– First published … January 12, 2016 –
Trump may well be destroyed by those around him, not killed as Bill Bennett has claimed, but torpedoed by those who have profiled his many weaknesses and are using CIA interrogation and mind control techniques to steer him away from important subjects.
Trump is being led down a path that not only trivializes American politics more than usual, something long thought impossible, but totally avoids real issues.
When confronted with a real “axis of evil,” that being Saudi Arabia and Turkey, easy targets, Islamic, brutal and clear supporters of international terrorism, he could have gone after them and, in the process, left other candidates in the dust while he pilloried the Obama administration for its epic moral failures.
Instead, Trump handlers chose a different route, one neither good for Trump nor America but one good for, well who, Turkey and Saudi Arabia and, just perhaps, the bagmen, thugs and blackmailers who have gotten so close to those who are so close to Trump. Trump never learned about “counter-intelligence.”
When this campaign began, “Trump handlers” contacted me about advising the campaign. I wasn’t sure what they wanted, secret briefings or an operational team like the CIA would use to rig an election, nothing new for America as too many know too well.
What Trump needed was a team to watch those around him and look for patterns, how his briefing information was being focused toward or away from certain issues. Is Trump being steered toward “clowndom” when he might well have laid bare decades of hypocrisy, something only Trump with his media savvy ways and cash could have done.
This was before Trump began talking, saying pretty much anything, or what seems to be “anything,” going from “scare porn” to populism to conspiracy theory. Pretty soon a pattern emerged. It hasn’t led us to assuming Trump is Satan or working for “the Jews” or whatever today’s popular smear is.
It has told us that he is not “hands on,” that he surrounds himself with acolytes who are not so bright, not so capable and that his organization is heavily penetrated by intelligence agencies. We also believe Trump himself is unaware and genuinely believes he is making sense and speaking truth.
Trump is not only self-funding but a compelling media figure. He has years of experience navigating New York’s mob run communities and knows how to get tough, or what he thinks is tough. This puts Trump at the head of the pack against the failures and mama’s boys that make up the GOP stable, with the exception of Jeb Bush.
J.E.B. and Columba
Bush did time in Venezuela setting up banking for the Colombian cartels and even married into a cartel family.
Bush knows the mob well, is much more mob connected than Trump. Both are physical cowards, not just because they shunned military service at the height of the Vietnam War. It goes much further — rich kids whose entire lives have been prep schools, limousines and people who tell them nothing but what they want to hear.
For Bush, it has been a life of dancing near the edge, skirting prosecution for financial frauds and narcotics deals, arms smuggling and political fraud.
For Trump, it has been a series of bankruptcies, a life on public welfare, playing the system while increasingly becoming, as Clint Eastwood had coined it so aptly, “a hero in his own mind.”
Attacking Trump, certainly the most interesting candidate and, flawed though he may be, perhaps the least flawed of the front runners, save for the ever angelic Bernie Sanders, is the wrong thing to do. Trump could be another Reagan, this time writing at least some of his own scripts as “acting president.”
We also must understand that statements credited to Trump, his banning of Muslim immigrants for instance, are taken out of context. Trump speaks continually and says whatever blurts into his mind.
This leaves him vulnerable to attacks but it also guarantees him press exposure and the ability to turn everything to his own advantage. This is a good thing, or will be in the end anyway.Aerial view of Mar-a-Lago, The exclusive club owned by Donald Trump, in Palm Beach, FL
Trump’s own vision is limited by his background, his lack of personal challenges, and in particular, clear signs that he has never grown, not to his potential, which is considerable. This is sad because America could use a “Trump 2.0” instead of the “Windows Vista” version we have now.
Early on in the campaign, it became clear that Trump wanted to break new political ground. He had seen the power of the alternative media, he had watched scams like Jade Helm or the half dozen phony Russian invasion stories from InfoWars seize the public’s attention and even when totally debunked, Trump recognized that America has developed a huge appetite for paranoid fantasy.
Here are a few fat targets Trump should go after:
The Federal Reserve system, something only Trump could explain and something so sinister and so obviously illegal that, if finally someone took them on as only Trump could do, Americans would finally understand why they feel like slaves.
Turkey and Saudi Arabia, with their open support of world terrorism, have finally opened the door to a reassessment, not only of 9/11 but for every event, every shooting, every downed airliner, to be viewed as not only potential false flag terror but “probable.”
It is time Americans knew the ties between major financial groups and the powerful drug cartels that are taking over state after state, every level of government and, in particular, police agencies.
It is time to address who profits from illegal immigration.
Trump could, finally, indict the CIA for its role in drug trafficking and get America out of Afghanistan, where we remain, year after year, running the largest narcotics production facility in the world.
Only Trump could address these vital issues, and dozens more, and be heard. Instead, he is pushed into personal invective and time wasting. This isn’t an accident, not hardly.
Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War who has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades and consulted with governments challenged by security issues; and is a senior editor and chairman of the board of VT, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.
Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades.
Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.