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Decrypting The Appointment Of John Bolton

Public Policy

So perhaps the dominant wing of the Deep State is finally willing to cut a deal with Trump.

To many observers, the appointment of John Bolton as national security advisor is the functional equivalent of appointing the Anti-Christ–or maybe worse. Indeed, these observers would, when comparing the two, find grudging favor with the Anti-Christ.

Bolton is a founding member of the neoliberal, neoconservative, neo-colonial interventionist Globalist wing of the Deep State. The antipathy he inspires is partly due to the enjoyment he takes in wielding power. (Note that the Anti-Christ is not a victim–he enjoys being the Anti-Christ.)

This wing of the Deep State, unquestionably in charge until the election of Donald Trump, finds Trump, well, interesting. Trump can congratulate Vladdy Putin on his shoo-in re-election one day and eject a bunch of Russian diplomats the next.

This sort of non-linear, non-ideologically pure “policy” (or lack thereof) discombobulates the Deep State, which is accustomed to presidents rubber-stamping their agenda and supporting their narrative.

They’re having a tough time controlling Trump, as it’s difficult to read how best to play him: is Trump a master of the Crazy Ivan or is he just winging it? Assuming the latter leaves those acting on that premise vulnerable to a Crazy Ivan once Trump has extracted whatever value he sought from the person or policy.

So how do we decrypt the appointment of Bolton? Here are two possibilities:

1. Trump appointed bete noire Bolton to do the dirty work of cleaning house and ridding the National Security Council and staff of any loyalists to previous presidents or cliques. This Bolton seems prepared to do with both alacrity and relish. This appointment also throws a bone to those demanding a harsher, more interventionist foreign policy.

Once Bolton has cleaned house and disrupted or fired the status quo holdovers from the Obama administration, he’ll be fired like everyone else. Crazy Ivan!

2. The neo-liberal /neo-conservative /neo-colonial wing of the Deep State has given up trying to evict Trump from the White House or manage him. Both of these strategies carry high risks and the assessment has likely been made that both have not just failed, they’re increasingly counter-productive, eroding the legitimacy of those pushing them.

So perhaps the dominant wing of the Deep State is finally willing to cut a deal with Trump: Trump appoints Bolton, whom the Deep State views as the adult supervising the playground, and in return, the Mueller investigation goes away and the Clintons will finally lose the protection of the security agencies. (They’ve become enormous liabilities anyway, and there’s no benefit to the high cost of continuing to protecting them.)

If Trump is just winging it, the Deep State might finally re-exert some of the control it has lost in the White House and desperately needs to re-consolidate. But if Trump is actually adept at the Crazy Ivan, this deal plays right into his hands: the security services lower the moat gate, letting the wolves in to ravage Castle Clinton, Bolton cleans house and Mueller wraps up his hunt for obstruction of justice and accepts retirement.

Once these goods have been delivered, Trump fires Bolton and the neo-cons in the Deep State get nothing except another lesson in Crazy Ivan.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. I will be greatly surprised if Bolton lasts a year.

Of related interest:

The Dollar and the Deep State (February 24, 2014)

Is the Deep State Fracturing into Disunity? (March 14, 2014)

Is the Deep State at War–With Itself? (December 14, 2016)

Does a Rogue Deep State Have Trump’s Back? (January 18, 2017)

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Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog



15 Comments on "Decrypting The Appointment Of John Bolton"

  1. twocats on Mon, 26th Mar 2018 1:36 pm 

    This idea of the Deep State has gotten so stupid its like Fake News. Nothing means anything anymore. I like Hugh Smith, but this piece is of 30 minds.

    John Bolton is a Neocon of the highest order and even a quick read of his wiki page will show that he is almost universally opposed by all other groups.

    Deep State is who again?

  2. Cloggie on Mon, 26th Mar 2018 2:24 pm 

    This idea of the Deep State has gotten so stupid its like Fake News. Nothing means anything anymore. I like Hugh Smith, but this piece is of 30 minds.

    Every country has a deep state. It is simply a circle of a few hundred (Holland) to a few thousand (USA), mostly white or jewish men, who take all the decisions. There is nothing esoteric about the idea of a deep state. Democracy is a farce. The sheeple walk to the voting boot every 4 year or so and vote for a system certified face out of a set of two and an abstract, meaningless slogan like “yes we can” or “hope you can believe in” and that’s it.

    Completely meaningless.

    Unless a non-system certified candidate sneaks in, like Trump did, because he has money of his own. Then the system gets in uproar and does everything to expel the intruder, so far without success despite the 24/7 war against him.

    The US deep state is very different from all the others around the world, because it is dominated by the “Israel Lobby”. But you are not supposed to say that too loud in polite company. Or at all.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yw_v3hqtCl0

    [14:49-17:57]

    Dutch MSM documentary about the power of the Jews in America.

    Mearsheimer and Walt documented how the Iraq war was solely the result of neocohns pushing for that war, after bin Laden provided the pretext for that war, free of charge at 9/11, if you are stupid enough to believe that story.

    John Bolton is a Neocon of the highest order and even a quick read of his wiki page will show that he is almost universally opposed by all other groups.

    Deep State is who again?

    Neocons.

    http://www.kevinmacdonald.net/understandji-3.htm

    Here an old-left Jew getting nervous about the neocons:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRlatDWqh0o

    Note, this the guy who brought down Nixon after his tribe found out that Nixon wanted to do something about the power of The Tribe (google Nixon Billy Graham tapes)

    Here a famous Austrian political thinker talking about the neocons:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeOVuGcn9O4

    The USSR also had a similar deep state between 1917-1938, until Stalin gradually removed them from positions of power, using his Non-Aggression Agreement with Hitler as a pretext to get rid of them.

  3. Cloggie on Mon, 26th Mar 2018 2:51 pm 

    It looks like I have to fine-tune my geopolitical prediction repertoire a little further:

    https://amp.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/26/fraser-anning-claims-that-south-african-farmers-are-at-risk-of-genocide?__twitter_impression=true

    Australian politician is warning that an anti-white genocide could be immanent in South-Africa.

    He even pleads to offer asylum to all these folks of Dutch (“boers”) and British descent who are living in that post-Apartheid hell-hole.

    One wonders what this might imply to Meatheads multicult paradise in the US.

    Here the American alt-right journalist Lauren Southern reporting on the situation in South-Africa:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCLJRVbaMyQ

    One wonders what dramatic scenes of blacks slaughtering whites could imply for race-relations in North-America, not to mention the strength of the political right in Europe and North-America.

    On a positive note, this would be an exquisite opportunity for Macron and his intended European army to kick ass in South-Africa, as a sort of testing ground and dress-rehearsal for more demanding operations in North-America, just in case things go out of hand there as well.

  4. Davy on Mon, 26th Mar 2018 3:39 pm 

    Nedernazi, your mighty army is not going down to SA. Put your pecker back in your pants.

  5. rockman on Mon, 26th Mar 2018 3:45 pm 

    Cloggie – “One wonders what dramatic scenes of blacks slaughtering whites could imply for race-relations in North-America” You should stop watching our MSM and pay more attention to the actual stats. Except for a few trigger happy incompetent cops, it is our blacks slaughtering our black population. Here in Houston it’s a nightly event. Last night a 9 month old black baby was foolish enough to get caught in the crossfire and was shot in the foot. One aspect that has become very no very noticeable: the unwillingness for the MSM or the cops to use the phrase “gang related”. Even last when a group of young black men were shot up in a drive-by in the middle of the day while standing next to a convenience store. The car made a u-turn and shot them up again. A clear as day on the side of the store where they were standing were the gang tags sprayed on the wall of the store where they would always hang out.

    And it’s not just the white power structure ignoring the situation: we have a black mayor and an Hispanic police chief.

  6. MASTERMIND on Mon, 26th Mar 2018 3:51 pm 

    Rockman

    Police are not shooting blacks because they are black. They are shooting them because they are poor..its a class thing, not a race thing..Look at the data I have..Towards the end..
    https://imgur.com/a/OB1w6

  7. joe on Mon, 26th Mar 2018 4:21 pm 

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ghost_from_the_Grand_Banks

    I read this book some years ago. One of the main characters is a refugee who fled the genocide of whites in South Africa.
    Its already happened in much of the rest of southern Africa. Racism is a part of human nature and genocides happen. From Ireland to the Punjab to Rwanda and Yemen today, humans can find any reason to slaughter one another…

  8. Cloggie on Mon, 26th Mar 2018 4:35 pm 

    You should stop watching our MSM and pay more attention to the actual stats. Except for a few trigger happy incompetent cops, it is our blacks slaughtering our black population.

    I know, but I was talking about South-Africa.

  9. Cloggie on Mon, 26th Mar 2018 4:37 pm 

    Police are not shooting blacks because they are black. They are shooting them because they are poor..its a class thing, not a race thing..Look at the data I have..

    BS, blacks are ten times as violent as whites. It is a police self-preservation thingy.

    Towards the end..

    Millimind now thinks he is FDR.

  10. MASTERMIND on Mon, 26th Mar 2018 6:35 pm 

    Clogg

    if you look at the income levels of the people the police shoot the ratio of white and black are nearly the exact same. And the only thing they have in common is they are both poor. I posted the evidence to the Washington Post..An actual reliable source unlike your fringe blogs. you retard.
    https://imgur.com/a/OB1w6

  11. fmr-paultard on Mon, 26th Mar 2018 7:24 pm 

    ^mm^ this confirms you’re just a terminal tard degreed. you told eurotard that just throwing shekles at the problem to fix it. hehe
    it’s all economic, no spiritual? then being a constantinean catholic is waste of time? LOL

    No way

    if you think that then you’re the same as eurotard .

    just give blacks doughs…but supremetard said “men can’t live on bread alone”. hmm..

    please don’t grab my luke 22:36 please? please?

    http://www.livinglovewithjesus.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/buy-one.jpg

  12. fmr-paultard on Mon, 26th Mar 2018 7:27 pm 

    if you say shekles solve the problem then how come converting to Islam also solve the problem? now this is not my recommendation but i’d say the nation of islam membership don’t get shot by police often. otherwise fruit of islam would go gurellla.

    it’s karl popper. i just gave u my black swan bro.

  13. Sissyfuss on Mon, 26th Mar 2018 8:57 pm 

    Fmr paulthedenier, if you collect your thoughts and write them down I’m sure there will be masses of followers in the coming millennia that will sing your praises and name their first born after you. Promise them 87 virgins in the afterlife and knock out the competition. Call it Tardianity.

  14. DerHundistlos on Mon, 26th Mar 2018 11:50 pm 

    The Neo-cons are back and you’re gonna be in trouble- you know, the swamp, the deep state.

    With love and kisses for all my loyal ditto heads,

    Donny Dump

  15. Cloggie on Tue, 27th Mar 2018 12:15 am 

    http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/kim-jong-un-in-peking-eine-reise-nach-china-waere-fuer-den-nordkoreaner-taktisch-klug-a-1200010.html

    Kim in China (or is it his sister).

    Anyway, signs are that North-Korea is seeking shelter with China. China is welcoming too, could ease sanctions. Kim-hater and empire outlet der Spiegel calls it a “brilliant move”.

    Could it have anything to do with the nomination of Bolton?

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