THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 2021
After that, silence prevails: Yesterday, as were typing our afternoon post, our nation's Babel exploded.
We had turned off our color TV during McConnell's original speech. By the time we'd finished our post, the insurrection had started.
Things were spinning out of control, in a way everyone could see. Today, at 8:08 A.M. Eastern, someone raised the ultimate question about the next thirteen days.
It was Mika Brzezinski, co-hosting on Morning Joe. Mika raised the ultimate question as she introduced Colin Powell.
Like Fox, MSNBC no longer creates any transcripts, so can't post Mika's full statement. But in the course of her introduction, as she worried about the next thirteen days, we did transcribe, word for word, this seminal remark:
"The president has access to the nuclear codes."
Finally, someone had said it! In the course of asking a worried question about "the next thirteen days," Mika had raised the issue of Donald Trump's access to our nuclear weapons.
Donald J. Trump does in fact "hold the nuclear codes." Plainly, Mika was pointing to the possibility that he might choose to employ the codes before his term expires.
Citizens, how about it? Might the commander actually choose to use the nuclear codes?
We'd say the question answers itself. Of course he might choose to do that!
In the course of the interview session with Powell, Mike Barnicle referred to Trump as being "badly deranged." But could he be so badly deranged that he'd use the nuclear codes?
Is it possible Trump is that badly deranged? Sadly, of course it is!
We're not saying that the troubled commander will decide to use the codes—we're simply saying there's no guarantee that he won't. We've cited this possibility all year long, as our corporate pundits gamboled and played and worked from their top Storylines.
This morning, it finally happened! With perfect clarity, a worried Brzezinski cited the fact that our "dangerous / deranged" commander in chief "has access to the nuclear codes."
Finally, Mika seemed to be raising this point! After that, needless to say, the children returned to their norms:
First, no one followed up on Mika's statement during the segment with Powell. No one asked Powell about any possible danger involving those nuclear codes.
At one point, Powell almost went there himself. He said that, in the next thirteen days, Pentagon officials will refuse to obey any "illegal orders" from Trump.
He even referred to our "nuclear weapons" at one point as he spoke. But what if our "badly deranged" commander-in-chief decides to use those nuclear weapons? Does any fail-safe prevent that?
None of the pundits asked. After Mika floated her point of concern, the topic was totally dropped.
In the case of Donald J. Trump and the nukes, there was a second part to this morning's avoidance. Part 2 went like this:
"The next thirteen days could be very dangerous," Mika said at 8:41, long after the interview with Powell had ended. A bit earlier, at 8:23, she had restated a recommendation, one the various pundits had been making all morning:
Mika's suggestion was this: The 25th amendment should be employed, turning Trump out of office.
Suddenly, everyone wants to do that. Our question would be this:
Depending on how "badly deranged" the commander might be, might the suggestion of termination turn his thoughts toward use of the nukes—against Iran, let's say? (We recall the way HAL the computer reacted when he realized that the crew was planning to turn him off.)
Could an attempt to terminate Trump possibly trigger use of the nukes? Follow citizens, let's use our heads:
Yes, it presumably could!
We've selected this as our focus today because of what Mika said. As part of a worried introduction, she specifically mentioned President Trump's "access to the nuclear codes."
The point of her statement was perfectly clear; she was raising a gruesome but serious point. And then, of course, everyone agreed to disappear her point.
For the record, this is what the guild has done, for the past several years, concerning the commander's psychiatric / cognitive state. And of course, they've refused to discuss quite a few other topics down through the many long years.
It's true that Trump has created a world of mis- and disinformation over the past decade. (He started his brain-dead birther crusade in 2011.) At one point, Powell said that 35 percent of the nation has bought into the current "idiocy" concerning November's election.
It's true! Trump has created a largescale idiocracy through his endless crackpot assertions. But the mainstream press corps played the same game for many years before that.
In the process, they senr George W. Bush to the White House, then Trump after that. As we've described in great detail, they were building a culture of propaganda and disinformation long before Trump emerged as a master of the practice.
They kept inventing Al Gore's "lies" and obsessing about his earth tones. They wouldn't let up on Hillary's emails. Plus, she'd mistreated Gennifer Flowers!
Also, Uranium One! All this in the New York Times!
The children of the upper-end press will never discuss that terrible disinformation-based history. What happens inside the MSM will always, by law, remain there.
This morning, the children were extremely upset about the insurrection. On Morning Joe, Scarborough even began the day with a shouted, performative F-bomb.
The children were very disturbed. They discussed the Babel Trump has created, steered away from the Babels they own.
What might this commander decide to do next? We have no way of knowing.
We've long described him as a dangerous man. According to major anthropologists, the conduct of our corporate pundits has long been dangerous too.
Also heard this morning: Also heard on Morning Joe:
General Barry McCaffrey described the commander as a "dangerous man" who is "melting down." He said "there's no check legally on his ability to give [military] orders."
No one asked about the nukes. It simply isn't done!
Atlantic editor Jeffrey Goldberg referred to Trump's "psychiatric breakdown." He then apologized for "putting it so directly."
Jeffrey Goldberg is perfectly sharp—but those are the rules of the road.
Donald J. Trump is "badly deranged." He's suffered a "psychiatric breakdown." Also, "there's no check legally on his ability to give [military] orders."
So should we worry about the nukes? Citizens, please! Don't ask!