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Masquerades of an Empire in Decline

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Just two days after submitting his completed "Russia" report to Attorney General William Barr, Special Counsel Robert Mueller attended an Episcopal Church service in Washington, D.C. It is symbolic to note this church is located across the street from the front doors leading into the interior of the White House.  As all good prefects in the modern era -- governor or lawyer in this case -- Mueller pays homage to Caesar, and it is Donald J. Trump who plays that most conspicuous role as a contemporary Caesar, or, to be precise, a street criminal commonly known as a ‘thug’.

From my perspective, Trump has played out two roles, one as a maniacal and intense sociopath like Nero or Tiberius, or the other role as  street-smart criminal readily found in the back alleys or on the most luxurious streets of Ancient Rome.

Eventually. like all street thugs, Trump found himself facing Pontius Pilate in the guise of Robert Mueller, who wore the royal purple robes of the investigating Special Counsel, and whose chief responsibility was to find if there was any substantial facts proving President Trump actually colluded with the Putin regime in the 2016 American Presidential election.

Does the finalization of the Mueller Report mean  there can now be a healthy rapprochement between the American and Russian regimes?  The answer is that the very political physics of friction and foreign policy erosion between the two countries will create further threats, ultimately becoming violent in nature. It may well be that such a confrontation could be seen in the country of Venezuela.  According to the Reuters news  agency, “Two Russian air force planes landed at Venezuela’s main airport on Saturday carrying a Russian defense official and nearly 100 troops, according to media reports, amid strengthening ties between Caracas and Moscow.”[i]

Therefore, the Mueller Report in one sense changes nothing concerning current hostilities between both belligerent countries.  As reported by Andrew Roth from Moscow for The Guardian about certain Russian officials regarding Mueller's "findings," or lack of them:

"Russian officials have welcomed the results of the Mueller report, which found that neither Donald Trump nor any of his aides colluded with Russia during the 2016 US election, but said they doubted relations between Russia and the west would improve as a result. The long-awaited Mueller report has proved what we in Russia knew long ago: there was no conspiracy between Trump or any member of his team and the Kremlin,” wrote Konstantin Kosachev, the chair of the Federation Council’s committee on foreign affairs. Blaming US media bias and anti-Russian sentiment, Kosachev and other senior officials said that they expected the United States to increase pressure on Russia and were bracing for new sanctions."   [ii]

Muller has handed over his report to those who rule in Rome, knowing full well that criminals, saints or revolutionaries are the same for the Roman elites which includes the Trump regime as well as the enemies of the regime. Dominant political power and financial gain are all that interests them.  Like Pontius Pilate, Muller has symbolically ‘washed his hands’ of determining by the investigation whether collusion between the President of the United States and the Putin regime actually took place. A brief 4-page communiqué released by Attorney General Barr stated, “The Special Council therefore did not draw a conclusion – one way or another – as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction. Indeed, for each of the relevant actions investigated, the report sets out evidence on both sides of the question and leaves unresolved what the Special Council views as 'difficult issues' of law and fact concerning whether the President’s actions and intent could be viewed as obstruction. The Special Counsel states that “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”[iii]  From ancient Roman times, let us remind ourselves those famous lines written by Shakespeare put into the rather confused intellect of Hamlet who said:

                         To be, or not to be, that is the question:

Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,

Or to take arms against a sea of troubles

And by opposing end them.

We are aware  Robert Muller is no Prince Hamlet contemplating suicide in the personal sense of the word. However, by drawing no definitive conclusion, Mueller is playing to the safer side of those who actually govern the United States, the hidden hand, as it were,  and he is well aware of his position among the elite.  Although a former Marine officer, he will not take up political arms against the Trump regime for he does not want to suffer personally nor politically “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune”.  Muller also did not have the stomach or shall I say, the guts,  to enter into “a sea of troubles”, that is, partake in the darker political power-struggle  at hand in the United States. He therefore from a legalistic position did not want to confront the more sublime nature of gesture and  nuance in conspiracy and obstruction which we know can be prevalent among oligarchs and petty criminals in the modern world. The Special Counsel was unable to discern, nay, did not even have the requisite acumen to observe the potentially revelatory human nuances of the insidious characters involved in the darker landscape of collusion, meaning he did not observe the body language, the eye contact, and such, between the various participants recorded on video for him to examine at length, should he have chosen that path.

Being part of the elite and bourgeois class in America, the Special Counsel  chose instead to appease lovers of the status quo, by which I mean allowing Donald Trump to continue on his path of rampant narcissistic indulgence, in the same way the bourgeoisie of fascist Italy allowed Mussolini to proceed along his murderous, political way.  In order to not take a heroic position regarding the kingdom, in this case the political sovereignty of the American people, he chose to dream or sleep from it all, and take his changes within the safety, comfort, and sanctity of his own privileged class position.   The retiring Special Counsel, out of self-protective prudence, or laziness, sold out the American people, and chose instead to serve the power of Caesar, regardless of the cost to the American people.

If we are speaking of dollars and sense,  the cost in terms of American people paying the expenses of the investigation  is summed up by POLITIFACT's Louis Jacobson::

"Mueller’s office has released two accountings of its expenses so far.

The first report was released in December 2017, and it covered the first four and a half months of the probe, from May 17 to Sept. 30, 2017. According to this first report, the Mueller investigation spent $3.2 million directly during that period. The biggest category was $1.7 million for staff salaries and benefits, while the second-largest was for equipment. Smaller categories included travel, rent, utilities and supplies. The second (and most recent) report was released in May 2018, covering the next six months of the probe, from Oct. 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018. This report showed that the investigation spent $4.5 million directly in this second period, making the total in direct costs so far $7.7 million." [iv]

The reader can see the cost of this investigation runs close to 10 million dollars at taxpayers’ expense. Then there are the indirect (additional) expenditures  supposedly not required to be reported by previous special counsel.. The same reporter stated another interesting fact of additional expenses regarding the investigation into possible Trump regime collision with Russia:

"Mueller’s office argues that these indirect expenses don’t amount to additional taxpayer expenditures, since these resources — especially personnel, such as employees of the FBI or other agencies — would have been devoted to other cases if there had been no special counsel investigation. For the first period, there were $3.5 million in indirect costs, and for the second period there were $5.5 million in indirect costs. That’s $9 million in all. So, if you add up the direct and indirect costs through March 30, 2018, it works out to $16.7 million. For now, we can prorate the next six months after the last report to get an estimate. At its past rate of spending, the investigation would have spent an additional $4.5 million in direct costs and $5.5 million in indirect costs, for a total addition of $9 million.

If you add this to the previous total, it reaches $25.7 million. Factoring in the two additional months that have passed —-- October and November 2018 —-- could plausibly get the costs up to $27 million or so.+

So, $27 million-- the figures mentioned above, for the cost of a brief 4-page communiqué sent to the American Congress regarding... nothing.  Muller in his purple toga knows that to have come to a conclusion would go against his better interest;  best to let the American rabble take care of the business at hand. In the eyes and pockets of the American elite, the wealthy and the oligarchs, a civil war like what the Roman Republic went through after its dissolution via fratricide, murder and the slaughter of the Roman people may be too high a cost to pay. 

As it might be written to Trump by a modern day Pilate—

[DIS AUGUSTI]S TIBERIÉUM/[...PO]NTIUS PILATUS/[...PRAEF]ECTUS IUDA[EA]E/

[...FECIT D]E[DICAVIT]

The translation from Latin to English for the inscription states:

To the Divine Augusti Tiberieum

...Pontius Pilate

...prefect of Judea...made [and] dedicated [this] [v]  

 

Such an inscription to Tiberius has found its way in terms of political submissiveness for eternity,  into a brief four-page communiqué to the Divine one in America.

Or if you are partial to the fascist, psychotic musings of poet Ezra Pound in his chronicle of decay and national disaffection otherwise known as "Hugh Selwyn Mauberley," in which he wrote, ever so presciently, "to an old bitch gone in the teeth, to a botched civilization."

Author: Luis Lázaro Tijerina