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Monday, May 21, 2018

Crossfire Hurricane-II

Over the weekend, Donald Trump (justifiably) demanded that the DoJ investigate whether the FBI conducted surveillance on his campaign, who authorized it, and how it was executed. The trained hamsters in the mainstream media immediately got the vapors, suggesting that his "demand" was "authoritarian" and "unprecedented" and that a constitutional crisis was in the offing. The hamsters don't seem nearly as concerned about the authoritarian and unprecedented use of our intelligence agencies against the opponent of the Democratic candidate hand picked by the Obama administration. But whatever.

By making his "demand," Trump has as usual outsmarted the media, forcing them to carry a story they truly want to bury. As a consequence, the Crossfire Hurricane scandal begins to come into public view.

When considering the facts of this situation, murky as they are, it's reasonable to begin using comparisons to Watergate—a scandal that brought down a president. But there really is no comparison. First, in the case of Crossfire Hurricane the president who was either indirectly or directly responsible is no longer in office. Second, the scope of wrongdoing in Crossfire Hurricane is significantly broader and more dangerous, and third, the media had taken on the role of protecting the administration responsible for the scandal rather than uncovering additional information that might help us understand what happened.

Roger Simon writes:
One of the more notable differences between Watergate and the metastasizing scandals involving the FBI, our intelligence agencies, and the Obama administration -- subjects of the soon-to-be-released inspector general's report -- is that the media exposed Watergate. They aided and abetted the current transgressions.

By providing a willing and virtually unquestioned repository for every anonymous leaker (as long as he or she was on the "right" side) in Washington and beyond, the press has evolved from being part of the solution to being a major part of the problem. Gone are the days of the true "whistle-blower." Here are the days of the special interest provocateur, shaping public opinion by passing on half-truths and outright lies to their favorite reporter. One might then even call the media, in Orwell's words, "objectively pro-fascist," functioning much in the manner of Pravda and Izvestia during that famous author's time, covertly or overtly pushing the party line in the most slavish and orthodox manner while feigning "objectivity."

CNN, NBC, the Washington Post and The New York Times -- misinforming the public as it hasn't since the days of their great Stalin-excuser Walter Duranty (still pictured on their Pulitzer wall of honor) -- are particularly egregious in this regard. But there are many others.

And the current scandal is far, far worse than Watergate, which, bad as it was, was the coverup of a completely unnecessary buffoon-like break-in during an election that was already won in a landslide. What is being exposed now is an attempt by our highest law enforcement agency working in concert with our intelligence agencies and, evidently, the blessing of the former administration itself to block the candidate of the opposing party, even to defraud and spy on him, that is to, as others have said, "set him up." And then, if they were unsuccessful, make it impossible for him to govern. In addition, in all probability, the same players conspired to make certain Hillary Clinton was not indicted for a crime for which virtually any other American would have done jail time.
There is one other major difference between Crossfire Hurricane and Watergate. My guess is that few of the right people will go to jail. Sure, a few may have to be sacrified, but the deep state and the Dems trained hamsters in the media will work to ensure that the wrongdoing is buried in obfuscation or ignored altogether and that the guilty are protected.

UPDATE (5/22/2018):
Investors Business Daily does an excellent job of summarizing the Crossfire Hurricane scandal. It's worth a read.

Like all big government scandals, there's always the opportunity to obfuscate, misdirect, re-interpret obvious wrongdoing in ways the exculpate, recruit trained hamsters in the media to protect the wrongdoers, shrug off blatant lies as if they didn't happen, demonize those who are trying to uncover the truth, and give far too much credence those who have been recruited to protect the perpetrators, rather than uncover the truth. If you pay attention, that's what has already begun to happen.