The Clinton Campaign, the White House, the Democrat National Committee, Establishment/Never Trump Republicans, and the majority of mainstream media (MSM) are in total synch – coordinating, corroborating, and synergizing their combined effort to take down Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and simultaneously attempting to discourage and prevent undecided voters and Trump supporters from voting for him, or changing the decision to vote for him, respectively. They are in a full-court press to “demoralizing” the Trump supporters and the Republican base. Their primary effort is to “talk down” Trump’s accomplishments, character, his “political positives”, and his message on issues that are truthful, necessary and stopping the hemorrhaging – on the border and illegal immigration and refugees, defense, foreign policy and national security, law enforcement and safe streets, the economy, government corruption, etc..

This is what the political left does; this is standard operating procedures – a calculated process of lying, deceit, falsification, fraud, and violence. They will use their friends in the MSM, their surrogates, and anti-Democracy groups in an attempt to coalesce, convince and corroborate their plans. Further, they will marginalize anti-Trump Republicans labeling them as racists, bigots and xenophobes in order to persuade and push them in to the never-Trump camp to help spread their narrative, while at the same time attempting to and successfully demoralizing voters and creating doubt in their minds and yours that Donald Trump is not qualified, is unfit, or incapable of serving as President. They are extremely subtle in their intent, while at the same time effectively getting this narrative of demoralization, doubt, and defeat spread across the nation creating a malaise with voters.

This is a well-planned major strategy similar to that presented centuries ago by Sun Tzu, the well-known Chinese general, military strategist, and philosopher. The course of which are strategic principles of military strategy to demoralize adversaries into thinking they are out number, less armed, or less capable of defeating and opposing force. Key to this effort is the military strategy and tactics of Psychological Operations or PSYOP to use covert and clandestine forms of strategic influence over opposing forces and the populace. Over the last 50-years or so, similar strategy and tactics have been implemented and applied against candidates and political campaigns by methods improvised and taught by Saul Alinsky, the 1940 thru 70’s radical Socialist community organizer and early Hillary Clinton mentor, who used and trained his followers how to carefully craft tactics to influence and demoralize voters and political opponents. This comes in the form of labeling opposing candidate(s) as incapable, unfit, illegitimate, and or unqualified based on politically false, fraudulent, and fabricated stories. The primary method of course is to use the MSM and its powerful means of dissemination. The Clinton Campaign, the Obama White House, and the Democrat Party have conveniently and ever so tactfully and skillfully have maneuvered and PSYOP’ed, from the military term Psychological Operations.

It should be noted, with regard to Hillary Clinton, there is no doubt that she was deeply impressed by Alinsky’s work. In 1969, she wrote “‘There Is Only the Fight …’:  An Analysis of the Alinsky Model,” a 92-page senior thesis at Wellesley College praising the elder radical’s tactics. At the Clintons’ request, the thesis was embargoed until after she and Bill departed the White House.

The political left the Democrat Party, the White House, the MSM and the Clinton Campaign in recent years have implemented similar methods to sway, persuade, and even embarrass “Establishment Republicans” and essentially force them to latch on to this message and use it both unwittingly, but perhaps wittingly. They have been marginalized and coopted and have gravitated ever so willingly, checking their conservative credentials at the door in exchange for elitist positions of power and more of the same of Washington. The Marco Rubio Campaign showed ease in serving as a surrogate to Democrats by incorporating its narrative this past week and using it to directly and deliberately to attack and criticize Donald Trump for using WikiLeaks’ data released about Clinton, Democrat Party, and White House emails, as well other sources of information such James O’Keef’s Project Veritas’ video accounts highlighting evidence of potential extensive voter fraud around the country.  Likewise, both President Obama and Marco Rubio in recent days both attacked Donald Trump directly, essentially calling him a fool and it being unfortunate to ever suggest that any efforts to rig the election, or that the likelihood that voter fraud even exists.

Similarly, such method and tactics come in many forms. Even a well-known and respected local Tampa Bay Times military affairs reporter, turned political reporter quoted from an interview with a single source opinion of a former Air Force scientist, that the emails released by WikiLeaks were hacked by Russia and are part of a Russian intelligence operation to directly influence the U.S. elections to help get Trump elected. Both are way off-base, since the U.S. intelligence community’s Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the intelligence bureau of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) suggested, but could not confirmed that the ability of Russian intelligence to hack or collect such information was likely. Of course, the imperative here being that all countries use whatever abilities they have to spy on one another – that’s a given, we know that.

(Part 2 of this column entitled The Relevance and Impact of WikiLeaks in this Election, will be released this Monday)

Jim Waurishuk is a retired USAF Colonel, serving nearly 30-years as a career senior intelligence and political-military affairs officer and special mission intelligence officer with expertise in strategic intelligence, international strategic studies and policy, and asymmetric warfare. He served combat and combat-support tours in Grenada, Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan, as well as on numerous special operations and special mission intelligence contingencies in Central America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. He served as a special mission intelligence officer assigned to multiple Joint Special Operations units, and with the CIA’s Asymmetric Warfare Task Force, as well as in international and foreign advisory positions. He served as Deputy Director for Intelligence for U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) during the peak years of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Global War on Terrorism. He is a former White House National Security Council staffer and a former Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C. He served as a senior advisor to the Commander U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and is Vice President of the Special Ops-OPSEC -- which provides strategic and operational security analysis and assessments to governmental and private entities, as well as media organizations on national security issues, policy, and processes. He currently provides advisory and consulting services on national security, international strategic policy, and strategy assessments for the U.S. and foreign private sector and governments entities, media groups and outlets, and to political groups, forums, and political candidates. He is an author and writer providing regular commentary and opinion to national and local TV, radio networks, and for both print and online publications, as well as speaking engagements to business, political, civic and private groups on national security matters – focusing on international strategic policy and engagement, and strategic intelligence, and subject matter expertise on special mission intelligence and operations, counter-terrorism, and asymmetric warfare and conflict.