“Let’s put ourselves in Donald Trump’s shoes,” Morell said to Glasser. “So what does he see? Right? He sees a former director of CIA and a former director of NSA, Mike Hayden … criticizing him and his policies. Right? And he would rightfully have said, ‘Huh, what’s going on with the intelligence guys?'”
“And then he sees a former acting director and deputy director of CIA criticizing him and endorsing his opponent,” Morell continued. “And then he gets his first intelligence briefing, after becoming the Republican nominee, and within 24 to 48 hours, there are leaks out of that that are critical of him and his then-national security adviser Mike Flynn.”
“And so, this stuff starts to build, right? And he must have said to himself, ‘What is it with these intelligence guys? Are they political?'”
The answer to that was simple: Yes, they were political. But the astonishing part of the Morell interview is his admission that at the time he did not stop to consider what was happening from Trump’s perspective, even as the leaks continued when Trump took office. “He must have thought, ‘Who are these guys?'” Morell said. “Are these guys out to get me? Is this a political organization?”
Apparently the entire Federal bureaucratic apparatus–at least high level executives who nominally answer to the President of the United States–never considered what their overtly political actions (and subvertly political behavior, think the IRS targeting scandals)–never considered the results of their actions targeting President Trump as part of the #resistance movement, especially from President Trump’s point of view, and from the point of view of those who voted for President Trump.
Don’t any of those people remember Muhammad Ali’s Rope-a-dope tactic?
To quote Wikipedia:
In many competitive situations, rope-a-dope is used to describe strategies in which one contender lets their opponent fatigue themself by drawing non-injuring offensive actions. This then gives the contender an advantage towards the end of the competition or before, as the opponent becomes tired, allowing the contender to execute devastating offensive maneuvers and thereby winning.
I mean, hasn’t this been exactly what President Trump been doing, to the detriment of nearly all those who have been attacking President Trump?
Isn’t this what we’re seeing in the Mueller investigation of the Trump Administration, as we seen various FBI agents and investigators quietly demoted for their #resistance ties, lack of impartiality, and apparent connections with the Fusion GPS dossier? I mean, things have gotten so bad for Mueller that the Wall Street Journal (not known for it’s pro-Trump stance) has called for Mueller to resign, as Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein continues to resist calls for congressional oversight.
Isn’t that what we saw with FBI Director James Comey, who eventually was dismissed by President Trump after members of both parties called for his head?
Aren’t we seeing that with CNN, who recently perpetrated a non-story by getting a date wrong, and triumphing the non-story as evidence of a crime as a result? Sadly for much of the major media, the “fake news” label (formerly reserved for those marginal fly-by-night web sites which publish what appears to be credible news stories “for entertainment purposes only”) has increasingly started to stick as various real news outlets have allowed their editorial bias color their fact checking.
And we’re only one year into Trump’s Administration. We have at least 3, possibly 7 more years of this.
… And now, Morell admits he went after the new president without even considering what that might mean. “I think there was a significant downside to those of us who became political,” he told Glasser. “So, if I could have thought of that, would I have ended up in a different place? I don’t know. But it’s something I didn’t think about.”
And I think this is the downfall of the entire #resistence movement, as well as the downfall of much of the federal apparatus and the downfall of the major media: in believing President Trump represents an existential threat if he is permitted to continue being President of the United States, they are, in a real sense, committing suicide.
After all, most of our country relies on Trust. We trust our universities to be impartial intellectual educators of our best and brightest. We trust our news outlets to report the news in an impartial way. We trust our federal bureaucracy to operate in an impartial way. We trust FBI agents to investigate and find the truth and enforce the laws in an impartial manner. We trust our intelligence agencies to gather intelligence and present it in an impartial and unbiased manner.
We trust those around us will be impartial.
And when they prove themselves to be biased, not impartial, and disdainful of half of the country–well, that trust evaporates.
Hard earned trust which is hard to gain but easy to lose.
And without that trust, what is left of those institutions?