At the post, How Bad are the People in the Trump Administration?, where I write:
It's so bad that I find myself cheering most often for the evil intelligence wing of the Deep State (against the military wing) and the crony Goldman Sachs wing of the Administration (against the anti-trade wing).Shimshon comments:
Robert, you have jumped the shark. At least before, you wanted to see the state fighting itself. Now you're cheering on the part of the state that is more responsible for fomenting war and revolution around the world? Was the military wing responsible for Syria? Ukraine? The other shady color revolutions and the like?Followed by this comment from Veritas2017:
Your sense of proportion is what I find most troubling. This is a war - and there is no Libertarian alternative faction to back. All those other groups you mention are actually in league together.Look, in my post, I called the intelligence wing "the evil intelligence wing." They do nothing positive but they are small time thugs compared to the military.
The CIA runs guns to rinky-dink bans of marauding criminals. This not good. But the military wing is talking about sacrificing the people of South Korea and Japan. That's insane.
From The Hill:
This dynamic was on display last week in comments from Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who on Saturday publicly pushed for serious consideration of U.S. military intervention in North Korea. “Many people have talked about military options with words like ‘unimaginable,’” Dunford said. "I would probably shift that slightly and say it would be horrific, and it would be a loss of life unlike any we have experienced in our lifetimes, and I mean anyone who's been alive since World War II has never seen the loss of life that could occur if there's a conflict on the Korean Peninsula.”
"But as I've told my counterparts, both friend and foe," he continued, "it is not unimaginable to have military options to respond to North Korean nuclear capability.From the Boston Globe:
Last week he [new chief of staff Marine General John Kelly] delivered one of the more unhinged speeches that you will ever hear from a Cabinet secretary. It was a terrifying reminder of the depths this administration will sink to in order to sell its toxic policies...The intelligence wing of the Deep State does nothing good, but the military wing is seriously whacked. I have no idea whether the unpredictable, military infatuated Trump, with no sense of history, would pull the trigger on some crazed attack but it is much more likely with military men around him plotting out such an attack than it coming from the intelligence wing.
Kelly jumped out of the crazy tree and hit every branch on the way down. In discussing his agency’s mission, Kelly said this (slightly annotated).
“Make no mistake — we are a nation under attack.”
Bottom line: Would rather come up against a roughian pick pocket or a serial killer? You wouldn't want either but if those are the only two choices, the choice is pretty obvious.