Assassination - the American Way
Donald Trump has
entered a political kill zone. And the American
establishment is lining up to take him out. We are
talking here in virtual terms - at least thus far.
political assassination by US powers-that-be
does not necessarily involve physical
liquidation of the individual deemed to be an
enemy of the state. Who needs all that blood and
controversy? Especially when character
assassination achieves the same desired end
result — that is, elimination of target from the
It is ironic
really given that there is so much more sordid
stories to be reported on Clinton, given her
involvement in warmongering, clandestine
regime-change operations and abuse of state secrecy
for her own self-aggrandizement with foreign sources
media crossfire that the Republican presidential
contender is being subjected to leaves little
doubt that this is a concerted effort to destroy
past week, we have seen a fusillade
of vilification fired at the New York property
tycoon-turned presidential hopeful. Everything,
it seems, has been thrown at him, from his
Slovenian-born wife's alleged US visa
violations, to his bullying of crying babies
at rallies, to his serving as an unwitting agent
for Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
transparent and preposterous, it is almost
Evidently, the US corporate news media are
out to bring Trump down in spite of his stubborn
support among ordinary Republican voters. It is
obvious that the Washington establishment has
determined that Democrat rival Hillary Clinton
is the preferred choice to protect their
privileged interests as the next occupant of the
US media — as a pillar of the establishment — is
doing its bit to eliminate Trump from the
supposedly free presidential election due
in November by aiding and abetting
in assassinating his character in the eyes
of the public.
sign that the secretive US Deep State — Pentagon,
CIA, FBI, Wall Street financiers — is moving
to install their White House candidate is the
letter published this week by some 50 senior
Republican "national security experts" who endorsed
Clinton while eviscerating Trump.
right, Republicans backing a Democrat. Which just
goes to show the uniformity of interests.
signatories included former CIA director Michael
Hayden, ex-chief of homeland security Michael
Chertoff, both of whom served in the George W Bush
administration, as well as John Negroponte who was a
former director of national intelligence and alleged
purveyor of death squads in Central America
during the 1980s.
anti-Trump letter followed the publication only days
ago of an
oped piece in the New York Times by another
ex-CIA head, Michael Morell in which he lambasted
Trump as a Russian stooge.
All of these
figures are intimately connected to the US Deep
State and all are unanimously pillorying Trump as a
"dangerous threat to American national security".
part, Trump rebuffed the latest volley
of vilification by saying that the list of national
security "experts" are responsible for creating the
Iraq war, the loss of American troops' lives and the
rise of terrorism across the Middle East. Cheekily,
he thanked them for all going public with their
names so that the American people can hold them
to account for foreign policy disasters.
the point here is that the campaign to discredit
Trump is not just some haphazard run of bad luck
on the candidate's part for mis-steps and mis-speaks
that he may have issued on the hustings trail.
intense, concerted nature of the campaign to destroy
Trump demonstrates how the Washington power
structure, including the corporate media, is setting
him up for character assassination.
This is the
kind of political liquidation that the American
plutocracy excels at.
A few decades
ago, American "executive action" — or "termination
with extreme prejudice — involved, more often
than not, literally murdering the individual target.
notorious case is that of President John F Kennedy
who was assassinated on November 22, 1963,
in Dallas. Around that time, several other foreign
political leaders were also killed by American state
agents, including Patrice Lumumba of Congo, Rafael
Trujillo of Dominican Republic and Ngo Dinh Diem
of South Vietnam. Political murder was, still is,
par for the American course.
The late New
Orleans attorney, Jim Garrison, who probed the JFK
assassination, said that the primary reason for his
murder was that the president was working to end the
Cold War with Russia. Kennedy was quietly using
backchannels with Russian counterpart Nikita
Krushchev to implement ambitious plans for nuclear
also flatly rejected secret proposals presented
by the Pentagon for a pre-emptive nuclear strike
on the Soviet Union. He was in addition closing
down CIA-sponsored terrorist operations in Cuba and
he had declared a withdrawal of US troops from the
nascent Vietnam war.
way, Kennedy had entered the political kill zone,
as far as the powerful, unelected Deep State was
concerned. His policies were threatening huge vested
interests of military manufacturers, Big Oil and
Wall Street financiers. Hence, the CIA and its
contract killers were deployed to eliminate the
Trump shares two aspects with JFK. Like Kennedy, the
business magnate is independently wealthy, which
allows him to speak his mind without apparently
having to ingratiate himself with powerful sponsors.
and more importantly, Trump has repeatedly pitched
his election platform against the relentless build
up of the US-led NATO military alliance in Eastern
Europe, as well as overseas deployment of American
forces, and, in particular, Washington's policy
of hostility towards Russia.
called for the normalization of relations
with Russia. His foreign policy position is anathema
to the Washington establishment which requires —
as an absolute necessity — the demonization
of foreign countries as "national security threats"
in order to maintain the gargantuan US militarized
economy. In short, the American Deep State thrives
on continual war-making. War is a permanent function
of bankrupt American capitalism.
dysfunction is what the Cold War with Russia was and
continues to be about — the pumping of trillions
of dollars into corporate and financial elites, who
get away with the scam because of their lackeys
among the political and media channels.
defies these powerful American interests is liable
for termination. They have entered the kill zone.
times, the American methods of termination
with extreme prejudice routinely involved physical
after JFK, the US methods of political assassination
have evolved to become more sophisticated. Character
assassination may suffice most of the time. No need
for contract hitmen or messy public enquiries. Media
hitmen will do.
just needs to be placed in the crossfire of a media
barrage, with no let up in negative shots.
leader who likewise becomes a "problem" for US power
interests is also targeted similarly. Russia's
President Putin being perhaps the best example
As the US
presidential election approaches over the next three
months, just watch how the shadowy powers
in Washington mobilize to take Trump out of the
out political enemies with extreme prejudice is the