Thursday, June 8, 2017

Robert Parry — ‘Soft Coup’ on Trump, Hiding in Plain Sight

Official Washington is abuzz about ex-FBI Director Comey’s testimony and excited about possibly impeaching President Trump, but that misses the underlying story of a “soft coup” by the Intelligence Community, says Robert Parry.
Hey, this is what these people do for a living.
In other words, what we may have witnessed in Comey’s ballyhooed testimony on Thursday was just the latest chapter in a “soft coup” to remove Trump – either through a forced resignation or impeachment. The thinking is that Trump is so incompetent that “wise men” must step in to “correct a mistake” made by the U.S. electorate and made possible by the Constitution’s Electoral College system, which enabled Trump to win the presidency despite losing the popular vote,
But the American people are not supposed to see it that way. After all, the realization that U.S. intelligence chieftains might be conspiring to overturn a constitutional election of a U.S. president could be most upsetting and unsettling, even if one assumes that they are sincerely doing what they think is “best for the country.”
So, this side of the story remains unspoken, a silence made possible by the fact that most of the nation’s top news executives and much of its political elite share the opinion that Trump’s presidency must be ended and a more traditional chief executive installed.
But no one in authority wants to acknowledge that a “soft coup” is in the works because that would make America look like a banana republic to the world. It also could infuriate Trump’s 63 million voters who might take exception to this sort of “deep state” veto of a duly certified election.
So, what that means is that the planned removal of Trump will be a deliberate process cloaked in high-minded legal principles and much talk about the rule of law....
The full court press is on.

Robert Parry tells what the deeply complicit US media are not reporting.

13 comments:

Kaivey said...

The deep didn't get their person in, Hilary Clinton, so they are out to remove Trump. Worst still cure them, Trump assigned Micky Flynn as National Security Advisor who was against the Deep State's plans for regime change in Syria, so he had to go.

'The DIA report embarrassed the advocates for an escalation of the war in Syria and the ouster of secular President Bashar al-Assad. Journalist Seymour Hersh reported that Flynn’s DIA “had sent a constant stream of classified warnings … about the dire consequences of toppling Assad.” Flynn told Hersh that these reports “got enormous pushback from the Obama administration.”

After being forced out of his DIA job and retiring from the Army in 2014, Flynn went even further in a 2015 interview when he said the intelligence was “very clear” that the Obama administration made a “willful decision” to back these jihadists in league with Middle East allies, a choice that looked particularly stupid when Islamic State militants started beheading American hostages and capturing cities in Iraq, forcing the reintroduction of U.S. military troops."

Also Flynn was wiretapped:

"Every American who is concerned about the future political use of the U.S. intelligence agencies’ powerful surveillance tools should have shuddered a bit over what was done to Flynn. But many on the Left so desperately want Trump removed from office that they have joined the Russia-gate stampede as the best way to trample Trump".

So the liberals are in with the Deep State to remove Trump. This is what I find so troubling at the Guardian.

Auburn Parks said...

So was it an attempt at regime change when the Repubs tried to impeach Bill Clinton for a blowjob?

Were the Repubs attempting a soft coup when they decided to boycott legislation to undermine Obama. Or when they attempted to plant fake news stories about his birth certificate? Or that the ACA had death panels or was a Govt takeover of medicine?

Schofield said...

Trump sucks. No Border Adjustment Tax, No Climate Change Agreement, More Trickle Down Economics, etc. This is not to mention potential revelations of Trump corruptly conspiring to lift sanctions against Russia. Resignation as a consequence of potential successful Impeachment charges for conspiracy to Obstruct Justice would at least get rid of a dangerous loose cannon driven by an insecure but coping strategy narcissistic ego.

Bob said...

It's the principle of the matter. Even when trying to save an unprincipled president.

Salsabob said...

Let's see, a secret cabal of thousands of conspiratal government elites and industry titans feinting Russian interference, questionable encounters and actually controlling Trump's tweeting...
or

years of gerrymandering, voter suppression and Faux News propaganda resulting in a minority of moronic sheeple electing a clown dick.

Do we really need Occam's Razor on this one?

"...63 million voters...? - have you seen Trump's approval ratings, taken BEFORE this week???

Amazing what Putin-love can do.

Tom Hickey said...

So was it an attempt at regime change when the Repubs tried to impeach Bill Clinton for a blowjob?

Were the Repubs attempting a soft coup when they decided to boycott legislation to undermine Obama. Or when they attempted to plant fake news stories about his birth certificate? Or that the ACA had death panels or was a Govt takeover of medicine?


Absolutely.

The GOP operatives never accepted Clinton's victory and tried to delegitimize him through a sex scandal (Jennifer Flowers) and a corruption charge (Whitewater). They failed until the blue dress emerged under suspicious circumstances. The push against Bill and Hillary was so bad, HRC called it a "vast rightwing conspiracy" publicly. In my view at the time, it was, and I have not changed my mind on this.

Right-wing “dirty tricks” and the Clinton scandal

Regarding Obama, the GOP did all they could to delegitimize him with fake new on one hand and stonewall obstruction on the other. Sen. Jim DeMint: "We will break him."

These kinds of tactics are an assault on the so-called democratic process, which exists in name only in the US. What is really happening is a war among elite factions for control of rule of the country in their interest.

Auburn Parks said...

Tom-

If you honestly believe that "These kinds of tactics are an assault on the so-called democratic process, which exists in name only in the US. What is really happening is a war among elite factions for control of rule of the country in their interest."

Then you must acknowledge that it was ever thus. There is no point in time where this doesnt and there is also no place in the world where this doesnt happen.

So lets just be honest about it and not over react that something uniquely evil is taking place right now. All we can say is that the same types of internal factional battles are happening now as have always took place. And if this constantly occuring practice results in a "so-called Democratic process" then thats all there is anywhere in the world.

Which means that in order to be intellectually consistent, Tom, you would have to admit that humans have never had democracy and in fact cant have democracy.

This is the type of illogical conclusion your beliefs lead to.

IOW if the only way in the world to have a "Real" democracy and not a "so-called" democracy is to have a situation where enormous institutions with 10's of thousands people, billions of dollars and enormous power are at stake, dont compete for power and influence with the means available, then "real" democracy is impossible.

This is a ridiculous nihilistic POV. But the only logical end point to your line about so-called democracy based on initernal factional competition.

Tom Hickey said...

I do acknowledge that, Auburn.

Where there is organization, there is power and control, and individuals and groups vie for power and control. This is an evolutionary trait that humanity has yet to overcome although the sages say it is possible. Some individuals do manage to do it, but groups are rare that don't engage in inter-group rivalry.

Where I see the issues arise in over misrepresentation. The claims regarding democracy and liberalism are basically BS and constitute propaganda to dupe the rubes and conceal what is actually going on.

Let's just call a spade a spade and get on with it instead of putting lipstick on a pig. Then maybe we could begin to be serious about changing it.

This would require a change in culture as well as institutional arrangements, and it will only happen dialectically in history over a considerable period of time which much conflict and a series of fits and starts, if it happens at all.

Schofield said...

Surely the reality hardly anybody wants to squarely face is Western style democracy as currently practiced together with Communism and Fascism don't make electorates do joined up thinking!

Schofield said...

"Surely the reality hardly anybody wants to squarely face is Western style democracy as currently practiced together with Communism and Fascism don't make electorates do joined up thinking!"

Here's why:-

https://twitter.com/jimcoan/status/483703950051672064

Schofield said...

Trump's mega-infrastructure investment farce:-

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/09/trumps-infrastructure-plan-doesnt-really-exist

Penguin pop said...

Thank you for calling it like it is Schofield and Salsabob.

The condensed version of what happened is that Chump was full of crap the whole time and tricked a bunch of rubes into believing his BS, and he won in areas affected by years of gerrymandering and voter suppression, not to mention many of the people who did vote for the clown had been high on FOX News. The Russiagate shit is a distraction for what REALLY happened.

Bob said...

Remember, this is supposed to be Infrastructure Week! LOL