Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Dwight Eisenhower delivered his Farewell Address after serving two terms as U.S. President; the five-star General chose to warn Americans of this specific threat to democracy: "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist." That warning was issued prior to the decade-long escalation of the Vietnam War, three more decades of Cold War mania, and the post-9/11 era, all of which radically expanded that unelected faction's power even further.
This is the faction that is now engaged in open warfare against the duly elected and already-widely-disliked president-elect, Donald Trump. They are using classic Cold War dirty tactics and the defining ingredients of what has until recently been denounced as "Fake News."

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Their most valuable instrument is the U.S. media, much of which reflexively reveres, serves, believes and sides with hidden intelligence officials. And Democrats, still reeling from their unexpected and traumatic election loss as well as a systemic collapse of their party, seemingly divorced further and further from reason with each passing day, are willing – eager – to embrace any claim, cheer any tactic, align with any villain, regardless of how unsupported, tawdry and damaging those behaviors might be.

The serious dangers posed by a Trump presidency are numerous and manifest. There are a wide array of legitimate and effective tactics for combatting those threats: from bipartisan Congressional coalitions and Constitutional legal challenges to citizen uprisings and sustained and aggressive civil disobedience. All of those strategies have periodically proven themselves effective in times of political crisis or authoritarian overreach.

But cheering for the CIA and its shadowy allies to unilaterally subvert the U.S. election and impose its own policy dictates on the elected President is both warped and self-destructive. Empowering the very entities that have produced the most shameful atrocities and systemic deceit over the last six decades is desperation of the worst kind. Demanding that evidence-free, anonymous assertions be instantly venerated as Truth – despite emanating from the very precincts designed to propagandize and lie – is an assault on journalism, democracy, and basic human rationality. And casually branding domestic adversaries who refuse to go along as traitors and disloyal foreign operatives is morally bankrupt and certain to backfire on those doing it.

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The MSM and Democrats will lose too much credibility on this ---- show.

"FOR MONTHS, the CIA, with unprecedented clarity, overtly threw its weight behind Hillary Clinton's candidacy and sought to defeat Donald Trump. In August, former acting CIA Director Michael Morell announced his endorsement of Clinton in the New York Times and claimed that "Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation." The CIA and NSA director under George W. Bush, Gen. Michael Hayden, also endorsed Clinton, and went to the Washington Post to warn, in the week before the election, that "Donald Trump really does sound a lot like Vladimir Putin," adding that Trump is "the useful fool, some naif, manipulated by Moscow, secretly held in contempt, but whose blind support is happily accepted and exploited."

It is not hard to understand why the CIA preferred Clinton over Trump. Clinton was critical of Obama for restraining the CIA's proxy war in Syria and was eager to expand that war, while Trump denounced it. Clinton clearly wanted a harder-line than Obama took against the CIA's long-standing foes in Moscow, while Trump wanted improved relations and greater cooperation. In general, Clinton defended and intended to extend the decades-long international military order on which the CIA and Pentagon's preeminence depends, while Trump – through a still-uncertain mix of instability and extremist conviction – posed a threat to it."

#1 | Posted by DRJIMMIES at 2017-01-11 10:36 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Who says the CIA preferred Clinton to Trump? I heard Bob Baer the other night say that the CIA is very conservative and that most of them are Republicans and many of them voted for Trump.

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-01-11 10:44 AM | Reply

I knew Greenwald would step up to the plate for Trump after last night's story broke.

#3 | Posted by rcade at 2017-01-11 10:58 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I knew Greenwald would step up to the plate for Trump after last night's story broke.

#3 | Posted by rcade at 2017-01-11 10:58 AM |

Now that the story is out there, it needs to be investigated to whatever end. Sorry fact is, Donald's behavior adds credibility to the allegations.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2017-01-11 12:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#2 He's talking about the political appointees that run the CIA, not the rank and file.

#5 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-01-11 07:17 PM | Reply

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