The late, great Angelo Codevilla (RIP), hardly the bombastic Donald J. Trump, offered a dire warning to Americans that the swamp (our ruling class) has pervaded nearly every aspect of American life. Republicans and conservatives in general must take heed or be permanently thrust into a minor party role. A menacing part of swampism is its absence of international borders as Mike Jones has articulated, Globalism belongs to a species of liberal thinking that deplores barriers to trade and disapproves strongly of borders…the key articulators of this movement now include not only Silicon Valley but also the military-intelligence complex, NGOs, and non-institutionalized protest groups whose global operations are facilitated by smartphones.”
Many of us find refuge in blaming our non-compos mentis current President. Sadly, the very system, from top to bottom and regardless of political affiliation, that derailed Donald Trump’s second term as President 45, has gleefully supported and defended Biden as their useful idiot. I have several friends who are never-Trumper Republicans, who I surmise voted against Trump and for Mr. Biden, regardless of his obvious and innumerable failings. Little did they know that the mean-tweeting Orange Man, who never did anything that wasn’t grand, boastful and beautiful, was our last hope against the Swamp becoming preeminent, possibly for our lifetimes.
When George W. Bush declared war on Afghanistan the evening of 9/11, 2001, one of his first squishy commitments was to hide credible information about our alleged friends, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Qatar, by neglecting to justly implicate them as enablers to Osama bin Laden’s terror strike on American soil. Fast forward twenty years and on 9/11 2021, as Codevilla pointed out before his death,” Bush would say to our nation about our patriotic American veterans, many of whom had gone to war for him, losing life or limb, “There’s little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. But in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard of human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit, and it is our continuing duty to confront them.” In an effort to virtue signal his presidency, Bushy 43rd’s theoretical allows him to easily separate a religion from its more extreme practitioners, but the preponderance of evidence washing up on America’s shore has beggared his deceit.
In his address on 9/11/21 to the American people, Bush bastardized America’s moral obligation, stating, “We also witnessed the darker forces of human nature: fear and anger, resentment and violence against Muslim Americans, true and faithful followers of a peaceful religion.” Can we believe that the many incidences of radical Islamic violence in our own country represent G.W.’s assessment of Islamism as a peaceful religion? Lauren B. O’Brien, an intelligence analyst at the F.B.I.’s Counterterrorism Unit has said that, “The United States faces a more diverse, yet no less formidable, terrorist threat than that of 2001.” Examples include but are not limited to the Fort Hood terror attack where Nidal Hasan, a U.S. Army major and psychiatrist, fatally shot 13 people and injured more than 30 others; the terrorist attack that killed 49 people and wounded 53 more in a mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida; a terrorist attack, consisting of a mass shooting and an attempted bombing by Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California…all done in the name of Allah. Our leaders haven’t a clue how to identify radical from peaceful Muslims.
Most Americans don’t recognize that the rot starts at the top. The Pelosi-Schumer rot. In fact, Schumer even warned incoming President Trump that it was dumb to take on the intelligence agency wing of the swamp to over Russia’s misinformation attempts to make him lose the election. We now know also about General Milley’s not-so-secret communique to the top CCP general, reassuring him he would call before we attacked China.
In a tribute to Codevilla, Julie Ponzi points to the long-time Republican foreign policy guru under Nixon and Ford: “Henry Kissinger wrote that America should only fight ‘wars that it could afford to lose’—as if there were really such a thing– thus blurring important distinctions between war and peace. Intellectually crippled this way, U.S. military forces…have not aimed for victory.”
In addition to Bush showing his Swamp cards to America, Biden’s ham-handed withdrawal from Afghanistan left behind Americans and our true+ Afghan allies in addition to between $10 billion to $90 billion in equipment and arms, which should never have been relinquished to our enemies and for which we will never receive an accurate accounting. The raison d’être for this laissez faire approach is the military-industrial complex (MIC), a vital part of the Swamp, which since 9/11 has received trillions [with a T] of dollars in government contracts, which they’ve largely used to feather their own nests. Channeling an obvious Biden mentor, Alfred E. Newman, “What, me worry about this equipment and armaments? We can just have our good friends in the MIC sell us more at an even higher price! Come on, man!”
In addition to the defense industry, the MIC is joined at the hip by our military’s top brass, many of whom go on to work for these defense industry players after retirement making many multiples of the sums they made in the armed services, now working as lobbyists, corporate executives or corporate directors/members/trustees. It is no wonder that so many of them worked against President 45’s reelection given his desire to cease America’s endless war in Afghanistan and bring all the weapons, munitions and equipment home along with Americans and Afghan supporters rather than leaving this cache there for our enemies and need the MIC’s help in replacing the equipment.
God forbid most Americans learn about these myriad Swamp failures because as Angela Kelly writes, “Our illustrious fourth branch of government is supposed to keep [all] politicians in line. The mainstream press runs cover for the Left in this country because, for the most part, they are the Left. The media consistently either fails to cover the Left’s scandals, or they quickly move on to hype a less deserving story.”
As Josiah Lippincott has warned, “This deep state is in control. It is clear that no populist elected leader can trust America’s security establishment. Senator Chuck Schumer warned President Trump on Rachel Maddow’s show in 2017, the intelligence community has “six ways from Sunday of getting back at you…The military establishment is gloating now and flexing its muscle. After the election, outgoing Syria envoy Jim Jeffrey admitted that the Pentagon and State Department had consistently lied to Trump about troop levels in Syria. Before he left office, Trump’s order to have troops out of Afghanistan by January 15 was overruled by the establishment. Trump, far from trying to start a war on his way out of office, sought to end one. As Chinese tech magnate, Jack Ma Yun said recently, “You are under the government’s thumb.” Apparently in America too, Jack!
We should remember George Orwell’s 1984 alarm, “The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears…freedom is the freedom to say two plus two makes four. If that is granted, all else follows.” The Swamp’s two plus two equalizing whatever they want it to be must not continue to hollow out America! An almighty housecleaning is in order in 2022 and beyond.