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Scorched Earth Policy


Definition of scorched-earth
1: relating to or being a military policy involving deliberate and usually widespread destruction of property and resources (such as housing and factories) so that an invading enemy cannot use them
2: directed toward victory or supremacy at all costs : RUTHLESSscorched-earth rhetoric


The term “scorched earth” conjures up images of an adversary that would rather burn its own crops and raze its own cities than see them fall into enemy hands.  It implies desperation and ruthlessness.  We see images of Russian armies retreating across a frozen landscape in front of Napoleon’s advancing troops setting fire to the landscape as they go.

Or of Democrats, defeated at the polls, willing to burn a nation and its institutions to the ground rather than suffer the indignity of accepting Donald Trump as President.

Whether or not what has transpired over the last three years was the result of a deliberate conspiracy is I suppose something on which reasonable men and women can disagree.  I am convinced personally that the evidence will ultimately prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that well before the summer of 2016 and the initiation of Crossfire Hurricane, powerful men and women inside our government were working very hard, and outside the law, to sabotage now President Trump’s candidacy.  I can understand, however, how others may not yet be willing to accept that conclusion.

Here are some things, however, on which all rational people can agree. Inspector General Horowitz’s investigation found numerous alarming and extralegal actions by FBI agents involved in Crossfire Hurricane.  The investigation found no evidence whatsoever, however, to substantiate the myriad accusations leveled against Donald Trump by his Democratic opponents and their allies in the media.  To the contrary, in fact, the investigation found what the Crossfire Hurricane investigators found – mountains of exculpatory evidence demonstrating that every accusation made against the President was false and without any good faith basis.

We can also agree, I think, that the two year long, multi-million dollar Mueller investigation ended in much the same place.  There was never any good faith basis on which to make any of the charges trotted out against the President.  No one ever had a legitimate reason to accuse Trump or his campaign personnel of working with the Russians.  Trump did not win because of electoral fraud.  He beat Hillary Clinton in a free and fair election, and every person in the Democratic Party who has attacked President Trump knew that to be true.  They knew the accusations they were making were bald-faced lies.

And, yet, not only did Democratic lawmakers repeat endlessly absurd charges against Donald Trump month after month and year after year, but they then doubled down on the smear tactics used against the President in making mad, mind-bogglingly bizarre charges against Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings, attacking the reputation of a dedicated public servant and subjecting his family to incredible pain and humiliation all for one purpose.  Political advantage.

No rational person in either party ever thought that Justice Kavanaugh, who has lived his life in the public eye without scandal or reproach, was really a serial rapist.  Not even the Democrats who made the charges believed that.  It did not matter.  Sacrificing truth and the integrity of the Supreme Court confirmation process for partisan advantage was an easy trade for a party dedicated to winning at any cost.

And, now having failed to hang the President on the basis of Russian collusion fairy tales or to prevent Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation on the basis of sick, pornographic stories of gang rape, the Democrats have simply doubled down on the same strategy.  More lies, this time about Ukraine and political pressure have been trotted out.  Any semblance of due process has been discarded.

The absence of any factual basis on which to prove collusion with Russia on the part of the President or to prove criminal sexual behavior on the part of Justice Kavanaugh proved a fatal weakness for the Democrats.  So, this time around facts will not be necessary.  A Democratic majority in the House, acting as prosecutor, judge and jury will ensure the result.  The President will be impeached.

In the near term, the impeachment of the President will accomplish nothing.  He will not be removed from office by the Senate.  The method in which he was impeached may even result in political gain for the White House.

In the long term, however, what we are witnessing will do and already has done a great deal of damage.  We have always had a healthy partisan debate in Washington.  Political battles have been hard fought, and politics has never been a game for the thin-skinned or the weak of heart.

What we are now seeing, however, is a fundamental change in the nature of the “game” and way in which it is played. Truth may always have been malleable. It is now irrelevant. The law may always have been stretched.  It is now disregarded entirely.  The only thing that matters is victory.  Winning at all costs and using any method necessary.

President Trump is in the White House.  His Democratic opponents refuse to accept that or accommodate themselves to it in any fashion.   They will burn the nation and its institutions to the ground if need be to remove him from office, and it is we, the American people, who will be left standing on the scorched earth that policy creates.

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Charles S. (Sam) Faddis, Senior Partner- Artemis, LLC is a former CIA operations officer with thirty years of experience in the conduct of intelligence operations in the Middle East, South Asia and Europe. His last assignment prior to retirement in May of 2008 was as head of the CIA's terrorist Weapons of Mass Destruction unit. He took the first CIA team into Iraq in the Summer of 2002 in advance of the invasion of that country and has worked extensively in the field with law enforcement, local security forces and special operations teams. Since retirement, he has written extensively, provided training to a wide variety of government and private entities and appears regularly on radio and television.

05 comments on “Scorched Earth Policy

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    Jon Jones , Direct link to comment

    And yet in our two tier justice system, only those who have supported President Trump have been arrested, had purgery traps set, arrested like Roger Stone, and impeached for Bull Schiff reasons. The MSM and those involved in this coup are traitors and should be treated with disdain before being hung or otherwise executed.

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    Sandman , Direct link to comment

    Now is the time for We The People to strike back; strike back to save our country; our Constitution; our values; our way of life. What the Democrats have done is truly despicable; a craven, cynical, corrosive act of petulant rage that eats at the very soul of America. They must pay. Bigly…

    Since we Deplorables aren’t violent ANTIFA-like stooges, ours must be a more nuanced, intelligent response: We usher in an extinction-level event next November. I’m talking making the Democrats lose 100+ seats in the house and 8-10 of the 1 Senate seats they’re defending. If we get organized and set our petty little differences aside for an election season, we can utterly destroy this evil cabal of Leftists, ‘Progressives’ and barking-mad lunatics. Even so-called ‘moderate’ Democrats must feel the outrage – and suffer the consequences.

    Here’s what we do: 1. President Trump and a unified GOP need to begin spending that war chest in a massive ad and campaign outreach program targeting every single Congressional Democrat for their impeachment tantrum. Begin with those in so-called Trump districts who won in 2018, then go after the rest, especially Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Jerrold Nadler, Maxine Waters, ‘the Squad’, Eric Swalwell ( because he’s a moron), Hank Johnson (“Guam may capsize”) and Sheila Jackson-Lee (who stupidly asked NASA scientists where the astronauts were in the Mars Rover pictures). We need to saturate the San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Albuquerque, Austin, St. Louis, Madison, New Orleans, Atlanta, Chicago, Des Moins, Madison, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, D.C., New York City and Boston markets with ads highlighting the evil exposed in the Horowitz Report, debunking the “no bias found’ lie and otherwise appeal to the basic sense of fairness Americans hold (except for hard leftists – they’re unreachable.) This may convince some Dems to stay home, moderates and independents to vote Trump and also to drive voter turnout. Yes this will be expensive, but the GOP is outpacing the Democrats in fundraising 5:1. Plus can you imagine the torrent of cash if Trump began asking for small donations at every one of his rallies?

    And this brings up part 2: We The People must get organized. Talk to 10 friends or relatives and convince them to vote Trump. Talk about basic fairness and what true abuse of power looks like. Summarize the socking Horowitz Report; debunk all the ‘Mexicans are rapists’ and ‘Charlottsville’ lies (Prager U videos do a great job). Next we need to each send in a $10 (minimum) donation to the Trump campaign, plus another $10 to State GOP coffers. That’s at least $1.2 billion!

    If you’re really committed (I am) try going to some local GOP meetings to put the fear of God into them. Contact your Representatives and Senators congratulating them for holding firm against such evil or, if like me you’re represented by a anti-American Democrat, write their office weekly reminding them (politely) that they have broken their trust with the American people and put party above country; politics above basic decency and revenge above all else.

    It’s like President Trump tweeted after the impeachment vote:

    “They’re not after me; they’re after YOU. I’m just in the way.”

    Screw these people! They obviously hate us and don’t care what damage they do to our nation. MAKE THEM PAY AT THE POLLS.

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    Chris Philips , Direct link to comment

    Well said. Fully 45 percent of the country agrees. How to inform another 10 percent is the question.

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    Sara Goss , Direct link to comment

    I am a recent convert to your postings. They are well thought out, well presented and are based on the facts. Thank you for them.

    I do wish, however, that you would not refer to members of the Democrat Party as Democratic Party. There is absolutely nothing democratic about the Democrat Party. It’s tempting to change “democrat” to “democratic”, since the adjective is easier to read, however, it is incorrect to do so. Republicans are members of the Republican Party and Democrats are members of the Democrat Party.

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    Bob Kerr , Direct link to comment

    Among the media, the government, outsiders like Soros, the corruption of the Clintons and Obama, the dishonesty of the judicial system the failings of The CIA and countless treasonous acts by our employees, this country needs a revolution to restore any integrity and ethics. An example is what is happening in Virginia with the gun laws. The American people are sick and tired of all this crap and that is what it is is crap. These perpetrators need to be horsewhipped, tarred and feathered and run the hell out of our government. Sam, you wanted the pulse of the people and the people are pissed.

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