A President Held Hostage?

Authored by Justin Raimondo via Antiwar.com,

They've got him surrounded...

As Vice President Mike Pence made a fool both of himself, and the country he is supposed to be representing, at the Olympic Games by refusing to stand for the athletes of any nation other than the US, back at home the Washington Post was reporting on a President Trump who appears to have nothing in common either with Pence or with the White House staff. The piece, entitled “Trump’s favorite general: Can Mattis check an impulsive president and still retain his trust?” tells a story that pits a President inclined to challenge the War Party against a Praetorian Guard determined to nullify his electoral mandate to keep out of foreign wars and put “America first”:

“Although Trump has given the military broad latitude on the battlefield, he also has raised pointed questions about the wisdom of the wars being fought by the United States. Last year, after a delegation of Iraqi leaders visited him in the Oval Office, Trump jokingly referred to them as ‘the most accomplished group of thieves he’d ever met,’ according to one former U.S. official.”

Truer words were never spoken, but of course this leak is designed to embarrass Trump and put him at odds with those very thieves. Mattis was presumably horrified by this truism, since the General is an even bigger thief, having successfully manipulated Congress into appropriating 15.5 percent more money for the military than Trump asked. The Post piece goes on to detail the President’s many heresies:

He has repeatedly pressed Mattis and McMaster in stark terms to explain why US troops are in Somalia. ‘Can’t we just pull out?’ he has asked, according to US officials.

“Last summer, Trump was weighing plans to send more soldiers to Afghanistan and was contemplating the military’s request for more-aggressive measures to target Islamic State affiliates in North Africa. In a meeting with his top national security aides, the president grew frustrated. ‘You guys want me to send troops everywhere,’ Trump said, according to officials in the Situation Room meeting. ‘What’s the justification?’”

Oh, the shocked silence in that room must have lasted for what seemed like forever. Then Mattis came up with the same old bullshit:

“‘Sir, we’re doing it to prevent a bomb from going off in Times Square,’ Mattis replied.”

Trump didn’t fall for it: “The response angered Trump, who insisted that Mattis could make the same argument about almost any country on the planet.” And the President wasn’t alone in his skepticism: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions echoed Trump’s concerns, asking whether winning was even possible in a place such as Afghanistan or Somalia.”

Here’s the scary part, which concludes the piece:

“It was Mattis who made the argument that would, for the moment at least, sway Trump to embrace the status quo – which has held for the past two presidents.

“‘Unfortunately, sir, you have no choice,’ Mattis told Trump, according to officials. ‘You will be a wartime president.’”

Really? Why is that? And which war is Mattis specifically referring to? Afghanistan? We’re largely out of Iraq. Syria – the latest addition to our interventionist folly? We aren’t told, but in my view it’s not any foreign war Mattis is referring to, but – perhaps unconsciously – he’s referencing the war at home, i.e. the one being conducted by his own government against the President of the United States.

We read about it every day in the media: the Russia-gate hoax is still being flogged, despite growing evidence of its utter falsity. Robert Mueller is still on the prowl, looking for a pretext to take Trump down. The media, a longtime adjunct of the national security bureaucracy, is openly working in tandem with the intelligence services to take out Trump – and if you want to know why, just re-read the reporting on Trump’s reluctance to go along with the War Party’s murderous agenda.

So once they take him down, who will be Trump’s replacement? It’ll be Mike Pence, of course, the same person doing everything in his power to destroy the possibility of peace on the Korean peninsula – quite against Trump’s expressed hope that “we can make a deal” with North Korea.

The War Party cannot tolerate a President who questions the most basic premises of the American Empire: “You guys want me to send troops everywhere!” Of course they do. However, Trump was elected to carry out a very different mandate: to start putting America first. He railed against regime change. And now the regime-changers want to carry out a change of regime against him.

Just look at the reporting by James Risen in The Intercept: the FBI/CIA/NSA cabal paid a Russian operative $100,000 as a down payment on a total of a million to get compromising material on Trump. Isn’t this kind of thing only supposed to happen in places like Tadjikistan? Oh, it was all done under the pretext of getting back our stolen cyber-war tools, but really – how valuable are they if the Russians already have them? Sure, we could find out what was stolen – we still don’t know – but the long involved process described by Risen is really about getting rid of Trump. That’s all they really care about right now, and they’ll stop at nothing – including, I believe, assassination – to pull it off.

There’s too much money riding on the continued existence and expansion of our worldwide empire to let Trump ruin their scam. Too many careers are based on it, too much prestige is at stake, too many “allies” are dependent on the largesse it affords them. They’re boxing him in, despite his noninterventionist instincts, and they’re compiling “dossiers,” and they’re mobilizing all their forces for the final assault on the Oval Office. In an important sense, Trump is being held hostage: they have limited his policy options in every important sphere of the national security/foreign policy realm, The “swamp” Trump talks about is an international miasma, and swamp creatures of diverse nationalities are crawling out of the muck, their claws aimed straight for the presidential throat.

The War Party plays for keeps. The question is: does Donald Trump? We shall see.



Mr. Universe Mon, 02/12/2018 - 23:35 Permalink

US officially supports Israeli actions in Syria. That about says it all, headed towards war are we?

The Pentagon and the US State Department officially confirmed US support for the Israeli actions in Syria.

“Israel is our closest security partner in the region and we fully support Israel’s inherent right to defend itself against threats to its territory and its people,” Pentagon Spokesman Maj. Rankine-Galloway said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry objected to the violation of Syrian sovereignty by Israel and said that it is “unacceptable to create threats to the lives and security of Russian servicemen who are in Syria at the invitation of its legitimate government to assist in the fight against terrorists.”


OverTheHedge DeadFred Tue, 02/13/2018 - 01:19 Permalink

Any particular reason why? Is it your position that Trump is fully in charge, and all military decisions are his? Or is it your position that the US military don't want continuing war, and don't want troops all over the world, and are just looking for a bit of tea and tiffin, not a fight?

I will admit that this article does confirm my thinking, which is always a worry - so I would love to hear an alternative narrative.


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SilverRhino monk27 Tue, 02/13/2018 - 01:56 Permalink

What is hilarious is the neocons/neolib deep state fucks tried this EXACT same strategy and it blew up in their faces.  


So they are attempting to change the narrative to project a President that is "surrounded" by bad guys.   

Those generals are the only decent patriots left in DC. 


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Fed-up with be… monk27 Tue, 02/13/2018 - 02:36 Permalink

This question has arisen in my mind as well.  We can only think that he was OVERWHELMED with pressure to put in Generals, with "experience."   "DON'T try to run this thing by yourself, Mr. President!!  YOU NEED A STRONG MILITARY..."  --- you know, the whole rap that every President must face.  Even Obama, Both Bushes, and the Clintons were all TOLD POINT BLANK, "don't try to fight this thing, Mr. President!!"

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Totin OverTheHedge Tue, 02/13/2018 - 06:52 Permalink

Because it’s full of shit like “the war party” - yeah, Republicans may have laid claim to that a decade ago but after Obama (your peace prize winner lol) that is just a retarded statement. And the comments from the general - they are totally BS. Even if he felt he had the authority to say such things he wouldn’t have said it like that. These aren’t 5th graders talking here. Give me a break. The article is completely full of shit.

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BobEore DeadFred Tue, 02/13/2018 - 01:21 Permalink

Worst ZH article of the year.

Yet paradoxically... zee best!

As with it... one can no longer pretend... that the Tardnationals attempts... to make a silk purse out of an orange sows ear... are totally witless, deranged, and without merit. "Trump is surrounded" ...

by the members of the kabbalist russo-talmudic mafiyas who SELECTED him for his post. Who trained him for that position... who have the goods on him to MAKE SURE he stays on script...

and who will use him for their goal of TAKING DOWN AMERICA once and for all.

But... they will still pretend anyways. Twilight zhombie zone. Beware the toxic residues of their drool n spittle!

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NumbersUsa stant Tue, 02/13/2018 - 01:16 Permalink

Your not confused your just another jew supremacist whore... speaking your sorry used jew comedian act- that has seen its ugly day.

And it's not about hate, it's about taking our country back from a bunch of foreign jew supremacist aliens that have over the past 168 years, through covert & overt means, fraud, coercion, terrorism, and every other un-Godly devilish tactic destroyed our Republic and has turned it into a so-called jew supremacist democracy of despotism, decay & rot.

the jew supremacist rejected the Torah 2500 years ago and created for themselves the talmud, cabalistic, rabinical anti-God & pro-Devil doctrine of hate, murder, revenge, terror and every other perverted thing you could imagine. But we are sure you know that too! 

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OverTheHedge NumbersUsa Tue, 02/13/2018 - 01:22 Permalink

Well threadjacked - now we are all, once again, talking about FUCKING JEWS, when the entire thrust of the argument has nothing to do with FUCKING JEWS!!!

And guess what, shit-for-brains? The spammer is a sad sack of shit, spamming crappy Christian nonsense. There is nothing Jewish about any of this, so just FUCK OFF!!!

Now, back to whether Trump will be assassinated by the MIC......

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NumbersUsa DaiRR Tue, 02/13/2018 - 01:47 Permalink

Getting you to hate the demorats and the deomrats to hate the repubicants is the jew supremacist ploy that has always worked so well for them.

They control both sides while you dumber than dumb goyim keep fighting each other while they being the devil incarnate sit back and oy vey their demented heads off. The joke is on you bub.

But, we bet you are also a jew supremacist typing from the paid snake pits of so-called israel.

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OverTheHedge NumbersUsa Tue, 02/13/2018 - 01:32 Permalink

How about exposing the racist twats trying to destroy a news site, so they can once again win their propaganda war? You don't give a shit one way or the other about (((Jews))), you just want people to give up in despair and stop reading Zero Hedge, so your masters can continue robbing the people blind under cover of their false narratives.

Do you go home at night, after a hard day's cubicle warfare, secure in the knowledge that you have fought long and hard for Truth, Justice, and the American Way? You mother must be so proud of where you have ended up, writing racist rubbish. Well, the good news is that I have hacked your webcam, and can out you for the sad sack that you really are: http://www.mccoy.army.mil/vnewspaper/newspaper/realmccoy/10102008/image…


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NumbersUsa OverTheHedge Tue, 02/13/2018 - 01:41 Permalink

Squeal on with your jew supremacist rubbish, its all you can do. It sounds as if you are the one in despair, as well you should be. 

As the israelis pay for your key boarding efforts remember this, in the end-you loose.

Only a sick demented jew slashes & hiss's like you.

"The jew screams out in pain as he strikes you" old polish proverb.  Very fitting in your case- you jew squealers never change, they cried out the same for the blood of Jesus, and you got it, but as always it backfired on you, and always will in the end.


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verumcuibono fbazzrea Tue, 02/13/2018 - 00:35 Permalink

MK ULTRA + WFO I want to believe that, too. 

I think just about everyone is underestimating, if not completely ignorant of the fact that the secret economy and all it is structured on, with and for... drives everything about war, finance, legislation. It's just that simple. 70+ years of corruption simply cannot be undone with Big Daddy T and his oversimplified philosophies about WINNING. It's enough to disrupt and that definitely counts.

I, too, feel that the target on his head grows larger and sharper as each national crisis evolves. But I'm also wondering what target Pence has on his head, too. 

"Really? Why is that? And which war is Mattis specifically referring to? Afghanistan? We’re largely out of Iraq. Syria – the latest addition to our interventionist folly? We aren’t told, but in my view it’s not any foreign war Mattis is referring to, but – perhaps unconsciously – he’s referencing the war at home, i.e. the one being conducted by his own government against the President of the United States.

That’s all they really care about right now, and they’ll stop at nothing – including, I believe, assassination – to pull it off.

There’s too much money riding on the continued existence and expansion of our worldwide empire to let Trump ruin their scam."

--The war at home is multi-pronged: it's against T and it's against alt media.

But the "war" is also a continued assault with the secret economy that is facilitated primary by the MIC and MIIC and is also primarily responsible for the missing $50T+.


The smart people ask: $50T for what?

Other than what is required for public perception, the secret economy is what drives decisions about foreign affairs, budgets and legislation, our health system and education systems, our markets and economies, our civil liberties--you name it.

The cabal sees our Second Revolution and so far is winning the PR war. I've resorted to threatening the #resistance with reminding them that if not T, then Pence and that would be 100% destructive. He's HRC on bleached steroids.


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fbazzrea Mon, 02/12/2018 - 23:43 Permalink

Stay strong, Mr. President. Make your case with the American people against the MIC and its rogue generals, including Mattis and McMaster. 

We'll back your play... 

and Pence is a putz. 

Malleus Maleficarum fbazzrea Tue, 02/13/2018 - 00:44 Permalink

Hilarious! If you actually believe that and aren't being sarcastic, he isn't doing too well "making his case to the American people." President Trump just gave "Rogue General" Mattis, and I quote: "...everything we wanted." He even gave the same rogues $60 billion for "overseas contingency operations" - in other words, a clandestine slush fund to be used for the really, really dirty deeds and other assorted outsourcing. Oh, and there's $617 billion dollars as a baseline budget for the Pentagon. Yeah, he's got 'em cornered now! He's fighting them tooth and nail!

Oh, and lastly, the only play that obese and thoroughly propagandized Americans are going to "back" is the continual encroachment of their freedoms for the promise of some nebulous "safety." 

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MuffDiver69 Mon, 02/12/2018 - 23:45 Permalink

I wonder if people get tired of this sophmorish drivel...Washington Post doesn’t have any sources and make it up like all the rest. It’s completely Bizarre these people think this style of tabloid garbage is garnering any respect. According to them we would have 100,000 troops in Syria,nuclear war with North Korea and on and on..Just tripe...

goldstandard Sonny Brakes Mon, 02/12/2018 - 23:58 Permalink

POTUS is safe. Protected by PATRIOTS. Q

>>274558 Would POTUS make a serious accusation if the TRUTH wasn’t about to come to LIGHT? Black Forest. Austria. Rothschild. FIRE sale days after post? What went on there? Dopey. You have more than you know. Q

>>275574 Imagine THIS. Raw intel collection. Narrative FEEDER. Narrative COLLECTORS. Narrative DISTRIBUTORS. LEAKS. CLASSIFIED. PAYMENTS. FOREIGN ACCOUNTS. CASH. SPOOK FILES. HOTELS. BLACKMAIL. How do you retain 'Freedom of the Press' if those in front of the camera [trusted by select viewers] are extensions of the ARM? Freedom of the Press is VITAL to retain. TRUST THE PLAN. THERE ARE A LOT MORE GOOD THAN BAD. You, THE PEOPLE, need to remember how TO PLAY. You, THE PEOPLE, have the POWER. We STRIKE every SINGLE DAY. We WIN every SINGLE DAY. EVERY SINGLE DAY THEY ARE BEING DESTROYED - LITERALLY. STAY STRONG. HAVE FAITH. THIS IS BIGGER THAN ANYONE CAN IMAGINE. Q


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