Paul Craig Roberts Laments "The Assault On Trump"

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Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

We are witnessing an assault by the national security state and its liberal media on a President of the United States that is unprecedented.

Wild and unsupported accusations of treasonous or illegal Russian connections have been the mainstay of the news since Trump’s campaign for president. These accusations have reached the point that there is an impeachment movement driven by the national security state and its liberal media and endorsed by Democrats, the American leftwing which has turned against the working class as “Trump deplorables,” and luminaries such as Harvard Law Professor Larry Tribe. The Washington Post, which was not present at the meeting of President Trump with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, purports to know that Trump gave Lavrov US national security information.

The Russian government has offered the presstitute media a transcript of the meeting, but, of course, the pressitutes are not interested.

The latest story is that Trump tried to bribe FBI Director Comey, before he fired him, not to investigate Trump as part of the “Russian investigation.” Clearly there is no intelligence left in the American media. The President doesn’t need to bribe someone he can fire.

What we are witnessing is the determination of the national security state to keep their prized “Russian Threat” in its assigned role as the Number One Threat to the US. The liberal media, owned by the CIA since the 1950s is in accord with this goal.

The American media is so accustomed to its enslavement by the national security state that it does not think of the consequences. But Professor Stephen Cohen does. I agree with him that the greatest threat to national security “is this assault on President Trump.” 

Cohen said that there is a 4th branch of government, the intelligence community, which obstruts the management of American foreign affairs by the executive branch and Congress.

As an example, he reminded us that “In 2016, President Obama worked out a deal with Russian President Putin for military cooperation in Syria. He said he was going to share intelligence with Russia, just like Trump and the Russians were supposed to do the other day. Our department of defense said it wouldn’t share intelligence. And a few days later, they killed Syrian soldiers, violating the agreement, and that was the end of that. So, we can ask, who is making our foreign policy in Washington today?”

In the 1960s, President John F. Kennedy thought he was in charge, and he was assassinated for his belief. JFK blocked an invasion of Cuba, the Northwoods project, a preemptive nuclear strike on the Soviet Union, and spoke of ending the Cold War.

In the 1970s President Nixon was driven from office, because he thought he was in charge of foreign policy. Like Kennedy, Nixon was a threat to the national security state. Nixon pushed through SALT 1 and the anti-ABM Treaty, and he opened to China, defusing those tensions as well. The military/security complex saw its budget dwindling as the threat dwindled. Nixon also determined to withdraw from Vietnam, but was constrained by the national security state. Nixon, the most knowledgeable president about foreign affairs, was forced from office, because his efforts in behalf of peace constituted a threat to the power and profit of the military/security complex.

It is important to understand that there is no evidence whatsoever against Nixon in the Washington Post “investigation.” The Post’s reporters simply put together a collection of inuendoes that cast aspersion on Nixon, whose “crime” was to say that he learned of the Watergate buglary at a later date than he actually did. Nixon kept the burglary quiet until after his reelection, because he knew that the CIA’s Washington Post would use it in an effort to prevent his reelection.

The “crime” for which Nixon was really removed was his success in establishing more peaceful and stable relations with Russia and China.

Trump, being in real estate and entertainment, was unaware of the landmines on which he was stepping when he said it was time to normalize relations with Russia and to rethink the purpose of NATO.

The US military/security complex sits on a budget extracted from very hard-pressed American taxpayers of $1,000 billion dollars annually. By threatening to normalize relations with the enemy which was created in order to justify this vast budget, Trump presented as the major threat to the American National Security State’s power and profit.

This is why Trump will be broken and/or removed as President of the United States.

Once again democracy in American is proving to be powerless. There is no one in Washington who can help Trump. Those who could help him, such as myself, cannot be confirmed by the US Senate, which is owned lock, stock, and barrel by the military/security complex, Wall Street, and the Israel Lobby.

Trump tried to connect the suffering American people to their government, an act of treason against the oligarchy, who are now making an example of Trump that will dissuade politicians in the future from making populist appeals to the people.

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DuneCreature's picture

+ 1 for brevity and wit.

I thought you were going to give up listening to Alex Jones on your Apple iPad headphones under the covers after lights out at night?

You've been cheating haven't you, chindit?

Live Hard, Much, Much Funnier Than Another Thousand Word Essay On Petite Hands And Narcissism, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

Kayman's picture


But if Trump had no INTENT to be fired, then he cannot be fired. (the Comey rule).

Mon T's picture

They have made so many false charges that when something legitimate comes up no one will listen? to them.

shovelhead's picture

I'm waiting til they drag out the old Black lady...

"Why, that Trump he grab me up like a bowling ball an carry me down Fiff Avenue.

I aint been right since."

Bubba Rum Das's picture

"I'm waiting til they drag out the old Black lady..."

"You mean Maxine Waters?"

Fuck, who else?
Her & you might as well throw in that wack job Louise Mensche, while yer at it...
At least they're good for some genuine comedy; that's about it.

Louise Mensche might be good looking, but you'd have to be a complete idiot to stick yer dick in THAT kind of crazy!

No one, & I mean NO ONE takes either of those drug addled idiots seriously!

OverTheHedge's picture

Are all your posts in bold because they are more important than everyone else's?

Or are you a little insecure?


(If it is just a case of fighting with recalcitrant technology I apologise unreservedly, as we all seem to suffer from icrap fat finger syndrome. Top tip: NEVER buy a kindle fire - you won't enjoy it.)

Bubba Rum Das's picture

"or Rachel Dolezal (oh wait)!"

Now yer really talkin' Craze Craze!

I wouldn't even want to get within ten feet of that psycho!

Salsa Verde's picture

Shhh!  They still don't get why Trump was really elected.

Quit tripping over yourselves trying to explain things to simpletons.

conraddobler's picture

I don't know what Trump is up to but this is getting ridiculous.

It's not ridiculous for the reason everyone thinks it is.

It's ridiculous because with all the swamp critters Trump has brought in how in the hell is the swamp still pissed at him?

That's what's so amazing about this is that he's done more than his share of demonstrating he's willing to play ball but he can't get them to stop the attack.


Something odd is going on mostly because Trump has given them more than an inch he's given them a few thousand miles and yet they can not be more rabid in their attacks.

I really think that ultimately God has a plan and Trump is part of that plan but not to save us, more like to stir the pot to a point that people will finally see how ridiculous things have gotten and finally agree something has to give.

Cruel Aid's picture

So many gov jobs to fill
And only swamp creatures available to fill them.
That's part of my he problem, big gov wins by default. How many friggin departments do we really need?
Look at what a reformer is up against, and by that I don't necessarily mean Trump

Victor999's picture

What gives you the idea God is on America's side and looking out for it?

turkey george palmer's picture

Oh Trump has some powerful allies behind him.

Not the most vocal people but things like this are settled quietly if at all.

 Let Trump get a few more months and things will sort of start turning around. Eventually the left will cough up a hairball and everyone will see how they really are

joeyman9's picture

And then whoa to the dems in the 2018 elections, having pissed away their time in office with this phoney Russia Thing and being shown as a bunch of schemers and scammers.

Got The Wrong No's picture

The problem is that this shit show has awaken the Dems and Snowflakes that didn't vote in the election. The Dems are out mobilizing as we speak. I think they will gain seats back in 2018. How many, is the Question. They will not make the mistake of over confidence again. 

LyLo's picture

lol  Yeah, just like they were in 2015, right?  If only those darn Russians (or was it fake news?) hadn't kept everyone from being excited about Hilldog's dusty old...  rhetoric.  ;)

I speak as a formerly registered Democrat: the party is dead, and you are just seeing its dying gasps.  The first blow was when Obama started to come up with Uniparty solutions to his base's problems, and all criticism met with expulsion from the party's apparatus.  The second blow was the "racism"/"sexism"/"homophobia"/"transphobia" charges that they seemed so quick to level at Republicans...  Well, it turned out an awful lot of those "Republicans" were actually registered democrats, and the whole party turned and singled them out for ruin. 

And stealing the primary from Sanders looks to be their death blow.  If they win that lawsuit, the DNC will be filing for bankruptcy.  I cannot see how they will lose right now, so...

No real supporters left from the Obama surge+everyone that isn't fully committed is literally the devil+no fucking money= Them winning 2018?  Really?  fucking lol   Oh--and a most of those "nonvoting" Dems totally voted... For Trump.  In places like Michigan and Wisconsin, and even right here in KY. 

FoggyWorld's picture

That is not going to happen until he starts playing offense.   Comey is just one and it does look as if there may literally be thousands embedded in serious government jobs.   He shouldn't be looking for a permanent FBI director which requires Senate approval but instead  he should be looking for a killer Interim Director who would spend his time thinning out the problem people in the FBI.  Pompeo isn't up to that and needs to go and again should be replaced with another interim killer.

Same thing has to be done in the DOJ.  All of those Obama holdovers have to go and strong prosecutors must be brought in very soon to go after those "nice people [Trump]  didn't want to hurt."   It isn't happening and that is his fault and Sessions is obviously not a man of steel.

Interestingly the only guy he hired who did things the smart way was Tillerson who first day got rid of the very worst and then volunteered to take a big cut in his department.   That will let him lay people off and later if he needs to fill a few spots, new job descriptions will allow that to happen.   No other agency or department head has followed what Tillerson did from the get go.

And to keep blaming the people around him for the chaos he himself often creates is never going to inspire confidence from any quarter.  He needs to look in the mirror from time to time.

But too much Jared and too many Generals are calling shots and aren't really qualified to do what they are doing.  At least the Goldman guys seem for the most part to just focus on their work and push on in spite of the nonsense.

Trump needs more talks with people like Jack Welch or Newt Gingrich.  He needs friends who are guys who know the score and who have been around that life that Trump is visiting for the first time.  And he needs from them advice on who to hire.   Trump just is not a Human Resources Director.

But the clock is ticking and that Resistance crowd seems very organized and well funded and until they become afraid of the power Trump has yet to use, they will continue to trample all over him. 

And I feel badly even writing this but it is time for people to speak out.



Juggernaut x2's picture

Jack Welch trashed once-mighty GE

kidbroge's picture

You had a decent rap going on until you mentioned those two creatures from the black lagoon. 

DuneCreature's picture

Funny that. .. I tripped over the same pieces of driftwood. (Whelp, I thought they were driftwood. .. As it turned out, they were basking gators who snapped at me.)

I had the epiphany a while back when I realized that anyone who survives ten minutes swimming in the swamp IS a swamp creature, despite any skillful ruse they manage to market to the little warm prey fuzzies scurrying around the edges of the swamp.

If it swims in the swamp, will eat you.

Even if he/she/it doesn't 'want' to eat you. ... He/she/it will eat you because he/she/it will be forced to eat you by the other swamp creatures.

Lots of young idealistic fuzzies are drawn to the swamp thinking they can 'make a difference'.

They end up making a difference all right.

They're a different entry on the swamp dinner menu.

Fresh meat, I believe you might want to call them. .. Just in from the bush, roasted to perfection and smothered in a nice light white sauce with rosemary and basil.

To survive in the swamp you MUST eat fuzzies.

Live Hard, In Short, Anyone Still Alive Inside The Beltway Is Compromised, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

TheAnswerIs42's picture

Thanx alot, now I'm really hungry.

Any recommended wine? Or just a basil and gin cocktail...

francis scott falseflag's picture



Sam Spayed's picture

The far left is clinging to the phony Trump-Russia meme with more gusto than even their phony global warming BS. Deranged marxist conspiracy theorists.

MS7's picture

The far left is not the enemy. The "liberals" are the ones who can't think for themselves and will follow the anti-Russia prooganda even if it leads to nuclear war. The farthest left you can find in US politics might be someone like Dennis Kucinich who is totally against stirring up war with Russia and who speaks the truth.

LyLo's picture

The far left is right here, with the alt right.  They kicked most of them (usually anarchic communists and communalists--good folk, but silly and argumentative) all out of the DNC in favor of their new demographic (mostly authoritarian communists it seems--bad folk, terrifying, and you are right that they are not "far left" per se).  Many of the far left actually voted for Trump, in the most amazing example of "LOTE" voting I've ever seen.

dexter_morgan's picture

Peak Trump derangement syndrome is upon us. As was already said, once this blows over, which it will, Trump is going to be immune to media criticism like the little boy crying wolf, which is also not a good thing. 

Hard to see the US surviving without a lot of bloodshed or some sort of miracle. 

I'm still waiting to hear what crime has been committed, and what evidence of collusion there is. 

Long ammo. 

Bubba Rum Das's picture

"Long ammo."

Long paramilitary rifles.

You thought the Obama gun frenzy was crazy?

You ain't seen nothin' yet.

PitBullsRule's picture

This is all bull shit!  Trump is going down because he has a back ground of mafia associations, about a thousand law suits against him, ripping people off that worked for him, or did business with him, and because he is not competent or capable to lead the US.  Everybody is figuring that out, and they want him out!  Has nothing to do with the DEEEEP STATE!

rejected's picture

"and because he is not competent or capable to lead the US."

Well gee moron,,, Tell us who YOU think is capable.

Com'on,,, strut your stuff!

Khan Bucklin's picture

> There is no one in Washington who can help Trump.

This is ludicrous. Trump could have helped Trump. He could have done it by not CONSTANTLY acting like he was caught with his hand in the cookie jar. By not CONSTANTLY acting like he's trying to cover something up. By actually LISTENING to someone in his inner circle -- I'm sure at least one of those deplorables is well versed in the art of spin control. He could have done an end run around all this nonsense by falling on his sword, just a little (remember Kennedy and the Bay of Pigs?). He is incapable of any of these things. He seems only interested in his hell bent revenge fantasy on the liberal establishment he feels has wronged him. This will be his undoing.

This is all a side show BTW, the GOP revolution marches on, Trump or no Trump. ...For another 18 months anyway.

francis scott falseflag's picture


noless's picture

Watching the constant leak fest and media spin do you honestly think any administration in the future is going to do any better without some drastic changes in structure?

rejected's picture

GOP revolution?

You gotta be kidding.

Tell us what will REALLY change in the next for years.

I'll save your post then get back to you then....

Lynn Trainor's picture

I suspect Trump should have listened much more to Bannon, no?

PitBullsRule's picture

Before you blame his problems on an imaginary boogey man, you should do some research on Trump.  His helicopter pilot for many years, who lived in one of Trump's apartments, had mafia connections, including the Italian Mafia, and even the Russian Mafia.  Its much worse than you guys seem to understand.  We have a criminal for president because you guys didn't do any research before you voted for him.  The US is in DEEP SHIT right now, and you numbskulls are talking about the DEEP STATE, and you don't even know who they are.

Akzed's picture

I saw that the other day. I soiled me armour.

To Infinity And Beyond's picture

And all this came from "un-named sources"? What a nutjob.

pparalegal's picture

And the 500 million "given" to the Clinton syndicate foundation is really to feed poor black children in Haiti. From Bill's new Marriott hotel he put there to help.

LyLo's picture

Weird, that ya'll are now deciding the Deep State isn't real, because just a few months ago, ya'll were pretty much on the bandwagon because you felt like the "intelligence community" was something the US citizenry would stand behind.

Here's CNN's Dana Bash, talking about the Deep State by name:

Here's Salon talking about it:

And here's CNN again, but this time arguing that the Deep State is actually a specific charge against the intelligence community of undermining the president:

So, here we have the CIA (lol yeah, we're on to you CNN) and "left" (lol yeah, you too Salon) acknowledging that there is, in fact a Deep State as described by all here.  Yet as soon as it is used as a pejorative picked up by Trump supporters, it suddenly is some complicated dark conspiracy against specifically President Trump that has never before been talked about (let alone before the election on Salon)...  And we're the crazy looking ones?

Just letting you know exactly what ya'll look like right now.  Might wanna tell your bosses to try something new, cause this ain't workin'.

SantaClaws's picture

Excellent article; great drawing.

Cabreado's picture

"which obstructs the management of American foreign affairs by the executive branch and Congress."

No, Congress is enabling And complicit.

"Once again democracy in America is proving to be powerless"

No, a citizenry (and punditry) that ignores a thoroughly corrupt and defunct Congress cannot claim to be powerless. 

SmittyinLA's picture

If the Deep State had a leader it would be Jamie Gorelick NSA CIA FBI wall girl and the Fannie Mae paymaster for all of Congress, she also has her snout in thousands of NGOs.

Jamie I hear is Kushner's lawyer, BTW Jamie would have approved originally both Mueller and Comey appointments-directly, probably still a paper trail.

Deep In Vocal Euphoria's picture

All a show all a plan.....will you take the chip......nobody focusing on the tech giants that will soon overtake the government :/ all a are nothing but test subjects for amazon faceook google to test things on you :/.........

B1G mNy's picture

I Supported Trump and he's done things that I don't like. The way he's being treated is ridiculous! We the people say screw you deep state! That beeeooottcchh Comey, Michael, Barry, and Clinton better think again. If you want a civil war we'll give you one.

0hedgehog's picture

In fact, that is what they want and what they have been working feverishly toward for some time now. When the masses rise up, you can put them down with gusto and not worry about a backlash. Get the trained seals to go out into the streets to physically battle each other, then step in to take full control. The public will even beg them to do so. Those who will trade security for liberty will attain neither.


Cause, reaction, solution!

bshirley1968's picture

I don't feel sorry for Trump one bit.

The man is an amateur at best in a den of professional scumbags. He was either naive, stupid or both.  That being said, the office of President is a different matter.  Trump hasn't used his office effectively.  A helluva lot more than Comey should have been fired by now.  Others should be in cuffs.

He is way more concerned about himself than the American people and it shows in how he responds to criticism.   Tweeting is not wielding the power of the president.

Someone made the point on here about the objective being to keep us divided, and I believe that is true.  I just hope when the shooting starts we have some real leadership and clarity of whose side we should be on.