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The Kerfuffle Before the Storm

October 8, 2017

The Kerfuffle Before the Storm, PJ MediaClaudia Rosett, October 7, 2017

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, center, poses for a group photo with Senior Military leaders and spouses in the State Dining Room of the White House on Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The first priority for any president inheriting this virulent global mess should be to try as far as possible to reclaim America’s credibility; to persuade America’s enemies  that the bargain sale on U.S. interests is over, and America will, if necessary, wield its full military might to defend itself, its allies and interests. That is vital to deterrence, which — if genuinely effective — is vastly preferable to war.

The conundrum is how America can regain the credibility needed for deterrence, without having to resort to war in order to prove the point. For instance, unless Kim Jong Un truly believes that the U.S. might actually attack North Korea despite the potential horrific cost, why should he back down? Why should he worry about U.S. warships and submarines in the region? It’s an impressive show of military hardware, but is it a credible threat?

For an American president faced with this problem, one move worth attempting would be to gather America’s top military commanders for a meeting at the White House, followed by a dinner with their spouses, and invite the press to come witness and report on this conclave. If, in the midst of this genial scene, the president mentions that this is the calm before the storm, it may be baffling and frustrating to reporters — whose job includes nailing down details. But in capitals such as Moscow, Beijing, Tehran and Pyongyang, it might just help prompt a rethink about the assumption — gleaned from their success in rogue ventures during the tenure of Obama — that America is a hamstrung giant.

There’s always the possibility that it was more than a broad warning — that perhaps Trump is indeed about to launch a specific military action. But to whatever extent this cliffhanger helps concentrate minds in Moscow, Beijing, Tehran and Pyongyang on just how unpleasant it could be to provoke an American storm,  it was an important message. Quite possibly a bid to avert a war, rather than start one. Worth the kerfuffle in the press.

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With the phrase “the calm before the storm,” President Trump on Thursday evening kicked off one of the biggest media kerfuffles since his late-night tweet in May about “the constant negative press covfefe.” That mysterious locution produced a spate of stories speculating sardonically on what the president meant. We’re now hearing a similar round of mockery. But this was no late-night typo in a tweet, and while offended members of the media default to derision, it’s worth considering that the president quite likely sent a useful message to an audience that extends way beyond the White House press corps.

The setting was a dinner for top U.S. military commanders and their spouses, hosted by Trump in the White House State Dining Room. Trump invited reporters in for a brief photo-op. Flanked by military officials who have dedicated themselves to defending America and winning its wars, all gathered with their spouses under a big portrait of President Lincoln. Trump asked the reporters, “You guys know what this represents?”

“Tell us, sir,” said one of the reporters.

“Maybe it’s the calm before the storm,” said Trump. A reporter asked, “What storm?” Trump gave the oblique reply, “We have the world’s greatest military people in this room, I will tell you that.” A reporter asked, again, “What storm?” Trump said, “You’ll find out.”

The entire exchange lasted about 30 seconds. The reporters were thanked and dismissed. The media were left to speculate on whether the “storm” referred to impending military action again North Korea, or maybe plans to back away from President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, or something else, or nothing at all. Asked again by reporters on Friday what he meant by “the calm before the storm,” Trump again declined to clarify, saying again, “You’ll find out.”

This has been playing as a crazy-Trump story. CNN came out with the headline: “Trump is treating a potential war like a reality show cliffhanger,” and warned, “This is no reality show… His words — whether he means them as a tease, a threat or something in between — can have very real consequences.” Esquire called Trump “Our Reality TV President” and asked, “Will the season finale involve nuclear war with North Korea?” The New York Times called Trump’s comment “ominous.” NBC called it “provocative.” Politico called it “unprompted.” The Huffington Post, in a headline, called it “Bizarre.”

I’d call it smart. We don’t know precisely what the president had in mind. But we do know — or we ought to know — this: In world politics, there is a gathering storm that threatens America and our allies. There is a rising network of tyrannies hostile to American interests and values, including most prominently Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. The U.S. superpower can face down any one of these actors if it must, but the disturbing trajectory is that for years now — whatever their differences — they have effectively been making common cause against America and the requirements of a free and peaceful world order. They do illicit business together; they often back each other diplomatically, and they learn from each other just how much it is possible to get away with. Russia and China have been carrying out joint military maneuvers. North Korea, longtime weapons dealer to Iran, is cultivating an arsenal of nuclear missiles. The threats compound.

This trend accelerated dramatically during the years of America’s policies of retreat, appeasement, and surrender under President Obama. China, as part of its military buildup, sped up its construction of artificial islands topped with military bases clearly designed to threaten freedom of navigation along vital shipping routes in Southeast Asia. Russia snatched Crimea from Ukraine, and got away with it. Terrorist-sponsoring Iran extended its reach in the Middle East, and is currently benefitting from a rotten nuclear deal that paves its way to the bomb, accessorized with ballistic missiles. Syria disintegrated into war, which opened the way for both the rise of ISIS and military inroads by Vladimir Putin’s Russia into the Middle East. Libya, with America leading-from-behind, disintegrated into terrorist-infested chaos.

And North Korea, which had carried out one nuclear test in 2006 on the watch of President Bush, conducted four more tests during the tenure of Obama, along with scores of ballistic missile tests, while Kim Jong Un consolidated his hold on the totalitarian throne inherited in 2011 from his father. Taking advantage of Obama’s “strategic patience” to ramp up a rogue nuclear program, Kim Jong Un’s regime was ready to greet the Trump administration with an arsenal that by now appears quite convincingly to include long-range missiles, miniaturized warheads and the hydrogen bomb.

None of this is a figment of Trump’s imagination. Neither is it a prop on some reality TV show. It is real.

This is not of Trump’s making. But given the rate at which the threats and crises have been compounding, it falls to him to cope with a greatly emboldened group of increasingly well armed and predatory powers. This has been made all the more difficult by the enormous amount of U.S. credibility that was squandered by Obama — who gutted the U.S. military, bore passive “witness” to upheaval in Iran, erased his own red line over chemical weapons in Syria, threw away the hard-won progress in Iraq, bungled Afghanistan and Libya, promised (and delivered) flexibility to Putin, deferred to China, embraced Cuba, shrugged off the rising nuclear threat of North Korea, and assured the American public that the tide of war was receding.

The first priority for any president inheriting this virulent global mess should be to try as far as possible to reclaim America’s credibility; to persuade America’s enemies  that the bargain sale on U.S. interests is over, and America will, if necessary, wield its full military might to defend itself, its allies and interests. That is vital to deterrence, which — if genuinely effective — is vastly preferable to war.

The conundrum is how America can regain the credibility needed for deterrence, without having to resort to war in order to prove the point. For instance, unless Kim Jong Un truly believes that the U.S. might actually attack North Korea despite the potential horrific cost, why should he back down? Why should he worry about U.S. warships and submarines in the region? It’s an impressive show of military hardware, but is it a credible threat?

For an American president faced with this problem, one move worth attempting would be to gather America’s top military commanders for a meeting at the White House, followed by a dinner with their spouses, and invite the press to come witness and report on this conclave. If, in the midst of this genial scene, the president mentions that this is the calm before the storm, it may be baffling and frustrating to reporters — whose job includes nailing down details. But in capitals such as Moscow, Beijing, Tehran and Pyongyang, it might just help prompt a rethink about the assumption — gleaned from their success in rogue ventures during the tenure of Obama — that America is a hamstrung giant.

Whether that was Trump’s intention, I don’t know. It sure looked that way. In the phrase that so alarmed CNN and Esquire, there was a useful ambiguity. Trump didn’t guarantee a storm; he merely suggested it could happen. Surrounded by his top military commanders, in the seat of American power that is the White House, the commander-in-chief prefaced his statement about “the calm before the storm” with “maybe.” It was, in a genteel and peaceful setting, a warning not to mess with America.

There’s always the possibility that it was more than a broad warning — that perhaps Trump is indeed about to launch a specific military action. But to whatever extent this cliffhanger helps concentrate minds in Moscow, Beijing, Tehran and Pyongyang on just how unpleasant it could be to provoke an American storm,  it was an important message. Quite possibly a bid to avert a war, rather than start one. Worth the kerfuffle in the press.

FULL MEASURE: October 1, 2017 – Media Trump

October 4, 2017

FULL MEASURE: October 1, 2017 – Media Trump via YouTube, October 2, 2017

Disappointed by good news from Puerto Rico

September 28, 2017

Disappointed by good news from Puerto Rico, Washington TimesDavid Keene, September 27, 2017

National Guardsmen arrive at Barrio Obrero in Santurce to distribute water and food among those affected by the passage of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. Puerto Rico’s nonvoting representative in the U.S. Congress said

Based on what’s really been happening, Mr. Trump’s critics will not find their silver bullet in the wreckage of Puerto Rico — and would be better off trying to help rather than politicize this human tragedy.

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ANALYSIS/OPINION:

They’re hoping for “deja vu all over again,” as Yogi Berra might have said. Liberals looking for a silver bullet to take down a president they can’t stand are hoping they’ve found it in the administration’s response to Hurricane Maria. After all, they found one in President George W. Bush’s perceived bungling of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort in 2005 and used it to almost terminally undermine his popularity.

Exploiting the Trump administration response to Maria may prove more difficult than they hope, however, as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the administration are doing not just a better job, but a much, much better job today than the Bush administration did then. Liberal pundits, not deterred by mere facts, are almost unanimously suggesting that consistent with their ongoing belief that President Trump is an insensitive racist who simply doesn’t care about Puerto Rico. They see his criticism of NFL players who “diss” the National Anthem and the flag as proof of all this because if he really cared about Puerto Rico, he wouldn’t be tweeting about the NFL.

Mr. Trump’s critics are similarly outraged that he dared mention the island’s fiscal and budget crisis as a complicating factor that has to be dealt with to facilitate the rebuilding Puerto Rico’s infrastructure. Anyone familiar with Puerto Rico’s plight knows that this is dead-on accurate. Indeed, experts have been warning for years that the island’s electrical infrastructure is so old, weak and badly maintained that any storm could wipe it out. Restoring power is going to be very difficult and it is essential that the Trump administration recognize the difficulties our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico face. It’s why FEMA and the military immediately dispatched experts to the island to help determine just how and how soon power can be restored, relying on a system that doesn’t work very well in the best of times.

There are folks who will believe almost anything negative about the current administration, but to relive their past success, liberals are simply lying. The administration’s response to the humanitarian crisis that struck Puerto Rico has been quick and massive. Within days, FEMA and the Defense Department had more than 10,000 logistics experts on the island, supplies and food were being flown in, and mainland experts were working to re-establish communications with areas cut off by the storm.

After earlier accurately observing the total breakdown of the island’s communication’s infrastructure, one media report criticized the Trump response for taking several days to contact some local officials outside San Juan. Rescuers were trying to reach them and the officials were trying to contact the capital city, but both found communication impossible.

It is going to be quite a while before services are restored in Puerto Rico and emergency aid will continue to be needed, but those on the ground believe, in contrast to anti-Trump activists outside Puerto Rico and in the media, that the Trump administration and FEMA are doing a pretty good job.

Earlier this week, Puerto Rico’s governor was asked by a National Public Radio reporter how he would assess the administration’s response to Maria. The reporter may have been hoping for a different response, but Gov. Ricardo Rossello, who lines up nationally with Democrats, was having none of it. He said, “We are very grateful for the administration. They have responded quickly. The president has been very attentive to the situation, personally calling me several times. FEMA and the FEMA director have been here in Puerto Rico twice. As a matter of fact, they were here with us today, making sure that all the resources in FEMA were working in conjunction with the central government. We have been working together. We have been getting results.”

San Juan’s mayor has also praised the administration for its quick response and for the advance planning that had to have been behind the ability to respond as quickly as it did, and the island’s non-voting delegate in Congress agrees. Resident Commissioner Jennifer Gonzalez told a Politico reporter on Monday, “This is the first time we got this type of federal coordination.”

Based on what’s really been happening, Mr. Trump’s critics will not find their silver bullet in the wreckage of Puerto Rico — and would be better off trying to help rather than politicize this human tragedy.

There’s Russian Collusion, President Trump’s a Racist, and the Sky Is Green

September 8, 2017

There’s Russian Collusion, President Trump’s a Racist, and the Sky Is Green, American ThinkerPeggy Ryan, September 8, 2017

Once upon a time, there was a cruel, nasty ogre, “The Donald,” who dreamed of becoming king.  But The Donald had no claim to the throne.  Princess Hillary was next in line.  Hillary was royalty, and he was just a disgusting ogre.  No one would ever see him as king.

Desperate, the ogre went to Putin, the dark one, to help him.  The sorcerer agreed to help in return for half the kingdom.  The dark one then cast a spell that reached every corner of the land, every mountaintop and valley.  This spell made the people see the ogre as royalty and Princess Hillary as a witch.  The people rallied to the ogre and made him king of the realm.  Then they banished the witch to obscurity.  

It happened, really!  I saw it on CNN.  Okay, not exactly, but closer than you’d think. 

Fast-forward to our government’s own fairy tale, that Donald Trump enlisted Vladimir Putin’s dark magic to steal the election from Hillary Clinton.  This myth is just as fantastic, as implausible as the tale of the ogre yet treated as gospel by our government and their media. 

Oh, at first it was no more believable than the ogre-princess fable.  Trump-Putin was a total non sequitur to Trump’s campaign, to his life.  It didn’t fit with the man we saw roll from city to city to rally voters, who faced down enemy press to get his message out, who refused special interest money and funded his own campaign.

Yet the left, script in hand, staged performance after performance.  The left hammered the plot home: Russia, Russia, Russia.  And even though most Americans know the story’s a farce, the plot continues to play out.

The left takes a scalp here and there, General Flynn’s resignation an early win.  Then leftists clear the way for their coveted “special counsel” when Attorney General Sessions’s swamp muscle memory moves him to recuse himself from the phony Russia investigations.

Finally, they score a home run with an independent counsel, Bob Mueller, to investigate the crime.  Except there is no crime to investigate – never was.

This whole Russian conspiracy is the MOAG – the Mother of All Gaslighting.  Now, our precious government-media has been gaslighting us for years: fake polls with Hillary trouncing Trump, a united front to deny the existence of voter fraud, and the list goes on.  But at least polls and votes actually do exist; there’s a basis in reality to build on.  With the amorphous Russia meme, there’s not even that.

Now, there are some people who are incredibly resistant to gaslighting, Lou Dobbs among them.  Recently, Lou went off on his guest, Tom Dupree, over the mind-numbing Russian insanity.

Tom: Well, as long as the special counsel’s investigation is hovering over this White House, I agree with you: it kind of sucks the oxygen out of the room.

Lou shouting over Tom: There’s no cloud of uncertainty!  Here’s the certainty! There has been no evidence, and the FBI has been on it for over a year!  Seventeen intelligence agencies, and they can’t tell us there’s collusion between the Trumps and the Russkies?  Are you kidding me?

Tom (Joker grin firmly in place): But Bob Mueller hasn’t been on the job that long, Lou.  I’m willing to give him a chance and let him do his job.  Let’s see what he says.

And there it is:

  • 17 intelligence agencies confirmed there’s no there there?  Let Bob do his job.
  • The FBI spent a year investigating this farce and came up with zip?  Let’s see what Bob says.
  • Multiple congressional committees keep coming up empty?  Let’s see what Bob turns up.
  • No facts, no evidence?  No problem – let’s see what Bob can find.

Translation: lack of evidence and zero proof of a connection don’t kill the storyline.  The show must go on.

However, even with “Bob” on the case, it appears that these subversives are having trouble framing the President for Russia.  Too many FOPs (Friends of POTUS) are successfully refuting the charge.

So it’s on to Plan B: “Trump’s a white supremacist.”

Using the Charlottesville’s riot between the Alt-Right and Alt-Left, our government and media again pull a scenario from their rear ends to support their drive for impeachment.  They blow up the incident, turn it into a race war, and blame it all on the president.

How?  Well, like the Russia campaign, the racist charges revolve around what’s not there.  When the president makes a statement on Charlottesville, they rail that the president never specifically voiced disgust and revulsion for Nazis and the KKK.

So the president tries again, calls out the bigots by the exact names dictated by the left, but alas, too little, too late.

Third time’s the charm: the president makes a last stab at getting his lines right but makes things worse when he goes off teleprompter and says there were two sides fighting, that the blame should be shared.

The left explodes: the president made Antifa the moral equivalent of Nazis and white supremacists.  Antifa people were there just to stop the hate.  They’re the good guys.

Oops – unfortunately for the left, turns out Antifa’s activities were identified as domestic terrorism back in 2015.  Then, after Charlottesville, Antifa goes off script and shows up at Berkeley brandishing metal poles, bike locks, and mace for yet another random beat-down.

This story highlights the fact that these thugs show up at conservative events to violently shut them down.  The speaker doesn’t have to be a white supremacist, doesn’t even have to be white.  Any old conservative will do.

So here we are: a Russian scandal that never was and a racist president convicted by words he never said.  These are classic examples of gaslighting, where the abusers push a completely false reality to make people doubt their own knowledge and perception.

Gail Saltz, M.D., a psychiatrist, explains it like this:

[Gaslighting] is like someone saying the sky is green over and over again, and at first you’ll be like ‘no, no.  Then over time the person starts to manipulate you into saying ‘I guess I can’t really see what color the sky is.’ It’s just this sense of unreality.

So what can you do to defeat gaslighting?  Don’t participate.  Turn off the TV.  You don’t need it to keep up with the news because they gave up on actual journalism a while back.

Don’t indulge friends, neighbors, or co-workers who have bought into fake news.  If they’re on board with the fiction, don’t argue or try to defend the truth.  Simply explain that you don’t deal in fantasy and change the subject.  If they won’t let it go, turn away.  You’ll never change their perception, but you can save your own sense of reality and salvage your personal peace of mind by opting out.

Meanwhile, our precious government and their lapdog press will continue to tell us facts are facts, no denying the mountain of evidence.  There’s absolutely Russian collusion; President Trump is a white supremacist; and yes, the sky is green.

Trump Steals Food from Black Kid

September 5, 2017

Trump Steals Food from Black Kid 😂, Mark Dice via YouTube, September 4, 2017

Trump vs. the Enemies of the People

August 27, 2017

Trump vs. the Enemies of the People, PJ MediaAndrew Klavan, August 27, 2017

Don Lemon

Trump is also correct when he says that the masked and violent fascists who call themselves anti fascists are just as blameworthy as the Nazis-types. Even if you shout “equality” while you’re hitting people over the head, guess what? You’re still scum. There is no moral difference between balaclavas and white sheets, no matter what you pretend to espouse.

So after the media’s disgusting display of bias and dishonesty, the sight of CNN’s Don Lemon reacting to Trump’s brutal slap-fest with his face all scrunched up like a crying baby’s was a thing of absolute beauty. Lemon and his whole panel threw a tantrum: “He’s unhinged…. His speech was without thought. It was without reason. It was devoid of facts. It was devoid of wisdom. There was no…” But I couldn’t hear the rest because I was laughing too hard.

The white nationalists and the Anti-fas creeps are the worst people in the country. But the truth is, Don Lemon and his ilk do a lot more damage. It’s they — the moral gnomes of the Democrat-Media complex — who divide us, who gin up hysteria whenever they, the Democrats, don’t get their way. It’s they who tell us we’re an institutionally racist nation when we no longer are, who tell us that there’s only one legitimate view on each issue — theirs — and that anything else is pure hatred.

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It’s true that Donald Trump cannot yet claim a major legislative accomplishment. It’s also true that he himself bears some of the blame for that: the distractions of his chaotic style have given cover to a divided and spineless GOP legislature. Nonetheless, those of us who voted for him with misgiving can still feel more than well pleased with his three major achievements so far: the appointment of an excellent Supreme Court justice; the battle against the Giant Squid-like beast of the regulatory state; and the fact that he’s not Hillary Clinton, a felonious battle-axe who would’ve continued the Chicago-style corruption of the Obama administration and destroyed the American Experiment with freedom-smothering socialism. Speaking personally, I’d put Trump on Mount Rushmore for that last achievement alone.

But there’s a fourth major accomplishment too, unofficial and extra-governmental though it may be: Trump’s emotional torture of the press.

This is no small thing. It’s hero work, for my money. Trump hasn’t assaulted the First Amendment — as Obama did with his corruption of the IRS and Hillary would have with her pledge to overturn the Citizens United decision. But he has given sweet, well-deserved and genuinely holy hell to that corrupt arm of the Democratic Party that is generally called the Mainstream Media: the New York Times and the Washington Post and the like, the network news, and of course tiny little unwatched and unwatchable CNN.

That speech Trump gave on Tuesday in Phoenix calling out the media for their lies and bias — it was wonderful. It was so great I had to check with friends to make sure I was seeing the beautiful thing I saw. After a week and a half of dishonest and overblown media coverage of Trump’s remarks about the violence in Charlottesville, he crushed those lying skunks like Godzilla crushed Tokyo. I laughed and laughed with pure delight.

Now, I didn’t like the way Trump handled the Charlottesville affair much myself. As long as white supremacist slimebags call themselves the “right” and express support for him, the president should make double efforts to slap them silly and reassure our black citizens that they’re included in his vision of restored American greatness. But he never defended these racist creeps — as the Times and CNN and other outlets claimed he did. And he never said there were “very fine people” among the Nazis. He’s not the most articulate bloke, but I think it was clear he meant there are fine people who oppose the taking down of statues. He’s right, of course: I oppose it, and I’m an absolutely wonderful guy. Trump is also correct when he says that the masked and violent fascists who call themselves anti fascists are just as blameworthy as the Nazis-types. Even if you shout “equality” while you’re hitting people over the head, guess what? You’re still scum. There is no moral difference between balaclavas and white sheets, no matter what you pretend to espouse.

So after the media’s disgusting display of bias and dishonesty, the sight of CNN’s Don Lemon reacting to Trump’s brutal slap-fest with his face all scrunched up like a crying baby’s was a thing of absolute beauty. Lemon and his whole panel threw a tantrum: “He’s unhinged…. His speech was without thought. It was without reason. It was devoid of facts. It was devoid of wisdom. There was no…” But I couldn’t hear the rest because I was laughing too hard.

On top of this, the leftist mob outside the speech showed the country their true colors by rioting! CNN and CBS and the Times and every other Democrat outlet I saw tried to blame even that on Trump! But the country saw what it saw and all the lies in the world won’t wash the images away. The left is violent, and the mainstream left covers for them.

The white nationalists and the Anti-fas creeps are the worst people in the country. But the truth is, Don Lemon and his ilk do a lot more damage. It’s they — the moral gnomes of the Democrat-Media complex — who divide us, who gin up hysteria whenever they, the Democrats, don’t get their way. It’s they who tell us we’re an institutionally racist nation when we no longer are, who tell us that there’s only one legitimate view on each issue — theirs — and that anything else is pure hatred.

I don’t know how much Donald Trump can get done over the next seven years — which is how long he’ll be president if the media keeps their coverage at this level — but if he does nothing else than cause the Lemon Gang some of the emotional pain they so richly deserve, I’ll count it a presidency worth having. Trump’s right on  this: they’re enemies of the people.

CIA Keeping a Watchful Eye on. . .its Director!

August 27, 2017

CIA Keeping a Watchful Eye on. . .its Director! Power Line, Paul Mirengoff, August 26, 2017

Pompeo works closely with President Trump, as one should want a CIA to do. But does this mean he is going to compromise the investigation into the 2016 election in order to help Trump politically?

There is no reason to think so. The anti-Trump, anti-Pompeo leakers at the CIA acknowledge that Pompeo has not impeded the investigation. However, they express concern “about what he might do if the CIA uncovered new information potentially damaging to Trump and Pompeo were forced to choose between protecting the agency or the president.” The fear, as one of them put it, is “that if you were passing on something too dicey [to Pompeo] he would go to the White House with it.”

The fear is absurd. If the Trump’s enemies in the CIA, the FBI, or the Mueller dream team ever come up with anything damaging to Trump, the president will read about it in the Washington Post and the New York Times before anyone has time to “go to the White House with it.”

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This Washington Post story is called “At CIA, a watchful eye on Mike Pompeo, the president’s ardent ally.” It sounds like the CIA is spying on its own director. If there is such a thing as the “deep state,” I think we have sighted it.

According to Post reporter Greg Miller, “Mike Pompeo has taken a special interest in an agency unit that is closely tied to the investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, requiring the Counterintelligence Mission Center to report directly to him.” That’s one way of putting it. A more honest way would be to acknowledge that the investigation in question is actually a broad counterintelligence probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The media and its Democratic allies would have us believe that Russian interference in that election is the greatest, most ominous intelligence caper of all time. Even if it falls somewhat short of that billing, as it almost certainly does, why shouldn’t the head of the CIA take a “special interest” in the matter?

The Post and the Democrats can’t have it both ways. Russian interference in the 2016 election can’t be both an unprecedented assault on our democracy by a hostile foreign power’s intelligence operatives and a matter as to which the CIA director should take little interest.

I’m sure the Post, as well as Trump’s enemies in the CIA, would like Pompeo to recuse himself from the investigation, as Jeff Sessions recused himself at the Justice Department. But there’s no reason why he should.

Sessions recused himself because of testimony he gave regarding the Russian ambassador and, perhaps, because he was part of the Trump campaign team. Pompeo has given no problematic testimony about Russia and was not part of the Trump campaign.

Unlike Sessions, he did not even provide Trump an early endorsement. Even when Trump became the presumptive nominee, Pompeo would say only that he would “support the nominee of the Republican Party because Hillary Clinton cannot be president of the United States.”

That was then. Now, Pompeo works closely with President Trump, as one should want a CIA to do. But does this mean he is going to compromise the investigation into the 2016 election in order to help Trump politically?

There is no reason to think so. The anti-Trump, anti-Pompeo leakers at the CIA acknowledge that Pompeo has not impeded the investigation. However, they express concern “about what he might do if the CIA uncovered new information potentially damaging to Trump and Pompeo were forced to choose between protecting the agency or the president.” The fear, as one of them put it, is “that if you were passing on something too dicey [to Pompeo] he would go to the White House with it.”

The fear is absurd. If the Trump’s enemies in the CIA, the FBI, or the Mueller dream team ever come up with anything damaging to Trump, the president will read about it in the Washington Post and the New York Times before anyone has time to “go to the White House with it.”

Moreover, executive-order guidelines prohibit the CIA from passing information to the White House “for the purpose of affecting the political process in the United States.” Neither the Post nor its sources offers any reason to believe that Pompeo would violate this order. In lieu of such evidence or analysis, the Post’s Miller ends up whining about Pompeo’s social conservatism, as if it is somehow relevant.

Miller’s piece contains this bit of unintended irony: In addition to the importance of the Russia investigation, the other reason the CIA has given for Pompeo’s active participation in the matter is concern about leaks. The fact that CIA officials are smearing the director in the pages of the Washington Post, going so far as to say he can’t be trusted to follow executive-order guidelines, strongly suggests that Pompeo’s concern about leaks is well-founded.

If CIA employees are going to keep a “watchful eye” on their director, they shouldn’t object if their director keeps a watchful eye on them.