The Deep State Obsession

Recently a lot of people, politicians and journalists, keep using the phrase “Deep State ” to refer to the former regime’s hegemony on the institutions of the State for the past 30 years. In my opinion, talking about dismantling the “Deep State ” is just like talking about overcoming “cancer” – when scientists achieve a medical breakthrough, politicians surely will reach a political one. This is one of the elastic, vague and complicated terms in politics forged and shaped according to the whim and attitude of the user. The phrase might have been borrowed from fiction. In fiction, it refers to the birthplace of the boogieman -an imaginary monster that children believe hides under the bed or in the closet to scare people. However, what is interesting about the boogieman is that it exists in all the world cultures with different names. In Sudan we refer to the boogieman by the name Wad umbuloo. Thus, in this sense, parents conspire against their kids by inventing unreal monster to limit their movement at certain times. Therefore, the term “Deep State” in politics is defined as a family of conspiracy theories based on the notion that real and actual political power resides not with publicly elected representatives but with private individuals who are exercising power behind the scenes. In Wiktionary (an online dictionary) , it is defined as a large group of people, typically members of government agencies and the military, believed to have long-lasting political influence that is difficult for an administration voted into power to counter. Wikipedia summarizes the definition, examples, forms, and intent of the “Deep State” as follows :- A “Deep State”, also known as a “State within state”, is a form of clandestine government made up of hidden or covert networks of power operating independently of a state’s political leadership, in pursuit of their own agenda and goals. Examples include organs of state, such as the armed forces or public authorities ( intelligence agencies, police, secret police, administrative agencies, and government bureaucracy) .A deep state can also take the form of entrenched, career civil servants acting in a non-conspiratorial manner, to further their own interests. The intent of a deep state can include continuity of the state itself, job security for its members, enhanced power and authority, and the pursuit of ideological objectives. It can operate in opposition to the agenda of elected officials, by obstructing, resisting, and subverting their policies, conditions and directives. It can also take the form of government-owned corporations or private companies that act independently of regulatory or government control.
The term “Deep State” was coined for the first time, in history, in Turkey in the 90s of the last century. Turks use it to refer to military officials and bureaucrats entrenched within the state apparatus who resist any movement, ideology, party or government threatening the principles of the Turkish state Secularism established by Kemal Mustafa Atatork in 1923.They also use it to refer to the secret organizations affiliated with NATO, which changed into organized crime groups engaged in the pursuit of private gain. And hence, “parallel state”, “deep state”,and “parallel structure” are terms all too familiar to the Turkish public. In fact, the notion of the “deep state” spread like a bushfire with many synonyms such as :- cryptocracy, secret government, invisible government, shadow government, government within government, hidden government, permanent government etc.
In 2016 the term migrated to USA and was used very much by president Trump and his supporters.They thought and still thinking that president Obama and Hillary Clinton in league with the CIA, FBI, and NSA conspired to bring down Trump by inventing a fictional event called Russiagate.Although President Donald Trump says he doesn’t like to use the term “deep state” as well as he doesn’t like people who use it, his tweets have debunked his claims. In Trump’s view, the term sounds conspiratorial and he isn’t a conspiratorial person.Then why is Trump’s position of the “deep state” vague and contradictory? Simply because he doesn’t want to wage a war that 100% he will not win. Therefore, our politicians should learn from trump how to handle the issue of the “deep state” ,in Sudan ,which is deeper than that of the USA.

Abdul Ghani Yusuf Abu Waad

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