The Trump Effect (Or How Democrats Learned to Stop Worrying And Love the CIA)

Have you noticed that suddenly many Democrats and the MSM are in love with the CIA?

Many of the same folks who accused the CIA of playing politics with intelligence and justifying torture in the last administration seem to believe everything coming out of Langley these days.

Yes, call it the Trump Effect!

Even Rolling Stone magazine noticed it.

In a surprisingly accurate feature article released just before New Year’s, Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi questioned the declassified Russian hacking report (and this was before we’d even heard about “Golden Showers“) and reminded his liberal readers that the CIA has a track record of political shenanigans dating back to the Iraq War, declaring:

Something About This Russia Story Stinks!

 

The problem with this [Russian hacking] story is that, like the Iraq-WMD mess, it takes place in the middle of a highly politicized environment during which the motives of all the relevant actors are suspect. Nothing quite adds up.

If the American security agencies had smoking-gun evidence that the Russians had an organized campaign to derail the U.S. presidential election and deliver the White House to Trump, then expelling a few dozen diplomats after the election seems like an oddly weak and ill-timed response.

 

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Also, like the WMD story, there’s an element of salesmanship the government is using to push the hacking narrative that should make reporters nervous.

Ah, yes. Salesmanship. Even as someone who was inclined to trust President George W. Bush on the Iraq War, I questioned the timing of the assault on Baghdad and the rushed inspection of suspected nuclear sites, which struck me as nothing more than a sales job. I’ll never forget watching those U.N. inspector trucks on their mad (almost ridiculous) rush around Baghdad driving from site to site followed by the bumbling press brigades. They all looked like Keystone Cops.

It seemed like no matter what they found, we were headed toward war — a war that ended up costing 4,491 precious American lives and almost $3 trillion (and counting) from the Treasury. Who wouldn’t want to re-think that decision?

And the same rushed sales job is occurring today. Everything we’ve seen from Obama and Company since Nov. 9th 2016 has been about selling us a narrative — Donald Trump is not a legitimate president — and concocting a phony war: the Russians hacked the election, as Taibbi points out:

Democrat-leaning pundits have been unnervingly quick to use phrases like “Russia hacked the election.” This has led to widespread confusion among news audiences over whether the Russians hacked the DNC emails (a story that has at least been backed by some evidence, even if it hasn’t always been great evidence), or whether Russians hacked vote tallies in critical states (a far more outlandish tale backed by no credible evidence

 

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Did the Russians do it? … On one end of the spectrum, America could have just been the victim of a virtual coup d’etat engineered by a combination of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, which would be among the most serious things to ever happen to our democracy.

But this could also just be a cynical ass-covering campaign, by a Democratic Party that has seemed keen to deflect attention from its own electoral failures.

 

The outgoing Democrats could just be using an over-interpreted intelligence “assessment” to delegitimize the incoming Trump administration and force Trump into an embarrassing political situation: Does he ease up on Russia and look like a patsy, or escalate even further with a nuclear-armed power?

But Obama would never put politics above national security would he? No waaaaaaaay.

Unfortunately, “salesmanship” and outright con jobs are nothing new for Obama and his administration. They’ve been in sales mode for eight years. His administration, after all, Grubered us on healthcare, changed the way they reported deportations to make it look like they were actually doing their jobs, and cooked the intelligence on ISIS and other terrorist groups, including the group that attacked our Benghazi compound — to win re-election.

Every administration will want to portray itself in a positive light. But We the People have the right to be suspicious — especially when the intelligence reeks of politics — and places us in a war footing with a nuclear state.

I’m grateful Trump has promised a full report on alleged hacking within 90 days. I hope the Trump Effect will shed light on exactly what is happening within our government and intelligence community.

Meantime, stay skeptical, my friends. Stay nervous. And stay worried. We’re living in strange times.

 

 



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