by Charles Hugh Smith
August 08, 2016
Shadow Government People War
Maybe Hillary is the
shoo-in for president.
But I suspect doubts in
the 'Deep State'
(also known as
The Secret or Shadow Government)
have advanced to active
for the reasons noted below.
Few would dispute that
Hillary Clinton is the
It's widely accepted that the
Establishment hews to a neoconservative (neo-con) foreign policy
that is fully supported by America's 'Deep State', i.e. the centers
of state power that don't change as a result of elections.
As a result, it's widely accepted that the 'Deep State' fully
supports Hillary Clinton's bid for the presidency and will move
heaven and earth to get her elected. While this is a logical
premise, I suspect it's overly simplistic.
I suspect major power centers in the
'Deep State' are actively sabotaging Hillary because they've
concluded she is a poisoned chalice who would severely damage the
interests of the 'Deep State' and the U.S.A.
Poisoned chalice: something that
seems very good when it is first received, but in fact does
great harm to the person/institution/nation that receives it.
I realize this may strike many as
ludicrous, but bear with me as we work through the notion that the
'Deep State' would prefer Donald Trump to Hillary.
The consensus view seems to be that the Establishment and the 'Deep
State' see Trump as a loose cannon who might upset the neo-con apple
cart by refusing to toe the Establishment's Imperial line.
This view overlooks the possibility that significant segments of the
'Deep State' view the neo-con strategy as an irredeemable failure
and would welcome a president who would overthrow the remnants of
the failed strategy within the Establishment and 'Deep State'.
To these elements of the 'Deep State', Hillary is a threat precisely
because she embraces the failed strategy and those who cling to it.
From this point of view, Hillary as
president would be an unmitigated disaster for the elements of the
'Deep State' that have concluded the U.S. must move beyond the
neo-con strategic failures to secure the nation's core interests.
There are other reasons why elements of the 'Deep State' view
Hillary as a poisoned chalice.
Hillary is an empty vessel.
Nobody seriously claims she has any core beliefs that she
would make personal sacrifices to support.
While at first glance this may
seem to be a plus, the 'Deep State' is not devoid of values.
Rather, the typical member of the 'Deep State' has strong
values and distrusts/ loathes people like Hillary who value
nothing other than personal aggrandizement.
Hillary's sole supreme commitment is the further
aggrandizement of wealth and power to her family. This makes
her intrinsically untrustworthy to the 'Deep State', which
has bigger fish to fry than the Clinton Project of
aggrandizing wealth and personal power.
Hillary has exhibited the
typical flaw of liberal Democrats:
fearful of being accused as
being soft on Russia, Syria, Iran, terrorism, etc. or
losing whatever war is currently being prosecuted,
liberal Democrats over-compensate by pursuing overly
aggressive and poorly planned policies.
The forward-thinking elements of
the 'Deep State' are not averse to aggressive pursuit of
what they perceive as American interests, but they are
averse to quagmires and policies that preclude successful
maintenance of the Imperial Project.
The 'Deep State' requires
relatively little of elected officials, even the President.
A rubber stamp of existing policies is the primary
the Obama presidency for an
But the 'Deep State' prefers a leader that can successfully
sell the Deep State's agenda to the American public.
(President Obama has done a very
credible job of supporting the Imperial Project agenda. I
think it's clear the 'Deep State' supported President
A politician who's primary
characteristic is untrustworthiness is poorly equipped to
sell anything, especially something as complex and
increasingly unpopular as the Imperial Project.
Hillary suffers from the
delusion that she understands power politics and the
The most dangerous President to
the 'Deep State' is one who believes he/she is qualified to
set the Imperial agenda and change the course of the 'Deep
State' as their personal entitlement.
For these reasons, elements of the 'Deep
State' might sabotage Hillary's campaign as the greater threat
to American interests.
Trump is as unpopular as Hillary, but
his sense of self-aggrandizement and narcissism is of a different
order than Hillary's.
Elements of the 'Deep State' may view
Trump as more malleable (or more charitably, as more open to
much-needed changes in U.S. policies) and a better salesperson than
Although it's difficult to identify specific evidence for this, the
'Deep State' is not as monolithic as the alternative media assumes.
An increasingly powerful sector of the
'Deep State' views the neo-con agenda as a disaster for American
interests, and is far more focused on the Long Game of,
Trump is less wedded to the neo-con
agenda than Hillary, less concerned with looking weak and more
willing to cut new deals to clear the path for U.S. soft power
(diplomacy, cultural influence, energy, food security, economic
innovation and successful responses to climate change) rather than
the neo-con obsession with hard power and the old-style Great
Game of geopolitics.
So how could the forward-looking elements of the 'Deep State'
I can think of several ways:
Engineer a protracted stock
market decline that hits American voters in their
pocketbooks before the election by gutting the "wealth
effect." A plunging stock market would make a mockery of the
claim that the economy is "recovering."
Continue to leak dirty laundry
on Hillary, her health, the Clinton foundation scams, etc.
Put the word out to the
corporatocracy, top-level media, etc., that the 'Deep State'
would prefer a Trump presidency, despite the widely held
assumption that Clinton is the shoo-in Establishment
candidate, and that those who cling to Hillary will pay a
price later on as the neo-cons are cashiered or sent to
Siberia for their failures.
Maybe Hillary is the Deep State's
shoo-in for president.
But I suspect doubts in the 'Deep State'
have advanced to active sabotage for the reasons noted above.