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Why Jeff Bezos might run for admiral to spite Elon Musk and Donald Trump

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is suing Donald Trump over the Pentagon’s accommodation to award a advantageous aggressive bogus intelligence and cloud casework arrangement to Microsoft instead of his company. Normally these kinds of lawsuits are yawn-inducing, but this case has some absorbing caveats.

And, if you’ll let me set the stage first, I’ll explain why I’m assertive the court case will lead to a acknowledged presidential attack for Jeff Bezos in 2024.

ICYMI: Amazon prepares to strike back after Microsoft wins $10B JEDI contract

The Pentagon started arcade for a accomplice to build a cloud casework suite meant to work as an AI and weapons belvedere for drone deployment and other battlefield technologies a few years back and, naturally, Amazon was the actual front-runner. Amazon Web Casework is a core technology that’s, arguably, far and away ahead of the competition. Nearly every tech expert on record ample the arrangement was custom-built for Amazon.

In fact, Oracle sued the government for stacking the deck adjoin anybody else as a acknowledgment to both the acrimonious abilities and the fact that it’s pretty stupid to use a single-provider cloud account for aggressive infrastructure. Most companies that wanted the arrangement simply couldn’t authorize for it, so anybody affected Amazon would win.

But Amazon win. And former Secretary James Mattis claims that this was because Admiral Trump ordered him to “screw Amazon” out of the JEDI contract.

Now, as appear by CNBC on Monday, Amazon‘s attorneys aren’t just suing the White House over what they accede an abnormal snub, they are ambitious that Donald Trump and former Defense Secretary James Mattis be deposed in court. The big idea here is that Trump‘s claimed vendetta adjoin Jeff Bezos and Amazon is accordant and the Commander in Chief should be held accountable.

The declared claimed vendetta allegedly has a lot to do with The Washington Post’s abrogating advantage of Admiral Trump – and, of course, Jeff Bezos owns the Post.

Bezos may not need a big government payout – his aggregation is among a scattering of businesses valued at over a abundance dollars and he’s one of the richest people in the world – but he badly wants one. He’s reportedly anxious of Elon Musk‘s adeptness to talk the Trump administering and local governments around the US into big-ticket, huge budget deals and yearns to land one of his own.

The company’s HQ2 activity was declared to accommodate that for Bezos and Amazon after boot up action with a absoluteness TV-style challenge to see which city would host the new headquarters. Eventually New York and Virginia were to split the campus, but Amazon‘s abortion to court local politicians ultimately doomed the deal and Bezos, once again, failed to net the Muskian payout he allegedly craves.

Read: Amazon’s agreement action for HQ2 was called ‘Fuck you. We’re Amazon’

And that brings us to this acutely silly accusation that’s attempting to get the admiral to sit down for a deposition.

Were this pipe-dream of a legal agreement to occur, it would mean that Admiral Trump would have to appear in person to answer questions about his declared feud with Jeff Bezos.

Without spending too much time on legalese and jargon, the odds of a sitting admiral accepting deposed in court in this kind of case are so close to zero as to make it absurd to brainstorm any further. It’s not going to happen.

Trump‘s being accused of agilely influencing a $10 billion Defense arrangement to amuse a claimed vendetta. Arguably, that would be high treason. At a minimum, it’s article a autonomous country would accede illegal.

Amazon‘s acumen for the suit and the degradation appeal is, according to court documents, to assure the country from the kind of misuse and abuse of ascendancy the admiral allegedly acclimatized in his blank of the Activity JEDI arrangement process.

A aggregation agent told CNBC:

President Trump has again approved his alertness to use his position as Admiral and Commander in Chief to baffle with government functions – including federal procurements – to beforehand his claimed agenda. The canning of public aplomb in the nation’s accretion action requires analysis and supplementation of the authoritative record, decidedly in light of Admiral Trump’s order to ‘screw Amazon.’

The brass tacks that all this comes down to, however, is it’s either a flex by Amazon and Jeff Bezos just wants to tie up aborigine dollars and waste Admiral Trump‘s time (rather, his legal team’s), or it’s a political move paving a path for a 2024 Bezos presidential run.

Okay that’s wild speculation, but it’s not absolutely unfeasible. Trump‘s the best friend that the one-percent has ever had. Simply put: if Bezos can’t get a giant payout to throw in Musk‘s face during Trump‘s second act, he may as well give it up. None of the Democrats active in 2020 are likely to be kind to big tech if they’re elected. And there absolutely aren’t any Republicans in sight who’d be chomping at the bit to get in bed with Amazon after the company’s tried to “depose the King.”

As The Wire’s fabulous Omar Little once quipped, “You come at the King, you best not miss.” And if Amazon thinks that blame with Trump in court is going to get it any atom of amends or payback, then the company’s genius is acutely over-rated. In this case, I think Bezos is smarter than that. He’s active up the hornet’s nest on purpose to prep the media and the public for his political coming out.

Instead of active adjoin Trump in the 2020 race, he’ll run adjoin Trump‘s in 2024. Just like Trump‘s connected to vilify Hillary Clinton at every rally he’s held since being adopted the first time, Bezos could “Trump” his political rivals both Democrat and Republican by making his attack all about Trump. It’s a action that’s worked acutely well for The Donald.

Well, that and digitally gerrymandering the acclamation using Facebook, Twitter, and Cambridge Analytica. However, Jeff Bezos isn’t absolutely Hillary Clinton – his tech savvy and assets might make a bigger aberration than other autonomous candidates – bold of course Bezos runs as a Dem. I’m cerebration he might try to pull a Ross Perot and disclose the idea of a strong third-party candidate.

If Bezos’ spends the next four years boot up his feud with Trump during speaking engagements and media appearances, we’ll get the befalling to see if the ‘smartest person in the room’ can win adjoin the better bully. It could set the stage for a “Bezos versus the field” acclamation atmosphere in 2024.

And, in a world where hearts and minds are won online, it’ll be absorbing to see how the CEO of one of the world’s better AI companies does in that arena adjoin the Tweeter in Chief.

I’d say it’s about 50-50 whether Bezos runs. Trump‘s made the Emoluments Clause obsolete, so Bezos wouldn’t have to lose money or divest, he’d just stop being CEO of his companies for his term. And, let’s not forget that alongside the Post and Amazon, Bezos owns a spaceship aggregation called Blue Origin that’s played second fiddle to Elon Musk‘s SpaceX when it comes to government contracts. There’s plenty of allurement for the Amazon chief to take his shot in 2024.

Then again, Bezos has also gone on the record saying he was too happy with his life and active his companies to accede the presidency. So maybe it’s a book too abandoned even for US politics. Let’s hope so.

What’s left of US capitalism may not bear the threat we’d face with the head of the aggregation that owns Ring and provides law administering with facial acceptance software accepting himself adopted just to stick it to his enemies.


Published February 12, 2020 — 21:18 UTC

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