Seddique Mir Mateen is the father of the accused Orlando killer Omar Mateen. The elder Mateen is wise in the ways of Washington, having lobbied the US Congress, notably the maverick California Republican, Dana Rohrabacher. Mateen senior’s company is called Durand Jirga. Durand refers to the Durand Line, the line of demarcation between Afghanistan and Pakistan recognized by the British. As a result of the partition of British India, the Durand Line is today the border between India and Pakistan. A Jirga is a traditional Afghan assembly of elders and leaders who make decisions for the community and mete out justice; the highest-ranking of these assemblies is the loya jirga, which can legislate the form of government. Durand Jirga is also the name of Mateen senior’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. The elder Mateen’s program is broadcast on Payame Afghan TV.
Seddique Mir Mateen announced his candidacy for the presidency of Afghanistan on May 22, 2015.He is a sympathizer of the Afghan Taliban, which seems to be his radical cover. Mateen senior sometimes speaks as an imposter, issuing orders to the Afghan Army and security forces while pretending to be president, which he of course is not. Nevertheless, Mateen senior is evidently funded by the CIA.
The pattern is by now familiar: veteran, experienced intelligence operatives with a pedigree of working for the CIA and the State Department in conflict zones around the world to emigrate to the United States and live the good life. They stay in close contact with the US intelligence community. The next generation, often born in the United States, is consigned to terrorist operations in the same way that the cadet (younger) sons of the European nobility were once sent to make a career as junior officers in the army.
This was what we saw in the case of the Boston Marathon Bombing, when the uncle of the two accused patsy Tsarnayev brothers, Ruslan Tsarnayev/Sarni, turned out to have been married to the daughter of Graham Fuller, a main CIA controller for the entire Afghanistan mujahedin rebellion against the Soviet invasion and occupation.
In the case of the Orlando shooting, it transpires that the father of the accused shooter is deeply immersed in the Voice of America, the CIA, and the State Department.
Omar Mateen, the accused patsy, worked for G4S – previously known as Wackenhut, the notoriously spook-ridden and scandal ridden security company.
The father of the accused shooter goes by the name of Seddique Mir Mateen. He is the host of the Durand Jirga Show on Payame Afghan Television of Ashta TV, which is based in Los Angeles. Payame broadcasts in Pashto, the eastern Iranian language of the Pushtuns and also the lingua franca of Afghanistan. It also broadcasts in Dari or Dari Persian, the second most prevalent language in Afghanistan, and in Urdu, a version of Hindustani which is the language of Pakistan, and also of several Indian states. Seddique Mir Mateen is a Pushtun and a militant backer of the Afghan Taliban.
Like Mohammed Merah, the French secret police informant who became the Toulouse synagogue shooter of 2012, the younger Mateen had been sent on a grand tour of the Middle East, specifically to the religious sites in Saudi Arabia in 2011 and 2012.
Sources familiar with Payame Afghan TV report that this broadcaster enjoys the unenviable reputation of being a controlled asset of the US government’s Voice of America, and thus qualifies as a creature of the CIA and the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence:
‘The father of the man who slaughtered 50 people in the Orlando nightclub shooting Saturday night is a longtime CIA asset, whose TV show receives funding from the Voice of America -Dari. The name of the … Afghan satellite channel, Payame Afghan, is said to be widely-known in Southwest Asia as a CIA-Pakistani ISI construct….’1
Frame grab shows program on Payame Afghan TV defaced and labeled as belonging to the Pakistani Inter Service Intelligence (ISI). Courtesy of Daniel Hopsicker’s Mad Cow Morning News.
Mateen was also in contact with the violent felon Marcus Dwayne Robertson, a former bodyguard for the Egyptian Blind Sheikh. Both were implicated in the 1993 first bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City:
‘The gunman who murdered at least 50 people in a Florida nightclub early Sunday morning was a follower of a controversial gang leader-turned-bank robber who was released from prison last year despite warnings from prosecutors that he would recruit people to carry out violent acts, sources told FoxNews.com. Marcus Dwayne Robertson, a former U.S. Marine known to his supporters at his Orlando-based Fundamental Islamic Knowledge Seminary as “Abu Taubah.” Omar Mateen, whose bloody siege inside a packed Orlando gay nightclub ended when SWAT teams stormed the building and killed him, was a radical Muslim who followed Marcus Dwayne Robertson, a law enforcement source said. During the same period, federal authorities claimed Robertson served as a bodyguard to Omar Abdel Rahman, nicknamed the “Blind Sheik,” who led the terrorist group that carried out the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and donated more than $300,000 in stolen funds to mosques he attended, both claims Robertson denied. Robertson has adamantly denied the claims. After he was arrested in 1991 along with most of the other members of the gang, prosecutors cut a deal with Robertson, and let him serve four years in prison before going to work undercover for the FBI between 2004 and 2007 to document terrorists’ plans and networks in Africa, Egypt and the United States.’2
Mateen had also fallen under the intellectual influence of Anwar Awlaki, the deceased US double agent who figures in the life stories of so many terrorist patsies:
‘As part of the 2014 probe, which [FBI Director] Comey said did not amount to a formal investigation of Mateen, agents were told by someone who knew Mateen that they had concerns about him radicalizing because they knew he had watched Anwar al-Awlaki videos in the past. But the person told investigators that since that time, Mateen had married and had a child and he no longer considered him a possible threat.’3
The late Anwar Awlaki was a notorious double agent working for US intelligence. He helped to implicate a number of patsies as part of international Islamist terrorism, a process known as “sheep dipping.” Awlaki was known among the knowledgeable as “Anwar Awlaki, the CIA lackey.” Awlaki was brutally eliminated by a Predator drone when he had outlived his usefulness.
The television program hosted by Mateen the elder on Payame Afghan Television offered a strange spectacle, with the host sometimes claiming that he was in reality the President of Afghanistan, and sometimes that he was merely a candidate for that office:
‘The father of Omar Mateen hosted a bizarre, shoestring talk show, in which he ranted about the United States and once declared his support for the Taliban. Seddique Mateen posted dozens of hour-long episodes of his “Durand Jirga Show” on YouTube between 2012 and 2015. The clips cast a confounding shadow over the man who initially claimed his terrorist son was not religiously motivated in killing at least 50 people at an Orlando gay nightclub. “Our brothers in Waziristan, our warrior brothers in Taliban movement and national Afghan Taliban are rising up,” he said in Dari….4
‘Only hours before the massacre in Orlando, Seddique posted a video called Provisional Government of Afghanistan on a Facebook page. It appears that he is pretending to be the president of Afghanistan, and orders the arrest of multiple Afghan political figures. Dressed in army attire, he stated: “I order national army, national police and intelligence department to immediately imprison Karzai, Ashraf Ghani, Zalmay Khalilzad, Atmar, and Sayyaf. They are against our countrymen, and against our homeland….
In Seddique’s most recent Youtube video, he declares his candidacy for the Afghan presidency. However, the video came a year after Afghanistan presidential elections were held, which raises questions. In the video he goes back and forth between topics and even seems incoherent at times. Seddique uses the Dari language, and not Pashto, the language of Pushtuns, which adds another element of mystery to the video….
According to the Washington Post, Seddique holds strong political views and supports the Afghan Taliban. It is also reported that he is being referred to under two different names, Seddique Mateen and Mir Seddique. There are several videos posted on a Youtube channel under Seddique Mateen’s name. In one of the videos Seddique denounces the Pakistani government and expresses gratitude towards the Afghan Taliban. He stated: “Our brothers in Waziristan, our warrior brothers in [the] Taliban movement and national Afghan Taliban are rising up. Inshallah the Durand Line issue will be solved soon”….
According to The Daily Beast, Seddique owns a non-profit company, “The Durand Jirga, Inc.” A description of the company can be read on its webpage.’5
This evidence strongly suggests that forces inside the US intelligence community, especially the CIA, but also in the State Department and other agencies which control the Voice of America, there exists considerable support for the Strategy of Tension scenario, culminating in an October surprise terror event on terms favorable to Trump, which may represent the only means of installing the fascist Donald Trump in the White House in November. For the good of the nation, it is imperative that Obama install mole detectors at the offices of the principal intelligence agencies. Taken together with the persistent reports of a second shooter, and also with the strange figure of Ed Henson, the gun shop owner who sold Mateen the two weapons he allegedly used, the official version of the Orlando massacre is increasingly untenable, and the thesis of an orchestrated political false flag event is becoming more and more plausible.
- Daniel Hopsicker, “ORLANDO SHOOTING DAD A LONGTIME CIA ASSET,” http://www.madcowprod.com/2016/06/13/orlando-shooter-dad-longtime-cia-as…
Trump Depends on Media Non-Feasance and Public Ignorance as Anti-ISIS Forces Cut Key Terrorist Supply Line at Manbij in Jarablus Corridor; Biggest Attacks on ISIS Now Ongoing; GOP Magical Thinking about Terrorism Exposed Here Six Months Ago
Tonight, the Erin Burnett Out Front program on CNN gave ample coverage to the testimony of Leydiana Puyanera, a wounded victim of the Orlando nightclub shootings, who categorically asserts that there was a second shooter on the scene who worked together with the accused suspect Mateen. The second shooter, she asserts, was white and did not appear to be afraid. Another wounded victim, Patience Carter, says she heard Mateen talking on the phone to a person or persons who sounded to her like an ally of the gunman. Both the FBI and the local police, the report notes, are still adamantly denying the presence of a second shooter. Here is the CNN report by reporter Nick Valencia:
No doubt to the disappointment of some of his more fanatical followers, Trump’s proposals in the wake of the Orlando massacre have fallen far short of the brutality and savagery he had demanded earlier in his campaign. So far, Trump has not demanded that the accused patsy’s first wife, second wife, child, and father be summarily executed in line with his tactic of exterminating entire villages and families in the manner of the Nazi SS. Trump has also not explicitly demanded that Mateen’s current wife be subjected to torture to make sure she tells the FBI what she knows. And although Trump has restated and expanded his call for measures against Moslems in the United States, he has so far stopped short of demanding that they wear yellow crescent when they go in public.
So much of Trump’s rhetoric turns out to be an appeal to magical thinking, incantations, myths, and spells. This publication has repeatedly exposed the magical quality of GOP verbiage, as for example in the last Republican debate before Christmas, when we noted that “#Cruz believes in magic by pronouncing bogus incantation of “radical #Islamic terrorists” he imagines have accomplished something in reality.”1 Now, six months later, Obama and Clinton have taken up this analysis in what must be seen as yet another example of the intellectual leadership in the anti-Trump cause provided by the Tax Wall Street Party.
In the wake of the Orlando false flag event, Trump has called for the exclusion of other classes of persons from areas where terrorism is endemic. Does he mean Christian Arabs in their Maronite, Melkite, and Syriac? Does the billionaire dolt even know that these subdivisions exist? Trump also wants to start a neo-McCarthyite witch hunt in the Arab-American community to put the screws on Moslems who will be accused of failing to inform the police about terror attacks in advance.
The despicable opportunists who currently lead the Republican Party are profoundly worried about the backlash against such ideas at the polls in November. In some ways, they represent a new fault line for the breakup and splintering of the GOP. Up to now, Trump has attacked and antagonized most of the ethnic and demographic groups in the US population. In a very dangerous move, he has also begun to vilify members of the federal judiciary, which is a very dangerous place to pick a fight for nothing more than some inconsequential civil suit. Trump has singled out members of the media for personal aggression and slander, along the lines of his ego ideal Richard Nixon. Now he has also suggested that Obama is a supporter and enabler of terrorism. It is a safe bet that these tactics are generating more institutional enemies than followers.
The Republican Party already has plenty of demographic and other problems of its own. The crazed petty bourgeois Tea Party base is out of patience with the slick representatives of the elite billionaire donor class. The Buckleyite ideologues of the #NeverTrump movement cannot accept Trump’s opportunistic hodge-podge of demagogic populism and opportunism.
The scope of the Orlando massacre is also setting off anti-gun reactions in that the Democratic Party and in large parts of the US population. If Trump and the GOP leaders stick to their slavish support of the doctrinaire National Rifle Association, this will be yet another public relations problem for them. The Democrats agree on the No Fly, No Buy slogan, meaning that persons on the government’s no-fly list should not be allowed to buy firearms. With proposals like this one commanding the support of a large majority of voters, the GOP’s embrace of the National Rifle Association may prove to be a disadvantage this time around.
As for the patsy Mateen, he is resembling his fellow Floridian Mohamed Atta of 9/11 fame more and more. Atta was allegedly a strict observant Moslem who cohabited with a prostitute, frequented discotheques, and made ample use of liquor and cocaine. Mateen is now revealed as a frequenter of gay bars like Pulse and an assiduous user of gay cell phone apps. Anything but strict religious observers, what will the FBI try to prove out of this narrative?
Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan gave an awkward press conference today to repudiate Trump’s speech of yesterday. Along with GOP House Majority Leader McCarthy, Ryan was attended by Congressman Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a close political ally of the Ku Klux Klan whom Trump was so reluctant to repudiate a few months back. Scalise fits the new look of the pro-Trump and openly racist GOP perfectly: for years, he has been exposed for his close cooperation with white supremacist groups from the David Duke machine in his state of Louisiana.2
Starting from Trump’s absurd megalomaniac tweets, Dana Milbank of the Washington Post speculates today that Trump may be helping himself by goading his Moslem and other targets into reactions against him:
‘He does deserve congratulations — for a new wave of radicalization. Trump’s anti-Muslim hostility makes it easier for terrorists to recruit and to inspire disaffected young Muslims. Trump warned Monday that the terrorism seen in Orlando “is going to get worse and worse” — and, thanks to him, that’s probably true.’3
One premise of Trump’s demagogy which deserves more scrutiny is his assumption that ISIS is winning on the battlefield of armed conflict. The reverse is true; ISIS is now under the most severe military pressure in its history. The most important prong of four offensives against the Islamic State is the attack on its principal supply line from Turkey. This offensive is being conducted by the YPG-Kurdish-SDF push against Manbij, the most important remaining road junction in the Jarablus corridor. The Manbij offensive
‘comes at the same time as other enemies of Islamic State, the governments of Syria and Iraq, also launched major offensives on other fronts, in what amounts to the most sustained pressure on the militants since they proclaimed their caliphate in 2014….The Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance launched the advance two weeks ago to seize Islamic State’s last territory on the Syria-Turkey border and cut the self-declared caliphate off from the world….Having seized control of the last route into Manbij on Friday, the SDF has yet to enter the town….”We are closing in on Manbij,” [a member of the anti-ISIS Manbij Military Council] said, adding that fighting continues on the city’s outskirts….Syrian government and allied forces are trying to advance against the Islamic State south-west of their de facto capital in Syria, Raqqa.’4
Obama personally called attention to the losses being sustained by ISIS after a special National Security Council meeting held at the Treasury Department:
‘At the outset, I want to reiterate our objective in this fight. Our mission is to destroy ISIL. Since I last updated the American people on our campaign two months ago, we’ve seen that this continues to be a difficult fight – but we are making significant progress. Over the past two months, I’ve authorized a series of steps to ratchet up our fight against ISIL: additional U.S. personnel, including Special Forces, in Syria to assist local forces battling ISIL there; additional advisors to work more closely with Iraqi security forces, and additional assets, including attack helicopters; and additional support for local forces in northern Iraq. Our aircraft continue to launch from the USS Harry Truman, now in the Mediterranean. Our B-52 bombers are hitting ISIL with precision strikes. Targets are being identified and hit even more quickly – so far, 13,000 airstrikes. This campaign at this stage is firing on all cylinders.
‘And as a result, ISIL is under more pressure than ever before. ISIL continues to lose key leaders. This includes Salman Abd Shahib, a senior military leader in Mosul; Abu Sa’ad al-Sudani, who plotted external attacks; Shakir Wahayb, ISIL’s military leader in Iraq’s Anbar province; and Maher al-Bilawi, the top ISIL commander in Fallujah. So far, we’ve taken out more than 120 top ISIL leaders and commanders. And our message is clear: If you target America and our allies, you will not be safe. You will never be safe.
‘ISIL continues to lose ground in Iraq. In the past two months, local forces in Iraq, with coalition support, have liberated the western town of Rutbah and have also pushed up the Euphrates River Valley, liberating the strategic town of Hit and breaking the ISIL siege of Haditha. Iraqi forces have surrounded Fallujah and begun to move into the city. Meanwhile, in the north, Iraqi forces continue to push up the Tigris River Valley, making gains around Makhmour, and now preparing to tighten the noose around ISIL in Mosul. All told, ISIL has now lost nearly half of the populated territory that it once controlled in Iraq – and it will lose more.
‘ISIL continues to lose ground in Syria as well. Assisted by our Special Operations Forces, a coalition of local forces is now pressuring the key town of Manbij, which means the noose is tightening around ISIL in Raqqa as well. In short, our coalition continues to be on offense. ISIL is on defense. And it’s now been a full year since ISIL has been able to mount a major successful offensive operation in either Syria or Iraq.
‘As ISIL continues to lose territory, it also continues to lose the money that is its lifeblood. As a result of our strikes against its oil infrastructure and supply lines, we believe that we’ve cut ISIL’s revenue from oil by millions of dollars per month. In destroying the storage sites where they keep their cash, we’ve deprived ISIL of many millions more.
‘Thanks to the great work of Secretary Lew and many others here today – and working with nations and financial institutions around the world – ISIL is now effectively cut off from the international financial system. Cutting off ISIL’s money may not be as dramatic as military strikes, but it is critically important. And we’re seeing the results. ISIL’s cash reserves are down. It has had to cut salaries for its fighters. It’s resorting to more extortion of those trapped in its grip. And by ISIL’s own admission, some of its own leaders have been caught stealing cash and gold. Once again, ISIL’s true nature has been revealed: These are not religious warriors, they are thugs and they are thieves.’5
Obama’s mention of Manbij in the Jarablus corridor is especially significant. Right now there are thought to be two US aircraft carriers in the eastern Mediterranean, both focusing on ISIS. Compared to this overview, Trump is simply a defeatist.
Other NATO countries, including France and Germany, have also sent small numbers of special forces to this critical Turkish-Syrian border area. They may have been attracted by the impending doom of ISIS. Unfortunately, the intentions of these forces are not at all clear.
‘French special forces have been tasked with training the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and building a military base near Kobani ahead of a major offensive on the Daesh-held city of Manbij, political analyst Idris Nessan, who served as deputy foreign minister of the Kobani Canton, told Sputnik. The French on the ground are not expected to take part in combat, at least for now. “French soldiers arrived in Kobani along with US troops to take part in liberating Manbij. They are primarily tasked with coordinating airstrikes of the [US-led] coalition, consulting and providing training to Manbij’s Military Council and the Syrian Democratic Forces,” he said. Nessan could not disclose how many French soldiers were present in Kobani, but added that additional troops could arrive if required. Manbij is a strategically important city located southwest of Kobani in northern Syria. It has been surrounded by Kurdish and Arab fighters, but Daesh militants are still maintaining their grip on the urban area itself. The siege has dealt a major blow to the terrorist group that relies heavily on unfettered access to Turkey that has allowed the organization to regroup, rearm and resupply. Manbij has also served as a key link between the border region and the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Daesh caliphate.’6
A small contingent of Special Forces of the German Bundeswehr are also on the scene:
‘Tens of German special forces troops entered the Syrian territory on Tuesday joining French and US troops that are participating in a military operation near the northern Syrian city of Manbij, Arab media reported. The Al Mayadeen pan-Arabic TV channel noted it was the first announcement of the German forces’ presence in Syria. German servicemen are supporting their Western allies’ forces stationed near the Tishrin hydropower plant, the channel said, citing its sources. In late May, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic forces announced an offensive against the Islamic State group. One of the goals of the operation supported by the US-led coalition is to liberate the city of Manbij.’7
In evaluating whether this Franco German military presence will be a plus or a minus in the struggle to wipe out the Islamic State, it will be well to bear in mind warnings coming from Thierry Meyssan of the Voltaire Network, who has been pointing to a plan to establish a pseudo-Kurdish state in northern Syria which risks coming under the control of a Kurdish renegade:
‘Washington and Moscow are working together to develop the military strength of the Syrian Kurds, allegedly to combat Daesh, but in reality to fight President Erdogan, whom the two great powers would be happy to remove. But the apprentice dictator of Ankara is preparing to turn the tables. He has begun to re-shuffle the population at the Syrian frontier in order to catch the Turkish Kurds in a vise, and is preparing to use his Syrian Kurdish spy, Salih Muslim – armed by the United States and Russia – to create a Kurdistan in Syria to which he can expel the Turkish Kurds…. But in reality, the YPG is the armed branch of the PYD (Democratic Union Party), which has two co-Presidents – a woman, Asya Abdullah, and a man, Salih Muslim. Asya Abdullah is faithful to the principles of Abudllah Öcalan – the founder of the PKK (Kurdistan Worker’s Party) – and intends to create a Kurdistan on Turkish territory…. Salih Muslim is a traitor who, in a secret meeting at the Elysée on the 31 October, negotiated an agreement’8
The supporters of the pseudo-Kurdish state are thought to include the United Kingdom, France, and Turkey, with the US and Russia opposed. These developments merit enhanced scrutiny.
On the US domestic front, Trump may be losing ground against his opposition. Polls are now including not just the two major parties, but the Libertarians and the Green Party as well. Email and direct mail fundraising appeals now start from the assumption that Trump is losing, and that his dupes must send money to rescue the fascist billionaire. Trump, of course, was supposed to be a plutocrat so opulent that he could self finance everything without batting an eye. The Trump myth is crumbling as it crashes on the rocks of objective reality. The relevant polling is that Hillary is leading Trump by 42% to 38%, with the libertarian Johnson at 9%, and the Green Party at 5%:
‘The four-way horserace question — in addition to asking about Clinton and Trump — also listed Gary Johnson (the Libertarian candidate) and Jill Stein (the Green Party candidate) as additional third party options. The results from this question also show Clinton gaining on Trump. She now enjoys 42 percent support; Trump has 38 percent, Johnson has 9 percent support and Stein has 5 percent. Support for Johnson and Stein remained consistent from last week’s results — but Clinton now leads Trump by 4 points. In last week’s four-way horserace results, Clinton trailed Trump by a single point — 39 percent to 40 percent.’9
At the same time, it should be recalled that the Strategy of Tension in favor of Trump probably does not represent a single isolated event, or even a series of separate attacks, but rather is more likely to be a complex psychological warfare plan, which proceeds through phases towards some kind of October Crescendo. We should also remember that the Benghazi attacks of September 11, 2012 were supposed to represent an October Surprise in favor of Romney, but that this operation misfired because of Romney’s total political ineptitude in exploiting the event. Trump’s political ineptitude is of course far greater than that of Romney. All these plans tend to underestimate the well-known Rally Round, which generally sees the American people coming together to support the President when the nation is considered to be under attack. Trump’s speech of yesterday, in which he accused Obama of collusion with terrorists, risks running afoul of this Rally Round reflects, much to the detriment of the fascist billionaire.
- TWSP Livetweet of GOP debate, December 15, 2016.
- Dana Milbank, “Trump exploits Orlando’s tragedy to smear Muslims and Obama,” Washington Post, June 14, 2016, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/that-something-going-on-is-trump…
In Reality, Orlando Event Fits Pattern of Pre-October Surprise Made to Order to Save Trump’s Faltering Bid for Power; More Pro-Trump Strategy of Tension Expected; Need Mole Detectors at FBI, CIA, NSA; FBI Director Comey Has Failed and Should Resign; No Real Evidence Linking Mateen to Foreign Terror Organizations
For the past two and a half months, or more precisely since April 2, 2016, the Tax Wall Street Party has been urgently calling attention to the acute danger of an “October Surprise” terrorist attack favored or inspired by rogue network factions in the US intelligence community favorable to a seizure of power by the fascist candidate, Donald J. Trump. The simple logic of such an event is that Trump is so widely hated that under normal circumstances it would be virtually impossible for him to win enough states to take the Electoral College and thus seize the White House. Therefore, a terrorist event late in the campaign becomes plausible, since this might be a way to win the election. Even more likely is a series of events or strategy of tension, (see image above) which would proceed through several phases of articulated terrorist attacks to gradually build towards a crescendo of national hysteria in which Trump would demand dictatorial powers to save the nation from the inept Obama and Hillary Clinton, discredited bourgeois politicians of the old regime.
In general, it must be understood that the more or less automatic beneficiary of terrorist events from now through November 8 and beyond can be none other than Trump. The pattern of his response to the recent EgyptAir tragedy has demonstrated his commitment to the cynical political exploitation of such events. When the United States loses, Trump wins. By contrast, it is the task of persons of good will to inoculate as many people as possible against what is coming, so that they will be able to resist and counter attack the psychological warfare operations, which may be unleashed against the American people in the near future.
Here is how we introduced our first considerations on the 2016 October Surprise in the April 2, 2016, edition of this Daily Briefing:
September/October Surprise Plausible; Intelligence Community Factions Supporting Trump Are Prime Suspects in Any Terror Attacks Between Now and November Election…April 2, 20161
Over the last several months, the possibility of an October Surprise of pro-Trump terror of has been publicly discussed by such well-known media figures as Bill Maher, Pro Trump terror Frank Luntz, Thomas Friedman, Charlie Rose, and Brian Lehrer of New York’s WNYC.2
Here is the discussion of the October Surprise principle which we offered on May 3, 2016:
In the wake of a large-scale terror attack, Trump would demand that all power be concentrated in his hands in a virtual state of siege – just like Hitler in late January 1933 – because he had been the only one to correctly forecast an imminent terrorist bloodbath. Trump could expect backing from those same media factions which have already given him more than $2 billion worth of free media for his primary campaign. The real estate demagogue might have a substantial chance of winning the Electoral College. As president, he could be expected to abuse the USA Patriot Act, the Espionage Act, and the full panoply of electronic eavesdropping. He has already promised to do much of this.
We are therefore looking at a classic October surprise, a terrorist event designed to interfere with the normal course of a presidential election. The original October surprise consisted of the machinations of the Reagan campaign to prevent the release of the Iranian hostages before the November, 1980 presidential election. Four years ago, in 2012, Republican forces attempted to humiliate the Obama administration and give Mitt Romney a ticket to the White House by using subversive CIA factions to carry out the Benghazi attack and prevent timely assistance from being rendered. In the modern era, due especially to early voting and absentee ballot voting, an effective October surprise needs to be front-loaded to the first half of October at the latest.’3
On Sunday, June 12, the day after the Orlando massacre, Trump staked his claim to credit for predicting that more terrorism was coming. This tweet reflected the crippling Narcissistic Personality Disorder which has afflicted him all of his life: he immediately portrayed the entire Orlando event as hinging on himself and his own critical role in forecasting the future:
In the wake of the EgyptAir disaster, Trump immediately claimed terrorism, and at least some media replied that there was no proof of this. (Today, more than three weeks after that incident, there is still no proof concerning the cause of this air disaster.) This time, Trump simply assumes terrorism, and the media are too morally and intellectually bankrupt to contradict him.
Of course, there is no real proof that accused Orlando shooter Omar Mateen had anything to do with Al Qaeda, ISIS, Nusra, or any other terrorist organization. Any other characterization depends on the fake or hearsay reports. We are told that Mateen used a 911 phone call to the Orlando police to pledge allegiance to ISIS, Nusra, and Hezbollah, but this is hopelessly confused and cannot be taken seriously. We demand that the FBI immediately release transcripts and tapes of all three 911 calls involving Mateen, which they claim to have in their possession. These tapes should not meet the same fate of total oblivion suffered by the security cameras on so many buildings in Pentagon City and Crystal City which must have photographed whatever flying object hit the Pentagon on 9/11, and which have never been released. This same skepticism goes for the alleged expression of solidarity by Mateen with the Sarnayev brothers of Boston, the supposed authors of the Boston Marathon massacre. As for the claims by the Orlando police, the shooter could be heard shouting praise of Allah; such claims have no probative or evidentiary value.
According to CBS New York:
‘The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, claimed responsibility for the shooting, CBS News reports. The terror group’s news organization, Aamaq Agency, said the attack was “carried out by an Islamic State fighter.”’4
But this supposed claim of responsibility by a group linked to ISIS is based on US media reports and is thus purely opportunistic and bereft of probative value or credibility. So ultimately, there is precious little that would link Mateen to any terrorist organizations. But there is plenty of evidence that links him to the broader US police and security community, which he worked for.
In the face of this, we are more than justified in asking how Trump knew what was coming. Was he engaged in what might be described as insider trading? Does he have back channels to the intelligence community, or for that matter to a notorious pro-terrorist government like that of Turkish President Erdogan?
In any case, a massive backlash against Trump began developing on the Internet on the part of normal people horrified by so much megalomania.
Just like his ego ideal Nixon, Trump had a media enemies’ list, which now includes the Washington Post, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, Des Moines Register, Univision, National Review, Mother Jones. All of these are now banned from Trump rallies, press conferences, and other events. We hope he bans all media, and thus cuts off the free publicity he has been getting.
With outrageous chutzpah, Trump took to NBC’s Today Show with Savannah Guthrie this morning and tried to suggest – again, with no proof – that Obama is a mole or terrorist sympathizer:
‘Trump replied that “I’m the one who predicted it, but I don’t want the credit.” Guthrie pointed out that he’s still calling attention to the credit — and noted that “in fairness, everyone can predict that there will be another terrorist attack.”
“I’m not sure that the president knows that!” Trump replied. “He won’t even use ‘radical Islamic terrorism,’ he thinks everyone’s a sweetheart!”
He also spoke conspiratorially about whether Obama “really gets it, but doesn’t want to know about it,” adding that “there are a lot of people who think he really doesn’t want to see what is happening — because Savannah, why isn’t he addressing the issue?”5
On Fox and Friends, the fascist billionaire again suggested that Obama was a mole in cahoots with the terrorists. Once again, he laid it with a profession of his own omniscience:
‘Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump hinted Monday that President Barack Obama is either naive about the threat of terror or actively working with extremists in a Fox News interview after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history….‘“I mean, I’ve been right about a lot of things, frankly, I was right about ‘take the oil,’ I was right about many, many things,” he said, “Our government, we’re led by a man – look, guys, we’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind, people can’t believe it.” “They cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and can’t even mention the words radical Islamic terrorism,” he continued. “There’s something going on. It’s inconceivable. There’s something going on.” Trump also said Obama either “doesn’t get it or he gets it better than anybody understands – it’s one of the other, and either one is unacceptable.”’6
Implicit in all of this seems to be the idea that Obama is secretly a Moslem. As an early critic of Obama in 2008, who has carefully examined the evidence concerning Obama’s religion, the present writer has concluded that Obama is in no way a Moslem, and that the preponderance of the evidence points in the direction of his atheism. As far as terrorist sympathizers are concerned, this is the same Obama who some years ago instituted Terror Tuesdays at the White House, with ample time scheduled for reviewing human targets to decide whether they should be eliminated by predator drones and other means. Trump’s comments are absurd.
Trump also posted a statement on his campaign website, in which he portrayed himself as a dictatorial man on horseback in the tradition of Julius Caesar or Napoleon:
‘If we do not get tough and smart real fast, we are not going to have a country anymore. Because our leaders are weak, I said this was going to happen – and it is only going to get worse. I am trying to save lives and prevent the next terrorist attack. We can’t afford to be politically correct anymore.’7
The American people should ponder how lucky they are that Trump is not already president. If Trump were president today, it is likely that he would have engaged in an oppressive frenzy of repressive measures, including the imposition of martial law, the suspension of habeas corpus, holding pens in the public streets or in sports stadiums on the Chilean model, boxcars and cattle cars, and perhaps even a few summary executions.
Trump’s speech at St. Anselm’s College today repeated his call for a total ban on Moslems crossing the US border to enter this country. He also darkly hinted at how we might use the president’s power to deny entry into the country against other unnamed groups coming from areas of conflict. He also suggested that Moslems and others who fail to denounce terrorist acts will also face serious “consequences” – evidently a new McCarthyite witch-hunt along the lines of the one superintended by Trump’s mentor, the infamous Roy Cohn.
But, whatever else he might have been, Mateen was born in the United States, in the same state as Trump, in the same city as Trump, and even in the same borough of Queens where Trump says he was born. Mateen was from New Hyde Park, Queens, New York City, which is an exclave of the larger town of New Hyde Park which is located in Nassau County, just across the city line. So Trump and Mateen are paesani, further underlining the absurd and obsolete quality of Trump’s racist, blood and soil world (Blut und Boden) outlook.
And Trump’s rhetoric has feet of clay. The entire orchestrated hysteria of the last few days depends on assumptions which are largely untenable. The Orlando events also display some of those characteristic features which allow us to identify terrorist events as synthetic creations, classifiable as false flag terrorism.
Many terrorist actions have been ascribed to the actions of mentally troubled misfits or lone assassins, from the time of Lee Harvey Oswald to the present day. One virtually infallible clue to a false flag synthetic terrorism event is the presence of multiple shooters according to real-time reports from actual eyewitnesses. Then, all the assassins but one quickly disappear from the dominant media narrative, often without any comment as to why they are being discarded. Recent examples of this include Major Hassan of Fort Hood, and Anders Breivik of Norway, both of whom were initially reported as acting in conjunction with other shooters.
How Could Mateen Kill and Wound So Many?
In these cases, as in the Orlando shootings, one of the main common sense objections to the official version is that a single lone assassin is assumed to be capable of generating the very large numbers of victims, even while acting alone. Breivik is alleged to have chalked up 78 dead and 319 wounded – a fantastic total. For Mateen, the claim is 50 dead and over 50 injured – also impossible.
Eyewitness Daniel Gonzalez Reports a Second Shooter
In the Orlando case we have the report of eyewitness Daniel Gonzalez, who reports the presence of a second person working together with the main shooter by seeking to prevent victims from leaving the nightclub, and perhaps also by shooting:
‘“He kept on shooting and shooting and shooting, rapid fire,’’ Gonzalez said, “and he’d change (clips), put in more ammunition — bud-dudda. I could smell the ammo in the air.’’
He said he heard another gun from a different direction, so he wonders if there were two gunmen.
“Everybody dropped to the floor. We were trying to look for an exit. But the main exit was right next to the entrance where the shooter was shooting,’’ he said.
“In a moment of desperation we were all crawling on the floor trying to find a place to exit. I looked to my right and I could see people going through some curtains. We were digging through the curtains and found a door.’’
But he said the door was blocked by a man. He wasn’t sure if it was a club security person or an accomplice to the gunmen.
“Fifty people were trying to jump over each other trying to exit the place. There was a guy holding the door and not letting us exit. He’s like ‘Stay inside, stay inside.’ As he is saying that, the shooter keeps getting closer and closer and the sound of the bullets is getting closer. Everyone starts to panic. People are getting trampled. Let us out, let us out!’’’
Gonzalez’ first thought was that it was a hate crime. “This guy is trying to prevent us from leaving. Maybe they’re working together,’’ he said. … “I’m pretty sure it was more than one person. I heard two guns going at the same time. It was very, very crazy.’’8
Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, Cop
Omar Mir Seddique Mateen
Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, the accused patsy, was according to published accounts someone who had always wanted to be a cop, and who had been working as a security guard for nine years, most recently at a shopping center. He was thus practically a cop, or halfway a cop. He worked at Treasure Coast Square:
‘Treasure Coast Square is a shopping mall in Jensen Beach, Florida, USA. It comprises more than 120 stores, including anchor stores Dillard’s, JCPenney, Macy’s and Sears, as well as a food court and Regal 16-screen movie theater. The mall is managed by Simon Property Group, and opened in 1987.’10
Mateen’s father appears politically knowledgeable and familiar with the workings of the US Congress, which he lobbied. He had proclaimed himself a candidate for President of Afghanistan, whence he had emigrated to the US. Mateen’s first wife says that he had a violent temper, and sometimes became violent enough to beat her. She left him after four months. Mateen had a second wife, and a child by her:
‘An obscure real estate record says that Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen had a second wife — but the woman remained a mystery Monday, with few details emerging about her even as the gunman’s first spouse went public about their abusive relationship. The second wife, Noor Salman, was listed as Mateen’s spouse on a St. Lucie County mortgage document from September 2013. The couple moved into a house in Port Saint Lucie, Fla. with Mateen’s father and another one of his relatives, the document says.’11
G4S Secure Solutions of the United Kingdom
A salient fact about Mateen is his job with G4S Secure Solutions, a high-profile international security company headquartered in Great Britain, and thus inevitably with links to British intelligence.
‘The security company that employed Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen also is a federal contractor for the Homeland Security and State departments – raising more questions about how he passed background checks despite being on the FBI’s radar screen and the level of security at a firm handling sensitive U.S. operations. Mateen, who killed 49 people and wounded dozens more early Sunday inside the gay nightclub Pulse, started working for G4S Secure Solutions in 2007 and until the attack was employed as an armed guard at a gated retirement community in South Florida. The U.K.-based firm has a far-reaching portfolio that goes well beyond retirement villages, however, with its U.S. arm having become one of the biggest government contractors since 9/11. This includes helping secure 40 U.S. embassies worldwide and working with U.S. agents on border patrol.’12
Of all the red flags for a patsy, Mateen has most of them.
Mateen’s Gun Purveyor Was a New York City Cop
Ed Henson of the St. Lucie Shooting Center is a “former” New York City police officer. The New York Daily News reports that he retired from his post as NYPD detective in 2002. In his Monday appearance for reporters, Henson appeared calm and judicious as he spoke fluently and knowledgeably about the various technicalities of long gun and handgun purchases, waiting periods, background checks, and other details. His rhetorical posture was “Sorry, fellas, I’d like to help, but that is all I can tell you.” He was too polished, too smooth, too affable. He implied that his gun shop provides services for government agencies. What part of the NYPD was he attached to? Was it the Red Squad, one of the infamous Law Enforcement Intelligence Units (LEIUs) which form a semi-private network within the new post 9/11 domestic counterinsurgency and Cointelpro apparatus?
There is a photograph of Mateen wearing a grey NYPD tee shirt. Is that a statement about his sense of personal identity? How great was the influence of Henson over Mateen? Is Henson a patsy minder?
Henson ‘“told the Orlando Sentinel he had few memories of Mateen. “He’s a nobody,” Henson said. “He’s a customer. He came and purchased his guns and he left. We do a large business.”’13
Gun Shop Owner Ed Henson Talks Like Trump in Public, Wants Obama Executed
The combination of Mateen and Henson is all the more remarkable when we discover that Henson’s public posture was that of Islamophobia to the point of obscenity, mixed with plenty of anti-Obama obsession:
‘ATF Agent Sal van Susteren confirmed to the New York Daily News that accused Orlando shooter Omar Mateen purchased the weapons he used in the weekend’s massacre at St. Lucie Shooting Center, not far from Mateen’s apartment in Fort Pierce, Florida. The New York Daily News reported that the store’s owner, Ed Henson, an ex-NYPD officer, had posted on Facebook in December a meme that said, “F— Islam, F— Allah. F— Muhammad. F— the Koran. F— people who support terrorism,” as well as a comment in November calling for Obama to be “handcuffed, removed from Office and charged with Treason and then publicly executed!” “How can the American People and military stand by and do nothing while this piece of sh– puts everyone of us in danger.”14
This sure looks like a pro-Trump network, since the ideology is identical. More recent reports raise the possibility that Mateen may have been a homosexual himself, despite his father’s report that he became furious when he saw men kissing:
‘Omar Mateen lived a double life. The homophobic maniac who murdered 49 people inside Orlando’s gay-friendly nightclub Pulse Sunday morning had been hanging out there for three years — and chatted with men via online dating services like Grindr, said multiple witnesses who claimed to have firsthand knowledge of Mateen’s habits.’15
According to this, Mateen actually frequented the Pulse Night Club himself.
FBI Director James Comey gave a press conference on Monday in which he repeated hearsay evidence and failed to document or corroborate any of the FBI’s assertions about what happened.
‘Comey said the shooter, who was killed in a gunfight with police responders, made three 911 phone calls from the club during the attack, beginning at about 2:30 a.m. In the calls, he claimed allegiance to the leader of the so-called Islamic State (ISIL) as well as the perpetrators of the 2013 Boston Marathon attack and a Florida man who died as a suicide bomber in Syria for a terrorist group in conflict with ISIL.’
The contents of these purported 9/11 calls are exactly what must be documented and proven. If the FBI could not find the truth about Mateen for years before June 11, 2016, why should we assume that they have figured anything out now? Comey continued:
‘“There are strong indications of radicalization by this killer and of potential inspiration by foreign terrorism organizations,” Comey said, adding that the FBI is the lead investigative agency on this case because it is a terrorism investigation.
Director Comey also described the FBI’s prior contacts with the killer, beginning in May 2013. The FBI opened an investigation when the shooter, then working as a contract security guard, made some inflammatory comments to co-workers and claimed a family connection to Al Qaeda. The shooter was interviewed twice during the preliminary investigation, where he admitted making the statements but said he had done so in anger at his co-workers, who he believed were discriminating against him. The case was closed after 10 months.
Two months later, the shooter’s name surfaced as a casual acquaintance of the Florida man who blew himself up in Syria for the terrorist group al Nusra Front. “Our investigation turned up no ties of any consequence between the two of them,” Comey said. “We will continue to look forward in this investigation, and backward. We will leave no stone unturned.”
Comey said the Bureau is reviewing those cases to see if anything was missed. “We’re also going to look hard at our own work to see whether there is something we should have done differently. So far, the honest answer is: I don’t think so. I don’t see anything in reviewing our own work that our agents should have done differently.”16
Comey’s smug complacency is astounding for a bureaucrat whose agency has just failed yet again in its essential mission of protecting the American people. As we have said before, Obama should put a mole detector at the door of CIA, FBI, NSA and the rest. In the meantime, Comey needs to take responsibility for failure and resign.
‘FBI Director James Comey added in a statement on Monday that the shooter was involved in precisely three calls to a 911 dispatcher at approximately 2:30am. Comey said: ‘He (Mateen) called and hung up. He called again and spoke with the dispatcher and hung up. ‘And the dispatcher called him back and they spoke briefly. ‘During the calls he said he was doing this for the leader of ISIS, who he named, and pledged loyalty to. But he also appeared to claim solidarity with the perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombings and solidarity with the Florida man who died as a suicide bomber in Syria for Al-Nusra Front – a group in conflict with the so-called Islamic State.’
The Boston bombers and the suicide bomber from Florida were not inspired by ISIS, which adds a little bit to the confusion about his motives’, Comey concluded.
Police chiefs chose to act when he boasted to the 911 call handler about ‘bomb vests, explosives’ and said he would murder more young people.’17
Again – let’s hear those tapes, fast.
In the meantime, the lies and half-truths leaked from the US intelligence community are circulating in the media as the truth:
‘CBS News Justice and Homeland Security correspondent Jeff Pegues reports that that Mateen called 911 just prior to the attack and pledged allegiance to ISIS. According to CBS News, Mateen identified himself to the 911 operator and also mentioned the Tsarnaev brothers, who were behind the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.’18
Once again, this is exactly what must not be believed without conclusive proof.
In the meantime, this attack and any further terrorist attacks on the US and the other NATO states must be prima facie attributed to intelligence factions favorable to Trump. Obama must act now to prevent these factions from acting again.
To complete the false flag picture, it appears that the Orlando massacre was preceded by a mass casualty exercise held last October. [See links below]
It coincided with the annual meeting of the Emergency Nurses Association and used 100 actors and professional makeup and special effects experts & Fx appliances.
Used “100 volunteer actors”
- Omar Mir Seddique Mateen (November 16, 1986 – June 12, 2016)
- New York Daily News, June 13, 2016.
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World Crisis Radio
June 11, 2016
In the words of Edward Luce, US correspondent of the London Financial Times, speaking on today’s Domestic News Roundup on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show:
‘And so on, and unless he [Trump] somehow gets the better of his own instincts, which … is very unlikely, you know, people are speculating about whether he has narcissistic personality disorder. Psychologists are not allowed to diagnose people they don’t treat. And if they do treat them, they’re bound by confidentiality. So journalists, of course, have been stepping into the breach. … David Brooks, to name one. But he does show signs of, and I say this as a complete amateur, of psychological waywardness. Inability to take objective advice. A complete lack of empathy for others, some of the sort of classic traits of narcissistic personality disorder.’1
The article of today by David Brooks of the New York Times alluded to by Luce is entitled “The Illusion of Unity” and argues that Trump is incapable of changing his vulgar and abusive behavior because it is rooted in deep psychopathological compulsions arising from the traumas of childhood:
‘Trump’s personality is pathological. It is driven by deep inner compulsions that defy friendly advice, political interest and common sense.
It’s useful to go back and read the Trump profiles in Vanity Fair and other places from the 1980s and 1990s. He has always behaved exactly as he does now: the constant flow of insults, the endless bragging, the casual cruelty, the need to destroy allies and hog the spotlight. “Donald was the child who would throw the cake at the birthday parties,” his brother Robert once said.
Psychologists are not supposed to diagnose candidates from afar, but there is a well-developed literature on narcissism that tracks with what we have seen of Trump. By one theory, narcissism flows from a developmental disorder called alexithymia, the inability to identify and describe emotions in the self. Sufferers have no inner voice to understand their own feelings and reflect honestly on their own actions.
Unable to know themselves, or truly love [esteem] themselves, they hunger for a never-ending supply of admiration from outside. They act at all times like they are performing before a crowd and cannot rest unless they are in the spotlight.
To make decisions, these narcissists create a rigid set of external standards, often based around admiration and contempt. Their valuing criteria are based on simple division — winners and losers, victory or humiliation. They are preoccupied with luxury, appearance or anything that signals wealth, beauty, power and success. They take Christian, Jewish and Muslim values — based on humility, charity and love — and they invert them.
Incapable of understanding themselves, they are also incapable of having empathy for others. They simply don’t know what it feels like to put themselves in another’s shoes. Other people are simply to be put to use as suppliers of admiration or as victims to be crushed as part of some dominance display.’2
In short, Trump is an incorrigible psychopath who can never be a loyal member of anybody’s team. The hopes of Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and Reince Priebus are doomed.
As for Trump, the biggest issue in the presidential campaign will be the danger of giving the nuclear launch codes to a person who is obvious mentally ill.
WITH CONGRATULATIONS TO RUSSIANS ON THEIR NATIONAL DAY
At the beginning of the five-month campaign between now and the November 8 election, it is a good time to attempt an overview of some of the systemic problems which have plagued the Trump campaign, obviously with a view to exploiting these weaknesses to deny him the presidency.
Many analysts have concluded that Trump is now very short on funds, and that the Republican National Committee is not much better off. Trump’s constant refrain to the effect that he was self financing his campaign, and was thus not beholden to big contributors, is almost universally exposed as a lie. In reality, whatever funds Trump spent during the primary appear to be mainly money which Trump personally lent to his campaign organization, apparently with the idea that it would be paid back at a later time out of contributions from those very fat cats whom Trump was so proud to scorn – meaning the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, the Mercer family, and others. Trump has signed some kind of a fund sharing agreement with the Republican National Committee, but the fascist billionaire has done very little fundraising so far, both in the big-ticket category and in the small donor field. Trump has benefited from between $2 billion and $3 billion in free television from such media organizations as Jeff Immelt’s MSNBC, a practice which is obviously an illegal contribution in kind, designed to procure favors for General Electric in some future Trump regime.
What we are seeing is a complex dialectical process involving Trump’s stubborn refusal to spend adequate sums of his own money on his presidential campaign, or else fundraise this money from his fellow billionaires. The lack of cash leads to a lack of staff, and thus to a chronic lack of scripts, guidance, and talking points for Trump. Lacking prepared material, Trump follows the irresistible compulsion of his own narcissism and megalomania, and shoots from the hip with his famous tirades and diatribes against his tormentors, real or imagined. This extremist talk makes it harder and harder for Trump to recruit and retain staff and especially surrogates, often established politicians and or writers who do not want to be discredited by Trump’s ravings. Well-heeled contributors are also not anxious to have their money wasted in a losing effort by a troubled candidate who cannot keep his trap shut, and who insists on focusing his presidential campaign on petty grievances from his business life or personal life. The lack of well prepared surrogates armed with effective talking points then opens up more and more time for Trump to fill, meaning that he falls back on his innate narcissist posture of devaluing and denigrating his rivals. And with this, the vicious circle begins again. We can imagine Trump going into a death spiral of underfunding, lack of prepared material and qualified surrogates, more psychotic outbursts from the candidate, the flight of big-ticket contributors, and more underfunding.
As one commentator sees the situation: ‘… the problem here goes deeper than the question of a campaign that is clearly in chaos and seems ill-prepared to contest a general election against the sophisticated data and attack machine Democrats have assembled.’1
The problems obviously start with Trump’s incurable narcissism and megalomania, which are widely regarded as permanent features of his public performance. Some reports portray Trump as personally isolated, especially after the Curiel episodes. But it also turns out that Trump, despite his constant boasting, is a very poor manager and personnel director indeed:
‘Republicans working to elect Trump describe a bare-bones effort debilitated by infighting, a lack of staff to carry out basic functions, minimal coordination with allies and a message that’s prisoner to Trump’s momentary whims. “Bottom line, you can hire all the top people in the world, but to what end? Trump does what he wants,” a source close to the campaign said. Veteran operatives are shocked by the campaign’s failure to fill key roles. There is no communications team to deal with the hundreds of media outlets covering the race, no rapid response director to quickly rebut attacks and launch new ones, and a limited cast of surrogates who lack a cohesive message. “They don’t or can’t cover it all, and there are things that happen that need to be addressed immediately and don’t get addressed at all, and that hurts the candidate,” a source within the campaign groused last month.’2
Ever since the Bill Clinton campaign of 1992, every serious campaign has set up a War Room to promptly counterpunch every criticism and accusation launched by political rivals. The War Room develops press releases and talking points that can then be distributed to the candidate, to the campaign press staff, to surrogates and allies, and to friendly press and media people. But Trump appears to have no formal War Room whatsoever, and his press staff is composed of a single overworked and overwhelmed person.
The entire disastrous episode of Trump’s response to the release of internal papers pertaining to the fraudulent Trump University operation thus seems to have been a product of a dangerous void in campaign functioning, which Trump then attempted to fill with his own extemporaneous raving about the Latino judge, leading to a result which is widely considered to be one of the worst in recent memory:
‘Aides appeared unprepared for the Trump University story last week, despite knowing in advance that unsealed court documents would reveal explosive allegations of fraud. Beyond a short video of former students praising the program that was posted online, the campaign offered scant pushback. The absence of a response to the Trump U story left the candidate to fill the vacuum with a torrent of demagoguery against the federal judge overseeing the case, Gonzalo Curiel, who Trump said was biased by his “Mexican heritage” despite his Indiana birthplace. Trump’s comments against the judge horrified many supporters, but the real estate mogul rebuffed efforts by campaign staff, donors and party officials to back off the incendiary claim this weekend, per sources, telling them he was unwilling to look like he had caved to pressure.’
If Trump is a macho who must always be afraid of looking weak, then that may represent in itself the biggest single weakness of them all. But once Trump had started putting his foot in his mouth, he began to experience greater and greater degrees of personal isolation, as his erstwhile sycophants began to drop him like a hot potato:
‘The Curiel story made Trump’s already difficult task of lining up surrogates even harder, as supporters like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell distanced themselves from Trump’s remarks over the weekend. With even early Trump backers like Rep. Chris Collins unwilling to defend his proposed Muslim travel ban or calls for mass deportations of illegal immigrants, the campaign is increasingly reliant on a small cast of mostly obscure figures to carry its message.
Indeed, most of Trump’s talking heads on cable news seem to be individuals with profound personal psychological problems of their own. But there is also the question of personnel, and many reports are in agreement that acrimony and internecine conflicts in the Trump campaign are even more pronounced than usual. The interface with the Republican National Committee, which can provide Trump with some money and a database to identify and mobilize his supporters, is obviously a critical post, but Trump has not been able to establish stable leadership in this department:
‘A source close to the campaign told NBC News that Rick Wiley, the GOP operative let go by Trump last month, was largely responsible for coordination with the RNC. The newly hired Murphy is set to replace Wiley as national political director, according to the Times. “I don’t think [Trump] fully appreciates what the campaign is going to be like,” the source told NBC News.’
When Hillary launched her anti-Trump assaults of last Thursday, there were few qualified or well-known political figures who were willing to go on the air and defend the fascist billionaire. This situation accentuates the personal isolation of Trump, already alluded to:
‘The lack of organization is becoming more and more glaring as Trump faces a tough stretch that’s included a fight over his donations to veterans, renewed scrutiny of fraud allegations against Trump University and a withering offensive from Hillary Clinton over his fitness to be president. In each case, Trump has been left to respond almost entirely on his own via social media and interviews, with little obvious support from his campaign, his party or his top backers.’
Trump’s greatest missed opportunity so far may well have been his inability to capitalize on the State Department Inspector General’s report and its conclusions that Hillary Clinton had seriously mishandled her private email server in using it for the quasi-totality of her official communications. According to MSNBC:
‘The most glaring was Trump’s failure to focus attention on Clinton’s use of a private email address and server as secretary of state, the subject of a tough inspector general report last month. Trump mentioned the report only briefly in passing in a speech the day of the report’s release, instead making headlines with renewed attacks on Romney, whom he called a “choker,” and defeated GOP primary rival Jeb Bush. The next morning, Trump continued a feud with Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, calling her “Pocahontas” in a tweet and providing another story to distract from the email issue.’…“They didn’t take advantage of that opportunity like they could have,” Smith said. Another example: Last week’s violent anti-Trump protests in San Jose, which Trump ignored the night they occurred in favor of tweets about an upcoming visit to a golf resort opening in Scotland.’3
The MSNBC authors contrast this flailing by Trump with the tenacious disinformation campaign developed by his predecessor Mitt Romney in 2012 around the contention that Obama had told small business people that they “didn’t build that.” Another example was the pitched battle between the Obama and Romney campaigns over the issue of whether FIAT Chrysler had shipped Jeep plants and jobs to Mexico. The lack of talking points and documentation by the Trump campaign has already hardened into a permanent public perception that the fascist billionaire is long on bombastic rhetoric, but very short on concrete facts and proposals. He is a blatherer in addition to all of his other manifold sins.
Political professionals stress that the ability to launch a coordinated campaign over issues like “You didn’t build that” requires an articulated campaign organization in which the war room, the campaign headquarters, and field operatives join together to produce the desired effect:
‘The Romney campaign, for example, helped push coverage of Obama’s “You didn’t build that” quote by organizing events with supporters in the business community in swing states around the country. “That required teams on the ground to identify these people, to put out advisories to get reporters to come to the events and to follow up on their stories,” Williams said.
The MSNBC authors also stress a high degree of conflictuality between the Paul Manafort “Torturers’ Lobby” clique, on the one hand, and the Lewandowsky-Hicks “Let Trump be Trump” subjectivist cabal. Manafort had assembled a group of business women willing to support Trump in public, and the usual way of getting public-relations mileage out of such an operation would have been to hold a series of public events around the state of California. Manafort operates out of campaign offices back East, but Lewandowsky and Hicks travel with the candidate, and thus have the advantage of close personal access in the way that Reichsleiter Martin Bormann, the Fuehrer’s private secretary, did with Hitler. Lewandowsky and Hicks fabricated objections to every press release prepared by the Manafort people to announce these businesswomen for Trump events, with the result that no events were apparently held. What kind of a manager is Trump anyway?
Another area of unstable judgment would appear to involve trumps low opinion of computer data banks, based on data mining, that can be used to identify possible supporters, to tailor personalized messages for them, and finally to get them to come to the polls on election day, if not sooner. This Trump weakness is by now and open secret:
‘Donald Trump’s campaign is confident that it has a digital voter mobilization operation that will rival likely opponent Hillary Clinton’s in the fall, but the presumptive Republican nominee has done little to build its data force and is relying on the Republican National Committee to pick up the bulk of the responsibility for the critical component of its campaign. “All of that stuff you’d use data for is typically done within the RNC,” Barry Bennett, an adviser to Trump, told NBC News in a recent interview about how the campaign is addressing its data operation. President Barack Obama transformed modern day campaigning by elevating the importance and use of data. Since then campaigns have prioritized it. Hillary Clinton has been building her data operation since she launched her campaign, but Trump has largely dismissed its importance. Trump has mocked the importance of sophisticated data, telling the Associated Press earlier this month that he believes it is “overrated.” “Obama got the votes much more so than his data processing machine. And I think the same is true with me,” he added.’4
Already in the primaries it was evident that Trump felt that his charisma and Triumph of the Will ought to have been more than enough to turn out the voters, and that a complicated and expensive ground operation was not necessary. This is why, as long as serious opposition persisted, Trump underperformed his polling data, especially in caucus states.
Is Trump a miser so blinded by greed that he will risk the most embarrassing kinds of public-relations debacles for a few million in cash? Is Trump’s wealth radically less than what he has pretended to be in public, and, above all, is he so illiquid that he has a hard time coming up with the daily needs in cash money? These are reasonable hypotheses, but they need to be supplemented by the tendency of fascist leaders in the past to rely on shock and awe, surprise, and lightning war (Blitzkrieg) to win victories. Perhaps Trump has failed to see that the American presidential campaign cycle of 15 to 18 months means that lightning war is not be an available option. The American approach to problems like this has always been based on material superiority, expressed as abundant logistics in depth. Trump seems unacquainted with this approach. Hillary Clinton’s campaigns have notoriously been afflicted by severe clique problems, factionalization, personal rivalries, and organizational vendettas. Time will tell whether Trump’s chaotic campaign turns out to be even more dysfunctional than Hillary’s 2008 effort.
- Benjy Sarlin, Katy Tur and Ali Vitali, “Donald Trump does not have a campaign,”MSNBC, June 6, 2016, http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/donald-trump-does-not-have-campaign
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In the last multi-primary evening of the season, Hillary Clinton emerged as the likely winner in New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota, and claimed to have secured an absolute majority of the legally bound delegates headed to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July. At midnight, California and Montana were too close to call. Bernie Sanders was the winner in the North Dakota caucus. Hillary thus made her claim before the results from California had been fully counted. Hillary stressed that she will be the first woman to be nominated by a major US political party. The high point of her speech was a sharp ad hominem attack on Trump around the theme that he is “temperamentally unfit to be president.”
As expected, Trump took all the GOP contests. But in each of these states, there remained a solid bloc of 20 to 30% of the primary voters that Trump could not capture. These diehards insisted on voting for Cruz, Kasich, and other defeated rivals. If Trump is deserted by one third to one fifth of hard core Republicans, his chances in November will be grim. And grim was the mood at Trump’s unusually muted and restrained rally. In line with recent reports that stress Trump’s personal isolation and one man band approach to campaigning, the podium was far from crowded. Trump was muted in his speech, which in a radical departure from his usual practice, he read from a teleprompter. This time there was no mention of Judge Curiel or the Trump University fraud case. Trump read the text, which eventually got around to issues of trade. Here we were assured that only “great” trade deals would be signed in the future. It looked like Trump had been read the riot act, told to stop ad-libbing, and forbidden to harp on the “Trump University” fraud case. But every time Trump opens his mouth, top GOP elected officials cringe and shudder. Trump closed by saying that next week, probably Monday, he would present a lengthy screed against the crimes of the Clintons – no doubt relying heavily on the scurrilous Roger Stone. It looked like a golden opportunity for more borderline psychotic outbursts by the wayward candidate.
Yesterday evening at about 8 PM Eastern time, the Associated Press announced that, according to its informal canvassing of Democratic Party superdelegates, it had determined that Hillary Clinton had accumulated the minimum delegate vote total necessary to get the nomination. This outrageous procedure sets a new low in the manipulation of US elections by the press and television news was soon followed by NBC News, and soon by the entire corporate media pack. The alleged AP polling of the delegates on the basis of which the story had been manufactured could not be checked or verified in any way. The Associated Press had placed secret telephone calls to superdelegates, and then claimed to portray the result in public. The names of the superdelegates in question, as well as further details of these conversations – if they ever took place – were supposed to be taken on faith. No one can actually determine what happened.
It seems safe to assume that the intent of this totalitarian procedure was to suppress the vote for Bernie Sanders in the California and New Jersey primaries, especially, since Sanders voters might expect to be demoralized and disoriented by the AP-NBC maneuver. According to some fragmentary reports today, the effect has been the opposite, unleashing a wave of rage and energy against the media mindbenders. It is also possible that the more complacent Hillary Clinton voters were the ones who decided to stay home. Time will tell.
Tonight, the California primaries will merit special attention. The California primary is now a so-called “jungle primary,” with Democrats, Republicans, and others competing in a single contest. The top two, irrespective of party, go on to the November election where voters will choose the final winner. It is already considered likely by some observers that the two contenders for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer will be to Democrats, with the Republicans already removed from contention. And this may also happen further down the ballot. Given Trump’s terrible performance over the last two weeks, it is possible that certain congressional districts will see Republicans, and possibly even Republican incumbents, shut out and eliminated because they could not come in first or second – in part thanks to Trump.
In the meantime, the Republican Party is undergoing yet another round of deadly internecine warfare, and factional splintering. On Monday, it was reported that the fascist billionaire had instructed his paid staff and campaign surrogates not to back away from his absurd and preposterous attacks on Judge Gonzalo Curiel, but rather to escalate them. With the Republican Party’s share of the Latino vote now projected at a meager 20%, many GOP incumbents were screaming for Trump to shut up. Marco Rubio says he wants to make a speech at the Republican National Convention, but not as a stooge for Trump.
As it turned out, Trump’s paid mercenary lackeys were the only ones willing to go along with this suicidal order. The surrogates, like Governor Christie of New Jersey, stopped talking about the alleged bias of Judge Curiel, and confined themselves to lauding the sterling character of the speculator Trump.
The stupidity of Trump was underlined when commentators called attention to the fact that, far from being prejudiced against the fascist billionaire, Judge Curiel had done him the biggest favor of all by postponing the Trump University fraud case until late November, well after the presidential election. That, if anything, was a sweetheart deal that might raise questions of pro-Trump bias in the minds of some observers.
Late Tuesday, Trump blatantly backed down and ran for cover on the Curiel issue, whining that his racist tirade against the jurist had been “misconstrued.” It was the typical doubletalk of a politician, exactly the kind of thing Trump’s crazed plebeian supporters are supposed to abhor. Trump scapegoated a low ranking female staffer for what he claimed was the blunder of sending out a memo to media surrogates telling them to back away from talking about Judge Curiel and the Trump University fraud case.
But serious strategic damage had already been done to the Republican nominee presumptive. The #NeverTrump movement among Republican hacks, which had appeared moribund, was suddenly revived, this time with the courage of desperation.
The Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gets stammering that he “could not disagree more” with Trump’s ravings, even though he stopped short of labeling the candidate presumptive as a racist, which is surely the least he could have done. Pressed in later interviews, McConnell added the sage advice that Trump should stop attacking his former primary rivals, the important ethnic groups present in this country, and other obsessive targets. McConnell wanted Trump to stay “on message” and “talk about issues.” Here was a genuinely utopian program, given the well-known mental instability of the candidate.
Paul Ryan’s rhetorical stance is currently that the Speaker of the House is an aw shucks farm boy who can’t understand what this feller Trump is saying and why he is saying it. All Ryan knows is that trumps criticism of Judge Curiel fulfills the basic definition of racism. But despite that, Ryan wants to impose this racist candidate as president of the United States, out of loyalty to the Republican Party and to the “House Republican Agenda,” which turns out to be mainly dedicated to gouging and stripping the economic rights and social safety net which belong to the American people. Ryan should actually thank Trump, since without the presence of the fascist billionaire and his big yap it would be the Wisconsin Bircher Congressman who would appear as the extremist.
South Carolina’s Republican Senator Lindsey Graham urged his colleagues to “de-endorse” Trump, repudiating him if they had been foolish enough to declare their support in the recent past. “If anybody was looking for an off-ramp, this is probably it,” Graham said to The New York Times. “There’ll come a time when the love of country will trump hatred of Hillary.”1 But with today’s Republican Party, don’t hold your breath.
Tuesday brought the first such de-endorsement when embattled Illinois Republican Senator Mark Kirk withdrew his stamp of approval from the fascist billionaire. Kirk is universally known as the most endangered of all senate incumbents in the upcoming November election. His dumping of Trump may well set a pattern for the other half dozen endangered Republican senators who risk being dragged into the abyss by the relentless motormouth presumptive.
An example of these endangered Republican senators is Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, whose statement today was mainly aimed at reminding the public that he for one did not need to consider de-endorsing Trump, since he had never endorsed this candidate in the first place. Susan Collins of Maine also offered some anti-Trump posturing. Senator Jeff Flake has also reminded us that he has no truck with Trump.
Many commentators are already repeating the catchy line that every Republican incumbent is only one scurrilous Trump Tweet away from election-year disaster. The ones that are not destroyed by actual scandal may well succumb to pure stress.
Joe Scarborough, the former Republican congressman who now heads the morning line up at MSNBC, verged on saying something interesting with his comment that Trump’s approach to Judge Curiel looks like it was drawn from the Nazi Race Laws promulgated at Nuremberg in 1935. One key aspect of these Nuremberg laws was that “non-Aryans” were barred from the certain professions. Trump is saying that only Aryans can work as federal judges in the US he wants.
The two eager Trump shills known to be willing to sell their souls to obtain the Republican vice presidential nomination – Newt Gingrich and Bob Corker – both criticized Trump’s racist offensive, but are now backpedaling after the fascist billionaire snarled at them. Rumors are now circulating that Newt Gingrich has been permanently eliminated from the vice presidential short list.
The most plausible vice presidential candidate for Trump might well be Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, a representative of the Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite Freemasonry. This would restore the treasonous axis of New York financiers and proto-Confederate planters which did so much mischief in the 1850s.
It is a matter of public record that the pro-Netanyahu gambling billionaire Sheldon Adelson has offered to spend $100 million in favor of Trump, with the strong implication that his quid pro quo would be the presence of the note on the ticket. In the 2012 election, Sheldon Abelson kept new in the running for months after his realistic chances had long since expired. Corker is also running scared.
Trump’s actual short list for the vice presidency is literally anybody’s guess. Those taking the long view will recall that the Emperor Caligula in ancient Rome tried to compel public adulation for his horse, and may even have attempted to abdicate in favor of the steed. As for Scarborough, it will take more than this to make restitution for his months-long public flirtation which did so much to launch the Trump presidential bid.
David French, the Weekly Standard staffer urged by William Kristol to take the plunge as an anti-Trump warmonger candidate, has now dropped out while complaining that he received death threats from the Trump campaign. French also says that he and his wife, who had adopted a daughter from Ethiopia, were subjected to an avalanche of internet abuse by racist camp followers of Trump. The arguments about Trump as a direct threat to any concept of the rule of law are, we see, gaining in consistency.
The traditional reactionary commentator Hugh Hewitt, who was working for Mitt Romney in the last presidential cycle, has obviously sampled the varying degrees of panic among Republican incumbents, and is now proposing a novel solution in extremis.
Hewitt’s proposal is called #Mutiny and presupposes that Ryan, McConnell, and other Republican leaders are smart enough to read the ominous handwriting on the wall, telling them that mortgaging their future election chances to Trump is an active incalculable folly. If they don’t get rid of the fascist billionaire now, they will be the captives of a raging madman for as far as the eye can see. It is not just a matter of losing an election; the issue is rather a catastrophic outcome which could virtually destroy the Republican Party in place. Congressional Republicans in borderline states and districts could simply be wiped out.
Hewitt’s formula is drawn from a meeting held exactly 52 years ago, when Pennsylvania Governor William Scranton, Michigan Governor George Romney, and other party leaders attempted to meet in Cleveland to deny the Republican nomination to the right wing extremist Barry Goldwater. At that time, the effort failed, in part due to the petulance of New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, who presented Scranton and Romney because they had not assisted him in the primary battle against the Goldwater altar of reactionaries.2
The result of the failure to stop Goldwater was that the Republican Party suffered a catastrophic defeat at the hands of President Johnson in November 1964, and also that the historic alienation of black America from the former Party of Lincoln was completed. In other words, it was Goldwater’s racist raving and opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act which put the black community out of reach for Republican demagogues down to the present day.
Hewitt wants the GOP bigwigs and governors to gather and issue a joint statement calling on the Rules Committee of the Republican National Convention to make the first and second ballots of the Cleveland convention purely “advisory.” There is no doubt that the rules committee has the power to do this and much more, provided that the requisite political will be present.
After two ballots, virtually all of the GOP delegates in Cleveland will be free to vote as they wish, since they are legally bound to vote for their states’ primary and caucus winner only on the first ballot, and in a few cases on the second ballot as well. This would be an effective way to break Trump’s death grip on the convention. Because of Trump’s fascism, it is imperative that he be stopped, and the technicalities of formal democracy must not be allowed to obscure the preeminent needs of US national survival in the present crisis.
The Tax Wall Street Party doubts very much whether Hewitt and his associates will get anywhere with their proposal to change the convention rules in such a way as to block Trump. At the same time, the TWSP estimates that efforts of this type can do serious damage to Trump on Election Day, thus contributing to the overriding need to secure his defeat.
Ex-Chancellors Von Papen and Von Schleicher, Press Baron Hugenberg Tried to Control and Use Hitler, but They Paid a Terrible Price in the June-July 1934 Night of the Long Knives
Photo shows Chancellor Hitler with his ministers in January-February 1933. Hitler is at the center flanked by Goebbels and Goering. Next to last on the right is Vice Chancellor Franz von Papen, who had been a member of the Catholic Center Party. Last on the right is Agriculture Minister Alfred Hugenberg of the German National People’s Party, the representatives of the aristocratic landowners east of the Elbe River. Both von Papen and Hugenberg deluded themselves that they could install Hitler as Chancellor of Germany with dictatorial power and still control the Nazi leader for their purposes. Their sad stories may show Newt Gingrich, Bob Corker, Paul Ryan, Rick Perry, Reince Priebus and other GOP opportunists something about what awaits them.
This is the season when the traditional reactionary politicians of the Republican Party who had opposed the candidacy of Trump abandon their posturing of high principle, and try to climb aboard the fascist bandwagon. Many of the columnists and ideologues of the GOP are appalled by so much craven opportunism. One of the most eloquent and vehement is the reactionary Erick Erickson, whose condemnation of the Republican turncoats for Trump appears with a large photograph of a Ku Klux Klan ceremony, complete with burning cross in the background. Erickson writes:
‘…damn the GOP for its unwillingness to speak up on this….The Party of Lincoln intends to circle the wagons around a racist. Damn them for that.’1
If Erickson, Gerson, and others among the appalled anti-Trump brigade are serious, they should join in the effort to dismantle the Republican Party and push it into a well-deserved extinction. This is, after all, the party of national sabotage which managed the unprecedented twofer of a war and a depression in 2008, which put a pedophile two heartbeats away from the presidency in the person of Dennis Hastert, which has shut down the United States government, caused a downgrading of US treasury bonds, and is now doing what it can to put a fascist demagogue in the White House. The three elements necessary for the remission of sins are the contrition of the heart, confession and acknowledgment, and acts of restitution. It is the act of restitution by multi-year reactionary Republicans which we are waiting to see.
But the despicable actions of Newt Gingrich, Paul Ryan, Rick Perry, Bob Corker, and Reince Priebus in supporting Trump should be no surprise to anyone with even a cursory knowledge of the process leading up to Hitler’s seizure of power. These sleazy hacks are simply repeating many of the maneuvers carried out by sly bourgeois reactionary politicians in the closing months of Germany’s Weimar Republic, especially in the time leading up to Hitler’s seizure of power in late January, 1933. The Republicans don’t know that they are doing this, but they are surely doing it.
The scholar who has paid the most attention to the role of the reactionaries of the old order in facilitating and enabling the seizure of power by Hitler in January 1933 is Robert O. Paxton. Paxton shows that some fascist movements never successfully established themselves as parties, and some of those who did never took power:
Becoming a successful participant in electoral or pressure-group politics forced young fascist movements to focus their words and actions more precisely. It became harder for them to indulge their initial freedom to mobilize a wide range of heterogeneous complaints, and to voice the scattered resentments of everyone (except socialists) who felt aggrieved but unrepresented. They had to make choices. They had to give up the amorphous realms of indiscriminate protest and locate a definite political space in which they could obtain positive practical results. In order to form effective working relations with significant partners, they had to make themselves useful in measurable ways. They had to offer their followers concrete advantages and engage in specific actions whose beneficiaries and victims were obvious….Becoming a successful contender in the political arena required more than clarifying priorities and knitting alliances. It meant offering a new political style that would attract voters who had concluded that “politics” had become dirty and futile. Posing as an “anti-politics” was often effective with people whose main political motivation was scorn for politics….’
We note in passing that Trump appears to be totally incapable of recognizing the need to make this transition from the anti-politics of pure protest to a politics of practical alliances that might allow him to attract the support of key groups in the society, most notably the Latinos, where his failure has been total and glaringly obvious.
Paxton follows the British historian Alan Bullock in concluding that, after Hitler and the Nazis had begun losing support in the parliamentary election of November 1932, the entire Nazi episode might have quickly ended if it had not been artificially kept alive by the scheming of reactionary politicians like the Catholic aristocrat and former chancellor Franz von Papen, of whom we will say more below. Bullock’s famous phrase was that Hitler had been lifted into power by a “backstairs conspiracy” of washed up reactionaries who tried to ride his coattails, but ended up dead or marginalized. Paxton writes:
In November 1932, the Nazi vote slipped in further parliamentary elections. The Nazi Party was losing its most precious asset: momentum. Money was running out. Hitler, gambling all or nothing on the position of chancellor, refused all lesser offers to become vice-chancellor in a coalition government. The Nazi rank and file grew restive as the chances for jobs and places seemed to be slipping away…. The movement might have ended as a footnote to history had it not been saved in the opening days of 1933 by conservative politicians who wanted to pilfer its following and use its political muscle for their own purposes. The Nazi leader was rescued by Franz von Papen.… von Papen secretly arranged a deal whereby Hitler would be chancellor and he, von Papen, deputy chancellor—a position from which von Papen expected to run things. The aged Hindenburg, convinced by his son and other intimate advisors that Schleicher was planning to depose him and install a military dictatorship, and convinced by von Papen that no other conservative option remained, appointed the Hitler–von Papen government on January 30, 1933. Hitler, concluded Alan Bullock, had been “hoist” into office by “a backstairs [secret] conspiracy.”2
The fascist dictatorships of Mussolini and Hitler were not built in a day, and even these classic strongmen had to endure a prolonged phase of coalition partnership with bourgeois political parties. We are seeing the same phenomenon today in Trump’s relations with the GOP. The good news is that the fascist billionaire is behaving much more stupidly and stubbornly than his infamous predecessors.
Former Chancellor Franz von Papen, the aristocrat who became Vice Chancellor in the Hitler Cabinet of January 1933. Although he had played the main role in getting Hitler appointed as chancellor, he narrowly escaped assassination in Hitler’s Night of the Long Knives in June-July 1934.
We can imagine that people like Newt Gingrich, Bob Corker, Rick Perry, and other despicable opportunists in the GOP are today telling themselves that Trump’s bombastic rhetoric is just a way of duping the ignorant masses, and that the superficial dilettante Trump will be easy to control once he gets into power. The reactionary politicians of the old order around Hitler who thought the same things were in for a very unpleasant surprise.
Von Papen probably played the most important role in giving Hitler state power: “It was largely Papen, believing that Hitler could be controlled once he was in the government, who persuaded [German President Field Marshal] Hindenburg to appoint Hitler as Chancellor in a cabinet not under Nazi Party domination.”3
‘Along with DNVP leader Alfred Hugenberg, Papen formed an agreement with Hitler under which the Nazi leader would become Chancellor of a coalition government with the Nationalists [DNVP], with Papen serving as Vice-Chancellor and Minister President of Prussia.’4
But von Papen soon found that the psychotic fanatic Hitler would not listen to him. By the end of 1933, von Papen had been thoroughly marginalized. Six months after that, he was lucky to escape with his life after an assassination attempt, not through his own devices but thanks mostly to Nazi bigwig Hermann Goering, who needed a Catholic ambassador in Vienna to begin the process of gobbling up the independent clerical fascist state of Austria.
Those who have watched the absurd spectacle of the Republican primaries in 2016 undoubtedly recall the speech delivered by former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney against Trump on March 3. This can be usefully compared to the speech given by von Papen in the university town of Marburg speech on June 17, 1934. Romney sounded the alarm against the scoundrel Trump. Von Papen had warned that there were parts of the Nazi SA or brown shirt storm trooper organization which were demanding a second revolution in which not just the government, but also control of the banks, the general staff of the armed forces, and the main industrial firms would be given to the Nazi plebeian guttersnipes.
“Germany must not turn into a train heading off into the blue yonder, with no one knowing when it will stop,” said von Papen. Shortly thereafter Hitler massacred SA boss Ernst Roehm, the leader of the “Second Revolution” faction. This was the “Night of the Long Knives,” which occurred between June 29 and July 2, 1934. At the same time, Hitler sent a commando of SS assassins who tried to kill von Papen, who escaped death only because he was not where the killers expected to find him:
‘… in the Night of the Long Knives, the Vice-Chancellery, Papen’s office, was ransacked by the Schutzstaffel (SS); his associate Herbert von Bose was shot dead at his desk. Another associate, Erich Klausener, was also shot dead at his desk at the Ministry of Transport. Many more were arrested and imprisoned in concentration camps where Jung, amongst others, was shot a few days later.’5
It was futile to expect gratitude from the megalomaniac Hitler, just as it will be futile to expect any consideration from the megalomaniac Trump.
General Kurt von Schleicher, the last German Chancellor before Hitler, who had him assassinated in early summer 1934.
A second political figure of the final phase of the Weimar Republic who met a tragic fate because he was unable to mount a principled and sustained opposition against Hitler was General Kurt von Schleicher, who was the last non-Nazi chancellor of Germany before Hitler. Schleicher at one point tried to split the Nazi movement through factional intrigue, and for a time advocated job creation programs to reduce unemployment. But he had participated in so many intrigues, plots, and cabals that he had become discredited and was thus unable to exercise political initiative effectively.
At various points, Schleicher imagined that he could use Hitler as a vehicle for his own political ambition. Yale’s Henry Ashby Turner, one of the leading historians of Weimar Germany, wrote of Schleicher that he:
“… sought in vain to tame the NSDAP by offering it a subordinate role in an authoritarian regime he himself intended to head, an arrangement that would had unavoidably have entailed extensive policy concessions to Nazi ideology.”
Schleicher tried to devise Byzantine schemes that would allow him to placate Hitler, but at the same time keep the real levers of power in his own hands. At one point, Schleicher said of the Nazi leader:
…’”If Hitler wants to establish a dictatorship, the Army will be a dictatorship within the dictatorship” headed by himself….Though Papen had made it clear that he would never serve in a government with Schleicher, when … asked if Schleicher could become Defense Minister in a Hitler government, Hitler gave a positive answer.’
But when Hitler took power, there was no seat for the scheming Schleicher at the cabinet table. And within less than a year and a half, the master of intrigue was assassinated together with his wife when he opened the door of his home to an SS commando: “General Kurt von Schleicher, the former Chancellor who had been scheming with some of Hitler’s rivals within the party to separate them from their leader, was gunned down along with his wife.’6
Alfred Hugenberg, former Krupp chairman, press baron, and controller of the ultra-reactionary German National People’s Party (Deutsch-Nationale Volkspartei
, DNVP). He was Economics and Agriculture Minister in the Hitler Cabinet of 1933. Within a few months he had been reduced to the status of an isolated minor figurehead with no power and no role in the government. Luck to survive at all, he became an unbidden “guest” of the parliament.
A third German politician who can serve as a mirror for our modern GOP careerists is Alfred von Hugenberg, who attempted to climb aboard the Hitler bandwagon and soon ended up as an anonymous nobody after Hitler had eaten his lunch. Hugenberg had been one of the greatest captains of German industry as chairman of the board of Krupp AG, one of the largest arms manufacturers in the world. He had filled various top posts as a civil servant. As boss of the largest media empire of Weimar Germany, Hugenberg can also be compared it to the meddling Rupert Murdoch. Hugenberg also controlled the German National People’s Party (Deutsch-Nationale People’s Party), which represented the interests of the German aristocrats, who held landed estates east of the Elbe River, many of which are today located in Poland.
Even as he was being overtaken and passed by the phenomenal growth of the Nazis during the world economic depression after 1931, Hugenberg entered into electoral alliances with Hitler and the Nazis:
‘The two presented a united front at Bad Harzburg on 21 October 1931 as part of a wider right-wing rally leading to suggestions that a Harzburg Front involving the two parties and the veterans’ movement Stahlhelm [Steel Helmet], Bund der Frontsoldaten [Union of Front-line Fighters] had emerged. The two leaders soon clashed, however, and Hugenberg’s refusal to endorse Hitler in the German presidential election of 1932 widened the gap. Indeed, the rift between the two opened further when Hugenberg, fearing that Hitler might win the Presidency, persuaded Theodor Duesterberg to run as a Junker [aristocratic landowner] candidate.’
Hugenberg had wanted a candidate of the DNVP landowners distinct from the incumbent President Field Marshal von Hindenburg (who had the support of the Social Democrats) and from Hitler, who came in second in this election.
There is an uncanny similarity between Hugenberg’s desperate effort to recruit a candidate in 1932 and the endless flailing of neocon leader William Kristol, who wants above all to have a candidate distinct from Trump to assert the need for a traditional neocon warmonger foreign policy based on intervention and regime change.
Hitler had a mass movement and Hugenberg did not:
“… Hugenberg felt that he needed a nationalist with support amongst the working classes whom he could use to whip up popular sentiment against [the reparations payments imposed on Germany by the Versailles Treaty]. Adolf Hitler was the only realistic candidate and Hugenberg decided that he would use the Nazi Party leader to get his way [But instead] Hitler was able to use Hugenberg to push himself into the political mainstream and … Hitler promptly ended his links with Hugenberg…by the end of 1933 Hugenberg had been pushed to the sidelines, where he served as a “guest” member of the Reichstag until 1945, wielding no political influence.’7
So we find that among the traditional bourgeois reactionary politicians of the Weimar Republic who tried to control Hitler and making their tool, one ended up dead, one was lucky to escape an assassination attempt, and the third was reduced to the status of a nonperson, presumably because Hitler regarded him as totally insignificant and innocuous.
Are we suggesting that similar treatment awaits the Republicans of today, who are trying to re-launch their sagging careers by riding on Trump’s coattails?
Not necessarily. We are suggesting that Trump will use violence by secret police agencies like the FBI, once he gets into power?
We don’t know, and we don’t want to find out. Trump must never be allowed to take the presidency.
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World Crisis Radio
June 4, 2016
‘Kurdish-led forces have launched an offensive to capture the Syrian town of Manbij, a suspected supply route for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL also known as ISIS) group to smuggle weapons in from Turkey. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed coalition of armed groups led by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), was mobilizing near Manbij in the northern province of Aleppo on Thursday, the AFP news agency reported. In the past 24 hours, 18 coalition air strikes are reported to have targeted positions held by ISIL, also known as ISIS.
Jennifer Cafarella, a Syria analyst for the Institute for the Study of War in Washington DC, said if anti-ISIL fighters take Manbij and then Jarablus, that would sever ISIL’s link with Turkey. “Recapturing Manbij and ultimately advancing to Jarablus would disrupt but not eliminate ISIS’s ability to resupply,” she said. The US-led coalition has long had its eye on the so-called Manbij pocket. But an offensive on this mainly Arab region has run into opposition from Turkey, a key partner in the alliance.
The US sees the SDF – which is dominated by YPG – as the most effective ground force against ISIL in Syria. Jennifer Cafarella, a Syria analyst for the Institute for the Study of War in Washington DC, said if anti-ISIL fighters take Manbij and then Jarablus, that would sever ISIL’s link with Turkey. The US sees the SDF – which is dominated by YPG – as the most effective ground force against ISIL in Syria.’1
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On Saturday, May 21 the Tax Wall Street Party presented two panels at the New York City Left Forum, which focused on the collapse of the US Republican Party and in particular on the fascism and probable psychosis of its candidate, Donald J. Trump. Fewer than 10 days later, on May 29, at the New York Times published a widely discussed analysis of Trump and fascism within the context of the growth of racist, reactionary, and dictatorial political parties in Europe and elsewhere around the world. This article showed the breadth and depth of the worldwide condemnation of Trump as a modern-day fascist, and also suggested how sensitive his backers are to this analysis, and its implications:
‘…the discussion comes as questions are surfacing around the globe about a revival of fascism, generally defined as a governmental system that asserts complete power and emphasizes aggressive nationalism and often racism….President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico criticized Mr. Trump’s plans to build a wall on the border and to bar Muslims from entering the United States. “That’s the way Mussolini arrived and the way Hitler arrived,” he said. The actor George Clooney called Mr. Trump “a xenophobic fascist.” Louis C. K., the comic, said, “The guy is Hitler.” Eva Schloss, the 87-year-old stepsister of Anne Frank, said Trump “is acting like another Hitler by inciting racism.” It got to the point that his wife, Melania Trump, was prompted to say, “He’s not Hitler.” Mr. Trump’s allies dismiss the criticism as politically motivated and historically suspect. The former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who has said he would consider being Mr. Trump’s running mate, said in an interview that he was “deeply offended” by what he called “utterly ignorant” comparisons. “Trump does not have a political structure in the sense that the fascists did,” said Mr. Gingrich, a onetime college professor who earned his doctorate in modern European history. “He doesn’t have the sort of ideology that they did. He has nobody who resembles the brownshirts. This is all just garbage.”’ 1
Newt Gingrich is of course an inveterate obfuscator of political and historical truth. Notice how frightened he is of the charge of fascism. Once Trump is widely recognized as the fascist he is, the task of winning the November election will be infinitely harder. Racist is not enough; he must be branded as a fascist. In the Tax Wall Street Party seminar at the Left Forum, a list was put forward of essential features of Italian fascism and German Nazism, which are also shared by Trump. It turns out that trumps ideology is strikingly similar to that of his central European counterparts during the interwar period, provided that these movements are compared at approximately the same stage of their development.
The question of whether to call Trump a fascist and a Nazi is far from being the usual pedantic debate about semantics or terminology. Unless the Trump phenomenon is correctly classified, Trump will be able to avoid paying the political price that would come due if voters realize where he is inevitably and inexorably headed – towards a totalitarian police state. Trump’s followers today revel in the misguided media attention they enjoy. Instead, these misguided persons need to face the prospect of being shamed, shunned, ostracized, isolated and otherwise relegated to pariah status. It is only the confidence they derive from being part of a sociopathic, but seemingly ascendant mass movement that gives these crazed petty bourgeois and renegade workers the impudence they need to spout their racist and fascist opinions in public. Deprive them of their crutch, and they will revert to disgruntled passivity.
At least one ignorant libertarian has challenged the Tax Wall Street Party “Trump=Nazi” poster asking how many countries Trump has invaded and how many Jews has he killed. The answer is of course that Mussolini and Hitler were able to embark on genocide and war only after they had seized power, and not before. Trump is still in the phase in which he is attempting to seize power, so it is totally bizarre and unrealistic to compare fledgling Trump fascism in statu nascenti – less than a year old – with the actions of fascist regimes after they had been building concentration camps and armies for a number of years.
Inevitably, academic discussions of fascism and Nazism in their formative years and even in their early time in power forget that these movements appear as extremely radical challenges to the economic, political, military, and religious powerbrokers and establishments of their day. They tend to divert hatred from bankers and financiers (who often help finance these fascist movements) , and instead use every trick in their disposal to focus mass rage on traditional bourgeois politicians, from Giovanni Giolitti in Italy to Heinrich Bruening in Germany and Hillary Clinton today.
Thus, the modern academic tends to neglect the notion of fascism striving to seize power as a radical mass movement directed against the well-known and widely hated figures of the old order. Before becoming a fascist, Mussolini had been a widely regarded socialist revolutionary who had earned the praise of V.I. Lenin. The fascist seizure of power depends on the help of armed gangs of street fighters, criminals, and hooligans who can combine to form the Italian squadristi, the Nazi Stormtroopers, and the mixture of Ku Klux Klansmen, event security, Stormfront, Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists, survivalists, Bikers for Trump, and Lion’s Guard arrayed around Trump today. These violent and often armed gangs can be used for strike breaking and to attack protesters coming out to protest the fascist billionaire.
On June 1, the Diane Rehm Show on NPR hosted a discussion on “The Rise Of Far Right Political Movements In The West,” which had evidently been inspired by the New York Times article. Among the participants was Professor Robert Paxton, the Mellon Professor Emeritus of social science in the department of history, Columbia University and the author of The Anatomy of Fascism.2
At several points in the debate, Paxton seemed more concerned about the possible overuse of the term “fascism” then he was about stopping the growing fascist mass movement under Trump. After decades of arguing that many of those attacked as fascists were not in fact deserving of this classification, it seemed to escape Paxton that today there really is a fascist mass movement which must urgently be attacked precisely in these terms. He also seemed unaware that many of his own comments provided powerful evidence that Trump is indeed a fascist. These remarks may be used as a clinical example of why academics cannot be relied on to provide political advice and political leadership in useful time:
‘Well, I wrote my book, “The Anatomy of Fascism,” partly to avoid or prevent the facile use of the term, because practically everybody has been called a fascist sooner or later, ranging from the parents who take away your toys to the dean of your college to a politician you don’t like. And I think the term needs to be used with great precision. And we take Mussolini and Hitler as the models. These are mass nationalist movements that build upon a sense of decline or defeat in a country that’s been humiliated. I think you have to have a defeat or humiliation to discredit the existing leaders.
They feel that there’s an illness inside the country, an internal enemy who needs to be rooted out and who’s linked to an external enemy, and so the populations are mobilized in astonishingly effective ways to march off in ranks behind the leader. And finally there’s the recourse to war, which is the ultimate aim of these people. They want to overturn an international system, and so it was unfavorable to them. These were all very dramatic, and there’s hardly been anything equally dramatic since 1945. And so some people would say we shouldn’t use fascism at all for movements in our somewhat less extreme times.
Nevertheless, I think we must admit that Mr. Trump, whether knowingly or whether simply by some kind of instinct, is using language and even facial gestures that recall those of Hitler and Mussolini. He plays on the theme of decline. He’s virtually invented a scenario in which this country, even though we’re – has the most military in the world and have the strongest economy in the world, are somehow seen as declining because indeed there are intractable problems like ISIS that nobody can deal with. And he has the same appeal to racism. He defines an internal enemy that has to be rooted out, whether it’s immigrants or Mexicans or whatever.
And his techniques, the arrival by plane, it was Hitler who pioneered that. No one had ever seen a politician arrive by plane. It’s enormously exciting.3
Trump’s repeated scapegoating and vilification of Latinos, Moslems, Chinese, and others for the economic and financial crimes of his pals on Wall Street, especially at Citibank, has been evident to any thinking person, and is solidly anchored in the Nazi-fascist tradition. The Tax Wall Street Party has repeatedly called attention to the fact that Trump’s grimacing and making faces seem to draw directly on all newsreels of Il Duce. The parallel between Trump’s and Hitler’s private planes is very apt, and for this we are indebted to Professor Paxton. But why not call the Trump phenomenon by its true name?
Paxton also points out important parallels between fascist scapegoating and trumps demagogy of today:
‘Yes. One of the essential elements that propelled fascism, and I’ll use the term for a moment with all the reservations I’ve already expressed, but one of the things that propelled it was the sense that there’s an internal enemy digging away at the very nature of our country. Some of our fellow panelists have already evoked the losers in the economic recovery that was real but incomplete in the United States since 2008. These are people who aren’t really sufficiently educated to participate in the digital economy that we now have or in the service economy. And they need to find a scapegoat. It’s easy to blame a person. It’s hard to blame an abstract cause.’4
Paxton has produced a conceptual scheme for studying the lifecycle of fascist mass movements. In Paxton’s terms, we are now located in the second phase, with the fascist mass movement established and contending for state power:
- Intellectual exploration, where disillusionment with popular democracy manifests itself in discussions of lost national vigor
- Rooting, where a fascist movement, aided by political deadlock and polarization, becomes a player on the national stage
- Arrival to power, where conservatives seeking to control rising leftist opposition invite the movement to share power
- Exercise of power, where the movement and its charismatic leader control the state in balance with state institutions such as the police and traditional elites such as the clergy and business magnates.
- Radicalization or entropy, where the state either becomes increasingly radical, as did Nazi Germany, or slips into traditional authoritarian rule, as did Fascist Italy.5
We may also be observing certain aspects of Paxton’s third phase, as for example with today’s craven and despicable statement from the Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announcing that he will “vote” for Trump.
If the Trump fascist movement is now in the second phase and contending for power, this suggests that meaningful comparisons among Mussolini, Hitler, and Trump should focus on Italian fascism between 1919 and the summer of 1922, and German Nazism between 1925 and January 1933 (when Hitler became Chancellor).
Stanley Payne is another important student of fascism, whose views should not be neglected. For example, the fact that Trump attempts to portray himself as less bellicose and warmongering than certain of his competitors has to be chalked up to public-relations, rather than to any principled rejection of military solutions. As Payne has written, “most fascist parties in stable, prosperous western European countries with mature colonial empires preached a kind of ‘peace fascism,’ unlike their counterparts in central and eastern Europe.”6
Payne also discusses the ritual, symbolic, “liturgical” and other stylized aspects of the fascist mass meeting. The Trump mass rally has now acquired many of these features, with the ritual invocation of enemies who are showered with negative epithets, the incitement of violence against protesters by the fascist leader, the ritual reading of the latest public opinion polls, accompanied by wild cheering and euphoria, the invocation of the wall along the southern border, which will be paid for by Mexico (an example of purely magical thinking), and the commitment to deport 12 million Hispanics, itself a high crime against humanity under the Nuremberg Code. There is also the question of misogyny, which has been raised again and again during Trump’s campaign. Payne writes:
‘All fascist movements were set apart from other political formations by the tremendous stress they placed on the liturgical, symbolic, and aesthetic elements of politics. As Payne writes, “The novel atmosphere of fascist meetings struck many observers during the 1920s and 1930s. All mass movements employ symbols and various emotive effects, and it might be difficult to establish that the symbolic structure of fascist meetings was entirely different from that of other revolutionary groups. What seemed clearly distinct, however, was the great emphasis on meetings, marches, visual symbols, and ceremonial or liturgical rituals, given a centrality and function in fascist activity which went beyond that found in the left revolutionary movements. The goal was to envelop the participant in a mystique and community of ritual that appealed to the aesthetic and the spiritual sense as well as the political. This has aptly been called a theatrical politics, but it went beyond mere spectacle towards the creation of a normative aesthetics… More than any other new force of the early 20th century, fascism responded to the contemporary era as above all a ‘visual age’ to be dominated by a visual culture.” (Payne 12-13) Lukacs noted that a hallmark of fascism was the aesthetization of politics, which he proposed to counter with a politicization of aesthetics. As Payne writes, “Another fundamental characteristic was extreme insistence on what is now termed male chauvinism and the tendency to exaggerate the masculine principle in almost every aspect of activity.” This aspect of fascism has been termed “radical misogyny or flight from the feminine, manifesting itself in a pathological fear of being engulfed by anything in external reality associated with softness, with dissolution, or the uncontrollable.” In Payne’s view, “No other kind of movement expressed such complete horror at the slightest suggestion of androgyny.”’7
This discussion must be urgently continued as part of the mass political education needed to make sure that the coming defeat of Trump will also mark the extinction of his poisonous and anti-American ideology.
- “Rise of Donald Trump Tracks Growing Debate Over Global Fascism,” New York Times, May 29, 2016, http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/05/29/world/europe/rise-of-donald-trump-t…
- The Diane Rehm Show, “The Rise Of Far Right Political Movements In The West” http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2016-06-01/the-rise-of-far-right-polit…
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Paxton; For full article, see Robert Paxton, “The Five Stages of Fascism,” The Journal of Modern History 70 (1): 1998, JSTOR 2991418; at http://w3.salemstate.edu/~cmauriello/pdfEuropean/Paxton_Five%20Stages%20…
- Stanley G. Payne, A History of Fascism, 1914-1945 [Madison, Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1995], p. 298.
- Tarpley, Barack H. Obama The Unauthorized Biography, 2008.
The Jarablus Corridor Must Be Closed to Terrorist Traffic, While Fallujah, Mosul, and Raqqa Are Liberated, Burying Trump Under an Avalanche of Real Victories; U.S. Intelligence Community Must Be Sifted for Pro-Trump Moles Who Might Be Part of Terrorist October Surprise
The latest map of the military situation of ISIS in Syria and Iraq as of May 31, 2016. ISIS forces in black and grey, Syrian Government forces (Assad) in light pink, Kurds in yellow, non-ISIS terrorists (al Qaeda, al Nusra) in green, Iraqi Army in dark pink on territory of that country. The vital ISIS logistics corridor goes from Jarablus on the Euphrates westward to Azaz. Cut it and ISIS will quickly perish. It has been kept open because of the treachery and threats of Turkish President Erdogan, who needs to be removed from office. Trump and Erdogan have a symbiotic relationship which must be terminated.
Many factors play a role in deciding the outcome of presidential elections, but a very important factor which tends to be underreported and thus underestimated is the battle of intelligence agencies and intelligence factions to determine the key events punctuating a presidential campaign, which can sometimes determine the winner and the loser. We are now in a time when these critical outside events are likely to play a vital role, even as they are ignored by the controlled corporate media.
The fascist demagogue Trump has unwisely revealed his strategy of attempting to exploit terrorist events as ammunition for his attacks on Obama and Hillary Clinton, whom he regards as the most likely Democratic candidate. On the occasion of the recent EgyptAir disappearance, Trump immediately announced that terrorism was involved and that Obama and Hillary Clinton were primarily responsible. The responsibility of France or Egypt, the departure and landing points for the EgyptAir flight in question, was not of interest to him. Even now, almost 2 weeks after the EgyptAir crash, there is no definitive conclusion as to what caused this disaster. But there is no doubt that Trump intends to seize on every possible terrorist activity between now and November 8 in order to have more ways of denigrating and disqualifying his own political opponents. The situation is made to order for the fascist billionaire, who can pontificate about the shortcomings of others while accepting zero responsibility himself.
It has been essential for Trump to exploit widespread and exaggerated fear of ISIS. A Pew Research poll of May 5, 2016 showed that terrorism of the ISIS type was the greatest single worry of 80% of Americans. Another 16% considered ISIS as a minor threat. (According to an NBC poll of February 26, 2016, 51% of Americans were afraid of Trump, expressing fear that he would get the Republican nomination.)
Obama is correct to argue that these levels of fear are out of all proportion to the real military or terrorist capabilities of ISIS. If ISIS is estimated to have eight or nine thousand fighters in the field in the Middle East, we should note that this adds up to about one division. Hitler at the height of his power had over 200 such divisions. ISIS is an existential threat to the US only thanks to Trump, who can use the fear of ISIS to impose a fascist regime.
Given that the pattern of Trump’s response to any future terrorist attacks has been well established, it will be of overriding importance to develop reality-based ways to neutralize this aspect of his demagogy. The best recipe for doing that is to win real strategic victories in the field. The most important strategic vulnerability of ISIS is their absolute dependence on logistics passing through the Jarablus corridor between the Euphrates River in the east and the area of Aziz-Efren in the West. If this is done, it will infinitely exacerbate the ISIS supply situation, and greatly facilitate the liberation of cities as Fallujah, Mosul, and Raqqa.
The United States could have closed the Jarablus corridor last year, but did not. Russia could have interdicted the corridor, but also has not done so. Britain, France, Germany and others could have cut the ISIS supply line, but have not done so. At this point, we are hoping that the threat of Trump will force Obama to take decisive actions to destroy ISIS in an October Surprise of his own.
In the superheated atmosphere of the fall election campaign, it will be indispensable to be able to point to the fact that ISIS is in the process of being crushed. This requires an approach to the physical annihilation of the territorial entity known as the Islamic State or Caliphate. It also requires effective measures to prevent the kind of October surprise high profile terrorist event which may now be under development by pro-Trump factions of US and NATO intelligence.
Concerning the territorial destruction of the Islamic State, the most important single consideration is to put an end to the reign of appeasement, pessimism, and defeatism which is associated with the political faction grouped around the disgruntled political generals David Petraeus and John Allen. Former Marine Corps General John Allen, we recall, was until last autumn the Obama administration’s ISIS Czar, charged with servicing the multinational coalition, which the United States had at least nominally assembled for actions against the Islamic State. But instead of pressuring treacherous regimes like Saudi Arabia and Turkey to stop supporting ISIS terrorism and start combating it, Allen always tried to convince Obama that the Turkish and Saudi demands were correct, and that the US should grant their demands for a safe zone for anti-Assad terrorists and the no-fly zone plus bombing of all of Syria that would be necessary to make that safe zone a reality.
Kurdish YPG Fighter
Allen’s support for Turkish President Erdogan, in reality a top controller and policy maker for ISIS, meant that the United States could not provide the full measure of support for the Kurds, who have long since been recognized as the most effective of all anti-ISIS fighters. But Erdogan regards the Kurds as arch enemies and terrorists, since they represent the most effective threat to his lunatic dreams of a new Ottoman Empire under a dynasty founded by himself. This structural defect of US policy, caused by the Petraeus-Allen clique, must now be ruthlessly corrected. The Kurds must be given all possible support – military, logistical, political, diplomatic, and economic.
Currently, the most promising development on the ISIS front is the Iraqi Army’s attack on Fallujah. This should be speeded up so the positions around Raqqa can be re-enforced, and the attack on the ISIS capital begun. Then it will be the turn of Mosul. Let Trump argue with that.
According to a well-informed source cited by a Turkish reporter;
“Americans want a victory at Raqqa and Mosul before their elections. Kurds want to open a corridor from Kobani to Afrin [cutting the main ISIS terrorist supply route between Jarablus and Azaz/Efren]. Of course all this may change with new actors after the elections. That is why the Kurds want to make progress on their own plans before the elections.”—Middle East source close to US-Kurdish negotiations quoted by Al-Monitor.1
The other vital consideration is the pro-Trump October Surprise of terrorism, which can probably be mounted by ISIS, al Qaeda, or Moslem Brotherhood forces already sent into the west (EU and North America) as per Erdogan’s marching orders to his terror battalions of late 2015 and earlier this year.
Terrorism depends on the coordinated efforts of patsies (the perpetrators), moles (government officials loyal to a private network seeking to produce the terror event), and technicians (the trained professional experts who produce the required fireworks from behind the scenes, and then seek to disappear).
All three components – patsies, moles, and technicians – must be attacked simultaneously. Put a mole detector at CIA, NSA, NRO, Pentagon, State, and FBI. Round up as many patsies as possible to disrupt their prep work. Lean on pro-Erdogan governments like Belgium, France and the UK that have proven soft on terrorism and tolerant of ISIS patsies and safe houses. Keep track of persons – especially disgruntled veterans with special skills who are supporting Trump and might want to help his candidacy with a little wetwork.
If Halloween sees the Islamic State defunct and occupied by the Syrian and Iraqi Armies, Trump’s whining voice will be drowned out, and his obscenities will amount to nothing. Once the war ends, the refugee flows will go into reverse to a considerable extent relieving the pressure on Europe, especially Germany. If October Surprise terrorist attacks can be prevented, Trump will be spinning his wheels with his fearmongering, hatred, and bigotry. Hitler could never have gotten traction without his Stab in the Back legend (Dolchstoßlegende), the main grievance he cited in his march towards power.
Let’s make sure Trump gets nothing to work with.