Thursday, 27 March 2014 11:11
By William Greider, The Nation | Op-Ed
I am addicted to House of Cards, the British and American versions,
but I suggest that both TV series have been looking at the wrong game.
On television, the story line is about a wicked political schemer,
accompanied by his wicked wife, who climbs to the ultimate perch of
power—prime minister or president—through fiendishly malevolent
manipulations, including homicide. In the real world of Washington,
however, politicians look more like impotent innocents compared to their
true masters. It is the spooks and the spies who shuffle the deck and
deal the cards. They hide their cut-throat intrigues behind bland
initials—the CIA and the NSA.
In recent weeks, a lurid real-life melodrama has been playing out in
the nation's capital that has the flavor of old-fashioned conspiracy
theories. The two clandestine agencies are the true puppet masters.