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  • Higgins Memo Shows Total Paranoia in Trump White House

    Last week I mentioned the Higgins memo, a crazy conspiracy-theory screed that got Flynn-loyalist Eric Higgins fired from the National Security Council’s strategic planning office by National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.

    Foreign Policy has obtained and published the entire Higgins memo, which has circulated among Trump staff since May 2017. It’s a doozy. Titled “POTUS and Political Warfare,” the Higgins memo posits that it’s not just the cultural Marxists and Islamic Brotherhood working together to destroy Trump; it’s good capitalists, too!

    While there is certainly a Marxist agenda and even Islamist motivations that must be seriously addressed in their own right, these motivations alone seem inadequate to explain the scope and magnitude of the effort directed against the president. The economic drivers behind the Marxist and Islamist ideologues are enormously influential and seek to leverage these ideological movements for their own self interests. While beyond the actual scope of this document, the benefactors of these political movements include; [sic] Urban Real Estate who depend greatly on immigrant tenants, International Banking who seeks to maintain US debtor status so as to control the application of American power, and elements of the business sector that depend upon immigrant labor or government infrastructure. The overall objective of these economic forces is the forced urbanization of the populace, thereby necessitating a larger, more powerful government. In summary, this is a form of population control by certain business cartels in league with cultural Marxists/corporatists/Islamists who will leverage Islamic terrorism threats to justify the creation of a police state [Eric Higgins, “POTUS and Political Warfare,” memo, May 2017, published by Foreign Policy 2017.08.10].

    Your real estate agent, your banker, your boss—all working against your President.

    Add to the conspiracy most of your powerful Republican friends:

    More afraid of being accused of being called a racist, sexist, homophobe, or Islamophobe than of failing to enforce their oaths to “support and defend the Constitution,” the Republican Establishment accepts and enforces cultural Marxist memes within its own sphere of operations. In doing so, knowingly or not, it becomes an agent of that. These “conservatives” become increasingly indistinguishable from their democratic counterparts save that the misrepresent themselves to their constituents. Lacking the discernment to recognize their situation, they will work with globalists, corporatists, and the international financial interests and will likewise service the deep state. These establishment Republicans are the hard left’s designated defeat mechanism in the destruction of the old regime as well as the American ideal. Because candidate Trump publicly exposed them for the duplicitous activities, they are at risk as long as Trump can turn on them and are, therefore, bitter foes. Candidate Trump’s success remains an ongoing existential threat to establishment Republicans [Higgins, May 2017].

    Higgins got one thing right: Donald Trump is an existential threat to Republicans… and Democrats… and most living beings on Earth.

    Republicans, corporations, banks, reporters, academics… there’s almost no one left to fight this sprawling Marxist conspiracy.

    And make no mistake: if you’re working against Trump, says Higgins, you’re working against America:

    The recent turn of events give rise to the observation that the defense of President Trump is the defense of America. In the same way President Lincoln was surrounded by political opposition both inside and outside of his wire, in both overt and covert forms, so too is President Trump. Had Lincoln failed, so too would have the Republic [Higgins, May 2017].

    I somehow doubt that McClellan, Chase, Douglass, Cady Stanton, and others dissatisfied with Lincoln’s conduct of the Civil War were cultural Marxists working to destroy America. And no one should try extending Higgins’s flimsy historical analogy past March 1865.

    We should smell the dangerous, paranoid rot of the inner Trump circle’s thinking: darn near everyone is out to get him, and any attack on him is an attack on America.



  • NSC’s McMaster Rejecting Islamophobic Conspiracy Theorists in White House

    Some of my more fearful right-wing neighbors have made at least a parlor game, if not a cottage industry, out of forging wild conspiracy theories about collaboration between Islamic Sharia peddlers and radical leftist, globalist Marxists.

    Such absurd conspiracy-theorizing has no place in government. Fortunately, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster may agree with me. On July 21, he fired Rich Higgins, a Trumpist member of the National Security Council’s strategic planning office, for writing a memo along those nutty lines:

    “Globalists and Islamists recognize that for their visions to succeed, America, both as an ideal and as a national and political identity, must be destroyed,” the memo warns. It argues that this has led “Islamists [to] ally with cultural Marxists,” but that in the long run, “Islamists will co-opt the movement in its entirety.”

    Higgins wrote the memo in late May, and at some point afterwards it began circulating among people outside the White House associated with the Trump campaign to whom Higgins had given it.

    Higgins, according to another source with direct knowledge of the incident, was called into the White House Counsel’s office the week before last and asked about the memo. On July 21, the Friday of that week, he was informed by McMaster’s deputy Ricky Waddell that he was losing his job [Rosie Gray, “An NSC Staffer Is Forced out over a Controversial Memo,” The Atlantic, 2017.08.02].

    McMaster, who has annoyed the Trumpist Islamophobes since he replaced their pal Michael Flynn in February, has been trying to pull Trump back from his crazy Novstrup/Branstner/Lopez-stoking anti-Muslim rhetoric. McMaster was a tank commander in the first Gulf War and helped design the 2007-2008 surge that kept Iraq from falling apart again. He’s now at war with ideological nuttiness in the White House.

    The Trump/Bannon alt-rightists are predictably trying to paint McMaster as part of their great Muslim-Marxist conspiracy, which National Review’s Ian Tuttle says is incorrect:

    …McMaster is not flawless. But he has devoted his life to America’s defense, on the front lines and in the strategy room; he has thought seriously about the threats we face and how to address them; and, unlike his predecessor, he is not the type to do anything rashly.

    Those who want to see the Trump administration succeed ought to work with the national-security adviser, not against him. H. R. McMaster is not the enemy [Ian Tuttle, “H.R. McMaster Is Not the Enemy,” National Review, 2017.08.03].

    Trump’s alt-right will say anything and turn on anyone, even a war hero and level-headed veteran, to cling to the fantasy that they are heroes saving America from Marxist jihad.



  • Correspondent: Aberdeen Anti-Muslim Event Heavy on Assertion, Thin on Details of Conspiracy

    The “Americans First, Task Force” publicizes this photo from their crypto-Klan meeting Friday night in Aberdeen (absent, alas, their big foam mascot, Mr. Superfluous Comma… which perhaps symbolizes the hidden Commanist threat among us):

    Anti-Muslim speakers (in suit jackets, at center) Chris Gaubatz (center left) and John Guandolo (center right), Aberdeen, SD, 2017.06.16.
    Anti-Muslim speakers (in suit jackets, at center) Chris Gaubatz (center left) and John Guandolo (center right), Aberdeen, SD, 2017.06.16.

    What? Did Ed Randazzo (fourth from left?) and Amy Willson (second from right?) drive all the way to Aberdeen just to hear Guandolo and Gaubatz again?

    Roving correspondent Spencer Dobson writes this account (with my added links) of what those people saw and heard to reinforce their own paranoid conspiracy theories… which apparently proceeds apace, even with their hero Donald Trump in the White House:

    I’ve been hearing about an anti-Muslim group that goes from town to town in the Midwest giving a presentation about the “Islamic threat”.  The show is called “Understanding the Threat” and it is given by John Guandolo and Chris Gaubatz. These TED Talks of Hate are generally greeted with protests from civil rights groups, citizens groups, people that don’t like hate groups. These talks are also sometimes funded by the local GOP. So I decided the best way find out what all the fuss was about was to see it with my own eyes.

    The event was held in a local convention center, the kind you go to wedding receptions and trade shows at. There is a simple stage with a projector. They used the in house PA which was a huge mistake as it gets fuzzy if you talk too loud. I was hoping there would be an opening act, like a presentation by people who don’t like people who do like unicorns and why said unicorn lovers are a threat to our way of life, but no such luck.

    The basic premise of  “Understanding the Threat” is that since the early 90’s the Muslim Brotherhood has been infiltrating the US government at all levels and these patriotic super sleuths, John Guandolo and Chris Gaubatz have used their FBI training and the ability to go under cover have uncovered the horrible horrible truth. And of course, only they really, really, really, really, know what’s going on.

    Guandolo is a former/”disgraced” FBI agent. Guandolo left the FBI after having an inappropriate sexual affair with the star witness in a Louisiana government corruption case. Guandolo was tasked with protecting the witness and protected her all the way to pound town.

    Chris Gaubatz apparently infiltrated the Muslim world by going undercover at the Council for American Islamic Relations as an intern. But maybe as a temp. I can’t prove he wasn’t a temp and I only have his word for it. Either way, nifty undercover work, Fletch, and I’m sorry they did not chose to bring you on full time, as that way you could have gotten health insurance. Gaubatz claims to know what’s really going on and to prove it, he has a bunch of pictures of himself with a scraggly beard shaking hands with a bald guy who might be Mexican, but is apparently Muslim.  In the photos Gaubatz looks like a bearded hipster who has some very deep thoughts on why Pabst is a great American beer and wants you to listen his blue grass inspired hip-hop/death metal band. Currently he looks like he knows the secret of maintaining testosterone after 40.

    Guandolo and Gaubatz apparently train folks at all levels of government about the ‘threat’, but according to the presentation, if you ask members of the government about the Muslim threat, they won’t know what your talking about because…(duhn duhn duhn) conspiracy. They came to Aberdeen to let us in on the deepest darkest secrets of the greatest threat to the United States since the selfie stick because this “war” is going to won at a “local level”. That’s right. Local, as in you. As in just for going to this free show in a convention center conference room, where they hold wedding receptions and company Christmas parties, you, one of the 150 65+ year old retirees in attendance, are like a deputy in the War on TERROR.

    Here’s how you know it’s super legit. If you can show them that even one of their “facts” is wrong, they will give you $1000. You know, like how if you can find better cure for gout, lumbago, bone anger, and spleen insanity that also makes your flatware shine like new the way our “Understanding the Threat” brand snake oil does, we’ll give you two barrels of possum fat, no questions asked.

    The presentation consists of document after document after document with words like “Hamas” and “Muslim Brotherhood”. Then there is a bunch of documents with long lists of names. So many names. Gaubatz and Guandolo go through the lists and circle names.  And these names aren’t normal  names like “Fred” or “Axle” or “Cher”. These names are crazy like “Omar” and “Muhammad”. So clearly, there is a huge conspiracy that has infiltrated the US Government to it’s highest levels. Look at all those names they’ve circled. It’s a lot of names. So, you know, conspiracy.

    You still don’t believe them? This is really gonna put a bee in your bonnet. They have a picture of a guy wearing a weird hat getting an award from Obama! And the guy getting the award….is black. But wait, he got one from President Bush too!  So apparently the United States Government not only recognizes Americans who are Muslims, they sometimes give them awards. I don’t know what the award was for, it looked like a Cable Ace award, but I think Carson Daly hands those out, not a sitting president. That’s missing the point. The point is—Conspiracy!

    “Understanding the Threat” claims that when you leave their presentation, you will know more about this secret threat than the average counter-terrorism agent. Wow, that’s amazing. What they’re saying is that, in spite of all their training and access to classified information and real-world experience, I, a simple citizen who, thankfully, took two hours out of my Friday night to watch a PowerPoint presentation that consisted of a bunch of names, none of which were Fred, and a picture of a black guy in a hat getting an award, and a video of an angry guy with a beard yelling in the street about overthrowing the government, (no, not Ted Nugent, a different yelling crazy) I now know more than the average counter-terrorism agent? Wow. Does this presentation prevent night blindness and cure my ankle bloating? Jinkies.

    Chris and John suggest at one point that if you walk up to any senator and say, “What’s the Threat and what are you trying to do about it,” they won’t know what you’re talking about. Ya think? Ya think they won’t go, “Hey crazy, what are you talking about?”

    Lastly, if there is a vast Muslim conspiracy that infiltrated our government at its highest levels, then they are really taking their sweet time to do whatever it is they are going to do. Maybe they were waiting to get a secret Muslim president? Because the right-wing wingnuts have been implying that  Obama was the secret Muslim since he started running for president. And then he was president, of the United States I might add, for eight years and he didn’t, I don’t know, Muslim it all up, or whatever we’re supposed to be afraid of. Sooooo maybe he’s holding out for the opening of his presidential library?  The next Star Wars? What’s the hold up?

    Guandolo and Gaubatz give no “And here is what they’ve done” in their presentation. As in “There is a secret cabal of Muslims that has infiltrated the U.S. Government to its highest levels and that’s why…..there are never any mayo packs in the Senate Lunch room. You go get your sandwich and all the mayo packs are gone and you look over, and there’s Amir, he brought a bunch of tuna from home and he’s chopping onions and I’m like ‘Amir, make your tuna salad at home’ and Amir is like ‘No, I like it fresh.'”

    Guandolo and Gaubatz never say what the super-secret, infiltrating-all-levels-of-government conspiracy group has done. There is just a couple of dudes trying to scare people about the immigrant community and maybe sell a couple of books in the process. And they are sometimes funded by the local GOP. As if maybe instead of running on issues, they want to get people afraid of immigrants so when the public says “What are you going to do for us” they can say “I’m going to protect you from them.”  Even though “they” didn’t do anything.

    Wait, is it possible the super-scary secret plan of the Muslims was to convince the American people that the smart move would be elect an orange, Twitter-addicted game show host to run the free world? Because that would be diabolical [Spencer Dobson, report for Dakota Free Press, 2017.06.19].