The position of Secretary of State is a unique one. The SOS has a position that is more powerful than the Vice President as the position is almost a co-presidency. America’s top diplomat advises the president on issues of foreign policy, but in the end advances the president’s agenda. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is not a political insider has been the victim of a concerted effort to oust him by a consortium Washington elite.
The Deep State is itching for war, and their warmongering minions, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and CIA Director Mike Pompeo are now vying for the coveted position of Secretary of State. After the ouster of President Trump’s National Security Advisor, General Mike Flynn, his replacement H.R. McMaster purged the NSA of Flynn’s advisors. H.R. McMaster has surrounded himself with Obama holdovers whose mission is to thwart the agenda of the President Trump and the American people. From Miami Herald:
Washington loves Gen. McMaster, but Trump does not
For the Washington establishment, President Trump’s decision to make General H.R. McMaster his national security adviser in February was a masterstroke…
But inside the White House, the McMaster pick has not gone over well with the one man who matters most. White House officials tell me Trump himself has clashed with McMaster in front of his staff. On policy, the faction of the White House loyal to senior strategist Steve Bannon is convinced McMaster is trying to trick the president into the kind of nation-building that Trump campaigned against…
Trump has complained in front of McMaster in intelligence briefings about “the general undermining my policy,” according to two White House officials…
The roots of the McMaster-Trump tensions begin in February, when the general was hired after his first meeting with the president. McMaster replaced another general, Michael Flynn. Both Vice President Mike Pence and Priebus supported getting rid of Flynn. Trump himself has defended Flynn publicly…
For a president who puts so much value in personal relationships and loyalty, Flynn’s departure was a blow…
Then Trump’s inner circle began clashing with McMaster over personnel. This began with Ezra Cohen Watnick, who remains the senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council. McMaster initially sided with the CIA and wanted to remove this Flynn appointee from his position, but eventually McMaster changed his mind…
That dispute was followed by a bigger one. Bannon and Trump, according to White House officials, pressed McMaster to fire a list of Obama holdovers at the National Security Council who were suspected of leaking to the press… The list of names was compiled by Derek Harvey, a former Defense Intelligence Agency colonel who was initially hired by Flynn. McMaster balked. He refused to fire anyone…
And finally, the White House chief of staff himself blocked McMaster this month from hiring Brigadier Gen. Ricky Waddell as his deputy…
The CIA controlled media has escalated the calls for Tillerson’s removal citing ANONYMOUS sources in the “Moron-gate” investigation. Moron-gate is a creation of Fake News designed to drive a wedge between President Trump and his pacifistic Secretary of State opening the door for a GOP warmongering insider to take over. From The Daily Beast:
White House Aides Wanted Rex Tillerson to Resign for Calling Trump a ‘Fucking Moron’
The Secretary of State has few allies inside 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. But he and Trump soldier on in a loveless marriage. As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took to the microphones Wednesday morning to address reports that he had called his boss, President Donald Trump, a “fucking moron,” aides in the White House held out hope that he would offer his resignation.
Tillerson didn’t deny having questioned the president’s intellectual capacities. But he insisted that he wasn’t going anywhere either, much to the chagrin of three White House officials who vented to The Daily Beast in real time about how they wished he would “just leave,” as one put it.
“In a perfect world” he would have quit right then and there, another said. The wish of certain White House officials to be rid of Tillerson is not confined to a select few inside the walls of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It is a sentiment shared among many in senior staff that has been building for months...
The latest point of tension between the White House and Tillerson came early Wednesday morning, when NBC News reported that Tillerson had strongly considered resigning over Trump’s July speech to the annual jamboree of the Boy Scouts of America…
The report also detailed that Tillerson had called Trump a “moron;” … and that the Secretary of State had questioned U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s utility in the administration…
According to five senior Trump administration officials, current and former… it had been gossip within the White House that Tillerson had called Trump a “moron” or an “idiot” during an official meeting over the summer. Trump… tweeted repeatedly that it was a “fake” story and repeated the claim during a stop in Las Vegas to visit the site of the country’s deadliest mass shooting in recent history…
Tillerson has also frequently clashed with White House staffers… and he has butted heads with Stephen Miller, the conservative senior policy adviser…
Widespread antipathy to Tillerson in the West Wing represents “a rapid deterioration of [his] relationship with the White House,” THE EX-OFFICIAL SAID. Just months ago, “Rex was [the] cabinet official you most often saw on public schedule meetings with the president.”
Unfortunately Steve Bannon is no longer in the White House as a voice of reason against the Washington war mongering juggernaut. With General Flynn and Steve Bannon ousted from the Trump White House, President Trump is surrounded by a constant barrage from the CIA and the Generals. From TheIntercept:
$21 Trillion Missing – U.S. Government a Criminal Enterprise – Catherine Austin Fitts
Investment advisor and former Assistant Secretary of Housing Catherine Austin Fitts says you can add $21 trillion of missing federal money on top of the $20 trillion U.S. deficit. It’s all in a new explosive report on Solari.com. Fitts explains, “This is $65,000 for every man, woman and child resident in America... We know that the U.S. government has been run like a criminal enterprise from a financial standpoint…”
The missing money is called “undocumentable adjustments,” but that may just be a polite name for theft, fraud and crime against “We the People…” They have done that by basically hijacking the federal credit and using it to help centralize power under them.
So, we have to reverse that, and the Constitution is the tool to hold them accountable. All their arguments just fall down when you realize they have just stolen an enormous amount of money from the federal government outside the law. . . . The U.S. Federal government doesn’t have information sovereignty, and it doesn’t have financial sovereignty. So, we have to return it to that, and we have to keep that mechanism open long enough to get this money back.”
Fitts contends the Deep State swamp creatures do not want to give the money back and want to tear up the U.S. Constitution in order to keep all those trillions of stolen dollars… “You want to preserve the Constitution because you want to have individual sovereignty, and you want your taxes to only go into things that have financial and national sovereignty…
They say we have $20 trillion in debt, and there is no money. It’s a very different policy discussion if I can say, wait a minute, there’s $20 trillion in debt, but you stole $21 trillion . . . and we’re putting that back on the table for purposes of this policy discussion.”
In other words, “We the People” could pay off the entire federal deficit with the money that was stolen and still have $1 trillion left over.
Fitts also says, “Here’s the magic trick. You don’t need everybody to change this. It only takes 5% to 10% of the population to completely turn this around. It doesn’t take everybody, and that is one of the things that has got them so scared. . . . We don’t need to implode the federal government. We need to take it back, clean it up and get it to run according to the law.”
So where did the $21 trillion congress stole go? Into the shadow government set up after the 911 attacks. Sure the shadow government existed before, but in 2000 during the recount of the Presidential election, the US Senate deregulated the insurance industry and derivatives trading causing the 2008 banking meltdown and the transfer of trillions of dollars from the Federal Reserve into the shadow government. From Vanity Fair:
WASHINGTON’S $8 BILLION SHADOW
Mega-contractors such as Halliburton and Bechtel supply the government with brawn. But the biggest, most powerful of the “body shops”—SAIC, which employs 44,000 people and took in $8 billion last year—sells brainpower, including a lot of the “expertise” behind the Iraq war…
… the largest government contractor you’ve never heard of: a company known simply by the nondescript initials SAIC (for Science Applications International Corporation)… SAIC maintains its headquarters in San Diego, but its center of gravity is in Washington, D.C.
With a workforce of 44,000, it is the size of a full-fledged government agency—in fact, it is larger than the departments of Labor, Energy, and Housing and Urban Development combined.
Its anonymous glass-and-steel Washington office—a gleaming corporate box like any other—lies in northern Virginia, not far from the headquarters of the C.I.A., whose byways it knows quite well… SAIC has been awarded more individual government contracts than any other private company in America.
The contracts number… in the thousands: SAIC currently holds some 9,000 active federal contracts in all. More than a hundred of them are worth upwards of $10 million apiece. Two of them are worth more than $1 billion.
The company’s annual revenues, almost all of which come from the federal government, approached $8 billion in the 2006 fiscal year, and they are continuing to climb. SAIC’s goal is to reach as much as $12 billion in revenues by 2008. As for the financial yardstick that really gets Wall Street’s attention—profitability—SAIC beats the S&P 500 average…
To get some idea of the scale: contractors absorb the taxes paid by everyone in America with incomes under $100,000. In other words, more than 90 percent of all taxpayers might as well remit everything they owe directly to SAIC or some other contractor rather than to the IRS…
An SAIC executive once gave a press interview and referred to the enterprise as a “stealth company,” a characterization that is accurate and that has stuck. “Nobody knows who they are…”
Which is all the more remarkable in light of two developments. The first is a mounting collection of government audits and lawsuits brought by former employees for a variety of reasons, some of them personal and some coming under federal whistle-blower statutes…
The second development is that several of SAIC’s biggest projects have turned out to be colossal failures… One involves the National Security Agency, America’s intelligence-gathering “electronic ear” and for many years SAIC’s biggest customer… Four years and more than a billion dollars later, the effort has been abandoned… Happily for SAIC… The company has been awarded the contract for a revised Trailblazer… The contract is worth $361 million.
Another failed effort involves the F.B.I., which paid SAIC $124 million to bring the bureau, whose computer systems are among the most primitive in American law enforcement, into at least the late 20th century… Three years and a million lines of garbled computer code later, V.C.F. has been written off by a global publication for technology professionals as “the most highly publicized software failure in history…”
Much to the embarrassment of a company entrusted with some of the nation’s most precious secrets, its San Diego offices were mysteriously burgled in January of 2005… burglars managed to break into SAIC’s headquarters, pry open 13 private offices, and walk out with one desktop-computer hard drive and four laptops.
By SAIC’s account, the computers contained personal data on thousands of present and past employees, presumably including the company’s many former C.I.A. operatives, N.S.A. executives, and Pentagon officials. To date, the burglary remains unsolved.
With all the war mongering and money making there is one faction that the neocons and neoliberals just don’t care about, that is our military members and their families. From Geopolitics:
No Wonder US Forces in Morale Crisis
The spate of deadly US Navy collisions is a symptom of a wider morale crisis among American military forces. Part of the reason is that American troops are simply exhausted from being abused by political masters in Washington.
“Over-stretch” is one way of putting it. American forces continue to be assigned in overseas wars and operations around the globe with no end in sight. And for no credible purpose either.
This is not just a Navy problem. It affects all other branches of the US military: Army, Air Force, the Marines and National Guard. When President Donald Trump announced his brazen U-turn sending more American troops back to Afghanistan, the move had the backing of the Pentagon’s top brass. No doubt stock prices for US arms manufacturers spiked.
But what about ordinary American soldiers? One can imagine renewed Afghan missions are not welcome, given that the US has been fighting its longest war – 16 years – in that country known as the “Graveyard of Empires.”
Any army is only as good as the morale among soldiers. Morale depends on having a respected leadership and a credible just cause. In America’s case, there are neither of these attributes, therefore it is no surprise that morale diminishes, as does fighting effectiveness. Look at the appalling record of US military defeats or failures…
American troops no doubt know what’s going down on the ground. They will know that the Pentagon and CIA are arming and training terrorist death squads in Syria, Iraq, and, yes, Afghanistan.
I would like to tell our military members that help is on the way but I can’t. The Deep State is itching for war, and if successful in strong arming Tillerson out as Secretary of State war is inevitable. CIA Director Pompeo is the popular choice among the CIA controlled media. Pompeo is the ideal choice for the Deep State, given his views Pompeo will be more than happy to scratch that itch. From Stephen Lendman:
Neocon CIA Director Pompeo’s Venom
The agency operates unaccountably, its diabolical agenda incompatible with democratic values and rule of law principles. It’s mostly a global Mafia hit squad. Its unchecked power threatens everyone. As long as it exists, no one anywhere is safe.
Imperialism is tyranny by another name. The CIA acts as its enforcer. America is the United States of Amnesia, learning nothing from its imperial history, repeating the same mistakes, ordinary people at home and abroad suffering most.
Pompeo is the latest in a long line of rogue CIA directors. At an Aspen, Colorado security summit last week, he substituted venom and fiction for truth-telling.
Pompeo: “ The agency, along with our great partners from DOD and foreign partners are working diligently to defeat ISIS in” the Middle East.
Fact: Washington created and supports ISIS and likeminded terrorist groups, using them as imperial foot soldiers, the CIA heavily involved in arming, funding, training and directing their fighters.
Pompeo: “Iran is the world’s largest state sponsor of terror, and they now have a significant foothold in Syria.”
Fact: Iran is the region’s leading proponent of peace and stability. It’s aiding its Syria ally combat the scourge of US-supported terrorism…
Pompeo: “America’s interests (involve) providing the conditions (for) a more stable Middle East.”
Fact: America pursues its “interests” by raping and destroying one country after another in the region and elsewhere.
Pompeo: “Assad is not a stabilizing influence in Syria…(I)t is difficult to imagine a stable Syria that still has (him) in power.” “He is a puppet of the Iranians and therefore it seems an unlikely situation where Assad will be sitting on the throne and America’s interests will be well served.”
Fact: Assad is overwhelmingly supported by Syrians, wanting no one else leading them.
Pompeo: Russia’s interest in Syria is to have “a warm water naval port, and they love to stick it to America.”
Fact: Russian/Syrian relations go back decades. They “stick it” to no other country. America “stick(s) it” to everybody everywhere.
Pompeo: Asked if Russia pursues a serious anti-ISIS strategy, Pompeo said “(no).”
Fact: Russia is smashing ISIS, driving Pompeo and other neocons in Washington nuts for defeating its imperial agenda in Syria.
Pompeo: “…America has an obligation to push back against” Russia.
Fact: America represents the greatest threat to world peace, Russia and China the best hope to preserve it.
Let’s hope President Trump doesn’t cave to the barrage of CIA controlled media reporting an “irreparable schism” between the president and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over Fake News’ fabricated “Moron-gate.” The Deep State is itching for war and ready to go, the only thing in their way is Secretary of State Tillerson. With General Kelly guarding access to the president and the CIA’s Mike Pompeo, personally handfeeding Trump the CIA’s propaganda laced pap in the Daily Briefing, God knows what will happen. Hopefully Trump will hold strong.
By Patricia Baeten