By Colonel Mike Angley
“You get so used to lying that after a while it’s hard to remember what the truth is.” ~Philip Agee, Former CIA Case Officer
In the counterespionage business, within the family of offensive activities used to thwart foreign intelligence are double agent operations. A double agent is someone with access to information deemed valuable by a foreign intelligence agency who agrees to ‘spy’ against the US government. In reality, the agent is working for the US intelligence community, essentially ‘doubled back’ against the adversary.
Double agents serve many important purposes, too many (and too sensitive) to list here, but one key function is to tie up a foreign intelligence service’s resources: time, money, people, and equipment. When a foreign service manages someone they believe is a real spy, it is less inclined to recruit another person in the same location since they already have that target ‘covered.’
In short, double agents are wonderful red herrings. They act like the magician’s sleight-of-hand. They are the shiny, bright objects that capture the attention of a foreign service, distracting it and keeping it busy pouring resources down a rabbit hole.
In the world of politics there is a double agent of sorts, a red herring, hard at work right now. In this case the hostile intelligence service is the organized left (the Democrat Party apparatchiks along with their willing accomplices in the left-wing, mainstream media). The friendly service is the Trump Administration and the Republican Party (minus the RINOs).
Our double agent isn’t a person, however. It’s a thing. An issue. It’s the Freudian-like obsession over alleged Russian collusion by and around President Trump. It has become the go-to locus of blame, speculation, conspiracy, cocktail party gossip inside the Beltway, and now an unnecessary Special Prosecutor.
It started with Hillary Clinton’s wretched, miserable, awful presidential campaign and loss to Donald J. Trump. BEFORE the November 2016 election, President Obama dismissed any possibility the Russians could effectively interfere with voting (President Mom Jeans told Vladimir Putin to ‘knock it off,’ after all). AFTER Hillary’s loss, it’s become the ONLY excuse for her self-made disaster.
Now it’s the reason for everything. Exhibit 3,472: President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in order to stifle the Bureau’s investigation into alleged Russian collusion with the Trump Campaign. So goes the left’s tired narrative. It doesn’t matter that for months the same Democrats sought Comey’s scalp, demanding the very action President Trump took.
The Russian collusion double agent is keeping Democrats and the party’s Propaganda Arm, the mainstream media, so busy that they aren’t focused on important things. By blaming Russia for Hillary’s humiliating and crushing loss, they aren’t taking time to study the real reasons she got spanked. That’s not a bad thing.
It didn’t start with Hillary. During Obama’s Reign of Tyranny, Democrats lost the White House, the Senate, the House, and most state legislatures…some 1,200 key seats. Instead of navel-gazing to understand why they suck so bad, they’d rather concoct fantastic, Cold War-vintage scenarios that help get them through yet another night.
The more equity they invest in jousting with Russian windmills, the less effort they put into serious things. Perhaps President Trump and his administration ought to let them expend their resources, empty their quivers, and simply ignore the issue. Of course, ignoring it and refusing to take questions about it will only reinforce in their minds that something is there. And deeper they will dig. It’s a bottomless hole lacking any treasure.
Here’s the rub. My double agent metaphor struggles on one key point. Typically, a double is an agent provocateur, someone US intelligence dangles in front of a foreign agency. The hope is the hostile service takes the bait and recruits him as a spy.
In the case of the Democrats, they created their own double agent, a self-inflicted head wound, if you would. Donald Trump and his people didn’t suggest Russia would steal the election and thereby create the issue. The left fabricated it to explain Hillary’s loss and continue to use it to dog the President, hoping for some political traction as a result.
I suppose in some complex, John le Carré-esque plotline, it’s possible the Trump Campaign DID craft the Russian collusion meme intentionally to foment the current hysteria and distract the left. That would have been a brilliant strategy, the kind which seemingly would take a seasoned counterintelligence officer to engineer. But that’s a silly thing to suggest…
Let’s keep the left’s attention diverted to the trivial, the stupid, the unimportant. As Philip Agee noted, repetitive lying can cause one to forget the truth. The left has lied to itself so much that it has long-since forgotten the truth about why it continues to fail and lose elections (if it ever knew at all). It has bought its self-made lie about Russian collusion and it’s unlikely to stumble upon the truth anytime soon.
And that’s just delightful.
Colonel Michael (“Mike”) Angley is retired from the United States Air Force, a published thriller author, and a conservative writer who fashions himself as Attila the Hun with a laptop. Mike wrote for Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government and Big Peace blogs before the Breitbart consolidation, receiving superb feedback and kudos for typically weaving in pop culture references with his far right perspectives. He enjoys writing about military affairs, national security issues, and politics and is an avid Second Amendment advocate. When he’s not writing, he’s busy annoying liberals with FaceBook posts and Twitter tweets that point out the obvious flaws and fallacies of the left.
During his 26-year USAF career, the Colonel was a Special Agent with the Office of Special Investigations (OSI). The OSI is a sister agency to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and has an identical mission that includes felony-level criminal, fraud, and narcotics investigations as well as counterintelligence and counterterrorism operations. His USAF experiences spanned multiple regions around the globe with five command assignments and duties at foreign, regional, theater and national levels.
He is a seasoned counterintelligence and counterespionage officer from the Cold War era, and if you ask him he’ll tell you the spy-vs-spy days were indeed the heady, glory era of espionage. During the latter half of his career he focused on counterterrorism missions in the Middle East and the Far East and operationalized many of today’s concepts for this unique arena while working the sand dunes of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and a few other “choice” locations. When Colonel Angley retired in 2007, he was a Senior Supervisory Special Agent and was in command of all worldwide OSI matters at Air Force Space Command in Colorado Springs, CO.
Mike Angley is also a published, award-winning author of three thriller novels in the “Child Finder” trilogy. His debut novel, “Child Finder,” received a glowing review from the Library Journal which placed it on its Summer Reading list in 2009. “Child Finder” and its companion sequel novels all won various awards from the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) and the Public Safety Writers Association. In 2012, Mike was named MWSA’s “Author of the Year,” largely for work on his third novel, “Child Finder: Revelation.”
As an avid user of social media, Mike can be found and friended on Facebook (mike.angley) and followed on Twitter (@MikeAngley). His website is www.mikeangley.com. Following his USAF retirement, Mike and his family stayed in Colorado Springs, CO where they enjoy daily, majestic views of Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountains.