07/11/2018

The Deep State Finds Its Next Target

Brandon J. Wiechert, American Spectator

Writing in his 1979 epic, Coup d’Etat: A Practical HandbookEdward N. Luttwak claimed, “A coup consists of the infiltration of a small but critical segment of the state apparatus, which is then used to displace the government from its control of the remainder.” This is precisely what is occurring today with the purported Deep State coup directed against Donald Trump.

You see, it’s not that the entire government is actively opposing Donald Trump (though, there is certainly an antipathy toward him, with overwhelming majorities of Washington, D.C. and its surrounding suburbs having voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016). More frightening, in the words of Luttwak, there is a “small but critical segment of the state apparatus” that’s been hijacked by anti-Trump partisans — think FBI agent Peter Strzok and his girlfriend, DOJ lawyer Lisa Page — who are attempting to undermine Trump’s presidency from within. A former deputy secretary of defense from the Obama Administration, Evelyn Farkas, stated as much in an astonishing interview last year.

The coup’s ultimate goal is to undermine Trump in order to slow his progress in implementing the revolutionary agenda he campaigned — and won — on. As this occurs, the Deep State’s “allies” (I use that term loosely) in the Democratic Party and the media place pressure on Trump from the outside, anticipating a “blue wave” midterm election this November. Should the Democrats win in 2018, the assumption is that Congress would immediately draft articles of impeachment against Trump.

For their part, the House Freedom Caucus appears to be the only part of Republican Party that insists on doing its job. They are doggedly pursuing the coup plotters embedded deep within the elephantine bureaucracy. One man in particular, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), is doing his best to perform the constitutionally-mandated congressional oversight of the Department of Justice and the FBI. Both Jordan and his fellow House Freedom Caucus members insist on learning about the details surrounding the botched investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information from her time as secretary of state.

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