The Empire Strikes Back

by Brad Benson

Then Defense Intelligence Agency director U.S. Army Lt. General Michael Flynn testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on “Worldwide Threats” in Washington February 4, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron


On the surface, the resignation of General Michael Flynn is being sold as a cut-and-dried case of the General getting ahead of his skis by calling the Russian Ambassador to discuss the lifting of sanctions. This was ostensibly then complicated by the General not being honest about his discussions, when queried about it by Vice President Mike Pence. However, as is always the case in these types of affairs, the real story will go untold and General Flynn’s “resignation” will have ramifications far beyond these first headlines.
In reality, the General’s early fall is a signal that the Deep State is not about to permit rapprochement with Russia. This is because any moves to defuse the New Cold War could threaten to undercut Obama’s $1 Trillion, 30 year nuclear arms rearmament program, which has been quietly moving forward for several years.
Flynn, the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), which is the military’s counterpart to the CIA, was originally fired by Obama for an intelligence assessment, which disputed information that Obama was being fed by the CIA. In retrospect, this report was rather prescient, since it noted that an infant ISIS was a much bigger threat than Obama was being told, while further advising that it was a mistake for the CIA to be supplying them with arms in their ill-fated effort to bring down Assad in Syria.
This put Flynn in direct conflict with then CIA Director, John Brennan, then Director of National Intelligence, John Clapper, and a whole cadre of Neo-Con Interventionists inside Hillary Clinton’s State Department. Flynn’s timing was also bad, since the War Hawks had only recently overthrown Gaddafi and, in the ecstasy of their “success”, no one, especially Obama, wanted to be told that rain clouds were already gathering over their parade.
When General Flynn reemerged as an advisor to Trump during the campaign, there was no immediate concern within the Deep State, since Trump was not seen as a serious factor. However, as Trump began to talk about rapprochement with Putin’s Russia on the campaign trail, Flynn was identified as one of the driving forces behind this idea and, as a result, the Clinton Campaign opened up a new front to denigrate him as a racist nut-case. This may very well have been true, but it does not, as a consequence, make him wrong in regard to his recognition of the necessity to defuse the New Cold War with Russia.
Flynn’s early departure is a big victory for the Deep State Thugs who are heavily invested in the New Cold War. It is most certainly also a signal to Trump that he can be removed, since MSM talking heads are already spinning stories about the fired DOJ Acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, having previously warned the White House that tapped phone calls, between Flynn and the Russian Ambassador, might make the General subject to “blackmail” by the Russians.
Indeed, not-so-subtle threats of impeachment are already being floated, with nuances of the famous question, “What did the President know and when did he know it?” One Neo-Con Flim-flam man has already gone so far as to refer to the “Russian Stench” and demanded to know what is behind this “Russian connection”, which, if any one gave it any real thought, was essentially a move toward peace.
However, this was apparently just the warm up act for the big guns, since the next up was Thomas Friedman, the influential NY Times op-ed writer, who helped the Bush and Obama Administrations to lie us into several wars. Adopting a stern demeanor, while staring directly into the camera, Friedman demands no less than a full investigation into Trump’s associations with these pesky Russkies, who “undermined our election”, ominously concluding that this was an “event as significant as Pearl Harbor”.
Meanwhile, early rumblings from Moscow are noting that this could be bad news for future relations with the US and could ultimately lead to a deterioration of relations. This is a nice way of saying that they know that our Deep State is undermining the move toward rapprochement, while also sending a subtle message to Trump that they hope he’s not falling for it. Sadly, it may already be too late.
This is the first move to set up Trump for impeachment, with Mike Pence, a Neo-Con, sitting in the catbird seat. Those that celebrate the demise of Flynn and hope for the early fall of Trump should be careful in regard to their wishes. The ultimate result intended in all of this is that there will be no rapprochement with Russia and that the New Cold War might eventually develop into a hot one.
The Empire has struck back. Whether one likes Trump or not, no one should be distracted by the “Russian Connection” Sideshow. This is about the future of a major rearmament program and the Deep State has subtly enlisted the support of the Trump haters on the left to create the conditions for Trump’s early removal.
With many Neo-Cons on the right also poised to feed on the carcass of a guy they couldn’t stop in the primaries, the American People better wake up. This is not a question of left or right. It may very well be a question of survival.


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vierotchka
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Brad Benson
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Brad Benson

I had read that article. Don’t be so sure.

vierotchka
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As my friend George Eliason put it so well (so it is also the desire of bringing Russia under the USA’s domination so as to literally steal Russia’s natural resources): Asked why Russia was so dangerous, Rahul Shrivastava, Ambassador of India to Venezuela gave this answer. The size of Russia is bigger than that of Pluto. If Siberia were a country, it would be the third largest in the world. Russia stretches about 10000 km east to west, which is almost three times the diameter of the moon, one-and-a-half times the diameter of mars and just 2000 kms short of… Read more »

Brad Benson
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Brad Benson

The people have always wanted peace. Russia is a great country and Lavrov was correct at the G-20. I’m for an end to all this Russia bashing nonsense.
Also, I hope there was nothing in my article that gave the wrong impression.

vierotchka
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I don’t think anything in your excellent article gave me any wrong impression. 🙂

Seraskier
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Seraskier

For the very latest in fake news stories…. step this way to The Daily Telegraph’s Exclusive Sunday Scoop: Russia’s election day plot to assassinate the prime minister of Montenegro and overthrow its government The story presents an astounding made-up screed of nonsense, alleging (without sources, of course) that Russia connived the election-day assassination of Montegrin leader Milo Djukanovic – “to prevent the country joining NATO”. Story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/18/russias-deadly-plot-overthrow-montenegros-government-assassinating/ Montenegro is a country somewhat short of even 1 million population – 620,000 at the last census. But the thought of it falling under Moscow’s malign influence is enough to spoil the Sunday… Read more »

Seraskier
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Seraskier

I read this story while still in bed this morning, on my tablet – and decided I must be hallucinating, and when back to sleep. However, by 2pm Moscow Time the updated story has acquired wings… but no sources. There is a lame claim that it stems from “UK Government Sources” on the story now – but no details as to what those sources might be. This all moves the notion of “fake news” on from journalism into an international incident. The Russian media here in Moscow are bristling with indignation at the accusations – not to mention the sloppiness… Read more »

rtj1211
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rtj1211

Are you all quite sure that a quiet call to tell the naughty boys and girls to desist is effective control strategy with hard core right wing supremacist nutcases (which includes plenty of democrats too)? For those seeking to promote war, a little bit of targeted violence in the heart of their own circle is usually the first diplomatic foray. No one wants an extrajudicial execution of 10,000 Establishment psychopaths, but if it is that or 100 million Russians nuked, then it is acceptable collateral damage. Until America and Americans understand that, their nation is a danger to the world,… Read more »

Norman Pilon
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For some strange reason, Rtj, your eloquence always reminds of something Martin Niemöller wrote, because it kinda mirrors or captures the spirit of your admonitions if admittedly more obliquely: First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me. I’m… Read more »

michaelk
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michaelk

It’s way too early to form firm conclusions about the direction Trump will take. Is he finished already, after only a month? Whatever happened to the famed ‘honeymoon period’? Trump’ in a difficult position, he’s surrounded by enemies in the imperial capitol and his supporters are few and far between, a mere handful of people. It’s fascinating that the ‘deplorables’ don’t seem to matter anymore to the media. Their job was to vote and then shut up. All of those journalists who suddenly realized that ‘something was happening’ in the vast middle of America and went out to interview the… Read more »

mohandeer
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p.s. Just read 21Century and this article – the next US “war-in-waiting”: BY 21WIRE http://21stcenturywire.com/2017/02/16/fake-news-fail-venezuelan-government-finally-orders-shutdown-of-cnn-for-bogus-and-misleading-reports/
If Maduro can do it, perhaps Trump can after all.

mohandeer
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Reblogged this on Worldtruth and commented: The US Clinton war neocons will not allow peace with Russia and will continue to cajole the European countries towards US self serving policies. Where the US is concerned, the only “spheres of influence” they will allow are their own and hang the consequences for those they will end up killing. It was true under Prescott Bush the Nazi collaborator and is still true to the Clinton Clique today who are engineering the Trump and Russia bashing, which eventually will lead to war. US and NATO aggression is proving to be the world’s worst… Read more »

Frank
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Frank

”This is about the future of a major rearmament program and the Deep State has subtly enlisted the support of the Trump haters on the left to create the conditions for Trump’s early removal.” Not so subtle, more like blatant. Right on cue, the centre-left, liberal coalition and the identity warriors. collapses giving its unstinting support to the war party. Nothing new here, it is as old as social democracy itself. In many advanced capitalist countries and in a whole number within imperialism’s periphery, Social Democratic parties are a more-or-less fixed part of the bourgeois regime. Particularly within Western Europe,… Read more »

BigB
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BigB

it’s wrong to gloat, I know, but I’m rather enjoying this – watching the Intelligence Community (IC); the #FakeNews M$M; the Judicial branch and the “well oiled machine” of the Trump Executive branch – tear up the Constitution and rip asunder any last shred of American political respectability or credibility. F_ck the Founding Fathers; so long to ‘Manifest Destiny’; the carcass of American Exceptionalism is stripped of meat – and there is a foetid miasma in the air. I’d like to think that the toxic product that is Western Liberal democracy is now totally unexportable – but I know better… Read more »

jag37777
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The Clintons are clients of the deep state. Not directors.

BigB
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BigB

For sure, and Trump is a puppet too – but inasmuch as this plays out through the mainstream, I was using the mainstream idioms to have some fun. Inasmuch as this remains in the Roveian pseudo-reality of American politics, and no one dies in their internecine faux turf wars – I’ll continue to enjoy the bread and circuses entertainment. Credit where credit is due, they’ve done more in the last month to discredit the system than any concerted activism could achieve in a lifetime. If Trump has read his Sun Tzu he can still make headway: his core vote is… Read more »

intergenerationaltrauma
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Some rather forthright comments by Dennis Kucinich on the matter recently. This rot has been only festering and getting worse since they murdered JFK, Malcolm, MLK and RFK in a period of 5 years when I was a kid. If allowed to continue pursuing the “full spectrum dominance” they seek, these same forces will likely leave us with something very closely resembling an uninhabitable post-nuclear planet.

Empire Of Stupid
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As I’ve been saying for a while, the war between Trump and the Deep State is over, and Trump lost. As Paul Craig Roberts says here:
http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/02/16/trump-presidency-rip/
Scroll down for Trump’s full statement.

mohandeer
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Roberts is being somewhat premature. Trump is fighting to keep his head above water while consolidating his support and may well have to make some sacrifices(who can always be re-instated at some later date)just to keep himself in office until he can pull the rug out from under the detractors. I am no fan of Trump, but if he is to succeed, he must be more savvy in the way he portrays his personna – it worked in getting him elected but it will be his downfall if he doesn’t tone it down. The British M$M are whipping up a… Read more »

BigB
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BigB

Excellent comment. On British constitutional matters: we’ve got Tony Blair to galvanize the Remoaners to ignore the democratic referendum. Apparently we are too stupid to think for ourselves, but with his superior wisdom we’ll get it right next time. Divide and rule, such a simple tactic.
As for the M$M, they are a symptom, not the cause of the concentration of excess capital – but it’s certainly somewhere to start.

Brad Benson
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Brad Benson

I like Dr. Roberts and read his stuff regularly, but his assessment is premature. The Civil War within every Federal Agency, and especially inside the intel agencies, is not over. Trump has a younger generation of analysts that are chomping at the bit to help get their previous bosses out the door–not just because they want their jobs, but also because they are tired of seeing their work being pushed aside in favor of political considerations. Unfortunately, although Trump has lopped off several appendages of the beast, there is actually no head, since the Deep State is maintained by a… Read more »

BigB
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BigB

Is that the same Tony Shaffer who was controlling, sorry, surveilling Mohammed Atta and his two cells prior to 9/11? I’m not sure I trust the fellow, I think he may still present a clear and able danger! Three terrabytes of ‘surveillance’ my ______!

Brad Benson
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Brad Benson

Might be. I’m not fond of any of these Waffen SS Goons on Faux News either, but having been a Fed in DC myself, he’s explaining something we all know and something that I addressed to some extent in the article above.
Do you have a link on the Atta stuff?

Empire Of Stupid
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It’s over. Nothing that threatens Obama’s ongoing trillion-dollar nuclear revamp will be permitted.

John D. Flanagan
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John D. Flanagan

Excellent analysis and sober warning. Thanks.