Sundance has a good post up, and you may be able to file it under--What goes around comes around, sub category Regime Change:
Something Sketchy in the Blame Game, Joint Chiefs Chair General Mark Milley, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Pentagon Collectively Throwing Biden Under The Bus
I wouldn't call this exactly sketchy. What it looks like is that the Deep State is trying to come up with an exit plan for Zhou that would allow them to remain in place. Sundance is citing a WSJ article, which means the sourcing is Deep Establishment. Notable for now is that this is the military--the institution most obviously under the gun for the Kabul debacle. We need to watch who else gets on the CYA bandwagon.
Don Surber's latest post gets into this, too. Surber cites a CNN article that appears to be throwing Zhou under the bus--you know that's coming from the top. The NYT is citing Intel sources blaming Zhou, so there's another establishment power base that clearly wants Zhou gone. How long can that go on?
Well, there remains the Kama Sutra problem. That's a BIG problem.
So why is the Wall Street Journal trying to defend the Pentagon from the mess they created, and also throw Biden under the bus?
Joe Biden, General Mark Milley and Defense Secretary Austin are all equally to blame.
The Wall Street Journal appears to be defending the military industrial complex, by separating Biden from Milley and Austin.
I would refine that a bit to include the IC in that Deep State complex. But that's basically correct--the DC establishment is in CYA mode. We had a competent and stable genius in the White House who could be thwarted but couldn't be bought off. They staged a coup, and now they own the results. They want We The People not to notice that.
The cratering has only begun.
Biden blew it.
He must pay. He must walk the plank. He must get on the helicopter with Jill, wave buh-bye to a crowd of reporters, and fly back to Delaware.
Don't think it won't happen. Corporate media and the deep state seem to want to get rid of him.
Consider that Times story that I mentioned.
"The drumbeat of warnings over the summer raise questions about why Biden administration officials, and military planners in Afghanistan, seemed ill-prepared to deal with the Taliban’s final push into Kabul, ...
The two problems remain:
1) The establishment owns the Zhou problem. They--including GOPers such as Bluto Barr--foisted Zhou on the nation. Him and his appalling family.
2) The Kama Sutra problem--apparently the result of string pulling by Barry and La Michelle--remains. And that's a serious problem. Just like #1, the establishment owns that problem. And there's no reason to believe it will go away. The options for somehow skating around that problem are not apparent--short of outright bribery. Well, no one said regime change isn't messy.
Circling your wagons is a tactic, and in these circumstances it's inevitable. But it's not a long term strategy.