The Mediterranean term "Deep State" refers to shadowy string pullers within a ruling establishment. The Peak State theory suggestsÂ that the man most likely to be pulling more of the strings than anybody else is the official top guy. For example, in 1983 Ferndinand Marcos's exiled rival Benigno Aquino announced he was returning to the Philippines to challenge Marcos for the Presidency. He was gunned down on the airport tarmac. That led to a lot of complicated theorizing about which rogue elements and shadowy forces gave the orders, since it obviously couldn't have been Marcos, because that was too obvious. He was the obvious suspect, so he obviously wouldn't have done it. Nah, it was Marcos. Similarly, when an enemy of Vladimir Putin died in London a few years ago from polonium poisoning, there was much creativity expended on who dunnit, since, clearly, Putin, the man with more means and motive to do it than anybody else, wouldn't do something so obvious as murder an enemy in an extremely conspicuous manner because that would make him look guilty. Well, maybe. I dunno. Or when Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan in 2007 to challenge General Pervez Musharaff's grip on the Presidency and wound up very dead, the U.S. blamed Al-Qaeda.
Maybe. But now we know that the boss of Al-Qaeda was living near the Pakistan Military Academy. That raises questions. The simplest answer to those questions seems like: Osama bin Laden was alive in Pakistan and Benazir Bhutto was dead in Pakistan because that's the way Pakistan President Pervez Musharaff wanted it. Now, Peak State may well be too logical and tidy an explanation for a place like Pakistan. But, maybe not.