I’ve noted over the past several days in various forums that there is a “strategy” behind Steve Bannon’s leaving the White House. From the first indication, my initial theory which remains is that it puts Bannon in the right place to do the most damage to the people Trump is about to go on the offensive against and that perhaps, Bannon exit is actually the beginning of something bigger. By removing himself from the confines of the White House, Bannon can securely push the information out through his private networks, connections, and social media apparatus without worrying about leaks from the inside.

Additionally, in the aftermath of Bannon’s resignation from the White House, all things considered, with some early analysis — it actually appears to be a relatively sound and well thought out strategy. One has to wonder how long this has been in play and what were the mechanisms on which to launch it. Certainly, the first thing that comes to mind is the fact that Bannon had indicated in February of this year if I recall correctly, that he had indicated that he would probably be gone by the end of the summer. Secondly, it has been roughly a year to the day that he joined the Trump Presidential Campaign. And then there was the likelihood for an opportunity to be used to deter any suspicion that something was up. Was there an impetus or situation that they were waited for such as Bannon’s interview with the liberal publication The American Prospect, which I believe was deliberate and in itself was a carefully crafted interview to deter Trump’s and Bannon’s detractors. While it gave the political-left and the mainstream media a position to argue his “firing,” it was short lived when it was revealed that the White House released a statement last Friday saying that Bannon and Chief of Staff John Kelly had “mutually agreed” that August 7th would be Bannon’s last day in his job.

Nevertheless, my belief is that there is something up that is much more strategic in nature between Trump and Bannon. And it was not just the heat being applied to Donald Trump in the wake of the latest political-left’s “gaslighting” incident called Charlottesville, or the now insane obsession of Trump’s political and cultural opposition with the tearing down both Confederate and American statues, removing historical names and events, and/or the despicable and deliberate deleting and revising of American history. This has been specifically designed to satisfy the Democrats, the political-left’s false and fake political narratives. That in itself is a relatively new narrative now that the Russia scandal has been for the most part been proven to be a fabricated false narrative in, and of itself. So as is always the case, the left needed a new cause for its “identity politics” which the tendency for people of a particular religion, race, social background, etc., to form exclusive political alliances, moving away from traditional broad-based party politics.

In my reference to “Gaslighting”, in case you don’t know what gaslighting is — it is a form of manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or members of a group, hoping to make targets question their own memory, perception, and sanity. Using persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying, it attempts to destabilize the target and delegitimize the target’s belief. Instances may range from the denial by an abuser that previous abusive incidents ever occurred up to the staging of bizarre events by the abuser with the intention of disorienting the victim. The term owes its origin to a 1938 play Gas Light and its 1944 film adaptation. The term has been used in clinical and research literature, as well as in political commentary.

So what happens now. Here’s how I envision the forthcoming Trump-Bannon strategy to play out. First off, and again, Bannon is not gone, more so, Bannon is now unchained and is unleashed to ascribe to and fully execute his Conservative National Populist agenda. Having been serving in the Office of the President, he could not openly push his strategic-level strategy as a Federal employee inside the White House, even as Chief Strategist. Being political in nature, much of it deals with challenging and countering Trump’s vast political opposition, and as well as the Deep State obstructionists and leakers inside the administration. Dismantling such obstruction is the responsibility of the Chief of Staff, General Kelly, and not that of the Chief Strategist. The Chief Strategist in any White House has the responsibility of establishing and strategizing the President’s agenda for America, versus fighting any internal squabbles or, in Trump’s situation both the internal Deep State opposition and the external onslaught of the vast array of political opposition. In fact, last week, Bannon told Bloomberg Businessweek’s Josh Green that he’s “going to war for Trump against his opponents — on Capitol Hill, in the media, and in corporate America.” A clear indication Bannon is taking his strategy to the next level.

Secondly, and equally important, is the reentry of Trump’s campaign stalwarts into the picture, that of Mike Bossie, Donald Trump’s Deputy Campaign Manager, who introduced Bannon to Trump in 2011, said over the weekend that – ‘the handcuffs have been removed and Bannon is now unleashed to conduct a free standing campaign against the President’s opposition,’ meaning the Democrats Party/DNC, the political-left, Establishment Democrat/Republicans both in Congress and in the public domain, the NeverTrumpers, the corporate elitists (crony-capitalists), and the cultural elitists. The other is Corey Lewandoski, Trump’s initial campaign manager, who essentially crafted the strategy, “let Trump be Trump.”

Third, the new strategy at play is a necessary next step designed to take on the ongoing identity politics, anti-Conservative propaganda, and the political assassination attempts against President Trump and his closest aides. Because of the current situation — this is a necessary course of action. The effort to counter the political-left’s actions are monumental. So much so, that not just this White House, no White House would ever be able to handle or conduct this of effort on its own and try to fight the onslaught, particularly by such a wide array of opponents. This no doubt, is one political battle that has been ongoing for some time since the Obama administration, and will continue to ensue. Of course, be it known historically, no White House has ever faced such a magnitude and partisan onslaught, politically driven by so many anti-American hate groups, obstructionists, and derisive and destructive political entities, across all parties, as noted previously.

Additionally, both Mike Bossie and Corey Lewandoski who already started a war room (private sector) outside the administration, announced for the most part in as many words, in recent days, that they would be joining forces with Bannon’s effort to counter and annihilate the campaign of fake-news, political assassinations and anti-American rhetoric, by the Democrats Party/DNC, the political-left, Establishment Democrat/Republicans both in Congress and in the public domain, the NeverTrumpers, the corporate elitists (crony-capitalists), and the cultural elitists.

Now, after nearly eight months in office, and despite the political rhetoric of him not being “Hitler” despite the deep convictions of the political elitists, and with a vast majority in Congress that is dead set against anything he stands for, even legislation they wanted and ran on in 2010, 2014, and 2016. It’s becoming clear to even the least sophisticated voter and observer of politics that something is seriously not right in Washington…and that something isn’t Trump, that’s for sure. It’s the political discourse that has stemmed from the fact that those that didn’t vote for Trump, still can’t get over the fact that Hillary Clinton did not win in November. For the Establishment and NeverTrumper Republicans, it’s more than Trump’s victory, it’s the fact that they have been indoctrinated and gaslighted into insanity by the political-left and their own Democrat party.

Further, while some believe Trump has gone full Deep State war-hawk and has succumbed to the charms and counter-policies of the General McMasters and the Dina Powells, there are those like myself who firmly believe that it was and is absolutely necessary to fight back in a way we haven’t seen from him yet. Allowing Steve Bannon to step out of the White House is in fact a good thing because it opens the door for those opposed to Trump and the Deep State operatives to get “the worst kind of sloppy” in their rhetoric, in showcasing their effort to usurp the President’s agenda and plans for America, go unchecked, and to no doubt reveal their sinister effort to sabotage President Trump himself.

We will certainly see what comes next. In the meantime, if President Trump’s performance at the press conference on Charlottesville, despite what the mainstream media said, even to include Fox News — tells me anyone trying to say that it’s over for Trump is clearly spewing pure propaganda, fake news, and is nothing more than a gaslight campaign targeted heavily at Trump supporters. It’s not over by any means, and in fact, it has just been taken to the next level. Some may continue to argue that Bannon is out of the White House, I say, so what — the real reality is, he is now free to work his strategic national campaign in support of President Trump – so don’t think he’s still not in the fight. Similarly, when Corey Lewandowski was released from Trump’s campaign under albeit similar and dubious circumstances, we questioned what was up, only to later find out he was doing undercover work for Trump, and now he is back as well.

The other good news is that as expected, as of this past Saturday morning, already the political opposition’s heads were and are continuing to explode over Bannon’s announcement about his plans to execute his Conservative National Populist agenda and campaign against them in support of President Trump. This is in itself, is a solid indication that they actually fear Bannon’s efforts and his unrelenting resolve to continue his strategy to support Trump. They had hoped he was fired, but to their chagrin, he has been unleashed to take his strategy to the next-level, and at the same time to now establish a second front, again along with the reinforcements of Mike Bossie and Corey Lewandoski.

Let me also make the point about another reality, that is that time is running out on the Democrats and the Deep State in their effort to try and take out Trump. If they don’t do it soon, anxiety-porn fatigue will settle in, and both Congress and Establishment Republicans will be blamed for everything that has not been done. Likewise, the same holds true especially among those who voted for Hillary Clinton as well as, and this to include the NeverTrumpers, because they were unsure about Trump being ‘literally Hitler.’ Remember also, that Hillary was caught on tape saying; “If that F’ing bastard wins, we’re all going to hang from nooses” in the wake of her NBC News interview to Matt Lauer last year. As the various investigations within the Justice Department come into play, the administration will need a vigorous information campaign to inform all Americans the truth.

This weekend President Trump tweeted out his continued support for his now former Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon and his return to Breitbart News. Trump said; “Steve Bannon will be a tough and smart new voice at @BreitbartNews …maybe even better than ever before. Fake News needs the competition!”

When Steve Bannon was hired as President Trump’s Chief Strategist, one of the first two hires the president-elect made after winning the election — it was correctly regarded as a symbol that Trump would govern as the same sort of national populist he had been during the campaign: an in your face style, steadfast on law and order and crime, hawkishness about immigration, radical-Islam, defense, foreign policy and national security.

The reason Donald Trump was the Republican presidential nominee was because he knew these things. Bannon’s genius is for attention and holding it. Trump had that talent from birth, Bannon choreographed it. Trump understood that if people were outraged, at least they were paying attention. And if the political left was outraged and overreacted, even better. Bannon stepped in in the summer of 2016 to make sure Trump wasn’t steamrolled by the Republican Establishment into forgetting those critical and unique national populist tenants that propelled him to victory. Likewise, Bannon knew that Trump didn’t need to be taught that saying inflammatory things was good for keeping all attention on you, or that there was a subset of Americans who were so hungry for an alternative to “political correctness” that they’d accept tired racism of the last eight-years as the blunt truths.

Steve Bannon’s departure from the White House doesn’t mean the Trump administration is pivoting away from “Trumpism” that Bannon represented. If anything, it means that the Bannon strategy has been so deeply embedded in the fabric of the Trump administration that Bannon’s own presence was no longer needed, in fact, as noted Bannon was strained by government restrictiveness and the restraints that come with being a federal employee. One thing that both Trump and Bannon understand is that active engagement with the base is critical. So my guess is, Bannon will use his media outlet to wage “war” for the President. Bannon in a sense will become Trump’s lead field general to lead this charge.

The forthcoming strategy for now remains secret, as it should. But one thing we do know that is not secret is that Bannon hates the mainstream media and the political left. My analysis is that he wants to use the left’s current narrative of “identity politics” against them — to destroy the mainstream media and the political-left. Remember also who used identity politics as part of their campaign — Hillary Clinton.  My bet is that Bannon wants to turn the press into the new Hillary.

As I touched on earlier, Bannon is a genius. His career as both a media executive and as the brains behind the Trump operation has been defined by opposition to the mainstream media. Bannon regards this as an organ of the elite consensus that has ineffectively run the country for decades, which utilizes its main tool of Socialism in its original Marxist form in an effort to enslave society. The challenge to save America is intense. Bannon sees this as the root cause for all the nation’s ills through the use of propaganda and indoctrination to rationalize and glamorize Communism (i.e.; anti-fascism, i.e.; Antifa) and Globalism. It is why Bannon’s philosophy of Conservative Nationalistic Populism is the necessary strategy to counter the political-left’s relentless campaign to destroy Donald Trump and subsequently America.

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.