Histories are as perfect as the Historian is wise … and … the grand difference between a Dryasdust and a sacred Poet, is very much even this…. When both oblivion and memory are wise, when the general soul of man is clear, melodious, true, there may come a modern Iliad as memorial of the Past: when both are foolish, and the general soul is overclouded with confusions, with unveracities and discords, there is a ‘Rushworthian chaos.’ Let Dryasdust be blamed….Thomas Carlyle, “Anti-Dryasdust”
History is not everything that happens. History, said Carlyle, consists in the worthwhile – not the trivial. Because history is about meaningful things, it must be oriented to what things mean, what they signify, portend, and lead to. Understanding history does not involve knowing every last detail of an event. It does not require us to know what the peasant had for lunch. True history is discovered through a process of sifting. The true historian, it turns out, must possess skills similar to those of an intelligence analyst (or detective). The historian and the intelligence analyst must sift a large mass of data. In the end, both must find the underlying Truth. The historian seeks the key to a historical narrative while the intelligence analyst seeks to understand enemy strategy. Sometimes the key to the historical narrative is the enemy strategy.[ii]
In the introduction to Thomas Carlyle’s Letters and Speeches of Oliver Cromwell, titled “Anti-Dryasdust,” Carlyle tells us that some things should be consigned to oblivion while others crave remembrance. Yet, historians cannot always tell what ought to be forgotten and what ought to be remembered. Alas,” wrote Carlyle, “when sacred Priests are arguing about ‘black and white surplices’; and sacred Poets have long professedly deserted Truth, and gone a woolgathering after ‘Ideals’ and suchlike, what can you expect of poor secular Pedants? The labyrinth of History must grow ever darker, more intricate and dismal; vacant cargoes of ‘Ideals’ will arrive yearly, to be cast into the oven; and noble Heroisms of Fact, given up to Dryasdust, will be buried in a very disastrous manner! –“[i]
Adolf Hitler wrote that politics is history in the making. Vladimir Lenin wrote that journalism is politics in the making. KGB General Alexander Shelepin said that disinformation is journalism in the making. Here is the not-so-royal road to perdition that Dryasdust has traveled since Carlyle’s day. He has evolved from a chronicler of flattering trivia to a very special kind of “woolgatherer.” Today we are enveloped by disinformation. All the important narratives are being falsified. The news is fake. History has now become the launchpad for a secular religion of meaningless meanings (i.e., salvation by way of state socialism). George Orwell wrote in his novel, 1984, “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the [Socialist] Party is always right.”
We are now in a war of ideas which is also a war of shadows. History, as Orwell said, has stopped. We should not be surprised if strategists and intelligence analysts are now more relevant than historians. Perhaps there is only strategy. Everything now boils down to the latest moves of the rising totalitarian Party which has taken the world by the throat. Today, through so-called “journalism,” the agents of totalitarianism are falsifying events as they happen – by twisting facts until the Truth disappears. The makers of news, the presenters of information, the intelligence agencies, the pundits and professors – all of them – are in the role of “poor secular Pedants.” We are no longer in Carlyle’s “labyrinth of History” which grows ever darker, intricate and dismal. We now live in a world that seems to have no past or future. Our politically correct historians are no longer concerned with the past. Their task, after all, is to turn history into ideology, to recite what the peasant had for lunch. The historian is now reduced to chronicling sexism, racism and classism. All purveyors of information are being corralled into that One Great Army of falsifiers and manipulators.
To see how this works, let us turn to someone who has studied strategy and knows the game. Rebekah Koffler, a former analyst of the Defense Intelligence Agency, has gone public. She has even described how our intelligence bureaucracy has been corrupted – how intelligence has been falsified by the usual suspects. On 6 January 2017 the U.S. intelligence “community” released a document, “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections.” It was “an intelligence community assessment” from the CIA, FBI, NSA. These three agencies claimed that “Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election.” They concluded that the Russian government’s objective was to “help President-elect Trump’s election chances” while harming Hillary Clinton’s “electability.”[iii]
Here was a falsification, dear to partisan hearts, put forward as “intelligence” by supposed “masters of intelligence.” Of course, there is no mastery in these masters. It was woolgathering, and wool-pulling. It was based on false information used to the detriment of true information. In response to this travesty, Rebekah Koffler wrote: “As an expert in Russian strategy and cyber doctrine, I categorically dispute the portion of the assessment concerning Russia’s intentions to help then candidate Trump.” She further stated, Russia was trying not only to hurt both candidates Clinton and Trump, but to harm ordinary Americans by destabilizing our society through deceit, disinformation, and agitation. The Russians also knew, through their in-depth ‘study’ of our society – i.e., by spying on our country and its citizens – that they could count on certain internal American help, witting or unwitting.”[iv]
According to intelligence analyst Koffler, “Instead of protecting Americans from Russia’s interference in American politics, U.S. intelligence and law enforcement became an enabler and amplifier of Russian subversion….”[v] It appears, then, that our intelligence services are controlled by intelligent imbeciles, or traitors masquerading as intelligent imbeciles. And now that we are in an undeclared biological war with China, these intelligent imbeciles, or traitors masquerading as imbeciles, have remained true to form. Koffler wrote: “As we saw in 2020, the government was blindsided by the sudden spread of the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in China at the very moment it was preoccupied with the impeachment trial of President Trump.”[vi]
Timing is everything, and Koffler’s point is a direct hit: The intelligence community was too busy prosecuting a war against Donald Trump to see China’s biological attack on the wing. Even now, our intelligent imbeciles, or traitors masquerading as intelligent imbeciles, are more concerned with the threat from patriotic citizens than they are with the threat from Russia or China. After all, what do the guilty have to fear from Russia and China (who have given them every encouragement)? Logically, they fear the good citizen, the free citizen, the outspoken citizen. From these shall come, one day, grand juries, arrests and prosecutions. An internal war has now been engaged – a war of lockdowns, toxic jabs, lethal medical treatments, illegal vaccine mandates, irrational mass layoffs, the intentional crippling of the medical system, and measures that will bankrupt every Western country.
As this internal war unfolds, it is profoundly tied to an external enemy (an enemy external to the West). Intelligence analyst Koffler was born in the Soviet Union. She believes it is “extremely difficult” for Americans to “estimate Russia’s geopolitical intentions and predict Putin’s behavior.” Furthermore, Americans are mistaken if they think Russia is a normal country, or that Russians are “just like us.” When you live under a regime of ruthless bureaucrats, when you are treated brutality, when lies prevail on every side, your circumspection and cunning will be more developed, more subtle. From the Russian point of view, Americans are stupid. There is no question, then, of America being Russia’s friend. “Friendship should be the furthest [thing] from our minds,” wrote Koffler. “We cannot afford to base our relationship with Russia on sentiments or gimmicks, like looking into Putin’s eyes and seeing his soul, as George W. Bush once said….” According to Koffler, “We need to be prepared instead to win a war with Russia.”[vii]
It is too bad Koffler was booted out of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Her little light of Truth, shining in the darkness of the Pentagon, was extinguished by what Carlyle called “Pedants and Dullards, and disastrous malefactors to the world….”[viii] Does anyone imagine that the good always win? – or that the intelligent have final say? Oh no, the world works very differently in these and other times. To underscore the sheer power of Pedants and Dullards, Carlyle quoted Schiller, “Mit der Dummheit Kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens.” – Oh so apropos in the Age of the Vaccine Mandate, with the American “superpower” led by President Dementia. Schiller’s line, rendered in English, reads, “Against stupidity the very gods fight unvictorious.” Ask yourself: What happens when you empower a vain and stupid man? What happens when you put him in charge of an intelligence agency? You get the politicization of intelligence. About this Koffler wrote: “Politicizing intelligence analysis, weaponizing government activities such as the security clearance process, and even targeting U.S. citizens with unlawful government surveillance are … proficient weapons. Once the bureaucracy identifies you as someone who is unwilling to march in lockstep with the establishment, it begins to inexorably grind you down.”[ix]
Yes, indeed. The vain and stupid men, or traitors masquerading as vain and stupid men, always grind the honest down – till the Truth disappears. But when the blood reaches to the horse bridles,[x] the tide will turn. Then these vain and stupid men, or traitors masquerading as vain and stupid men, will stand trial and hang. Of course, you might think they will be found innocent by reason of their stupidity. And yes, a soft consumer society might exonerate them; but not the society to come, a society that has been decimated if not four-fifths-eliminated. So great will be the suffering, so terrible the loss of life, there will arise a new faculty of sight. First and foremost, people will be able to see what they never saw before: namely, Treason. Countless bureaucrats will be dragged onto the gallows. Why? Because these bureaucrats of the CIA and NSA and FBI fell asleep at their posts. And from time immemorial, sleeping at one’s post has been a capital crime – and shall be again. No Republic holding out against radioactive odds will pardon these vain and stupid men. Oh yes, they will hang.
To explain the Russian threat, Koffler cites a top-secret CIA report declassified in 1993. The report says that Soviet Russia had prepared to fight and win a nuclear world war.[xi] And now, says Koffler, Moscow is again preparing to fight and win a nuclear war. According to Koffler, Vladimir Putn has a five-point master plan: “In the event that Moscow’s nonmilitary destabilization campaign against America is insufficient … the Russian General Staff, on Putin’s orders, has developed a more traditional statecraft instrument – the military option. It includes a brand new doctrine, innovative warfighting concepts, modern weaponry, command and control systems, and of course, the nuclear Armageddon scenario.”[xii] Anyone who thinks that Russia is weak, should think again. We are not living in the 1990s. The balance of power has shifted in favor of Russia and China. Russia may be backward in its economic development, but American society has become exceedingly vulnerable to attack. Satellites can be knocked down, power grids can be fried, and cyber-attacks can cripple whole industries. Worse yet, the U.S. command-and-control system is vulnerable.
In war games played by the Pentagon and associated think tanks, the Russian and Chinese regularly defeat the United States. Koffler quotes from a DEPSECDEF Work participant: “The simulated enemy forces tend to shut down [U.S.] networks so effectively that nothing works.” She quoted a RAND analyst as saying, “The [United States] doesn’t just take body blows, it takes a hard hit in the head as well…. It’s communications satellites, wireless networks, and other command-and-control systems suffer such a heavy hacking and jamming that they are suppressed, if not shattered.” The red force reliably destroys our command and control. When that happens in the game, the American side quits. They are not interested in finding solutions that would be necessary in a real war.
In terms of Russia’s nuclear doctrine, Koffler thinks that Russia is not planning a surprise nuclear strike on the United States. However, first use of nuclear weapons is envisioned. This in itself raises many technical questions, especially given the logic of nuclear warfare. Somehow the Russian strategists anticipate scenarios in which asymmetrical weapons clear the way, reducing the need for mass nuclear strikes. The missing element in all this, of course, may involve cyber-warfare or biological warfare. There may be psychological weapons we have not even anticipated involving new technologies. There is also the question of how, exactly, Russia’s strategy of subversion is linked to other strategic options; and what are the linkages to Chinese strategy?
Obviously, the Russians and Chinese are executing a strategic “sequence” in which various forms of warfare are used, one after the other, to disorient, impoverish, cripple, then defeat the United States. If U.S. intelligence has no direct knowledge of this, we can nonetheless see it unfolding with our own eyes. The intentional release of COVID-19, which has been confirmed by a source in Wuhan,[xiii] and the disastrous strategy of mass vaccination adopted by the NATO countries, bespeaks of preparations that now coincide with Russian and Chinese conventional military mobilizations. But the heads of our intelligence services seem clueless. They should be warning the American people, but they are not. Of course, these agencies have never succeeded in penetrating the main enemy centers. The CIA, for example, was never able to penetrate Russia or its satellites at the strategic level. In fact, evidence from the Cold War suggests the agents we acquired in the communist bloc were promptly killed or doubled (as they all were in Cuba and East Germany).[xiv]
Even if high-level intelligence is not obtained, a good analyst can still read between the lines. According to Koffler, “There is no question that Russia is preparing for a nuclear conflict with the United States and NATO.” In 2013, she added, “Putin initiated steps to move Russia in the direction of a wartime footing.”[xv] In 2014 the Russian government began to prepare the country for war. The Russian military, economy and state administration has now entered what is called the “special period,” which aims at maximizing the country’s military potential. “This ‘special period’ legal regime can last months or years,” noted Koffler. “There is no indication at the time of this writing that the ‘special period’ regime is over. If anything, it is possible that Putin’s Russia continues to operate in a state of constant preparation for war.”[xvi]
It is unprecedented for a country at peace to assume a wartime posture for several years at a stretch. Some of us have watched this with dismay, knowing that here is no easy turnaround. For any of this to make sense, Russia should already have gone to war or should go to war shortly. Koffler has also underscored what many of us have noticed; namely, that Putin – an admirer of Stalin – has created his own version of Stalin’s wartime headquarters (Stavka Verkhovnogo Glavnokommandovaniya). Putin’s version is called “The National Center for State defense.” All of this speaks to the Kremlin’s obsession with Stalin as a wartime leader. Of course, Stalin was the man who won the Second World War, and his example would naturally be studied and/or imitated by any Russian leader looking to wage another large conflict. Koffler is therefore not wrong when she insists that “Russia is preparing for war with America, which Moscow believes is inevitable.”[xvii]
Our mainstream media has yet to stumble onto the actual facts of our situation – being distracted by other facts, of less importance. At the present time everything and everyone True and Significant is cast aside, while lies and impostures are celebrated, funded, incorporated and invested with government power. The COVID Pandemic merely demonstrates, in the most horrific way imaginable, that our institutions have become vicious because the men who lead them are vicious. Historical experience suggests that civil upheaval and global conflict are in the cards. With each day we see, in most of the Western countries, policies that promote societal suicide. Along these same lines, our vain and stupid leaders have failed to warn us that Russia and China are preparing for war.
These are the waning days of the West. The government will not listen to intelligence analysts like Rebekah Koffler, who served until forcibly retired because the bureaucracy claimed she was mentally ill.[xviii] If Koffler is mad, then the reader may be encouraged to accept the prevailing media narrative: namely, that the country is safe, that the virus wasn’t a weapon made in a lab, that the vaccines work, that we will soon reach herd immunity, that President Dementia and his party are trustworthy public servants. In that event, they can Jab us, jail us, kill us and you won’t worry. Right? After all, history has stopped.
Notes and Links
[i] Thomas Carlyle, Oliver Cromwell’s Letters and Speeches: With Elucidations (New York: Scribner, Welford, and Company, 1871), pp. 6-7.
[ii] Modern readers may object to the idea of finding a true narrative or underlying Truth in history. Here is my suggestion: namely, that Truth is more than fact and more than that which accords with fact. It is not subjective, as many will tell you. It is hierarchical and contextual. It looks up and sees what is higher. It looks down and sees what is lower. Men are not always able to judge of these things, but everything depends on such judgment. Truth, as such, is not easy. We ever only see a small corner of it – like Moses, who, on receiving the Law, beheld only the back of God. We only see what we are able to see. And that limits us; but what is unforgivable, here, is the black urge to deny Truth altogether. Here we come against an epistemological nihilism that afflicts the humanities and sciences. It also afflicts social policy and government. As the archetype of this nihilism, Dryasdust is lost in trivia because he has no genuine point of departure, no geography of higher or lower regions. Therefore, his point of departure is always arbitrary; and so, he assumes that all points of departure are arbitrary. Discounting the possibility of objective meaning he does not believe in objectivity at all. The fact of human error demoralizes him. So, he takes refuge in the ultimate error. He denies objective reality altogether. He becomes an Apostle of Meaningless Meanings; that is to say, of the New Religion which is sometimes called “socialism” or “communism.” These are, in fact, amorphous terms signifying the pursuit of absolute political power. The idea here is that man can create a more just world through state intervention into all aspects of life. Here is a standpoint that balks the voice from the whirlwind, which says: “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?”[ii] But life is suffering, we cry. Life is unfair. So, the creature contends with his Creator, imagining that he could do better by making a world without suffering or unfairness. Predictably, the creature who usurps the role of Creator brings on more suffering and more unfairness than ever before. He does not realize that Suffering and Injustice are teachers. And so, mankind gets a real lesson, a real whipping – in the form of hell on earth. Imagine the madness of it: Man sets himself in God’s place – as a Lenin, or Stalin, or Mao, or Ho Chi Minh, or Pol Pot. And the world becomes a killing field.
[iii] Rebekah Koffler, Putin’s Playbook (Kindle), pp. 13-14.
[vi] Ibid, p. 15.
[vii] Ibid, p. 20-22.
[viii] Carlyle, p. 7.
[ix] Koffler, p. 22.
[x] “And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.” Revelation 14:20.
[xi] Koffler, p. 25.
[xii] Ibid, p. 207.
[xiii] On Friday I spoke to a military expert who had intelligence that an order was given to the Wuhan Level 4 Lab to contaminate local citizens in Wuhan. Previously, the virus was delivered to the Wuhan lab from northeastern China for the purposes of experimenting with primates. The idea was to test the use of aerosols for transmitting the virus.
[xv] Koffler, p. 217.
[xvi] Ibid, p. 218.
[xvii] Ibid, p. 238.
[xviii] Ibid, pp. 230-233.
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