But Wictor confirmed my suspicion that this is much ado about nothing.
Wictor wrote, "General John Abizaid is Trump’s nominee for Saudi ambassador. If there were proof that Mohammed bin Salman ordered Khashoggi’s murder, there isn’t a chance in hell that Abizaid would take the job. Unnoticed by most, Trump appointed Zalmay Khalilzad Special Representative to Afghanistan two months ago. Abizaid is Arab, and Khalilzad is Afghan. They know the cultures and can avoid the pitfalls. Trump knows what he’s doing."
Abizaid rolled out of retirement because he likes the mission and knows President Trump will give him leeway. The success of Ambassador Richard Grenell in Germany is a sign to good people that Trump is OK.
Khalilzad is a native of Afghanistan. He was our ambassador to that country under Bush 43, and wrote the Afghanistan constitution. Now he is going back to clean up Obama's mess.
That is a terrific story. No one reading the newspapers would know that. But that is part of the plan.
President Trump mastered the American media. He leads them around by the nose using his Twitter account. They are cats. His tweets are a laser dot. It takes him a minute or two each day to have them chase their tails while he goes about his business without snoopy reporters getting in the way.
"FLOTUS is getting into the act," Wictor wrote.
He cited the media story that Melania Trump had Deputy National Security Advisor Mira Ricardel fired and escorted from the White House. She wasn't. She landed elsewhere in the administration.
The Melania firing was an act.
"The act of making it impossible for Trump’s opponents to know what’s going on," Wictor wrote.
"This began with General Michael Flynn. As National Security Adviser, he hired a team of people who had not been photographed. Only ONE could be definitively identified from a video. All the others were spooks and civilians with no digital footprint.
"After Flynn resigned, his appointees retained their TS/SCI (Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information) clearances. H. R. McMaster came in and 'fired' Flynn’s people, who disappeared. Into the administration..
"After we worked out our differences with North Korea — McMaster is an expert on that country — John Bolton became National Security Adviser.
"And now Mira Ricardel retains her TS/SCI clearance but takes another job. We’re not told what that job is."
This is controlled chaos. Trump is a disciple of Sun Tzu. The passage that covers this is "Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline, simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength."
Another passage from The Art of War said, "Hiding order beneath the cloak of disorder is simply a question of subdivision; concealing courage under a show of timidity presupposes a fund of latent energy; masking strength with weakness is to be effected by tactical dispositions."
In short, never ever let the enemy know what you are doing.
Remember that time that Time got it right?
Dubya was good at the Game of Misunderestimation.
Donald John Trump's better.
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"I have not commented on the apparent death of Jamal Khashoggi because there are no reliable sources anywhere regarding this event."ReplyDelete
Wow. Do you not get the internet or mail delivery in West Virginia? Or are you too busy sword dancing with the Saudis, you American sell out?
No reliable sources? Actually, no access to reliable sources. President Yeti won't allow the CIA director to speak to members of Congress of the CIA's credible evidence that the Saudi prince ordered the assignation. and John Bolton refuses to review the evidence because "I don't speak Arabic."
Talk about total and utter disdain for American democracy, ideals and values. Your cheering of Trump's shadow government only worsens the fabric of what once made this country great.
But don't worry, Trump is bringing back those manufacturing jobs. Just ask GM.
Watch out for the bugbears in your closet!Delete
The Black Jesus sold out America by fundamentally transforming both the CIA and FBI into organizations led by asslickers and fellow travelers. Luckily, the average field agent still takes his/her work very seriously. But why should you give a shit, Nony? You’ll go back to hating those organizations again soon enough. Remember Comey Bad, then Comey Good, you freaking schizo?Delete
The any mouse just squeaked an any mouse extended mouse fart.Delete
The monotone any mouse, as in, one note wonder, that one note being always in tune to the siren song of stupid, is neither pleasing nor displeasing, as being at mouse fart volume, is barely equal to the volumes of the gnat and mosquito buzzing of it's fellow democrat dummies.
They all are stuck upon the surface of the glue traps they made.
I'm convinced that Melina was in on or authored the epic "gorilla channel" troll. She also served the Indian state dinner on the china the Clintons had stolen and had to return. Everybody there knew but the press didn't report it. She's not just beautiful, she's the soulmate of Two Scoops Donny.ReplyDelete
MacArthur liked to do the same thing.ReplyDelete
The Washington Post only hired Khashoggi because bin Laden's other best friend Anwar al Awlaki was unavailable. Someone assassinated him with a drone to keep him from talking about his days working for Bob Mueller.ReplyDelete
Like a magician. Watch the left hand while the right hand is doing the magic.ReplyDelete
"President Trump mastered the American media. He leads them around by the nose using his Twitter account. They are cats. His tweets are a laser dot. It takes him a minute or two each day to have them chase their tails while he goes about his business without snoopy reporters getting in the way."ReplyDelete
This observation is key, thank you Don! It explains why Trump is getting so much done and we don't hear him or anyone else complaining that his Administration's plans falling victim to the vicissitudes.
I have come to the view that the media is like a weather vane that points in exactly the wrong direction all the time.ReplyDelete
I can't get myself interested in the passing of an Anti-American hate spewer that worked for the armpit of American newspapers, The Washington Post.ReplyDelete
But maybe that's just me being misinformed.