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February 17, 2019- by Steven E. Greer, MD
In hindsight, Trump’s big mistake was not making a swift strike to purge his opponents. When he fired Comey, over the subsequent seven days, the StopTrump Deep State in the DOJ strategized how to protect their arses. That is why they created the Mueller investigation. It was to prevent Trump from exposing their own wrongdoing and firing them.
Trump should have fired Rosenstein and the top layer of career swamp dwellers throughout the Executive Branch. However, he did not do this for two reasons:
A) He was surrounded by incompetent cabinet members, such as Jeff Sessions and Reince Priebus, many of whom were actively trying to oppose their own boss. His own legal team was staffed with incompetent lawyers, such as Michael Cohen and John Dowd.
B) Many members of the Republican congress were StopTrumpers, such as Flake, McCain, Ryan, and Graham. Trump had very little support at the time and he was too green at the job.
The lesson to be learned from this is that the first cabinet members chosen by a new president cannot be cronies rewarded for their help on the campaign (e.g. Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, and Reince Preibus). They must be smart and competent. The first year of a presidency makes or breaks a president. Trump literally turned the White House into a game of The Apprentice thinking that hiring imbeciles would be fun to watch. He played with fire.
The other lessons is to go for the jugular when fighting snakes in the swamp of DC. The Deep State spy agencies and lobbyists have too much to lose to allow real reform. In a street fight, most knockouts occur within seconds.
I argue that Trump should send his military to surround Langley and round up the CIA saboteurs leaking White House calls to other nations, for example, and fire them all, while closing the FBI at the same time. He should then shut down the NSA servers.
The president would be justified in doing this now that the coup d’état has been exposed.