QOTD: A general
“Our government continues to be in unbelievable turmoil. I hope they sort it out soon because we’re a nation at war,” Army Gen. Raymond “Tony” Thomas told a symposium in Maryland.
Asked later about his comments, Thomas, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, said: “As a commander, I’m concerned our government be as stable as possible.”
As a citizen I agree.
Here’s the thing. The White House is leaking like a sieve. Career civil servants are leaking too. The intelligence community and federal law enforcement are leaking like crazy. Now we have generals speaking publicly about how the government is in turmoil.
This is not a question of the spooks stabbing the president in the back because he promised to shake things up and they don’t like it. It’s entirely possible that’s part of it and Deep State players exerting their power that way is normally cause for great concern. But Donald Trump has not given any indication that he is an enemy of their prerogatives generally. He loves torture and thinks surveillance should be expanded to everyone. He wants Snowden executed. So the only beef they have with him is the fact that he called them Nazis on twitter and this reaction seems a little extreme if that’s their problem.
Clearly something much bigger is at work here and it’s not just coming from the jackboots and the spooks. Everyone in government, including some members of his own staff, is trying to slow down or somehow contain this narcissistic imbecile and his band of fascist weirdos. And that’s not because thee leakers are a bunch of neoliberal elites trying to thwart the agenda of the one true voice of the working man. It’s because what they are seeing unfold is scaring the living shit out of them.