I have compared the Trump administration to an organized criminal enterprise on many occasions. I have gone as far as to call the President “Don Trump”. (That was not used as the familiar form of his first name.) Perhaps I gave him too high of a rank. Let’s explore.
Despite the myriad of distractions Russiagate is still with us. As of this writing at least five people closely associated with the Trump campaign and/or administration have been proven to have met with Russian operatives either during the campaign, the transition or both. Thus far nobody has admitted to a clandestine meeting with the Russians since Inauguration Day. Note I wrote “thus far”. The five are not minor figures. They are former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Senior Advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner (who many feel is the most powerful and influential person in the White House not named Trump), Attorney General Jeff Sessions, along with campaign foreign policy advisors Eric Prince (brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos), and Carter Page.
Last week the Wall Street Journal reported that ExxonMobil has asked for a waiver from the current American sanctions against Russia in order to resume drilling off the Russian coast in Russian waters. The original deal was negotiated by then ExxonMobil CEO and current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The deal was valued at $500 billion and was with Rosneft; a Russian government owned and controlled company. In Russia there is almost distinction between the government and big business. Along with the Mafia the Russian business model looks like the way the Trump administration is operating and organizing itself.
I am among those who do not fear a major military confrontation with Russia. Why would Putin attack America when he seems to control its President? Perhaps Putin is the Don and Trump is only one of his Capos. Or perhaps they have carved up the turf and Putin is the Don of Dons. In any event the rankings are crystal clear to me.
Much of our recent saber rattling and fireworks shows have been designed to give Putin and Russia no real threat but a great (and like Trump, much needed) distraction from domestic problems. They have also allowed Russia to posture.
Mafia Dons usually are rather clever and certainly in command (at least unless a rare overthrow is imminent). Trump and company are either liars, incompetents or both. Let’s explore the case of the “missing aircraft carrier group”. In addition to Trump himself, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Press Secretary Sean Spicer stated that the USS Carl Vinson and its escort ships were steaming for Korea when in fact they were 3,000 miles away and heading in the opposite direction to take place in the previously scheduled maneuvers that this group told us their participation in had been cancelled. If they are to be believed they literally didn’t know north from south; or in map language up from down. To assume they were telling the truth is even scarier. In that case the President, National Security Advisor and Secretary of Defense didn’t know where a major carrier group was. (Spicer doesn’t really count – he is just a mouthpiece.)
I lived through and vividly remember the Cuban Missile Crisis. If something like that occurred today can I really trust Trump, McMaster and Mattis to get America through it safely? One of the things a young John Kennedy insisted on was to know where all military assets were so as not to send a message that could be misinterpreted. This crew is led by a guy who sends irresponsible tweets and a Vice President who like to play dress up and talk tough.
When Dwight Eisenhower left office he warned us to be diligent of the military industrial complex. If Barack Obama had a crystal ball when writing his farewell speech he would have warned us to be fearful of the coming political criminal complex.
I’m not sure of Trump’s rank but I am certain that he is bad for America!
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