The first public impeachment hearing against Donald Trump laid out how a handful of loyalists led by Rudy Giuliani wrested control of U.S. policy from seasoned diplomats
Now, an old hand from the US diplomat corps, the DiploMad, has something to say about that:
Let me put it in nice simple terms so that the Swamp Beings will understand: The President sets and conducts foreign policy, not State, not the NSC, not the DOD, not any other alphabet agency. He does not have to go through State or NSC to conduct said policy; he does not have to consult with Kent or Taylor or anybody else on Ukraine or any other aspect of foreign policy.
The comments after that tweet above agree.
Hmm, I have more posts I could write *or* I could link to Th[is] Morning[s] Rant at Ace (note that each paragraph below has a link backing up the statement):
“OK, here are some take-aways from the Democrats’ impeachment show trial:
The president needs to prove his innocence.
Surprisingly, hearsay evidence is actually better than direct, first-hand evidence.
The purpose of impeaching Trump is to make sure he does not get re-elected. The Democrats are openly admitting this.
Also, President Trump is being impeached because he tried to ‘wrest control’ of U.S. foreign policy from ‘seasoned diplomats.’ (see the second item under the fold). Which is weird, you know, because diplomats, no matter how ‘seasoned’, are supposed to follow policy, not set it.
The breath-taking arrogance of this last one is especially galling. The old common wisdom was that the ‘Deep State’ was just a kwazy konspiracy theory cooked up by kooky konservatives from their paranoid, delusional fantasies. But, upon further reflection, the Deep State is apparently the fourth branch of government, not mentioned in the US Constitution, but nevertheless real and necessary; a bulwark, if you will, that protects the perks, privileges and prerogatives of an unaccountable, bureaucratic elite against American citizens who have the insolence to believe that they’re entitled to participate in constitutionally mandated elections.