Cohen's Purple Heart Commentary

television image Steve Cohen, Peter Stzrok
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-7th Dist.) thanks Peter Stzrok for his service.

What did Cohen really mean when he said he would give Strzok a Purple Heart?

(BenQQ 7.14.18) Ok, sure, the pundits can say it was all for show on both sides, but that show resulted in learning new things. Like the “FBI legal team” were the ones who changed “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless” regarding Hillary Clinton’s server because the former phrase had legal inference, why Strzok was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and what he meant when he said flat out Trump would not become president.

Other things that could be gleaned from the show was the FBI as an institution was firmly behind the agent that flagrantly broke its own written code of ethics. He not only delivered a nationally televised big middle finger to congress and Americans watching, but so did the FBI. It signals the agency's end of innocence, as illusory as it always was, beginning with J. Edgar. Not only that, despite his assurances, Strzok's testimony made the agency as a whole seem totally incompetent and political. How far down the ranks does it go?

Here was a self professed super agent, who still had his large government job at tax payer expense, smirking and denying his way through obvious misrepresentations. Worse still, the next day would be the testimony of way lower in the ranks Lisa Page, his FBI lawyer paramour who didn't have his protections. She lost her job as a result of her polical/romantic dalliance with the would be Hero. Maybe she didn't know the skeletons in the closets?

But just as revealing as Strzok’s lies, equivocations and evasions, abetted by the FBI’s legal cadre, was the purposeful single minded mission of the Dems to defend him at all costs. Who care’s if that cost is giving a pass to a conspiracy against an elected president. If they're Trump haters, they're cool.

And just as the New York Times announced it was OK to abandon their “principles” to bring down Trump, the Dems too took the lower road in getting to the truth without considering what’s at stake. What’s at stake is a secret government that can form cliques and cabals ("C&Cs" my term) to obstruct policies of an elected president. In other words a secret government full of unknown bureaucratic policy makers that nobody voted for or even heard of.

In what sits stinking at the top of the heap in Democrat defenses of that federal employee who by his own written comments wanted to bring down the nominee of a political party and subsequently an elected president is that of Rep. Steve Cohen (D-7th Dist Memphis).

“If I could, I would give you a Purple Heart,” he proclaimed, referring to the highly paid FBI bigwig that once headed up counterintelligence until recently “laterally transferred” to, richly enough, human resources, or, as put by an agent, “FBI’s Siberia.”

(Imagined candidate interview: “So you want to join the FBI do you? What experience do you have in corrupting investigations, coveing up and suppressing evidence?”

The Dems performed in chorus to defend this unrepentent staffer in what is becoming the biggest political scandal since Watergate. And just as you’d prefer your president not to burgle political opponents, you would think the Dems would not want a powerful federal agency to not conspire against candidates they disapprove of. Once this type of behavior is institutionalized
in federal agencies, it could easily become an accepted part of their culture. Up till now repeatedly until Trump's successes on almost all fronts, we've heard how stupid, uneducated, unfit and worse not only his "base" is but staff as well. Hillary still claims racism and is applauded.

So back to our exercise in televised polemics. In the past Cohen called Tea Party members "enemy of the state" and was among the first Dems to call for Trump's impeachment. Given his predictable play to his base that demands less than par performance much to their detriment, Cohen's felt he could get away with his "Purple Heart" crack. It reveals his, as well as the Dem's mentality, a mentality that looks like it is paniced and under seige--the elements you don't want to see in a politician, let alone a party. But given that and his personal history, his Purple Heart comment
is more understandable. Consider...

“The Purple Heart was established by General George Washington, at Newburgh, New York, on 7 August 1782, during the Revolutionary War. It was reestablished by the President of the United States per War Department General Orders 3, 1932 and is currently awarded pursuant to Executive Order 11016, 25 April 1962, Executive Order 12464, 23 February 1984 and Public Law 98-525, 19 October 1984.

The Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the President of the United States, to any member of an Armed Force or any civilian national of the United States who, while serving under competent authority in any capacity with one of the U.S. Armed Services after 5 April 1917, has been wounded or killed, or who has died or may hereafter die after being wounded-

(1) In any action against an enemy of the United States.” More here.

Needless to say, Peter Strzok meets none of these criteria. This is an award for suffering a physical wound. That is the level of defensiveness of Cohen and his fellow Dems. Perhaps Rep. Cohen was imagining himself Gen. Washington in battle? Or Instead of Gen.Washington, perhaps Rep. Cohen is imagining himself merely the president of the moment? Indeed, the Republicans have wounded Strozk, the heroic loyal soldier. with their insolent questions and charges!

"If," as he said in his comments, Cohen "could" award Strozk a Purple Heart, it would be for a federal employee plotting electoral subversion, suppressing evidence that might lead to criminal charges against Hillary Clinton and directing a bogus search to impeach a sitting president.

Strzok's message to Dems: I and my fellow conspirators in government will hold them off before the enemy breaches the parapets of the FBI. If Strzok is number 2 or 3 in the agency, how many followers does he have in its ranks?

Who knows how many Deep State conspirators are huddled not only behind the, up till now, impregnable walls of other entrenched federal agencies. How many are in the ranks of like minded federal employees, be they resistors to his avowed intention of reducing government or simply leftists dedicated to obstructing Trump's conservative policies or both?

This is the real "collusion," a word Cohen and the Dems habitually used to infer Trump and/or his campaign not only "colluded" but plotted against the United States with the Russians. Suspiciously enough, a day after Stzrok's hearing, Mueller announced the "indictment" of 13 Russians for attempting to "influence" US elections. No Trump campaign members were named. Yet, watch Cohen's performance in the hearing and you'd think the administration is "colluding" in bed and out with the Russians. That is the propaganda of the Deep State delivered dutifully on errand.

Trump should conduct a granular purge, translated investigation, and pull out the C&Cs from government. They just may not turn out to be large in number, but it would send a phase ll message to the bureaucracy that not following, much less sabotaging, current policies would not be tolerated.

The American people would support him. They've seen enough.

Update: Cohen apologizes for Purple Heart comment on CNN this morning. Veterans angered.


Ben "BenQQ" Harrison

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