The Trump Mutiny

ouragan sur le caine The Caine Mutiny  Année : 1954 - usa Humphrey Bogart, Fred MacMurray, Van Johnson  Réalisateur : Edward Dmytryk

ouragan sur le caine
The Caine Mutiny
Année : 1954 – usa
Humphrey Bogart, Fred MacMurray, Van Johnson
Réalisateur : Edward Dmytryk

Steve Berman advanced a thesis the other day. I think he has a point. It seems to me to be just about what is going on. The Caine Mutiny is one of my favorite books, and the intellectual ( perhaps pseudo-intellectual) Keefer really is the apple that spoils the barrel. Here’s Steve:

It wouldn’t surprise me if, behind closed doors and absent any electronic devices, intelligence community members call President Trump something like “Old Yellowstain.” There’s a mutiny brewing, one that’s being incited by the real cowards who hate Trump but hide whispering in the shadows.

If you’re familiar with the 1954 movie “The Caine Mutiny,” based on Herman Wouk’s Pultizer Prize-winning novel, you’ll know where I’m going here. If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, read or watch it.

Here’s a quick synopsis for the unfamiliar, or those who need a refresher. Scroll down to skip my ersatz Cliff’s Notes, or you can read about it on Wikipedia.


In the movie, Humphrey Bogart plays Lt. Commander Phillip Francis Queeg, a regular Navy officer who served faithfully pre-World War II, who is now serving in wartime in a role for which he’s not accustomed. Van Johnson plays executive officer Lt. Stephen Maryk, and Fred MacMurray excellently portrays the intellectual novelist Lt. Thomas Keefer, the ship’s communications officer. […]

There’s a whispering campaign going on in the intelligence community. It’s a mutiny in the making. Withholding intelligence from the president because the IC doesn’t trust the man is not part of their job description.

Leaking highly classified material to the Washington Post which results in the resignation of the national security adviser to the president is not part of the job description. The whole “loyal to the Constitution” thing is the same choice faced by Keefer and Maryk in Wouk’s story. The captain is in charge of the boat, in a storm or on calm seas.

The Keefers are just waiting for a storm–it will come–when Queeg can be made to appear frozen in indecision or cowardice. Then they will encourage Maryk to relieve him. They will make it seem reasonable that Trump should be removed from office, by either impeachment or the 25th Amendment.

via The Trump Mutiny | The Resurgent

It’s a pretty good thesis, I think. It may not cover all cases, but I think it covers quite a few. So, do read the whole thing™.

But’s it’s Saturday, and time to slow down a bit. And besides, it’s a good movie

 

 

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33 Responses to The Trump Mutiny

  1. I’ll pass on story/myth as some kind of moniker/metaphor or example for here at least. What ever happened to honest journalism? And we will never read a man’s heart in itself, though the political action is surely telling!

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    • Wow is America divided!

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      • NEO says:

        Sadly, too true.

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    • NEO says:

      Then you haven’t read the book, it’s very apt.

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      • No, I have not read it, but I have seen the movie. I always tend toward scientific method, even in history. And ya know I love to read!

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        • And I have read my share of historical bio’s, some of which have gotten pretty sloppy, especially today! Again, we must always stay close to the true historical method, if we care about truth. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Yep 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          I do as well. The book is considerably better, lots of lessons in leadership in it. The author, Herman Wouk served in the Navy in WW II, if I recall.

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        • Yes, books are usually better than movies, though I like good historical movies! I have got an old first edition of Guadalcanal Diary (American Marines at Guadalcanal), by Richard Tregaskis (1943). Which I got at an American garage sell for a buck, and the book is a hardback, with still its dustjacket…classic!

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        • NEO says:

          That’s quite a find. I used to have a worn out paperback of it that I bought in probably seventh grade.

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        • I have always been pretty lucky collecting books, and I have my share! And yes, I have not a few books about WW II (both British and American), even a few about WW 1 (a classic about Gallipoli, Alan Morehead, 1956) And too about Nam. I am just an old Bookman! 😉

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  2. the unit says:

    I have a thesis. Arthur Franz became my favorite actor in ’53 before he was cast in “The Caine Mutiny.” I know the national security adviser didn’t talk to the Russians. He talked to the “Invaders From Mars” (Franz movie ’53). They behind all this.
    There was even a Erickson cast in the movie. Adding to the credibility of my thesis.
    Well, it is ‘nother day ending in -day.

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    • This from Wiki is worth sharing about Franz … “During World War II, Franz served as a B-24 Liberator navigator in the United States Army Air Forces. He was shot down over Romania and incarcerated in a POW camp, from which he later escaped.” He died in 2006, 86.

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      • So many Americans and Brits in that generation served in WW II, and we stand on their shoulders! RIP!

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      • the unit says:

        Passed on…on my birthday. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      That it is. You may be right, there, those darned aliens! 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        They be refugees. Settled in Roswell, NM. Early sanctuary city. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          🙂

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  3. the unit says:

    Although blog and link points to the serious situation we are presently in of a active, working coup d’é·tat against our duly elected president and our system, I’m getting a lot of enjoyment of some what I think is entertaining about the movie. Like i.e. for example Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane, as Lt. JG Jorgensen, was an uncredited actor in it. And I’m just getting started 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Hah! I didn’t notice that 🙂

      Yeah, it’s serious, but it’s funny too! This was a comment on one of the Brit blogs I participate in, I think you can figure out the vernacular, and if not, you’ll get the gist anyhow.

      “Trump really is playing a blinder.
      He has done the necessary-and no matter how he screws up, he will continue to be the barium meal that traces the rot, cant and sheer malice in the liberal lefty media. His very existence cant help but shine a sordid light on the business of Big Liberal, the endless agitating for the One Love Perpetual Revolution as funded by Soros, as imposed and inevitable-seeming as the UN or EU.
      But the more the liberal lefty squauks and runs off to his courts to try and overturn the chavs and trailer trash-the more that we enjoy their howls of outrage, safe in the knowledge that their time is passed and Trumps drainpipes for that swamp of his are getting built-in America of course.
      In my life I
      ve never seen anything like this-mesmerising comedy gold live and online. We no longer bother with the dead tree press or the perpetual grievance hustlers and lying Oxbridge lollards like the BBC.
      Thank the Lord for sites like this-we despise the BBC and their monopoly hitherto-and their true evil is matched only by their clueless stupidity and self serving hypocrisy.”

      Speaking of LOLing. A good many of the Brits I know sound like this, although a bit more serious sounding. A new day dawns, as long as he checks six. 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        Jumpin’ Juntaphat! I got it.
        And NYPost might become my favorite MSM… maybe for not being the favorite MSM for the left.
        Michael Goodwin said on 2/16 about the latest Trump presser, “…Trump’s detractors immediately panned the show as madness, but they missed the method behind it and proved they still don’t understand his appeal…He did it his way. Certainly no other president, and few politicians at any level in any time, would dare put on a show like that.”
        Yep, that’s what you can get when you have a leader that doesn’t need the money and can’t be bought or necessarily need to start a influential foundation for favors after term of office ends.
        http://nypost.com/2017/02/16/sorry-media-this-press-conference-played-very-different-with-trumps-supporters/

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, that about covers it. That presser was quite something, I’m still thinking about running it. What a hoot! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Speaking of LOLing, I’d love to hear that smartest man in the room pronounce coup d’é·tat. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          That would be funny. Thing that struck me about that comment was that it came from a woman, judging by her profile pic, maybe 50 or so. Look out for conservative women, they’re really something! 😉

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        • the unit says:

          P.S. BTW, read your post and comments of the re-post of pumabydesign001 over @ All Along the Watchtower. Great!

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, it’s a good un and it went better there than I feared it would. Some tend to put their church ahead of God, but not today.

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        • the unit says:

          Yep. Satan traveling incognito in some.
          Which reminds me of a funny over at Nox and Friends Friday:
          Funny Friday
          By Hardnox | February 17, 2017 | Funny Friday
          Which of the following names are you familiar with?

          Monica Lewinsky
          Spiro Agnew
          Benito Mussolini
          Adolf Hitler
          Jorge Bergoglio
          Alfonse Capone
          Vladimir Putin
          Linda Lovelace
          Saddam Hussein
          Tiger Woods

          You had trouble with #5 didn’t you?

          You know all the liars, criminals, adulterers, murderers, thieves, sluts and cheaters, but you don’t know the Pope??
          ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
          Now I’m not saying Satan’s the problem there. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Good one. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          And the incognito remark directed primarily for the religious groups involved in this resettlement business.

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        • NEO says:

          Yep. 😉

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  4. the unit says:

    Deep State? We’re not there yet. Because this morning the LA Times says so. Who’s fooling who? And Pepé Le Pew Research Center has Trump at 40% approval rating.

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    • NEO says:

      Yeah, I think they simply make it up, anymore. I’ve seen 55% as well, not sure I believe that either, but its more likely.

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      • the unit says:

        55, nah. Everybody knows “Rasmussen, which has traditionally found results that are more positive for Republicans than other polls” so says The Hill. Seems to confirm all polling is “fake” or “very fake.” 🙂

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