For much of 2017 through 2021, Americans suffered the “bombshell” and “walls are closing” mythologies first of Russian collusion, then of supposedly vast Russian social media investments to sabotage the election. From there we moved on to the Alfa Bank ping-pong fable, the supposed Putin bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan that Trump was said to have ignored and, of course, the idea that Hunter’s laptop was just “Russian disinformation.”
These were journalistic sins of commission, warping the news cycle to advance ideological agendas and win elections. There emerged, however, other real landmines of omission—things the media deliberately ignores, but have the potential to go off and blow up a presidency.
Taxes Paid by Mr. 10 Percent?
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) mocks the Hunter Biden laptop scandal of a “half-fake” laptop. Yet such puerile flippancy only confirmed her own trademark arrogance and ignorance. Is she claiming the laptop was, was not, or is just sorta not genuine? Hunter’s lawyers are suing to stop the dissemination of his “half-property”?
Hunter, who never in the past has denied ownership of the laptop, has now confirmed it really was his. A revisionist Hunter should have first conferred with his dad, since, on the presidential debate stage in 2020, Joe Biden swore to the American people the laptop was a product of Russian disinformation. He cited as support “50 former intelligence officials” who signed a statement claiming as much—all organized to deceive the pre-election electorate by former CIA Directors James Clapper and John Brennan. Both previously were best known for admitting to lying under oath to Congress.
Any fair examination of the laptop’s contents would conclude that Joe Biden received percentage payments from the various quid pro quo enterprises for the merchandising of his name and status as a senator and then vice president. So it should be a simple task for the IRS to compare his reported income over those years with his net worth and yearly likely expenditures, to determine whether he paid taxes on his alleged 10 percent cut, or whether any of the Biden family paid gift taxes on their various cash interchanges with one another.
It is one thing to fight the IRS over deductions, but quite another over income. The former can become sticky matters of legal interpretation, the latter is mostly black or white: Money either came in and was reported—or not. If Biden did not pay income tax on percentage payouts to him by his family and business associates, then he committed tax fraud, and likely would be impeached.
The laptop and classified documents revelations are landmines well beyond their incriminatory evidence that Joe Biden received payments from Hunter Biden’s influence-selling team or improperly took away top secret papers. If Hunter’s trove of business assessments are found to have drawn on his father’s classified files—and there are already allegations that they did—then such use of his father’s illegally transferred federal documents for familial profit would end the Biden presidency.
No president could sustain his office if it were proven true that previously he transferred classified documents out of the White House or Senate and allowed such top secret analyses to be monetized by his son to enrich his family—and himself.
A Real Bombshell?
Octogenarian journalist Seymour Hersh’s recent allegations that the United States blew up sections of the Russo-German Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines were scarcely covered by the media that otherwise runs with the usual Hersh-fed embarrassments to the U.S. government. Oddly, in this case, it stayed mum. The story was adamantly denied by the Biden Administration and most of the bipartisan foreign policy establishment.
The news media’s neglect cannot be due to any journalistic standards, because a sloppy and corrupt media long ago swore falsely that Trump let Putin put kill-bounties on our soldiers in Afghanistan, and insisted the Biden laptop was authentic evidence of Russian disinformation designed to help Trump.
So we have no idea whether the media suppression of the story was due to its usual warped ideology or a rare, disinterested standard of ignoring a conspiracy theory.
Hersh’s reporting was largely based on one anonymous source, but oddly marked by an unusual level of detail about the planning, carrying out, and purpose of the operation.
The Left had long deified Hersh for the consistently anti-American government themes in his sensationalized dispatches. His accuracy, however, is not always contested, given he was largely accurate in the disclosures about the My Lai massacre and the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuses. But in this instance, he has been met with ridicule rather than the usual adulation from the liberal media.
Still, there were a variety of circumstances that kept the smothered story breathing—and for a multitude of reasons. The only concerned countries with the operative ability to carry out such an intricate attack were likely Russia, the United States, and European Union countries. The Washington Post in December concluded that, despite initial circumstantial evidence, there was no reason to believe Russia blew up its own multibillion-dollar investment that was deemed critical for future Russian foreign exchange revenues.
While Hersh mentioned Denmark and Norway as cooperating with the United States, it is equally difficult to believe that any European Union or NATO nation would on its own attack the assets of another member, especially the shared investments of Germany that for some time has dominated the governance of EU and the policies of European members of NATO.
More disturbingly, on the eve of the Ukraine war in January 2022, Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland quite indiscreetly boasted, “If Russia invades Ukraine, one way or another, Nord Stream 2 will not move forward.” She did not say what she meant by “another” way.
That was not an isolated threat. Joe Biden reiterated the same warning a month later. “If Russia invades,” he said, “then there will no longer be a Nord Stream 2 . . . We will bring an end to it . . . I promise you; we will be able to do it.” His choice of “end” implied more than voluntary German disconnection from an otherwise intact Russian pipeline.
More recently, Nuland post facto expressed glee in an exchange with Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that her earlier threat had been reified, “Senator Cruz, like you, I am—and I think the administration is very pleased that Nord Stream 2 is now, as you say, a pile of metal at the bottom of the ocean.”
Apparently, the position of the Biden Administration was not just belated official disapproval of the pipeline—as President Trump had made abundantly clear during his own tenure with sanctions. Rather, this government was pledged (“I promise you”) to “bring an end to it,” and had the ability to do just what it promised (“We will be able to do that”).
When the pipeline was actually bombed, the U.S. government expressed satisfaction with that violent act: “Very pleased that . . . Nord Stream 2 is now . . . a pile of metal at the bottom of the ocean.” It would be hard to think Nuland was praising Putin for purportedly destroying his own multibillion-dollar investment, given that Germany did stop much of its deliveries of natural gas without the ruin of the pipeline.
Even if we put aside the question of who destroyed the pipelines (and they could be rendered useless if seawater continues to erode the interior linings), it was highly unusual for the president of the United States and an under secretary of State publicly to hint at a preemptive attack against a key asset of its ally Germany and a formidable power with over 6,500 nuclear weapons.
Nor do NATO nations destroy, preemptively and stealthily, the property of other NATO nations—especially given that Germany was facing the onset of autumn and winter, and did not have the wherewithal to keep its 80 million citizens warm without the full gas deliveries through the pipeline. There are no suggestions that the German government might have winked and nodded at the explosion—given Berlin might have been otherwise afraid voluntarily to close down the pipeline given public support for the deliveries.
If the United States took extra measures—alleged in detail by Hersh—to evade legal responsibilities to apprise a select group of senators and representatives of a planned major covert operation, then that too might well be an impeachable offense.
As of now the story remains unproven, if not wild. But unfortunately it dovetails with the prior statements of the highest American officials, and the apparent strategic agenda of the United States, better than do current competing narratives—as the Washington Post reminded us in the case of Russia.
But even a slight chance that the story rings true is terrifying in its implications—preemptively attacking a nuclear power, destroying the multibillion-dollar investment of an ally and its ability to bring fuel to its strapped citizenry, and deliberately breaking federal laws to avoid congressional compliance.
Another landmine was a recent, also underreported, almost nonchalant accusation that the CIA used the FBI as a sort of entre to Twitter so the kindred federal agencies could suppress the expression of particular Americans.
Journalist Matt Taibbi published a recent disturbing trove of internal communications, apparently revealing that the CIA, with help from the FBI, consistently sought to modulate and censure content on Twitter.
Taibbi noted that the CIA was sensitive that it was prohibited by statute from the domestic surveillance of American citizens. And so it preferred the nebulous phraseology, “Other Government Agency” (OGA). At the same time, he pointed out how top Twitter executives such as top censor Yoel Roth simply could not keep up with the avalanche of requests from the FBI, and by extension the CIA, Department of Defense, and State Department. In other words, a left-wing Twitter hierarchy, infamous for selectively banning the communications and expressions of more conservative users, was outdone by the thought police of the U.S. government.
If the FBI had sought to subvert the Bill of Rights through its hire of a third-party, private contractor, the CIA knowingly broke the law, apparently convinced that the overwhelmingly left-wing control of Twitter provided the government with a golden moment to pursue agendas antithetical to the Constitution, if not patently illegal.
Finally, we are witnessing the strangest provocations to U.S. sovereign airspace in history. China apparently has been sending with impunity surveillance balloons throughout American skies. Our woke military either did not know of all of them, or could not or would not stop them, or did not disclose these apparent serial violations to their own civilian overseers.
Biden mysteriously allowed an enormous Chinese spy balloon to traverse nearly the entirety of the continental United States. When pressed, his administration issued a series of untrue statements or at least mutually contradictory excuses for its own paralysis: the device may have been just a weather balloon; it was a harmless, anemic primitive spy device; it may have been more sophisticated than we thought but we took measures to ensure our sensitive locales were protected; we could not shoot it down because it had caused no harm; we could not shoot it down because the debris might have hurt people on the ground; we could not shoot it down over Alaskan waters because they are too deep and too cold; Trump was to blame for not stopping them earlier; and on and on.
When pressed about his reaction to this Chinese sustained and successful aggression, designed either to surveille and probe U.S. strategic sites or to humiliate and embarrass America to the world as clueless or timid, or both, Biden simply said the intrusions had not damaged U.S.-Chinese relations.
The first duty of a president is to keep his country safe and secure. Joe Biden has failed that oath when he did to our airspace what he had done previously to the southern border—allowed anyone or anything to violate our sovereignty at will.
Whether any of these landmines goes off, depends on the release of information from the government. But nemesis is already playing a role.
Consider: a Democratic House majority once criminalized noncompliance with a congressional subpoena. A Democratic Ways and Means Committee institutionalized demanding and successfully obtaining the tax records of a president. A Democratic president declared the unlawful storage of classified information to be worthy of a special counsel’s criminal investigation.
A left-wing media destroyed the high-bar rules of journalistic evidence and investigation protocols through its concoction of Russian collusion and disinformation hoaxes. A discredited media claimed that any perceived presidential laxity with an aggressive foreign adversary—like China’s serial intrusions into U.S. airspace—was supposedly prima facie evidence of a compromised president “colluding” as an “asset” of an enemy.
Ironically Biden, the media, and the old Democratic House majority have provided Republicans the same tools to discover the truth which the Left had once used to destroy it.
19 thoughts on “Bombshells, Landmines, and Nemesis”
I would add a final quote to your essay: “and no one cares nor will do anything about it.”
It fills my cold, reptilian heart with glee to witness your endless struggles against the inevitable. The power of the SHINY THING cannot be resisted. Not since it was cut from out the eye of the Somnolent One at the fall of Yoth K’n Yan by the Apostates whose souls were torn screaming from their bodies even as they hewed it, has the Shiny Thing been overcome. It is our Banner, and Doom unto the race of Man.
Blessings on your week,
Serpentor of the Third Circle, Keeper of the Shiny Thing (most recently lent to Fauci the Ignoble)
Makes you believe in karma.
These air visitors are partly ‘conditions’ spoken of’ to JT at g7.
Canada was to be broken up starting back in the 70’s in order to sandwich US
with cuba. One general(Cdn)wrote a fiction novel about this.
I’m curious if the Biden administration is allowing the infiltration of illegal immigrants is their way of solving the social security and Medicare upcoming insolvency problem?
This massive influx of workers who aren’t citizens and are likely never to be able to become eligible for social security and Medicare, and whose children will likely vote for Democrats, I just wonder if they are able to think with this long-term view or not.
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
America is facing its “signifying nothing” moment.
We see that the government and the media constantly lie to us. Or worse, if the events of the day do not comport with “the narrative”, then they are not reported on and are not discussed. As if they never happened. That is essentially “signifying nothing” in a tree-falling-in-the-woods context.
Despite their collective egregious behavior, the left is NEVER prosecuted, nor do they go to jail for their bad acts. We can all see this.
Without commensurate punishment for their actions, nothing will significantly change.
Does anybody believe that the deep state will voluntarily give up their power to the toothless House?
Or is it more likely that they will calmly respond with, “No”?
As the bully inquired of the scrawny kid, “So, what are you going to do about it, punk?”
In this VDH essay, I can’t help but see Gods providence upon VDH.
”…The Lord changes the times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning…”
VDH, given the times we live in, and the public’s tolerance of the legacy media serving as a propaganda arm of the Democratic Party, I don’t think you can really say what information, if proven, would end the Biden presidency.
I remember the late, not so great, former KKK West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd stating in a public interview that if it was proven that President Bill Clinton lied under oath, that would end his presidency. Such a thing, he said, just would not be tolerated by the constitution. But it actually was tolerated by the public. Contrary to Byrd’s expectation, Clinton’s approval rating did not plunge when the eventual news of his perjury became known. So, if the public wasn’t concerned, neither was Senator Byrd–never mind the constitution.
Just to offer another example, Rev. Jesse Jackson was exposed as having a mistress? He said he was going to withdraw from any public interviews so as to give his family a time to heal. I think that was on a Friday. Well, come Monday there was not the expected public outrage to the news of his infidelity. So, he soon resurfaced and was once again public. So, his family healed pretty fast, I would say.
Both of these examples show the legacy press’s tolerance for this sort of thing if you’re a Dem. So much of the public has been dumbed down, so it follows their lead.
Maybe this time the public will not accept such corruption. A lot has to do with if the MSM can be shamed into giving it the attention it deserves.
The first sentence in the third paragraph should be punctuated with a period.
Here’s another implication of the NS2 demolition that even Russia’s RT doesn’t appreciate – America no longer trusts Germany. Biden destroyed the pipeline to force Germany to go cold turkey on Russian gas.
Left to their own devices, how much political will could the Germans muster to keep their hands out of the Russian cookie jar?
And make no mistake, German winters aren’t Russian winters, but for most of us, they are cold enough. Ever been to a place called Wildflecken?
VLD: Thank MLB’s famous son Branch Rickey for differentiating errors of “commission” and “omission”, no? The unwashed in some circumstances were taught well by Mr. Rickey as baseball aficionados.
“The truth shall set you free.” Why does it take so long, in this age of instant communication, for us to learn the truth? I just deflated the big red balloon I got my wife for Valentine’s Day, for fear it would get loose and Biden would call in an airstrike over our house!
Thank you, VDH, for your brave quest to bring us the truth.
Hope so, but not holding my breath.
VDH always includes at least one word that I need to look up. Normally the words are not unknown or unheard of, just used in a way that I want to be sure about their meaning in the current context.
This time it was “nemesis”. Look it up. It has at least two meanings that could be applied here. Our common use of “nemesis” is not necessarily the correct way to apply its meaning. The ancient Greek meaning/interpretation may be the best choice for this story.
USA installs a government hostile to Russia in Ukraine; USA talks of Ukraine becoming a NATO member; USA blows up a multimillion Russian pipe line; USA sends military aid to stop Russian aggressive war on Ukraine. Where does this end?
Only the last two sentences of this paragraph are not highly speculative and debatable. The last 2 sentences are the real rub of the matter, though. Stick with the last 2 sentences.
James LeBot, say what you will but I would advise against telling others on this forum what they should or should not say. You have made your point. We know that you are a hawk and 100% support our military industrial complex, without question. It does not need to be repeated, over and over. I don’t believe that you are winning over any new recruits. Insert happy face emoji here.
Neither are you, Jim. Like I said, I’ve been here since day 1 of the site and I don’t see your name on it (or whoever you pretend to speak for), newcomer. I’ve earned my spurs and will use my own judgement as to what I post. As a matter of fact, I popped over from the podcast section where I normally post because I noticed that you new comers had about as much group think as the NY TIMES and I figured I’d bust up the party a little. After all, we all know what you think too. No need to keep preaching to the choir. 😉