These are very challenging times in Israel, I know. Elections are a short time away, the country’s politics are fractured, the incumbent is facing legal jeopardy, his primary opponent believes he would kill him if given half a chance, and the country remains surrounded by existential threats.
My country, too, is coming apart at the seams.
I have intentionally not written a post since my mother’s passing, having purposefully “tapped out” so I could sit on the bench for a spell to catch my breath and just observe. I also believed that the political plates would not shift significantly until Robert Mueller, the Special Counsel investigating “Russian Collusion”, concluded his work and presented his findings to the new Attorney General, William Barr.
Any reasonably objective analysis of the timeline and key protagonists in this Greek drama could not lead to any conclusion other than a fanciful, complex conspiracy had been hatched by powerful, unelected intelligence officials who were vested in an Obama-Clinton vortex and viewed the prospect of a Trump Administration as an electoral impossibility.
They, in conjunction with key members of the Obama Administration and establishment Republicans who loathed Trump – particularly John McCain – employed the friendly offices of the Media to propagate and make credible a Russian-sourced document commissioned by Hillary Clinton and the Democrat Party, authored by Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele, a former British spy and fired FBI informant, in order to secure secret counterintelligence warrants to spy against the Trump campaign.
The document, which has poetically been coined the “Steele Dossier” to give it a John le Carre panache, but when read, is a sloppy, misspelled, occasionally CAPITALIZED mishmash of gossip and garbage that would be thrown out of a middle school English class, was taken as gospel by people at the highest levels of power in political and intelligence circles of the Government of the United States of America.
People like John McCain, James Comey, John Brennan, James Clapper, Andrew McCable. And as I write this, prominent members of the Democrat Party like Richard Blumenthal, Chuck Schumer, Adam Schiff, most of the Congressional Black Caucus, and, of course, the Orion’s Belt of the Party: Ilhan Omar, Rashid Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez maintain its essential reliability.
After Donald Trump fired James Comey as Director of the FBI, Comey chose to leak confidential communications between he and the President to a “friend” of his (who turned out to be a law professor at Columbia University who surely should have known better) who then leaked those communications to the Media. Comey says he hoped that action would propel the appointment of a Special Counsel to investigate “collusion” and “obstruction of justice”, both of which were dutifully executed by Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
In retrospect, while there is no legal dispute that Trump had complete discretion to fire Comey for cause at any moment, Comey has revealed himself to be an unapologetic political hack. He torpedoed the Clinton email investigation by inventing a lack of “intent” on her part to subvert the law by communicating confidential information via private server, a qualifier not defined in the law. Her interview, conducted by one of the most vile and compromised characters in this play, Peter Strozk, was held after her exoneration statement was drafted.
Strozk’s lover and co-conspirator, Lisa Page, who served as Andrew McCabe’s counsel, testified before Congress that the Department of Justice informed her that the Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, had no intention of bringing charges against Clinton for trafficking in restricted information over her private server or destroying 33,000 emails which were the property of the State Department and the People.
Is it conceivable that Loretta Lynch could make this determination without “running it up the flagpole”? Even if this did not become direct knowledge of Barrack Obama (although he was aware of Clinton’s use of a private server because he communicated with her on it), it surely came to the attention of his Keeper of the Keys, Valerie Jarrett.
There can no longer be any doubt that there was an effort at the highest levels of government to spy on an opposing presidential campaign; to manipulate the judicial system to establish a Special Counsel on spurious grounds to harass the new Trump Administration; for many of the architects of that conspiracy, former Obama Intelligence officials, to become “analysts” within sympathetic Media organs, propagating their biases and their “security clearances” daily; and, that portions of the government with near unquestioned power – the Department of Justice, the FBI and the Intelligence Community – were no longer unbiased and had become weaponized to choose their own winners and losers, regardless of the will of the people.
This reduces “Watergate” to nothing more than a bad Robert Redford – Dustin Hoffman movie.
Joe McCarthy was once the scariest figure in American politics, as he fingered suspected Communists with little or no basis in fact, until confronted by Joseph Welch with the famous, “Have you no sense of decency?” that popped McCarthy’s witch hunt like the balloon it was.
This week, the Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee demanded that the repugnant Adam Schiff step down as Chairman. He has stated on numerous occasions that he possesses “direct evidence” of collusion between Trump and the Russians; that there are “enormous amounts of evidence” of collusion; he hired Daniel Goldman, a prosecutor from the Southern District of New York who specializes in Russian mob and racketeering prosecutions, to “uncover the facts and truth” which presumably Robert Mueller was unable to do as Special Counsel with an unlimited budget. This is not the job of the House Intelligence Committee.
The Los Angeles Times, one of the aforementioned sympathetic Media organs, instructs us today: “Forget What William Barr Wrote About Collusion. Listen to Adam Schiff Instead.” Ignore the Attorney General. Listen to the hysterically paranoid congressman from Burbank.
This is insurrection. This is lawlessness. As dreadful as it was when Joe McCarthy destroyed the lives of individuals based upon unfounded charges of Communism, the Democrats today are attempting to unseat a President duly elected by the voters and confirmed by the Electoral College in accordance with the Constitution. If they can’t do it with Robert Mueller’s help, then they will spent the next two years grinding the business of government to a halt while presenting Articles of Impeachment before the House of Representatives to prevent his re-election in 2020.
Where is our Joseph Welch now?