I am glad to see Lew Rockwell linking to the Charles Hughes Smith analytical piece, The Conflict within the Deep State Just Broke into Open Warfare.
Smith's analysis that there is a battle going on within the Deep State is very much in line with the view I have been espousing here at Target Liberty.
He writes (emphasis in original):
I have long suggested that the tectonic plates of the Deep State are shifting as the ruling consensus has eroded. Some elements of the Deep State--what I call the progressive wing, which is (ironically to some) anchored in the military services-- now view the neocon-CIA (Security State)-Wall Street elements as profoundly dangerous to America's long-term interests, both domestically and globally.I only differ with Smith in his conclusion that freedom lovers should place their chips on the side of the military/ rougue elements of the Deep State:
I have suggested that this "rogue Deep State" quietly aided Donald Trump (by subtly undermining Hillary Clinton's campaign) as the last best chance to save the nation from the neocon's over-reach that the Establishment's Wall Street-funded leadership (Bush, Clinton, Obama, et al.) has overseen--including granting the CIA and its allies virtually unlimited powers unhindered by any effective oversight.
The rogue-military side of the deep state is just as dangerous as the CIA-MSM-Academia side, if not more so. The CIA prefers expansion of the Empire via proxy wars and proxy warriors--a very complex, plodding and difficult exercise to pull off. It fails often. The military prefers frontal brutal assaut. It is much more violent, requires the expenditure of American blood and calls for decades of military occupations. It is what we are beginning to see energing with the direct U.S. military escalations in Yemen and Syria under the Trump (military controlled deep state) administration.The answer is obvious: a CIA with unlimited power and the backing of a corrupt Establishment and media is more than detrimental to America's soft and hard power globally--it is disastrous and potentially fatal to America's interests, standing and influence.Those of us on the sidelines can only hope that the progressive wing of the Deep State, the rogue elements who see the terrible danger of an unlimited National Security State, will succeed in undermining the powerful political support for this toxic totalitarian regime.
Likewise, especially under Trump, the military deep state postionning will result in very authoritarian activies on the domestic front.
The intensified TSA groping at airports is only the beginning.
There is no reason libertarians should support either side in this Deep State battle--both sides are very violent and evil. The best we can hope for is that they become so occupied with battling each other that there is little time for them to focus on us.
Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of EconomicPolicyJournal.com and Target Liberty. He also writes EPJ Daily Alert and is author of The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Follow him on twitter:@wenzeleconomics and on LinkedIn. The Robert Wenzel podcast is on iphone and stitcher.