There is a historical precedent for this coordinated smear campaign among the so-called elites who want to rule over their underlings, that is, namely the era of the Vietnam War. They want to govern this country in the same way they do in foreign policy: Listens, you stupid unwashed proles. it's either our way or the highway. Unfortunately, they can't - at least now - have drones buzzing overhead on election day as they do in, well, pick your own countries or rather countries in the Greater Middle East and the Maghreb in North Africa. And it's less than a surprise this article was published in The Atlantic, It's the last bastion for hawks such as David Frum, the speech writer who is famous or infamous depending upon your point of point for the phrase "axis of evil" phrase, in GWB's state of the union speech; and Peter Beinart, then executive editor of The New Republic, who was one of the "liberal hawks," who endorsed GWB's Iraq War resolution. Of course, the real public intellectuals, such as Noam CHomsky, Chris Hedges and Tariq Ali on the left, and Andrew Basevich and Lawrence Wilkerson on the right, have been marginalized by the MSM in this country. The vultures have come home to roost as Chalmers Johnson. historian famous for his Blowback trilogy od history books, predicted a year before the 9/11 attacks. The empire is crumbling from its own internal contradictions and stresses. They tried to bomb the proles into submission with their neoliberal dogma by their deindustrialization of the heartland into the Rust Belt just as they did overseas in the long war on terror. But the proles have had it. And I can't blame them. I live in the Rust Belt. Can it get any worse for the working class in our country? Which is how I interpreted the vote for the Brexit in the United Kingdom. It was the cosmopolitans in the London who heaped scorn and derision on the British voters north of London, who have been abandoned by the Tory and Labor Parties, just as the Democrats and the Republicans have abandoned the working class in this country. My answer to this jeremiad would be the famous rock 'n roll song by The Talking Heads, "Burning Down the House." To all the so-called elites in this country, especially those living inside the beltway bubble, this is only the beginning. So as Betty Davis said to the party goers in "All About Eve": "Fasten your seal belts. It's going to be a bumpy ride." This is the way all empires crumble.