SurrenderA recent article in the New York Times, We Need to Think the Unthinkable About Our Country, suggested that the upcoming 2024 presidential election could pose an existential threat to the United States of America.

The next national election will almost inevitably be viciously (perhaps violently) contested. It is fair to say that the right-wing threat to the United States — and its apparent goal of laying the groundwork for a power grab, if necessary, in 2024 — is politically existential.”

Of course, the opinion essay should be analyzed by considering the following factors:

Publication – the New York Times has a history of conveying Stalin’s propaganda, minimizing the initial reporting of the Holocaust, and is considered by many, myself included, to have devolved into America’s version of Pravda and now serves as the propaganda outlet for the progressive communist democrats and their authoritarian globalist friends.

Author – The key author is Jonathan Stevenson, “a senior fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the managing editor of Survival, served on the National Security Council staff in the Obama administration and is the author of ‘Thinking Beyond the Unthinkable.’”

According to Stevenson’s LinkedIn bio

  • Senior Fellow for US Defence; Managing Editor of Survival; International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS); Feb 2016 – Present (6 years)
  • Senior Fellow for Counter-terrorism; Editor, Strategic Survey; International Institute for Strategic Studies; Oct 1999 - Jul 2005 (5 years 10 months)

Organization – The International Institute for Strategic Studies is a British research institute in the area of international affairs whose first three years were funded by the uber-liberal New York-based Ford Foundation. Its beginnings can be linked to globalist elites who envisioned a European super-state to compete with the United States.  <Source>

The critical paragraph that says it all…

A year after the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol, the United States seems perhaps even more alarmingly fractious and divided. Regrettably, the right has sustained its support for Donald Trump and continued its assault on American democratic norms.

[OCS: Not only is this a classic example of projection, ascribing your behavior to the opposition, but an intellectually honest analyst would note that it was the Democrats that subverted major intelligence and law enforcement agencies, spied on American citizens, falsely promoted political hoaxes, demonstrably sold the influence of elected officials and appointees, interfered with the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections – and are now attempting to destroy the norms (e.g. filibuster) and subvert election integrity by usurping states’ rights and federalizing elections. Not to mention contesting all Republican wins and electoral college decisions.

The Capitol riot cannot even begin to compare with the true insurrectionist activities of Antifa or Black Lives Matter which cost American lives and billions of dollars of property damage. These people really did want to overthrow the government of the United States.]

Partisanship on display?

But systematic and dispassionate analysis of such possibilities has not widely emerged. In June 2020 the bipartisan Transition Integrity Project — comprising over 100 former and serving government officials, academics, research analysts, journalists and other experts — held tabletop exercises on four different 2020 election crisis scenarios. Selected teams hypothesized moves, countermoves, responses and counterresponses and in August 2020 published a broadly prescient report, which suggested that the election could be contested into 2021 and the transition process disrupted. It also included several preventive measures with an eye to 2024 and ’25. Perhaps understandably, given the political climate, most participants were reluctant to identify themselves publicly, and only a few talked to the media about the exercise.

[OCS: The project has links to Barack Obama and over 20 Obama White House staff and is funded by former Obama associate White House Counsel, Ian Bassin. Bassin heads the anti-Trump litigation efforts Protect Democracy Project and United to Protect Democracy. Bassin previously headed the far-left Avaaz network, founded in by MoveOn.org, as well as the Truman National Security Project, which has featured chief Joe Biden policy advisor Jake Sullivan and Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden on its board. The Transition Integrity Project is a group of NeverTrump activists, partnered with Open Society Foundation staffers, and partnered in turn with Chinese Communist Party officials.<Source>]

Predictably, far-right groups mobilized to dismiss the Transition Integrity Project’s activities as leftist psychological warfare, and some branded it a blueprint for a left-wing coup. That should not stop a reprise of the project’s efforts with respect to the 2024 election. In light of the lack of contingency planning for major violence on Jan. 6 by the Capitol Police and the Department of Homeland Security, such planning is presumably underway at federal law-enforcement agencies and the Pentagon. But that’s not enough.

[OCS: Along with projection, the mantra of the far left has always been “deny, deny, deny” when caught. A tactic famously employed by Hillary Clinton when she was caught “red-handed.” The evidence shows that the various agencies had forewarning of a potential attack, but the Democratic leadership, notably House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, turned down President Trump’s offer of assistance and it appears that D.C. Mayor Bowser crippled the Metropolitan Police.]

A right-wing minority — including many elected politicians — is now practicing a form of brinkmanship by threatening to unilaterally destroy American democracy, daring what it hopes is a timid and somnolent majority to resist. But that majority has the benefit of warning ahead of 2024.

[OCS: More projection.]

Leave it to the elite experts who have already mucked up the world…

War games, tabletop exercises, operations research, campaign analyses, conferences and seminars on the prospect of American political conflagration — including insurrection, secession, insurgency and civil war — should be proceeding at a higher tempo and intensity. Scholars of American politics need to pick up the torch from experts on the democratic decline in Europe, who first raised the alarm about growing dangers to American politics. The very process of intellectual interaction and collaboration among influential analysts of different political stripes could reconcile many of them to the undesirability of political upheaval and thus decrease its likelihood.

[OCS: Yeah. Right! Listen to the “intellectual interaction and collaboration among influential analysts” as they engage in mutually stimulating mental masturbation while they are wining, dining, and pocket-lining.]

Bottom line…

Do you want contingency plans? Fine! But you pathetic pussies are afraid to do your job lest you embarrass your political masters and those funding your cushy jobs. I have yet to see a contingency plan that deals with the failure of leadership, including politically corrupt leaders who are scared shitless to take decisive action lest it cost them their cushy positions, perks, privileges, and profits.

We are so screwed when thinktank “experts” pass along this type of political bullshit in the guise of analysis.

Consider cui bono, for whose benefit?

-- steve

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