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The Rehabilitation of Robert Mueller

By Kit Knightly | OffGuardian | November 24, 2018

The “Resistance” – the loose affiliation of liberals, progressives and neo-conservatives dedicated to opposing Donald Trump – is NOT a grass-roots movement. They don’t speak for the everyman or the poor or the oppressed. They are a distraction, nothing more. A parlor game. The face to Trump’s heel.

The Resistance is the voice of the Deep State – Pro-war, pro-globalisation, pro-Imperialism. It just hides its true face behind a mask of “progressive values”. They prove this with their own actions – opposing Trump’s moves toward peace with North Korea and finding common ground with Russia.

In fact, though the resistance lives to criticize the Trump administration, they have been notably quiet – even in favour of – three key issues: The bombing of Syria, the tearing up of the INF treaty and the prosecution of Julian Assange.

They tell us, in clear voices, who they are and what they want and millions of people refuse to listen. So totally brain-washed by the “Orange Man Bad” hysteria, that they will side with anyone hitting the same talking points, spouting the right buzzwords, using the same hashtags.

This process has contrived to turn hard-line, inveterate warmongers into a pantheon of “liberal” heroes. John “bomb bomb Iran” McCain was mourned across the media as if he were a champion of civil rights, while Bill Kristol and his ilk are suddenly regular guests on notionally “liberal” channels.

… and Robert Mueller receives a glowing write-up in the Guardian, being praised as “America’s straightest arrow”.

The painful prose paints a blurry picture of Mueller. Slapping ounces of vaseline onto the lens of reality. It praises his hair and his clothes and his 35 dollar watch. It declares him a soldier “forged in combat”, regaling us with tales of the bravery of Mueller’s marine regiment – “The Magnificent Bastards”.

Vietnam is reduced to a movie set – nothing but a backdrop for Mueller’s courage under fire. He won a bronze star, you know. Apparently while “The Magnificent Bastards” strode around the Vietnamese jungle, burning villages down and watching the napalm fall from the sky, a couple of angry farmers shot back and Mueller was wounded.

Taking a bullet in the leg from a terrified peasant who just wants you to sod off out of his country will always win you medals, but it shouldn’t.

Voluntarily signing on to enforce Imperial foreign policy in a war of conquest will always have the media paint you as a hero, but it shouldn’t.

What flaws the author does ascribe to Mueller are those we all happily admit to having ourselves. He’s a “micromanager” and he’s “too tough”.

Yes, and I’m sure he works himself too hard and doesn’t suffer fools gladly and always speaks his mind as well.

Read the column if you want, but I’d suggest not eating for a few hours first. A more nauseating panegyric I have not witnessed, at least since Barack Obama left office.

Far more telling than what it does say… is what it does not say. It mentions Mueller’s role as head of the FBI during the launch of the “war on terror”, but doesn’t go into any of the abuse of human rights that accompanied (and still accompanies) the increasingly authoritarian powers granted to US intelligence agencies by the Patriot Act.

Let’s be clear: Mueller’s FBI was complicit in rendition, torture, Gitmo. All of it.

Given that, it’s rather unsurprising that the article doesn’t mention the word “Iraq” once. A breath-taking omission, considering Mueller’s testimony in front of congress played a key role in spreading the lie of Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction”:

It doesn’t matter how many Vietnamese peasants took pot-shots at him, it doesn’t matter how tidy his hair is, or how cheap his watch. It doesn’t matter if he looks like Cooper or speaks like Eastwood or walks like Wayne. He is a proven liar – a man culpable in the greatest crime of the 21st century. He is, and always will be, a servant of the Deep State.

A proven liar. A proven killer. An Imperialist. A criminal.

Is this the stuff of which political heroes should be made?

Only in “the Resistance”.

Obviously, Trump’s administration is dangerous – it still stokes warlike approaches to Iran and Russia. It has directly threatened Venezuela and Cuba. But you can’t fight the right-hand of the Deep State by clasping the left. They all join in the middle. They’re the same monster.

Anti-Trumpers, all over the world, need to take a good look at WHO they’re fighting alongside, and ask themselves WHAT they are fighting for.

Kit Knightly is co-editor of OffGuardian. The Guardian banned him from commenting. Twice. He used to write for fun, but now he’s forced to out of a near-permanent sense of outrage.

November 24, 2018 - Posted by | Progressive Hypocrite, Timeless or most popular, War Crimes | , ,


  1. Well, as I’ve said before, this IS the Reality TV Show presidency/country, after all. Thanks for the ‘face’ and ‘heel’ info. This only supports my case. What else can a U.S. citizen expect after the ‘good’ Obama fiasco (that some people refuse to see)? Good cop, bad cop, let’s just say. Humans are so freaking stupid.

    Comment by tsisageya | November 24, 2018 | Reply

    • On the other hand, I, too, was stupid once. Maybe I shouldn’t be so harsh.

      Comment by tsisageya | November 24, 2018 | Reply

  2. For example, I actually used to take up for ISRAEL. This was back when I was STUPID.

    I now do the opposite of ‘take up for them’. I would BDS them except that they’re so darn ubiquitous that it’s a Goliathian task. Nevertheless, all bad roads lead to Israel, and, by extension, all ____. They would just as soon war with you as look at you, if it got them all the shekels.

    Comment by tsisageya | November 24, 2018 | Reply

    • Frankly, I think that all humans who chase after all the shekels should be rounded up and put on a desert island somewhere. Round them up! Yippee-ki-yay, get along little doggie. Then dump all their gold, paper money, and what not, onto the island with them. Then, they can all try to eat their money. Justice? I think so.

      Comment by tsisageya | November 24, 2018 | Reply

      • After all, gold leaf on rich people’s food is an occasion to eat gold and spend a lot, amirte? No problem with eating gold. So, they can eat all the gold coins on their desert island. It’s okay to eat gold, and coins are specially delish. Right? That’s the true diet of humans. It’s not fruit, it’s not keto. It’s GOLD!

        Comment by tsisageya | November 24, 2018 | Reply

  3. Yum yum, eat’m up!

    Comment by tsisageya | November 24, 2018 | Reply

  4. Here, let me feed your gold down your throat.

    Comment by tsisageya | November 24, 2018 | Reply

  5. Mueller is an illegal domestic CIA agent. He covers up CIA crimes.

    Comment by The Janitor | November 24, 2018 | Reply

    • Nice try, dude. Try again. Fail, again.

      Comment by tsisageya | November 24, 2018 | Reply

      • Idiot. Robert Mueller is an asshole, just like you are. Good job.

        Comment by tsisageya | November 24, 2018 | Reply

  6. Oops, did I take the bait? My bad, then.

    Comment by tsisageya | November 24, 2018 | Reply

    • One never knows, I guess.

      Comment by tsisageya | November 24, 2018 | Reply

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