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Saturday, August 26, 2017
Chaos or Strategery?
Submitted by Joe Milardo; author unknown.
Pres. Trump speaking at the US Coast Guard
Academy, in Groton,
CT.Photo by Anna Arpin
Editor's note: While unable to take any credit for this piece, the author manages to express what many of us have felt and suspected for some time. While fools like James Clapper wonder about the sort of people who would attend a Trump rally and question his fitness to hold office, there is little doubt about Trump being a two term president among those of us who put him in there.
This may explains a lot of things going on at The White House:
"Apparently, liberals and
never-Trumpers are so isolated in their political circles that they have
no concept how things work in the real world of business and corporate
America. For example, they completely fail to grasp the concept of the
"hatchet man". Allow me to explain:
Say you are a business
tycoon. You just successfully completed a large-scale acquisition and
merger, bringing together multiple smaller companies into one
conglomerate. After the merger, you want to put your own people in
charge of everything. However, all those smaller companies had their own
executives - and, at least for the short term - you need to keep many of
them around the keep things running. So, you keep many of those
executives around, and let them retain their own senior staff. You even
appoint one of them - the head of the largest of the companies you
acquired - to be the CEO of the conglomerate, and he pledges to get all
the departments working together harmoniously.
After a transition period,
some of them are doing fine in the new conglomerate - but others are
clearly causing trouble. In fact, the one you appointed CEO is clearly a
disaster. The newly merged departments are working against each
Furthermore, you have good
suspicion he is dealing in insider trading - nothing you can take to a
prosecutor, but there is a lot of circumstantial evidence building up.
Worse, he is not only doing his own dirty dealing, but it appears he may
even be leaking intellectual property to your competitors, helping them
take market share from you.
Clearly, he has to go -
and go now.
Problem is, many of the
senior employees in your conglomerate are loyal to him. If you just fire
him and put in your own chosen CEO, you know you could get a lot of
backlash from disgruntled employees. And in your business, there is such
a small profit-margin that you really can't afford anything at all that
threatens performance. So what do you do?
In comes the hatchet
The hatchet man is someone
you bring in for sole purpose of slashing the problems and shaking
things up over a very short period of time - but doing it in a way that
deflects any blame or blowback away from you. As soon as the problems
are hacked away, the hatchet man leaves - taking the ire and resentment
with him, and leaving you free to bring in your new team for a fresh
This happens in the
business world all the time. And Donald Trump is a businessman. He knows
this. He has lived this. We've seen him do it on "The Apprentice." We've
read about it in his books. This is not a surprise to anyone. Except for
liberals and never-Trumpers.
never-Trumpers see the past two weeks as proof of a Hitler-clown-circus
spectacle, as evidence that Trump is unhinged and our government is in
the hands of madmen. Anyone who understands the business world and
Donald Trump fully understands that what we just witnessed was a
perfectly executed hatchet man maneuver.
When Trump won the
election, he essentially performed the political equivalent of an
acquisition and merger. He brought together different political factions
- establishment Republicans, conservatives, tea party, religious right,
moderates, independents, cross-overs - into one winning political coup.
For some, it was a hostile takeover - and if they were going to be
dragged in against their will, they would sure as hell
This is where Reince
Priebus came in.
Priebus, as the
then-chairman of the Republican National Committee, was hired as White
House Chief of Staff to be a sort of post-merger CEO. It was his job to
bring all these political factions together and get them to work
harmoniously. But he failed. Worse, there is ample evidence to suggest
he not only failed, but worked against Trump and the Trump agenda. Look
at the leaks. Look at all the chaos. Look at all the bureaucracy
continuing to work at odds with the president. Priebus - and a number of
other people around him - had to go.
Donald Trump has known for
some time that Priebus was a disaster. He was going to give him his
six-month trial period - that's a fairly common thing in the private
sector. After that, heads were going to roll. But Trump himself doesn't
want to be the hatchet man. He needs to be able to lead after the
bloodbath. So what does he do? He turns to an old friend he has known
for many years - someone with nothing to lose, someone who can step in
with a hatchet and hack away, someone who can then just walk away from
it all and leave the slate clean. He turned to Scaramucci.
So what does Scaramucci
do? He comes in swinging. He fires a few people to make a quick example.
He tells others they can "resign" right now if they want to - but if
not, they will be fired. Others see what is going on and just up and
quit of their own accord.
That problem CEO, Priebus?
Oh, the new "structure" of the organization puts Scaramucci in direct
competition with Priebus - and Priebus throws up his hands and says
"fine, I'm out of here." And Scaramucci does it all in a way that is
spectacularly visible to draw all the fire from Trump
So how does it all end? It
ends with Trump putting in his new CEO - the one he probably wanted from
day one, but held back - and the new CEO says "OK, Scaramucci - you are
no longer needed here."
Gen. Kelly now has a clean
slate to start fresh - and Scaramucci takes all the heat. Where the left
and never-Trumpers see a circus freak-show, realists from the business
world see a perfectly executed post-merger hatchet-man job.
The political wonks see
Kelly taking command as the first sane thing to happen in this
administration. They don't realize they've been played, and played
perfectly. And soon we will likely see some other changes that move the
Executive Branch further towards what Trump has wanted from day one. And
then watch the real swamp-drainer get to work. It sucks to be Hillary
Clinton right now...
Oh, and Scaramucci? He
gets a sweet deal out of all this - no doubt, he and his friend Donald
Trump talked it all out first.
Scaramucci was already
facing a nasty divorce that would result in the liquidation of his
business to divide assets. A little-known law allows people who are
legally required to sell a business as a condition of employment in the
Executive Branch (to prevent conflicts of interest) to defer the taxes
on their profits from the sale.
Scaramucci was going to
have to sell his company anyway due to his pending divorce. Now he and
his soon-to-be ex-wife just saved $80 million in taxes. So don't think
for a moment all this was an unplanned mess that went awry. Scaramucci
and Trump knew exactly what they were doing.
All of this was planned -
and foreseen. Scott Adams wrote before Trump was inaugurated that,
to his critics, the first year of Trump would be a play in three
Act One - Trump is
Act Two - Trump is not
literally Hitler, but Trump is incompetent.
Act Three - Trump is not
incompetent, but we don't like his policies.
We've seen this play out.
From election night up through the first 100 days, the left was out
rioting and acting as though Trump taking office was literally the end
of Western Civilization.
But after 100 days, when
Trump had failed to do evil-dictator things like round up all the brown
people and put the gays into camps and force women to stay home and have
babies, it became farcical to continue the "Trump is Hitler"
And so from that 100 day
point up until now, it has been the "Trump is incompetent" game. Look at
all the chaos. Look at all the leaking. Look at all the tweets. Now, we
begin Act Three. With Priebus out and Kelly in, things will settle down.
Pretty soon, all the left will have to say is "we just don't like
Trump's policies"...Act Three.
And once that happens, the
left is dead. Because, Trump's policies are policies that most Americans
actually agree with. We should put America first. Build back our
economy. Create jobs. Strengthen the military. Protect the border.
Outside a few densely-populated liberal strongholds like New York City,
Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and - of course - Washington, D.C.,
Americans in general agree with all of this. So when all the left has to
say is "Trump's policies are wrong," the left will literally be telling
most of America, "you people are stupid."
Trump should win 47 states
in 2020. The left will be scratching their heads and wondering what the
hell happened. And you'll be able to look back and say, "Hey, some of us
told you all this back in 2017."