IN WHICH THE DAILY CHRENK LINKS TO THE WORLD SOCIALIST WEBSITE – With all the caveats – yes, it’s the commos, and yes, the commos shouldn’t be relied on accurate numbers and information – this is very interesting with a fistful of salt:

An extraordinary number of former intelligence and military operatives from the CIA, Pentagon, National Security Council and State Department are seeking nomination as Democratic candidates for Congress in the 2018 midterm elections. The potential influx of military-intelligence personnel into the legislature has no precedent in US political history…

The DCCC has designated 102 seats as priority or competitive, including 22 seats where the incumbents are not running again (five Democrats and 17 Republicans), and 80 seats where Republican incumbents could be defeated for reelection in the event that polls predicting a sizeable swing to the Democrats in November prove accurate.

The World Socialist Web Site has reviewed Federal Election Commission reports filed by all the Democratic candidates in these 102 competitive districts, focusing on those candidates who reported by the latest filing date, December 31, 2017, that they had raised at least $100,000 for their campaigns, giving them a financial war chest sufficient to run in a competitive primary contest…

The total of such candidates for the Democratic nomination in the 102 districts is 221. Each has a website that gives biographical details, which we have collected and reviewed for this report…

One quarter of all the Democratic challengers in competitive House districts have military-intelligence, State Department or NSC backgrounds. This is by far the largest subcategory of Democratic candidates. National security operatives (57) outnumber state and local government officials (45), lawyers (35), corporate executives, businessmen and wealthy individuals (30) and other professionals (19) among the candidates for Democratic congressional nominations.

If you’re a Trump supporter, you will be nodding here, talking about the “Deep State” resurfacing to play a more overt role in the… Shallow State?

I’m merely going to repeat what I have written before about the great myth of the right-wing CIA:

The public and popular culture reputation that the CIA and sister agencies gained as fierce right-wing warriors is a legacy of the New Left delusions of the 1960s and onwards, when the American spooks got accused of every bastardy under the sun, from assassinating a president to involvement in international drug trade. This socialist conspiracy-mongering, so successfully perpetuated by the Oliver Stones and Noam Chomskys of this world, has managed to obscure the fact that in reality the American espionage industry has historically been another bastion of the liberal East Coast establishment; anti-communist, to be sure, but so was most of that establishment throughout the 1940s, 50s and 60s. As Charles McCarry, a CIA agent who went on to have a successful career as spy writer, once observed, in all his years of work at Langley he has never met a Republican (“They were, at least in the operations side where I was, there were wall-to-wall knee-jerk liberals. And they were befuddled that the left outside the agency regarded them as some sort of right-wing threat. Because they were the absolute opposite, in their own politics.”)

It’s a safe rule of thumb about the American military-intelligence complex that the military side of it leans strongly Republican while the intelligence side leans strongly Democrat. Why this has been so is a good topic for another time.