Moving along: The infamous Niccolò Machiavelli wrote in The Prince (1505 in Italian, 1513 in English) what has been translated as “Never do an enemy a small injury.” In a similar vein, Ralph Waldo Emerson also was said to have observed to a young colleague “If you’re going to strike at the king, you must kill him.”
Congressional Democrats and investigators who have been pushing the “Russian collusion” narrative these last two years have failed to observe either of these cogent advisories, and now President Trump has, in the words Jed Babbin of the American Spectator, let the dogs out. Excerpt:
The Democrats, stumbling down the road to impeachment, were stunned by President Trump’s executive order on Thursday.
The order is in two parts. First, it directs the intelligence agencies to cooperate with Attorney General William Barr’s investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia counterintelligence investigation that was the vehicle used to spy on candidate Trump’s campaign and President Trump’s administration when it was new.
The second part of the order delegates to Barr the president’s authority to declassify — or reduce the level of classification of — anything that the intelligence agencies will give him.
Leaving on his trip to Japan on Friday, Trump said “We want to be very transparent, so as you know, I declassified everything. We are exposing everything.” He specifically mentioned that Barr would be looking at the involvement of several nations including the UK, Australia, and Ukraine.
Trump let the dogs out. The necessity for this action has been comprehensively clear for more than a year, and I have been advocating it for that long.
Well, plenty of folks in the Imperial City have been yelling about the need for transparency. They should have been careful what they wished for, because the damned floodgates are sure as hell open and we have the honey badger of Attorney Generals now who literally gives not one single fuck about what the press or the Imperial establishment thinks of him. AG Barr will happily throw to the wolves anyone who is implicated of any shenanigans.
But let’s not delude ourselves that anyone senior in the Obama Administration or the campaign of Her Imperial Majesty Hillary I will face any consequences; laws and such things are only for the politically-incorrect and the peasantry nowadays.