American power elites and presidential elections - ABDULLAH MURADOĞLU

American power elites and presidential elections

Today, American voters will decide whether Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton will be their next president. And, for some time, we have been discussing which candidate will be better for Turkey. But the issue concerns the preferences of power elites which affect the U.S.'s decision-making mechanisms. These power elites include weapon manufacturers, oilmen, the Pentagon, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

These groups reflect the preferences of White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) elites which represent the established order. The question of whether the next president will dance to the WASPs' tune matters more than whether he/she is a republican or democrat. For WASP elites, who consider themselves to be the sole representatives of American identity, a Jewish, black, Native American, catholic and female candidate must not be the U.S.'s president. The FBI is known as an institution which has defended WASP's lines since it was founded. This is why it is interested in presidential elections.

WASP's redlines were overcome when John F. Kennedy was elected president in 1960. Coming from a Catholic background, Kennedy hardly convinced WASP elites. FBI Director Edgar Hoover did not like Kennedy. Hoover resented the then Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower for having excluded him in the Cuba operation which would be conducted with the CIA's support. Sam Giancana, the mobster who undertook the Cuba operation, had a relationship with the Kennedy family. Eisenhower pinned hope on the Cuba victory for his Vice President Richard Nixon to be elected president. CIA Director Allen Dulles had more intimacy with Kennedy than Nixon. As such, Giancana postponed the Cuba operation to the post-election period.

The FBI knew that Giancana postponed the operation to help Kennedy. Hoover hid this classified information from Eisenhower. The operation started three months after Kennedy, who came out victorious from elections on Nov. 8, 1960, took office. The operation, called the Bay of Pigs Invasion, failed. The operation, which was postponed in order to obstruct Nixon's victory, did not benefit Kennedy, either.

Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. No significant efforts were made to clarify the assassination. His brother, Robert Kennedy, became a presidential candidate in the 1968 elections. But he was also assassinated before elections. Promising hope for a generation who protested the Vietnam War, Kennedy's intimacy with Martin Luther King, who was the leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement, did not please the WASP elites.

The WASPs' redlines were once again overcome with Barack Obama, who was of African origin on the father's side, being elected president. If elected, Clinton will be the first female U.S. president. The FBI launched an investigation against her on August 2015 on the grounds that she used a private e-mail account for official business while serving as the secretary of state from 2009-2013. In July 2016, the State Department closed the probe into the email controversy.

Just a few days before the elections, the FBI leaked information that a new investigation was launched against Clinton. For now, these discussions, which greatly pleased Trump but horribly disturbed Clinton, have been left behind. Regardless of who is elected, it should not be expected that the next president's foreign policy will directly clash with the preferences of power groups which represent the American deep state. It can be said that Obama, who overcame the WASP barrier, hardly ever succeeded in actualizing his own agenda.


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