Deep state government actors are having a bit of a coming out party of late. And the word that most comes to mind regarding this clandestine cotillion is – unravel. As this jumble of fibers known as Operation Crossfire Hurricane unwinds, the outline of a malevolent leviathan lurking deep within the Swamp is beginning to take shape. What started with hypothetical Russian collusion is looking more and more as a canard because it just could be that the real enemy is from within.
And so, we have some excellent questions that are being asked to try and detangle this political mystery. The first comes from the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel who asks, “Was Trump’s campaign ‘Set Up’? And if so when?
This query has just about everyone in the political world wondering, including the president. In a recent tweet, Mr. Trump wrote: “Reports are there was indeed at least one FBI representative implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president.” Based on myriad news stories and a lengthy backpedaling polemic in the New York Times this appears more and more likely.
Then the president goes on to answer Ms. Strassel’s question, “It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a “hot” Fake News Story.” In classic Trumpian style he punctuates his tweet with a grand finale: “If true – all time biggest political scandal!”
Clapper Blows the Lid Off
You know you are on to something when the opposition stops prevaricating and starts verifying – with inane excuses, but verifying nonetheless. And that is precisely what the former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper did on the failing fake news cable outlet CNN. “They [the FBI] may have had someone who was talking to them in the campaign,” Clapper opined. Citing a need to know what the Russians were doing, Clapper said, “So, if there was someone that was observing that sort of thing, that’s a good thing.”
That’s a wow. If the tables were turned, do you think for one nanosecond Mr. Clapper would agree it was a “good thing” if informants or moles or whatever you want to call them were embedded in the Clinton campaign? And why is it that government sources are willing to spill so much information about Operation Crossfire Hurricane to reporters over at the Times, but the chairman of the House Intel Committee must drag every morsel of information about this affair out of government agencies via hammer and tong?
Parallels between this embedded spy scheme to the Watergate cover-up have been made by everyone from the president on down the political food chain. Despite smug refutations by Don Lemon and Mr. Clapper as “hyperbole,” there are some similarities and many significant differences.
The criminal activity in the Watergate affair was penny-ante poker compared to Crossfire Hurricane. A couple of two-bit criminals breaking into the Democratic National Headquarters was never the issue. The real snag in Watergate was obstruction of justice — the cover-up. Anyone who was alive in 1973 remembers Tennessee Senator Howard Baker’s question, “What did the president know, and when did he know it?” That was the crux of the matter which eventually brought down a sitting president.
What we have here today is an entirely different animal. If true, we are seeing just the leading edge of a political conspiracy by those in power to take down a presidential candidate through a complicated ruse that included:
- embedding a government informant within a presidential campaign.
- creating an imaginary storyline of foreign-government collusion.
- and using thinly-veiled opposition research as a motive to wiretap.
Perhaps the keepers of the intel might learn a thing or two from Richard Nixon. Borrowing and adapting from James Carville, we might say “It’s the cover-up, stupid.” Thus, it might behoove these folks to hand over the goods and be done with it.
And here are two solid reasons for doing just that: First, because it couldn’t have been a good operation to begin with, since it didn’t work. And second, because one way or another The Big Spill is coming – probably by someone trying to save their own derrière. But come it will, and those involved in hatching this plan are better off controlling the spill than permitting it to ooze through the Swamp like an oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico.
Keeping a leviathan under wraps for long is difficult. This is primarily because it is too ugly and large to hide. And if indeed this monster was the making of powers within the United States government then it must be slain – and soon.