Presidential prison

There are many ways for powerful forces inside and outside government to exert pressure on public officials to have their way. Media ownership and control is but one, but a potent one as seen in the focusing of US public attention on Bill Clinton’s Oval Office affair with Monica Lewinski. At a time when he was resisting pressure to attack Serbia, he was suddenly faced with impeachment. He yielded, murdered a few thousand Serbs, and survived in office.

I linked to an interesting site by means of Vineyard of the Slacker, or the right here, and ended up at this article at Strategic Culture Foundation. It, like me, questioned the sudden rash of security breaches around Obama. I know security to be a science, so that we never hear of a corporate executive or leader of a US-friendly client state murdered. But twice within a short period of time Obama was threatened, once by an Iraq veteran who scaled the wall and gained entry to the White House, and another time when he got on an elevator with an armed convicted felon.

Once, maybe. Twice, nah, security around the president is thorough and professional. The only way to get to him is to compromise his security, as accidents are not possible – that is, there are so many redundancies built in that a glitch here and there will not endanger the executive. It takes multiple failures at once, and that takes a compromise.

In other words, these two close calls were not accidents. They were warnings. As I read the article, I was floored to read the following:

Ever since the CIA-backed assassination of John F Kennedy in November 1963, all US presidents must surely be aware that they are at the mercy of their own «deep government» – the dark forces operating in Washington that are beholden to the military-industrial complex and its closely aligned foreign policy hawks.

Who talks like that? I know this to be true. I understand the implications of 11/22/63 more than most. I know that JFK was killed by order of people higher than the executive. I know that since that day when quiet power could murder a president in broad daylight and get away with it, that every president knows he has a gun at his head. I also know that Americans in the public eye are afraid to mention such delicacies. So I sought to find out exactly what is Strategic Culture Foundation. Here is some info from its Facebook Page:

About
Strategic Culture Foundation provides a platform for exclusive analysis, research and policy comment on Eurasian and global affairs.
Description
We are covering political, economic, social and security issues worldwide. Since 2005 our journal has published thousands of analytical briefs and commentaries with the unique perspective of independent contributors from the US, Canada, India, Russia and Europe. SCF works to broaden and diversify expert discussion by focusing on hidden aspects of international politics and unconventional thinking. Benefiting from the expanding power of the Internet, we work to spread reliable information, critical thought and progressive ideas.

Their writers appear at a glance to be a mixture of Russians and Anglos, and their focus currently is on the European Union. It is a site worth following.

About Mark Tokarski

Just a man who likes to read, argue, and occasionally be surprised.
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