Saturday, August 13, 2016

Could the Deep State Be Sabotaging Hillary? - The Bionic Mosquito comments on article by Charles Hugh Smith

If you have not yet read the recent post by Charles Hugh Smith at LRC, I encourage you to do so (and found in its entirety here).  I agree with it virtually entirely, and Smith does a thorough job on a topic that I have written about for several years – but instead of my writing it again, I will cite Smith.  The title of his post offers a big clue: “Could the Deep State Be Sabotaging Hillary?”
I suspect it’s overly simplistic. I suspect major power centers in the Deep State are actively sabotaging Hillary because they’ve concluded she is a poisoned chalice who would severely damage the interests of the Deep State and the U.S.A. (Emphasis in original)
While I grant that there are powerful interests who back Hillary (including most of the visible, and therefore less important, of the elite), there are important elements of the elite that do not want to see Clinton as president.  Smith lists several reasons in his post – all accurate, in my view.  The most important one in my mind has been and remains – well, I will again cite Smith:
…Hillary as president would be an unmitigated disaster for the elements of the Deep State that have concluded the U.S. must move beyond the neo-con strategic failures to secure the nation’s core interests.
I will summarize my reasons as to why I have felt this way for the last several years.
First and foremost, the elite fear nuclear war as much as you and I do.  Ever since Clinton I (another reason they don’t want Clinton II), the US has pushed further and further toward antagonizing the one great power that can annihilate not only the US but the world; add to this the antagonism toward nuclear-capable China (I recall Hillary threatening to act against China regarding the South China Sea on more than one occasion – the South China Sea being adjacent to…China).

Was there antagonism and risk of nuclear annihilation during the Cold War?  Certainly. But there were also buffer zones between the reach of the United States and Soviet (and now Russian) borders; there was a mechanism to avert and diffuse tension.  Today there are none – even former Soviet Republics are now within NATO.
Second: why did Hillary lose in 2008?  The election was a clear path for a Democrat, after the disaster of the Bush-Cheney years.  Why was an almost unknown, completely inexperienced senator chosen in place of her?  Even McCain would seemingly have been an acceptable candidate if the simple narrative of “the elite” is accepted.
Was it spontaneous combustion that turned Obama into the media favorite almost overnight?
I have long felt that Obama was chosen because he was the relative dove in the bunch. Despite the continuation and expansion of wars throughout the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, I remain of the view that the destruction would have been worse under Clinton: Iran, Ukraine, Syria (even worse than now, with Assad destroyed) – all leading to a confrontation with Russia.
Third: significant individuals have written against the US policies of war, expansion, and antagonism toward Russia.  Here is my write-up based on commentary from Leslie Gelb, President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations (the post begins with a lamentation of Rand Paul’s switch to neocon – a few years ago I felt Rand was the selected vessel for this alternative-elite path, except that he couldn’t read the tea leaves at all).  A small sample, from Gelb:
Russians, Americans, Europeans, and Ukrainians plunge on toward the all-time foreign policy record for venality, lying, hypocrisy and self-destructive maneuvers. They show no shame and scant regard for consequences.
Last but not least are our very own American heroes. Hillary Clinton, of course, hit the jackpot with her comparison of Putin to Hitler (never mind her clarification the next day).
How about John J. Mearsheimer from the University of Chicago, writing in Foreign Affairs, the publication of the Council on Foreign Relations?  Again, a small sample:
According to the prevailing wisdom in the West, the Ukraine crisis can be blamed almost entirely on Russian aggression…But this account is wrong: the United States and its European allies share most of the responsibility for the crisis.
For Putin, the illegal overthrow of Ukraine’s democratically elected and pro-Russian president — which he rightly labeled a “coup” — was the final straw.
Elites in the United States and Europe have been blindsided by events only because they subscribe to a flawed view of international politics.
Not a big enough name for you?  What about Henry Kissinger, listing one after another the failings of US foreign policy since the end of the Cold War?
Libya is in civil war, fundamentalist armies are building a self-declared caliphate across Syria and Iraq and Afghanistan’s young democracy is on the verge of paralysis.
To these troubles are added a resurgence of tensions with Russia and a relationship with China divided between pledges of cooperation and public recrimination.
Kissinger has written and spoken often of his disappointment with the direction US foreign policy has taken with respect to Russia and China over the last decades.
Hillary, like many tools, is a wind-up doll: playing the game she was trained to play and unable to consider other issues.  Unfortunately, there are many like her.  This is the risk to those who have created the monster (the US government) that they may not be able now to control.
It seems to me the “deep-state” prefers the Kissinger / Nixon model – enough tension to keep fear in the population but behind the scenes (and sometimes in public view) a working relationship that involves communication and cooperation in order to minimize the risks.
Clinton offers no hope in this regard; Trump says “Let’s make a deal.”
There is a meaningful subset of the Anglo-elite that prefers “Let’s make a deal.”