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Let the meltdown begin! (UPDATE)

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Ooooooo…….. Mummy, mummy…the pain. The pain

I don’t usually cover “breaking news” because that’s not what blogs are for, but this news is just too delicious to ignore.

Twitter sells out to Elon Musk – Twitter Press Release.

Twitter, Inc. today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an entity wholly owned by Elon Musk, for $54.20 per share in cash in a transaction valued at approximately $44 billion. Upon completion of the transaction, Twitter will become a privately held company.
Under the terms of the agreement, Twitter stockholders will receive $54.20 in cash for each share of Twitter common stock that they own upon closing of the proposed transaction. The purchase price represents a 38% premium to Twitter’s closing stock price on April 1, 2022, which was the last trading day before Mr. Musk disclosed his approximately 9% stake in Twitter.

I’ll stay away from the beach today because of the risk of a tsunami of Leftist tears.

Meanwhile, from one of the alternative sites to Youtube (Alphabet’s favourite Stasi source), Rumble, is a little piece of video you’ll laugh your tits off at – if you’re a right-winger

Live look at Elon Muck firing people at Twitter.

The questions about what will actually change will now come to the fore, starting with whether the Babylon Bee will get their account re-activated? Still, it would seem they’ve got a handle on this…

Leftists Worried Elon Musk Will Turn Twitter Into A Place
Where Terrible People Post Bad Opinions
And Fight With Each Other All The Time

The irony is that this all started because of the Babylon Bee’s now famous headline, which got them banned from Twitter.

And of course the possibility of the return of He Who Shall Not Be Named.

This is also relevant.

The great Iowahawk is having fun…

Resume update: Conversation Safety & Quality Associate, Twitter Inc., 2018-2022. Created bold initiative that resulted in a net $10 billion gain in shareholder value

Written by Tom Hunter

April 26, 2022 at 11:09 am

An amazing interview

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Now that even the NYT and Washington Post, plus reef fish like CNN and MSNBC, have acknowledged that Hunter Biden’s laptop and contents are the real deal and not “Russian Disinformation”, it’s interesting to go back to the source of the story, the Mac repair guy, and see what he has to say about it.

The following lengthy Breitbart interview of the man is both fascinating and horrifying. There are several portions that I think need to be quoted. First up, his dealings with the FBI about the laptop:

JM: I don’t look at it that way. My ‘What if?’ is ‘What if the FBI had done its job?’ What if they had taken the drive in October of 2019 and done something with it instead of doing nothing with it?’ I count four times, including the time Rudy handed it to them, that the FBI had the opportunity to do something and chose not to. If they had done something two-and-a-half years ago, maybe now I would have a job and I wouldn’t have had to have gone to Giuliani and Giuliani wouldn’t have had to go to the Post to get the truth out.

Then there is that Washington Post contact by Giuliani:

JM: I remember, the day after the story broke, it was October 15 [2019],  and I had CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post in my store. It was immediately obvious they were only there to catch me in a lie. They were not there for the truth. They wanted to catch me revealing their narrative. I told them everything. I offered to show them a photo of Hunter’s signed authorization. They weren’t interested. They were only interested in their narrative. They were only interested in what their trusted government sources were feeding them. So they published nothing I said because it wasn’t what they wanted to hear— that this was a valid, factual, and consequential story.

Yesterday, I left a comment with the Washington Post and they probably won’t publish that.

BNN: CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post didn’t use anything you said back when the story first broke?

JM: They were only interested in discrediting me. If not, they would have told the public what I told them. The thing that messed me up is that I wasn’t ready for this. No one coached me. I didn’t even know what I could or could not say. I’m cornered in my shop by five members of the press. It was a very awkward interview. I was as uncomfortable as I have ever been. My main concern was protecting my family. I didn’t want my dad harassed so it was awkward.

I find it amazing that Giuliani could have been naive enough to think that the WaPo would treat the story as evidence of Hunter Biden’s corruption and then follow-up with hard questions for Joe Biden and further investigation: that he never thought they’d run the opposite angle. It’s a key lesson for every single GOP politician and activist: never, ever trust the NYT, WaPo or any of the MSM again. They’re actively working for the Democrat Party and they will destroy you, even if you’re a nobody, in order to get Democrats elected. As the journalist who interviewed him, John Nolte says:

You can’t go to the media anymore. It used to be that if you could just get the truth to the media, the media would publish the truth and the truth would protect you. There are all kinds of movies about this, about how the goal is to find a heroic journalist who will tell the truth and save you… The Three Days of the Condor, The Pelican Brief, The China Syndrome… The idea was always this: if the government and big business were about to crush and destroy you — you, the individual, the brave truth-teller, the lonely whistleblower —  there was always a safe place to run. 

No more. They’re all in on it.

In this case “JM” had to abandon his business and get out of Biden’s state, Delaware, for a year. Even now he’s still getting harassed as a “Putin stooge” and a “criminal hacker”, despite having jumped through every legal hoop to do it right, including with the FBI. He did at least get good protection from the local cops in the face of multiple death threats from Biden supporters. But there’s still damage:

JM: Bankruptcy is possible. I could lose my house. I’m not there yet and I hope not to lose my house. A friend finally convinced me to let her open a GiveSendGo account to help me out. That’s helping some. I’m also doing odd jobs, like going to people’s homes and picking up trash for twenty dollars an hour. It’s not like fixing computers like I used to. I’m reluctant to go back into that business because I have no control over who will show up.

Speaking of trust there’s this from “JM”: he doesn’t blame the WaPo after they “failed” to protect his identity by not blurring out the name of his little shop from a photo in their article, which is when the trouble started:

JM: (laughs) With the New York Times finally coming out last week and admitting the laptop was real, that’s what I want to see more of. The more that news gets out that I’m not a hacker, not a Russian spy, not a traitor, the more quickly and efficiently I can rebuild my life. Once people realize ‘He’s not these things, He did the right things,’ then I feel I will have an opportunity to rebuild my life. Last week, with the New York Times’ admission, that was the first glimmer of hope I’ve had in over a year. It’s only one news source, but the Washington Post just reached out to me, so…

JM: You have to trust that system, that it’s going to work. Once you go outside the system, it has no purpose.

Oh dear. He also still believes in the system that largely destroyed him.

Written by Tom Hunter

April 3, 2022 at 2:00 pm

Election conspiracy theory updates

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As a long-time observer of US elections in my lifetime, and with great interest in their history, leading to being an avid reader of books like Down For The Count (Dirty Elections and the Rotten History of Democracy in America) by Guardian writer Andrew Gumbel, I got quite a kick out of the sudden and dramatic turnaround of the US Democrat Party, the MSM and all “balanced and impartial observers” with regard to claims of election corruption in the wake of the 2020 US Presidential election.

Suddenly all those claims about corruption and cheating in the 2000, 2004 and 2016 US elections started to get memory-holed. It’s perhaps not surprising then that the book quoted above, first published in 2005 and updated in 2008, does not have a Wikipedia entry (it’s also known as Steal This Vote)!

However, perhaps the reason is that the people who won the election for Joe Biden in 2020 actually didn’t keep quiet about it, but burst forth into print just a few months later to boast about their efforts in the now infamous TIME magazine article, The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election. Rather than memory holing, the tactic was blatant spin as the election was “fortified” (not stolen you see).

There was a conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes, one that both curtailed the protests and coordinated the resistance from CEOs. Both surprises were the result of an informal alliance between left-wing activists and business titans. The pact was formalized in a terse, little-noticed joint statement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO published on Election Day. Both sides would come to see it as a sort of implicit bargain–inspired by the summer’s massive, sometimes destructive racial-justice protests–in which the forces of labor came together with the forces of capital to keep the peace and oppose Trump’s assault on democracy.

You see! It was Trump that was stealing the election and the USA was “saved” by all these brave and honest billionaires and Democrat activists.

Also “behind the scenes” since then has been a major effort by the Republican Party across the USA to fix up the process and make sure the sort of crap pulled in 2020 does not happen again, at least not on as large a scale and not in swing states. Interestingly the progress that has been made shows up the same things that the TIME article noted – except from a POV that they were corrupted things rather than good ones.

First up is a Wisconsin legal decision on ballot drop boxes:

A judge in the state of Wisconsin ruled on Thursday that the use of ballot boxes in the 2020 election was, in fact, illegal. Joe Biden was declared the winner over Donald Trump in the state by 20,682 votes.

This stunt was pulled in various places leading up to the 2020 election: various election practices not approved of by the state legislature as legally required. In this case simple instructions issued by election bureaucrats, along with no legal requirements on what a drop box could be, on protecting them or even having a chain of custody log or ballot count.

The Healthy Elections Project reports that, during the 2020 election, “only eight states explicitly permit[ed] or require[d] ballot drop boxes by statute or regulatory guidance,” but that drop boxes were nonetheless available to voters in at least 19 states. In other words, under the umbrella excuse of COVID!, at least 11 states used drop boxes without legislative authorization to do so.

By an odd coincidence, Wisconsin is one of a handful of swing states where “midnight magic” occurred on election night. These were the states where, at some point in the wee hours, massive vote dumps produced huge jumps in Biden’s, and only Biden’s, vote tallies.

Associated with this was testimony from former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, who led an audit of the 2020 election in his state, that the election was so corrupt that the state legislature should “take a very hard look at the option of decertification of the 2020” presidential election. Purely symbolic at this stage re “President” Biden of course and it’s more important to focus on future elections.

Then there’s another big swing state, Pennsylvania, where the ballot mail-in laws have been found to be unconstitutional:

This will be bittersweet news for a lot of people. A five-judge panel has ruled that Pennsylvania’s universal mail-in voting law violates the state’s constitution, an argument conservatives have been making since it was enacted in 2019. That election law went on to play a pivotal role in delivering the state for Joe Biden in 2020, who trailed on Election Night, but pulled ahead as more and more mail-in votes were counted.

Now this is not the end of the matter. Democrat Governor Tom Wolf will appeal the decision and it will make its way to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, where the Democrats have a majority so it will likely be reinstated. I’d like to think that it will then be taken to the US Supreme Court, given how important it is, both as an election-corrupting law in general and as an example of how constitutions don’t matter a crap to the Democrat party unless their ox is being gored.

We live in an era where the judiciary is simply an activist wing for Democrats. While you are always holding your breath on how a Republican-nominated judge will rule, those put in place by Democrats typically vote in lockstep.

The idea that the “right to vote” only exists in the absence of any and all guardrails is moronic. But that’s the argument Democrats are making all over the country, including in Pennsylvania. By their logic, why not let people vote on their phones? Heck, let’s have a full year of early voting. If all procedures and protections qualify as voter suppression, as Democrats claim, then what’s the argument for not just blowing up everything?

As an addendum to this, recent video and audio recordings from the state’s Delaware County (3rd largest in Pennsylvania), have revealed ever more systemic problems with the voting than previously suspected:

To date, the videos have exposed a wide array of problems with election integrity, including on-tape admissions that the election laws were not complied with, that 80 percent of provisional ballots lacked a proper chain-of-custody, that there were missing removable drives for some of the voting machines, and that election workers “recreated” new drives to response to the Right to Know request.

With boxes of voting sheets lining the basement floor of a Delaware County building, the election worker tells Miller, “There were six precincts in one location and all of the machines were, all of the scanners were, programmed to accept any ballot of those six precincts.”

“It was a nightmare,” the Delaware County official explained, adding that “you couldn’t, there’s no way you could reconcile” the results.

To a certain extent what is described there is little different than what Gumbel describes in his hilarious (and hair-raising) chapters on electronic ballots, mail-in ballots and scanners, starting in the 1970’s. This is just bigger than the elections he looked at.

They’ll be more stories to come from many US States as they repair the system and with Chinese Lung Rot in abeyance the primary reason for mail-in ballots, ballot-harvesting and the like will also recede. One note not mentioned in these articles or cases is that while the number and proportion of mail-in ballots showed massive increases in 2020 the error rates collapsed:

  • Georgia: 6.5% rejections in 2016 to a mere 0.2%, more than 30 times lower.
  • Pennsylvania: 1% in 2016 to 0.03% this year.
  • Nevada: 1.6% in 2016 to around 0.75% this year.
  • Michigan: 0.5% in 2016 to 0.1% this year.
  • North Carolina: 2.7% in 2016 to 0.8% this year.

The folks at FiveThirtyEight provide several sober reasons for this incredible improvement in quality control, but given the screwups in so many other areas of the election that looks like special pleading that would not be used if Trump had won.

We’ll have to wait for the 2024 elections to see if these miracles re-occur.

Meantime I’m reminded of a line from Down For The Count where the advisor of one long-forgotten losing candidate’s said of his opponents: “They cheated fair and square”.

Written by Tom Hunter

March 25, 2022 at 3:46 pm

Tangerine

It seems an appropriate title – both for skin colour and the connection to my recent post on European energy woes.

Yes, folks, Germany was warned, but not by an “expert” with a PhD who had read a hundred professional articles on geo-politics and published a few himself, but by someone with plain common sense.

On the other side of the fence is a leader who sits at conference tables a bit differently. There’s something very, very wrong there – and I’m not talking about a lack of confidence in Russia’s own “Sputnik” vaccine.

Meantime, Biden apologists are hard at work explaining why a war that didn’t break out on Trump’s watch broke out on that of their man.

As with Ardern when you have someone that useless at the top you can bet they’ve appointed useless people reporting to them.

I think that cartoonists have a better handle on Biden than those “serious” clowns.

As they do on Putin, – starting with the fans of Austin Powers.

The two following are probably a bit unfair given Putin’s known disdain for both Hitler and Lenin, but the point is not the man but the megalomaniacal desire of these men for control.

But I don’t want to hear one goddamned word of criticism of Putin from Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, not after his praise of the Chinese government over the years, his love of Castro and his recent use of War-time-like powers against a bunch of truckers.

Finally, here’s Twitter user DefiantLs with yet another embarrassing catch.

Interestingly DefiantLs was banned from Twitter a few weeks ago. All they do is post other people’s tweets with no commentary and no editorialising. They just catch Lefty assholes making inconsistent or hypocritical statements, and they pair those statements together. They are extremely effective. They constantly embarrass the MSM shills, Democrats and the grifters of NeverTrump. No reason was given for the ban so it’s not surprising that Twitter reinstated them a few days ago.

Written by Tom Hunter

March 5, 2022 at 12:02 pm

The fate the Left would love for all Trump supporters

American investigative reporter Julie Kelly has done sterling work reporting on the aftermath of the January 6, 2021 “Insurrection” and the reaction of America’s security state to the rioters.

But even her reports of the lengths the US State has gone to in destroying these people has not been exceeded by this latest:

Matthew Perna did nothing wrong on January 6, 2021. The Pennsylvania man walked through an open door on the Senate side of the building shortly before 3 p.m. that afternoon. Capitol police, shown in surveillance video, stood by as hundreds of Americans entered the Capitol. Wearing a “Make America Great Again” sweatshirt, Perna, 37, left after about 20 minutes.

Less than two weeks later, Perna was ensnared in what the former top U.S. prosecutor called a “shock and awe” campaign to round up Trump supporters and deter them from demonstrating at Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, 2021. After he discovered his image on the FBI’s most wanted list for January 6, Perna immediately contacted his local FBI office and voluntarily submitted to questioning; on January 18, six FBI agents arrested Perna at his home.

His life from that point turned into a nightmare. Perna was indicted by a grand jury in February 2021 on four counts including obstruction of an official proceeding and trespassing misdemeanors. Despite his nonviolent participation in the events of that day — he did not assault anyone, carry a weapon, or vandalize property — Biden’s Justice Department and local news media nonetheless made his life pure hell. Whenever his hometown paper, the Sharon Herald, published an article on its social media account about Perna, the majority of replies were “horrible and brutal,” his aunt, Geri Perna, told me on the phone Sunday. After more than a year of legal and public torture, Perna saw no way out.

On Friday night, Matthew Perna hung himself in his garage.

“They broke him, they mentally broke him,” Geri said through racking sobs as she explained why her loved one ended his life. “He had run out of hope. I know he couldn’t take it any more.”

Who needs Putin when you’ve got the FBI and the Department of “Justice” in your own country.

I’d forgotten this but here it is, courtesy of Liberal law professor Ann Althouse’s US blog post on the subject:

“As a nation, we began by declaring that ‘all men are created equal.’ We now practically read it ‘all men are created equal, except negroes.’ When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read ‘all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.’
When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty – to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.”

Abraham Lincoln

Written by Tom Hunter

March 2, 2022 at 6:00 am

Die MSM, Die – Trump’s Hurricane Katrina

“Two-hundred twenty thousand Americans dead. Anyone who’s responsible for that many deaths should not remain President of the United States.” – Joe Biden, October 2020

President Biden beat that number some time ago, but Trump’s death toll to January 20, 2021 (his last day in office) was 434,018. Some time in January 2022 Biden will exceed that total and of course he’s already tripled the figure he trumpeted in that speech.

And all this with the vaccines that Trump’s Operation Warp Speed left to him.

In fact it was always silly to hold a US President responsible for something like this, given how little power a President has domestically: the real power belongs to governors of US states.

Still, I didn’t make these stupid rules, so by his own standards, Dementia Joe should now resign, or be removed, in shame and disgrace.

Ha! Aside from the Democrat Party the MSM will also have none of that. There has been almost no reporting of this “grim new milestone”.

It’s not the first time such a thing has happened to a President. When the GOP lost control of the House in 2006, after holding it for twelve years, the main factors were held to be weariness with the Iraq War, various scandals with GOP members of Congress, and a sense that the GOP was not even delivering for its own supporters.

But a different view came from the opposition, at least in hindsight. James Carville is a long-time Democrat operative, part of Bill Clinton’s success in the 1990’s and who was still very much part of the machine in 2006 with his group Democracy Corps, and his post-election report showed something different. The GOP’s fortunes fatally cratered in the Fall of 2005. What happened in the Fall of ‘05.

Hurricane Katrina.

In effect Katrina gave the MSM a way to talk about the Iraq War without talking about the Iraq War. And they milked it for all it was worth.  The MSM painted the Superdome as the site of multiple rapes, incuding that of babies. Snipers were shooting at rescue helicopters. NBC news anchor Brian Williams saw “bodies floating” in the French Quarter. Wolf Blitzer incited a racist narrative, calling the victims “so poor, so black.” Kanye West famously declared that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people. Bush was mocked for using the FEMA trailers for emergency housing after the storm – even though they’re often used for that purpose all over the country. He was blamed for failing to put all of the first responders in the direct path of the storm – instead of where they were stationed, just outside of the area to keep them safe until the storm passed but close enough to swarm the area. He was blamed for the levee failures, even though they were the result of decades of neglect by State and Federal government. He was blamed for people staying in the 9th Ward when the storm surge flooded them out. On and on it went.

Another notable feature was that the Lousiana Governor and the New Orleans mayor escaped this criticism at the time because they were Democrats, although their incompetence and catastrophically stupid decisions would catch up with them eventually in the local news media and certainly with local voters who looked at them more closely than at President Bush.

But against Bush and the GOP at the Federal level the the demagoguery worked, as it always had in the middle of a horrific disaster. It was aided of course by the old saying that a lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on. The MSM were also helped by the so-called fog-of-war, which gave them the opportunity to craft the most lurid stories possible – but with enormous amounts of plausible deniability afterwards

Some years later there would be various mea culpas as almost all of this was revealed to have been MSM bullshit, most notably when none other than DNC Chair, Donna Brazille, acknowledged publically that Bush had actually done quite well on Katrina, with no disagreement voiced by her friends and allies. But by then they could afford to be generous, with their party in total control of Washington D.C.

And so we came to 2020 and the Wuhan Flu – and faced with a new and even more evil GOP President, the MSM went for their old playbook.

MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace (former advisor to McCain’s 2008 campaign) in March, 2020:

Eddie Glaude: “But this may be, and you know Nicole, I should mention this with a little trepidation, but this may be Donald Trump’s Katrina.”

Nicolle Wallace: “Yeah…Let’s just lean into that for a minute. Katrina was the moment when all the things that felt incompetent about the Bush presidency, …”

They were not alone: CNN “Fact Checker” Chris Cillizza;

Paul Krugman;

Krugman actually went on to say it was more like Trump’s “WMD moment”. I also appreciated this Washington Post columnist who described it instead as “Trump’s Chernobyl.” (actually it would be more accurately described as China’s Chernobyl).

You’ll be amazed to know that this exactly matched the talking points of the various Democrats running for their party’s nomination:

Most of this required some serious memory-holing of the MSM’s own stances on C-19 in January and February. This article has a great rundown of them, with links: “Too early” to declare a global health emergency (NBC), Travel bans are a mistake (WaPo); Coronavirus won’t be a “deadly pandemic” (Vox), and so forth. This WaPo shot is a typical example.

The key here was that much of this was in response to Trump’s January 31 decision to impose travel restrictions on China-US flights, described by the NYT as follows:

The White House, in defiance of recent American history, also opted to go medieval by aggressive measures like barring entry to non-Americans who were recently in China and advising Americans not to go to China or South Korea.

Once again there was an eerie match with Democrat Party talking points:

The premature travel ban to and from China by the current administration is just an excuse to further his ongoing war aganst immigrants. – Chuck Schumer

The prominent Politico site went further:

Yet by March/April the Narrative had been flipped on it’s head, as analysed in this March,2020 piece which summarises it:

A myriad of op-eds proclaiming that containing the virus was actually hurting the containment of the virus. None of it made sense, but it wasn’t meant to make sense. It was simply a way to start an orange man bad narrative. Now that we have infections in the United States, they’ve flipped the narrative and claim Trump hasn’t done enough. There was never any winning for him in this situation. The media were simply not going to allow it.

It would go on like that through to the election, which made it an even better weapon than Hurricane Katrina had been against Bush.

False stories that the WH Pandemic Response Team had been disbanded (none other than a former Obama official denied that), that the CD testing failure was down to Trump (in fact he cut the red tape to get proper testing underway), that Trump wasn’t listening to the scientists (it’s now clear that he listened all too much to Fauci and Blix), that all talk of developing a vaccine in less than a year was nonsense

Trump certainly did not help himself by doing his usual schtick of always being the centre of attention. It had worked for his election in sucking oxygen away from other GOP candidates, but it’s not how Presidents should deal with an ongoing crisis. It reminded me of Jimmy Carter getting trapped by the Iraq hostages situation. Trump also made the same mistake he committed in other areas of his Administration by not firing bureaucrats who were either useless or working against him – Fauci and Blix to the fore again.

Perhaps, like Donna Brazille, future politicians and journalists will be willing to acknowledge the things that Trump did get right in 2020 with Covid, especially given the historic contrast that will be drawn with Biden and his higher death toll despite better knowledge, testing and vaccines.

But in the meantime, there is no doubt that this all-out, year-long MSM attack, meshed with Democrat Party strategy, worked. Absent the Chinese Xi Snot pandemic, Trump likely would have won.

Written by Tom Hunter

December 22, 2021 at 6:00 am

A Civil Break, not a Civil War.

… “we don’t eat the same breakfast cereal anymore. We don’t read the same newspapers. We don’t consume the same news. We’re divided in every way, shape, and form in our culture, and thus it translates downstream into our politics”. 

In this post a few months ago I took a look at the growing talk about a possibility of second American Civil War.

But a second take on the matter has begun to emerge in the wake of the results of two criminal trials. The first is for young Mr Rittenhouse, who was found not guilty on all charges for having killed two Antifa members attacking him, plus wounding a third who aimed a pistol at his head. The second was for Mr Smollay, who was found guilty on all but one charge of faking an attack on himself by “racist, homophobic MAGA deplorables”.

Both trials have revealed that the split in the USA between two populations that has been observed at least since 2008, is growing wider. This is explored in a couple of articles. America on the Verge, and One Angry Nation, Two Wildly Divergent Explanations, both written after the Rittenhouse trial. In the first the writer looks directly at the context of the Rittenhouse shootings in 2020:

Political violence was worse in the 1960s and 1970s, but yesterday’s extremists lacked institutional backing. Today’s left-wing racial radicalism is different from the outbursts of the Vietnam and civil rights era. The inner-city explosions of the 1960s were ugly and destructive, but also unplanned and unapproved by those in power.

Compare then and now, when the most widespread and destructive urban violence in 50 years was cheered on by the mainstream media, the Democratic Party, and activist groups funded by corporate America. In 2020 alone, Black Lives Matter got $12 million from Google, and $10 million each from Amazon and Facebook. The organization received millions from video game companies, retail companies, manufacturers, hotels, sports leagues, celebrities, and wealthy individuals. 

U.S. embassies and federal agency headquarters unfurled Black Lives Matter flags as cities burned

That is a huge change between the two epochs of civil violence. It’s as if the various institutions of the USA want themselves to be destroyed. Given how many of the contemporary ruling class have marinated in decades of Leftist education whose analysis of the US is of a nation wracked by unforgivable Original Sins, that should not be a surprise. It’s why almost all of the same people jumped on the Smolley story to proclaim him as a victim and then Rittenhouse as the oppressor. They also likely think they can escape the destruction.

America still stands on the precipice of a dark abyss. The fact is, we live in a society where mass political violence has been normalized, and because it’s being used as a political and ideological bludgeon to threaten and intimidate the people of this country, the authorities have abdicated their responsibility to protect life and property. The people who have created these conditions are the same baying for the blood of Kyle Rittenhouse for defending himself from three of their own.

The second article is an analysis by one Peter Wood of a book recently published that tries to explain what’s going on in the USA, the author having interviewed a lot of Trump supporters

We Americans have become an angry bunch. On that Evan Osnos and I agree. Osnos is a staff writer for the New Yorker whose new book, Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury, surveys some of the same territory as my new book, Wrath: America Enraged. But on why we are angry and what it all means, Osnos and I diverge.

Osnos apparently wrote a very flattering book about Joe Biden and his campaign for President so that, plus being a writer from The New Yorker, gives a taste of where his latest work is going. According to him it’s all about irrational fear, starting with the 9/11 attacks:

Trump, the Tea Party, the NRA—they all made use of that rising unease of Americans who could not quite put a name to the anxieties they felt about the disordering of their world, about the puncturing of American invincibility, the browning of America, the vanishing of jobs to automation, the stagnation of their incomes. The language of force gained ground, Sarah Palin, in her appearances at Tea Party rallies and online, made frequent use of metaphors from the Revolutionary War and the world of guns. ‘Don’t retreat, reload,’ she liked to say.

Wood thinks this is merely the usual explanation that the Left loves…

… to psychologize away the dissatisfactions of the tens of millions of Americans.. who can’t quite put a name on their anxieties are the easily manipulated dupes of demagogues such as Palin and Trump…As Osnos puts it, those “already stewing in economic or racial resentment,” were not in possession of an ideology but had “a rootlessness of the mind—a loss of purpose, inspiration, and community.” 

Wood sees two things instead. First, that outbursts like this are a familiar part of American history and that the seeds of the current decay started a lot further back than 9/11 with the decline of admiration for self control and the rise of a new permission to display anger working its way into the broader culture. Second, that there are real reasons for the anger of the people that Osnos “analyses”:

Somehow missing in his 400-page plus account are the words that are seared in the memories of a great many Americans… Deplorables and bitter clingers are touchstones for almost every working-class Trump supporter I have ever talked with, and it seems odd that Osnos never mentions those words, despite quoting copiously from Hillary and Obama, and despite his interviewing a fair number of working-class Trump voters.

It’s notable that Obama’s contempt was actually aimed at Democrat voters who chose Hillary Clinton over him in the 2008 Pennsylvania primary, and that Hillary attacked him for his “arrogance” as well as being “elitist and out of touch” – before doing the same thing in 2016. Those voters likely still voted for Obama in 2008. In 2016 many must have voted for Trump when he won that same state.

[Had Osnos heard them it] would cast doubt on the idea that the Tea Party and the populist movement that followed it were rooted in “fear.” The roots of that movement were righteous fury, not baffled distress or unfocused anxiety. People understood perfectly well that a new governing class had arisen determined to overturn democratic norms and our self-governing republic and to replace them with domination by self-serving “experts” and a globalized elite.

English ex-pat writer (and North England Working Class boy) Clive Crook, had spotted this in 2016, Donald Trump, Class Warrior, which is very much worth re-reading together with these pieces.

Apparently Osnos thinks that things will calm down after a while and these people “will settle down to enjoy the normalcy of American life. The normalcy he has in mind, of course, is the dispensation of permanent progressive government.

Woods does not agree and explains why in both the article and in his own book, Wrath. In this he would no doubt be interested in the following two comments. The first one from the Chicago Boyz blog, written a year ago:

We’re already at the split. We read different books, watch different movies and television shows – those of us who still watch movies and television – follow different celebrities, earn a living in different ways, educate our children differently. We honor different things, different heroes and heroines, have wildly different aspirations and hopes for the future. We are already split.

The second almost identical one made just the other day by a Pearl Harbour historian while being interviewed about that attack:

“[Andrew Breitbart] once said, very adroitly, that politics is downstream from culture. Our culture, we don’t eat the same breakfast cereal anymore. We don’t read the same newspapers. We don’t consume the same news. We’re divided in every way, shape, and form in our culture, and thus it translates downstream into our politics. I personally think — and not that I’m hoping, I’m just an observer — but I think the United States is heading toward a breakup. It’s already happening.”

That means the numbers on this map may mean something more than just an escape from Democrat areas of high taxes, over-regulation, high crime and poor government – and the eventual result being much more than just Red states continuing to gain House seats from Blue states.

See also Secessionitis and Greater Idaho.

The next GOP Hitler

This is a follow-on from the previous post about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s time as Governor of California, his betrayal of GOP principles in line with other GOP politicians, and the subsequent rise of Trump.

It’s often said that Trump represented something new and frightening about the American Right Wing:

“I think Donald Trump is an authoritarian. He’s not an ideologue, he’s not a principled man in the way that Goldwater was….I think that the times are different and I think the people are altogether different,” Bernstein tells CNN’s Don Lemon. Earlier this week, as Mediaite notes, Bernstein “told CNN’s Brian Stelter that Trump is ‘a new kind of fascist in our culture’ with an ‘authoritarian demagogic point of view.’”

That’s Carl Bernstein of Watergate reporting fame, and that’s what the US Left and the Democrats always say about a GOP President or candidate, even Mitt Romney and John McCain – and Barry Goldwater:

As managing editor of the CBS Evening News, Cronkite seemed to relish pricking Goldwater from time to time for sport. In late July, he introduced a report from CBS correspondent Daniel Schorr, a hard-and-fast liberal working from Munich. With an almost tongue-in-cheek smile, Cronkite said, “Whether or not Senator Goldwater wins the nomination, he is going places, the first place being Germany.” Schorr then went on a tear, saying, “It looks as though Senator Goldwater, if nominated, will be starting his campaign in Bavaria, the center of Germany’s right wing.”

The backstory was merely that Goldwater had accepted an invitation from Lieutenant General William Quinn for a quick holiday at Berchtesgaden, a U.S. Army recreational center in Germany. But Schorr made the takeaway point that Berchtesgaden was once “Hitler’s stomping ground.” Goldwater, trying to show off his NATO bona fides, had granted an interview with Der Spiegel in which he mentioned a possible trip to Germany soon. Some Democratic opposition researcher floated the idea that Goldwater was infatuated with the Nazis. It was ugly stuff.

Sure it was, about the man who a later Leftist journalist would describe as “principled”, decades later when Goldwater was safely dead. But then, every Republican presidential candidate, from Thomas Dewey (smeared as a Nazi by no less than Harry Truman) to the present will be attacked by the left in this fashion, no matter his temperament, or small-government policies (you need Big Government for real Fascism). In his 1984 book, Troubled Journey: From Pearl Harbor to Ronald Reagan, Fred Siegel, points out that this nasty crap started as far back as 1940:

Henry Wallace, the point man for the New Dealers, fought the 1940 election with the slogan “Keep Hitler out of the White House.” Wallace conceded that “every Republican is not an appeaser. But you can be sure that every Nazi, every Hitlerite, and every appeaser is a Republican.” Wallace glossed over the isolationism of leading Democrats like Burton Wheeler who were left-leaning at home yet impassioned appeasers…At their harshest, fervent New Dealers dropped the qualifiers and pronounced Wendell Willkie, Roosevelt’s middle-of-the-road Republican opponent, “the man Hitler wants elected president.”

Siegel should have mentioned a far more prominent name among the Democrat appeasers – Joe Kennedy. A little later, in his 1944 State of the Union address, FDR smeared the laissezfaire Coolidge era of the 1920s as “the spirit of fascism:”

If history were to repeat itself and we were to return to the so-called “normalcy” of the 1920′s—then it is certain that even though we shall have conquered our enemies on the battlefields abroad, we shall have yielded to the spirit of Fascism here at home.

Eisenhower was the only one who escaped the slur, probably because of his reputation from being the Supreme Commander of European Allied forces, the brief unanimity in facing down Communism, and the fact the he didn’t change any Democrat domestic policies.

But with Nixon’s return so came the Reductio ad Hitlerum. Those of us who are old enough also remember the same shit thrown at Reagan, Bush 41 and Bush 43. Here’s the same Carl Bernstein writing in 2012 about “Mitt Romney’s Radicalism”. That article also carried the same lines about the GOP and its voters that you’re hearing today in 2021:

“today’s Republican Party (and its Tea Party wing) represent the first bona fide radical political party to rise to dominance in Washington in nearly 100 years.”

As another article responded:

Tea Party members oppose Big Government, excessive federal spending and debt. Bernstein is claiming that it is somehow “radical” to want to return to the founding principles of the United States and save America from financial bankruptcy and economic ruin. Who is the real radical?

Plus being tagged as racists because there was a Black Man in power, completely ignoring the fact that the groundswell of protest started with Bush’s bank bailouts in late 2008. One famous sign seen at Tea Party rallies in 2009 read “It Doesn’t Matter What This Sign Says, You’ll Call Us Racists Anyway.” As law professor Glenn Reynolds responded to “Right Wing” David Brooks of the NYT and his heavy breathing about Trump in 2016:

The Tea Party movement — which you also failed to understand, and thus mostly despised — was a bourgeois, well-mannered effort (remember how Tea Party protests left the Mall cleaner than before they arrived?) to fix America. It was treated with contempt, smeared as racist, and blocked by a bipartisan coalition of business-as-usual elites. So now you have Trump, who’s not so well-mannered, and his followers, who are not so well-mannered, and you don’t like it.”

Of course, none of this would have been possible without the stenographers of the Democrat party, their MSM operatives with bylines.

“The lowest form of popular culture – lack of information, misinformation, disinformation, and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people’s lives – has overrun real journalism. Today, ordinary Americans are being stuffed with garbage.” – Carl Bernstein, 1992

Pre-internet you will note.

Now, the same crowds, having defeated Evil Orange Man, are gearing up to do the same thing again to the next GOP President and Nominee, as even the squishy National Review notes:

After four years spent painting Trump as a unique threat to the nation, progressive pundits have begun moving on to new villains.

“Former President Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to our nation, at least, if you support our democratic republic,” [MSNBC’s] Obeidallah wrote. “But DeSantis is more dangerous.”

That was quick.

The ironic thing is that the Democrats may see their hysterical nightmare come true, as this guy explains the theme further in Every New Republican Is the Most Evil Republican Ever:

Chimpy McBu$Hitlerburton is tolerated now that he’s snuggling with the Obamas and Clintons, stabbing his loyal supporters in the back, and doing cheesy watercolors of veterans his grotesque incompetence got mutilated. All that unpleasantness about him being in on 9/11 is just a vaguely troubling memory from long ago.

They treated Trump like some radical, but they misunderstood him as they misunderstand so much else. Donald Trump was less a revolutionary than an eccentric with an inability to hide his contempt for his fellow caste members. He grew up and prospered in elite society, and he enjoyed it – as his myriad amorous adventures splashed across the cover of the NY Post testified. What made him dangerous is that he didn’t participate in the framework of Mutually Assured Discretion.

They hated him not because he embraced a few conservative ideas. They hated him not even because of those mean tweets – they like meanness. No, they hated him because he told the forbidden truth. He told the terrible secret to those unwashed people out there in Americaland who make things for a living and sweat when they work, that our elite is not only not better than the plebs but is much, much worse in every sense.

The truth that many observers of Trump saw in 2016 was that he was still the boy from Queens, gazing across at Manhattan and determined to be accepted by it. He never really was but he carried that yearning to Washington D.C.

Yet, Donald Trump did not want to destroy the ruling caste. At least until the end, he still maintained residual respect for its institutions. He might have accurately labelled it the “failing New York Times,” but at some level, he still thought he could win over Maggie Haberman and get a sweet write-up. He didn’t want to burn it all down; he just wanted to slap some of the swells around.

Luckily the Democrats foolishly decided not to embrace him for big spending things like a trillion dollar infrastructure bill and expanded Medicare (which he would have loved), but instead went feral; 100% opposition frenzy 25/8/366. Trump’s greatest gift was that he forced his opponents to lift their masks of civility and reveal just what awful, ugly and unprincipled pieces of shit they were, and where they were located, which in some cases was inside the GOP.

The key indicator is their norm-breaking – the norms they touted for so long about free speech, due process, and self-determination were all fine right up until the outsiders started to use them to threaten the insiders’ positions and prestige.

As some handful of those Republicans who had opposed Trump in 2016 later acknowledged; if you looked at policies, the guy was governing much like any GOP President, as well as doing some things previous GOP Presidents had promised and never delivered. But it didn’t matter to the Never Trumpers; nothing does. And so.

The next victorious Republican – one will come even if we detour back to another squish for a cycle or so – will be ruthless. He will understand that the enemy is serious about holding on to power and that means holding us by our throats. He will understand that to win means to take the fight to them, to ignore the whining and howling

He will not care about earning their favor. He will care about payback. He will be woke, conservative woke, and for the first time in a long time, Democrats will be right about something, for they shall fear him.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 9, 2021 at 12:00 pm

Total Recall – or why Trump arose

With the recently concluded recall election in California that resulted in a thumping win by Governor Newsom, I was intrigued to find an old book review that covered the aftermath of a previous recall election in the state in 2003 against Governor Gray Davis.

That election resulted in a loss for Davis and more importantly a win for the former actor and Republican, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who would go on to win election in his own right and was Governor for two consecutive terms (eight years), the maximum mandated. In 2012 he published a memoir of that time, Total Recall (the title of one his hit movies). In the same way, he titled himself The Governator, after his most famous movie role as The Terminator.

I’m less interested in the review itself or the book than some of the tidbits that fell out of it (and some that did not) regarding his ideology as a Californian Republican governing in a state that’s about as Deep Blue as it gets. Here’s just three, the first two coming courtesy of his then wife, Maria Schriver: she was Democrat royalty (Kennedy family) and the force behind the Governator’s picks for key offices.

  • Given the awful condition of California’s finances at the time people expected somebody with a record of budget reform. Instead, thanks to Shriver, they got Ana Matosantos, a Puerto Rican with an undergraduate degree in political science and feminist studies. She easily moved on to become as chief budget advisor in Democrat Governor Jerry Brown’s administration. The state bled billions for years and the improvements were done by Brown himself. Naturally she failed up and is now Newsom’s “energy czar”.
  • Another was appeal court judge Tani Cantil-Sakauye, billed as a “moderate Republican.” In 2015, an illegal alien gunned down Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier, but Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye was untroubled by Democratic sanctuary policies that protected the shooter. In 2017 he charged that ICE agents were “stalking” criminal illegals in courthouses.
  • Even without his wife, Schwarznegger called Fabian Núñez, a very Left former state assembly speaker, “one of my closest allies among the Democrats.” The pair worked together on AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act, which the governor claimed would be good for the economy. It wasn’t. What’s not in the book is that, in 2008, Núñez’s son Esteban was involved in the fatal stabbing and sentenced to 16 years in prison for manslaughter. How he avoided murder and life I don’t know but Ms Núñez tried to get that sentence reduced further. A judge refused. During his final hours as governor, Schwarzenegger commuted Esteban’s sentence to seven years. He did not notify the victim’s family and Judge Lloyd Connelly called the action “distasteful and repugnant.”

So there you have it. After the disastrous Gray Davis, voters expected a true reformer. Instead they got a climate change fanatic, a collaborator with corrupt Democrat politicians, and a coddler of violent criminals. In short, Arnold Schwarzenegger governed not just as a Democrat, but a quite Leftist one. About the best you can say of him was that he vetoed some awful bills.

You add in people like Mitt Romney, John McCain and Arlen Specter (a Senator who would switch to the Democrats after years of being touted as a solid Republican), plus the complete failure of GW Bush to rein in the size of government (hell, he pumped it up), his Liberal Internationalism that saw wasted nation-building war efforts, plus the obvious, post-political, cosiness of them all with their Democrat “opponents” and one can see why Trump won the GOP nomination in 2016, then the Presidency, and maintains a lot of influence in the GOP to this day.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 8, 2021 at 11:02 pm

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Seven Days in January: why General Milley must resign.

General Curtis LeMay

After the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 it became known that the famous WWII bomber pilot, General Curtis LeMay, and then US Air Force Chief of Staff, had had a very serious disagreement with President Kennedy. LeMay’s approach was that Cuba had to be bombed and the Soviet nuclear missiles taken out. The USSR would not go nuclear because they knew how badly they were outmatched in nuclear arms.

When Kennedy instead took the option of putting a “quarantine” around the island and negotiating with the Soviets to pull the missiles, LeMay and many other military men were livid.

The outrage was so strong that many Leftists of all shades, with Cold War paranoia rampant and what they believed was the militarisation of the USA, felt that a military coup was now a distinct possibility. So deep was this feeling that key people in Hollywood made a famous conspiracy theory movie about it, with Kennedy’s knowledge and approval.

Welcome to real life in 2021.

The first inkling of something weird came with this report on January 8.

The reaction on the US Right was a mixture of outrage at Pelosi’s relentlessly partisan bullshit and concern at the degree to which she had inserted herself into the chain of command. Pelosi was effectively trying to foment a coup against the legally elected president of the U.S. and interfere with his constitutional powers, when she had no right or ability to do so.

The idea that Trump, the first President since Eisenhower not to launch a war, would suddenly launch a nuclear attack on China seemed, and is, trumped up political insanity. Pelosi may have actually believed this or it may have been yet another of her endless political attacks resulting from her intense partisan hatred of the GOP combined with an ever more personal hatred of Trump. Either way it was a nonsense.

Still, the story did not go anywhere. People shrugged it off as just another crazy Beltway story to go with many others in those days.

Then, in July, a book was published by Washington Post reporters Phil Rucker and Carol Leonnig, “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year” that carried more details. The authors wrote that Milley and his deputies feared that people close to Trump would advise him to take rash military action such as launching an armed strike, quickly withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan or deploying troops in a way that was related to the election results.

“They may try” but won’t succeed, Milley told his deputies about a possible coup, according to the book. “You can’t do this without the military. You can’t do this without the CIA and the FBI. We’re the guys with the guns.”

Milley declined to comment and Trump haughtily dismissed the claims. Again the story vanished into the ether in about 48 hours. Even the NYT’s Chris Caldwell stated bluntly that “General Milley had no direct evidence of a coup plot”. No he didn’t and of course all this vaunted intelligence that supposedly had Milley preparing for a coup, showed no preparation at all for the “insurrection” of January 6, which raises the question of whether it was just all in his head.

Caldwell titled his piece “What if There Wasn’t a Coup Plot, General Milley?” and put forward this warning:

While some might greet such comments with relief, General Milley’s musings should give us pause. Americans have not usually looked to the military for help in regulating their civilian politics. And there is something grandiose about General Milley’s conception of his place in government. He told aides that a ‘retired military buddy’ had called him on election night to say, ‘You represent the stability of this republic.’ If there was not a coup underway, then General Milley’s comments may be cause more for worry than for relief. Were we really that close to a coup?

For all Mr. Trump’s admiration of military officers, they wound up especially disinclined to accommodate his disorderly governing style

We might be grateful for that. But our gratitude should not extend to giving military leaders any kind of role in judging civilian ones.”

I think Caldwell gives Milley too much credit. I’d already seen enough of the man during his “White rage” Congressional testimony in June to conclude that he was a mediocrity as a political thinker and a drama queen besides. The Afghanistan debacle reinforced that in spades. In fact the degree of “intelligence” and “military preparation” in that situation reminded me very much of Milley in late January.

But in the last few days the biggest blockbuster of them all has come out. A book by the famous Watergate journalist Bob Woodward, which revealed even more details, including claims that Milley had conducted direct phone conversations with his Chinese counterpart because of his fears about Trump:

“In a pair of secret phone calls, Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, assured his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the PLA, that the U.S. would not strike, according to a new book by Bob Woodward & Robert Costa.”

This report claims Milley pledged to alert his CCP counterpart in the event of a U.S. attack, quoting Milley as saying: “General Li, you & I have known each other for now five years. If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise.”

I held back from writing a post simply because I don’t trust Woodward, who has coasted on his Watergate reputation while seeming to invent “quotes” and other “facts” that support his reporting, none worse than his completely implausible claims decades ago about a deathbed confession by former CIA director Bill Casey. Also this could have been reported months ago but Woodward waited until there was a book to sell, so he’s likely adding a lot of spin to help flog it and make money.

That said, he is right much more often than wrong. Woodward seems to use the tactic of the late Robert Novak, who gave people the choice of being sources for his reporting or the target of that reporting – which also leads me to think that the source of this story is fucking Milley himself.

I wanted to see what Milley’s response would be. His denial finally came a couple of days ago from his spokesman Col. Dave Butler. Or was it a denial?

“The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs regularly communicates with Chiefs of Defense across the world, including with China and Russia

These conversations remain vital to improving mutual understanding of U.S. national security interests, reducing tensions, providing clarity and avoiding unintended consequences or conflict…”

His calls with the Chinese and others in October and January were in keeping with these duties and responsibilities conveying reassurance in order to maintain strategic stability…”

Yada, yada, yada. All this did was fan the flames. Here’s the thing with denials. It’s typically useful when giving one to actually deny the thing you are being accused of. This statement doesn’t do that. Instead there’s a bunch of qualifiers and weasel words that any political spin merchant would be proud of.

What we don’t see is any reassurance that he followed the proper chain of command by notifying the president of his actions. Milley also does not deny what Woodward says he told the Chinese. In other words, this denial isn’t a denial at all. Rather, it’s confirmation that he did do what he was accused of.

The key point here is not what exactly was said or not said. It’s the fact of the calls themselves.

Milley claims that he was assuring the Chinese understood our national security interests. But those are not his interests to dictate. A US president is elected to be the civilian head of the military and to lead the nation’s foreign policy. Milley was not elected and he had no right to do what he did, exactly as Caldwelll warned.

In trying to cover for him the Axios media site reported that there were actually two calls from Milley – one on October 30 and one on Jan. 8, the first with 15 people on the line. Supposedly the former was a follow-up to a communication made to the Chinese by Secretary of Defence Mark Esper, because of Pentagon concerns in October that the Chinese were getting bad intelligence about our intentions. However, once again there’s no report that Trump was told about any of this. And the same rule applies to Esper as to Milley:  it isn’t the responsibility of the Secretary of Defence to conduct foreign policy.

But there’s also another problem here. If this report is accurate, they lose their excuse about this being about the election and the fears arising from Jan. 6. But the bigger problem is that Esper wasn’t even Secretary of Defence on Jan. 8 since he was fired in November 2020 and replaced by Christopher Miller. So whose authority was Milley operating under? It wasn’t from Trump or Esper. Miller has since jumped into the story:

Former acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, who led the Pentagon from the period after the 2020 election through Inauguration Day, said that he “did not and would not ever authorize” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to have “secret” calls with his Chinese counterpart, describing the allegations as a “disgraceful and unprecedented act of insubordination,” and calling on him to resign “immediately.”

In a statement to Fox News, Miller said that the United States Armed Forces, from its inception, has “operated under the inviolable principle of civilian control of the military.”

“The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the highest-ranking military officer whose sole role is providing military-specific advice to the president, and by law is prohibited from exercising executive authority to command forces,” Miller said. “The chain of command runs from the President to the Secretary of Defense, not through the Chairman.”

That last point will probably come as a surprise to many, who just assume all senior military are the same. They’re not and they have very circumscribed roles. The CJCS is not permitted to tell senior military officials that no action should be taken without him being involved.

Retired Army Colonel Douglas McGregor, made that point explicit in a TV interview:

“[The CJCS] has no statutory authority over operational forces of any kind. That means that he is not in a position to order anyone in the armed forces to say or do anything. Can’t do it. He is preeminently the senior military advisor to the president. That’s what he is.”So in theory, before he would make such a phone call, he would discuss the subject of the phone call with the president, the Commander in Chief. He certainly would not do something without coordinating with the National Security Advisor and the Secretary of State because this is beyond defense, this is foreign policy statement he is making.”

What Milley did in conjunction with Pelosi is the biggest breakdown of US constitutional order in modern history. This is a general essentially declaring himself a military dictator (without using the words), calling up foreign adversaries to let them know he had their back and would sell out his own country to give them information. And for what? There is no evidence Donald Trump was going to order an attack on China. Rather, Milley’s actions were driven by his delusional god complex (something hinted at by the NYT’s Caldwell months ago).

But even if you assume Trump was going to do something dangerous, Milley’s obligation would be to refuse the order, resign, and notify Congress. It would not be for him to make secret calls to the Chinese to let them know he’s going to feed them information.

And to have the two most senior Democrats – Pelosi and Schumer (with whom Milley also talked) – be so involved with this means they were committing the very thing of which they accused Trump; a coup.

As is often the case with the Left, their fears have proven to be their desires projected on to their enemies.

As for Milley, a large group of retired Generals and Admirals had already signed a letter demanding that he resign. Some went further and explained why a Court-Martial would be more appropriate. And that was over the Afghanistan rout.

This is far worse than that. He needs to resign or be made to resign right now. Biden won’t do it of course but there are other courses of action.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 17, 2021 at 11:03 am