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Tucker Carlson: For Not Bowing To Intel Community, Trump Is Being Punished By Manufactured Ukraine Scandal

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TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: Early January of  2017 seems like another age. An awful lot has happened in the years since. But in other ways, not much has changed at all. Donald Trump hadn’t even taken the oath of office yet, but by the first week of the new year 2017, permanent Washington had already committed to destroying his presidency. Trump seemed to know it.

A little after 8:00 PM on the night of January third, the president-elect wrote a tweet taking a veiled dig at U.S. intelligence agencies, for their handling of the newly-initiated Russian investigation. At that same moment, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York happened to be sitting on a set in MSNBC’s midtown Manhattan studios. The anchor of the show he was on, Rachel Maddow, pulled up Trump’s tweet on a screen and asked Schumer to comment on it. Schumer hadn’t seen the tweet before. He couldn’t have known it was coming. For one of the most calculating politicians in Washington, it was a rare unscripted moment. And so, for the first time in a long time, Chuck Schumer just went with the unvarnished truth. Watch what he said:  

SCHUMER: Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community -- they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you. So, even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he's being really dumb to do this.
 
Schumer went on to say he didn’t know exactly what the spy agencies would do to Donald Trump as punishment for being dumb enough to criticize them. But, he warned, and this is a verbatim quote, “from what I am told, they are very upset about how he has treated them and talked about them.” End quote. “Very upset.” Got it? There’s no mistaking what that is. That’s a threat, issued live on TV with grave seriousness by a politician who’s been in Washington long enough to know it’s real. In the end, Trump ignored it. Or, more likely, he decided to defy it. Day after day, he gave the finger to permanent Washington, often on Twitter, sometimes at press conferences, but always with unmistakable relish.





Trump acted like a man who’d won an election in a democratic country. He seemed to feel free to say what he really thought. He didn’t appear to believe the intelligence agencies had veto power over his agenda. In a thousand different ways, the new president refused to bow. And for that crime, more than any other, he was punished — most recently by the manufactured Ukraine scandal. The intel world, meanwhile, has become increasingly defiant. Just yesterday, former CIA director John Brennan expressed outrage that anyone would dare impose oversight on the intelligence agencies that secretly oversee our lives:
 
BRENNAN: I'm supposedly going to be interviewed by Mr. Durham as part of this non-investigation. I remember William Barr when he was testifying said he didn’t understand the predication of the investigation that was launched into Russian interference in the 2016 election.  Well I don't understand the predication of this worldwide effort to try to uncover dirt – either real or imagined - that would discredit that investigation in 2016 into Russian interference.
 
John Brennan is naked partisan and a serial liar. He has acted in ways that would have shocked and horrified previous CIA directors. But John Brennan is not ashamed. He is proud, and so are his many acolytes in Washington.

Phil Mudd is a former CIA employee. Like so many partisans from the intelligence world, he is now a contributor at CNN. Last night, Mudd sent an on-air warning to the president and his lawyer: back off, or prepare to get hurt: 
 
MUDD: I spent a lot of time in government. There are state dept officials that will testify, intel guys, DOD people, all of us are sort of a brotherhood and sisterhood. Rudy Giuliani parachutes in from mars. The people who will testify are going to look at him, including state dept officials, will look at him and say  “I don’t have to protect that guy. He didn’t operate by the rules. He didn’t do what youre supposed to do in government”. I suspect he’s worried about what the congress will do. If I were him, I’d be worried about whether people in government stick a shiv in his back. He’s in trouble.
 
It’s a brotherhood, says Phil Mudd, one that will stab you to death if you disobey. What Mudd is not describing is a conventional government agency. It’s nothing like what most of us imagine when we think of representative government.

The CIA of John Brennan and Phil Mudd exists for the benefit of the people who work there. We pay for it. They do what they want, and punish anyone who criticizes them. That’s scary of course, but it’s also annoying. Because, for all the hype, the CIA isn’t even especially good at its job.

Remember, this is an intelligence agency. Yet the list of crucial events the CIA didn’t see coming is comically long. The CIA was shocked by the Korean War. It didn’t predict the Soviet atomic bomb, the Cuban Missile Crisis, or the 1973 Arab-Israeli War. It spent decades trying to bring down Fidel Castro, so naturally his regime never fell. He lived into his 90s. Meanwhile the CIA  spent decades supporting the shah, so naturally he tumbled from power. Worse, the CIA couldn’t even provide a warning before it happened. When the Iron Curtain fell in 1989, the CIA was blindsided. They thought the Soviet Union was as strong as ever. They didn’t get any better with the end of the Cold War. The CIA had no idea Saddam Hussein planned to invade Kuwait in 1990. They were totally surprised by India’s atomic bomb test in 1998. And in 2003, they were confident that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Their biggest success in the past 50 years was creating the Taliban.

If John Brennan had been working for a for-profit business, there would have been a shareholder revolt decades ago, and probably criminal charges. He would have been John Delorean. But because it’s a secretive government agency, the CIA has become only more powerful. Powerful enough to take down a president? We’ll see. 

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