I haven’t been blogging much lately basically because the most of the more established blogs have covered the issues quite well. However, as the guy who drifts towards the underdog, I find myself having to stand up here for….Trump. Why? Because Trump now realizes, as I did years ago, that the “leviathan” will not be killed easily and in fact will commit homicide, both by personal attacks and maybe in a physical sense, in order to survive. (And they trash Putin for his will to survive…come on guys..)
The issue people need to grasp here is if there is one breath left on this earth and the government bureaucracy has a choice whether it be them or you- it will ALWAYS be them!
Trump is now learning, painfully, that very lesson. The only way he survives is if the people strike back for him, like a high heater brushing back the overly aggressive batter. The batter in this case is the neo-con, establishment, entrenched system that people like McCain and Graham and Ryan and Schumer support. It is manned by the likes of Clapper, Brennan (and those he left behind), Obama and his crew (many also left behind intentionally to defeat Trump’s agenda. A crime? (When does a conspiracy to commit come into play?)
Powerlineblog has a good set of posts, you should read them. They link over to a good number of articles, not all critical of Trump, but certainly honest in the current situation. Trump is a billionaire who managed through intimidation and business savvy to gain money and fame. He has NO IDEA what a thirty dollar an hour bureaucrat can do to him, especially if that bureaucrat has access to the most powerful surveillance apparatus known to man.
Trump also didn’t get that judges, especially ninth circuit types, do not follow any law. They stipulate “facts” in order to obtain their desired outcome. I can only imagine Trump’s people going “WTF?” when reading the opinions reached by the ninth. In fact, there is a rumor that there are other judges ON THE NINTH that are saying the same thing.
Plus, and make no mistake here, the Leviathan, manned by the likes of corrupt Schumer, are intent on slapping the arrogance right out of Trump, then unseat him promptly to put in a more manageable Mike Pence. And they will use the concentrated efforts of Soros funded organizations, Hollywood, the government and the media. It’s Trump vs the world, and that’s why I find myself on the side of the Trumpster. No fan mind you, (I was a Cruz guy because, well, he’s smarter than Trump for one), but Trump won fair and square and did so by sure will and savvy, so he’s my President and anyone fucking with him, inside the country or out, is the bad guy.
The abrupt resignation Monday evening of White House national security adviser Michael Flynn is the culmination of a secret, months-long campaign by former Obama administration confidantes to handicap President Donald Trump’s national security apparatus and preserve the nuclear deal with Iran, according to multiple sources in and out of the White House who described to the Washington Free Beacon a behind-the-scenes effort by these officials to plant a series of damaging stories about Flynn in the national media.
The effort, said to include former Obama administration adviser Ben Rhodes—the architect of a separate White House effort to create what he described as a pro-Iran echo chamber—included a small task force of Obama loyalists who deluged media outlets with stories aimed at eroding Flynn’s credibility, multiple sources revealed.
The operation primarily focused on discrediting Flynn, an opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, in order to handicap the Trump administration’s efforts to disclose secret details of the nuclear deal with Iran that had been long hidden by the Obama administration.
Insiders familiar with the anti-Flynn campaign told the Free Beacon that these Obama loyalists plotted in the months before Trump’s inauguration to establish a set of roadblocks before Trump’s national security team, which includes several prominent opponents of diplomacy with Iran. The Free Beacon first reported on this effort in January.
Sources who spoke to the Free Beacon requested anonymity in order to speak freely about the situation and avoid interfering with the White House’s official narrative about Flynn, which centers on his failure to adequately inform the president about a series of phone calls with Russian officials.
Flynn took credit for his missteps regarding these phone calls in a brief statement released late Monday evening. Trump administration officials subsequently stated that Flynn’s efforts to mislead the president and vice president about his contacts with Russia could not be tolerated.
However, multiple sources closely involved in the situation pointed to a larger, more secretive campaign aimed at discrediting Flynn and undermining the Trump White House.
“It’s undeniable that the campaign to discredit Flynn was well underway before Inauguration Day, with a very troublesome and politicized series of leaks designed to undermine him,” said one veteran national security adviser with close ties to the White House team. “This pattern reminds me of the lead up to the Iran deal, and probably features the same cast of characters.”
The Free Beacon first reported in January that, until its final days in office, the Obama administration hosted several pro-Iran voices who were critical in helping to mislead the American public about the terms of the nuclear agreement. This included a former Iranian government official and the head of the National Iranian American Council, or NIAC, which has been accused of serving as Iran’s mouthpiece in Washington, D.C.
Since then, top members of the Obama administration’s national security team have launched a communications infrastructure after they left the White House, and have told reporters they are using that infrastructure to undermine Trump’s foreign policy.
“It’s actually Ben Rhodes, NIAC, and the Iranian mullahs who are celebrating today,” said one veteran foreign policy insider who is close to Flynn and the White House. “They know that the number one target is Iran … [and] they all knew their little sacred agreement with Iran was going to go off the books. So they got rid of Flynn before any of the [secret] agreements even surfaced.”
Flynn had been preparing to publicize many of the details about the nuclear deal that had been intentionally hidden by the Obama administration as part of its effort to garner support for the deal, these sources said.
I liked Mike Flynn mainly because Obama hated him. Anyone Obama hated is a friend of mine. Why? Flynn reminded of my old partner, who was just smarter than anyone else in the room. He saw things in levels and depth and was excellent in anticipating outcomes. He would often remark “You can do that if you want, but I wouldn’t” leading to our bosses to stop dead in their tracks, knowing full well they were about to step on their collective di*^s and screw up. Flynn looked at the Iranian deal and the CIA/State arming jihadis and said “You can do that, but..” and the Obama administration fired him. And much like my bosses when they ignored his warnings, they are realizing they screwed up with ISIS absorbing our weapons and “fighters” and Iran firing ballistic missiles seemingly every day.
If I were Flynn I would go to Congress, with every file I had on those in power, and sit down and do a “James Comey” for eight hours, outlining the Iranian deal, outlining the error the CIA made by backing ISIS fighters and at the end of the day move the Trump agenda ahead a year by bitch slapping the CIA/DIA/NSA/McCain- neocon cabal until they cried for mercy.
First, I’m calling it an “ouster” because it appears to be the result of a campaign against him. Indeed, Eli Lake calls it a “political assassination.”
Lake quotes Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House intelligence committee, as follows: “”First it’s Flynn, next it will be Kellyanne Conway, then it will be Steve Bannon, then it will be Reince Priebus.” “Put another way,” Lake adds (melodramatically?), “Flynn is only the appetizer; Trump is the entree.”
This doesn’t mean Flynn didn’t deserve to go. If there was substantial reason to believe that he intentionally misled the administration about his conversation with the Russian ambassador, this was sufficient reason to oust him.
Second, when Flynn was appointed national security adviser, I wrote:
Is Flynn an ideal national security adviser? Not in my view. However, he’s the voice Trump wants most to hear on national security issues. I believe that most of what Trump hears from Flynn will be sound.
I stand by both prongs of that assessment. The questions now are whose voice will replace Flynn’s and will the advice President Trump receives be mostly sound.
As Scott says, the frontrunner for the job is believed to be Vice Admiral Robert Harward, a protege of Secretary of Defense James Mattis. I know nothing about Harward, but having a Mattis protege in the position sounds like a good thing. So does having Mike Pence heavily involved in the selection process.
Ret. Gen. David Petraeus is also said to be in the running. The nation is greatly indebted to Petraeus for the Iraq surge and for his military service generally. But after his service to the Obama administration, it’s unclear to me that he would provide mostly sound advice to President Trump. It may be that he would serve up mostly the conventional wisdom of the Obama-era CIA, which Petraeus headed for a time.
Third, in his article on the “political assassination” of Flynn, Eli Lake observes: “It’s very rare that reporters are ever told about government-monitored communications of U.S. citizens.” Trump himself has tweeted:
The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?
The Post says the recording of Flynn’s conversation with the Russian ambassador was obtained by monitoring the ambassador, not Flynn. According to its reporters:
Intelligence analysts began to search for clues that could help explain Putin’s move [his announcement on December 30 of last year not to respond to the Obama administration’s sanctions]. The search turned up Kislyak’s communications, which the FBI routinely monitors, and the phone call in question with Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general with years of intelligence experience.
Whether the contents of the phone call were obtained by monitoring the ambassador or by monitoring Flynn, I think Trump is right. The leaking of those contents is a big part of the story, and a disturbing one.
The media-intelligence community pipeline is a swamp that needs to be drained. But can it be?
That is a good question. It is big and powerful. The Left made fun of and complained about J Edgar Hoover for having files on everyone in Washington which protected Hoover from dismissal. Yet, here we have even a bigger threat to privacy, the threat of a machine scattered across the nation and numbering into the thousands, instead of one man. In Hoover’s defense he was set on protecting America along with himself. These guys inside the leviathan are only interested in protecting themselves. Think about it. If the new CIA director asks for the real Benghazi file, does a phone conversation he had a year ago with someone, that might be embarrassing to him, show up with a note saying “You don’t want everyone to see this do you?”
Thomas Lifson over at the American Thinker blog is pulling no punches. It was a coup by insiders.
Make no mistake: we have just witnessed an operation by members of the CIA to take out a high official of our own government. An agency widely believed to have brought down democratically elected governments overseas is now practicing the same dark arts in domestic American politics. Almost certainly, its new head, Mike Pompeo, was not consulted.
Senator Chuck Schumer, of all people, laid out on January 2 what was going to happen to the Trump administration if it dared take on the deep state – the permanent bureaucracy that has contempt for the will of the voters and feels entitled to run the government for its own benefit:
New Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump is “being really dumb” by taking on the intelligence community and its assessments on Russia’s cyber activities.
“Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” Schumer told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
“So even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he’s being really dumb to do this.”
Or, as the old rueful saying has it, “you’ve got to go along to get along.” This means that we the people had better acknowledge that the bureaucrats have turned into our masters, and the old expression “public servant” is as ironic as anything Orwell came up with. Schumer knows this and likes it, because the deep state wants a bigger, more powerful government, just as he does.
Note that the law was broken by whoever leaked the transcripts to the media. Not only is the crime underlying the “scandal” being ignored, but the criminals are being hailed. On Morning Joe‘s first hour today, the host, a former congressman (i.e., a lawmaker) himself, called the leakers “heroes.”
This interference in domestic politics by the CIA should be regarded as a major threat to our democracy, but of course our Trump-hating domestic media are reveling in a major point scored against the new president.
Let me remind you of some history as it pertains to this. During the transition from GWB to Obama, the not yet in power Obama administration sent contacts to Iran to tell them NOT TO deal with the GWB administration but to wait until they got into power, because things were changing. That is EXACTLY what Flynn is accused of doing, yet nobody makes the comparison? Frankly, I think Flynn was doing just that for Trump, letting the Russians know not to overreact to the outgoing idiot of a President.
Not that Trump is a Russian plant, instead Trump truly believes that the greatest threat to our nation right now is the McCain/Graham/neo-con cabal that makes money and keeps power by finding new enemies to fight. When I say “fight” I mean they stay home and go on Sunday shows, and our kids get injured and/0r end up dying in the sand or mud in some shithole on the other side of the world.
Ask yourself what is our intel community attempting to hide? What did it do? What is it doing? Why are they afraid of letting us see? Sure, some things do need to be hidden from the American people, we are horrible at keeping secrets, but if they are doing bad things, we need to know. Of course, they will argue, bad things is a matter of perspective.
Who is behind this effort? The better question is who isn’t. Over at the New York Post, Paul Sperry points out Obama has his hand in this. We were told before he left, he intentionally inserted his people into career positions (so they can’t be rooted out) in order to disrupt Trump’s attempt to undo any of Obama’s screwed up and dangerous legacy. That is some seriously aggressive actions done by a man who seems to have no concept of boundaries.
When former President Barack Obama said he was “heartened” by anti-Trump protests, he was sending a message of approval to his troops. Troops? Yes, Obama has an army of agitators — numbering more than 30,000 — who will fight his Republican successor at every turn of his historic presidency. And Obama will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House.
In what’s shaping up to be a highly unusual post-presidency, Obama isn’t just staying behind in Washington. He’s working behind the scenes to set up what will effectively be a shadow government to not only protect his threatened legacy, but to sabotage the incoming administration and its popular “America First” agenda.
He’s doing it through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action. Normally you’d expect an organization set up to support a politician and his agenda to close up shop after that candidate leaves office, but not Obama’s OFA. Rather, it’s gearing up for battle, with a growing war chest and more than 250 offices across the country.
Since Donald Trump’s election, this little-known but well-funded protesting arm has beefed up staff and ramped up recruitment of young liberal activists, declaring on its website, “We’re not backing down.” Determined to salvage Obama’s legacy, it’s drawing battle lines on immigration, ObamaCare, race relations and climate change.
Obama is intimately involved in OFA operations and even tweets from the group’s account. In fact, he gave marching orders to OFA foot soldiers following Trump’s upset victory.
“It is fine for everybody to feel stressed, sad, discouraged,” he said in a conference call from the White House. “But get over it.” He demanded they “move forward to protect what we’ve accomplished.”
Uh…listen….just because you think you are the second coming, doesn’t mean the rest of us do- or HRC would be President… .
Now I ask, as a retired detective, this obvious question. When does it cross over from protests and politics into conspiracy and crime? You remember, many on the Left wanted DOJ to look at the Tea Party as a RICO crime. The difference here is the Left is breaking things and committing assaults to intimidate others. THAT is a crime. Wearing a three pointed hat and marching- then cleaning up your mess afterwards- is not. See the difference lefties?
And speaking of crimes. This is an interesting take. Flynn is a private citizen with a long military career and top secret clearance. He calls or receives a call from the Russians, and while talking to them, they bring up the sanctions (according to one report). To that he says wait until Trump gets in and everything is under review. What is the crime?
Remember, the sanctions were put in place by Obama on the way out as a way to cement the meme “The Russians stole the election” to explain why HRC lost. It was not a serious effort, just politics.
However during this conversation(s), Flynn is being recorded by top secret intercepts. As Intel Chairman Nunes points out there had better be a paper trail- including a warrant signed by a judge as per the federal law- allowing for that conversation to be kept and transcribed. THEN the person who leaked it MUST BE arrested and prosecuted. You want to play, there’s a fee for playing. It is that simple. I hate “whistleblowers” on the Left who are truly never at risk for prosecution, while the guys in the real world get hammered for coming forward if the complaint is against a liberal progressive. No more.
House Select Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes called foul on the leaks of classified information relating to conversations between former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and a Russian ambassador.
“Any intelligence agency cannot listen to Americans’ phone calls,” Nunes told reporters Tuesday night. “If there’s inadvertent collection that you know is overseas there’s a whole process in place for that.”
He explained, “It’s pretty clear that’s not the case, so then they could have been listening to someone else and inadvertently picked up an American. If that happens, there’s a whole process in place to where they have to immediately get rid of the information unless it’s like high level national security issue and then someone would have to unmask the name — someone at the highest levels.”
“So in this case it would be General Flynn and then how did that happen. Then if they did that, then how does all that get out to the public which is another leak of classified information,” Nunes added. “I’m pretty sure the FBI didn’t have a warrant on Michael Flynn.”
The California Republican said he expects the FBI to tell him exactly what is going on.
One would hope, but at this point it is obvious the leviathan is simply going to do what it wants, screw the law and the good guys.
Like I said, Flynn should go up to Congress, with THEIR files, and spill the beans, demand the FBI show him the warrant and explain he was just doing what Valerie Jarrett did in 2008/9 before Obama came into office. Remember, this guy is the one who made Obama and the PC crew look stupid by demanding they call radical Islam..well, radical Islam.
To abandon him is a loss. Maybe Trump makes him a private contact and lets him hammer the PC crowd like a rusty nail!