Category Archives: Russia

UPDATED (7/27): Why’s POTUS Lashing Out At Sessions NOW? A Theory …

Donald Trump, Family, Government, Justice, Law, Russia

I was critical of Jeff Sessions early this year because he couldn’t stop groveling for nothing.

Why is it so hard for Jeff Sessions to say this: “Senators meet foreign diplomats all the the time. Establishment members are lying when they say they don’t meet with Russian diplomats. (And that includes Republican sleeper cells like Jason Chaffetz, Kevin McCarthy, Rob Portman and Barbara Comstock.)

The recusal was of a piece with this servile demeanor typically assumed by Republicans.

Via the Wall Street Journal:

Mr. Trump blamed Mr. Sessions’s recusal on the Russia probe as the reason the Justice Department named Robert Mueller as special counsel in charge of the investigation. Mr. Mueller’s appointment came after Mr. Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey, who had been overseeing the investigation.

However, President Trump had said nothing at the time. And Sessions has since proceeded to be one of the few cabinet nominees to do things consistent with Donald Trump’s campaign promises.

I’ve watched Trump closely now for close to 2 years. I believe that for him, like for most parents, it’s kids before country. And since POTUS has brought those kids of his into the affairs of the country, the anger over their perceived mistreatment is spilling over into the affairs of state.

This interview with the Wall Street Journal was given in the presence of … Ivanka Trump. Today, husband Jared Kushner got quizzed again, for the second day, by Robert Mueller, special counsel in charge of the investigation into the affair that never was: Russia.

My guess? Ivanka has been bitching to dad non-stop about her poor girlie Jared, who  underwent the Third Degree.

“An honest public servant can’t become rich in politics,” admonished Harry Truman. While Ivanka was already rich when she pressured dad to include her in his administration; the First Daughter did expect that she and family would be revered, not treated like common criminals.

And what Ivanka wants, Ivanka gets.  I think Trump has revved up his bitching at poor Sessions, suddenly, because Ivanka is bitching at the president for allowing Sessions to compromise the sainted Jared Kushner.

Just a theory.

UPDATE (7/27): Are we hoping too much for a method in the attack Sessions madness?

NEW COLUMN (UPDATE @7/23): Truman Would Have Agreed With Trump On The CIA In Syria

Donald Trump, Foreign Policy, History, Middle East, Russia, The State

“Truman Would Have Agreed With Trump On The CIA In Syria” is the current column, now on Townhall.com. An excerpt:

Said the president: “For some time I have been disturbed by the way CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and, at times, a policy-making arm of the Government. … [T]his quiet intelligence arm of the President has been so removed from its intended role that it is being interpreted as a symbol of sinister and mysterious foreign intrigue.”

This dire warning about the propensity of the Central Intelligence Agency to go rogue came from Harry S. Truman.

Truman’s call to “limit the CIA role to intelligence” was published in December 22, 1963, by the Washington Post (WaPo). The same newspaper is now decrying Presidents Trump’s decision to “end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad, a move long sought by Russia, according to U.S. officials.”

The move is a good one. The WaPo threw Russia into the reportorial mix purely to sully President Trump (and due to the intellectual deficiencies of correspondents incapable of teasing apart policy from political intrigue).

The 33rd U.S. president, a Democrat before the great deformation of that party, was first to issue the warning against the agency he had established. Not only was the newly founded intelligence arm of President Truman mutating into “a policy-making arm of government,” but it was “a subverting influence in the affairs of other people,” he cautioned.

In 1963, Truman was meditating on restoring the monster he had created “to its original assignment” of intelligence gathering in the raw. The CIA’s sole purpose was to keep the president apprised of information unfiltered, un-politicized.

In 2017, Trump is dealing with a genie too powerful to beat back into the bottle: a mutated swamp creature.

So, is this a screeching U-turn in Trump’s foreign policy? Who know, but in Syria, at least, President Trump is inching closer to delivering on a campaign promise. …

… READ THE REST. “Truman Would Have Agreed With Trump On The CIA In Syria” is now on Townhall.com.

For those who missed the latest column, first on American Thinker; the Mercer Column can be read on Townhall.com, the Unz Review, a little later on Daily Caller, Liberty Conservative, and others. And it’s always posted eventually on IlanaMercer.com.

UPDATE I (Facebook):  “What a superb angle, Ilana! Invoking Truman’s warning about ‘The Company’ is brilliant,” writes author Bill Scott.

UPDATE II (7/23):
John McCain:

The CIA Has Become A Policy-Making Arm Of Government, Warned Harry Truman

Donald Trump, Foreign Policy, Government, Intelligence, Middle East, Russia

“President Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad,” declared the Washington Post. The paper quickly went on to qualify that this was “a move long sought by Russia” [and, for this reason, suspect] Its source? The usual anon “U.S. officials.”

Limiting the role of the CIA was also something Harry Truman sought (hat tip to Myron Pauli) and expressed in the same newspaper now condemning Trump for scaling back the CIA’s covert operations in Syria:

The Washington Post
December 22, 1963 – page A11

Harry Truman Writes:
Limit CIA Role
To Intelligence

By Harry S Truman
Copyright, 1963, by Harry S Truman


INDEPENDENCE, MO., Dec. 21 — I think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence Agency—CIA. At least, I would like to submit here the original reason why I thought it necessary to organize this Agency during my Administration, what I expected it to do and how it was to operate as an arm of the President.
I think it is fairly obvious that by and large a President’s performance in office is as effective as the information he has and the information he gets. That is to say, that assuming the President himself possesses a knowledge of our history, a sensitive understanding of our institutions, and an insight into the needs and aspirations of the people, he needs to have available to him the most accurate and up-to-the-minute information on what is going on everywhere in the world, and particularly of the trends and developments in all the danger spots in the contest between East and West. This is an immense task and requires a special kind of an intelligence facility.
Of course, every President has available to him all the information gathered by the many intelligence agencies already in existence. The Departments of State, Defense, Commerce, Interior and others are constantly engaged in extensive information gathering and have done excellent work.
But their collective information reached the President all too frequently in conflicting conclusions. At times, the intelligence reports tended to be slanted to conform to established positions of a given department. This becomes confusing and what’s worse, such intelligence is of little use to a President in reaching the right decisions.
Therefore, I decided to set up a special organization charged with the collection of all intelligence reports from every available source, and to have those reports reach me as President without department “treatment” or interpretations.
I wanted and needed the information in its “natural raw” state and in as comprehensive a volume as it was practical for me to make full use of it. But the most important thing about this move was to guard against the chance of intelligence being used to influence or to lead the President into unwise decisions—and I thought it was necessary that the President do his own thinking and evaluating.
Since the responsibility for decision making was his—then he had to be sure that no information is kept from him for whatever reason at the discretion of any one department or agency, or that unpleasant facts be kept from him. There are always those who would want to shield a President from bad news or misjudgments to spare him from being “upset.”
For some time I have been disturbed by the way CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the Government. This has led to trouble and may have compounded our difficulties in several explosive areas.
Some of the complications and embarrassment I think we have experienced are in part attributable to the fact that this quiet intelligence arm of the President has been so removed from its intended role that it is being interpreted as a symbol of sinister and mysterious foreign intrigue—and a subject for cold war enemy propaganda.
With all the nonsense put out by Communist propaganda about “Yankee imperialism,” “exploitive capitalism,” “war-mongering,” “monopolists,” in their name-calling assault on the West, the last thing we needed was for the CIA to be seized upon as something akin to a subverting influence in the affairs of other people.
I well knew the first temporary director of the CIA, Adm. Souers, and the later permanent directors of the CIA, Gen. Hoyt Vandenberg and Allen Dulles. These were men of the highest character, patriotism and integrity—and I assume this is true of all those who continue in charge.
But there are now some searching questions that need to be answered. I, therefore, would like to see the CIA be restored to its original assignment as the intelligence arm of the President, and that whatever else it can properly perform in that special field—and that its operational duties be terminated or properly used elsewhere.
We have grown up as a nation, respected for our free institutions and for our ability to maintain a free and open society. There is something about the way the CIA has been functioning that is casting a shadow over our historic position and I feel that we need to correct it.

No wonder The Swamp hates POTUS. Trump wants to downsize National Security Council & CIA & seek peace in Syria.

Bravo! Delivering on a campaign promise, #POTUSTrump ‘ends covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria.’

The ‘Russians Did It! Canard Continued

Donald Trump, IMMIGRATION, Republicans, Russia

By Dr. Boyd D. Cathey

The “Russians Did It!” canard is alive and well, with each day bringing one more “leak,” dressed up in Deep State “drag” to resemble “a threat to the republic,” “collusion,” or, maybe—they hope—“treason.” The latest “event,” splattered all over MSNBC and CNN and The New York Times, is that during a formal banquet for the members of the G-20 and their wives in Hamburg, Germany, President Trump walked over to join his wife (who had been seated next to Vladimir Putin at the dinner table) for a few minutes, and chatted for a few minutes with “the new Hitler”!

Heaven help us and our national security!! Another “meeting,” another previously-unrevealed conversation between Trump and his puppet-master! Where are James Bond and John Le Carre when we need them? Of course, the fact that this brief encounter happened in the presence and earshot of the other presidents, notables, and their wives, in public, makes absolutely no difference to the Mainstream Media [MSM]. Or, to quote a couple of unhinged Democratic congressmen: “Any meeting with a Russian is a meeting with an agent and spy for the Russian government!”

And, so now, I must also confess my guilt. You see when I was a doctoral grad student in the University of Navarra in Spain, I had a good friend (he was a roommate for one semester) who was a Russian. His name was Yevgeny [Russian for “Eugene”], and I seem to remember that his family—I believe his last name was Sheremetev—had been exiles since the 1920s. But, alas, now I know—since he was a Russian and he was desirous of being my friend, obviously he was plying me for intel and information! And, yes, I admit it, I discussed all sorts of things with him, and I probably revealed all sorts of very important details and privileged secrets: how many students were in my graduating class at Garner High School, my father’s military history during World War II, my involvement as a student in politics, and my girlfriends. Alas, I am certain that, according to those Democrat congressmen and Deep State masters, I engaged in “collusion”! And, now, I am worried that black, blinded SUVs, with Washington DC license plates, will be stationed outside my humble house …. Will I be called before Congress to testify? Do any of you know a good attorney who might defend me pro bono?

VOTER FRAUD
The president’s commission on potential voter fraud is running into stiff opposition. Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was named by the president to head a bipartisan Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity to investigate thoroughly and prepare a report on any voting irregularities or fraud, including possible voting by illegal aliens. Remember that the media and Democrats ridiculed the president’s claim that possibly several million illegal votes may have been cast this past November. They assured us: It didn’t happen, there is no evidence. Okay, said the president, I’ll name a commission to investigate the question, which is exactly what he did. So, now, as the Kobach Commission requests information on voter rolls [which is, in fact, public information] from the states, the commission has met with push-back and refusals, and the MSM is screaming bloody-murder. And, just yesterday the Congressional Black Caucus demanded [it’s always a “demand” with those folks!] that Kobach be fired.

But, why? If there is no illegal voting, no election fraud, why would they be so unhinged and frenzied in attacking the work of the commission? Aha, you see, their response is that the commission’s activities signal an attempt at “voter suppression” of minorities, immigrants, poor folks—in other words, the Democratic dependent blocs. Thus, the real reason emerges from the political rhetorical muck: “Those illegal voters, those non-citizens, those illegal aliens, those thousands of dead people in Cook County, Chicago and elsewhere, all those folks are OUR folks!How dare you question THEIR ‘right’ to vote!”

And the implication here goes to the very heart of their playbook: The United States has become, for them, a “universal nation” for which there are NO borders and which is open to ANY refugee or illegal immigrant, as long as, that is, that person will become a part of the bloated congerie and motley crew of dependent Democratic minority and pressure groups. That’s the real reason … and, again, most of the GOP is AWOL.

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~ Dr. Boyd D. Cathey is an Unz Review columnist, as well as a Barely a Blog contributor, whose work is easily located on this site under the “BAB’s A List” search category. Dr. Cathey earned an MA in history at the University of Virginia (as a Thomas Jefferson Fellow), and as a Richard M Weaver Fellow earned his doctorate in history and political philosophy at the University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain. After additional studies in theology and philosophy in Switzerland, he taught in Argentina and Connecticut before returning to North Carolina. He was State Registrar of the North Carolina State Archives before retiring in 2011. In addition to writing for The Unz Review, Cathey writes for The Abbeville Institute, Confederate Veteran magazine, The Remnant, and other publications in the United States and Europe on a variety of topics, including politics, social and religious questions, film, and music.