Conspiracy theories are so simple.... it would be so much easier. I think I could feel more hopeful as a conspiracy theorist. Because then its just a few bad apples. Sure, a few bad apples do spoil the whole bunch..... but you can toss out a whole bunch, you can scrap a whole years apple harvest.... if you just buck up, check those apples, and don't keep the bad ones.
But, I don't see that. Conspiracies are hard. They do tend to unravel. They only work when of very short duration and scope, when the people involved all have aligned interests. Its unstable. I wont say its rare or never works.... but.... its not one of the driving forces in the world. No.
However, what if you don't need conspiracy or even bad apples to get bad results? This is what I see. I don't think it matters who the president is. Any man will just be a man, with only 24 hours in a day, and thousands of interested parties trying to feed him information to influence his decisions.
I honestly believe that if you put the Dalai Lama in the commander in chief seat, you would have drone strikes on weddings within a year. The problem isn't conspiracy, it is fundamental design flaws.