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Has Donald Trump overestimated his presidential power? The answer is yes.

Is Steve Bannon, Trump’s main advisor, politically inexperienced? The answer is yes.

We can conclude from the answers to these two questions that Trump is in over his head and will pay a big price.

How large will the price be?

The New York Times reports that US “intelligence agencies…sought to learn whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election.”

Former National Security Agency (NSA) spy John Schindler tweeted on Twitter that a senior intelligence community colleague sent him an email stating that the deep state had declared nuclear war on Trump and that “He will die in jail.”

It is possible that this will be the case.

At the end of World War II, the military/security complex decided that the flow of profits and power from war and threats of war were too great to be relinquished to an era of peace. This complex manipulated a weak and inexperienced President Truman into a gratuitous Cold War with the Soviet Union. The lie was created, and accepted by the gullible American people, that International Communism intended world conquest. This lie was transparant, because Stalin had purged and murdered Leon Trotsky and all communists who believed in world revolution. “Socialism in one country,” declared Stalin.

Academic experts, knowing where their bread was buttered, went along with and contributed to the deceit. By 1961 the overarching power of the military/security complex was apparent to President Eisenhower, a five star general in charge of the US invasion of German occupied Western Europe during the Second World War. The private power that the military/security complex (Eisenhower called it the military-industrial complex) exercised disturbed Ike so much that in his last address to the American people he said we must guard against its subversion of democracy:

“Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.

“This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

“We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

Eisenhower’s warning was to the point. However, it relied on “an alert and knowledgeable citizenry,” which the US does not have. The American population is largely insoucient, and is heading, across the ideological spectrum from left to right, to self-destruction.

The print and TV media, which serve as propagandists for the ruling military/security complex and Wall Street elites, make certain that Americans have nothing but bogus orchestrated information. Every household and person who turns on TV or reads a newspaper is programed to live in a false orchestrated reality that serves the tiny few who comprise the ruling Establishment.

Trump challenged this Establishment without realizing that it is more powerful than a mere President of the United States.

This is what has happened: During Obama’s second term, Russia and its president were demonized by the military/security complex and the neoconservatives using the presstitute media. The demonization has facilitated the ability of the controlled presstitute media, such as the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, and the rest, to associate contact with Russia and articles questioning the orchestrated tensions between the US and Russia with suspicious activity, possibly even treason. Trump and his advisors were too inexperienced to realize that the consequence of Flynn’s dismissal was to validate this orchestrated association of the Trump presidency with Russian intelligence.

Now we have the media whores and the political whores asking the question used to blacken President Nixon and to force his resignation: “What did the President know and when did he know it?” Did Trump know that Gen. Flynn spoke to the Russian ambassador weeks before Trump said he did? Did Flynn do the unspeakable—speak to a Russian—because Trump told him to do so?

The purveyors of fake news—the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, and the rest of the despicable liars are using irresponsible innuendo to entangle President Trump in a web of treason. Here is the New York Times headline: “Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence.” What we are witnessing is a campaign by the deep state using their media whores to set up Trump for impeachment.

Those at work overturning the 2016 presidential election are so confident of their success that they publicly declare their preference for coup over democracy. The zionist neoconservative warmonger Bill Kristol has expressed his preference for a deep state coup over democratically elected President Trump.

The liberal/progressive/left has aligned with the One Percent against the “racist, misogynist, homophobic” working class—the “Trump deplorables”—who elected Trump. Even the uninformed muscian, Moby, felt compelled to post ignorant nonsense on Facebook:

“1-the russian dossier on trump is real. 100% real. he’s being blackmailed by the russian government, not just for being peed on by russian hookers, but for much more nefarious things.
2-the trump administration is in collusion with the russian government, and has been since day one.”

Now that Trump has been tainted with “associations with Russian intelligence,” the idiot Republicans, according to Bloomberg, have “joined calls by Democrats for a deeper look at contacts between President Donald Trump’s team and Russian intelligence agents Wednesday [Feb. 15], indicating a growing sense of political peril within the party as new reports surfaced of extensive contacts between the two.”
Of course, there is no evidence of such contacts, but facts are not part of the campaign to depose Trump.


Trump’s sacking of Flynn is being used as vindication by his opponents of their false charges that the President of the United States is compromised by Russian intelligence. Realizing the mistake, the White House has tried to counter its blunder by saying that Flynn was dismissed because Trump lost confidence in him, not because he did anything illegal or had connections to Russian intelligence. But none of Trump’s opponents are listening. And the CIA keeps feeding fake news to the presstitutes.

From the very beginning I warned that Trump lacked the experience and the knowledge to pick a government that would stand by him and serve his agenda. Trump has now fired the one person on whom he could have counted. The most obvious conclusion is that Trump is dead meat.

The effort of the American people to bring government back under their control via Trump has been defeated by the deep state.

Chris Hedges argument that revolution is the only way that Americans can reclaim their country continues to gain credibility.

The words that doomed Trump when he declared war before he had his army assembled:

“There is nothing the political establishment will not do, and no lie they will not tell, to hold on to their prestige and power at your expense. The Washington establishment, and the financial and media corporations that fund it, exists for only one reason: to protect and enrich itself. This is a crossroads in the history of our civilization that will determine whether or not We The People reclaim control over our government. The political establishment that is trying everything to stop us, is the same group responsible for our disastrous trade deals, massive illegal immigration, and economic and foreign policies that have bled this country dry.

“The political establishment has brought about the destruction of our factories and our jobs, as they flee to Mexico, China and other countries throughout the world. It’s a global power structure that is responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class, stripped our country of its wealth, and put that money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations and political entities.”

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• Category: Ideology • Tags: American Media, Deep State, Donald Trump 
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  1. Anonymous [AKA "ideasware"] says:

    Important truth, worth listening to. This is actually truly interesting, not pedantic.

  2. Talha says:

    Hmmm…good article, I wonder if this will pan out:
    “Trump looking at New York billionaire to lead review of U.S. spy agencies”

    This may actually be good news; as I said to a friend, the fight between the intelligence agencies and the executive branch will keep them distracted so as to not cause mayhem all over the world at least for a while.

    That seems to be a positive outcome.


  3. eD says:

    I’ve read the back in forth in the Saker’s comment section and elsewhere on the Flynn departure, and agree with Saker -at least I think this is his point- and a few others that the significance here is how this happened, as opposed to Flynn or the fact that a National Security Advisor was forced out. Reagan, after all, had two of these people forced to leave due to more serious scandals.

    However, this is the first time that I remember that it was publicly disclosed that US intelligence agencies spy on senior people in DC and can and will release damaging information about them if they want them gone. This is quasi-public confirmation that a “deep state” exists.

    No, Trump probably didn’t understand the dynamic, and really he wouldn’t have run for President in the first place if he did. He is inadvertently providing a public service in pulling back the curtain on some of this stuff. His speech when he took office channeled FDR’s “moneychangers in the temple” speech, but FDR had already survived an assassination attempt, had a military coup plotted against him later, and also had more government experience and a bigger mandate than Trump.

    Its not over, but we are getting a better idea of the tactics that will be used to oppose him.

  4. Andrei Martyanov [AKA "SmoothieX12"] says: • Website


    Far from it. IMHO, of course.

    • Agree: European-American
  5. Oliver says:

    For those who haven’t seen it ….. the start of the Cold War was well covered in Oliver Stone’s Untold History series. Episode 2 tells the heart of it, but it ties closely to Episode 1, so both are worth watching.

    See how the manuevering was done to put an unknown Senator (Truman) into the White House over FDR’s chosen successor (Wallace), and the way Truman was manipulated into the Cold War. A quick gavel at the ’44 Democratic Convention that thwarted the desires of the delegates representing Democrats from across the county, and how that changed everything.

  6. Billy says:

    The more interesting question is what will the half of America who voted for Trump do about it?

    I don’t care if our opponents aren’t listening to us. They never will. That’s against human nature. Human beings don’t listen to their opponents/enemies. That’s why disputes often need to be settled by mediators outside the dispute.

    During the election, I saw a poll that said one thing almost all Trump supporters had in common was that they didn’t believe ‘the media’. The election showed that America had reached a tipping point where half the population no longer believed all the lies that the “presstitudes” were putting forth.

    So, don’t be too impressed by the “presstitudes” and their insults and manipulations. The key question is this. What is the half of America that stopped believing them and who elected Trump going to do?

    Congress tends to blow with the wind. If Republican congresspeople start hearing from their constituents that they’d better be standing with the President if they want to win their next election, then President Trump will start to find a lot of support. People like John McCain should be greeted in his home state with loud and noisy crowds who are angry with him for opposing a Republican President.

  7. Ivan K. says:

    I’m yet to read past the title.

    Why? Well, it reminded me of the author’s following claims:

    Paul Craig Roberts : “I am going to give him [Trump] six months.”


    Paul Craig Roberts on Richie Allen Show 1/12/2017: “Let’s give him, say, three months….” IIRC

    Trump the Great by Paul Craig Roberts / November 25th, 2016:
    “With Trump’s determination and the people’s support, change from the top down is possible. Otherwise, change has to come from the bottom up, and that means an awful lot of blood in the streets.”

    Doom-and-gloom seem past their sell-by date. There are now people in the government who are trying to do something for the common benefit.
    Competent commentary can still go together with optimism. Viz. Catherine Austin Fitts on the situation on Greg Hunter’s USA Watchdog the other day. Wow, how concrete, how smart. She’s far from a Trump fan, and is more positive than PCR’s title.

    Now I skimmed the article. I’m tired of Chris Hedges types with their lofty generalizations, their plagiarisms (yes he did plagiarize), their laziness.

    Trump has been called “finished” …. how many times?

    But let’s imagine that Trump vanished from this world this moment.
    Should we just verbally shoot down Pence, and give up on public life? Well, reductio ad absurdum.

    Trump’s sacking of Flynn is being used as vindication by his opponents of their false charges that the President of the United States is compromised by Russian intelligence. Realizing the mistake, the White House has tried to counter its blunder by saying that Flynn was dismissed because Trump lost confidence in him, not because he did anything illegal or had connections to Russian intelligence. But none of Trump’s opponents are listening. And the CIA keeps feeding fake news to the presstitutes.
    From the very beginning I warned that Trump lacked the experience and the knowledge to pick a government that would stand by him and serve his agenda. Trump has now fired the one person on whom he could have counted. The most obvious conclusion is that Trump is dead meat.

    PCR, you’d never had written this if you had rested well and followed some smarter commentators, like Alexander Mercouris, Steve Pieczenik and CA Fitts.

  8. If what you say is true, Dr Roberts, then we’re heading for armed conflict. Your associate, Pete Brimelow, thought secession highly likely in his book Alien Nation which came out in 1995 ! Pat Buchanan, also well known to you, doesn’t think the US will survive to 2025. Various Russian pundits think the US will shortly break up rather like the Soviet Union.
    If Donald Trump is impeached or assassinated, I expect a large part of the military to revolt.
    Your headline is wrong. Instead of The Trump Presidency RIP, it should read
    Donald Trump, the Last American President

  9. Unfortunately, White Guy Trump bros…..White Cucks….want Trump to bomb Iran and exterminate Hezzbollah…Christian Russia is an obstacle to this..This why Trump antogonizes Christian Russia over Crimea…

    To put it another way, Trump wants regime change on Moscow…..

  10. Let the world roll on as it likes, I’m frying some sliced pork bellies.

    “I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.” —Thomas Jefferson, letter to Alexander Donald, 7 February 1788

    Insouciance is as American as apple pie.

  11. virgile says:

    The removal of Flynn is a first round where Trump lost. More rounds to come. The neo-con will not stop but I think the Trump team are on the learning curve. Give them sometimes to develop what is needed to fight back.

  12. Polymath says:

    All the stupid columnists saying “Trump is over” are acting like he must inevitably lose the war because he can’t win 100% of the skirmishes. He needs to purge his enemies in the deep state, but since he can’t do it instantly you are assuming he’s capitulating rather than retrenching and becoming even more determined to win in the end. You’re a fool, and so are the other three columnists on this website saying the same thing.

  13. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    …aides laid off staff at the State Department on Thursday.
    Much of seventh-floor staff, who work for the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources and the Counselor offices, were told today that their services were no longer needed.

    The Trump presidency is not dead yet.

    Dr. Roberts, I encourage you to reconsider.

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