Category Archives: The Powers That Be

We have a winner!

. . . for FOTM’s 110th Caption Contest!

Honestly, this contest elicited so many funny (and deservedly off-color) captions, choosing a winner was difficult. In my judgment, everyone of the captions you’ll see below deserves to be first-place.

But as usual, the FOTM writers duly voted, each for what he/she considered to be the best (#1) and second-best (#2) captions. Each #1 vote is worth 3 points; each #2 vote is worth 2 points.

And the winner of FOTM’s 110th Caption Contest, with one #1 vote and two #2 vote, totaling 7 points is . . .

Zorro! Snoopy dance

Here’s his winning caption:

Boehner pals with POS

Lola and dee are both in 2nd place, each with one #1 vote and one #2 vote, totaling 5 points. Here are their respective captions:

Barry giggles in anticipation of seeing John’s Lucky Charms.

Now that I’m not speaker, sweety, I will have more free time for you.

cynkading, LAH, Jo and truckjunkie are all in 3rd place, each with one #1 vote and 3 points. Here are their respective captions:

We have had a good run you and I!!!

Beohner thinks to himself “Joe Biden is right, he seems to be a pretty clean negro”.

No, seriously! There really are people that think Michelle is a woman!

Ohhh-Barry,I can’t WAIT to get you in the sack!!

Another Lola caption, MomOfIV and Sharon Odehnal are all in 4th place, each with one #2 vote and 2 points. Here are their respective captions:

Matching Ties. Matching Lies.

politicians don’t retire, they simply fade, fade away……into corporate lobbyist positions!

“Meet me at midnight Barry, same place we always go!”

Well done, everyone!

Congratulations, Zorro!

Here’s your fancy-schmancy Award Certificate of Great Excellence, all ready for framing! LOL

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For all the other caption submissions, click here.

Be here tomorrow for our next very exciting caption contest!

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Bill Gates says only socialism can save world from climate change

Bill Gates (l) and NATO general secretary Jens "666" Stoltenberg (r)

Bill Gates (l) and NATO general secretary Jens “666” Stoltenberg (r)

Bill Gates, the richest man in the world with a net worth estimated to be a mind-boggling $79.1 billion, who made his fortune from a capitalist enterprise, Microsoft, in a capitalist country, the U.S.A., bemoans that capitalism cannot save the world from the fiction of man-made global warming, aka climate change.

Louis Doré reports for the UK Independent, Oct. 31, 2015, that in an interview with The Atlantic, Gates said that the private, i.e., capitalist, sector is too selfish and inefficient to produce effective energy alternatives to fossil fuels.

Announcing his plan to spend $2 billion of his own wealth on green energy, Gates called on fellow billionaires to help make the US fossil-free by 2050 with similar philanthropy. He said:

Without a substantial carbon tax, there’s no incentive for innovators or plant buyers to switch [to green energy].

Since World War II, US-government R&D has defined the state of the art in almost every area. The private sector is in general inept.

The climate problem has to be solved in the rich countries. China and the US and Europe have to solve CO2 emissions, and when they do, hopefully they’ll make it cheap enough for everyone else.

In other words, Bill Gates wants the already much too powerful and bloated U.S. government — the public sector — to solve the problem of “climate change” via taxes to develop “green energy”.

I propose that Bill and Melinda Gates set a good example by giving up their energy-wasting palatial homes, luxury cars, private planes, and boats — all fueled by polluting fossil fuels.

This is the same Bill Gates whose foundation is funding the development of:

  1. contraceptive microchip that can be remotely controlled to release hormones that can act as abortifacients — drugs that induce abortion — into a woman’s body for up to 16 years.
  2. A non-surgical “permanent contraception” that is a sterilization drug, to be promoted worldwide.

The same Bill Gates who made this Freudian slip in a speech at the 2010 TED conference. Addressing the subject of how to reduce “global warming” by lowering the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) from Earth’s atmosphere, Gates proposed that a major way is to reduce the world’s population. He said: “Now if we do a REALLY great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health service, we could lower that [world population] by perhaps 10 to 15 percent.

In other words, Gates’ promotion of vaccines to Third World countries is not philanthropy — the purpose of vaccines is to reduce human population.

See also “Proposed UN Tribunal of Climate Justice threatens U.S. sovereignty, while Antarctica ice is increasing, not melting


Vladimir Putin’s Christian Faith – in his own words

Vladimir Putin openly acknowledges he is a an Orthodox Christian

Can we trust him?

Christian-PutinFirst of all, I am not campaigning for President Putin. I don’t pretend to understand him; it would be presumptuous to do so. But his Christian footprints are recognizable at this point.

So… can we trust Donald Trump’s claim to be a Christian? Or can we trust president Obama’s (lower case intentional) claims to be a Christian?

We are commanded to pray for all people in positions of leadership that the Lord would direct their thoughts and actions toward His purposes. All people. So I can’t discriminate here.

I will say this. When I pray for Obama, I have to fight my anger at his behavior. When I pray for Trump, I have to wonder if he is just another deceiver, like Obama. But when I pray for Mr. Putin, I have an internal sense that he has some part of his heart that is reserved for the Lord.

And I would bet Mr. Putin can recall a favorite scripture more quickly than Mr. Trump.

Here’s one thought. There is talk in the looney-sphere that Mr. Putin is throwing a wrench into the plans of the “New World Order.” Sounds good to me.

Still puzzling and praying…

Obama cedes U.S. sovereignty to international body via Strong Cities Network

In the name of better fighting “violent extremism in all of its forms and manifestations in their local contexts,” the Obama administration has joined a global effort called the Strong Cities Network, which was launched 20 days ago on Sept. 29, 2015 at the United Nations.

Note: Speaking of “violent extremism in all of its forms and manifestations in their local contexts,” recall my post of yesterday, “Obama’s DOJ considers ‘racist’ and ‘anti-government’ Americans to be domestic terrorists“. That means the Strong Cities Network, which will be governed by an international body (see below), can and will be directed against Americans deemed to be “racist” and “anti-government.”

The Strong Cities Network will have an International Steering Committee and an International Advisory Board. The latter is “run” by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), which means the Strong Cities Network, of which the United States is a member, effectively is “run” by this Institute.

So what exactly is the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD)?

The ISD describes itself as a “charitable” (non-profit) “independent ‘think and do tank’ working with leaders in government, business, civil society and academia to develop cross-border responses to the major geo-strategic, social and security challenges of our time. Combining research and policy advisory work, with innovative delivery programmes, specialised task forces, cross-sector partnerships and networks, ISD works to counter global extremism, bridge inter-communal divides and enhance Europe’s capacity to act effectively in the global arena.”

The ISD was founded by The Club of Three, which describes itself as having been established in the mid-1990s at the initiative of Lord George Weidenfeld to bring together leading figures from business and politics, journalism and academic life, from the UK, France and Germany, to meet regularly to discuss key European issues beyond official circles.

Below are the members of the Institute of Strategic Dialogue’s Board of Trustees:

  1. Peter Baldwin, Professor of History, UCLA.
  2. Roland Berger, Honorary Professor for Business Administration and Management Consulting at the Brandenburg Technical University; Founder and Honorary Chairman of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Munich, the 5th largest strategy consultancy in the world.
  3. Matthias Döpfner, Chairman and C.E.O. of Axel Springer AG in Berlin; former Editor-in-Chief of 3 newspapers: Die WeltWochenpost, and Hamburger Morgenpost.
  4. Stuart Fiertz, Co-Founder, President and Director of Research at Cheyne Capital Management (UK) LLP, a London-based asset manager with $6 billion under management.
  5. Francis Finlay, director of “a number of international investment companies and institutions”; former co-founder and chairman of Clay Finlay, an international investment firm based in New York.
  6. Lord Guthrie, Field Marshal, non-executive director of Petropavlovsk PLC, Gulf Keystone Petroleum, Colt Defense LLC, and Advanced Interactive Systems Inc.; former Chief of the British Defence Staff; former director of N M Rothschild & Sons Limited.
  7. Pierre Keller, former member of the Swiss diplomatic service who spent “the majority of his career in banking” with Lombard, Odier & Cie.
  8. Baroness Kennedy QC, a leading criminal lawyer and a member of the British House of Lords.
  9. Michael Lewis, CEO of Oceana Investment and director of Foschini Limited, one of South Africa’s foremost retail companies with 1,200 stores; co-founder of ProChon Biotech Limited, an Israeli-based biotechnology company.
  10. Sir Michael Pakenham, Senior Advisor to Access Industries, “a US-based private holding company with global interests”; former British Ambassador to Poland.
  11. Baroness Rawlings, member of the British House of Lords; former MP and MEP.
  12. Lord Simon of Highbury, Non-Executive Director of the GDF Suez Group; member of British the House of Lords; former chairman of British Petroleum.
  13. Lord Turner, member of the British House of Lords; Chair of the UK Government’s Climate Change Committee; former Chairman of the UK Financial Services Authority.
  14. Lord George Weidenfeld, a Jewish immigrant from Austria to England in 1938; former journalist and newspaper publisher; Founder and President of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue; co-founder (with Lord Rothschild and Lord Alexander) of the Club of Three (Britain-France-Germany), which later incorporated AMEURUS (America-Europe-Russia). Now 95, Weidenfeld created the Weidenfeld Safe Havens Fund to rescue Middle Eastern Christians from ISIS terrorism, so as to give back to the Christians who had helped him and countless Jews from the Nazi Germans. The Safe Havens Fund will pay for the rescue of at least 2000 Christians, and offer the refugees 18 months of paid support to help them start their new lives. Weidenfeld said, “I had a debt to repay…. It was Quakers and other Christian denominations who brought those children to England. It was a very high-minded operation and we Jews should also be thankful and do something for the endangered Christians.”

Note that:

  • 8 of the 14 members of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Strategic Dailogue that will “run” the Strong Cities Network are British.
  • At best, only 2 (Baldwin & Finlay) of the 14 members of the Board of Trustees are American.
  • At least 2 members of the Board of Trustees have ties to the Rothschilds.

Below is the press release announcing the inauguration of the Strong Cities Network.


New World Order


Monday, September 28, 2015

Launch of Strong Cities Network to Strengthen Community Resilience Against Violent Extremism

Cities are vital partners in international efforts to build social cohesion and resilience to violent extremism.  Local communities and authorities are the most credible and persuasive voices to challenge violent extremism in all of its forms and manifestations in their local contexts.  While many cities and local authorities are developing innovative responses to address this challenge, no systematic efforts are in place to share experiences, pool resources and build a community of cities to inspire local action on a global scale.

The Strong Cities Network will serve as a vital tool to strengthen capacity-building and improve collaboration,” said Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch.  “As we continue to counter a range of domestic and global terror threats, this innovative platform will enable cities to learn from one another, to develop best practices and to build social cohesion and community resilience here at home and around the world.

The Strong Cities Network (SCN)  – which launches September 29th at the United Nations – will empower municipal bodies to fill this gap while working with civil society and safeguarding the rights of local citizens and communities.

The SCN will strengthen strategic planning and practices to address violent extremism in all its forms by fostering collaboration among cities, municipalities and other sub-national authorities.

To counter violent extremism we need determined action at all levels of governance,” said Governing Mayor Stian Berger Røsland of Oslo while commenting on their participation in the SCN.  “To succeed, we must coordinate our efforts and cooperate across borders.  The Strong Cities Network will enable cities across the globe pool our resources, knowledge and best practices together and thus leave us standing stronger in the fight against one of the greatest threats to modern society.”

The SCN will connect cities, city-level practitioners and the communities they represent through a series of workshops, trainings and sustained city partnerships.  Network participants will also contribute to and benefit from an online repository of municipal-level good practices and web-based training modules and will be eligible for grants supporting innovative, local initiatives and strategies that will contribute to building social cohesion and resilience to violent extremism.

The SCN will include an International Steering Committee of approximately 25 cities and other sub-national entities from different regions that will provide the SCN with its strategic direction.  The SCN will also convene an International Advisory Board, which includes representatives from relevant city-focused networks, to help ensure SCN builds upon their work.  It will be run by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), a leading international “think-and-do” tank with a long-standing track record of working to prevent violent extremism:

“The SCN provides a unique new opportunity to apply our collective lessons in preventing violent extremism in support of local communities and authorities around the world”, said CEO Sasha Havlicek of ISD.  “We look forward to developing this international platform for joint innovation to impact this pressing challenge.”

“It is with great conviction that Montréal has agreed to join the Strong Cities Network founders,” said the Honorable Mayor Denis Coderre of Montreal.  “This global network is designed to build on community-based approaches to address violent extremism, promote openness and vigilance and expand upon local initiatives like Montréal’s Mayors’ International Observatory on Living Together.  I am delighted that through the Strong Cities Network, the City of Montréal will more actively share information and best practices with a global network of leaders on critical issues facing our communities.”

The Strong Cities Network will launch on Sept. 29, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT, following the LeadersSummit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism.  Welcoming remarks will be offered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein and Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City, who will also introduce a Keynote address by U.S. Attorney General Lynch.  Following this event, the Strong Cities International Steering Committee, consisting of approximately 25 mayors and other leaders from cities and other sub-national entities from around the globe, will hold its inaugural meeting on Sept. 30, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT.

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Trump’s popularity signifies rebellion of Republican voters

suicidal GOP

Carson Holloway is a political scientist and the author of The Way of Life: John Paul II and the Challenge of Liberal Modernity (Baylor University Press) and Hamilton versus Jefferson in the Washington Administration (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press).

Below is an excerpt from his essay, “Donald Trump, George Will, and the Crisis of Conservatism,” Crisis magazine, Oct. 15, 2015:

According to Machiavelli, a prince who faces a popular rebellion has proven himself to be an incompetent prince. If he had known his business, he would have been able to keep his people contented. The people, Machiavelli observed, are generally passive and therefore decent. They are not inclined to make trouble unless they have been provoked. The “great”—the wealthy and powerful—are troublemakers, because they tend to be ambitious and have the means to advance their ambitions. In contrast, the people do not want to oppress anyone; they only want not to be oppressed. If they are agitated and disobedient, it is a sign of misrule.

America is now facing a kind of rebellion. It is not a rebellion of the whole country but of Republican voters, and it is not a violent rebellion but a political one revealed by polls. Donald Trump—a first-time candidate for any public office—is, for the time being at least, decisively ascendant over men who have served for years in positions of high political responsibility.

As bad as that sounds, the reality is actually worse. Those Republican candidates who are clearly rebels against the Republican Party—Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, and Ted Cruz—are currently winning, according to the national surveys, almost half of the support of polled Republican voters. Thus have the rank and file members of a great political party decided to fly off from their natural leaders—governors and senators. This could not occur unless these voters believed that their own leaders were indifferent or hostile to their interests and convictions. Republican leaders should ask themselves candidly how their own voters could come to believe this. […]

Translated into modern electoral politics, Machiavelli’s teaching reminds us that the people—voters—will not be moved to support a candidate or party by nothing but a raw appeal to self-interest. They also expect, even demand, an appeal to their sense of justice and righteousness. This is not to romanticize the people. They have no very precise notions about how to secure the common good, and they are certainly self-interested, as are all human beings. But the people are generally too decent to vote on the basis of nothing but self-interest. That is surely as true of the American people as it was of any people that Machiavelli had the opportunity to observe.

Such an appeal to something higher than self-interest is especially necessary in presidential elections, when the fate of the whole country appears to be at stake. Few voters are so small-minded and self-absorbed as to fail to have some sense that the country is something greater than their own personal interests. The strength of Democrats in such elections arises from their appeal to a moral vision of political life. That vision may be simplistic, misleading, or even wrong. Nevertheless, you can’t beat a flawed moral vision with no moral vision. This is not idealism but hard political reality.

This brings us back to Donald Trump. His campaign slogan—“Make America Great Again”—is obviously lacking in specific content. Yet it clearly carries a certain moral weight, appealing to a patriotic love for the country that cannot be reduced to an interest in economic growth.

The success of this slogan tells us something about the aspirations of the campaign’s supporters. The disappointment that has led large numbers of Republican voters to embrace Donald Trump is no mere personal disappointment. It is based on the sense that Republican elites have not just failed to secure their constituents’ interests but that they have failed, even betrayed, the country itself by failing to defend the principles—such as the rule of law and the right of self-government—that have made the country worthy of our admiration. Such voters will not be lured back but insulted by an appeal to their interest in economic growth. A party that counters such a shallow appeal to voters’ sense that the country is in decline will fail—and it will deserve to.

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Why Democrats, Republicans, Wall St. and the MSM are all gunning for Trump

Wayne Allyn Root hits one out of the ballpark, again.

by Wayne Allyn Root · July 7, 2015

Someone is getting very nervous. Obama. Valerie Jarrett. Eric Holder. Hillary Clinton. Jon Corzine…to name just a few. And I know why.

I wrote a book entitled, “The Murder of the Middle Class” about the unholy conspiracy between big government, big business and big media. They all benefit by the billions from this partnership and it’s in all of their interests to protect one another. It’s one for all, and all for one.

It’s a heck of a filthy relationship that makes everyone filthy rich. Everyone except the American people. We get ripped off. We’re the patsies.

But for once, the powerful socialist cabal and the corrupt crony capitalists are scared. I’ve never seen them this outraged…this vicious…this motivated…this coordinated. NEVER in all my years in politics, have I seen anything like the way the mad dogs of hell have been unleashed on Donald Trump.

When white extremist David Dukes ran for Governor of Louisiana even he wasn’t treated with this kind of outrage, vitriol and disrespect. When a known fraud, scam artist and tax cheat like Al Sharpton ran for President, I never saw anything remotely close to this. The over-the-top reaction to Trump by politicians of both parties, the media and the biggest corporations of America has been so swift and insanely angry that it suggests they are all threatened and frightened like never before.

Why? Because David Duke was never going to win. Al Sharpton was never going to win. Ron Paul was never going to win. Ross Perot was never going to win as a third party candidate. None of those candidates had the billion dollars it takes to win the presidency. But Donald Trump can self fund that amount tomorrow…and still have another billion left over to pour into the last two week stretch run before election day.

No matter how much they say to the contrary, the media, business and political elite understand that Donald Trump is no joke and could actually win and upset their nice cozy apple cart.

It’s no coincidence that everyone has gotten together to destroy Donald. No this is a coordinated conspiracy led by President Barack Obama himself. Obama himself is making the phone calls and giving the orders- the ultimate intimidator who plays by the rules of Chicago thug politics.

Why is this so important to Obama? Because most of the other politicians are part of the “old boys club.” They talk big, but in the end they won’t change a thing. Why? Because they are all beholden to big money donors. They are all owned by lobbyists, unions, lawyers, gigantic environmental organizations, multi-national corporations like Big Pharma or Big Oil. Or they are owned lock stock and barrel by foreigners- like George Soros owns Obama, or foreign governments own Hillary with their Clinton Foundation donations.

These run-of-the-mill establishment politicians are all puppets owned by big money. But one man- and only one man- isn’t beholden to anyone. One man doesn’t need foreigners, or foreign governments, or George Soros, or the United Autoworkers, or the Teachers Union, or the SEIU, or the Bar Association to fund his campaign.

Billionaire tycoon and maverick Donald Trump doesn’t need anyone’s help. That means he doesn’t care what the media says. He doesn’t care what the corporate elites think. That makes him very dangerous to the entrenched interests. That makes Trump a huge threat. Trump can ruin everything for the bribed politicians and their spoiled slavemasters.

Don’t you ever wonder why the GOP has never tried to impeach Obama? Don’t you wonder why Boehner and McConnell talk a big game, but never actually try to stop Obama? Don’t you wonder why Congress holds the purse strings, yet they’ve never tried to defund Obamacare or Obama’s clearly illegal Executive Action on amnesty for illegal aliens? Bizarre, right? It defies logic, right?

Well first, I’d guess many key Republicans are being bribed. Secondly, I believe many key Republicans are being blackmailed. Whether they are having affairs…or secretly gay…or stealing taxpayer money…the NSA knows everything.

Ask former House Speaker Dennis Hastert about that. The government even knew he was withdrawing large sums of his own money, from his own bank account. Trust me- the NSA, SEC, IRS and all the other 3-letter government agencies are watching every Republican political leader. They know everything.

Thirdly, many Republicans are petrified of being called “racists.” So they are scared to ever criticize Obama, or call out his crimes, let alone demand his impeachment.

Fourth, why rock the boat? After defeat or retirement, if you’re a “good boy” you’ve got a $5 million dollar per year lobbying job waiting.

The big money interests have the system gamed. Win or lose…they win.

But Donald Trump doesn’t play by any of these rules. Trump breaks up this nice cozy relationship between big government, big media and big business. All the rules are out the window if Donald wins the presidency. The other politicians will protect Obama and his aides. But not Donald.

Remember Trump is the guy who publicly questioned Obama’s birth certificate. He questioned Obama’s college records and how a mediocre student got into an Ivy League university.

Now he’s doing something no Republican has the chutzpah to do- question our relationship with Mexico …question why the border is wide open…questioning why no wall has been built across the border…questioning if allowing millions of illegal aliens into America is in our best interests…questioning why so many illegal aliens commit violent crimes yet are not deported…questioning why our trade deals with Mexico, Russia and China are so bad.

Donald Trump has the audacity to ask out loud why American workers always get the short end of the stick? Good question.

I’m certain Trump will question what happened to the almost billion dollars given in a rigged no-bid contract to college friends of Michele Obama at foreign companies to build the defective Obamacare web sites. By the way that tab is now up to $5 billion.

Trump will ask if Obamacare’s architects can be charged with fraud for selling it by lying. He will ask if Obama himself committed fraud when he said, “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it.”

Trump will investigate Obama’s widespread IRS conspiracy, not to mention Obama’s college records.

Trump will prosecute Hillary Clinton and Obama for fraud committed to cover-up Benghazi before the election.

How about the fraud committed by employees of the Labor Department when they made up dramatic job numbers in the last jobs report before the 2012 election.

Obama, the multi-national corporations and the media need to stop this. They recognize this could get out of control. If left unchecked telling the raw truth and asking questions everyone else is afraid to ask, Donald could wake a sleeping giant.

Trump’s election would be a nightmare. Obama has committed many crimes. No one else but Donald would dare to prosecute. Donald Trump will not hesitate. Once Donald gets in and gets a look at “the cooked books” and Obama’s records, the game is over. The gig is up. The goose is cooked.

Eric Holder could wind up in prison. Valerie Jarrett could wind up in prison. Obama bundler Jon Corzine could wind up in prison for losing $1.5 billion of customer money.

Hillary Clinton could wind up in jail for deleting 32,000 emails …or accepting bribes from foreign governments while Secretary of State …or for “misplacing” $6 billion as head of State Department …or for lying about Benghazi.

Hillary For Prison 2016

The entire upper level management of the IRS could wind up in prison. Obamacare will be defunded and dismantled. The Obama Crime Family will be prosecuted for crimes against the American people. And Obama himself could wind up ruined, his legacy in tatters.

Trump will investigate. Trump will prosecute. Trump will go after everyone involved…just for fun. That will all happen on Trump’s first day in the White House.

Who knows what Donald will do on day #2?

That’s why the dogs of hell have been unleashed on Donald Trump. That’s why we must all support Donald. This may be our only shot at saving America, uncovering the crimes committed against our nation and prosecuting all of those involved.

Obama in prison

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H/t FOTM’s maziel


Deep State: Who really rules America

The term “deep state” refers to a secret government that operates as a state within a state. The term originated in reference to the politics of Turkey — that the country actually is ruled by a group of influential anti-democratic coalitions within the Turkish political system, composed of élites of the intelligence services (domestic and foreign), military, security, judiciary, and mafia.

In other words, deep state is The Powers That Be.

The Powers That Be - deep state

What follows are excerpts from a July 30, 2015 article by Philip Giraldi for The American Conservative. Giraldi is a former CIA officer and currently the executive director of the Council for the National Interest.

As all governments—sometimes for good reasons—engage in concealment of their more questionable activities, or even resort to out and out deception, one must ask how the deep state differs. While an elected government might sometimes engage in activity that is legally questionable, there is normally some plausible pretext employed to cover up or explain the act.

But for players in the deep state, there is no accountability and no legal limit. Everything is based on self-interest, justified through an assertion of patriotism and the national interest. […]

First of all, one should note that for the deep state to be effective, it must be intimately associated with the development or pre-existence of a national security state. There must also be a perception that the nation is in peril, justifying extraordinary measures undertaken by brave patriots to preserve life and property of the citizenry. Those measures are generically conservative in nature, intended to protect the status quo with the implication that change is dangerous.

Those requirements certainly prevail in post 9/11 America, and also feed the other essential component of the deep state: that the intervening should work secretly or at least under the radar. Consider for a moment how Washington operates. There is gridlock in Congress and the legislature opposes nearly everything that the White House supports. Nevertheless, certain things happen seemingly without any discussion: Banks are bailed out and corporate interests are protected by law. Huge multi-year defense contracts are approved. Citizens are assassinated by drones, the public is routinely surveilled, people are imprisoned without be charged, military action against “rogue” regimes is authorized, and whistleblowers are punished with prison. The war crimes committed by U.S. troops and contractors on far-flung battlefields, as well as torture and rendition, are rarely investigated and punishment of any kind is rare. America, the warlike predatory capitalist, might be considered a virtual definition of deep state.

One critic describesdeep state as driven by the “Washington Consensus,” a subset of the “American exceptionalism” meme. It is plausible to consider it a post-World War II creation, the end result of the “military industrial complex” that Dwight Eisenhower warned about, but some believe its infrastructure was actually put in place through the passage of the Federal Reserve Act prior to the First World War. Several years after signing the bill, Woodrow Wilson reportedly lamented, “We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.

In truth America’s deep state is, not unlike Turkey’s, a hybrid creature that operates along a New York to Washington axis. Where the Turks engage in criminal activity to fund themselves, the Washington elite instead turns to banksters, lobbyists, and defense contractors, operating much more in the open and, ostensibly, legally. U.S.-style deep state includes all the obvious parties, both public and private, who benefit from the status quo: including key players in the police and intelligence agencies, the military, the treasury and justice departments, and the judiciary. It is structured to materially reward those who play along with the charade, and the glue to accomplish that ultimately comes from Wall Street. “Financial services” might well be considered the epicenter of the entire process. Even though government is needed to implement desired policies, the banksters comprise the truly essential element, capable of providing genuine rewards for compliance. As corporate interests increasingly own the media, little dissent comes from the Fourth Estate as the process plays out, while many of the proliferating Washington think tanks that provide deep state “intellectual” credibility are similarly funded by defense contractors.

revolving door

The cross fertilization that is essential to making the system work takes place through the famous revolving door whereby senior government officials enter the private sector at a high level. In some cases the door revolves a number of times, with officials leaving government before returning to an even more elevated position. Along the way, those select individuals are protected, promoted, and groomed for bigger things. And bigger things do occur that justify the considerable costs, to include bank bailouts, tax breaks, and resistance to legislation that would regulate Wall Street, political donors, and lobbyists. The senior government officials, ex-generals, and high level intelligence operatives who participate find themselves with multi-million dollar homes in which to spend their retirement years, cushioned by a tidy pile of investments.

America’s deep state is completely corrupt: it exists to sell out the public interest, and includes both major political parties as well as government officials. Politicians like the Clintons who leave the White House “broke” and accumulate $100 million in a few years exemplify how it rewards. A bloated Pentagon churns out hundreds of unneeded flag officers who receive munificent pensions and benefits for the rest of their lives. And no one is punished, ever. Disgraced former general and CIA Director David Petraeus is now a partner at the KKR private equity firm, even though he knows nothing about financial services. More recently, former Acting CIA Director Michael Morell has become a Senior Counselor at Beacon Global Strategies. Both are being rewarded for their loyalty to the system and for providing current access to their replacements in government.

What makes the deep state so successful? It wins no matter who is in power, by creating bipartisan-supported money pits within the system. Monetizing the completely unnecessary and hideously expensive global war on terror benefits the senior government officials, beltway industries, and financial services that feed off it. Because it is essential to keep the money flowing, the deep state persists in promoting policies that make no sense, to include the unwinnable wars currently enjoying marquee status in Iraq/Syria and Afghanistan. The deep state knows that a fearful public will buy its product and does not even have to make much of an effort to sell it.

Of course I know that the United States of America is not Turkey. But there are lessons to be learned from its example of how a democracy can be subverted by particular interests hiding behind the mask of patriotism. Ordinary Americans frequently ask why politicians and government officials appear to be so obtuse, rarely recognizing what is actually occurring in the country. That is partly due to the fact that the political class lives in a bubble of its own creation, but it might also be because many of America’s leaders actually accept that there is an unelected, unappointed, and unaccountable presence within the system that actually manages what is taking place behind the scenes. That would be the American deep state.

See also “America’s Bipartisan Ruling Class vs. the People.”