense in this context. It was to silence freedom loving Ukranians lest the Russian people get any dangerous ideas.

Of course, Putin won’t stage a ground invasion of America. But in other ways, his tactics to weaken America — promotion of the secession of Texas, and funding BLM to incite ethnic rivalries — are remarkably similar to Russian actions in Ukraine

Russia, the country who has never held their Communists accountable for mass death, is planning on opening up a memorial to American Indians who died in America hundreds of years ago. The Kremlin wants to show that America is founded on genocide and thus morally bankrupt. If Putin cannot literally silence America, then undermining America’s credibility is necessary. These are not the actions of a friend.

America, for its part, has a choice. The President can call out Russian actions for what they are, this does not mean taking aggressive military action, but merely speaking the truth. A President tried this a few decades ago when he had the clarity to call the most dangerous power humanity has ever seen the “evil empire.” His foreign policy met with good results.

The other choice is to say what adversarial powers want America to say and hope this level of appeasement will decrease conflict without compromising America too badly.

Actually, this policy has already been tried. Bill Clinton tried to work out a relationship with the Kim regime, George Bush remarkably looked the other way while Iran aided Al-Qaeda, and of course Obama’s conciliatory attitude to any foreign power with a grievance was one of his trademark policies. The result is that today the world hangs on a knife’s edge.

Unfortunately, for all the nice gestures America has made to Russia — from the $20,000,000 given to feed Russians after the Bolshevik Revolution, to helping the Russian people rid themselves of the Communist regime, or the billions America gave Russia after the collapse of Communism — the Kremlin’s preferred policy is to demonize America.

Pleasant fantasies and smart policy are not the same thing. Unless anyone expects Putin to voluntarily put himself in danger, there is every reason to think Russia’s leaders will continue with the same necessarily antagonistic policy. Pleading with Russia to improve relations is unproductive and unbecoming to America. 



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