The Intrepid Reporter offers a speculative blog post that I think gets very near the knuckle about what's happening in Washington D.C. right now. He can't offer proof, of course, but what I'm hearing from my sources (which are not the same as his, not at all) suggests he's more accurate than not on many of the details.
Click over there and read for yourself. It's important.
If he's right, the question then becomes, "What next?" Whichever of the three players he identifies comes out on top will be as illegitimate as any of the rest. They're fighting among themselves to seize control - control of us. Will we let them?
My answer to that (and I hope yours, too) is "Hell, no!" If they succeed, the USA will be Afghanistan redux, with the Taliban's place taken by the progressive left and its minions. The only good thing about that is, it'll provide a target rich environment.
BTW, note that conflict between cliques in the corridors of power is far from confined to geopolitical affairs. Charles Hugh Smith points out that it's as much economic as political - but, of course, in our society those two factors are almost indistinguishable, because our politics is dependent on shaping our economic reality. That isn't working very well any more . . . just like our geopolitics.