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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. The president finally appears to be seeking a solution sans regime change, with strongman Bashar Al Assad still at the helm.

Curtailing this “symbol of sinister and mysterious foreign intrigue”—stopping the CIA and the National Security Council (another of President Truman’s metastatic creations) from fomenting more war in Syria and confrontation with Russia—is a start. In ending the “covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria,” Trump, hopefully, has disassociated from the “rebels.” The little we know about these people is not good.

For one thing, they play Americans like a fiddle. For another, they can’t be trained.

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One US training program for these prize Syrian fighters—for whom John McCain is plumping from his sickbed—cost the American taxpayer one billion dollars. The program yielded “four or five” trained people on the battlefield! Not “four or five” battalions, but “four or five” individuals. That’s no waste of American taxpayers’ money! That’s not a bad return on an investment; it’s a scandal! For corruption on this scale in China, the politicians in charge are executed.

The Swamp—the generals, the CIA and the NSC—is roiling. Try as they may, their arguments for unseating Assad are poor, best encapsulated in the angels-and-demons worldview of Nikki Haley, Trump’s U.N. ambassador. The president has hired individuals who don’t articulate the principles he ran on, former Gov. Haley, for example. Thanks to President Trump, Haley went from provincial idiot to global village idiot.

Once confined to spitefully tearing down Gen. Lee’s battle flag in South Carolina—Haley’s windy verbiage is now heard around the world. The woman promotes war on behalf of an administration that promised diplomacy where doable.

“In no way do we see peace in that area with Assad at the head of the Syrian government,” thundered Haley. Her Disneyfied production at the U.N. stars an evil dictator who was killing his noble people, until, high on paternalism, our heroic Haley (and Hillary before her for Libya)—rode to the rescue.

Our bickering wards in the region aren’t about to forget their religious jealousies and join forces, and certainly not under American guardianship. The conflict is regional, tribal, ancient. Syria is impervious to outside, top-down intervention.

For their part, the marionette media and their political puppet-masters detest Donald Trump. For them, an honest examination of the merits of his decision to divest from anti-Assad rebels is out of the question.

Instead, a decision to terminate what Truman himself would view as a rogue CIA operation is refracted through the distorting prism of America’s “reigning Russophobia.”

Ilana Mercer is the author of The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed (June, 2016) & Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011). Follow her on Twitter, Facebook,Gab & YouTube.

 
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  1. MarkinLA says:

    Once again I was entertained by another ex-CIA dimwit on TV just after Insane McCain’s rant against Trump. One talking head was saying how this was good and may even lead to a political solution that gets rid of Assad (not likely) but at least he had some facts and logic. The ex-CIA moron was going on as usual with your typical factless appeal to authority reason for supporting more war. All the people I still contact with at the CIA say….

    How many times have we heard this type of argument from out vaunted intelligence community? We are supposed to assume that the CIA people are smarter than us and they know more than us. We are supposed to ignore the constant failures of the past 20 years and assume this time the CIA has it right.

    Again, I ask, are these people on TV examples of the people the CIA has working for them?

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  2. The problem for Trump of course is that he had no team on Nov. 9, no trusted army of lieutenants to go into battle for him and prosecute his message. Maybe with one exception, Jeff Sessions. As a NYC builder with few relationships in official Washington, Trump had to fill cabinet positions and political appointments with GOP hacks, some of whom, like Haley, said truly awful things about him during his candidacy. This move essentially cuts her off at her Manolo Blahniks. If she had an ounce of integrity, she’d resign and Trump could replace her with an America-firster. But she doesn’t, and won’t.

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    Bragadocious:

    I had thought that no one could be worse than Samantha Power as US Ambassador.

    But I was mistaken as Haley is much, much worse. She is the loosest of loose cannons and fast setting herself up as a NeoCon spokesperson and role model. Like all politician she has illusions of higher office.

    She should be stripped of her position and sent back to South Carolina pronto. South Carolina well deserves her and Lindsey Graham - two of the vilest of political creatures.
  3. due to the intellectual deficiencies of correspondents incapable of teasing apart policy from political intrigue).

    Sadly, this is how it works today–it is almost an official MO. The definition, however, is excellent.

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  4. One US training program for these prize Syrian fighters—for whom John McCain is plumping from his sickbed—cost the American taxpayer one billion dollars. The program yielded “four or five” trained people on the battlefield!… That’s not a bad return on an investment; it’s a scandal!

    I don’t buy that. I don’t think the US really expected any real ‘moderate’ rebels fighting for democracy and human rights. The globo-US just wanted goons to destroy Syria and damage Assad. It needed an excuse to funnel tons of arms to rebels. And this ‘training’ operation was that excuse. Its intention was never to create an idealistic fighting force. That was just a ruse, a cover under which US weaponry could flow to the rebels.
    In that respect, it was a wild success because these rebel scum succeed in tearing Syria apart.

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    Agree with you in its entirety . This ruse of " moderate" stuff is to deny and prevent any self- reflection on tha part of American regarding the nature of the American foreign policy abroad .

    American GOVERNMNET , Police , judiciary , and lawyers go to extreme length to attribute motives or doubts behind most complex situations , conflicts, fights, and even resolution of those conflicts by parties abroad when it suits US , and at home US does same to the drug related criminal or victims of drug abuse , to the victims of police brutalities and does same , to the victims of terror entrapment . It comes to a conclusion and works toward it . ( just it did in case of Iraq war , as the British told that intelligence [US] was being fixed around the goal)

    This excuse or claim of innocence is rubbish , dirty , and an ideological pillar of the government policy .
  5. Dan Hayes says:
    @Bragadocious
    The problem for Trump of course is that he had no team on Nov. 9, no trusted army of lieutenants to go into battle for him and prosecute his message. Maybe with one exception, Jeff Sessions. As a NYC builder with few relationships in official Washington, Trump had to fill cabinet positions and political appointments with GOP hacks, some of whom, like Haley, said truly awful things about him during his candidacy. This move essentially cuts her off at her Manolo Blahniks. If she had an ounce of integrity, she'd resign and Trump could replace her with an America-firster. But she doesn't, and won't.

    Bragadocious:

    I had thought that no one could be worse than Samantha Power as US Ambassador.

    But I was mistaken as Haley is much, much worse. She is the loosest of loose cannons and fast setting herself up as a NeoCon spokesperson and role model. Like all politician she has illusions of higher office.

    She should be stripped of her position and sent back to South Carolina pronto. South Carolina well deserves her and Lindsey Graham – two of the vilest of political creatures.

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  6. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    ‘The globo-US just wanted goons to destroy Syria and damage Assad. It needed an excuse to funnel tons of arms to rebels. And this ‘training’ operation was that excuse. Its intention was never to create an idealistic fighting force. That was just a ruse, a cover under which US weaponry could flow to the rebels.’

    I dont think so. If what you say is true….. why is the ‘globo-US’ stopping doing it now.

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  7. In ending the “covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria,” Trump, hopefully, has disassociated from the “rebels.” The little we know about these people is not good.

    With respect. Can we please stop calling them rebels? This is the heart of the big lie. They are not rebels. They are mercenaries in the employ of invaders.

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  8. Truman’s call to “limit the CIA role to intelligence” was published in December 22, 1963,
    . . . .

    Exactly one month after JFK was assassinated.

    Hmmmm.

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  9. dearieme says:

    “limit the CIA role to intelligence”: the UK faced a similar dilemma in WWII. The decision was made to retain MI6 for intelligence gathering, and create a new body for covert sabotage and so forth – the SOE (Special Operations Executive). When the war ended, so did the SOE.

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  10. There’s one damning line in the 1947 National Security Act (which relates what the CIA must do) that does all the damage
    It’s “And such other activities as the National Security Counsel may direct.”

    Trump could stop this crap tomorrow.

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  11. It’s an unfortunate historical accident that the CIA assumed the role of the Office of Strategic Services, the WWII organization that conducted operations behind German and Japanese lines. That role should have been located somewhere in the Department of Defense. The CIA’s mission should have been limited to intelligence collection, analysis and transmission to policy making authorities.

    I agree with some of the previous commentators that Nikki Haley is possibly Donald Trump’s worst appointment. She needs to be removed yesterday.

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  12. KA says:
    @Priss Factor
    One US training program for these prize Syrian fighters—for whom John McCain is plumping from his sickbed—cost the American taxpayer one billion dollars. The program yielded “four or five” trained people on the battlefield!... That’s not a bad return on an investment; it’s a scandal!

    I don't buy that. I don't think the US really expected any real 'moderate' rebels fighting for democracy and human rights. The globo-US just wanted goons to destroy Syria and damage Assad. It needed an excuse to funnel tons of arms to rebels. And this 'training' operation was that excuse. Its intention was never to create an idealistic fighting force. That was just a ruse, a cover under which US weaponry could flow to the rebels.
    In that respect, it was a wild success because these rebel scum succeed in tearing Syria apart.

    Agree with you in its entirety . This ruse of ” moderate” stuff is to deny and prevent any self- reflection on tha part of American regarding the nature of the American foreign policy abroad .

    American GOVERNMNET , Police , judiciary , and lawyers go to extreme length to attribute motives or doubts behind most complex situations , conflicts, fights, and even resolution of those conflicts by parties abroad when it suits US , and at home US does same to the drug related criminal or victims of drug abuse , to the victims of police brutalities and does same , to the victims of terror entrapment . It comes to a conclusion and works toward it . ( just it did in case of Iraq war , as the British told that intelligence [US] was being fixed around the goal)

    This excuse or claim of innocence is rubbish , dirty , and an ideological pillar of the government policy .

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  13. It’s unfortunate that Trump is not a serious person. If he was, he wouldn’t have put all the Nikki Haleys in the places they now infest. Of course, if Trump were serious, he’d probably also be dead by now. He would have undertaken the obviously necessary task of burning CIA, NSA, FBI, DIA, et infinite Deep-State cetera, to the ground and pissing on the ashes. And I greatly doubt that those fine folks would permit any mere elected official to dismantle their kingdom. That was surely made clear in November of 1963.

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  14. Binyamin says:

    Comparing Trump with Truman? You cannot be serious! Truman was the grand daddy of the cold war. He was a Russophobe and his ‘Police Action’ in Korea, resulting in a brutal conflict followed by stalemate, a stalemate which incidentally lasts to this day. After the second world war many war weary statesman and generals in the victorious West such as De Gaullle and Montgomery wanted some kind of accommodation with the Russians which would have avoided the cold war and spared an entire generation the terror of a nuclear holocaust. Truman would have none of it.

    In contrast, future historians may well conclude that Trump eventually turned out to be the nearest thing to a ‘Manchurian Candidate’ Washington has ever had. This is not to say that Trump is a Russophile. But Trump is compromised because of things which may or may not have occurred in a Moscow hotel(s) with some local Ludmilla Legova. Probably as a result, Trump has effectively surrendered to Vladimir ‘Stalin’s Butler’ Putin game, set and match. Imagine Truman surrendering to Uncle Joe?

    CIA and FBI are merely fulfilling their duties which is to protect the state in the manner of countless intelligence services. Matters are not helped by the fact that majority of the agents of both organisations probably believe that in relation to Russia Trump has seriously compromised national security, because of the skeletons in his Moscow hotel cupboard. If this is the case then they are duty bound to find the irrefutable evidence and move in against Trump with the help of loyal Republicans ( loyal to America, not Trump).

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