Government Watch / Politics

The Deep State and the Constitution

AMAC Exclusive – By Tom Doniphon

Constitution
President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and his wife Hollyanne Milley.

After numerous foreign policy debacles throughout the first two years of the Biden presidency, including the collapse of Afghanistan, a botched submarine deal, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Republicans will finally have a chance to force Biden officials to answer tough questions when they retake power in January. But as the GOP works to hold the administration accountable for their failures, members of Congress will also have an opportunity to expose the insubordination and dangerous abuses of power taking place within the foreign policy establishment – a problem not limited to just the Biden presidency.

Several times since he took office, Biden has made clear statements about U.S. foreign policy, only to have a spokesperson directly contradict him days or even hours later. In September, for example, Biden made waves in the foreign policy world when he guaranteed U.S. forces would defend the island of Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion. “Yes,” the President told 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley, the United States would militarily defend the island “if in fact there was an unprecedented attack.”

Initially, his statements came as a shock: since 1979, U.S. policy has been to recognize Taiwan as part of China. This statement from the U.S. President appeared to shrug off decades of long-standing policy on one of the world’s most contentious geopolitical issues.

Yet almost immediately, a clarification came forward. According to the White House, official policy had not changed, and the U.S. would continue to maintain strategic ambiguity on the question of coming to the defense of Taiwan.

Unfortunately, this was far from the first time a major presidential flub and rapid “correction” from the president’s staff has occurred during the Biden administration. Following the chaotic evacuation of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, Biden said that no one had advised him to keep a few thousand troops in the country – only to have top military officials say days later that they had indeed advised the president to pursue just such a policy. In March, Biden said very clearly in a speech that Russian President Vladimir Putin should “not be allowed to remain in office.” Hours later, White House communications staff contradicted Biden, saying that Biden was “not discussing regime change.” In this case, Biden doubled down by saying that he was “not walking anything back” with regard to the comment, making clear that top U.S. officials are willing to knowingly and directly contradict the President of the United States  with absolutely no consequences.

Article II Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution vests the president with the powers of Commander in Chief of the Army and the Navy and makes him the nation’s Chief Diplomat, with the power to negotiate with foreign governments. When public officials immediately correct the President after he makes statements of policy, it begs the question: who exactly is in charge U.S. foreign policy?

During the Trump administration, the subversion and corruption within the foreign policy establishment was even more egregious. Take, for example, President Trump’s attempts to extricate the United States from military involvement in Syria. In response to this strategic objective, Secretary of Defense General Jim Mattis refused to carry out his boss’s orders and eventually resigned his position at the Pentagon with a public letter airing out his disagreements. His successors and a host of other hidden hands at the Pentagon likewise appear to have resisted Trump’s efforts to get the United States out of Syria.

Mattis wasn’t the only general to clash with President Trump. General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, resisted President Trump’s direction to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807 to restore order to America’s streets during the riots that gripped the nation during the summer of 2020—an action fully within Trump’s authority as president. Milley also reportedly considered resignation after marching through Lafayette Square with President Trump after it had been cleared of rioters. But Milley didn’t end up submitting his resignation letter. “F*** that s***, I’ll just fight him,” he reportedly told his staff, as he stayed in his position to deliberately sabotage the elected president’s objectives from within.

While the feuds with various generals serving in the Trump administration were public, shocking, and vindictive, the executive branch’s loss of control over the military didn’t begin under President Trump.

A major theme of Barack Obama’s political campaigns was a pledge to bring home U.S. soldiers from the conflicts in the Middle East. As we know, he was unable to do so.

The merits of the policies in these examples aside, it is fundamental to our republican system of self-government that elected officials have the ultimate say over America’s foreign policy decisions. The Constitution vests the president and Congress with diplomacy and decision making—not unelected generals and obscure “officials” in the Pentagon. When the foreign policy establishment operates outside of political control, they become in effect another branch of government that is not accountable to voters.

Indeed, a military “independent of and superior to Civil power” was one of the very grievances America’s Founders cited against the British in the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution went to great lengths to subject the military to political control—even going so far as to forbid a permanent standing army and requiring Congress to vote frequently on military expenditures, limiting appropriations to a maximum of two years ahead. In the Founders’ view, elections—or the people’s ability to remove officials from office through the ballot box—introduced both accountability and oversight to our political system. Representative government maintained by regular elections was therefore the mechanism for American citizens to express the “consent of the governed.”

The new Republican House of Representatives should make every effort to reassert political control over the Department of Defense through both their investigative powers and control over the purse strings. When the American people vote and nothing changes, it represents a breakdown of our constitutional system.

The House Republican majority should begin by investigating acts of insubordination conducted by various generals and Pentagon officials during the Trump administration, beginning with General Milley. As Senate Republicans also have the power to block confirmation of top officials to the Department of Defense, they must make certain that each nominee they confirm will commit to following the instructions of the president. Congress also must reclaim its sole power to declare war, as set forth in the Constitution—a power which has not been invoked since 1942, even as the United States remains engaged in military conflicts across the globe.

All of these are just small steps to reign in the independent bureaucracy at the Pentagon, which will ultimately be vital to restoring the American system of republican self-government.

Tom Doniphon is the pen name of a former official in the Trump Administration.


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GTPATRIOT
2 months ago

What I am reading in many replies to several of these topics is that the public is laughing at the
assertion that DC is actually going to do something about the corruption, lying, insubordination,
and refusal to enforce our laws that are all rampant in Washington. What many of us are angry
about is the belief that we voters are convinced that something is going to change. Come on.
The only thing that’s going to happen are multiple episodes of fake outrage on Fox and CNN.
Hey don’t forget to pay your cable bill or you might miss out.

BACKWOODS
2 months ago

I’m sorry but we the American people are past dog and pony show hearings. We want accountability by the maximin extent of our laws. A lot of what is going on with this administration is treason and traitors deserve the DEATH Penalty.
Their ill gotten wealth needs to be returned to the tax payers.

John
2 months ago

I’m so disillusioned with our government and modern America that I don’t even care anymore. I’ve lived most of my life. If young people want to vote for Democrat policies and give their freedom away, more power to them. It’ll be their problem, not mine.

SAW
2 months ago
Reply to  John

Agree with your overall sentiment, but my wife and I will continue to vote as long as we are allowed. And, I very much agree at our ages that it will be mainly the younger generations problem(s) before they even know what’s really going on…

Moses
2 months ago

First I would like to make the point that the Main Stream Media is not main stream. It is the left wing media, and that is how it should always be referred to. Secondly, the republicans sat home in this last election to the tune of 40%. As bad as the president is, as corrupt as FBI, DOJ, and other government agencies are, not to mention the vote counters, As critical as the mid-term election was this time, and 40% of the republicans could not get off the couch to vote. And you wonder if we can turn this thing around, it does not appear to be possible. The one leader that brought the republicans together, made a huge improvement in four years, at home and around the world, is too abrasive for even our own republican party. We have had many republican presidents that were not that good of leaders, George W. comes to mind. If the republican party can not agree on President Trump with Ron DeSantis as V.P. I am afraid the party will just be split up and we will lose again to the dems. If we could get Trump/DeSantis in, we should be able to hold power for at least 12 years. When you see how bad the last two have been, that would be a big win.

David Smith
2 months ago
Reply to  Moses

Your first sentence is a lie so nothing you write can be trusted. Trump and DeSantis are scumbags.

KidEdge
2 months ago
Reply to  David Smith

David your comment reads like you’re angry .. not getting enough gov’t assistance u think you’re entitled too .

Steve
2 months ago
Reply to  David Smith

More proof of your ranting. Mean Tweets and Hurt Feelings do not qualify for proof of your statement being true. And, then, after you fail to answer any of this, quit trolling sites that you don’t agree with. Go rant on MSM.

Mary
2 months ago
Reply to  David Smith

Thats an ignorant statement. They are natural born leaders and Patriots. We surely need many more like them !

John Diaz
2 months ago

That’s interesting. Congress is going to hold joe biden for what the Republicans didn’t act upon even if the Republicans didn’t have the majority in Congress. Now they want to hold Congressional hearings on the matter. I’m glad you want to do something but they should have been stirring the pot and making the Democrats go insane. Knowing that this was going to happen to them as soon as the Republicans can take the house. This is not going to be easy because the Democrats will do exactly what the Republicans should have been doing fighting back harder. Let’s not lose the house let’s try to gain back the Senate also in the next following elections and try to get term limits and remove mail-in ballots also added to it before the Democrats can do any more damage to this country.

Michael Lewis
2 months ago

Excellent reasons why a 2nd Amendment cannot permit more gun control laws!

SRW
2 months ago
Reply to  Michael Lewis

Roger that!

David Smith
2 months ago
Reply to  Michael Lewis

The 2nd amendment does not guarantee anybody the right to a firearm. I’d ban all firearms.

Steve
2 months ago
Reply to  David Smith

What a stupid troll this loser is.

Dave
2 months ago
Reply to  David Smith

While you’re at it, why don’t you ban free speach as well, then you wouldn’t be allowed to make stupid comments on sites like this.

WEM
2 months ago

The Generals and Admiral on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, including the Chairman, are military advisors to the President. They are NOT in the chain of command. The operational chain of command goes from the President to the Secretary of Defense to the Combatant Commanders. If POTUS wants the military to act, he can pass the order through the SecDef or give it directly to the Combatant Commanders, while informing the SecDef. GEN Milley would not be in the path of the orders given, but can be used by POTUS, along with others of the Joint Chiefs, for advice. President Trump should have interpreted Milley’s resistance as advice, which he could except or not. The President had to have known this, and apparently decided to accept Milley’s advice. Milley was certainly wrong in the way he openly countered the President. Any differences between POTUS and his military advisors should be strictly confidential, and once he makes a decision, they should support it, whether they agree with it or not, or else resign.

Dave
2 months ago
Reply to  WEM

I couldn’t agree with you more except on one point. My belief is that Milley and those in the military who support him should be brought before a Courts Martial and that should be tried for refusing to follow the orders of their superior.Miller would look very good as an E 1 private.

KidEdge
2 months ago
Reply to  Dave

Obama eviscerated the upper military and promoted like minded thinkers .. The withdrawal in Afghanistan, no other way to slice it, We armed the Taliban….

Ruby
2 months ago

It is wonderful that you have such genius insite into these things. Now just make the generals obey the Commander in Chief or be expelled from the military.

Kay
2 months ago

It is time to ask who is guiding the puppet biden to make decisions. He certainly does not have the knowledge or understand what is happening around him. Is it Rice, Obama, Pelosi? With two more years our only prayer is this puppet does not get us into a civil war

David Smith
2 months ago
Reply to  Kay

The only people who want a civil war are republicans. When is Trump going to concede the 2020 election? Over 2 years already since the election was called. When is Lake going to concede in Arizona? She lost.

James
2 months ago

Great article. Passing it to my friends.

Freddie Salazar
2 months ago

Republicans have a “monumental task” if you take into consideration how many things are/have gone wrong! They’re going to have to take careful consideration of what is most important in preparation for the 2024 election!

JimG
2 months ago

Blah blah blah blah….Republicans had the ability to have shown leadership when Trump took the white house. Republicans had the white house AND. Congress but pissed it away in 2 years. Why do we think republicans will be any better today. Perhaps if republicans had done their job back then we wouldn’t be looking at the debacle that we look at now.

Patriate Henry
2 months ago

From all that I have seen t seems to me that no one will do anything about anything going on in DC. The rest of us are doing nothing but crying and complaining. WHAT ARE WE THE PEAPLE going to do?????? Dah,WE….. Republicans are democrats only 20 years late… they even accept gay marriage now, SHAME on us….

Del
2 months ago

“When the American people vote and nothing changes, it represents a breakdown of our constitutional system.” The most important line in the article, but tragically this has been the case for decades, if not always.

Laura
2 months ago

Unless the Republicans do something about this mess, we will continue to have political anarchy.

David Smith
2 months ago
Reply to  Laura

Republicans have created political anarchy by refusing to concede elections that they lost and running more and more extreme candidates.

David Millikan
2 months ago

Add that Over Half of Medical Schools teaching that Critical Race Theory GARBAGE. Instead of teaching them to be Doctors they teach them to be politicians instead.
As I said before, since Obamacare the medical profession has SUCKED and now instead of Doctors we have medical politicians who DON’T practice medicine.
They only follow what the FASCIST liberals say so they can act like they are actually a doctor.
Don’t trust none of them.

George Washington's Admirer
2 months ago
Reply to  David Millikan

You’ve got the essence of the whole debacle! Control, control, and more control. And its about mind control. Brain washing in every college of every specialty! You’re Right On!

Laura
2 months ago
Reply to  David Millikan

I agree. And Dr. Fauchi is nothing more then a politician in a lab coat. It’s a good thing he is resigning. I hope he is held accountable for his involvement in the creation and possible “leak” of the covid virus.

Del
2 months ago
Reply to  David Millikan

Most frightening of all: the med schools are accepting and passing along students who really do not qualify — all in the name of equity. How can you trust a doctor graduating from these schools anymore?

Lauren R. MacArthur
2 months ago

Here we go again…investigate, investigate, investigate…the same old playbook. IF something is found Congress can do nothing and will pass it on to the DOJ, FBI, etc. WHICH is infiltrated with scores of liberal Dems who will do nothing. BUT it will keep the masses amused.

Bruce
2 months ago

To NOT investigate because of past results is NOT an option. We have to try for real investogations for a change and not like the Jan 6 debacle where the outcome was predetermined or the 2019 election where the facts were simply denied.

David Smith
2 months ago

Election deniers led by Trump are trying to ruin the country.

George Washington's Admirer
2 months ago

The Theatre, The Theatre; What’s Happened To The Theatre? Look no further than politics! Investigations and Subpoenas and Committees and Commissions; you can get an honorary degree in all four; and what is more they are going no where!

Philip Hammersley
2 months ago

Have you noticed that both Wray and Garland are now ACTING like they are concerned about abuses? Wray says he wants to investigate violence against pro-life centers and churches and Garland pretends that he is reevaluating things at DOJ. Hmm, I wonder why? Could it be because in six weeks Republicans in the House will be able to subpoena them and their goon followers?
Will Wray shut down Gestapo-style raids on peaceful pro-lifers? Will Garland allow parents to protest at school board meetings without having to be worried about being put on watch lists?

PIDL
2 months ago

Why would my comment “be awaiting approval”? There is nothing there that would indicate it needed approval. Is AMAC going WOKE?

Editor
Grace Rowan
2 months ago
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Hi PIDL,
Thank you for taking the time to share your concern regarding pending comments. Because of the filtering system that we use to monitor comments, some comments might end up in our “waiting for approval section” due to a possible keyword or key phrase that has been used in spam comments in the past. When this happens please understand that while there might not have been any inappropriate language, our filter may have picked up on a flagged word/phrase. We appreciate your patience and ongoing support of AMAC

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  Grace Rowan

Hi Grace,

Could you supply a short list of what AMAC considers objectionable words or phrases in need of being flagged? A number of us still posting here are subjected to this “Awaiting Moderation” for perfectly fine comments on a regular basis. So it would be useful to know what AMAC considers unacceptable language or phrases, that do not entail the use of profanity or any actual objectable language in order to avoid this nonsense in the future. Thanks in advance.

Man of Steel
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

PaulE, Thanks for a reasoned response to what could be an issue of import. Folks should have the ability to know what/who is driving the train . English is a language known for words having different meanings based on context. Most computer algorithms are based on binary choices, making it difficult to deal with innuendo. As an example, is “Black Friday” racist? Only if there is a built-up bias.

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  Man of Steel

It will be interesting if I get an actual reply from AMAC this time. In the past, such requests have gone unanswered and everyone is left to wonder what the magic words and phrases are that AMAC uses to determine who gets censored for no good reason.

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