Coup Underway to Weaken or Oust Trump

Coup Underway to Weaken or Oust Trump
by Stephen Lendman
What’s ongoing against him is what fantasy democracy looks like in America – the way banana republics and other despotic regimes work.
It’s a deplorable state of affairs. Ordinary people have no say. Deep state power brokers run things. The president, key members of Congress, the judiciary and bureaucracy serve them.
Challenging the system practically assures being targeted by long knives. Was Trump’s presidency over before it began?
Throughout the campaign, post-election and inauguration, he’s been beset by relentless assaults on his legitimacy, determined efforts to undermine him – led by Washington’s intelligence community, opposition Democrats resembling autocrats, extremist GOP elements and scoundrel media attacks.
The Wall Street Journal reported the latest, headlining “Spies Keep Intelligence From Donald Trump on Leak Concerns.”
Denying him sensitive intelligence perhaps is true, not over concerns of it being leaked or compromised as the Journal reported, citing current and former US officials.
It’s part of the campaign to weaken and undermine him, perhaps heading toward eliminating him by impeachment and conviction, resignation or something more sinister.
It’s over his desire for improved relations with Russia, both countries cooperating in combating terrorism – the possibility dashed by the firing of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, the one key administration official he could count on to pursue this agenda.
It’s about his mistrust of the intelligence community. He wants the Office of Director of National Intelligence restructured and downsized, believing its current structure is fundamentally flawed.
He initially rejected the notion of Russian US election hacking – claimed by the intelligence community. He wants new leadership replacing Obama holdovers. 
He accused US spy agencies of illegally leaking information to undermine him, saying during a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu “(i)ntelligence papers are being leaked.”
“Things are being leaked. It’s a criminal action – criminal act – and it’s been going on for a long time. Before me. But now it’s really going on.”
“(D)ocuments and papers (were) illegally – I stress that – illegally leaked.” Separately, he tweeted “(t)he real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by ‘intelligence’ like candy. Very un-American.” Other tweets covered the same issue.
On a separate one, he tweeted “Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia?” Not a good sign – combined with Flynn’s sacking, indicating continued adversarial relations.
The late Chalmers Johnson believed the CIA’s existence and democracy are incompatible. Separately, he said the agency “outlived any Cold War justification it once might have had and should simply be abolished.”
So should the FBI, DHS and all US spy agencies in their current form, enforcing police state rule at home, mischief leading to wars abroad, risking eventual catastrophic nuclear war, humanity’s ultimate nightmare.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
Visit his blog site at 
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