Friday, July 13, 2018

Mr. Strzok, your smirk is why you lost the election. You exhibit no awareness of the Americans outside your circle who pay all the bills. You think my father gave years of his young life fighting in World War II so you could sit in front of global cameras and smirk at Americans

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The whole world gets to see yet again that the US government is a lawless embarrassment and hasn’t the slightest respect for Americans who pay all the bills. 

7/12/18,Strzok’s Smirk,” Daniel Greenfield
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Strzok, 7/12/18
“There are two kinds of villains in TV mystery shows. The plausibly sympathetic type and the smirking creep. Peter Strzok had rehearsed all the lines of the plausibly sympathetic type. The character that James Comey is trying to play. A man so upright that he combs his hair every hour. But Strzok couldn’t help that smirk. Every time he clashed with the impotent House Republicans barraging him with questions that he dodged or refused to answer, the smirk crept over his face and into his voice.

And what was meant to be one character became another character. Public testimony of this kind is a performance. But Strzok couldn’t help letting his inner self, the one we got to know from his texts, slip through. Both slimy and self-righteous, he came out of the closet in moments like this exchange with Louie Gohmert that quickly went viral.

All Strzok needed to do was stick to his 2 lines of defense:

1. You can’t prove that my bias affected my work

2. As an FBI agent, I’m far too noble to do wrong 

But as Gohmert goes after him, the smirk comes out. Because it is personal for him.

Strzok hates Republicans. He hates Trump. And while his career might be a shambles, he’s getting personal satisfaction out of sitting there and thwarting them. It’s a grave error. Gowdy, a former prosecutor, and Gohmert, a former judge, understood that weakness and played on it. Just like TV show detectives play on the poor self-control of their suspect.

Strzok, who had done this a thousand times from the other end, lacked the self-control to keep that smirk in check. To play the role written for him. Instead he had to show his contempt which undermined his character defense leaving him with just the tired con’s refrain, “You can’t prove I did it.”

Instead of doing what he needed to do, Strzok grew overly defensive, refused to concede any point, took any opportunity to speechify, interjected, argued and smirked. The boy couldn’t help himself. And didn’t. He had waited too long to be able to do this. And so he did it.

He went in thinking that he would play his interlocutors. Instead they played on his weaknesses.”

image is screen shot from video of Strzok at hearings July 12, 2018
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Added: So that Mr. Strzok could sit in a chair and smirk at Americans, my father was a US Air Force pilot in the Pacific during WWII. Here’s Dad on Tinian Island in 1945:




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Above, 1940s, Dad practicing with his Stearman biplane



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