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McCabe’s Weird Anti-Russia Paranoia Reveals ‘Deep State’ Cult Mentality

Posted on | February 15, 2019 | 5 Comments


There was a lot of weird craziness in Andrew McCabe’s 60 Minutes interview, including the hare-brained scheme to secretly record President Trump’s conversations and invoke the 25th Amenidment, but perhaps nothing was more revealing than when the fired FBI official said this:

“I was speaking to the man who had just run for the presidency and just won the election for the presidency. And who might have done so with the aid of the government of Russia, our most formidable adversary on the world stage,” McCabe said of the meeting with President Trump. “And that was something that troubled me greatly.”

This is paranoia. However much one may loathe Vladimir Putin, Russia is not “our most formidable adversary on the world stage.” That distinction properly belongs to China, rivaled only by Iran. So we must ask, why did Russia loom so large as an enemy in McCabe’s mind?

Let’s talk a bit about geopolitical reality: China is an economic rival to the U.S., and has been making military moves in the South China Sea. In any long-term military/diplomatic strategy, protecting America’s allies and interests against Chinese aggression is a major consideration. Meanwhile, the regime in Iran is a destabilizing force in the Islamic world, sponsoring terrorism, threatening Israel, and working to obtain nuclear arms.

Given the seriousness of these geopolitical threats, why would McCabe speak of Russia as the greatest “adversary” to America?

In a word, Brussels.

America’s elite foreign-policy establishment considers the European Union our major partner in global hegemony, whereas Putin views the E.U. as an anti-Russian conspiracy, principally led by Germany, to limit Russia’s traditional sphere of influence in eastern Europe. For centuries — long predating the Soviet era — Russia has coveted maritime access to the Mediterranean via the Black Sea and the Bosphorus. It was this Russian geopolitical ambition which, in World War I, made the Ottoman Empire an ally of the Germans, and more recently led to Russia’s seizure of the Crimea. Recall that World War I began when Serbian nationalists assassinated the Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand. Because Russia and Serbia were allies (both being Slavic nations), this set in motion the crisis that led to a German ultimatum, Russia’s mobilization and, because France and Russia were allies, brought the Western powers into the war against Germany. The passage of a century — the rise of Bolshevism in Russia, Nazism in Germany, a second World War and then the long Cold War standoff that ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union — have rearranged the situation in Europe, but Russia’s geopolitical interests remain. And guess what? This does not make Russia “our most formidable adversary,” because none of this necessarily harms U.S. interests, and there is no reason why Americans should consider themselves obligated to maintain the Brussels-led European status quo.

This obsession with preserving the European Union explains why the same people who hate Trump also oppose “Brexit,” because a re-assertion of British sovereignty threatens the E.U.-centric mentality of the elite, in quite the same way that Trump’s “America first” approach offends those who want to see the U.S. “lead from behind.” Even though Andrew McCabe was never elected or appointed to any post that would require him to have an opinion on U.S. foreign policy, it is obvious that the former deputy FBI director had absorbed the establishment elite’s worldview, including their paranoid fear of Russian influence.

While there is no evidence to justify the “Russian collusion” narrative (which originated as an excuse for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 defeat), it does appear that President Trump is skeptical of the foreign-policy establishment’s E.U.-centric worldview, including their anti-Russia fears. And the attitude of Andrew McCabe exemplifies the cult mentality of the “Deep State” opposition to Trump’s presidency. It cannot be, according to federal bureaucrats like McCabe, that the American people have a right to reject the establishment’s policy preferences by electing as president a man who does not share the establishment’s views. Believing that voters were wrong to elect Trump, these “Deep State” operatives believed Trump’s presidency was illegitimate, and from that belief originated all their scheming and manipulation to sabotage Trump’s presidency.



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