Disconnect in the White House

Nothing was more disconcerting to millions of President Donald Trump’s supporters than the Tomahawk strike on Syria which took place on Thursday, April 6, 2017.

As Roger Stone told Alex Jones on April 7, if Republicans had wanted an interventionist, they would have voted for Jeb! during the primaries.

However, conservative pro-Trump sites — and even the centrist forum The_Donald, sadly — do not want anyone disagreeing with the president’s action in Syria.

Tensions have been running high online and differing opinions are no longer welcome.

Yet, there is evidence to suggest that Trump might have trouble draining the swamp. Instead, he might become submerged in it.

Alternative media’s Mike Cernovich claims that H R McMaster wants ground troops in Syria. As with any news about the Middle East, from Bush to Trump, it is hard to know if this is true. That said, it would not be surprising to find out that it is:

Current National Security Adviser Herbert Raymond “H. R.” McMaster is manipulating intelligence reports given to President Donald Trump, Cernovich Media can now report. McMaster is plotting how to sell a massive ground war in Syria to President Trump with the help of disgraced former CIA director and convicted criminal David Petraeus, who mishandled classified information by sharing documents with his mistress.

As NSA, McMaster’s job is to synthesize intelligence reports from all other agencies. President Trump is being given an inaccurate picture of the situation in Syria, as McMaster is seeking to involve the U.S. in a full scale war in Syria …

Sources also suggest that McMaster is sharing classified information with Petraeus, whose security clearance was revoked.

It is a pity that revelations about the Deep State have forced former CIA analyst Larry C Johnson to shut down his informative No Quarter site, which had been running for around ten years. He would have been able to shed light on the matter.

Instead, we have a lot of information that cannot be verified and cheerleading sections that brook no opposition. It’s disgusting. All of it.

Paul Joseph Watson from Infowars nails it beautifully. He begins by saying that half the people watching his video will hate what he has to say. True. He says that a large section of Trump’s base voted for him because he campaigned as a non-interventionist. True, but you cannot say that on most pro-Trump sites without getting banned or shouted down.

Watson then says that the attacked airfield in Syria is near a Christian city — Mhardeh — that the Syrian government was protecting. He is the only person I have heard say that. I have not read it elsewhere than in the article he shows in his video. The latest jihadist attack on the city was on April 4, 2017.

Watson discusses who is applauding Trump’s action: Hillary Clinton and Trump’s other enemies in both the Democratic and Republican parties. Watson also dismantles Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. First, Tillerson said that regime change in Syria was not on the Trump agenda. Now he contradicts himself and says it is.

Watson rightly concludes that the only people cheering Trump’s action are neocons and ISIS! TRUE!

Does this mean that I’ve gone off Trump? No. However, his supporters do not have to blindly agree with everything he does, especially if he’s receiving duff or unverified information that influences his decision-making. Nor should other Trump supporters expect that everyone toe the line like Democrats do.

Tied into this are the stories — fact or fiction? — that Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner are feuding. The good news is that Cernovich claims the two are united in their opposition to McMaster’s grand plan for Syria. There are wheels within wheels here:

Two men were standing in between another U.S.-led war in the Middle East — General Mike Flynn and Steve Bannon.

Flynn was removed after Susan Rice unmasked classified information concerning him. Bannon’s role within the White House was weakened by McMaster, who demanded Bannon be removed from his advisory position at NSC.

McMaster’s friends in the media, as part of a broader strategy to increase McMaster’s power, have claimed Jared Kushner and Bannon had a major falling out. In fact Kushner and Bannon are united in their opposition to McMaster’s plan.

Then, there are people like Gary Cohn who have big banking interests. Cohn is Trump’s National Economic Director and a former president of Goldman Sachs. In February, CNBC reported:

The more critical and long-term question for executives across multiple industries is whether Cohn will emerge as a powerful countervailing economic force to temper Trump’s instincts toward protectionism. To pull this off, Cohn will have to nudge Trump himself while also muscling out Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller as well as to lesser degrees Trump advisor Peter Navarro and Commerce secretary nominee Wilbur Ross.

If anyone can pull this off, it’s Cohn, a powerful personality not known to be shy about making his views known. He has an added bonus in his favor: He came into the Trump orbit through Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, critical advisors to the president. Those inclined to Cohn’s worldview inside the administration believe the former Goldman banker will eventually win the day. Some even mention him as a potential future chief of staff or shadow chief of staff.

On Friday, March 10, Alex Jones asked Roger Stone whether Cohn would become chief of staff, replacing Reince Priebus. Stone said he hadn’t heard that, but, if turns out to be true, it would be:

jumping in from the frying pan into the fire. So, I don’t think that should happen.

However:

Priebus continues to make a series of errors.

Speaking generally, Stone said:

The corrupt and entrenched influences are not going to run away just now … They and their cronies have got fabulously wealthy. Those who control the country will do anything to protect themselves.

Later in the interview, he reminded listeners how critical Trump was of Goldman Sachs during the campaign. Yet, here we are. Cohn is in the White House. And it is because of Ivanka’s and Jared’s powers of persuasion.

On Friday, April 7, Stone spoke to Jones about what was happening in the White House. He pointed out that Steve Bannon is there to further the Trump movement and bring in people who are similar to himself in outlook. Yet, that hasn’t happened. Stone said that Bannon doesn’t really have any allies there other than Trump. He’s just not interested in networking. Unfortunately, he is isolating himself.

Stone was particularly concerned about the influence that Ivanka and Jared have on the president, especially as top Silicon Valley executives are courting the couple with regular meetings and dinners.

Not once has Trump talked about online censorship, which is real. The threats to shut down Infowars have not subsided since the election. Stone mentioned that mainstream pro-Trump sites, such as The Daily Caller, are also in danger. (Breitbart might still be under threat, but they’ve changed a lot since Bannon joined Trump’s staff. Their editorial policy might have changed to avoid being taken down.)

Stone does not think that Jared Kushner understands that Trump’s re-election chances are under threat if Obama’s censorship policy, which Hillary Clinton clearly supported, comes to fruition:

Trump could not have won without a free and vibrant Net.

True.

Stone is troubled:

This is more disturbing to me than anything else, because the future of the Trump administration and his efforts to make America great again completely pivot off access to the Net and the same people who elected him. If we cannot reach those people, we cannot rally them.

This is the greatest single danger I see moving forward, but there is no evidence that Jared Kushner understands what is going on here.

Stone said that Kushner is not sabotaging Trump. On the contrary, he wants Trump to be successful. Unfortunately, Kushner’s lack of political nous is leading him to make poor decisions. He wants Trump to be popular. However, voters elected Trump to be a reformer and restore the Great Republic.

Stone said that Ivanka and Jared are elitists. Stone has a high regard for Lee Stranahan’s investigative journalism. (Stranahan used to work for Breitbart.) His name came into the conversation because Stranahan had made a Periscope on April 6 discussing the ‘ideological coup’ taking place in the Trump administration. Zero Hedge has the full story. In short (emphasis in the original):

Stranahan has one request for any and all who oppose this ideological coup by Goldman Sachs: CALL THE WHITE HOUSE!

The White House phone number is 202 456 1414.

Stone concluded that if Trump’s popularity tanks in the polls, he won’t hesitate to sack someone:

Remember, this is the man who fired his own brother.

We can but hope.

Stone concluded by saying that if Syria ends up being a boots-on-the-ground, all out war, then voters will have lost the reason why they voted for Donald Trump.

How true.

 

8 comments for “Disconnect in the White House

  1. April 9, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Only time is going to show us.

    • April 16, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      Indeed, James. This is a difficult time.

  2. Errol
    April 9, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    I’ve deep concerns over the missile strikes. It seemed retaliatory, but not against Assad, more as if there’s a much deeper, informational war here with shady politics driving specific agenda. We’ll never know the truth but I cannot believe the missiles were useful or necessary.

    Of Trump I’ve no opinion. I think, like most Right wingers his time in office will be marked by what he doesn’t do, not what he does. After all, ‘doing things’ is the hallmark of the Left and always leaves people worse of.

    • April 16, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      ‘like most Right wingers his time in office will be marked by what he doesn’t do, not what he does’

      Maybe so. But I think Trump will change people’s perceptions in that regard.

      People outside of his base have already noticed he’s been a very active president.

  3. Hereward Unbowed.
    April 9, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Thank you CM, that is all very ponderable and imponderable.

    It all takes time to fathom and as has been said above, only time will tell, I quite like Bannon’s viewpoints [not all but most] it worried me when he was removed from the NSC but McMaster’s influence is very strong. with Cohn, I don’t know how that dynamic works [Trump versus Cohn] – at all.

    Meanwhile, a carrier battle force is steaming toward the Korean peninsula for ‘naval exercises’ – what went on behind closed doors with Xi Jinping, what was ‘negotiated’ and on, the quid pro quo for Chinese expansionary adventures in the South China sea and what about that nutter in Pyongyang?

    I guess we’ll know soon, as we’ve just recently had confirmed, he’s a man of action is DJT.

    • April 16, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      I, too, find all of this imponderable.

      Am hoping that it all makes sense in the end.

  4. James Strong
    April 10, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Many ordinary Republican voters, who are not political theorists, will be perfectly happy that Trump has used the military to kick a little ass without endangering US troops.

    • April 16, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      This is where the rift occurred in his base WRT Syria. I think Trump saw that and has backed off. My next post will have more on that.

      However, re the longer-term problem children — North Korea and ISIS — Trump supporters are in agreement. Some sort of action must be taken.

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