Saturday, August 12, 2017

Here's Page 1 of the Crazy Memo Written by Former NSC Staffer Rich Higgins

The Crazy Memo Written on the Government's Dime

The article at Foreign Policy magazine about this crazy memo,  the crazy far right memo which was written by a National Security Council staffer named Rich Higgins (on your and my dime as American taxpayers), was published by Foreign Policy magazine on Thursday, August 10th.  It rolled down my Facebook newsfeed yesterday; that is, Friday morning. 

Though Foreign Policy magazine published the whole memo Thursday, I found the format they used difficult to follow.  So I copied the 7 page memo to my blog one page at a time starting here, and I added a few paragraph breaks for readability.

(I will be adding pages 2 through 7 during the week.  This has become more important after this weekend's Nazi march in Virginia.) 

I've also listed links to other information and articles about this whole insanity and some of the people involved.  Those links are found below the copy of Page 1.

Why is this important?  

I don't know what kind of play this memo was getting at other venues, but every commentator at MSNBC that I watched yesterday mentioned this memo.  It's pretty wild right wing stuff, but the big problem is that it was written by a guy who was a staffer at the National Security Council.  It is rumored to have come to the attention of Donald Trump Jr and it is further rumored to have made it to the desk of the president.  I've also heard reports that President Trump was disturbed to find out that the author of this piece of insanity was fired after the memo surfaced.

Folks, we have to realize that many of the people now in influential or decision-making positions in the "swamp" of Washington, DC, are right-wing extremists who are clinging desperately to a white male view of power that is passing on due to both demographics and increasing open-mindedness and tolerance.    

Here's Atlantic Magazine's description of the author and the article:
Rich Higgins, a former Pentagon official who served in the NSC’s strategic-planning office as a director for strategic planning, was let go on July 21. Higgins’s memo describes supposed domestic and international threats to Trump’s presidency, including globalists, bankers, the “deep state,” and Islamists. The memo characterizes the Russia story as a plot to sabotage Trump’s nationalist agenda. It asserts that globalists and Islamists are seeking to destroy America. The memo also includes a set of recommendations, arguing that the problem constitutes a national-security priority.
H R McMaster, current National Security Advisor, is apparently trying to take a slightly more moderate tone than his predecessor Mike Flynn who was fired after 24 days on the job.  But those 24 days provided enough time for Flynn to staff a number of positions at the NSA, and many of those people were fairly extreme right-wingers and (as demonstrated by this memo) conspiracy nuts. 

It's dangerous to think that this level of insanity was supported by someone on the government payroll. Yes, friends, your tax dollars at work.

Foreign Policy magazine introduces this memo with these words:

The full memo, dated May 2017, is titled “POTUS & Political Warfare.” It provides a sweeping, if at times conspiratorial, view of what it describes as a multi-pronged attack on the Trump White House.Trump is being attacked, the memo says, because he represents “an existential threat to cultural Marxist memes that dominate the prevailing cultural narrative.” Those threatened by Trump include “‘deep state’ actors, globalists, bankers, Islamists, and establishment Republicans.”

Page 1 (of 7) of the Memo:

(I've added some paragraph breaks for readability; the italics are also mine. I've left most of the grammatical errors of the author.) 

"May 2017

The Trump administration is suffering under withering information campaigns designed to first undermine, then delegitimize and ultimately remove the President.

Possibly confusing these attacks with an elevated interplay of otherwise normal D.C. partisan infighting and adversarial media relations, the White House response to these campaigns reflects a political advocacy mindset that it is intensely reactive, severely under-inclusive and dangerously inadequate to the threat.

If action is not taken to re-scope and respond to these hostile campaigns very soon, the administration risks implosion and subsequent early departure from the White House.

 This is not politics as usual but rather political warfare at an unprecedented level that is openly engaged in the direct targeting of a seated president through manipulation of the news cycle. It must be recognized on its own terms so that immediate action can be taken.

At its core, these campaigns run on multiple lines of effort, serve as the non-violent line of effort of a wider movement, and execute political warfare agendas that reflect cultural Marxist outcomes. The campaigns operate through narratives.

Because the hard left is aligned with lslamist organizations at local (ANTI FA (antifascist) working with Muslim Brotherhood doing business as MSA and CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations)), national (ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and BLM (Black Lives Matter) working with CAIR and MPAC (Muslim Public Affairs Council)) and international levels (OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) working with OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) and the UN (United Nations)), recognition must given to the fact that they seamlessly interoperate at the narrative level as well. In candidate Trump, the opposition saw a threat to the "politically correct" enforcement narratives they've meticulously laid in over the past few decades. In President Trump, they see a latent threat to continue that effort to ruinous effect and their retaliatory response reflects this fear.


Responding to relentless personal assaults on his character, candidate Trump identified the players and the strategy:

 • "The establishment and their media enablers will control over this nation through means that are very well known. Anyone who challenges their control is deemed a sexist, a racist, a xenophobe, and morally deformed." - President (Candidate) Trump, Oct 2016

Culturally conditioned to limit responses to such attacks as yet another round in the on-going drone from diversity and multicultural malcontents, these broadsides are discounted as political correctness run amuck. However, political correctness is a weapon against reason and critical thinking. This weapon functions as the enforcement mechanism of diversity narratives that seek to implement cultural Marxism. Candidate Trump's rhetoric in the campaign not only cut through the Marxist narrative, he did so in ways that were viscerally comprehensible to a voting bloc that then made candidate Trump the president; making that bloc self-aware in the process. President Trump is either the candidate he ran as, or he is nothing.

Recognizing in candidate Trump an existential threat to cultural Marxist memes that dominate the prevailing cultural narrative, those that benefit recognize the threat he poses and seek his destruction. For this cabal, Trump must be destroyed. Far from politics as usual, this is a political warfare effort that seeks the destruction of a sitting president. Since Trump took office, the situation has intensified to crisis level proportions. For those engaged in the effort, especially those from within the "deep state" or permanent government apparatus, this raises clear Title 18 (legal) concerns. "

My comments on Page 1

That Trump is destroying his Presidency himself by tweeting, by making absurd pronouncements, by ignoring the will of the majority of the people, by ignoring the simple fact that he governs as a minority president without the American people behind him, by taking us to the brink of some kind of nuclear conflagration, completely eludes the guy who wrote this memo.  The opposition, whoever that may be, doesn't have to attack and destroy someone when that person destroys himself or herself.

I have no idea what "Title 18 (legal) concerns" refers to at this time.    


(I will add to this list of links as more articles and information become available.)

"Here's the Memo" at Foreign Policy magazine

An NSC Staffer is forced out over a controversial memo (Atlantic Magazine)

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