Yes, The “Deep State” Exists, & That’s Unfortunate

Normally intercepts of U.S. officials and citizens are some of the most tightly held government secrets. This is for good reason. Selectively disclosing details of private conversations monitored by the FBI or NSA gives the permanent state the power to destroy reputations from the cloak of anonymity. This is what police states do.                   – Eli Lake, Bloomberg News, February 14, 2017.

Self-Perpetuation As The Over-Arching Moral Imperative.

Careerists and appointees left over from the Obama Administration deliberately targeted Mike Flynn for political termination.

Deep State Wolf In Sheeps' clothing @manningthewall.com

That being said, Flynn has no one to blame but himself.

First, no one forced him to speak with (Russian Ambassador to the United States) Sergey Kislyak, on an unsecured line which he knew must be monitored.

Second, he gave bad information to the Vice-President to the United States who subsequently and acting in good faith repeated it in a public forum.

Third and worst of all, he came into office announcing his intent to reform the morbidly obese US intelligence apparatus.  Every soldier knows that the battlefield has been non-contiguous for a while.  The enemy is not just at the gate but inside the walls.  People tend to act in their rational self-interest, and self-preservation is the highest imperative for rational self-interest.  Mike Flynn came to the battlefield without regarding it as a battlefield and his apparent failure to recognize the hostile environment should serve as a lesson for his successor.

Projecting The Best Of Yourself Onto The Worst Of Others.

This is the most puzzling factor in this whole drama, and perhaps it speaks to Flynn’s relative innocence.  Drilled on the principal self-sacrifice for the last 40 years, it is reasonable to presume that he projected that principal onto others.  Epic mistake.  An imbedded and calcified apparatus such at the collective U.S. Intelligence Services knows how to defend itself and furthermore, it would make sense that those defensive mechanisms are in place.  Policies and procedures, both formal and informal, immediate action drills, and defensive triggers are part of the organizational DNA.

As a young field grade officer, Flynn would never have walked into his first battalion command and announced his intent to replace all the platoon sergeants and squad leaders.  Under such auspices, an organization would not only cease to function, but provoke an insurgency of volcanic proportions would manifest itself.  The NCOs would quickly organize, and then proceed to draw on their collective years of experience, and ensure that their new commanding officer would fail.  Flynn knew this, yet chose to disregard the laws governing socio-dynamics.

We can interpret Flynn’s disposition stemming from a deeply held belief that the members of the nation’s intelligence services held the value of self-sacrifice to the same degree he did.  Because they were in government services, Flynn was morally correct in his assumptions, but wrong in practical application.

How “Deep” Does It Go?

Deep State Whirlpool @manningthewall.comRelationships are everything.

A single mother with mouths to feed is told to go pound sand on her second interview because the boss’s wife changed her mind and decided to keep the company’s books for “one more year.”

A business owner nudges aside capable people in favor of their off-spring.

The office manager stays with a familiar copy machine vendor.

People share information laterally and vertically.  A supervisor gives or withholds a recommendation based on rapport.  Organizations solidify, establish procedures, become comfortable, and calcify.  Players establish mutual interests which they nurture and grow.  Eventually, interests evolve into morality.

Deep State, Entrenched, Fortified…

Within the Federal Government, every department has a permanent class of functionaries.  Protected by both Federal Statute and public employee unions, they are the merchant class who’s currency is information.  Functionaries acquire information, sort it, prioritize it, and present it.  Low-profile executive appointees – a few of whom manage to cross-pollinate between administrations of both major political parties rely on the massive reams of information.  The Deep State are contracting officers who know which construction companies have successfully navigated the labyrinth of compliance regulations and who also have the power to pick winners and losers.  FDIC officials who understand the nation’s Byzantine banking system, and are also required to regularly communicate with industry insiders with an equal understanding.  State department actors who are privy to the identity of the embassy’s station chief.

They’ve grown deep roots.  Their positions are often enshrined in law and regulation, and much of their energy is devoted to maintaining the status quo.  While they can’t do everything, the can do anything.  Just as your local police department can’t solve every crime, it can solve any crime.  Any single case where they choose to direct their vast yet still limited resources.  It works the same with politics.  The Deep State cannot get rid of every single appointee to President Trump’s cabinet.  But they can get rid of any single one.  Which is what they did.

Selah, Baby.

 


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How To Avoid Poverty. It’s Easier Than You Think.

The War On Poverty has failed.  As a nation, we need to come to terms with this very simple fact.  If not, then the system will collapse of its own weight, because the current model is unsustainable.

I’m from the government and I’m here to make it worse help…

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The Self-Help Scam – Some Eye-Rolling Selections From The Colonel’s Library.

It’s Going To Get Ugly

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This is going to be a brutal take-down.  The self-help and management gurus have a lot to answer for.  Of course, if you set yourself up as a great thinker or theoretician, be prepared for some criticism.  But mostly, don’t be a fraud. Continue reading

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The Face of Rebellious Conformity

Rebellious Conformity:  yes, I thought that one up myself.   The paradox nests rather nicely with respect to current events.

Members of the most pampered, protected demographic in the history of the world gathered in Washington, D.C. last weekend to complain about… something. Continue reading

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The Unhinged Left Demonstrates Why We Need The Adults In Charge.

This is the over-arching lesson we’ve gleaned over the weeks following the election and leading up to the inauguration. If we have learned nothing else, it’s that we need to put and keep the Adults in charge.Adults Lord of the Flies @manningthewall.com

Paul famously wrote in 1 Corinthians, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” We are beset on all sides by those who refuse to put away childish things, yet insist on their right to rule over us. The Left loves to wag their fingers at the rest of us when they think they’r winning. But when they loose, they’re ready to burn it all down. Continue reading

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Mattis Kills It At His Confirmation Hearing!

…the people you meet “over there.”

I had the pleasure of meeting briefly with General Mattis in Kabul in 2010.  I was temporarily in charge of NTMA’s Joint Visitor’s Bureau at Camp Eggers.  There was an opening for a deputy commander in the Regional Support Command North and I was waiting for my replacement.  General Mattis came in for a VIP visit.  I was of course familiar with who he was.  I was also interested in a member of his entourage.  Author Steven Pressfield filled the roll of civilian advisor to General Mattis.  And yes, I got Pressfield to sign the book I had read on the plane ride over.

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General Mattis Testifies Before The Senate Armed Services Committee.

Mattis impressed me again today with his plain-spoken testimony, taking complex systems and breaking them down in a way that even I can understand.

Mattis is a master of language and social cues.  This is of course true of most people at that level.  He does manage to make you feel like you are the only one in the room.  In our brief meeting, he asked for a brief auto-biography, civilian occupation, and my thoughts of our mission.  I was guarded, of course.  I was not about to be put completely at ease in the presence of a four-star general.  Never-the-less, he is quite disarming, I have to give him that.

Steven Pressfield and Phil Christensen Camp Eggers, 2010 @manningthewall.com

Steven Pressfield, best-selling author of The Legend of Bagger Vance, and The Afghan Campaign, stands with LTC Phil Christensen, Camp Eggers, Kabul, 2010.

Two weeks later, I was on a plane heading to Mazer i-Sharif to take up my new assignment.  Good times, good times…


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The Reason You Lost – An Open Letter To The Left

You hate us.  You on the Left, really, really, hate us.  And you don’t even try to mask it.  I no longer puzzle over it.  I merely accept it.  You take your racism, your hate, and your immense self-regard, and you project it onto me.

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Meryl Streep                                                                              Golden Globes 2017

It comes so naturally to you, as naturally as breathing.  You no more notice it than you take note of the line workers from the back seat of your Bentley as they string cable in the dead of winter.

…surely it’s not our message…

Of course, it’s not your message.  It’s not your elitism, your relentless condescension, or the failure to internalize simple cause and effect.  You can’t be wrong.  I’ve accepted this aspect of your character as well, because if the pitiless slaughter of 110,000,000 souls in the 20th century could not convince you that you’re wrong, then what chance do I have?

You say that using one’s public platform negatively “kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing.”  I’ll take you at your word.  The animals who kidnapped that poor mentally disabled young man in Chicago and gleefully tortured him for two days certainly felt they had permission.  Of course, the permission came from your side of the political aisle, not mine.  And you were deafeningly silent when you had a chance to publicly condemn it.

Not everyone can afford $800 tickets to La Boheme.  Can I keep some of what I earn?

Your snide dismissal of what we may choose for entertainment was not lost on us.

Further, you, the Left, condemn me for wanting to benefit from my own labor.  Because I object to paying for the extortionate policies from which you are insulated.

Suddenly, you want the “principled press” to hold the powerful accountable.  Where were you during the last 8 years is anyone’s guess.

So please spare us your ridiculous condescension, and your incredulity.  You’re not bent out of shape for any reasons of principle or morality.  The Left has always been more pragmatic that, just incredibly short sighted on sustaining a society.

Why don’t you worship me?

You just can’t get over that no one’s sitting at your feet for you lectures.  Finally someone’s taking it you, and you’re just going to have to get used to it. For decades you were able to pontificate from your bubble, surrounded by sycophants.  You could go years without hearing a contrary opinion.

This is why you hate Twitter so much.  Because it by-passes you, and your filter.  For years,  you acted as referee and partisan.  While the other side restricted itself to The Marquess of Queensberry rules,  you engaged in street-fighting.  Not so much anymore.  And you don’t like it.

What’s next?  You still have a lock on 90% of the culture.  Television, Hollywood, Madison Avenue, Print and Broadcast News, K-12, plus Higher Ed.  All held firmly in your grip.  It doesn’t matter who is in the White House, who holds the House and the Senate.

The incoming president can appoint half a dozen originalists to the Supreme Court, yet for the time being, you retain the culture.  And we both know it will take decades to make significant headway.  The endgame is anyone’s guess.


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Why You’re Not Working From Home.

Everyone’s going to be out of a job, and it’s going to be great.

Ok, no one’s really going to be out of a job, but a lot of people are going to be changing jobs in the decades to come and we really need not to panic.  Working for a living is a state of perpetual change.  How we react to that change is the over-arching factor. Continue reading

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The Colonel’s Music List – Year-End Edition 2016

A few selections from the shelves.

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Mozart – 1756 -1791.

I’ve lost lost tract of just how many of Mozart’s works I have on my possession.  Between CD’s (I still purchase them once in a while) and MP3s, it has to number over 100.  I have all his symphonies.  Numbers 26 and 35 are among my favorites.  The Marriage of Figaro (of course), and any number of concertos for any number of instruments.  This past year saw something of a revival for Mozart.  Decca label’s “Complete Works” box set turned out to be 2016’s best seller according to Billboard, if one counts the individual CDs.

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Why We’re Not In Space Yet.

“Because I don’t want to go to Space.” That’s how my wife answered the question. Of course getting her on a plane would prove a challenge, so there you go.

I cut my teeth on Star Trek – an optimistic view of the future where the military undergoes a conversion to a diplomatic corps.  Sort of like how we’ve stalled on the Global War on Terror. (Getting rid of the term ‘Overseas Contingency Operations’ would be a good start if we want to regain our momentum). Continue reading

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