A few days ago Donald Trump said he was pulling US forces out of Syria. Next day, pretty much, Syria’s Assad gassed a few dozen or few hundred people in Damascus, and a huge international outcry began, demanding that Assad be punished (and US forces remain in Syria). Tucker Carlson provided a penetrating analysis:
My take on it? Assad didn’t gas anyone. To go and kill hundreds of people in Damascus within hours of Trump’s announcement would have been an unbelievably stupid thing for Assad to do. So he didn’t do it. Somebody else did it (and poisoned Skripal as well), and did it in order to pin the blame on Assad and Putin, and keep US forces in Syria. What we’re seeing is an attempt by the US Deep State to bounce Trump into a war he doesn’t want to fight. It’s part of a power struggle that’s been going on in the USA since the populist Trump won a shock victory in the 2016 presidential election over the Deep State’s Hillary Clinton.
What is the Deep State? Every country has its deep state. America has a deep state, and so does Britain, and so does France, and Germany, and Russia, and China. There’s probably a deep state in the Seychelles. Most people in these countries worry about bread and butter issues like, well,… the price of bread and butter. But some people worry about the place of America or Britain or France or the Seychelles in the world. They don’t care about bread and butter: they care about keeping trade routes open, and projecting the power necessary to do this, and holding onto key strategic places.
And the interests of the deep state in any country can be quite different than those of the people of that country. They’re not actually opposed. But they’re different.
For example, why does Britain hold onto Gibraltar? It’s of no interest to anyone in Britain. It’s not a popular holiday destination. But Gibraltar is a vital British strategic possession. It provides Britain with a port at the mouth of the Mediterranean sea to protect the British trade that passes through the Mediterranean and Suez and on down through the Red Sea to India, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, etc. For the British Empire was (and in many ways still is) a trading empire. And it was vital to keep this trade route open, usually with manufactured British goods flowing east along it, and raw materials flowing west. For it was upon trade and industry that Britain’s wealth was built.
I mentioned the 1956 Suez crisis a few days ago. Suez was also a vital strategic British asset, because British trade passed along the bottleneck of the Suez canal. So it was only natural when Egypt’s Nasser threatened to take control of it that a joint French and British (and Israeli) armed force was sent there to try to secure it. For the British (and French and Israeli) deep states desperately needed it. But US president Eisenhower vetoed the operation. He had different ideas what needed to be done. And the USA had become far more powerful and influential than both Britain and France.
And that marked the end of the British Empire. Britain could no longer control its sea lanes. And it no longer needed a powerful navy, or a powerful army. The British Empire was instead subsumed into what was now in effect the American Empire. And thereafter it was was the US Navy that controlled the high seas, and it was the US Army that was deployed everywhere in the world to fight wars to keep the trade routes open – like in Korea, and Vietnam.
In this respect, the US deep state took over pretty much everything the British deep state used to do. But the American Empire was much larger than the old British Empire. For it included not just the entirety of the the old British Empire, but also both North and South America, and Western Europe, and Japan and South Korea. About the only things it didn’t control were the Soviet Union and Red China.
The American Empire was a trading empire just like the British Empire. If there was any difference between them, it was that the American Empire didn’t install governors in its satellite states. It allowed them to run their own affairs. Instead the US Navy controlled the seas that connected the satellites. The US Navy controlled both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, as well as the Indian ocean and the Mediterranean sea (and both the Panama and Suez canals). If any client state got too far out of line, its trade links to the rest of the world could easily be cut, and it would be bankrupted. Americans might elect their own representatives and senators and presidents, but the US deep state ran the world.
And this is where political fissures began opening up in the USA. There emerged a growing political divide between the US deep state in Washington and the American people, Because they had different interests, different concerns, and a completely different view of the world. Americans were primarily concerned with America, because that was where they lived. But the deep state always had a global outlook: it was concerned with the whole world.
And after 1945, Americans found themselves doing the kind of thing that the British used to find themselves doing. They found themselves being put in uniform and sent to fight in one god-forsaken country after another that most of them had never heard of. And that was what the antiwar protests of the 1960s were all about: Americans were getting fed up with being sent to fight and die for causes they couldn’t understand. (And at the same time, British boys stopped being sent to fight and die in those places. In another era, John Lennon and Paul McCartney would have been sent to fight in India or Burma. Instead, they could make music, and they did. The end of the British Empire marked the demise of (most of) the British deep state, and the liberation of ordinary Britons).
With the shock election of Donald Trump, the American people got a president who was going to serve their interests, and not those of the globally-powerful US deep state. And the struggle between Trump and the deep state has been bitter and acrimonious ever since he was elected. And it’s still far from clear who is going to win, as we have been witnessing over the past few days. If Trump wins, US forces will be pulled out of Syria. If the deep state wins, US forces will be thrown into Syria. We’ll find out pretty soon who wins.
One mistake by the US deep state was to start treating Americans in exactly the same way as it treated Venezuelans or Brazilians or Vietnamese: as people to be duped or tricked or bullied into doing what the deep state wanted. The EU deep state has been making the same mistake with the peoples of Europe. And people in all these countries are becoming aware that they’re being lied to and propagandised and bullied by people with interests and aims quite different than theirs. Whereas once the interests of the deep state and the peoples they supposedly represented were pretty much the same, over the past 70 or more years they have steadily diverged from each other, to the point where the principal interest of the deep state is in itself.
The deep state was never accountable to anyone, in the way that the US congress and senate were accountable to the US people. Nor was there anything transparent about what it did: everything was secret. And it was probably exactly the same in Britain at the height of the British Empire: the real controllers of the British Empire, the people who made all the real decisions, were not elected MPs in parliament. They were shadowy figures. Most people had no idea who they were. And it was probably exactly the same at the height of the Roman Empire: the people who ran it were not the senators that the Roman people elected, and maybe not even the Roman emperors either.
The deep state is really concerned with the exercise of raw military power. That’s what armies and navies do. And that means that the deep state isn’t very good at diplomacy or with persuasion. If there’s a problem somewhere, they just send in the US marines. It might not be the best solution to the problem, but it’s the only one they know. But again, this is another reason why the deep state is increasingly distrusted: they do the same ham-fisted thing every time. The only way they know how to get things done is with lies and bullying and outright force.
All the politics of the western world is now becoming a confrontation between the localist peoples of Europe and America, and their globalist deep state political elites. They should be in accord with each other, but they’re not. And the deep state has been losing control. It can no longer get its voice heard. It can no longer control public opinion like it used to do.
And that’s why the deep state wants a war that will put US and British and French boys back in uniform, and stop them questioning their elders and betters in Washington and Brussels. It doesn’t matter who they fight. All that matters is that they be got fighting with somebody or other so that the deep state can restore and consolidate its dwindling power. The deep state needs enemies. For if there were no enemies, there’d be no need for all these fleets and armies, and no need of the deep state either. If Vladimir Putin won’t step up to play the role of mortal enemy, then Kim Jong Un will have to do instead, or Bashar al-Assad.
Will US and British and French boys be glad to hear the call to arms from their deep state political elites when it finally comes? I rather doubt it. This isn’t 1914. Nor even 1939.