Saturday, February 25, 2017

Will the US Coal Industry Be Revived?


Is a revitalized coal industry in the foreseeable future?
Published on Nov 17, 2016
Although coal production has experienced a prolonged slump, President-elect Donald Trump vowed to bring the industry back to its former glory. And that promise has resonated with some voters.
Despite impending plant closures, coal’s death could be ‘greatly exaggerated’
By Johnny Kampis
February 24, 2017 
This Sept. 4, 2011, file photo shows the main plant facility at the Navajo Generating Station, as seen from Lake Powell in Page, Arizona. Communities in the Navajo and Hopi Nations are bracing for what they say will be devastating economic fallout after the owners decided to close the coal-fired power plant in 2019, leading to the loss of hundreds of jobs, including at a coal mine that supplies fuel for the plant.
As another coal-fired power plant prepares for closure, an energy expert tells Watchdog the owners may be acting too hastily.
Facing financial pressure due to the historically low prices of natural gas, the owners of the Navajo Generating Station in Page, Arizona, recently voted to cease operations at the end of a lease that expires in December 2019. If an agreement can’t be reached on the removal of the plant and reclamation of the land with the Navajo Nation, the plant could close as early as this year.
Those owners including several government agencies and public utilities, such as the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Arizona Public Service Corporation, NV Energy and Tucson Electric Power. That means these taxpayer-supported entities are picking energy winners and losers.
Marlo Lewis, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute who studies energy issues, said it’s possible “coal’s death will prove to be greatly exaggerated.”
“The usual suspects crow that coal can’t come back, it can’t compete with gas,” he told “I believe it’s too early to tell.”
The Navajo Generating Station is operated by Salt River Project, which announced the impending closure on Feb. 13.
“The utility owners do not make this decision lightly,” Mike Hummel, deputy general manager of SRP, said in a statement. “NGS and its employees are one reason why this region, the state of Arizona and the Phoenix metropolitan area have been able to grow and thrive.”
The closure will be a devastating blow to the Navajo and Hopi people. About 500 people work at the plant, 450 of them members of the Navajo. Another 330 are employed at the Kayenta Mine about 80 miles away, almost all of them Navajo or Hopi people. That mine is the sole fuel source for the plant.
Tribal leaders for both the Hopi and Navajo people wrote to U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake and Congressman Tom O’Halleran prior to the announcement, pleading with those Arizona members of Congress to help keep the plant open.
Navajo Nation president Russell Begaye and council speaker LoRenzo Bates called the plant a “vital economic engine” for the tribes, the city and the state. They cited a study from Arizona State University that said the state stands to lose $18 billion in gross state product if the plant doesn’t continue operating until 2044, the original planned closure date for NGS.
Hopi chairman Herman G. Honame wrote that coal revenue produces more than 85 percent of the Hopi Tribe’s general fund, which is used to fund essential government services. He also noted the tribe has an unemployment rate greater than 60 percent.
“These closures would have a dire impact on the Hopi as well as other local and state economies,” he wrote.
The impending closure of NGS is part of an anti-coal trend that reached a fervor pitch during the Obama administration.
Five other coal-plant closures have been announced since November. The list includes:
A.B. Brown in Mount Vernon, Indiana, which will close in 2024
F.B. Culley in Newburgh, Indiana, which will also close in 2024
Stuart Station in Aberdeen, Ohio, set to close in 2018
Killeen Station in Wrightville, Ohio, also slated for closure in 2018
Roanoke Valley in Weldon, North Carolina, with a closure date still to be determined
Lewis told Watchdog that Obama’s policies were designed to put a stranglehold on coal, even if economic conditions changed.
He said that even though President Trump promised to roll back many of Obama’s environmental regulations, it will take time for the impacts to be felt.
LEWIS: Coal could still rebound, especially if the federal government gets its thumb off the industry.
“Trump promised to take the feds’ thumbs off the scales,” Lewis said. “It’s only now starting to happen.”
Last week Trump signed legislation to kill the Office of Surface Mining’s Steam Protection Rule.
That rule, finalized in December, was designed to protect waterways from coal mining waste, but the coal mining industry argued it would be too costly to implement and would hurt employment in an already struggling sector.
Trump called it “another terrible job killing rule” as he signed the document to overturn it.
Begaye pleaded earlier this week for the Trump administration to step in and save NGS.
“This dilemma provides an opportunity for the Trump administration to live up to its promise to the American people that it will stand behind the coal industry,” he said.
Johnny Kampis is National Watchdog Reporter for Johnny previously worked in the newspaper industry and as a freelance writer, and has been published in The New York Times,, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A former semi-professional poker player, he is writing a book documenting the poker scene at the 2016 World Series of Poker, a decade after the peak of the poker boom. Johnny is also a member of the Investigative Reporters & Editors network.
Trump's big plan for the coal industry just got even harder
Tuesday, 22 Nov 2016
President-elect Donald Trump faces an uphill battle fulfilling his promises to revive the U.S. coal industry. The battlefield became even more pitched when Canada said it would speed up its effort to reduce its coal consumption.
America's neighbor to the north was the fifth-largest market for U.S. coal in 2015. Its pledge on Monday to get off coal sooner than expected will only pile more pressure on a U.S. industry that has seen nearly half of its production fall into bankruptcy due to falling demand, lower prices and a global oversupply of coal.

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To be sure, Canada's appetite for U.S. coal was already declining. The chart above also shows India's growing consumption offset the decline in exports to Canada.
But among the top five U.S. coal export markets, only India and the Netherlands purchased more supplies last year. And imports through the first six months of 2016 fell in each of those top destinations, except Brazil. Large year-to-date declines in the Netherlands, South Korea and India have dwarfed the Brazil bump.

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U.S. coal exports fell 24 percent overall in 2015 and have fallen another 32 percent through the first half of 2016.
Trump is vowing to put coal miners back to work by rolling back regulations, offering tax breaks to invest in infrastructure and ending a moratorium on mining on federal land enforced by President Barack Obama. He would also cancel Obama's Clean Energy Plan, which would force power plants to capture more greenhouse gases.
However, those changes would not address the core problem faced by the U.S. coal industry, which is that it can't compete on price with surging U.S. natural gas production.
President-elect Donald Trump faces an uphill battle fulfilling his promises to revive the U.S. coal industry. The battlefield became even more pitched when Canada said it would speed up its effort to reduce its coal consumption.
America's neighbor to the north was the fifth-largest market for U.S. coal in 2015. Its pledge on Monday to get off coal sooner than expected will only pile more pressure on a U.S. industry that has seen nearly half of its production fall into bankruptcy due to falling demand, lower prices and a global oversupply of coal.
To be sure, Canada's appetite for U.S. coal was already declining. The chart above also shows India's growing consumption offset the decline in exports to Canada.
But among the top five U.S. coal export markets, only India and the Netherlands purchased more supplies last year. And imports through the first six months of 2016 fell in each of those top destinations, except Brazil. Large year-to-date declines in the Netherlands, South Korea and India have dwarfed the Brazil bump.
U.S. coal exports fell 24 percent overall in 2015 and have fallen another 32 percent through the first half of 2016.
Trump is vowing to put coal miners back to work by rolling back regulations, offering tax breaks to invest in infrastructure and ending a moratorium on mining on federal land enforced by President Barack Obama. He would also cancel Obama's Clean Energy Plan, which would force power plants to capture more greenhouse gases.
However, those changes would not address the core problem faced by the U.S. coal industry, which is that it can't compete on price with surging U.S. natural gas production.
The route to "market equilibrium" for an ailing U.S. coal industry is further industry consolidation and more mine closures, the International Energy Agency said last week in its annual World Energy Outlook. After the industry shrinks through the early 2020s, the remaining U.S. companies will emerge as solvent and more fit to compete, according to the IEA's forecast.
It is critical for Trump to defy the odds, because he has not articulated a Plan B for coal country. His campaign rival, Hillary Clinton, laid out a plan to invest $30 billion to retrain workers in coal-producing regions so they could work in other fields.
Coal Plants Are Shutting Down, With or Without Clean Power Plan
Jack Fitzpatrick
May 3, 2016  
The coal industry’s decline has been a long time coming, thanks to an aging fleet of power plants. True, the Supreme Court’s pending decision on the legality of the administration’s carbon-cutting Clean Power Plan could dramatically speed coal’s demise. But it’s happening nonetheless.
In 2015, 94 coal-fired power plants closed, with the combined net summer capacity of 13,556 megawatts, according to data from the Energy Information Administration. To put that in context, the country lost roughly the same total capacity of all of Kentucky’s electric sector coal plants that year.
Another 41 coal plants are scheduled to close in 2016, with a combined net summer capacity of 5,326.5 megawatts. That’s slightly greater than all of Colorado’s electric sector coal plants.
Those figures don’t account for combined heat and power coal plants, which recycle the heat generated from burning coal and use it for another industrial purpose. These plants aren’t exactly booming, but they face less opposition from environmental interests than straightforward electric sector coal power plants because they use the energy more efficiently.
These closures are happening regardless of whether the Clean Power Plan, or any more regulations, move forward.
The country’s coal fleet is shrinking and aging. The median-aged coal plant in the United States was built in 1972, according to the EIA. The vast majority (91 percent) were built in the 1980s or earlier. Those older plants make up 697 of the total 765 utility-level coal plants. The average retirement age of coal plants in 2015 was 58 years old, which indicates that much of the country’s coal fleet is facing its demise in the relatively near future.
When Were America's Coal Plants Built?
Decade            Coal plants still operating
2010s   21
2000s   17
1990s   30
1980s   131
1970s   206
1960s   178
1950s   174
1940s   8
Six states  — California, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont — no longer have coal-burning power plants other than combined heat and power facilities. (Idaho, for example, has four small generators, all owned by the Amalgamated Sugar Company, which uses the heat to refine its sugar.) Massachusetts, Oregon and Washington have plans to close their remaining coal plants by 2025. Connecticut, Delaware and South Dakota each have only one remaining coal plant.
Most of the states that are totally free of coal or are heading in that direction tend to be liberal. But the red states aren’t far behind. Alabama is slated to close eight coal-fired generators by 2019; those closures comprise 11 percent of the state’s coal-fired capacity. Four generators in Kentucky are scheduled to close by 2017; they comprise 10 percent of the state’s coal-fired capacity. In Tennessee, the youngest coal-fired power plant was built in 1973, which means its lifespan is waning.
Demand for coal is dropping, too. Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana each saw electric sector demand for coal drop the most between 2007 and 2015, falling by 49 percent, 44 percent and 37 percent, respectively, according to the EIA.
Active Coal-Power Capacity By State (not including combined heat and power)
Few new coal plants are in the works to replace those that are being shut down. The EIA only lists three proposed electric-sector coal plants scheduled to open by 2021. The Sierra Club is tracking a total of 17 proposed coal plants with various potential start dates, but those include coal-to-liquid fuel plants, which don’t serve as a direct replacement for closed electricity-generating power plants.
Even if all the proposed electric-sector coal plants eventually open, far more plants are scheduled to close.
Environmentalists are loath to tamp down their warnings about the state of the climate, but they admit they are coasting when it comes to opposing coal plants. With an aging fleet, it takes less effort now than it did 15 years ago to lobby against investments in new coal plants or new technology on old plants, said Bruce Nilles, senior director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign.
Nilles’ campaign has opposed new coal plants since the early 2000s.
The earliest objections to coal plants weren’t about carbon emissions and climate change. Opponents instead focused on toxins that could have an immediate and direct impact on people’s health, Nilles told Morning Consult. “The tangible concern was, ‘This is going to mean asthma attacks for my kids.’ That was a visceral and real thing at public hearings.”
Since then, the public’s focus has shifted more toward climate change. Even now, though, much of the economic pushback against coal plants has come from regulations focused on other issues than carbon emissions. The Obama administration’s regulations on the disposal of coal ash and its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rule were ‘groundbreaking’ in the fight to curb emissions. Those rules are responsible for more of a decline in coal plants than the Clean Power Plan will induce if it is upheld, Nilles said.
For coal proponents, the Clean Power Plan is not their biggest headache. They point to a wide range of existing regulations that hamper their businesses. The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity attributes 410 scheduled coal plant closures, totaling 66,967 megawatts, to various Environmental Protection Agency policies other than CPP.
That doesn’t mean the Clean Power Plan isn’t important, but the trajectory of coal production shows that the life and death of coal in the U.S. doesn’t depend on it. The CPP is important for environmentalists because it addresses carbon emissions. That sets a precedent for regulating greenhouse gases in addition to other pollutants, such as mercury, that have a more direct impact on human health.
“It’s a suite of rules, and the Clean Power Plan is obviously the latest, and in many regards, a marquee rule, because it said to utilities that you can’t ignore carbon,” Nilles said. “So its value is enormous in that it has already changed the debate.”
For environmentalists, a shift in conversation about the broader goals of reducing carbon emissions is never a bad thing. But it’s hardly the whole story of coal’s decline. // @jackfitzdc
Jack covers energy policy and politics for Morning Consult.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

What's With John Podesta? (Part 2)


John Podesta BUSTED! Caught Spewing Endless LIES About #Pizzagate
Published on Feb 22, 2017
This powerful interview contains breaking news about John Podesta's lies about the investigation known as Pizzagate. We also dissect the highly suspicious development that actor Ashton Kutcher is partnering with the DHS to expose and stop human trafficking. My guests, Twitter sensation 'Pizzagate Angela', follow her at @Notmanipulated 7 and Michael, an excellent researcher help us break it all down.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

After a Month as President, Where is Trump At?


In Defense Of Donald And Where Is Hillary | Dick Morris
Published on Feb 22, 2017
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"The media is Trump's ENEMY!" Rush Limbaugh goes CRAZY on Chris Wallace
Published on Feb 19, 2017

Limbaugh: 'Media Did Not Make Donald Trump and They Can't Destroy Him' Limbaugh, host of "The Rush Limbaugh Show," said he believes the left-wing media is attempting to sabotage Trump's presidency.
Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was a guest for an exclusive interview on "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace to discuss President Donald Trump's relationship with the mainstream media.
He said some members of the media have a blueprint for destroying Republican officials but that it won't work on Trump since he doesn't fit the mold.
"The media did not make Donald Trump and they can't destroy him," Limbaugh said.
In an earlier interview with Wallace, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said there was "absolutely" no collusion between anyone in the Trump campaign and Russia prior to the election. Limbaugh agreed.
"It is preposterous to believe that the Russians had any effect on the outcome of voting in this country," Limbaugh said.
He added that President Barack Obama was never challenged seriously by the media during his presidency. Therefore, Trump needs to keep his supporters on board, he said, thus the purpose for Saturday's campaign rally in Melbourne, Fla.
"Donald Trump has nobody helping him other than the people who voted for him," Limbaugh said. "Obama had the media. Obama had the judiciary. Obama had all kinds of support."
When President Donald Trump denounced several news organizations as "the enemy of the American people," even some of his sympathizers thought he had gone too far. Not Rush Limbaugh, though.
"I think that there's something to it," Limbaugh said Sunday during an interview with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace.
"They're enemies of Trump, and Trump won the election on substance. Trump did more interviews, he explained his agenda more than any political presidential candidate ever has in my memory, and he has tried to stick to it as people perceive it," he added. "And this effort to stop him, this is what people conclude -- anti-American, anti-this. It clearly is anti-Trump."
It was a rare live television interview for Limbaugh, who hosts the most listened-to radio program in the country. For decades, he has acted as both a conservative standard-bearer and a lightning rod for controversy, wielding enough influence to shape the Republican agenda and making comments that infuriate liberals.
Related: How 'the most honest morning show' covered Trump and his press conference
In contrast to many other conservative commentators, Limbaugh was receptive to Trump's unconventional presidential campaign from the start. Limbaugh especially delighted in how Trump marginalized the press.
"They, for the first time in a long time, feel utterly powerless," Limbaugh said of the news media in December of 2015. "And it's really frustrating because they can't not cover him. They can't ignore him. They have to if they hope to have or maintain whatever audience they've got now. They're really in a bind."
On Sunday, Limbaugh returned to that point, saying Trump has a "wide berth" to enact his policy agenda.
"The media did not make Donald Trump, and they can't destroy him," Limbaugh said. "But the media thinks -- and when I say media, let me define: ABC, CBS, NBC, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, LA Times, that cadre -- they have a formula, they have a blueprint for destroying Republican political officials they don't like. It's not going to work on Trump. He doesn't fit that mold. They're trying to everyday. It's kind of comical to watch."
Limbaugh said that's partly due to the deep reservoir of trust Trump has built with his most loyal supporters. Those voters, he said, have no qualms with the president's most scathing attacks on the news media.
"Trump has a connection with his voters that most politicians don't have," Limbaugh explained. "I understand it perhaps better than anybody in media. And that connection that he has is not anything that anybody else can break. Only he can break it."
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Trump is Like a Father to Misbehaving Media
The media described Trump’s press conference as “wild,” “crazy” and “unhinged.” In reality, it was calm, forceful and pure love
By Rev .Jesse Lee Peterson —— Bio and Archives
February 23, 2017
Do you remember when Chris Rock said President Barack Obama was “our boss,” that Barack and Michelle were “like the mom and the dad of the country,” and that we need to listen to what they say?
Sorry, Chris. The Obamas did not make good national parents.
The Obamas are not genuine people. They lack love
The Obamas are not genuine people. They lack love. They don’t care about what’s right. They care only about their own egos and political agenda. They’re not about truth or decency. Just look at their daughter, Malia, for whom trashy Beyonce was a wonderful “role model.”
Remember, Obama promised the “most transparent administration” ever, but it was the most lying, secretive and scandal ridden. He blamed Fox News and Rush Limbaugh for telling the truth about him. He never faced Sean Hannity, and he slithered and charmed his way through Bill O’Reilly’s interviews.
It’s different with President Trump. His decency as a father shows in his children’s lives. And it showed at his one-hour-and-17-minute press conference last week. He showed love, not hate – not just for the American people, but for the press, even those he called “failing,” “fake news” or, in one case, “very fake news.”
We all know how biased the media are: They deceive the people – typically by omitting positive information about those they hate, and omitting negative information about those they love. They honor and prop up the worst people, but they attack and mischaracterize conservatives, whites and men.
Many in the media actually consider themselves objective. They really believe in “racism,” “same-sex marriage,” “transgenderism,” abortion – things not rooted in truth. Their parents failed them, and that’s why they’re liberals and insecure, nasty, prideful people.
We also know how jealous, evil and destructive the media are: They stir up false controversies to defame the innocent, divide the country, spread hate and inspire riots and protests. They do hit pieces on individuals who don’t fall in line, to further their agenda. (See popular YouTuber PewDiePie, for a recent example.)
Donald Trump exhorted the press about their hateful tone
The liberal media tend to do one of two things to avoid admitting they’re wrong.
Most often, they feign objectivity, gaslight and lie to the public, as Washington Post’s Marty Baron did, saying, “We’re not at war with the administration, we’re at work.” Were they on vacation the past eight years as Obama created a mess?
And occasionally, the media get defensive and angrily shut down truth-tellers, as CNN’s Don Lemon did to commentator Paris Dennard. Dennard dismissed a discussion focusing on the “high cost” to taxpayers for the Secret Service to protect the Trump family. He called the supposed controversy “fake news.” Lemon got mad and wouldn’t even let Dennard explain why it was “fake news.” He ended the segment early and walked off the set!
The press looks down on the people, particularly on conservatives, as intellectual liberals think they know better than the rest of us. They constantly gather information, thus ever building their pride – yet they cannot interpret reality.
Christ warned the Pharisees and Sadducees who did not believe in him about their blindness and arrogance in all their knowledge and their looking for “signs” and proof. He said that they could not discern the signs of the times. He told the Pharisees that they did not understand him because they could not hear him, because they were not of God. They could only believe their father the devil, the murderer and the father of lies.
There are two realities to life. The people of evil live in a completely different reality from the people of good. Anger places you in that false reality, because, in anger, you feel you are fighting for “justice” (think Black Lives Matter). But, in truth, you are an unjust judge who can’t see, and you are deceived.
Donald Trump exhorted the press about their hateful tone, their speculative focus on his administration’s alleged connections to “Russia” and their dishonest ways in general. He told the media that if they were “straight” and fair, instead of hateful and dishonest, they would help both themselves and the country, because the people simply do not trust them:
The media – and America as a whole – have much to learn from the father of our country
I watch CNN, and it’s so much anger, hatred, and just the hatred, I don’t watch it anymore. … But I think it should be straight. … I think it should be, frankly, more interesting.I know how good everybody’s ratings are right now, but I think it’ll actually be better. People, you have a lower approval rate than Congress. … But, honestly, the public would appreciate it. I would appreciate it.
CNN’s Jim Acosta responded, “Just for the record, we don’t hate you, I don’t hate you.” Many in the press are enthralled by Trump because he is giving them a love they never received from their own fathers who failed them. Yet when they leave, they misbehave again like undisciplined children, and rebel against the truth as though their father is not home.
The media described Trump’s press conference as “wild,” “crazy” and “unhinged.” In reality, it was calm, forceful and pure love.
The media – and America as a whole – have much to learn from the father of our country.

Jesse Lee Peterson is the most courageous, outspoken critic of the “civil rights” establishment in America today. Raised without his father on a plantation near Tuskegee, Alabama during the Jim Crow era, Peterson has lived a part of America’s history few have experienced. After a spiritual transformation, Peterson founded BOND, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to “Rebuilding the Family by Rebuilding the Man.” Peterson is also a radio talk show host, speaker, and the author of SCAM: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America, and From Rage to Responsibility. Peterson writes a weekly column for and appears as a media commentator on Fox News Channel, CNN, and other national TV and radio networks.
The Stakes for Trump and All of Us
Paul Craig Roberts
February 18, 2017
We need to understand, and so does President Trump, that the hoax “war on terror” was used to transform intelligence agencies, such as the NSA and CIA, and criminal investigative agencies, such as the FBI, into Gestapo secret police agencies. Trump is now threatened by these agencies, because he rejects the neoconservative’s agenda of US world hegemony that supports the gigantic military/security annual budget.
Our secret police agencies are busy at work planting “intelligence” among the presstitute media that Trump is compromised by “Russian connections” and is a security threat to the United States. The plan is to make a case in the media, as was done against President Nixon, and to force Trump from office. To openly take on a newly elected president is an act of extraordinary audacity that implies enormous confidence, or else desperation, on the part of the police state agencies.
Here you can see CNN openly cooperating with the CIA in treating wild and irresponsible speculation that Trump is under Russian influence as if it is an established fact.
The “evidence” provided by CNN and the CIA is a “report” by the New York Times that, with little doubt, was planted in the NYT by the CIA.
This is so obvious that it is clear that CNN and the CIA regard the American people as so gullible as to be completely stupid.
Glenn Greenwald explains to Amy Goodman that the CIA is after Trump, because Trump’s announced policy of reducing the dangerous tensions with Russia conflicts with the military/security complex’s need for a major enemy.
“The deep state, although there’s no precise or scientific definition, generally refers to the agencies in Washington that are permanent power factions. They stay and exercise power even as presidents who are elected come and go. They typically exercise their power in secret, in the dark, and so they’re barely subject to democratic accountability, if they’re subject to it at all. It’s agencies like the CIA, the NSA and the other intelligence agencies, that are essentially designed to disseminate disinformation and deceit and propaganda, and have a long history of doing not only that, but also have a long history of the world’s worst war crimes, atrocities and death squads. This is who not just people like Bill Kristol, but lots of Democrats are placing their faith in, are trying to empower, are cheering for as they exert power separate and apart from—in fact, in opposition to—the political officials to whom they’re supposed to be subordinate.
“And you go—this is not just about Russia. You go all the way back to the campaign, and what you saw was that leading members of the intelligence community, including Mike Morell, who was the acting CIA chief under President Obama, and Michael Hayden, who ran both the CIA and the NSA under George W. Bush, were very outspoken supporters of Hillary Clinton. In fact, Michael Morell went to The New York Times, and Michael Hayden went to The Washington Post, during the campaign to praise Hillary Clinton and to say that Donald Trump had become a recruit of Russia. The CIA and the intelligence community were vehemently in support of Clinton and vehemently opposed to Trump, from the beginning. And the reason was, was because they liked Hillary Clinton’s policies better than they liked Donald Trump’s. One of the main priorities of the CIA for the last five years has been a proxy war in Syria, designed to achieve regime change with the Assad regime. Hillary Clinton was not only for that, she was critical of Obama for not allowing it to go further, and wanted to impose a no-fly zone in Syria and confront the Russians. Donald Trump took exactly the opposite view. He said we shouldn’t care who rules Syria; we should allow the Russians, and even help the Russians, kill ISIS and al-Qaeda and other people in Syria. So, Trump’s agenda that he ran on was completely antithetical to what the CIA wanted. Clinton’s was exactly what the CIA wanted, and so they were behind her. And so, they’ve been trying to undermine Trump for many months throughout the election. And now that he won, they are not just undermining him with leaks, but actively subverting him. There’s claims that they’re withholding information from him, on the grounds that they don’t think he should have it and can be trusted with it. They are empowering themselves to enact policy.
“Now, I happen to think that the Trump presidency is extremely dangerous. You just listed off in your news—in your newscast that led the show, many reasons. They want to dismantle the environment. They want to eliminate the safety net. They want to empower billionaires. They want to enact bigoted policies against Muslims and immigrants and so many others. And it is important to resist them. And there are lots of really great ways to resist them, such as getting courts to restrain them, citizen activism and, most important of all, having the Democratic Party engage in self-critique to ask itself how it can be a more effective political force in the United States after it has collapsed on all levels. That isn’t what this resistance is now doing. What they’re doing instead is trying to take maybe the only faction worse than Donald Trump, which is the deep state, the CIA, with its histories of atrocities, and say they ought to almost engage in like a soft coup, where they take the elected president and prevent him from enacting his policies. And I think it is extremely dangerous to do that. Even if you’re somebody who believes that both the CIA and the deep state, on the one hand, and the Trump presidency, on the other, are extremely dangerous, as I do, there’s a huge difference between the two, which is that Trump was democratically elected and is subject to democratic controls, as these courts just demonstrated and as the media is showing, as citizens are proving. But on the other hand, the CIA was elected by nobody. They’re barely subject to democratic controls at all. And so, to urge that the CIA and the intelligence community empower itself to undermine the elected branches of government is insanity. That is a prescription for destroying democracy overnight in the name of saving it. And yet that’s what so many, not just neocons, but the neocons’ allies in the Democratic Party, are now urging and cheering. And it’s incredibly warped and dangerous to watch them do that.”
The United States is now in the extraordinary situation that the liberal/progressive/left is allied with the deep state against democracy. The liberal/progressive/left are lobbying for the impeachment of a president who has committed no impeachable offense. The neoconservatives have stated their preference for a deep state coup against democracy. The media obliges with a constant barrage of lies, innuendos and disinformation. The insouciant American public sits there sucking its thumb.
What can Trump do? He can clean out the intelligence agencies and terminate their license granted by Bush and Obama to conduct unconstitutional activities. He can use anti-trust to breakup the media conglomerates that Clinton allowed to form. If Bush and Obama can on their own authority subject US citizens to indefinite detention without due process and if Obama can murder suspect US citizens without due process of law, Trump can use anti-trust law to break up the media conglomerates that speak with one voice against him.
At this point Trump has no alternative but to fight. He can take down the secret police agencies and the presstitute media conglomerates, or they will take him down. Dismissing Flynn was the worse thing to do. He should have kept Flynn and fired the “leakers” who are actively using disinformation against him. The NSA would have to know who the leakers are. Trump should clean out the corrupt NSA management and install officials who will identify the leakers. Then Trump should prosecute the leakers to the full extent of the law.
No president can survive secret police agencies determined to destroy him. If Trump’s advisers don’t know this, Trump desperately needs new advisers.
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts' latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the WestHow America Was Lost, and The Neoconservative Threat to World Order.