Friday, July 21, 2017

Nixon Trump

"Watergate and the Downing of Nixon, Part 5".  Worth reading while contemplating the similarities to the current Trump predicaments, particularly as the Jr. meeting was very likely a set-up (just like the Watergate burglary was an IC operation to entrap the paranoid Nixon in a cover-up which itself was essentially manufactured by Dean behind Nixon's back).  Who are the Bush/Moore/Dean of the Trump White House?  [And note the unsettling general attorney weirdness settling in around Trump.]

Nixon was hardly the kind of outsider to the Republicans that Trump is, but was regarded as weirdo by rich east-coast traditional Republicans like Bush (who were of course also traditional leaders of the IC, and thus in positions to do much mischief, just like today).  Nixon was isolated in much the same way that Trump is.  Jeb!'s campaign financed the original preparation of the piss dossier, and BrainCancerMan spread it around town. Things Trump might do to get out from under are all criticized on the basis of similarities to the supposedly horrible Nixon precedents.

Trump could have called off the CIA's malign efforts in Syria on the QT, but he made a big point of announcing it, effectively turning it into a public denunciation of CIA competence.

"New Scapegoat Emerges In Unmasking Scandal: Meet Obama's Former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power".  I think he means suspect rather than scapegoat.

One of the perhaps paradoxical advantages that Trump has over Nixon is that Nixon tried to hide everything, while Trump of course is constantly criticized for his over-sharing.  It is difficult to accuse Trump of covering up!
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