For five weeks now we all have been observing, mystified and incredulous, the spectacle of a deranged president and his administration, whom I have dubbed “The Caligula Presidency,” ready to “deconstruct” the world structure that has governed the Western world for seventy years or so after World War II. The very survival of democracy seems at stake. Perhaps it’s time to make a preliminary assessment and ask ourselves what do we really know for sure by now.
It is quite puzzling to reflect on the fact that both in Moscow and Washington the reaction to ambassador Kislyak’s imbroglios are exactly the same, at least at first sight. Both governments are both trying to minimize the importance of the revelations: it is a witch hunt fueled by fake news. It is all motivated by resentful Democrats and the liberal media who have not resigned themselves to having lost an election, they claim.
The latest scandal within the Trump Administration is that of the double meetings of the Attorney General Jeff Sessions with the Russian ambassador during the election while he was a campaign surrogate for Donald Trump. He failed to disclose those meetings to Congress during his confirmation hearing.
Recently a Fox News program featured a Swedish defense and national security advisor, Nils Buildt, interviewed by Bill O’Reiley. As it turns out, Builtd is unknown to any military and foreign affairs officials in Sweden. Security experts in Sweden have revealed that he isn’t a familiar figure in their ranks in that country.
Why has Trump chosen so many billionaires for his Cabinet positions? The answer to that question was given a few days ago at the Conservative Political Action Conference by one of his most influential aide, Steve Bannon. He informed us that those appointments were made not for the purpose of governing but for that of “deconstructing” the administrative state. In more prosaic terms, for the purpose of destroying it.