Spring has historically been associated with riots, revolutions and military offensives and therefore one should expect more political skulduggery and bedlam in Western cities, particularly in the United States.
The mutineers may not want a full-scale offensive yet; not with Dow Jones breaching the historic 21,000 mark after Trump’s recent speech before the US Congress. Is Obama willing to take down the Democrat party and the US economy down with him? His psyche profile and past actions says “yes” but his compatriots – with lots to lose – may plead “not yet” and bide their time. George Soros may still need time to recoup $1 billion by hedging on the "Trump bump".
The swamp therefore will likely resort to sustained attritional disruption, waiting for the day when an integrated Maidan-style “people’s revolution” can be unleashed in concert with the first major pricks in the financial, asset and assorted bubbles.
The “Trump bump”, in the meantime, is providing the US president with sufficient leeway to start draining the swamp, beginning with the State Department. Big Media can also be bypassed through an open sourced variation of Trump TV but that is an option yet to be exercised.
Draining the US Military-Intelligence swamp however is another matter. No one knows how many trillions in slush funds the shadow government had racked up over the years. Here is a recapitulation of three notably official admissions:
- According to then Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the Pentagon could not track $2.3 trillion in transactions in 2001. Rumsfeld promptly declared war, warning that “the adversary's closer to home. It's the Pentagon bureaucracy.” Within 24 hours, the Sept 11 terror attacks occurred, consigning these missing trillions into oblivion. Overnight, the adversary became foreign and the Military-Intelligence complex since then has been generating an unending flow of spurious intelligence and news.
- A June 2016 report by the Defense Department’s Inspector General discovered an accounting lacuna of $6.5 trillion for 2015, with $2.8 trillion unaccounted in one quarter alone.
- In 2014, the Government Accountability Office was still seeking information on $619 billion worth of federal grants, awards and programs for the fiscal year 2012.
If the saner half of the world is allowed to presume that the Russians did not hack into the US government cookie jar, then where did the money go? Those unaccounted trillions can fund several US armies for the remainder of the Trump presidency; or fund trolls, fake news and agitprop specialists over the next 100 years. One can imagine Marx and Trotsky drooling in their graves over this Golconda of permanent revolution.
Is that really far from the truth? With trillions stashed away for its global mercenary enterprise, members of the US intelligence community will not sign away their lucrative retirement nests. There is no shortage of delirious “social justice warriors” either to help maintain status quo under any visceral pretext or perceived slight.
Many alarmists therefore have given the Trump administration only weeks to drain the swamp or be forced into retirement or face impeachment. That sounds rather melodramatic. If Dow Jones can keep going as “mad as a March hare” or at least hover around the 20,000 barrier, then there is no reason why the White House cannot weather whatever is thrown at it.
The second deals with a likely interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve after a decade of near-zero rates. The financial waters have not been tested for a long time. In fact, it now resembles a gunky swamp that masks innumerable socioeconomic uncertainties.
For the shadow government, this may not pose much of a problem. Those trillions squirreled away will continue to generate billions in interest each month. Heroin revenues from Afghanistan alone can sustain the foot soldiers of America’s permanent social justice movement. Perhaps this was what “Mission Accomplished” meant.
Beware the Ides of March? Just bring ‘em on!
Mathew Maavak is a writer and geopolitical observer residing in Malaysia.
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