January 12th, 2017

[Update @ 0610: The Guardian identifies the anonymous behind the story in Trump dossier: Christopher Steele, ex-MI6 officer, named as author ]

[Update @ 0532: I would also like to add a note on the perverted sex acts alleged in the Trump Dossier. The use of the word perverted is a dangerous word because once you move past consensual marital sex between two responsible adults in the missionary position purely for the purpose of procreation, ALL sex acts are on someone’s list of perversions.]

As I noted yesterday, the story from BuzzFeed just doesn’t smell right and, as I expected, Glenn Greenwald has interjected some sanity into the conversation. Then central message to remember is that the enemy of your enemy is not necessarily your friend.

Writing in The Deep State Goes to War with President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer, Greenwald cautions:

Democrats, still reeling from their unexpected and traumatic election loss as well as a systemic collapse of their party, seemingly divorced further and further from reason with each passing day, are willing—eager—to embrace any claim, cheer any tactic, align with any villain, regardless of how unsupported, tawdry and damaging those behaviors might be.

The serious dangers posed by a Trump presidency are numerous and manifest. There are a wide array of legitimate and effective tactics for combatting those threats: from bipartisan congressional coalitions and constitutional legal challenges to citizen uprisings and sustained and aggressive civil disobedience. All of those strategies have periodically proven themselves effective in times of political crisis or authoritarian overreach.

But cheering for the CIA and its shadowy allies to unilaterally subvert the U.S. election and impose its own policy dictates on the elected president is both warped and self-destructive.

If Greenwald isn’t the best journalist writing in the English language, I don’t know who is.

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