Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Should I Retract My Previous View That Trump is Just a Street Hustler in Over His Head?

At the post, Joe Biden in Panic: "Lindsey is about to go down in a way that I think he’s going to regret his whole life", Stuffed Pimento asks:
Hey RW, are you changing your previous analysis that Trump is just a street hustler in over his head with the DC power brokers? Seems to me Trump is Josey Wales.
No, not at all. President Trump has brought into his administration neocons, warmongers and those that just don't like him, and he continues to do so.

Further, he has no idea how to carry himself and talk in code to keep himself out of trouble. If he did, he wouldn't have given the Democrats the openings he has given them. He just doesn't know how to execute his goals and make it look like he is doing something else.

George H. W. Bush was a master at this. I explained as much in a 2009 post:
It has long been a contention of mine that the super elite talk in a kind of code that keeps them out of trouble. They know full well among each other what needs to be done in certain tight situations, but you will never hear any of them speak it. They sort of ride above the fray and think to themselves that they are not manipulating anything, when, in fact, they are attempting to manipulate the entire world!...

A perfect example of code talk comes from a true master insider, George H.W. Bush, when his son, Neil, was caught red handed in the middle of the S&L crisis as a director of Sliverado Bank.

Did Bush lay out his cards and call in his operatives and say pull some strings, get my son out of this investigation (Remember Bush was president at the time.) No. Bush is too smooth. In his published collection of letters, All The Best, George Bush, he shows us how the heat is delicately taken off Neil. On page 449, there is this letter to Thomas Ludlow Ashley.

Ashley is a Yale University grad, and member of the secret society Skull and Bones along with Bush. Here's the letter:
The Honorable Thomas Ludlow Ashley
Association of Bank Holding Companies
Washington, D.C. 20005

Dear Lud,

Thank you for your good memo December 8th.

I would appreciate any help you can give Neil. He tells me he never had any insider dealings. He got off the Board early--long before I was elected President. The Denver paper apparently ran a very nice editorial about him on that. He is an outside director, and thus I guess has liability, but I can't believe his name would appear in the paper if it was Jones not Bush. In any event, I know that the guy is totally honest. I saw him in Denver and I think he is worried about the publicity and the "shame". I tell him not to worry about that but any advice you can give as this matter unfolds would be greatly appreciated by me. If it turns out there has been some marginal call, or he has done something wrong, needless to say there will be no intervention from his dad. But, I'm quite confident this is not true...

Warm regards,


Notice how smooth. No talk about getting Ashley anything for taking care of the matter. The nice touch about if Neil "has done something wrong", but the clear finish, he didn't.

The US Office of Thrift Supervision investigated Silverado's failure and determined that Bush had engaged in numerous "breaches of his fiduciary duties involving multiple conflicts of interest." But Neil was not indicted on criminal charges, a civil action was brought against him and the other Silverado directors. It was eventually settled out of court, with Bush paying $50,000 as part of the settlement.

Ashley had done his job.

Bush has used Ashley in other tight situations. How does Ashley get paid for his "services"? Who really knows? But I can take a guess. Ashely is currently a director of Layalina Productions, Inc., which produces Arabic-language television programming for broadcast in the Arab Middle East.

He is also a director of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation.
Trump is nowhere this savvy but he is a very tough NYC street fighter so he is not going to be intimidated. So the Democrats will pay because they are really running a goofy attack against him.

As for the real players still all around Trump, they will continue to run circles around him explaining to him why he can't pull all the troops out of Syria, why he needs to continue drone attacks on Yemen, why he needs to bring Julian Assange to "justice" in America and why he can't lift sanctions against Russia.

Combover man has no clue.



  1. It is strange how Trump keeps appointing people who hate him and end up subverting him. There must be a psychological basis for it.

    1. As a Trump voter, this part baffles me as well. Bolton was the latest to go and never understood why he had him on staff. Maybe he needs them to penetrate the workings of the bureaucracy?

      Trump has so far kept out of a war with Iran and that's saying something given both parties would like nothing more than that. Look at the unity on Syria against Trump.

  2. Trump truly doesn’t understand the saying: “keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” The idea is to keep you enemies close enough to you so you can see them coming before they damage you, your family, your business, etc.

    Trump should stop putting his enemies in positions of power where they can use that power to do him real harm.