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August 23, 2021

The Morning Report - 8/23/21


Good morning, kids. The start of a new week and the dueling nightmares of the catastrophe in Afghanistan and right here in the nation formerly known as the United States of America deepen and darken. The fact that the people who caused the former are the ones that caused the latter should come as no surprise. For those that need proof, it comes in the form of not some pierced, purple-haired, Cheeto-finger-stained Antifa goon or from an equally braindead but ridiculously wealthy celebrity but from someone who is supposed to be the exact opposite.

Exhibit A for today is General Michael Hayden, former Director of the NSA and Director of the CIA -- under George W. Bush.

Hayden's Twitter feed reveals how very deeply and profoundly this former military officer and government official hates that half (or more than half) of America that voted for Trump. He shows the same animosity we saw with Peter Strzok when he wrote his married girlfriend that he could "smell" the Trump supporters at Walmart.

JoeyG @PSHredmen Replying to @Nhsheikh8Sheikh and @GenMhayden -- Can we send the MAGA wearing unvaxxed to Afghanistan, no use sending that plane back empty?

Gen Michael Hayden @GenMhayden -- Good idea

He thinks it's a wonderful idea to flood America's communities with young Afghan men:

Steve Cortes @CortesSteve -- Raise your hand if you want this plane landing in your town? America paid unimaginable costs in Afghanistan because of uniparty globalists who dominated the Bush & Obama administrations. No more...

Gen Michael Hayden @GenMhayden -- You bet.

As a reminder, young Afghan men were responsible for the majority of the huge number of sex crimes in Germany and Austria after Angela Merkel invited them into Europe. But Hayden, who probably lives in a leafy enclave safe from poorer neighborhoods, thinks it would be great for them to live in your neighborhood. . .

. . . But here's the thing about Hayden: This guy is not a Democrat. He considers himself a standard-bearer of true Republicanism. He is the perfect reminder that there is a monoparty in Washington, D.C., one that ranges politically from slightly left to far left. Trump challenged that establishment and the establishment tried to destroy him -- and, with January 6 as the weapon, is trying to destroy Trump's supporters too.

So, let's see. Leave thousands of actual Americans and perhaps a relative handful of legitimate Afghani nationals who are not of the dark age bent to become the next Tehran 52, or Terry Anderson or, worse, William Buckley or Daniel Pearl while at the same time, bringing in planeloads of unvetted "refugees" where some could be the next Omar Mateen, Nidal Hassan, Richard Reid or the 9/11 Twenty. But why fret about that when we have no more southern border where tens of thousands of third world Latin American peasantry are flooding the nation?

Sefton, you're overreacting and exaggerating! 99.5% of those coming here both on foot and standing room on C-5A Galaxies are perfectly harmless. Statistically zero in the words of Biden's ventriloquists. Only 200-235 potential flight students who only want to learn how to fly the plane but not land or takeoff. So, we'll get our hair mussed but it's for the greater good, right?

Let's compare and contrast to the mass hysteria of masks, lockdowns and vaccinations, shall we? The original Chinese COVID-19 was proven to have an IFR that was only a fraction of one percent. Which means that if you got infected and actually became symptomatic you have something like a 99.5 or 99.6% chance of getting over it. And yet we are being tortured with the constant drumbeat that this thing is an extinction-level Andromeda Strain plague that requires vaccination of every man, woman and child despite the fact that the virus itself mutated and that the vaccines are probably at best useless. I'm not going to get into the whole history of this madness but the salient point is that those who are engaging in this campaign of fear and now pushing for forced compliance of every man, woman and child are cut of the same cloth as those who directed our foreign policy that resulted in what has played out in Afghanistan.

They don't care. America and the American citizen, culture and way of life are to be exterminated and replaced with whatever mad vision they have for a global society-cum-gulag. Michael Hayden is Anthony Fauci is Vanilli Milley is John Brennan is Anthony Blinken is George Bush is Lois Lerner is Jonathan Gruber is Peter Strzok and on and on and on.

Which leaves us -- where? Kyeyune is right, I think, that the technocratic promises of our administrative masters have been exploded. What is happening in Afghanistan is only one instance of how hollow those promises are turning out to be. Once upon a time, the bureaucrats -- the Bidens and Blinkens as far as the eye can see -- were "believed to be able to mobilize science and reason and progress to accomplish what everyone else could not, and so only they could secure a just and functional society for their subjects, just as only the rightful kings of yore could count on Providence and God to do the same thing." Yes, these ideas are essentially metaphysical because all political legitimacy, in the end, rests on something transcendent -- a matter of belief, not simply calculation.

Kyeyune thinks that the "epoch of the liberal technocrat is now over," that the "bell has well and truly tolled for mankind's belief in their ability to do anything else than enrich themselves and ruin things for everyone else." Maybe so. Yes, inertia is a powerful force. The institutions we've been living with are likely to persist, more or less hollowed out, for some time. And what might replace that technocratic dream is a question that admits of markedly different answers, many unpalatable. (How many speak English? A troubling question, that.)

Francis Fukuyama was, I believe, about as wrong as it is possible for a pop political philosopher to be when he predicted the "end of history" and the efflorescence of liberal democracy everywhere and forever.

Of course, Fukuyama is a Hegelian, which at least partly explains his silliness. What is happening now in Afghanistan, and in America because of Afghanistan, is another in a long line of counterexamples to Fukuyama's thesis. It may, however, turn out to be a more fundamental challenge than anyone could have foreseen even a few weeks ago. For that, we have the bumbling, mentally incontinent Joe Biden to thank, he and his clown car of self-absorbed spiritually adipose bureaucrats who prance about in a cloud of self-importance, shedding disaster like dandruff.

The more they are exposed, the more they are determined to control us or destroy us. Maybe they'll get rid of Biden or he'll get an ice cream headache grand mal seizure. And that leaves us with Kamala. Makes no difference. We are not impeaching, 25th Amendmenting or necessarily voting our way out of this. Not a pretty picture of what's over the horizon.


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  • "Erasing the line between government and private enterprise. Ensuring only government-approved messages are heard. Squashing dissent. Intruding government into every aspect of our lives."
    Does the Definition of "Fascism" Apply to the Biden Junta?
  • Roger Kimball: "In Afghanistan, the technocratic legitimacy of our administrative masters is being exploded."
    The Rotten Edifice Revealed
  • Victor Davis Hanson: "A cognitively challenged Biden is pulled in every direction, by left-wing politicos collecting their debts, by his own spite, by his trademark narcissism, and by his hatred of all things Trump."
    The Drossy Touch of Joe Biden
  • David "Spengler" Goldman: "John Quincy Adams said that America 'goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy.' He never imagined that America would go abroad to create monsters. The Endless War crowd is now coming out of the woodwork to argue that endless wars are better than what Biden served up in Afghanistan."
    Goldman: The Dr. Frankensteins of Foreign Policy

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