Trust who? Verify what?

July 22, 2018

Contrary to what the “don’t you dare ask me to give up my gigs on CNN and MSNBC” never Trump Republicans and their allies in the Democrat party are screeching today, history will not record these last two weeks as the time that America became no more.

It will not record that NATO collapsed because a boorish American businessman turned President dared call out what many had been saying for years: “Stop crimping on your own defense at America’s expense”.

There will not be a chapter on how Trump destroyed Britain by suggesting a tough Brexit stance. Mother England did that all on her own. First by throwing out Churchill, second by reversing Madame Thatcher’s reforms, third by embracing a Brussels bureaurcracy that undermined their sovereignty and is destroying their identity.

And history will most certainly not be replete with stories of how one press conference where the President of the United States failure to publicly humiliate the Russian President on the world stage started the demise of the world’s last remaining super power.

Because history already records certain facts already lost on an all too ignorant A.D.D. press and populace.

It records Paul Sperry writing in the New York Post last October reminding us of the truth in Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes book “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign”:

In light of this week’s revelation that Hillary’s campaign funded the dirty anti-Trump “Steele” dossier, the book takes on a new significance. It reveals:

“Within 24 hours of her concession speech, [campaign chair John Podesta and manager Robby Mook] assembled her communications team at the Brooklyn headquarters to engineer the case that the election wasn’t entirely on the up-and-up. For a couple of hours, with Shake Shack containers littering the room, they went over the script they would pitch to the press and the public. Already, Russian hacking was the centerpiece of the argument.”

The plan, according to the book, was to push journalists to cover how “Russian hacking was the major unreported story of the campaign,” and it succeeded to a fare-thee-well. After the election, coverage of the Russian “collusion” story was relentless, and it helped pressure investigations and hearings on Capitol Hill and even the naming of a special counsel, which in turn has triggered virtually nonstop coverage.

The Trump v Putin hysteria over the past few days begs a paraphrase of Ronald Reagan’s “trust but verify” regarding relations with the Russians. For President Trump concerning American intelligence on Russia “meddling” it becomes “trust who and verify what”.

Remember, the “intelligence” community that Mr. Trump first encountered was John Brennan and James Clapper. Supplemented by such stars of unethical proportions as Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Andrew McCabe.

It was Clapper who when asked by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on March 12, 2013 if intelligence officials collect data on Americans, replied “No, sir”, “Not wittingly” A statement that the infamous Edward Snowden would prove completely false.

It was Brennan who when asked by NBC’s Andrea Mitchell whether the CIA acessed Senate Intelligence Committee staff computers smugly replied: “As far as the allegations of, you know, CIA hacking into, you know, Senate computers, nothing could be further from the truth…..when the facts come out on this, I think a lot of people who are claiming that there has been this tremendous sort of spying and monitoring and hacking will be proved wrong.”

Well, the facts did come out. Facts that were so damning that even the Washington Post via its Digital Opinions Editor, James Downie published on July 31, 2014 a piece headlined “Obama should fire John Brennan”.

A piece that closed with: “Sadly, it’s unlikely that this latest incident will encourage Obama to finally induce some accountability in the intelligence community: White House press secretary Josh Earnest called the CIA’s illegal activities mere “misunderstandings.” But as Brennan said when he denied the allegations, “if I did something wrong…he is the one who can ask me to stay or to go.” It’s time for Obama to take that responsibility head-on and start to restore in U.S. intelligence agencies some semblance of responsibility to the Constitution and the public.”

Obama never did and now Clapper and Brennan are paid “analysts” for cable news actively undermining a duly elected President.

While it’s true Trump could have performed better at Monday’s press conference, it’s also true that doing what so many of his enemies panted for would have made matters even worse.

Cannot one of those arrogant arses gather up enough working brain cells to realize the endless loop of “imperialist Trump humilates great Putin” that would be beamed into every Russian apartment?

Can not one of them imagine the propaganda coup for Putin that would have been?

Sadly, history already records, “No, they could not”.

Publisher Note:  A version of this column first appeared in the July 22, 2018 print edition of the Joplin Globe.

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