Trump and the Deep State

Donald Trump, deep state
Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Gage Skidmore / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) and US Government.

Dear Reader,

Some of you supported Donald Trump. Others are paralyzed with concern over what his presidency will bring.

Whatever your sentiment about the election and the future, almost all of you come to WhoWhatWhy for thoughtful, post-partisan inquiry: including, notably, deep dives into the “Deep State” — those institutions, networks, organizations, companies, and individuals that wield power on a long-term, though constantly shifting, basis, shaping America’s course in ways often missed by most of the media.

We’re talking about financial interests. We’re talking about powerful individuals with self-serving worldviews who don’t much welcome the meddling of “ordinary folks.” We’re talking about the military-industrial complex, which has exploded in size since President Eisenhower warned us about it.

That’s our target: the unelected power structure that defines and controls so many of the government’s actions and our political “choices.”

One thing clear about President-elect Trump: notwithstanding his “outsider” rhetoric, he has quickly embraced many aspects of the Deep State — perhaps without even knowing the concept. Indeed, we see no indication that Trump has longstanding ties to the Deep State. But he would not be the first president who ended up ceding power to these elements while in office — or, by resisting their influence, found himself out of power one way or another.

To cover this challenge requires people who understand it. That’s us. We have reported, almost alone among media, how — after attacking the Bush family throughout the election campaign — Trump has brought many Bush associates into his administration.

We pointed out the Deep State’s influence in Hillary Clinton’s campaign. We also examined its ability, in varying degrees, to call the shots in the Obama administration. The results included growing the unaccountable national security and homeland security apparatus, reducing privacy protections, and forgiving Wall Street recklessness. Deep Staters also pushed Obama toward wars in Libya and Syria — wars that were otherwise totally avoidable — and blocked his initial efforts to pull out of Afghanistan. All of this was couched in publicly acceptable justifications such as “human rights violations” that masked raw resource plays.

More than ever, it is imperative that some brave news organization investigate and reveal the ramifications of the Deep State.

WhoWhatWhy is uniquely equipped to do that.

But we cannot do it without your help.

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With deep appreciation,

Russ Baker
Founder and Editor-in-Chief

P.S. Nobody else is going to meaningfully cover the Deep State, so it is up to us. Please join our effort.

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