"...The Ends Don't Justify The Means!"

Authored by James Howard Kunstler via Kunstler.com,

Various readers, fans, blog commenters, Facebook trolls, and auditors twanged on me all last week about my continuing interest in the RussiaRussiaRussia hysteria, though there is no particular consensus of complaint among them — except for a general “shut up, already” motif. For the record, I’m far more interested in the hysteria itself than the Russia-meddled-in the-election case, which I consider to be hardly any case at all beyond 13 Russian Facebook trolls.

The hysteria, on the other hand, ought to be a matter of grave concern, because it appears more and more to have been engineered by America’s own intel community, its handmaidens in the Dept of Justice, and the twilight’s last gleamings of the Obama White House, and now it has shoved this country in the direction of war at a time when civilian authority over the US military looks sketchy at best. This country faces manifold other problems that are certain to reduce the national standard of living and disrupt the operations of an excessively complex and dishonest economy, and the last thing America needs is a national war-dance over trumped-up grievances with Russia.

The RussiaRussiaRussia narrative has unspooled since Christmas and is blowing back badly through the FBI, now with the firing (for cause) of Deputy Director Andrew McCabe hours short of his official retirement (and inches from the golden ring of his pension). He was axed on the recommendation of his own colleagues in the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility, and they may have been influenced by the as-yet-unreleased report of the FBI Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, due out shortly.

The record of misbehavior and “collusion” between the highest ranks of the FBI, the Democratic Party, the Clinton campaign, several top political law firms, and a shady cast of international blackmail-peddlars is a six-lane Beltway-scale evidence trail compared to the muddy mule track of Trump “collusion” with Russia.

It will be amazing if a big wad of criminal cases are not dealt out of it, even as The New York Times sticks its fingers in its ears and goes, “La-la-la-la-la….”

It now appears that Mr. McCabe’s statements post-firing tend to incriminate his former boss, FBI Director James Comey — who is about to embark, embarrassingly perhaps, on a tour for his self-exculpating book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.

A great aura of sanctimony surrounds the FBI these days. Even the news pundits seem to have forgotten the long, twisted reign of J. Edgar Hoover (1924 – 1972), a dangerous rogue who excelled at political blackmail. And why, these days, would any sane American take pronouncements from the CIA and NSA at face value? What seems to have gone on in the RussiaRussiaRussia matter is that various parts of the executive branch in the last months under Mr. Obama gave each other tacit permission, wink-wink, to do anything necessary to stuff HRC into the White House and, failing that, to derail her opponent, the Golden Golem of Greatness.

The obvious lesson in all this huggermugger is that the ends don’t justify the means.

I suspect there are basically two routes through this mess.

  • One is that the misdeeds of FBI officers, Department of Justice lawyers, and Intel agency executives get adjudicated by normal means, namely, grand juries and courts. That would have the salutary effect of cleansing government agencies and shoring up what’s left of their credibility at a time when faith in institutions hangs in the balance.

  • The second route would be for the authorities to ignore any formal response to an evermore self-evident trail of crimes, and to allow all that political energy to be funneled into manufactured hysteria and eventually a phony provocation of war with Russia.

Personally, I’d rather see the US government clean house than blow up the world over an engineered hallucination.

Comments

Brazen Heist Mon, 03/19/2018 - 16:43 Permalink

A nation run by donkeys and elephants.

Have donkeys and elephants ever copulated in nature? I'm guessing it wasn't a success story.

"Bi-partisan" in this case means double the anal pain.

uhland62 Snaffew Tue, 03/20/2018 - 00:11 Permalink

The two-party-system is not better than a one-party-system when they do not offer a real alternative. 

RussiaRussiaRussiaRussia: You couldn't make this up: 50 MILLION facebook profiles harvested by Cambridge Analytica for influencing operations (no problem). 3000 facebook ads by Russians (mortal sin).  

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BritBob Mon, 03/19/2018 - 16:43 Permalink

Russia does a lot of meddling. Did Putin's Cold War ever end?

Russia tells Britain give back the Falklands before telling US what to do.

RUSSIA has told Britain it should "clean its conscience" and give back the Falkland Islands before it criticises them over their involvement in Ukraine. Moscow's ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin made the shocking remarks when responding to his British counterpart Matthew Rycroft at a UN security council meeting in New York. (Daily Express 4 Feb 2017)

How can Argentina claim the Falklands when she has never legally owned them?

Falklands- Never Belonged to Argentina (1 pg):

https://www.academia.edu/31111843/Falklands_Never_Belonged_to_Argentina

Argentina's? Only in the minds of the indoctrinated.

 

gregga777 BritBob Mon, 03/19/2018 - 17:22 Permalink

How far has Britain and the Royal Navy has fallen?

 

The U.K. has built the two new Queen Elizabeth-Class aircraft carriers. "In 2018 the Committee of Public Accounts determined that build cost of the two carriers was £6.212 billion…"* But, they haven't had any fixed wing aircraft capable of operating from any aircraft carrier since 2010! Well, I've been informed that they may have two flyable 1930's Fairey Swordfish fabric-covered, biplane torpedo airplanes tucked away in museums somewhere. Maybe they'll equip each aircraft carrier with one each. No one would believe this if it was in the plot of a novel. 

 

*Wikipedia

 

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veritas semper… BritBob Mon, 03/19/2018 - 17:55 Permalink

 BritBob ,let's discuss the more deadly meddling done by Britain.

I won't start from the beginning ,as it will take me a few days to mention the crimes done by the bloody empire of pirates and buccaneers.

Let's look at more recent things ,as today is the 16th anniversary of Iraq invasion .Done by US and UK. Against the UNSC vote ,where ,guess what ,Russia opposed it (together with Germany's G. Schroder and France's J. Chirac).

Can you ask your war criminal ,Tony Blair ,based on what BS he approved it?  Later (after 2 Million dead,Millions displaced and a country destroyed) he said ,with a straight face ,'oh,we did a mistake' .

Does this qualify as meddling or something more serious ,like plain war crimes ?

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veritas semper… veritas semper… Mon, 03/19/2018 - 18:04 Permalink

And in terms of the 'end does not justify the means ' , I agree ,but this has to include the Donald's 'end and means'.

 

Like the "Russian spy gassing" in Britain (fake story supported by the Donald) and Mr. Assad "gassing his own people" (fake story supported by the Donald ,which resulted in 59 Tomahawk missiles).

By the way ,the Pentagon is planning to spend   162.5 Mil to arm/train terrorists groups in Syria for this year and for 2019. I have a suspicion that the war will be over by 2019. Don't tell the Pentagram this,they are exceptional.

I sympathize with the Donald for being fraudulently accused ,but I  would definitely have more sympathy for him if he wasn't a fake and hypocrite himself.

You can down vote me ,I don't care. Try to refute what I said.

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Koba the Dread BritBob Tue, 03/20/2018 - 00:16 Permalink

BritBob, welcome back. Obviously they let you out of the institution again. What is it this time, week-end pass overstayed? Hearing before the mental competency board? A brief escape, you daring devil. Shock therapy didn't work out and you're afraid of the lobotomy? Poor chap!

Lobotomy's not so bad. I knew a bloke once who kept hearing voices. They kept telling him about the Malvinas and about Gibralter. Terrible thing, he ran around with his hands over his ears shouting, "Stop! Stop talking to me."

Then he had a lobotomy. From that time on he walked around with his hand cupped behind his ear shouting to the sky, "What? What? I can't hear you any more."

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besnook Mon, 03/19/2018 - 16:44 Permalink

remember they finally got clinton for lying ot the fbi and obstruction for not admitting to blow jobs in the oral office. the same fate awaits trump. it's not right but it is usa politics. it's embarrassing.