[NOTE FROM LARRY JOHNSON — The following is written by a retired former CIA intelligence officer. He prefers to remain unnamed. Enjoy. And my best wishes for the Happiest of New Years.]
The Hill published a December 13, 2022 article by one Christopher P. Costa, Colonel, U.S. Army (ret.). “Reconsidering Jan. 6 in the long shadow of Northern Ireland’s Troubles”, is a near perfect example of the lack of imagination, perception, historical knowledge, arrogance, and gross stupidity so common in the Beltway/Pentagon feeding trough crowd.
Now, do not think that the good colonel comes to us without a resume stuffed full of the usual baloney about his vast background in “counterterrorism”, “special ops”, worked with the Navy SEALs, etc. Hell, he is even in the Special Operations Commando Hall of Fame! He was a Special Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism! He managed to squeeze in several wars and lesser engagements, such as Panama, Bosnia, first and second Iraq, and Afghanistan, among other famous victories. He is well-published, as well, and appears as a subject matter expert or author in such places as the New York Times, the WaPo, MSBC, BBC, ABC, and even Fox. He has the usual bullshit degrees commonly found in the bios of such types.
My own experience in counterterrorism included the actual recruiting and running of actual terrorists, as well as helping to design a largely successful counter-insurgency campaign. I wish to be fair to Colonel Costa, but out of every 100 persons claiming to be a “counterterrorism expert”, two or three have had any real hands-on operations under their belts. I suspect Costa is not one of the two or three. His resume is that of an intelligence bureaucrat, not a real intelligence officer.
Oh, but there is more! He is member of the McCain Institute (yes, that McCain) and is now Executive Director of the International Spy Museum. These last two points speak volumes about Costa.
It is worth reading his article because it will give you valuable insight into just how detached the Beltway crowd is from reality. It would be amusing if it was not so dangerous. These are the people urging us on towards even more direct confrontations with Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, and God knows who else.
Costa seems like a particularly dim-witted example of the type. The smart ones know it is all just a scramble for DOD money (but not smart enough to understand that Putin may view it in a very different way). Clowns like Costa believe their own horseshit. As Napoleon said, the worst officers are the stupid, energetic ones. Costa seems to be as energetic as the Energizer Bunny.
Costa’s point in writing the article is rather simple. The half or more of the population that preferred Donald Trump over Joe Biden is composed of real or potential “terrorists” and “seditionists”. Oh! And political violence is intolerable.
He then goes on to approvingly note that “even during the early years of the Trump Administration”, U.S. counterterrorism policy makers “set the terms for framing a greater focus on far-right extremism.” He goes on to throw in “white supremacy”. He burbles on, saying the Biden Administration, “has made good progress” with its National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism.” Costa and his patriotic buddies can just smell the juicy contract money coming their way.
A pity the “Biden Administration” has not had much luck keeping millions of illegal aliens, including an unknown number of foreign terrorists, narcotics traffickers, human traffickers, and other assorted human waste, from invading the United States. He can’t even keep “urban youth” from looting shopping malls in broad daylight.
But let us give credit where credit is due. The minute the Democrats seized power Antifa and BLM terrorism ceased. Gee, it is almost as if the gang around Biden gave an order.
Cementing his already obvious complete lack of self-awareness, Costa drones on to say that “Counterterrorism practitioners (sic) certainly did not anticipate that a contested 2020 election, fueled by a dizzying array of conspiracy theories, would be an accelerant for violence on the scale of what happened on Jan. 6.”
Flash to Costa. Yeah, people like you were caught with their pants down when hundreds of thousands of decent, ordinary Americans finally pulled their heads out of the sand and figured out the entire system was a scam, and they reacted badly to this unexpected truth.
He goes on to say that American perceptions of Jan. 6 seem to be “entrenched along party lines”. Astute observation, colonel.
But he warns us that there should be an “inviolable redline” against “seditiously conspiring to upend the peaceful transition of power.” This would have been news to George Washington and the Founders. They very directly and frequently celebrated the NEED for political violence, under extreme circumstances. General Howe learned this at Bunker Hill.
As for sedition, I would say inventing the need for mail-in ballots in an absurdly transparent effort to stuff ballot boxes in key districts in swing states, might quality.
He adds that in this, “…hyper-tribalized America….fictive kinship dynamics” could push extremists to do all sort of bad things, because they “perceive their world is under siege”.
He compounds his idiocy by curtly dismissing “replacement theory” as simply a racist fantasy, whereby non-white, non-Christian people wish to displace white Christian Americans.
Hate to be the one to break it to you, Costa, but numerous “non-white, non-Christian”, opinion leaders have declared that the replacement of white Christian Americans is their explicit goal, in the pages of the sainted New York Times, no less. The flooding of the country with millions of non-white paupers, and spreading them at night into virtually all-white states, cities, and counties, sure seems to smell of replacement. Gosh darn, even the hillbillies are waking up to what is happening in the country their ancestors built.
As for “fictive kinship dynamics”, there is certainly nothing “fictive” about the kinship – at least in the cultural and historical sphere, and often of bloodlines – of Southerners like me. After the failed attempt to stop the growth of and then to leave the Federal Leviathan, Southerners swallowed their pride and accepted the judgement of war, since in any case there is no appeal from that court.
Another news flash, Costa. Southern Nationalism is growing as the illegitimacy of the Biden Administration becomes manifest with each new story of FBI shenanigans and collusion of Big Tech to suppress First Amendment rights.
No part of the country has sent a greater portion of its sons to fight the wars of the 20th and 21st centuries. None has displayed its patriotism on its sleeve more than the South. Thanks to the likes of Costa, this is changing. Young Southerners are no longer rushing to the colors and their veteran parents are applauding this change of attitude. Go and fight without solders, Mr. Counterterrorism expert. Or perhaps you will find countless patriotic Gomer Pyles ready to lay down their lives for the Donbas and Gay Pride parades in “Keev”, among the flood of trash flowing across the southern border, eh?
Costa then makes a remarkably unsuccessful effort to demonstrate some relevance of the Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland situation to the American political scene. In fact, there is no such relevance. The brutal truth is that the majority of the Irish view the Protestants of Northern Ireland (there are few left in the republic) as British, not true Irishmen. Of course, many Protestants see it that way as well.
The Irish problem has no lessons at all for America in 2022. But Spain in 1936 does.
Subversive Marxists and extreme leftists of all types set out to destroy traditional Spain, to include the Church, the army, and the middle and upper classes. The explosion of the civil war in 1936 was only the culminating moment of tensions that had been rising for more than a decade. I would advise Costa to make a careful study of that tragic conflict and the cycle of events that led to it. He may not gain wisdom, but he might gain a few facts.
Costa works with the McCain Institute, an outfit set up by the late senator and alleged war hero, John McCain. On his time as a POW, I am undecided, but the famous Sidney Schaumberg article on his actual conduct as a POW and his cruelty towards the families of MIA’s and POW’s thought to have been held back by the North Vietnamese, gives me pause. Even if his heroism as a POW was real, it does not excuse his later career, both public and private. McCain was a deeply disturbed, angry, war-mongering bastard, by any measure.
He is also Executive Director of the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. This tourist trap was set up by the kind of “intelligence officers” you would expect to engage in such undignified huckstering.
A glance at the Board of Director and the “honorary board” tells you all you need to know. Phonies like Mike Morrell, Clapper, and Tenet abound (with a few decent chaps and ladies thrown in, to be fair).
It is also the kind of place that would attract the likes of John Sipher, a retired CIA blowhard, who runs a screed for similar Beltway parasites.
Sipher was one of the infamous 51 “former senior intelligence community leaders”, who seditiously conspired to disrupt the 2020 presidential elections by falsely claiming that the Hunter Biden laptop was likely Russian “disinformation. Some of these fools no doubt believed that or were so consumed with hatred of Trump and the Deplorables that they convinced themselves of it. Others were clearly guilty of several felonies; they had connived with buddies in the FBI who knew perfectly well the laptop was genuine and could have swung the election despite Democrat dirty tricks and fraud.
Seems that Costa’s keen counterintelligence eye missed these conspirators entirely.
Yes, Colonel Costa. You do not need to look to the benighted hinterlands of America to find “domestic terrorists” and seditious conspirators. You need look no further than FBI headquarters, Langley, Congress, the DNC, and the White House.
If you think blustering about “inviolate redlines” against violence will stop what is brewing the United States, your lack of imagination explains your rise to the top of your “profession”.
The author is a retired intelligence officer, who observed the Intelligence Community and DOD clown show for almost 30 years, most of it overseas doing work instead of briefing politicians and taking credit for the risk’s others ran, physical and professional. Mr. Morrell call your office.