…ting yourself be “negotiated down” to a significant power grab, is a technique as old as the hills. My father calls this the “goat and cow” technique: if you want to convince someone to keep a goat in their office, put a goat and a cow in their office. By the time they’re done arguing you down to just a goat, they’ll be thrilled with their victory.
… were a strong rivalry within the security apparatus, the regime would be anticipating a coup d’etat. If we have learned nothing else in this election, it ought to be that there is no American exceptionalism, and the things we used to assign to third-world countries are the order of the day here, now.