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I wonder if the perpetrators of this horrific set of actions ponder the price that will eventually be paid for their “insurance” policy. I doubt they care

The Incalculable Cost of Insurance


By —— Bio and Archives--May 28, 2018

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The Incalculable Cost of Insurance
Editor’s Note:

It is an incomparable honor that on Memorial Day 2018 Canada Free Press is posting the first of Sam Clovis’s columns in Canada Free Press.  Sam Clovis, who served 25 years on active duty as a fighter pilot, retired as a Colonel and the Inspector General of NORAD and the United States Space Command. Having served as national co-chair and chief policy advisor for the Trump for President Campaign, and as a policy director during the transition period before serving as Senior White House Advisor to the US Department of Agriculture, Sam speaks to us from rural Iowa, where he remains, in every sense of the image, a fighter pilot.

I am that guy.  Yes, I am the individual who put together the Trump Campaign national advisory committee on national security and foreign policy.  Yes, I am the one who recruited Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.  Yes, I have given countless hours of testimony to a four-pack of investigations.  And most important of all—not a single shred of evidence has presented itself that would indicate that anyone in the Trump campaign had anything to do with colluding with the Russians.  Not one scintilla of credible information, testimony or documentation points in that direction—zero, zip, nada.  What has been revealed, however, is that there was a deliberate attempt to spy on the campaign, that their likely efforts to create probable cause for further FISA warrants and the clear indication of gathering—and then leaking of—information that has underpinned classic progressive politics of personal destruction.

Obama’s acolytes

I normally don’t buy into conspiracy theories, but I think in the case of the Obama administration actively working to undermine and destroy the Trump candidacy as insurance against an unlikely Trump victory is starting to take shape.  If one is to examine the players involved and the thousands of text messages, memos and emails associated with the probable aggressive attempt to sabotage the Trump campaign, then one may find it easier to believe in this conspiracy ahead of many others.  Perhaps the most troubling piece of evidence against the Obama acolytes is the text from the FBI’s director of counterintelligence Peter Strzok to his paramour Lisa Page.  He seems convinced that action must be taken to take out “insurance” against any possibility of a Trump victory.  Therein lies the mentality of a broad array of actors who violated every precept of decency and duty by blatantly violating their oaths of office and putting power and ideology above the rule of law and deliberate republican governance. 

What price was this group willing to pay for this insurance?  The ultimate price of their despicable behavior is yet to be tallied, but one can rest assured that the price will be high and the damage done decades in the mending.  Along the way, the FBI, the Department of Justice, our intelligence community and the White House apparatus have been tainted—all because of the actions of individuals who lack a moral compass and who do not believe in their obligations to the Constitution of the United States.

Many years ago, I wrote my thesis at the Army War College on how governments decide to take action such as committing armed forces to combat.  I studied the decision of the Russians to invade Afghanistan and the Israeli decision to take action in 1980 in Lebanon.  As my research evolved, I could not get away from the fact that history is replete with examples of bad decisions being made that have led to catastrophic outcomes.  The Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, countless decisions related to Vietnam, Watergate, Iran-Contra and the second Gulf War are all examples of senior decision making, where normal checks and balances would be in place, got short-circuited and key players isolated themselves from the appropriate process. They disrupted the normal processes because they knew that if the processes were to be followed, their ideologically driven goals would be unattainable.  These miscreants found sycophants who were more than willing to carry out the nefarious plans, and at the end of the day, the government and governance envisioned by our Founding Fathers had a wrecking ball taken to it.  In the end, the people of America paid the price.

The cast of characters in this American tragedy is well known

The cast of characters in this American tragedy is well known.  John Brennan, head of the Central Intelligence Agency, James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, Susan Rice, National Security Advisor, Samantha Power, Ambassador to the United Nations, James Comey, Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok of the FBI and Valerie Jarrett, advisor to the President—all of these individuals have left DNA along the way during Spygate.  All were deeply invested in a Clinton victory and all were deliriously loyal to President Barack Obama.  They all knew each other and met often.  It appears they chose to orchestrate a multi-pronged effort to destroy a Trump presidency before it even got started.  All of their actions were outside the normal deliberative processes that should have checked such actions.  If proven, such an abuse of power would be unprecedented in American history.

I have learned a lot about my government as I have progressed through the Mueller investigation and House and Senate inquiries.  Most of what I have learned has not been positive and I still owe my attorney a fair amount of money.  Such is the price I am paying.  My travails, however, are of little consequence.  I will get by.  What I worry about is the damage these unscrupulous, morally bankrupt individuals have done to the confidence Americans should have in their government.  If the people cannot trust the very institutions that should be protecting them against such abuses then who and what should they trust?

I wonder if the perpetrators of this horrific set of actions ponder the price that will eventually be paid for their “insurance” policy.  I doubt they care.  What I am hoping is that the American people demand justice for those who have been harmed by these actions and that the citizens of this great nation demand of our elected officials that the shadowy attempt to overturn the results of a legitimate election never happens again.


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Dr. Sam Clovis -- Bio and Archives | Comments

Samuel H. Clovis, Jr., Doctor of Public Administration


Sam Clovis was raised in Kansas and attended the United States Air Force Academy, serving for 25 years on active duty as a fighter pilot.  He retired as a Colonel and the Inspector General of NORAD and the United States Space Command.


Upon leaving the service, Sam entered the private sector.  He also served as a Fellow at the Homeland Security Institute, contributing in national preparedness and immigration policy.  He recently served as a tenured full professor of economics at Morningside College.


Sam has a BS from the Academy, an MBA from Golden Gate University and a doctorate from the University of Alabama.  He served as national co-chair and chief policy advisor for the Trump for President Campaign, was a policy director during the transition period and served as the Senior White House Advisor to the US Department of Agriculture.  He is married to the former Charlotte Chase of Piketon, OH.  He currently lives in rural Iowa.


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