Deep State and the impeachment circus

LETTER

The impeachment circus playing out in Washington under the chairmanship of ringmaster “shifty” Adam Schiff is a classic illustration of the Deep State in operation.

Sometimes called the Administrative State or “the swamp”, the Deep State refers to those thousands of unelected bureaucrats who man the over 400 agencies operating in the capital.

Whilst politicians come and go, these government workers have a rather comfortable life in Washington, or perhaps in some beautiful ambassador’s residence abroad, untrammelled by the vagaries of the electoral system. They have come to believe that they set the policy agendas and that the President’s America First policy is a rather inconvenient nonsense to be ignored.
All of Mr Schiff’s witnesses are such people and they have all been whingeing that the President’s foreign policy has not been in tune with “the interagency”, whatever that might be.
Take the former ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovich, who, on the night she learnt that she had been dismissed, said tearfully, “I was at my house” hosting a party for an anti-corruption activist. Now, the Ambassador’s residence in Kyiv is beautiful with a courtyard garden, two dining rooms, Ukrainian artefacts and original artworks displayed. But it is not Yovanovitch’s house and this tells you everything about her entitled mindset.

The American Constitution lays down clearly that it is for the President alone to decide what the country’s foreign policy is to be. If middle-ranking bureaucrats like Yovanovitch disapprove of the policy they should resign, not go whimpering to the House Intelligence Committee impeachment inquiry.

Bear in mind that former President Obama fired every Bush-appointed ambassador when he entered the Oval Office.

In essence then, this is what President Trump has had to put up with — disloyal bureaucrats who have worked against his agenda, listened in to his phone calls and leaked to the press. Grown adults with six-figure salaries and public pensions don’t like being told that they don’t run the show, and they get super depressed when they hear that there is a crisis in Foggy Bottom with empty offices and the State Department being hollowed out from within. President Trump is fighting back.

Patrick Cooper

The impeachment circus playing out in Washington under the chairmanship of ringmaster “shifty” Adam Schiff is a classic illustration of the Deep State in operation.

Sometimes called the Administrative State or “the swamp”, the Deep State refers to those thousands of unelected bureaucrats who man the over 400 agencies operating in the capital.

Whilst politicians come and go, these government workers have a rather comfortable life in Washington, or perhaps in some beautiful ambassador’s residence abroad, untrammelled by the vagaries of the electoral system. They have come to believe that they set the policy agendas and that the President’s America First policy is a rather inconvenient nonsense to be ignored.
All of Mr Schiff’s witnesses are such people and they have all been whingeing that the President’s foreign policy has not been in tune with “the interagency”, whatever that might be.
Take the former ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovich, who, on the night she learnt that she had been dismissed, said tearfully, “I was at my house” hosting a party for an anti-corruption activist. Now, the Ambassador’s residence in Kyiv is beautiful with a courtyard garden, two dining rooms, Ukrainian artefacts and original artworks displayed. But it is not Yovanovitch’s house and this tells you everything about her entitled mindset.

The American Constitution lays down clearly that it is for the President alone to decide what the country’s foreign policy is to be. If middle-ranking bureaucrats like Yovanovitch disapprove of the policy they should resign, not go whimpering to the House Intelligence Committee impeachment inquiry.

Bear in mind that former President Obama fired every Bush-appointed ambassador when he entered the Oval Office.

In essence then, this is what President Trump has had to put up with — disloyal bureaucrats who have worked against his agenda, listened in to his phone calls and leaked to the press. Grown adults with six-figure salaries and public pensions don’t like being told that they don’t run the show, and they get super depressed when they hear that there is a crisis in Foggy Bottom with empty offices and the State Department being hollowed out from within. President Trump is fighting back.

Patrick Cooper

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Rachel Merritt, Whakatane - 14 days ago
You are correct, President Trump is fighting back. Not for decency, honesty and the truth, though, but for the big 'I am Donald Trump'.

Jeany - 14 days ago
God bless President Trump. The deep state are stupid.

Brett Siata - 14 days ago
While it's generally the President's role to direct US foreign policy, and Article II, section 2 of the US Constitution grants the President the power to make treaties and appoint ambassadors, it does not give him carte blanche to break the law. When the President abuses those powers to further his own personal political interests then there's going to be push-back, in the form of section 4.

Yovanovitch, along with a number of foreign service and national security officials, has come forward to reveal Trump's use of irregular back-channels to influence Ukraine's newly elected President

Ukraine, currently at war with Russia over its annexation of Crimea, desperately needs US support and assistance.

Trump is accused of putting a hold on such assistance and withholding displays of US support until Zelenskyy announced investigations into Joe Biden and a false Russian-spread narrative that Ukraine, not Russia, meddled in the 2016 election.

Even his hand-picked Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland has confirmed this in recent testimony.

You seemed to imply Yovanovitch's dismissal was routine by mentioning the removal of ambassadors by the Obama administration. In fact ALL politically-appointed ambassadors are routinely asked to tender their resignations at the end of an administration.

The removal of Ambassador Yovanovitch was done unexpectedly and with no reason given. It has since come out that the President bought into a claim by former Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko that the ambassador interfered with anti-corruption efforts, a claim denied by the State Department and later retracted by Lutsenko.

You've spent a substantial amount of time painting a huge swath of the American civil service with an equally broad brush. I think any fair-minded observer who actually looks at the records of those who have testified so far would see your unfair generalisations for what they are.

As a matter of curiosity, is there anything Donald Trump has ever done that you've disagreed with? Is there anything that could, or has come to light, any kind of evidence against him, that you would accept? Or is it all just mud slung at the one perfect man?

Dave Wellman, USA - 13 days ago
Mr Cooper. Be very careful to speak of what you know nothing of. New Zealanders would not put up with such Donald corruption schemes and shenanigans for a minute if it were in your backyard.

Lara Meyer - 12 days ago
Hey there Patrick,

It might be a good idea to watch a bit less cable television news. It appears you are living in a parallel universe, one in which Trump's propaganda is shared with the credulous masses via simplistic words of few syllables and misleading sound bites.

If you really want to sound like you know what you are talking about, stop quoting a few American pundits, who have an axe to grind themselves.

I suggest you take the time to read the facts from multiple media sources to help you make up your own mind and enable you to provide thoughtful and intelligent comments. Not parroting the American media outlets.

Better still, fully acquaint yourself with the myriad of issues facing our nation and people, and expend your not inconsiderable literary prowess on drawing attention to them.

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