In an important piece, The Fifth Estate: Foreign Lobbyists-Their power is enormous, Justin Raimondo correctly points out:
Our foreign clients, protectorates, and sock puppets have a material interest in maintaining the status quo: their life blood depends on the smooth workings of the political machinery that keeps the gravy train flowing from Washington to every point on the globe. “Foreign aid,” arms deals, overseas bases that boost their economies, the deployment of “soft power,” and the architecture of entangling alliances that have enmeshed us all over the world – all of this is defended and relentlessly extended by foreign lobbyists who work day and night to protect and expand their very profitable turf.
The latest newsworthy example is the Saudi lobby, which is working overtime these days to burnish the Kingdom’s badly tarnished image.What does this have to do with Trump?
Ann Coulter was among the first to recognize the problem via The Hill:
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter, a staunch supporter of Donald Trump, “hates” the new Trump.
Coulter tweeted Friday that she wishes “Trump would go back to retweeting juvenile photos of Heidi Cruz.”
“I hate the new Manafort and Black Trump,” she added.
I wish Trump would go back to retweeting juvenile photos of Heidi Cruz. I hate the new Manafort & Black Trump.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) April 22, 2016
The Manafort she references is Trump's new defacto campaign manager Paul Manafort. This Paul Manafort (via The Daily Beast)We wanted Trump to stress his presidential side, not become a division of Manafort & Black.— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) April 22, 2016
One of Donald Trump’s top aides once lobbied Congress to kill an effort to move the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Paul Manafort, the aide dubbed Trump’s “new right-hand man” and his point-person on delegate strategy at the coming Republican convention, worked the corridors of power in Washington for the Saudi government in the 1980s.This Paul Manafort (via HuffPo)
Manafort’s last major political consulting job was handling the 2010 campaign of Victor Yanukovych for president of Ukraine...Manafort and his former partner Roger Stone are the new Trump controls. They are as smart as they come. If Trump becomes president Stone will have to be considered the most important political operative in American history, given that he has already played roles in the Nixon and Reagan presidencies and sealed the election for George W. Bush, when he launched the Brooks Brother riot, not to mention that he took down a sitting governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer.
His main work over the years has been to run consulting firms that advised controversial clients ranging from the late Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines to leaders in Russia, Nigeria, Burma, Kenya, Angola and the Bahamas.
There is no question that Manafort and Stone are now running the Trump show and he is playing in their field, politics, They are likely thinking 6 or 7 steps ahead of him.
So yeah, a Trump administration will likely be business as usual. The only ray of hope is that Stone is in many ways a credible libertarian (more so than any of the current presidential candidates of the Libertarian Party) so maybe Stone is thinking 8 steps ahead and will somehow be introducing some libertarian elements into a Trump Administration. If there is anyone that can do it, it is him.
It appears he sincerely regrets his role in getting George W. to the White House. From The Daily Beast:
The capstone of Stone’s career, at least in terms of results, was the “Brooks Brothers riot” of the 2000 election recount. This was when a Stone-led squad of pro-Bush protestors stormed the Miami-Dade County election board, stopping the recount and advancing then-Governor George W. Bush one step closer to the White House. Though he is quick to rebut GOP operatives who seek to minimize his role in the recount, Stone lately has been having second thoughts about what happened in Florida.
"There have been many times I've regretted it,” Stone told me over pizza at Grand Central Station. “When I look at those double-page New York Times spreads of all the individual pictures of people who have been killed [in Iraq], I got to think, 'Maybe there wouldn't have been a war if I hadn't gone to Miami-Dade. Maybe there hadn't have been, in my view, an unjustified war if Bush hadn't become president.' It's very disturbing to me."
Let's hope there is a Roger Stone step 8 in a Trump November election victory and Stone makes amends for his role in George W. gaining the White House and that step 8 involves Roger planting libertarian seeds in a Trump administration.
It will probably be Roger's last chance to set his legacy and probably the last chance for the country to reverse an oppression of the people that started more than 100 years ago.
It's a long shot and I am not counting on it--and still can't support Trump.