There are a couple of ways I fantasize about this playing itself out:
– Trump as Cicero, Brennan as Catiline
– Trump as Mark Antony, Brennan as Cicero
A historical repetition of either a couple millenia later would fill my heart with joy, though the latter is probably a better fit. The thought of Brennan’s traitorous hands being nailed to the wall of the Capitol Building while Melania sticks needles in his forked tongue makes me smile.
In seriousness, this is astounding stuff. On the same day Brennan shared Cicero he publicly threatened Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell. The bizarre quote didn’t draw as much attention as the veiled threats but the two are relatedly ominous.
Catiline, who conspired against the ruling structure of the late Roman republic, met a sticky end under the consulship of… Cicero. And then a couple of decades later, Cicero met a sticky end of his own. Cicero had killed a perceived challenge to the existing order and then Cicero was killed for being a perceived challenge to the existing order.
Either way, we have one of the most connected and powerful people in US intelligence–the new praetorian guard, of which he was prefect until last year–quoting a man who used the Deep State to snuff out opponents and who was in turn snuffed out by the Deep State.
We’re long past Peak Russia Collusion. We’re nearing Russia Collusion Collapse. Mixing metaphors, Russia is a tiger Democrats and NeverTrump Republicans can’t get off of. It’s gone on so long now it’s hard to see how to orchestrate a winding down with a few more of the irrelevant charges along the lines of the one they slapped Manafort with before closing the thing down. If they can’t take Trump out, their collective credibility will be taken out instead.
The political class is fiddling while Rome burns. I’ll take pleasure in the screams of each patrician who catches fire. Is it hopelessly naive to think Trump is capable of–or even wants to–purge the praetorians in particular and the residents of the Imperial Capital more generally? Probably. Here’s to a scorching hot summer all the same!