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Throughout 2016, I would occasionally turn on the television to see how the punditocracy was responding to the mounting Trump tsunami. If you get most of your news online, watching cable news is frustrating. The commentary is so dumbed down and painfully reflective of speaker’s biases, you can always basically guess what’s coming next. With a few exceptions—above all Ann Coulter’s famous June 19, 2015 prediction of a Trump victory on Bill Maher—these pundits again and again told us that Trump would eventually go away, first after he made this or that gaffe, then after he “failed” in a debate, then after people actually started voting in the primaries.

Finally, after having been wrong at every point during the primaries, they just as confidently predicted that the Republican primary voter had foolishly done nothing more than assure that Hillary Clinton would be the next president.

The most interesting cases to me: the “Republican strategists,” brought on to CNN and MSNBC to give the audience the illusion that they were hearing both sides: Nicole Wallace, Steve Schmidt, Ana Navarro, Rick Wilson, Margaret Hoover, Todd Harris. Mike Murphy even convinced donors to hand him over \$100 million to make Jeb Bush the next president! [Jeb’s 2016 departure draws out Mike Murphy critics, By Maeve Reston, February 22, 2016]

With campaigns and donors throwing money at these people, and the Main Stream Media touting them, it was easy to assume they must know what they were talking about. Significantly, each of these pundits was a national security hawk, center-right on economic issues, and just as horrified by “racism” and “sexism” as their Leftist counterparts. By a remarkable coincidence, the “strategic” advice that they gave to Republican candidates lined up perfectly with these positions. Their prominence was a mirage created by the fact that the MSM handed this token opposition the Megaphone because they did not challenge the core prejudices of the bipartisan Ruling Class.

And of course they were all humiliated in a spectacular fashion, November 8 being only the climax. Joshua Green begins his book Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency by giving us a view inside the Trump campaign on election night, before tracing Steve Bannon’s path up to that point. Reliving the journey is one of the joys of Green’s work, which is mostly an intellectual biography of Steve Bannon, with a special focus on his relationship with Trump and the election.

Bannon joined the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016 without any previous experience in electoral politics. But like the candidate himself, the Breitbart editor showed that he understood the nature of American politics and the GOP base better than Establishment Republicans. The “strategists’” supposed “expertise,” “strategic advice,” and “analysis” was in reality built on a house of cards. (In fact, the Bannon-Trump view of the electorate is closer to the consensus among political scientists that, unlike more nationalist and populist policies, Republican Establishment positions have relatively little popular support. [Political Divisions in 2016 and Beyond |Tensions Between and Within the Two Parties, Voter Study Group, June 2017]).

One key example: Green recounts how after Obama’s re-election, the GOP Establishment was eager to surrender on immigration, supporting the bipartisan Amnesty/ Immigration Surge Gang of Eight bill. GOP leaders had neutralized Fox News, leaving, talk radio and guerilla websites like as the only resistance. But the bill died due to a grass-roots revolt, partly inspired by Breitbart’s reporting on the flood of Central American “child” refugees t he Obama Regime was allowing across the southern border. GOP House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his congressional seat in a shock upset in the primaries. And little over a year later, Donald Trump became a candidate for president with opposition to illegal immigration as his signature issue.

Bannon at gave the Republican base what it wanted. Moral: in a democracy, you always have a chance at winning when public opinion (or at least intraparty opinion) is on your side.

Green traces Bannon’s journey from his Irish-Catholic working-class roots and traditionalist upbringing, to his time in the Navy, at Harvard Business School and Goldman Sachs, and finally and the pinnacle of American politics. The picture that emerges is of a man with principles and vigor, refusing to submit to the inertia that is part of the human condition, with enough confidence to realize that life is too short to not make major changes when staying on the current path is not going to allow him to accomplish his goals.

For example, Bannon originally wanted a career in defense policy, and took a job in the Pentagon during the Reagan administration. Yet he was off to Harvard Business School when he realized that the rigid bureaucracy that he was a part of would not let him move up to a high-level position until he was middle-aged. Decades later, after taking over his website upon the unexpected death of Andrew Breitbart in 2012, it would have been easy to go low-risk—sticking to Establishment scripts, making life comfortable for Republican elites, implicitly submitting to the taboos of the Left. Instead, he helped turn Breitbart News into a major voice of the populist tide that has been remaking center-right politics across the globe.

When Donald Trump burst onto the scene, Bannon had found what he is quoted describing as a “blunt instrument for us,” a man who had “taken this nationalist movement and moved it up twenty years.”

From Green, we learn much about Bannon’s intellectual influences. Surprisingly, although he was raised as a Roman Catholic and maintains that faith today, we find out that Bannon briefly practiced Zen Buddhism while in the Navy. There are other unusual influences that make appearances in the book, including Rightist philosopher Julius Evola and René Guénon, a French occultist who eventually became a Sufi Muslim. Although not exactly my cup of tea, such eccentric intellectual interests reflect a curious mind that refuses to restrict itself to fashionable influences.

It’s incorrect to call Devil’s Bargain a biography. There is practically no mention of Bannon’s personal life—wives, children. I had to Google to find out that he has three daughters. His childhood is only discussed in the context of how it may have influenced his beliefs and political development.

Rather, we get information on Bannon’s intellectual and career pursuits and his relationships with consequential figures such as mega-donor Robert Mercer, Andrew Breitbart…and Donald Trump.

As Bannon exits the White House and returns to Breitbart, we must hope that Bannon and the movement he’s helped to create accomplish enough in the future to inspire more complete biographies.

But the rise of Bannon and Trump holds lessons for the Dissident Right. One of them: despite how powerful the Establishment may appear, there are fatal disconnects between it and the people it rules—for example, on social and identity issues. Thus, many members of this Ruling Class, such as the Republican strategists who predicted a Jeb or Rubio victory, have been more successful in deluding themselves than they have been in building any kind of effective base. Similarly, Clinton campaign operatives believed, without much evidence, that undecided voters would eventually break in their favor. Because the thought of a Trump presidency was too horrifying for them to contemplate, they refused to recognize polls showing a close race, ignored the Midwest and sauntered their candidate off to Arizona in the final days.

Of course, currently the ideas that Bannon fought for appear to be on the wane, leading him to declare upon leaving the White House that the “Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over.” [Weekly Standard, August 18, 2017]

But this is probably somewhat of an exaggeration. I doubt that Bannon laments the fact that the current president is Donald Trump rather than Hillary Clinton or Marco Rubio. But it has proved much more difficult to change government policy than to win an election. Unlike GOP strategists, the Deep State appears to know what it is doing.

In his memoir Nixon’s White House Wars, Pat Buchanan writes about how, despite playing a pivotal role in the election of 1968, the conservative movement was mostly shut out of high-level jobs:

Then there was the painful reality with which the right had to come to terms. Though our movement had exhibited real power in capturing the nomination for Barry Goldwater and helping Nixon crush the Rockefeller-Romney wing of the Republican Party, and though we were veterans of a victorious presidential campaign, few of us had served in the executive branch. We lacked titles, resumes, credentials…Our pool of experienced public servants who could seamlessly move into top positions was miniscule compared to that of the liberal Democrats who had dominated the capital’s politics since FDR arrived in 1933.

History repeated itself in 2016, when Donald Trump would win the presidency on a nationalist platform but find few qualified individuals who could reliably implement his agenda.

If nationalists want to ensure that their next generation of leaders is able to effectively implement the policies they run on, they are going to have to engage in the slow and tedious project of working their way up through powerful institutions.

Bannon may have been and remains an “outsider” to the political Establishment. But nonetheless, throughout his life he has leveraged elite institutions such as Harvard, Goldman Sachs, the Republican Party, and even Hollywood in order to become financially independent and free to pursue his political goals.

If enough of those on the Dissident Right forge a similar path, we can be sure that future nationalist political victories will be less hollow. Jeremy Cooper is a specialist in international politics and an observer of global trends. Follow him at @NeoNeoLiberal.

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  1. Is there any evidence that Trump even tried to find the right people to fill the offices?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Rod1963
  2. Anonymous [AKA "Jobless"] says:
    @Clyde Wilson

    Having dabbled ever so slightly in this process in the spring, my impression is that there is a mechanism run largely by lawyers from the big DC law firms (presumably one for each party) who are the gatekeepers for applicants. The result of this system, which I have little doubt that the “Trump Team” did not try to take on (after all, they had only a couple of months to put together the beginnings of a team, and that left little or no time replacing The Swamp Machine…) is that the key positions throughout the administration are largely filled with lawyers from connected law firms. After all, who better to administer the government than lawyers!?!?

    At any rate, my experience with the process was: on your marks, get set, nothing. 30 years experience in and around federal government, but not a lawyer. Don’t call us, we don’t want to talk to you. (I also made clear in my cover letter that the key motivator for my application — and first ever political contributions — was Trump and his agenda. In retrospect, this “admission” was probably a kiss of death. I was a Trumpite. Eeeewww!!! (I may well not have been qualified for anything, but I’m SURE I was disqualified by my support for Trump…)

    The triumph of the Swamp.

    • Replies: @JVassar
  3. We have here perhaps the key to Trump’s tragic failure. It was our last shot.

    • Replies: @Wally
  4. Rod1963 says:
    @Clyde Wilson

    Trump tried. The conventional talent pools – industry, Wall Street and the military all proved to sources for more swamp creatures and globalists.

    All those industry leaders he picked for his roundtable shit on him over Charlotteville. They were just waiting for the right time to shank him.

    The generals proved to be politicians out of the Obama mold. Kelly and McMaster all made rank under Obama.

    The people he needed aren’t found at the top – that’s just where all the carnival barkers and sociopaths in suits are. He needed small business types, academics, scientists, military officers not above the rank of colonel. The sorts of people still grounded in reality.

    People like Bannon, Gorka and those NSC staffers fired by McMaster.

    Maybe Douglas Macgregor as Sec Def versus a status quo guy like Mattis.

    In general people not found in the beltway, Manhattan or Silicon Valley or in the many think tanks that are nothing but corporate funded agit prop organs.

  5. Giuseppe says:

    …René Guénon, a French occultist who eventually became a Sufi Muslim


    René Guenon was no occultist or conjurer of cheap parlor tricks. He was a philosopher of the highest caliber in the perennialist school, and had deeper insight into metaphysics than anybody else in the West going back at least 500 years.

  6. Is this true? People with KKK shirts and people with BLM shirts getting off same buses?

    A setup?

    • Replies: @Sowhat
  7. polistra says:

    Actually Trump’s signature line should have been his ONLY action. “DC, you’re fired.”

    Fire all of DC and leave it empty.

    The important parts of the Federal govt have local offices that work nicely and maintain firm contact with reality. FBI, IRS, SS, USDA, Army bases, post offices, etc. All function BETTER with no guidance from above. Decentralize. Let them function.

  8. Miro23 says:

    If nationalists want to ensure that their next generation of leaders is able to effectively implement the policies they run on, they are going to have to engage in the slow and tedious project of working their way up through powerful institutions.

    A primary function of these institutions is to exclude nationalists. Isn’t this obvious?

    Bannon may have been and remains an “outsider” to the political Establishment. But nonetheless, throughout his life he has leveraged elite institutions such as Harvard, Goldman Sachs, the Republican Party, and even Hollywood in order to become financially independent and free to pursue his political goals.

    Bannon is a very unusual case and did it more or less undercover. You aren’t going to build a next generation of nationalist leaders this way.

    It’s a good article but the conclusion is rather like telling the Bolsheviks that they had to engage in the slow and tedious project of working their way up through the Czarist bureaucracy.

    • LOL: Ace
  9. Wally says:
    @Clyde Wilson

    What “failure”?

    After only eight months:

    President Trump Eliminates 860 Obama-Era Federal Regulations

    President Trump Has Now Signed 40 Pieces Of Legislation As He Moves To Enact His Agenda

    NASA Data Proves Trump Right to Exit Paris Climate Accord

  10. El Dato says:

    Somewhat on-topic:

    A review of Scott Horton’s “Fool’s Errand” concerning the Afghan Situation as Trump embarkeds on another continuation of the Bushbama war (i.e. there will be fighting of the US against radicals financed by Saudi Arabia and Pakistan because reasons. Or likely big bucks can transferred from the taxpayer on phantom reconstruction, military gear, base building and/or made on opiate production)

    As I finalized this review, President Trump aped words of the main generals, McMaster and Mattis, who Mr. Horton credits as perennial hawks looking to keep kicking the losing can down the road for hosts of reasons, much of them strategic. I don’t think it’s careless to type Mr. Horton held a small glimmer of hope Mr. Trump would at the very least lower troop levels.

    That, of course, is not the case.

    The United States now enters its sixteenth year in Afghanistan with an administration run by the military. Mr. Trump eschewed nation building and the scoundrel’s excuse of schools for girls, loosening the rules of engagement, as reasons why the US stays. Mr. Trump also refused a timeline, insisting this was a kind of comfort to the enemy. In other words, regardless of your thoughts on military engagement strategy, there are no markers for success or failure. This is a bar US military apparatchiks have dreamed would be set for generations. They now have their war completely to themselves, free from real scrutiny.

    This means Scott Horton’s Fool’s Errand has arrived at exactly the right time. It is written to Americans, and his continual use of pronouns like ‘our’ and ‘we’ stunned me in the beginning. But over time I began to soften because I’ve listened to so many of his broadcasts (he’s fond of colloquialisms such as ‘y’all’).

  11. The USA’s problem is that since FDR foreign politics were persued for internal reasons.
    With Obama this era ended, Obama had to lower the two war standard to one and a half standard.
    The beginning of the end of the British empire was when the two fleet standard had to be lowered to one fleet.
    This led to inconsistent policies in the thirties, these inconsistencies contributed to WWII.

    At present the USA behaves inconsistent, it may that that Trump understands that the good old days of imperialism are over, but, as in still Great Britain in the thirties, few are able to see this.
    Of course changing drastically the political course of an empire still looking powerful is not easy.
    GB was deeply shocked when little yellow men sank the Repulse and the Prince of Wales, and overran impregnable Singapore.

    The USA is not small Britain, the USA is huge on its own territory, so not soon the USA will be a third rate country like GB now.
    But making the USA political establishment understand that ideas about controlling the world should be abandoned, not an easy task.

    Maybe yesterday’s North Korea’s explosion of a hydrogen bomb, the earthquake does not lie, I suppose, opens some eyes.

    • Replies: @Sowhat
  12. Moral: in a democracy, you always have a chance at winning when public opinion (or at least intraparty opinion) is on your side.

    Overall, a good article, but I’d like to know why the author uses big media’s self-legitimizing name for themselves, i.e., “MSM,” instead of something more appropriate like “big swamp media” or corporate media.

    Also, what makes the author think, ala the quote above, that democracy either exists or has anything to do with the US government? When did that happen? FYI, casting ballots does not a democracy make. Especially when both the process and the outcomes are ultimately meaningless which is one of the main points of the article.

    What’s so great about “democracy” in the first place? It is, after all, just another subvertable, corruptible, method of rule. Ruling implies rulers and there isn’t a human alive and there never has been one that’s fit to hold much, if any, power at all and experience shows that typically it’s the scum that rises to the top and that “democracy” is no exception.

    None of what I said is exactly news, for Juvenal asked, 2000 years ago, “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?.

    He also quipped, correctly, that no man will get [his]help in robbery, and therefore no governor will take [him]on his staff. There’s a message in that idea somewhere…

  13. @Rod1963

    Key concept:

    The people he needed aren’t found at the top – that’s just where all the carnival barkers and sociopaths in suits are.

    No one with anything that could be called integrity will ever be found in that fetid mat of scum.

  14. Erebus says:

    We have here perhaps the key to Trump’s tragic failure. It was our last shot.

    Tragically, I think you may be right. Rostislav Ishchenko puts your statement in a wider context.

  15. JackOH says:

    Allow me a quick, top-of-the-head comment. Bench strength, organizational depth of talent–the alt right, dissident right, or whatever the heck we are, has none. And, whether we like it or not, the civil rights movement of the last century did, in its best days, appeal to the better angels inside us. MLK, Jr. talked a very good game, and obviously enjoyed much political and opinion leader support. Do we have anything at all that would induce a Tom Selleck or Clint Eastwood or other Hollywood conservative to front for us?

    I’m okay with the Trump phenomenon, and I recognize the permanent government is squishing him mightily. He does seem to me vastly isolated within the White House, with only the most limited powers of initiative left to him. Outside of the White House, there are, AFAIK, no Trumpian think tanks peddling Trumpian policy proposals and selling them to the American public through Trumpian surrogate speakers. I know some of his vocal supporters, decent people all, but most of them are taken in by Trump’s bad boy image and believe that alone can translate into policy and legislative success.

    What I’m trying to say, I suppose, is the prospects for the alt right becoming a meaningful and successful political movement appear pretty grim.

  16. Erebus says:

    If nationalists want to ensure that their next generation of leaders is able to effectively implement the policies they run on, they are going to have to engage in the slow and tedious project of working their way up through powerful institutions.

    That’s as may be, but America (and the world) can’t and won’t wait for that.
    By the time the new leaders have “work(ed) their way up through powerful institutions”, there may well be no American nation to lead. There may be remnants of Pax Americana, but Trump really is the American nation’s last shot. If he’s capitulated to the Empire, then Trump is an American Tiberius Gracchus, and the alt-right a failed rear-guard action against the depredations of its own imperial class.

  17. Joe Hide says:

    To Jeremy Cooper,
    What I found involving in reading your article was it’s concise description of what happened , how it happened, why, when where it happened. and ….. how to fix it through hard work over long periods of time. Any article written in this style has potential to change minds and the course of events. Excellent!

  18. The irony is that by ultimately going along with the same course the deep state would have followed under any other candidate, Trump has assured that he will be personally blamed for all of history for the cataclysmic failure we are arriving at. It’s almost as if TPTB might have actually wanted a Trump victory to that very end, for it will make it easy to kill off, in the name of security, the safeguards that have prevented them thus far from asserting total control.

    • Agree: utu
  19. Trump is the Zionist neocons Trojan Horse and the only difference between Trump and Helliary is their plumbing. He is going to go down as just another tool of the Zionist neocons who control America and this is a tragedy for the Zionists are destroying America.


    • Replies: @utu
  20. nsa says:

    This article is drivel and the readers are being jooied. Bannon is back running the traitorous IzzyFirster neocon site, Breitbart, where the narrow interests of the Tribe are promoted at the expense of everyone else. There will always be vain goy fig leafs like Bannon and Trumpstein eager to do the bidding of the jooie elites……very useful for getting over on the masses of asses. Government of the jooies, by the jooies, for the jooies shall not perish……….

  21. Charlottesville was not the first stand-down order.

    In fact, there is a long pattern to this kind of policy which could be seen as a strategy.

    Democratic and proggy politicians and administrators have concocted a plan to intimidate and silence the patriots. Brainwash the young to hate whites. Unleash them on Patriots. Stand-Down orders to cops. Or B-U-S Plan.

    1. Use PC, anti-white pop culture, and funding to create a Janissary force of young crazed radicals.

    2. Have the media either ignore antifanissary violence(as in Milo Berkeley riot) or even praise it(as in Charlottesville).

    3. Have the police stand-down and do nothing. Give the antifanissary ‘space to riot and attack’. Thus, the thugs are let loose on the patriots and few if any are arrested. And even if arrested, just give them a slap on the wrist. (In contrast, Chris Cantwell is denied bond.)

    This is no accident. It is a coordinated plan by Zionist-globalists to suppress the emergence of any white/gentile independence movement that wants OUT of the globalist-imperialist agenda. Imperialists have always trained the colonized to turn race-traitor and collaborationist. After all, imperialist elites are vastly outnumbered by the native patriots. So, the only way to ensure domination is by turning the natives against their own kind. It’s why Ottoman Turks trained and turned Greek boys against other Greeks and Christians. In the US, Jewish Globalists use education, media, education, and law to turn white against white. and among whites, there are too many addicted to the smell of their own virtue farts as sweet perfume and too many cucks who will sell their mother down the river for position and privilege.

    Education, Pop culture, media, justice system, and politicians have all been weaponized by the Globalists. Their PC propaganda raised white kids to hate their own race via stuff like rap music, Rage Against Machine, DJANGO, etc. So, there will always be feral antifa thugs who naturally attack patriots.
    Now, many decent cops obviously want to arrest these thugs. But the Power orders them not to. So, cops don’t serve and protect the people but serve and protect the Glob that uses antifa thugs to beat on the patriots. And if patriots fight back, as in Charlottesville, the weaponized media blame them for the violence(of self-defense) and glorify antifanissary thugs as the true patriots comparable to US soldiers in WWII.

    We have to expose the B-U-S Plan of the Glob.

    • Agree: Seamus Padraig, Alden
    • Replies: @Seamus Padraig
  22. Trump needs to defy his officer corps of disgusting swamp creatures and completely change his tune on North Korea. Instead of condemning Kim Jong-un, he ought to be congratulating him.

    Kim Jong-un is a great nationalist who puts his own country and his own people first, Just like Trump promised to do. He is standing up against the globalist cabal, just like Trump promised to do. He secures his nation’s border’s through military strength and doesn’t let anyone push his country around, just like Trump promised to do. He pursues a policy of extreme economic nationalism where all critical industries and manufacturing are kept in-house, just like Trump promised to do. Sanctions against North Korea will only make it stronger. Military force against North Korea will result in a devastating loss of prestige for the US and a corresponding victory for North Korea. North Korea is anti-fragile. Everybody loves an underdog, especially an underdog who wins. This David and Goliath story can only end with North Korea emerging as the hero who slung the stone that finally felled the evil US empire.

    Everybody who supported Trump last November ought to be supporting Kim now, and for exactly the same reasons. Kim Jong-un is even Trumpier than Trump himself. Our president may still be able to salvage the situation by saying, “You know what? I’ve changed my mind. I like this guy Kim. He’s a good leader and a tough guy. I like tough guys.” This would bring some sanity to the geopolitical system and would allow us to focus our wrath on the globalists, where it belongs.

    • Replies: @Ace
    , @Stephen R. Diamond
  23. @Priss Factor

    Yup. And we BadWhites are to be the Glob’s sacrificial pawns. We must die so that they might live.

  24. I believe that good people were available to serve Trump. I know a lot of them. Surely Bannon could have identified many. Instead, Trump relied for talent on the same Republican Establishment that tried to kill him and that has no principles except greed and lust for office. So what if he repealed some regulations and cancelled the environmental accords? Where are his major goals that he was elected for: build the wall, drain the swamp, support the deplorables, dismantle the over-extended empire. Where are the new District Attorneys devoted to prosecute Establishment criminals? Where is the forceful stand against leftist political violence? Repeal of Obamacare?
    We have hope for the new federal judges, but we have been betrayed on that more times than I can count. Most of them are Federalist Society, which means they don’t have a clue about states’ rights.
    Where is work on the debt?
    I believe if Trump would go to the country with strong arguments about the real problems and real solutions he would have a majority behind him.

    • Agree: utu
    • Replies: @Ace
  25. utu says:
    @Desert Fox

    Trump is the Zionist neocons Trojan Horse

    Not necessarily true that Trump was even aware of it but they profiled him psychologically and established all possible leverages that could be used on him for complete control and his candidacy got the final OK. One problem with this scenario is that Trump’s narcissistic personality is so toxic that him running any sensible goal oriented administration will be impossible. It is simply impossible to work with him and for him. Are Kelly and Tillerson next to go?

  26. @Rod1963

    DOUGLAS MacGregor? Rather have Conor!

  27. Ace says:

    Trump didn’t try. McMasters was recommended by McCain for crying out loud and that fool got away with “It’s not Islam that’s the problem” right under Trump’s nose. Trump’s director of personnel was someone right out of the camp of his enemies.

    The author’s mistaken if he thinks there needs to be some kind of farm team operation for future insurgent presidencies. There are boatloads of citizens in flyover country who have more insight than Trump does on how government bureaucracies work. Years of training and seasoning not necessary. Mr. Limbaugh, Ms. Coulter, Mr. Buchanan, Mr. Brimelow or Mr. Theodorocopoulos could have given Trump a short list of savvy people and how hard is it to get rid over holdovers, for heaven’s sake?

    As for Nikki and Rex, their open contempt for Trump was grounds for replacement but, who goes out the door feet first? Bannon, his right-hand man. I don’t know whose foreign policy Nikki thinks she’s promoting but it isn’t Trumps.

    This will be four years of wasted opportunities. Paralysis, if we’re lucky.

    • Replies: @Chris Mallory
  28. Ace says:
    @Intelligent Dasein

    Now that’s interesting. Breitbart came along and showed what aggressive, patriotic reporting looked like. While there’s much to hold one’s nose about re NK, it’s true that they show what determined national leaders can accomplish.

  29. Ace says:
    @Clyde Wilson

    Trump is clueless, not a strategic thinker. He is easily distracted and does not understand even the major themes of what got him elected. As Ann Coulter said, you could go to the southern border and throw a brick in the dirt and that would be more of a contribution to building a wall than Trump has made.

    NK does represent a problem but what kind of a problem? Where do we and the rest of the world stand on non-proliferation? Important questions but one day in the recent past I woke up and a carrier task force was steaming toward Korean waters. Really? I didn’t recall that being mentioned during the campaign and what happened to the rest of the Trump agenda? This is an incoherent administration.

  30. Many years ago, I read somewhere that if by some miracle Goldwater had won in 1964, he wouldn’t have been able to staff his administration with like-minded people. He would have had to appoint establishment types and Eisenhower holdovers to the key jobs.

    The reason given was there weren’t many “movement conservative” types who were qualified.

  31. schrub says:

    The problem with Trump is Trump himself.

    People seem to have forgotten that Trump chose Mike Pence for his vice president. Why did he chose someone who would be more than ready to depose to him if conditions were right. I personally think that his daughter and son in law recommended Pence for this position because of his pro Israel, Neocon sympathies.

    If Trump wants to try to rescue his presidency, absolutely the first thing he should do is to kick both his daughter and son and law out of the White House. Jared Kushner would sell out Trump in a heartbeat if Kushner felt that Trump was becoming even a slight threat to the interests of Israel. If you think this is an overstatement remember that Jared Kushner had previously donated his own money to set up illegal settlements in the West Bank of Israel/Palestine. Despite this very negative factor Kushner was then able to successfully lobby to be Trump’s “impartial negotiator” between the Israelis and the Palestinians. The choice of Kushner to do this was absolutely ludacris. What was Trump thinking?

    Then he should get rid of the generals. Ever since the affirmative action aided rise of the totally unqualified Colin Powell under Bush the elder, promotions in the US armed forces have increasingly been the result of either purely affirmative action (especially under Obama) or another more ominous factor..

    Once the more historically more objective criteria for advancement had been shunted aside, the pro Israel leanings of potential white candidates became an increasingly important factor. It is not an overstatement to claim that upper level officers are simply not promoted these days if he or she hasn’t displayed anything less than total fealty to the interests of Israel and the Neocon power structure.. This has been the case since at least 2003.

    And let me tell you, Israel spends a tremendous amount of time and money trying to find out the viewpoints of these officer candidates.

  32. Why do so many when talking about the deep state and all that decide that their intellectual contribution and Trump are devoid of the deep state? Hegelian Dialect and all that. I suspect those here of sound mind thinking the deep state is opposed to them are forgetting what they profess to know, I.e. The most effective way to control politics is to control or have a means to control both sides.

    Convince me the deep state is not present here today, and the next group to get hoodwinked is the left and their support of the communist antifa paid protesters. It’s easy to turn on s dime when protesters are paid, just stop paying them and they will go back home to do whatever paid protesters do when the \$ runs dry.

    Regardless, it is a horrible state of affairs when global billionaires do this crap and the lapdog media runs with them for the play by play.

    They own both sides fellas. One option is to retreat from the position of ivory tower observation and do something productive.

    We lost, get over it.

    Put differently the soap opera is just warming up in US Reality TV politics. God willing in say 5 years we will go back to normality. For now, deep state is running things on all fronts. If the South Koreans decide to challenge Kim, deep state will probably take back seat to actual hot nuclear war, absolving them of figuring out how to give the country back to the people.

    • Replies: @utu
  33. utu says:
    @Linda Green

    We lost, get over it. Yes, goy bye.

  34. @Intelligent Dasein

    Everybody who supported Trump last November ought to be supporting Kim now, and for exactly the same reasons.

    What’s your explanation for why most don’t?

    • Replies: @Intelligent Dasein
  35. @Ace

    that fool got away with “It’s not Islam that’s the problem”

    Bring our troops home and close our borders and Islam will not be a problem for the US at all. Deport the Muslims that are here, along with the Israelis and things look pretty good.

    • Agree: utu
  36. JVassar says:

    Same here …. Thirty years as a Consultant on the Beltway (including relevant Military Service) and no one in the Trump Administration will give me anything other than a File-Number …. The elites/establishment has apparently isolated President Trump from competent/loyal support … Possibly a quiet and silent coup ……

  37. Veritatis says:

    What a comments section! I thought of not butting in, but, really, you bunch of American ninnies!

    So Trump is not all that was expected? And maybe he is incompetent? And his people are not to your liking? What else? Get used to it, and then go find something useful to do.

    In Mexico we have wonderful Peña, thank you, and his bunch of crooks, plus more than enough drug traffickers to disillusion anyone. In some parts, a guy has to be a hero to be a businessman, his chances of being kidnapped on his way to work are that high. And the upcoming crop of presidential wanna-bes, well, let’s just say I won’t bother you with sob stories. But by no means will I take my “goy bye” equivalent. I will get up every morning, try to make a better family, a better neighborhood, a better community. I will raise better citizens and help take care of the old ones. Because our actions in this life matter, because there are always pockets of sanity around, and because creative minorities are in and of themselves worthwhile.

    I thought only the justice warriors were little snowflakes.

  38. @Veritatis

    Criticizing the government doesn’t make you a snowflake; deplatforming people you disagree with is what makes you a snowflake.

  39. @Stephen R. Diamond

    What’s your explanation for why most don’t?

    Because most people have not recognized the American Empire for the active force for evil that it is and aren’t trying to bring it down. Most people could never imagine themselves as nationalists, monarchists, or traditionalists, believing these to be banished concepts. Most people have swallowed the MIC propaganda about North Korea being a rogue state and Kim being a crazy fat man. Many of them are Boomers who still think we’re at war with “the Commies.” In short, most people simply have no grasp of the real situation.

  40. Sowhat says:
    @Priss Factor

    Is that a surprise? There have been commentaries HERE in other articles explaining the class war disguised as a race war and played out by the Leftassts. Nothing is as it seems on the surface in this latest attack on Western Society.
    Re-Watched an old movie the other night on Youtube (plenty of free HD movies to be had, there) called The Last Domenica. One line boxed my ears: “if you needed to protect your family and your way of life, would YOU kill?”
    Another quote that I read, recently, was by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who said, in so many words, that an enemy who attacks your social ideology is far more dangerous than a military adversary.
    As slow as Americans are to awaken out of slumber, it’s not going to bode well for the populous. Could this all be “preliminaries” for a situation that “calls” for Martial Law so that even more “liberties” are taken?
    One thing is a given: Trump doesn’t have expertise in a Cabinet that is inexperienced and he is not a good judge of character (probably because HE is not that stellar a character.
    I voted for him. He’s doing well, all things considered. But, it’s been a nerve-wracking ride, so far.
    As I write this, I am watching the national news and DACA will end. ILLEGALS need to get the blank out! This is another step of victory in the long road to MAGA. I am happy for those successful graduates from University that came from El Salvador (or wherever) as an eleven years old (for them-personally) but it is another job that will be filled by someone other than a naturalized citizen, allow because of weak, backboneless politicians.

  41. Sowhat says:

    Please forgive this OT comment but, I feel that I HAVE to do this. Our psycho Ambassador to the U.N. was just recorded, today, telling the U.N. that “the U.S. does not like going to war, but…”
    More saber rattling toward N.Korea LOL

  42. Sowhat says:
    @jilles dykstra

    N.Korea just wants to be left alone to be another Government-Gone-Mad WITH Nuclear Weopans in this world. Why not have ANOTHER? There are already two…the U.S. and Zion.

  43. FKA Max says: • Website

    I have been highly critical of Steve Bannon for quite a while,

    Ethno-nationalism — it’s losers. … These guys are a collection of clowns,” Bannon told Robert Kuttner of The American Prospect on Wednesday.

    This comic beautifully captures the clownishness of Steve Bannon’s worldview:

    but he is speaking the truth in this CBS “60 Minutes” interview:

    Steve Bannon on Trump’s DACA decision, Catholic church

    In his first extensive interview since leaving the Trump administration, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is speaking out about President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program. The Obama-era policy protects nearly 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants from deportation. Watch Charlie Rose’s full report Sunday, Sept. 10, on “60 Minutes.”

    Good for him!

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