"Rachman argues that there is significant continuity between how Obama and Trump viewed foreign policy, and that view clashes with the Blob: “Both Mr Obama and Mr Trump have sought to disengage the US from the Middle East — a policy that has caused much tut-tutting in the Washington establishment, the group derisively labeled ‘the blob’ in the Obama White House. “
“These habits are perpetuated by a foreign policy establishment known as the ‘Blob.’” Porter listed key Trump foreign policy advisers — Jim Mattis, Mike Pompeo, Rex Tillerson, H.R. McMaster and Daniel Coats — as examples of the Blob constraining Trump.”
.This leaves me in head-scratching mode. Is “the Washington establishment” the same thing as the “foreign policy establishment”?
The term, the Establishment, has been around for a while.
“There are always two parties, the party of the Past and the party of the Future: the Establishment and the Movement. At times the resistance is reanimated, the schism runs under the world and appears in Literature, Philosophy, Church, State and social customs.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson, c. 1850
“By the Establishment, I do not only mean the centres of official power—though they are certainly part of it—but rather the whole matrix of official and social relations within which power is exercised. The exercise of power in the United Kingdom (more specifically, in England) cannot be understood unless it is recognized that it is exercised socially.”
Henry Fairlie in The Spectator, September, 1955
The Blob, for me at least, was a horror movie of the late 1950s.