The “unlawful” bombing of Syria, the curious pardoning of Scooter Libby, and the expanding criminal case against Michael Cohen

Quite a bit has happened over this past week. For the purposes of this post, I’d like to focus on just three of the many story lines that I’ve been following; our bombing of Syria, the Scooter Libby pardon, and the criminal case against Donald Trump’s “fixer,” Michael Cohen.

Let’s start by talking about Michael Cohen, who, as you may recall, had his New York home, hotel room, and Rockefeller Center offices raided last Saturday by FBI agents, who seized both computers and financial records. We knew at the time that New York State prosecutors were after information concerning Cohen’s roll in the intimidation and silencing of Trump’s numerous unsatisfied sex partners, but, over the last several days, it’s become clear that prosecutors are going deeper into the sordid past of the Trump corporation, and the central role Cohen played, as the most senior non-family member of the organization, in securing questionable deals with our planet’s most shadowy figures. On this subject, I’d encourage you to read Adam Davidson’s new piece in the New Yorker, titled, “Michael Cohen and the End Stage of the Trump Presidency.” Here’s a taste.

…This is the week we know, with increasing certainty, that we are entering the last phase of the Trump Presidency. This doesn’t feel like a prophecy; it feels like a simple statement of the apparent truth. I know dozens of reporters and other investigators who have studied Donald Trump and his business and political ties. Some have been skeptical of the idea that President Trump himself knowingly colluded with Russian officials. It seems not at all Trumpian to participate in a complex plan with a long-term, uncertain payoff. Collusion is an imprecise word, but it does seem close to certain that his son Donald, Jr., and several people who worked for him colluded with people close to the Kremlin; it is up to prosecutors and then the courts to figure out if this was illegal or merely deceitful. We may have a hard time finding out what President Trump himself knew and approved.

However, I am unaware of anybody who has taken a serious look at Trump’s business who doesn’t believe that there is a high likelihood of rampant criminality. In Azerbaijan, he did business with a likely money launderer for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. In the Republic of Georgia, he partnered with a group that was being investigated for a possible role in the largest known bank-fraud and money-laundering case in history. In Indonesia, his development partner is “knee-deep in dirty politics”; there are criminal investigations of his deals in Brazil; the F.B.I. is reportedly looking into his daughter Ivanka’s role in the Trump hotel in Vancouver, for which she worked with a Malaysian family that has admitted to financial fraud. Back home, Donald, Jr., and Ivanka were investigated for financial crimes associated with the Trump hotel in SoHo—an investigation that was halted suspiciously. His Taj Mahal casino received what was then the largest fine in history for money-laundering violations.

…The narrative that will become widely understood is that Donald Trump did not sit atop a global empire. He was not an intuitive genius and tough guy who created billions of dollars of wealth through fearlessness. He had a small, sad operation, mostly run by his two oldest children and Michael Cohen, a lousy lawyer who barely keeps up the pretenses of lawyering and who now faces an avalanche of charges, from taxicab-backed bank fraud to money laundering and campaign-finance violations.

Cohen, Donald, Jr., and Ivanka monetized their willingness to sign contracts with people rejected by all sensible partners. Even in this, the Trump Organization left money on the table, taking a million dollars here, five million there, even though the service they provided—giving branding legitimacy to blatantly sketchy projects—was worth far more. It was not a company that built value over decades, accumulating assets and leveraging wealth. It burned through whatever good will and brand value it established as quickly as possible, then moved on to the next scheme…

And, since these raids, there have already been two significant new developments pertaining to the case against Cohen. First, the Washington Post has reported that Cohen was, like Richard Nixon, in the habit of recording his conversations, and that the FBI may have seized these tapes during their raids. And, second, we learned that, contrary to what he might have said, investigators believe that Cohen was in Prague in 2016 to meet with Russians on Trump’s behalf. [If this is true, it would confirm yet one more detail in the so-called Steele dossier, and establish that the Trump campaign was in fact colluding with the Russians.] So, given all of this, it’s not really any surprise that, after hearing that Cohen’s computers and files had been secured by the FBI last Saturday, Trump lashed out during a press conference about recent chemical attacks in Syria, ranting about how these raids against his corporate attorney amounted to “an attack on our country” on the part of Rod Rosenstein and the Department of Justice. [Rosenstein authorized the raids against Cohen.]

And, since then, things have only gotten stranger and more terrifying, with Trump becoming increasingly belligerent on social media, going so far as to call the FBI a “den of thieves and lowlifes.” And, to make matters worse, on Thursday, he announced that he’d be pardoning Scooter Libby, the Dick Cheney staffer found guilty of having liked the identity of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame in retribution for the fact that her husband had exposed the fact that we’d been led to war in Iraq with falsified evidence. “I don’t know Mr. Libby,” said President Trump, “but for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly. Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life.” Why the President would do this, given that Libby hadn’t even requested a pardon, no one knows. It seems likely, however, that it was a message to Cohen and others that they should stay quiet, as presidential pardons may be coming their way. [A presidential pardon, by the way, wouldn’t get Cohen out of New York State charges.]

If Trump were to pardon his co-consiprators, like Flynn, Manafort or Cohen, it would certainly be obstruction of justice, adding to the several instances that Mueller is already thought to have documented. As I understand it, though, there’s nothing legally that we can do to keep a president from exercising his pardon power. What we can do, however, is support Congressman Adam Schiff in his effort to pass legislation that would increase transparency in instances where the individual receiving the pardon happens to be involved in a case where the president is implicated.

Oh, and Trump didn’t just float the idea of a pardon my making the sudden and unexpected announcement about Libby. He also apparently called Cohen the following day. When asked why the President would call someone who was being investigated for the commission of several felonies, White House Spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said only that the call was made because they “have a long relationship.” [She left out the word “criminal.”]

But then the bombs started falling on Syria, so we all stopped talking about Michael Cohen, the odd and unexpected pardoning of Scooter Libby, and everything else.

Given that Trump absolutely abhorred the idea of military intervention in Syria back with Obama was president, and celebrated the fact that the Republican Congress stopped Obama from using military force in response to President Bashar al-Assad using chemical weapons against his own people in 2013, it’s unclear as to why he decided to launch missiles against the al-Assad now. Some, however, are speculating that it was done primarily to burry the stories noted above. And, given that we’re hearing today that Trump, prior to calling for the strike, had run the idea of an attack by the attorneys defending him in the Russia probe, you can certainly see why people might think that.

[Wag the Dog: “To ‘wag the dog’ means to purposely divert attention from what would otherwise be of greater importance, to something else of lesser significance. By doing so, the lesser-significant event is catapulted into the limelight, drowning proper attention to what was originally the more important issue.”]

The thinking, if you ascribe to this interpretation, must have been that an attack against al-Assad, an associate of Putin’s, would not only take the attention from Cohen, but also give the appearance that the President was taking a strong stance against Russia. This, however, doesn’t hold much weight in light of the fact that, in the wake of the attack, the French defense minister said that Russia had been warned in advance.

Oh, and Trump authorized these attacks without going to Congress, which, according to Congressman Schiff, is “on thin legal ground“… And, again, it’s something that Trump stated that Obama categorically could not do when he was president.

Obama, when he was in a similar position in 2013, attempted to strike back at al-Assad after he’d launched chemical weapons against his own people. In that case, though, Obama went to Congress, argued his case and [was denied. This time, though, Trump, perhaps not remembering his words to Obama, just went ahed and did it without seeking approval from Congress. And, because we live amid constant chaos, that part of the story doesn’t so much as warrant a tiny blip on the American outrage meter. Had Obama bombed Syria without Congressional support at that time, they would have moved to impeach. Now, though, it’s not even a front page story. Some, however, are taking notice. Congressman Jerrold Nadler, for instance, tweeted the following. “As I said in 2013, under Pres. Obama, Constitution requires congressional authorization for use of military force in Syria,” he said. “Trump’s actions tonight,” he went on to say, “appear to be unlawful if not unconstitutional.”

And, on top of it all, we’re told that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein expects to be fired at any minute… Oh, and over in the parallel universe we know as Fox News, they’ve got former FBI Director Jim Comey on trial along with Hillary Clinton.

So, with that, the stage is set for the final act to play out… Buckle up, America. I’m afraid it’s going to get a hell of a lot uglier.

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36 Comments

  1. Mini Proton
    Posted April 15, 2018 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    The Syrian gas attack never happened. Fake news. The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Sunday saying that it was a “hoax” and an “information attack” aimed at shielding “terrorists.”

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/08/politics/donald-trump-syria-assad/index.html

  2. EOS
    Posted April 15, 2018 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    Why don’t we handle it the same way we do when a Democrat is caught? We can have the FBI director read a statement on live TV detailing all the illegal activities that Trump has participated in and then announce that he didn’t knowingly violate the law and won’t be charged and go on -business as usual. And if someone is stupid enough to mention any of the supposed crimes, we can all yell at them in unison that it has already been investigated and no one was charged.

    Or maybe we should type up a memo describing all the illegal acts that Trump has committed, and then have Congress vote to censor him, and then go on – business as usual.

  3. Anonymous
    Posted April 16, 2018 at 6:18 am | Permalink

    The only thing which gives me any comfort at all is the knowledge that we survived the assassinations of MLK, RFK, JFK, Malcolm X and the turmoil of the 1960s. It hasn’t been tested in a while, but our nation is resilient.

  4. Jean Henry
    Posted April 16, 2018 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    The Russians were warned in advance so they could clear out there soldiers and so they could warn Syria, who would clear out their civilians and already produced nerve gases so that they would not be released via attack on the plants that produce them.

    All of this to prevent further escalation, which we DO NOT WANT. Right?

    To hear people on the left call warning the Russians about a strategic strike treason is fucking annoying as hell. We on get jeftxare woefully and willfully ignorant of foreign policy, including the difference between a strategic strike and the start of a war. And then when no horrific results ensue, we are apparently upset that they didn’t happen because, when they do, it allows us to get all righteous. Our ignorance and lack of real concern for those abroad on the liberal left is embarrassing. And those on the radical left are noticing, finally. https://leilashami.wordpress.com/2018/04/14/the-anti-imperialism-of-idiots/

    Mark, it may be unfair, but I expect more from you than to repeat liberal misinformation with the out of ‘some people say…’

  5. Jean Henry
    Posted April 16, 2018 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    EOS— the Trump investigation is not over…

  6. Kit
    Posted April 16, 2018 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    What it is specifically that you are upset about, Jean? Is it that Mark insinuated that Trump gave Putin advance notice not because he was concerned about Syrian citizens, but because the two are in bed together, or is there something else?

  7. anonymous
    Posted April 16, 2018 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    I think Jean is assuming that Mark was against the Syrian strike because he included the quote about it having been unlawful.

  8. Jean Henry
    Posted April 16, 2018 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    The generals gave Russia advance notice because the generals not Trump ran this campaign. Plenty of military were on air, and I was watching MSNBC… explaining why Russia was forewarned. The information was readily available, but the facile anti-war left decided to use it for political ends, and imply there is something wrong about doing what one can to AVOID MASS CASUALTIES and ESCALATION. There’s a lot to discuss about whether this was the right move and the many reasons this response was chosen, and why Congress was not asked for approval and whether they should be, but Trump did not run this campaign or order it, he merely approved it. He may have approved it for political reasons but the military has no love for the guy, and it was their mission.

    It just stubs me that people who supposedly care so much about being educated and Well informed citizens, suddenly go full idiot with the willful ignorance and bs political spin when acts of war or-more broadly- foreign policy is concerned.

    This brief account of the Syrian strikes is political innuendo at best. Misinformation at worst. If we actually care about the costs of war and its victims maybe we could give it a bit more attention and consideration.

    Top on my list of things that trigger my anger is willful ignorance of matters that one is nonetheless freely righteously indignant.

  9. Jean Henry
    Posted April 16, 2018 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    I should also add that Obama engaged in plenty of similar strikes without congressional approval. And asking for congressional approval in Syria (denied)politicized the issue and led to mass catastrophe in the vacuum left behind. Schiff is doing politics when he says Trump is on thin ice. Also where’s the left’s ducking outrage about US incursion into Yemen. Go look it up.

    Ignorance in matters of life and death pisses me off. The left’s areas of willful ignorance upset me more than the rights. We established our own principles and standards and when we don’t live up to them, I get mad.

  10. Jean Henry
    Posted April 16, 2018 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/01/22/how-the-us-is-making-the-war-in-yemen-worse/amp

  11. Citywatch
    Posted April 16, 2018 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    We also survived a civil war before……so there is that.

  12. Anonymous
    Posted April 16, 2018 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Thom Tillis on his protect Mueller bill: “The same people who would criticize me for filing this bill would be absolutely angry if I wasn’t pounding the table for this bill if we were dealing with Hillary Clinton… So spare me your righteous indignation.”

  13. Proton
    Posted April 16, 2018 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    What really ticks me off is when Putin-puppets and anti-American far-left ideologues like James Mattis start clucking about “lack of evidence” for Assad’s crimes. Hell, WE DON’T NEED NO STINKIN “EVIDENCE”! We KNOW that animal Assad is a deranged mass murderer! The NYT told us so, not to mention Mini-Proton and Donald Trump. And, as Iron Lung has helpfully observed, anyone who questions the NYT or the U.S. State Department is as good as throwing in his hat with Alex Jones and the crazed conspiracy theorists of the world.

    Forget Mattis’ lily-livered, Russia-pandering “evidence” claptrap. Time to bomb Damascus back to the paleolithic! And after that, Moscow!

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/u-s-looking-for-the-actual-evidence-of-syria-chemical-attack-mattis-says/
    April 12, 2018
    U.S. “looking for the actual evidence” of Syria chemical attack, Mattis says

    http://www.newsweek.com/now-mattis-admits-there-was-no-evidence-assad-using-poison-gas-his-people-801542
    Now Mattis admits there was no evidence Assad used poison gas on his people
    2/8/18

  14. Posted April 16, 2018 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    I hear what you’re saying, Jean. And you raise a good point. My goal in mentioning the Syria attacks wasn’t to suggest that they were only undertaken to “wag the dog.” I mainly mentioned them to demonstrate the hypocrisy of Donald Trump, who adamantly demanded that Obama had to get Congressional approval before striking in 2013. But, yes, to your point, there are legitimate reasons to strike Syria. al-Assad has proven himself to be a cruel and unprincipled leader who should not have access to such weapons. And that seems to be the consensus of the international community. At the same time, though, I have little doubt that the Russia probe factored into the President’s calculus, and I find it telling that, according to reports, he ran the idea by his attorneys handling the Russia investigation before calling for the air strike. So, I guess what I’m saying is that I think both can be simultaneously true. Raids on Syrian facilities can be justified, and Trump could have chosen the path because he knew a political diversion was necessary. As they say, a broken clock is right twice a day.

  15. Jean Henry
    Posted April 16, 2018 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    More importantly, the warning of the Russians (and so, Syria) was responsible strategy undertaken by the military, not Trump. It was anything but evidence of corruption.

    Good thing I didn’t follow Proton’s advice and go out and buy that gun to shoot myself and my family when nuclear war broke out. He seems sad that things didn’t work out the way he imagined.

  16. Jean Henry
    Posted April 16, 2018 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-france-intellige/french-declassified-intelligence-report-on-syria-gas-attacks-idUSKBN1HL0N1

  17. Jean Henry
    Posted April 17, 2018 at 2:17 am | Permalink

    I don’t think a person who goes to war to distract from an FBI investigation of him would then spend the next few days tweeting about the FBI director he fired for starting that investigation. Doesn’t make sense. Just saying.

  18. Lynne
    Posted April 17, 2018 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    It makes sense if you accept the premise that Trump is an idiot narcissist with no self control!

  19. wobblie
    Posted April 17, 2018 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    JH, you really enjoy bashing the left no matter how stupid you sound. You said, “facile anti-war left decided to use it for political ends” the “anti-war left” whats left of it has been pointing out that there is absolutely no proof of a “gas attack” . Who on the “anti-war left” has attacked Trump for keeping the incident from escalating. Some times your desire to make political points makes you sound stupid.

    But since you are burying your self in some sort of self described “centerist”, and the center has been pulled so far to the right, I guess almost anybody, including the likes of Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow are to your left.

  20. wobblie
    Posted April 17, 2018 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    MM you are not any better. Your idea of “consensus of the International Community” leaves out Russia, China, India, Iraq, Venezuela, Iran who have all taken positions against the attack by the US and numerous other countries that have not spoken up in support. The great coalition that is the “consensus of the International Community” is France and Britain, maybe Italy and Poland. Don’t even see Germany helping.

  21. Jean Henry
    Posted April 17, 2018 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Wobblie– I have never ever described myself as a centrist. I’m on the left, far to the left. I am not so idiotic as to be anti-war, however, except to the degree that we are all anti-war.

    If you think that’s not possible, I will point you again to this link:https://leilashami.wordpress.com/2018/04/14/the-anti-imperialism-of-idiots/

    As for proof of the attack, Sounds like there’s pretty good evidence. but, since Al-Assad won’t allow the inspectors to go to the area, proof is impossible? Sounds very much like climate denialists: “Well, prove it!” — when there is no possibility of doing so, precisely because there is no possibility of doing so, despite an abundance of evidence and consensus.

    I know you are upset that we did not escalate into all out nuclear war, but you can take to heart that Trump once again walked back the planned sanctions on Russia, because he purportedly ‘didn’t understand why we’re being so mean to them.’

  22. Jean Henry
    Posted April 17, 2018 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    “Who on the “anti-war left” has attacked Trump for keeping the incident from escalating.”

    Wobblie– It was literally all over social media. People accusing Trump of treason for revealing to the Russians the planned attack. Mark even offered it up as critique of Trump’s laxity with regards to Russia without any further explanation. This is how we seed suspicion– cherry pick the information so it looks worse than it is… “but also give the appearance that the President was taking a strong stance against Russia. This, however, doesn’t hold much weight in light of the fact that, in the wake of the attack, the French defense minister said that Russia had been warned in advance.”

  23. wobblie
    Posted April 17, 2018 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    “all over social media” yours I guess. Of much more interest

    “One in five Americans have protested in the streets or participated in political rallies since the beginning of 2016. Of those, 19 percent said they had never before joined a march or a political gathering.”
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/national/wp/2018/04/06/feature/in-reaction-to-trump-millions-of-americans-are-joining-protests-and-getting-political/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c9d44d844577

  24. Jean Henry
    Posted April 17, 2018 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    Of interest: https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/04/17/how-social-media-built-the-case-for-trumps-strike-on-syria/

    “Will everybody accept it? Of course not,” he says. “The Russians can pretend that this was done by a band of Swedish clowns, and some people will believe it.”

  25. New Proton
    Posted April 18, 2018 at 5:29 am | Permalink

    On the one hand, protonistas say we cannot trust information vetted through an official chain of custody, as the deep state conspires against our interests. On the other hand, protonistas say we cannot trust open media sources that are unvetted, as the mainstream media conspires against our interests. On the third hand, the only trustworthy sources are those endorsed by the protonistas, which in most cases, mostly claim that the deep state and the mainstream media are never truthful and always conspires against our interests. Therefore, I am forced to conclude that it all never happened. Thank you for that. I feel a lot better not having to believe anything that I cannot verify through my own hearsay personal acquaintances. It is as if the world exists only in a 100 mile bubble around wherever I am, with separate bubbles around close friends and family that live elsewhere. Since I have no close friends or family outside of North America, international new is just “news”, so it concerns me not.

  26. stupid hick
    Posted April 18, 2018 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    He added that “Later, when the cameras were off, he said, ‘Billy, look, you just tell them and they believe it. That’s it: you just tell them and they believe. They just do.”

    Maher sighed, “And that’s where we are. He can do that to America now. It’s what he does all the time: he just says it and they believe it.”

  27. Iron Lung 2
    Posted April 18, 2018 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    “the “anti-war left” whats left of it has been pointing out that there is absolutely no proof of a “gas attack” ”

    Holocaust denial 2.0.

    Just don’t.

  28. Jean Henry
    Posted April 18, 2018 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    ‘Protonista’ is excellent. Will put into use.

    The ‘anti-war left’ is alive and well in Ann Arbor, Ypsi and Hollywood it seems according to my social media feed.

    My favorite was a millennial friend decrying the sudden woke-ness of her friend’s yelling about Syria because she was sure they supported the war in Iraq. She could have made her point with Yemen, about which she knew zilch. She was barely alive for the Iraq war launches… When I suggested being ‘woke’ required being informed about more than ones own experience, she launched into the whole military industrial complex, deep state, corporatocracy thing, as though that was news to me. Or had anything to do with the Syria attack…

    So yes alive and well and righteous but I’ll informed. Running off the social media outrage, gaining steam if not perspective.

    Sometimes it seems like bleeding hearts only bleed for themselves.

  29. Iron Lung 2
    Posted April 18, 2018 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    The assumption that the world is a happy place where bad things don’t happen independently of the actions of the United States is a stupid one.

    Equally stupid is trying to claim that people are not being killed in Syria, despite ample numbers of Syrians clamoring to get to other places.

    It would seem that even that some on the left are on the same side as all those white nationalists seeking to discredit the experiences of people fleeing places like Syria.

    You can’t be “anti war” and work actively to discredit the experiences of the people who are victims of it.

  30. Kit
    Posted April 18, 2018 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Proton and company,

    UN teams have yet to enter Douma to do testing. That is why they cannot yet say definitely. This does not mean chemical weapons were not used.

    https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/18/603133756/after-u-n-team-comes-under-fire-not-clear-when-inspectors-will-enter-douma?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social

  31. Iron Lung 2
    Posted April 18, 2018 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    “UN teams have yet to enter Douma to do testing. That is why they cannot yet say definitely.”

    So what? Is the UN the only group with credibility sufficient to say that people were gassed? I think that when relief groups say they have patients coming with conditions resembling have been exposed to chemical agents, they deserve to be taken seriously.

    If one doesn’t take reports from the ground seriously, one has to ask how “anti-war” one really is. Are you only “anti-war” when the US is involved? In which case, it’s ok everywhere else. That’s pretty sad.

    I think that the Trump response will be irresponsible, lack focus and will be uncommitted, but that doesn’t mean that nothing should be done by someone or should have in the past.

  32. Iron Lung 2
    Posted April 18, 2018 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Like most Americans, many in the readership don’t take the suffering of people not like them seriously.

    That’s pretty sad, in my opinion.

    Bad things happen in the world, and real people suffer under them. Americans are too self centered and self involved to care preferring to go around in circles in whatever political ridiculousness they think is important.

  33. Kit
    Posted April 18, 2018 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    You read me wrong, Iron Lungs. I believe chemical weapons were used. I’ve seen the videos, and listened to the interviews. I was only responding to the comments of those who were crowing about how evidence was not found. My point was this. Mattis said the UN had yet to find evidence because the UN had yet to go in, not because they hadn’t found evidence.

  34. Iron Lung 2
    Posted April 18, 2018 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    Fair enough.

    I remember when some of the American left were denying that crimes against humanity were occurring in the former Yugoslavia.

    Unbelievable.

  35. Jean Henry
    Posted April 19, 2018 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    “Caution in handling generally accepted opinions that claim to explain whole trends of history is especially important for the historian of modern times, because the last century has produced an abundance of ideologies that pretend to be keys to history but are actually nothing but desperate efforts to escape responsibility.”
    — Hannah Arendt , Origins of Totalitarianism

  36. Jean Henry
    Posted April 19, 2018 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    This too. Happens constantly here, whenever I or anyone else offer countering facts to some prevailing (and deeply-held-belief-driven interpretation) of a situation. And so, we are stooges for the status quo, or the DNC or just MM.com (still waiting for that check…):

    “One of the greatest advantages of the totalitarian elites of the twenties and thirties was to turn any statement of fact into a question of motive.”
    ― Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

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