H/T to Another Ian in a comment here:
Pointing to The Pointman here:
The basic thesis being Trump has played a military style “long game”, has launched small skirmishes to keep the opposition running all over chasing nothing-burgers, and is now ready to counterattack. All done quietly and without spilling things.
It’s well written, worth reading the whole thing. I’m going to quote a chunk out of the middle of it just to get you addicted ;-) so you will go read the rest…
The timing of a counterattack is perfect, and that’s what happened this week and will continue into next year.
On Thursday the House Judiciary Committee wrote to AG Jeff Sessions and the Deputy AG requesting they provide a special counsel to investigate the activities of most of the notables in the previous administration; Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Loretta Lynch and Susan Rice among others.
The ground to be covered includes; the Clinton email server scandal, her deletion of 30,000 emails, her mishandling of classified information, her Clinton Foundation pay to play abuse while being in the office of Secretary of State, Comey’s decision not to prosecute her never mind even mildly censure, Lynch misleading the public about the emails investigation, her meeting at a remote airport with the husband of someone currently under FBI investigation, the DOJ’s and FBI’s mishandling of the email investigation, the illegal surveillance of political enemies, Comey leaking confidential conversations with the president to the press, the unmasking, the immunity deals handed out to senior members of the administration and a lot more. A comprehensive list of areas to be investigated can be found on the committee’s letter to AG Sessions.
If that wasn’t a bad enough can of worms to open up and dump all over the Democrat’s heads, Sessions has demanded a detailed audit of all payments made out of what was called the DOJ slush fund that he’d already closed down, which was there to use the punitive fines the DOJ extracted from companies as donations to bona fide charities.
All those benefiting organisations by law should only have been charities, with political activist groups specifically excluded. In Washington circles, the fund was cynically known as the liberal slush fund because of all the extreme left political groups it was used to funnel money to.
The next blow came from a FOIA request of emails from the FBI which has indicated an unprecedented degree of collusion between the DOJ and the media to suppress reporting of Lynch’s meeting with Clinton. Remember, Comey originally lied when he said the FBI had no emails on the meeting. Yet another occasion when he was being economical with the truth.
Hard on the heels of that lot came claims that an investigation should be made into Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and the activities around her employing a network expert who’s since been arrested for bank fraud and also is suspected of selling confidential if not classified information to Islamic extremist groups. That investigation I suspect won’t be needed, the police will flip him and in return for a lighter sentence, he’ll spread shit in all directions. Now’s the time to engage a good criminal lawyer Debbie.
Attention turned to bringing the media to heel on Friday with the simultaneous arrest of four leakers and them being charged immediately with leaking classified information. Patently, that was the fruit of a very stealthy investigation that had been running for some time. Examples will be made, with people actually going to prison. The Trump administration has a very hard and different attitude to those who choose to betray their country than Obama’s. Quite the reverse actually.
The other hammer blow that fell this week on the media was AG Sessions saying that a review was going to happen of subpoenas to be served on journalists who were in receipt of and publishing classified information. In generations gone by, journalistic integrity enforced the rule that nothing was to be published that put the lives of American servicemen or agents of the US government at risk.
In the age of a feral media, that unspoken rule has long fallen by the wayside. They publish everything and anything just to get internet hits, and to hell with whoever it gets killed.
The real problem the media will have with the DOJ’s possibly changing the Rules of Engagement with them, is they’ve fallen so deeply out of favour with the common person, any new restrictions to be placed on them by government will either be welcomed or met with complete indifference rather than raising some massive howl of public outrage. That was always Trump’s long game to deal with them and it’s worked be
One can only hope (and perhaps pray “Dear Lord! Hear my pleas! Let this be TRUE!”…)
I’ve privately wondered if some of the “public rebuke” (things like complaining about Sessions and the recent grousing about Russia and Putin not behaving nicely) were just “cover”. A “for show” dirt tossing to get chum in the water while making it hard for The Left to believe that Pas-de-Calais really was the site of the invasion… Ignore Normandy… (Ignore that man Sessions, he’s on the outs, and you’ve succeeded with damaging any improved relations with Russia… just in time for Sessions to be center of the counterattack. As the whole Russia Nothing-Burger is now ready to hang on their necks next election…)
I managed a small bit of commercial real estate for a while. ( 100,000 sq. ft. offices as Dir. Facilities and I.T.) It helps to have a background in how deception works. Real Estate agents going past you to the V.P. or even the Board to get an angle. Contractors who want the pay, but not the work. Materials specs. that seem to drift in not checked, often. Obsequious “Government Officials” bending to politicians with either their, or the City’s hand out. I did it for only a short time. Trump did it for decades, and in New York City.
From contractors putting in 20 A instead of 30 A sockets to “inspectors” first demanding “pigtails” on all sockets then demanding they NOT have pigtails (and getting a second “inspection fee” in the process) to janitorial staff walking off with computers having studied all the camera locations… After a while, you realize it’s a bit of a war and you are an “Army of one”. In many ways it was harder than running the I.T. department.
Oh, and EVERYBODY complaining about the air conditioning. Two people in adjacent cubes. She’s cold, he’s hot. I hung a recording thermometer between them. It showed 72 F +/- 2 F or essentially perfect. They would get up, look at the thermometer, and sit back down… She got a sweater. I also got in the habit of walking the building and ‘resetting’ all the controls once a week. Folks would screw around with them and put a hot setting next to a cold one, having the AC and heater fighting in the same air block. Every Monday, reset. Eventually folks accepted that it was working better if they didn’t mess with it…
Now magnify that 1000 fold and you might get close to the experience Trump brings to the table.
So, has Trump been doing the Cassius Clay “Rope-a-dope” letting his opponent wear himself out on the ropes punching at Russia Nothing-Burgers? Is it now time for the “turn” to attack?
Tune in next tweet for “Rope-A-Dope’s End” or “How To Sucker Punch An Idiot Parade”!
Don’t miss it folks…