Anyone who studies, defines, works on or applies any type of strategy knows that in all of them there must always appear, clearly marked and defined, a series of objectives, efforts, the decisive point also known as the centre of gravity because its dominance tips the balance in its favour, collapses the adversary's forecasts and gives rise to the launching of efforts from this point towards what is known as the final objective with which, once taken, in all probability, the desired final situation can be achieved; this objective, which undoubtedly marks what is intended to be achieved.
This objective is generally reached by occupying and securing other intermediate objectives of lesser importance. It is of such importance that, even if it is clear to the strategist from the outset, it may appear to others to be too simple or, conversely, too complex or hidden. It is often initially not well defined as part of a stratagem or because, given its interest, the aim is to conceal it from the adversary by means of trickery, outright lies or by disguising other, secondary or less important objectives as if they were the one being pursued, and thus distract and disperse the adversary's efforts to maintain his initial status quo or position of advantage.
Experience has often shown that good and, more often than not, fearless strategists achieve such objectives by dalliance and trickery; clearly and publicly denying their true intentions in order to distract or mislead the opponent and, at the same time, defuse internal tensions among members of their own forces who see the manoeuvre as too risky or unachievable because it is too costly in effort or out of place or out of any kind of logic.
Looking back not so many years ago, we saw a candidate Sánchez who repeatedly denied that he would never agree with Bildu, a person who claimed he could not sleep at night if he allied with the leader of Podemos to form a government, who promised to bring fugitive coup leaders back to Spain and a stiffening of sentences for sedition to prevent any kind of coup in Spain.
These things, frankly important and very transcendental as good bait, were necessary to hide his true intentions; he knew that he could not stand for re-election flying any other kind of flag, none of them no matter how much he tried to justify them a priori; it would be his undoing because the mere suspicion of this, previously, cost him to be expelled from his political party, when the PSOE still had a minimum of dignity and a few heads there, who thought only of Spain.
While he was lying to friends and strangers alike, he was already plotting his low and despicable machinations with all those little people so that, together, in the not too distant future, when he had calmed his troops, fully deceived the opposition and his field generals had fallen into his trap, he could carry out his assault on the final objective, which was none other than to achieve the tremendous weakening or even destruction of the State.
He knew and was well aware of the perversity of the thoughts, ideas and intentions of each of these "partners". He harboured not a single doubt as to what they would be capable of and that their great demands would be presented to him little by little, as he needed their fetid and rotten support to continue "governing" a ship that he wanted to drift in a raging sea or run aground on a rocky massif from which it could never be rescued.
All that was needed was to devise a way of lulling Spanish society to sleep, a society that is increasingly distant from its feelings, from its own way of being and understanding what Spain has been, is and should continue to be, by hoisting a fledgling democracy based on a decent Constitution that must be defended at all costs and saved from all kinds of adverse attacks that seek to weaken it, tarnish it and take it to the irrelevance of a banana country, without principles, with basic freedoms cut back and where not even freedom of opinion and freedom of the press are recognised and defended energetically and decisively as fundamental values or principles of our coexistence.
It was necessary to cloud the minds of a people eager for 'simple and clean solutions', for which nothing better than to infuriate them with the accurate and not entirely true deception of the corruption carried out recently by despotic politicians who had enriched themselves at the expense of the trust placed in them by the scalded Spaniards when they were fed up with seeing so much corruption, ravings and misrule in previous stages.
The best way to do this was to present himself as the champion of cleanliness or political purity, and the one who would carry out all kinds of measures to attack and banish the dirty for good. To do this, it was necessary to have a free hand and at the same time to offer full guarantees that all the black and despicable things that were already beginning to loom on the horizon were pure lies, lucubrations and would never happen.
The initial steps should be cautious and almost secret so as not to alert anyone; while the rotten alliances were steadily advancing, the opposition had to be enraged and degraded in order to present it as the denialist example that would never facilitate the work of cleansing that Spain needed and therefore, because of the numerical weakness in seats of the government party, had no choice but to take the 'obligatory' path of a kind of pact that began with an ignominious embrace and which, by now, we all know how far it has come, although I fear that this is not the end of this sad story, but rather that we are in an intermediate step, as we will soon know that there will be more.
The thirst for aberrant and bizarre requests - by way of intermediate objectives - by the parties that are clearly declared enemies of Spain, in order for Sánchez to remain in his discredited seat, is inexhaustible. The scandals that his concessions provoke are quickly placated by other, even bigger scandals. It is very difficult to maintain a script of protest and denunciation because there are so many imbroglios and they appear so quickly that neither the citizen nor the politician who sits on the opposite bench is capable of assimilating, studying and breaking them down properly.
The speed at which legislation is being passed in an express and "unusual under normal conditions" is such that the errors that are being made are already beginning to be big, notorious and very difficult or impossible to fix. But the apparent weakness of the opponents, the separation of ideals and interests among them and the clear eagerness of all to survive alone, without being labelled as lackeys or lackeys of the main opposition party, means that the efforts to denounce them to public opinion are futile or banal and do not reach all those Spaniards of good stock to whom they should reach. Spaniards are confused and clueless; there is no other way to explain the situation we live in.
Among the many other important intermediate objectives achieved are: the domination of the main state or non-state media; the favouritism of the press with gifts or subsidies based on propaganda contracts and other types of support or subsidies; provoking division among the opposition parties; the attack and takeover of the steps or main actors of the Judiciary (Attorney General's Office, State Attorney's Office, Council of State, a long series of national or regional courts, and the ostracism to which the Council of General Power and the Constitutional Court itself have been subjected for years); expelling the Guardia Civil from Navarre without batting an eyelid and, lastly, filling the Spanish people - without skimping on anything - with all kinds of small-time gifts, which are of little use, but which convince and delight them as if they were children being given sweets at the school gates.
With all this in full force and effervescence, success is more than assured, especially if the opposition has been playing like 'children' both among themselves and internally with misplaced protagonism and without a clear line of action.
We are, as I said before, facing an unsustainable situation, but paper, intentional propaganda and well-explained or justified lies with fallacious arguments can withstand anything. Anything is presented as a fait accompli and, what is more, it is totally necessary for the general good of Spain, while the opposition goes its own way, without going in for the kill in an effective way on those points or decisions that are fundamental for the security of the State.
Given the scant reaction of the common people and the political parties - who should really think about Spain - to so much recent or forthcoming legislative nonsense such as the Law of Yes is Yes, the abolition of the crime of Sedition or the fact that Embezzlement is an à la carte thing depending on who puts it into practice, and all of this with a clear reason to keep the president's backside in his armchair.
Faced with this overwhelming and growing situation of shamelessness, I risk saying that the next steps to be taken will be the disappearance of the crime of Rebellion and that in one way or another, the content and application of Article 155 of our Constitution, the last bastions on which the defence of the State is still based, will be suppressed or modified.
When this happens, if it happens and we do not remedy it BEFORE with our united and powerful vote, the stated final objective, so sought after by Sánchez and all his henchmen, advisors and collaborators, will have been achieved.