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'Coup' Concerns Suddenly Don't Seem So Far-fetched

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'Coup' Concerns Suddenly Don't Seem So Far-fetched

 

Townhall.com

Victor Davis Hanson

Nov 21, 2019 12:01 AM

 

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Townhall.com.

 

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For most of the last three years, Donald Trump's critics have scoffed at supposed "conspiracy theories" that claimed a "deep state" of bureaucrats were aborting the Trump presidency. We have been told the word "coup" is hyperbole that reveals the paranoid minds of Trump supporters.

 

Yet oddly, many people brag that they are proud members of a deep state and occasionally boast about the idea of a coup.

 

Recently, former acting CIA chief John McLaughlin proclaimed in a public forum, "Thank God for the deep state." Former CIA director John Brennan agreed and praised the "deep state people" for their opposition to Trump.

 

Far from denying the danger of an unelected careerist bureaucracy that seeks to overturn presidential policies, New York Times columnists have praised its efforts to nullify the Trump agenda.

 

On the first day of the impeachment inquiry, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff called his initial two witnesses, career State Department diplomats William Taylor Jr. and George Kent. Far from providing damning evidence of criminal presidential behavior, Taylor and Kent mostly confined themselves to three topics: their own sterling resumes, their lack of any firsthand knowledge of incriminating Trump action, and their poorly hidden disgust with the manner and substance of Trump's foreign policy.

 

Oddly, both had little clue that their demeanor and thinly disguised self-importance were a perfect example of why Trump got elected -- to come up with new ideas antithetical to the conventional wisdom of unelected career bureaucrats.

 

Taylor and Kent announced that they are simply high-minded civil servants who serve the presidential administrations of both parties without bias.

 

But by nature, the huge federal bureaucracy counts on bigger government and more taxes to feed it. So naturally, the bureaucracy is usually more sympathetic to big-government progressives than to small-government conservatives.

 

Taylor and Kent cited their anguish with Trump's foreign policy toward Ukraine -- namely that it did not go through official channels and was too unsympathetic to Ukraine and too friendly to Russia. If so, one might have thought the anguished bureaucrats would have similarly gone public during the Obama administration.

 

After all, Vice President Joe Biden took over the Obama administration's Ukrainian policy at a time when his son Hunter was knee-deep in Ukrainian affairs. As a consultant for a Ukrainian natural gas company, Hunter Biden made a reported $80,000 a month without expertise in either the energy business in particular or Ukraine in general.

 

Also, Trump's policies have been more anti-Russian and pro-Ukrainian than those of the Obama administration. Trump armed the Ukrainians; Obama did not. Trump imposed new sanctions against Russia, used force against Russian mercenaries in Syria, beefed up NATO defenses, pulled the U.S. out an asymmetrical missile treaty with Russia, and pumped more oil and gas to lower world prices -- much to the chagrin of oil-exporting Russia.

 

In contrast, Obama was the architect of "reset" with Russia that reached its nadir in a hot mic exchange in which Obama offered a quid pro quo, vowing more flexibility on issues such as U.S.-sponsored missile defense in Eastern Europe in exchange for Russia giving Obama "space" to concentrate on his re-election.

 

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It's all really pretty simple once you tune out the BS.

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Rock N' Roll Right Winger

Okay, so when are these democrap criminals going to be held legally responsible and pay for their crimes in prison? :tap:

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NH Populist

I'd love to hear a deep stater explain how Trump's policies are so bad compared to Obama's. The differences are striking, open borders versus a secure border, encouraging illegal border crossings versus detaining illegals in Mexico, a weakened military versus one that's well financed, efforts to bring businesses and jobs back to the U.S. versus taxes and regulations designed to force businesses out, a strong economy and robust investing in the stock market versus stagnation. So again, when you look at progressive deep staters and their version of "progress" under Obama, I guess I'm missing something... :shrug:

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mjperry51

Okay, so when are these democrap criminals going to be held legally responsible and pay for their crimes in prison? :tap:

 

Ask the deep state....

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