Hiring people whom one could easily prosecute means hiring people whom one controls–not that this control belongs much to Donald Trump, who responds to factions who will not advertise themselves to us as such.
This is the mafia practice of having confederates “prove themselves” by engaging in high crimes.
Hiring people whom one controls so thoroughly does not happen out of love, but because one has a task that requires someone who cannot afford a conscience. Gina Haspel, Pompeo, Bolton all suit. And both “Security Advisor” and CIA Director are partly domestic titles.
What’s planned? I have to guess, but there have been hints. Here we are talking about Iran, but Iran is a step in the encirclement of Russia and China, most likely with the idea of militarily forcing some sort of accord before the eventual economic preeminence of China as the dominant land mass, the greatest center of water-driven energy, the largest area of irrigated fertile ground, and the largest human population becomes manifest. Iran will come at a greater domestic cost than have Iran and Syria. Probably some or all of the parties in question were not in favor of the next plan to be executed, whatever that may be. The American population may be expected to respond as well; the building domestic surveillance and the new torture nanny at the helm of the CIA probably show us the nature of the planned response, potentially something along the lines of what we saw for so many years in South and Central America in the hands of these same organizations and, to some extent, the same individual people, though many have aged out of the system.
It seems that the idea is to play a multi-decade game of chicken with these countries, whose sole deterrents to an elite that is obviously willing to burn through lives and resources is a nuclear response. That may mean releasing what is left of an American republic.
It might be good to check out Daniel Ellsberg’s recent The Doomsday Machine for some insight into just what sorts of control over nuclear responses do and do not exist, as well as what sort of thinking has been and presumably still is standard.