Kunster on RussiaGate: it’s an empire of bs

Summary: How best to respond to the post-Mueller RussiaGate festivities, after two years of this mad circus? James Howard Kunstler chooses insightful mockery, producing something better than anything I could do with my dry analytical style. As usual, the epilogue is the key.

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An Empire of Bullshit

James Howard Kunstler at his website.
Reposted with his generous permission.

After two years of gaslighting the public while it blew smoke up America’s ass, the Jacobin news media enjoyed its final feeding frenzy with the release of the 400-page Mueller report. They expected 1000 pounds of raw filet mignon, but it turned out to be tofu fried in olestra. The ensuing fugue of hyperventilating hysteria was also duly expected and William Barr stoically endured their hebephrenic peevings at the release ceremony – a press conference which itself offended the media.

The threats and raving continued all the livelong day and far into the peeper-filled night with CNN’s Chris Cuomo blustering “It’s time to rumble,” and the lugubrious hack David Gergen muttering soulfully, “This was not fake news,” and The Times’ Maggie Haberman fuming that the White House had played the “Nazi anthem” Edelweiss – very fake news, it turned out, since the tune was written for Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s 1959 Broadway show, The Sound of Music (and sung by the anti-Nazi hero Baron von Trapp; see it here).

Meanwhile Rachel Maddow had the balls to confab in prime time with disgraced former FBI mandarin Andy McCabe, officially identified as a liar by his own colleagues at the agency. What a circus of perfidious freakery! {See the video.}

Understand that the Mueller Report itself was the mendacious conclusion to a deceitful investigation, the purpose of which was to conceal the criminal conduct of US government officials meddling in the 2016 election, in collusion with the Hillary Clinton campaign, to derail Mr. Trump’s campaign, and then disable him when he managed to win the election. Mr. Mueller was theoretically trying to save the FBI’s reputation, but he may have only succeeded in injuring it more gravely.

The whole wicked business began as a (failed) entrapment scheme using shadowy US Intel “assets” Stefan Halper and Joseph Mifsud to con small fish George Papadopoulos and Carter Page into incriminating themselves (they declined to be conned) and moved on to ploys like the much-touted Trump Tower meeting to ensnare Trump Junior and then to several efforts (also failed) to flip Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen – the final product of which was an epic failure to find one instance of real chargeable criminal collusion between anyone connected to Mr. Trump and Russia.

By the way, the Mueller Report failed to mention that the two Russians present in that August 2016 Trump Tower meeting, lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin, were on the payroll of Hillary Clinton’s oppo research contractor Fusion GPS, and met with that company’s principal, Glenn Simpson, both before and after the meeting {e.g., see here and here} – just one example among many of the Mueller Team’s shifty tactics, but a move that speaks volumes about Mr. Mueller’s actual intent, which was to keep his prosecutorial circus going as long as possible to interfere with Mr. Trump carrying out his own duties.

The Special Prosecutor’s main bit of mischief, of course, was his refusal to reach a conclusion on the obstruction of justice charge. What the media refuses to accept and make clear is that a prosecutor’s failure to reach a conclusion is exactly the same thing as an inability to make a case, and it was a breach of Mr. Mueller’s duty to dishonestly present that failure as anything but that in his report – and possibly an act of criminal prosecutorial misconduct.

Like any tantrum, the media’s frenzy will run out of steam (and credibility) and now they will be whipped like dogs for betraying their public trust. There is a counter-narrative to the “Resistance” narrative, and it is a true crime story. That suppressed story is finally going to roll out in the implacable workings of actual (not fake) justice and it is going to crush a lot of people who concocted this epic political hoax, including some members of the press who knowingly and dishonestly abetted it.

Many criminal referrals have already been made on the likes of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr, and a big net has been cast to pull in the figures who have been hiding in the thickets lo these two-and-a-half-years of smoke and gaslight: Loretta Lynch, Sally Yates, William Brennan, James Clapper, Nellie Ohr, Samantha Power, Bill Priestap, Jim Rybicki, James Baker, Mike Kortan, John Carlin, Mary McCord, Josh Campbell and more. Some of these are going to jail and some have already flipped. The fetchings should reach the Obama White House. Mr. Mueller himself, even in his majestic granitic silence, will be liable for failing to inform his boss, the Attorney General, that the predicate document for his witch hunt was known to be a fraud back in 2016, and was used anyway to spy on a presidential candidate.

Let Congress put on a carnival of its own now. It will be greeted like a TV commercial for a hemorrhoid remedy while the real national psychodrama plays out in grand juries and courtrooms, demonstrating what a grievous injury was done to this republic by its own vested authorities.

—————- End of Kunstler’s post —————-

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Editor’s epilogue

I believe that Kunstler is far too optimistic about the next phase of the RussiaGate hysteria. Justice is the least likely outcome. But more important is to see that RussiaGate is just another symptom of an underlying illness. We’re in a process of broad institutional decay. That’s the core insight – my small satori – that led to A new, dark picture of America’s future. Unfortunately, we don’t see the process.

We are like primitive people looking at an epidemic of syphilis.  So many diseases! In fact there is only one. As was nicely said in The Exorcist (1973) …

Father Karras: “It might help if I gave you some background on the different personalities Regan has manifested. So far, I’d say there seem to be three.”

Father Merrin: “There is only one.”

When we identify the underlying cause of our problems, we will have taken a giant step towards reforming America. Until then we can connect the dots. and learn.

James Howard Kunstler
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About James Howard Kunstler

James Howard Kunstler (Wikipedia) worked as a reporter and feature writer for a number of newspapers, before working as a staff writer for Rolling Stone Magazine. In 1975, he began writing books on a full-time basis. Kunstler is the author of 12 novels and has been a regular contributor to many major media, writing about environmental and economic issues. He is a leading supporter of the movement known as “New Urbanism.”

He has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Dartmouth, Cornell, MIT, and many other colleges. He has written five non-fiction books. See more about the most recent one below.

See some of his recent posts about America. They’re all well worth reading!

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About Kunstler’s most recent book

Too Much Magic.
Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation.

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From the publisher …

“Kunstler’s critically acclaimed and best-selling The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century (2005) quickly became a grassroots hit, going into nine printings in hardcover. Kunstler’s shocking vision of our post-oil future caught the attention of environmentalists and business leaders alike, and stimulated widespread discussion about our dependence on fossil fuels and our dysfunctional financial and government institutions. Kunstler has since become a key commentator on the future, profiled in The New Yorker and invited to speak at TED and other events.

In Too Much Magic, Kunstler evaluates what has changed in the last seven years and shows us that in a post-financial-crisis world, his ideas are more relevant than ever.

“‘Too Much Magic’ is what Kunstler sees in the bright visions of a future world dreamed up by overly optimistic souls who believe technology will solve all our problems. Their visions remind him of the flying cars and robot maids that were the dominant images of the future in the 1950s. Kunstler’s idea of the future is much more sober: he analyzes the various technologies (vertical farms, fracking, corn ethanol) suggested as overnight solutions to the energy crisis and finds none that he thinks will work long-term to cure a society dependent on gas-guzzling cars, in love with an inefficient ideal of suburbia, and unwilling to fundamentally change its high-energy lifestyle. Kunstler also offers concrete ideas as to how we can help ourselves adjust to a society where the oil tap is running dry.

“With vision, clarity of thought, and a pragmatic worldview, Kunstler argues that the time for magical thinking and hoping for miracles is over and that the time to begin preparing for the long emergency has begun.”

12 thoughts on “Kunster on RussiaGate: it’s an empire of bs

  1. Fret not. The world is about to get a new role model, Confucian China.

    On June 1, 2021 they’ll unveil plans for “a global community and a shared future for mankind, an open, inclusive, clean and beautiful world that enjoys lasting peace, universal security and common prosperity. A dàtóng world in which everyone belongs to a big family working cooperatively to solve the global challenges facing our planet by setting goals that transcend similarities and differences between countries, parties and systems and reflect the universal expectation of most countries and the common interests of men and women everywhere.”

    We blew it. It’s their turn now.

      1. I thought Godfree’s comment was satire, like the article. Sometimes knowing the character helps.

        That is why I agree with you that the author is overly optimistic. The persons who would present the material to grand juries would be exposing their organization to more ridicule and distrust. IMO, the persons at the top of an organization hate that kind of exposure because it shows the real cause of the problem.

      2. Comedian? Why not??
        This world is a big comedy show — another comedian just became a president of “Ukraine.”
        I read a few Godfree articles (not satirical) about China; it strikes me as a kind of déjà vu of sort. Whether propagandized or made-wished or should-have-beens — I’m worried, I kind of dislike the prospect of re-education camps, revolutionary-color-guards and all…

      3. Jako,

        “This world is a big comedy show ”

        I have been among crippled vets (helping the Blue Star Moms), disabled Boy Scouts, the poor (as a social workers). None were laughing.

  2. Can’t say I agree entirely with Kunstler, but they’re good points he makes, none the less.

    What I think has been most telling for me is that the media and many anti-trump politicians have segued seamlessly into the whole obstruction issue while they treat the collusion allegations as if hey belonged in an entirely different reality, utterly unrelated to them or their past statements and actions.

    It’s difficult not to be impressed with their blatant contempt for us ‘little’ people. It also shows that they’ve learned absolutely nothing from the election of Trump in the first place.

    1. Steve,

      “It’s difficult not to be impressed with their blatant contempt for us ‘little’ people.”

      This is the distinguishing characteristic of our ruling elites, no matter what faction (left, right, dem or GOP). Sadly, we have earned their contempt. Well they know us.

      “learned absolutely nothing from the election of Trump in the first place.”

      Sad but true. Few have. Here is the big lesson. But only a few need learn it to change America.

  3. “I believe that Kunstler is far too optimistic about the next phase of the RussiaGate hysteria. Justice is the least likely outcome.”

    I’m afraid what we may have here is a Murder On The Orient Express situation. Everybody did it, because everybody hated that guy, and they all took a whack at him and they all alibied each other. The Democrats did it. The Republicans did it. The media did it. The FBI did it. The CIA did it. The Clintons did it. The Ohrs did it. John McCain did it. John Brennan did it. Everybody did it.

    And because everybody did it, nobody’s ever going to get jacked up for it.

    And don’t tell me that the media has lost all their credibility. The credibility of the media is infinite as long as the credulity of the public is. Years from now, books will be written explaining that there’s a Venona intercept out there somewhere proving that it was real.

    1. The Man,

      “Everybody did it, because everybody hated that guy,”

      But “everybody” didn’t do it. Certainly the Republicans didn’t do it.

      “And because everybody did it, nobody’s ever going to get jacked up for it.”

      No. Nobody’s going to get punished because it will be difficult to prove, and those responsible have powerful support.

      “don’t tell me that the media has lost all their credibility. ”

      “All” is too big a word. The public’s confidence in the news media increased during the Trump years because more Left and Liberals approved than Conservative and Right disapproved. My guess is that the Mueller report won’t change much. That is, the news media is politically polarizing – just as the political parties have since 1964.

      Further, I wonder if RussiaGate has pushed us to become more tribal, and less able to agree upon simple facts. One side will have their story of RussiaGate, the others their story. This might be our future. It will make America weaker, and less able to respond to real challenges and threats. It will be quite lucrative for tribal leaders.

  4. “But “everybody” didn’t do it. Certainly the Republicans didn’t do it.”

    I’m not so sure. The more we learn about this, the worse it gets. If you told me that senior leadership in Congress at some point looked the other way, or held back GOP investigators, I wouldn’t be surprised. They had more to gain from Trump’s impeachment than the Democrats did, Mike Pence would have been a lot more competent at enacting the party’s agenda, so maybe the GOP leadership would have liked a do over on 2016 as well. I realize that this is all speculative, but I don’t really think that John McCain was the only Republican who aided and abetted this, and I don’t think that Rosenstein did what he did without consulting McConnell and Ryan.

    “Further, I wonder if RussiaGate has pushed us to become more tribal, and less able to agree upon simple facts. One side will have their story of RussiaGate, the others their story. This might be our future.”

    It’s possible. I’m starting to wonder of all of this gets memory holed. If you told me that in a few years, after Trump leaves, the official history will get rewritten, and that fact checkers from Google, and You Tube, and facebook will be censoring and deplatforming anyone writing about what really happened, I wouldn’t say you were wrong.

    Sorry to be such a downer. It’s been a long day, and I find this whole business depressing.

    1. The Man,

      “I’m not so sure.”

      This is, perhaps, the worst effect of our increasingly weird America: people lose touch with reality, with beliefs driven by imagination. It’s easy to happen, but is a very bad thing. Please try to remain tethered to facts!

    2. The Man – follow-up

      “Sorry to be such a downer.”

      I doubt you are more depressed (and depressing) than I. Probably a result of living in the Crazy Years.

      When I get my ruby slippers, one click of the heels and I’m back in Kansas!

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