Reflecting on the Bloomberg story in February titled “The Assassination of Michael Flynn” by Eli Lake, in days since the plea bargain agreement some interesting statements emerge that puts the despicable treatment of Michael Flynn in a new perspective.
It is another yet tragic story of how the U.S. Democrats have become haters under the disguise of truth-seeking. Whereas Michael Flynn’s success in protecting the United States throughout his military career is quickly forgotten he is the victim of political naivety on his part.
So far the Mueller investigation has produced very little evidence about the alleged collusion between the election campaign and the Russians. Mueller, otherwise displaying a distinguished career is now degrading himself becoming a Spanish inquisitor finding evidence just for the sake of appeasing the American left, that is still reeling over the loss of the elections.
But the large pool of lefties and Trump haters still hanging on to the day of impeaching the U.S. president at all costs. Even if it means destroying the otherwise stellar career of Michael Flynn. It is true, the election team of Donald J. Trump was small and made ample rookie mistakes. Trumps agents, such as Flynn, are paying the price for believing to change the U.S. system.
In a live CNN interview on December 3, of a former FBI agent and now CNN National Security expert, was stated that Flynn upset the White House for talking to the Russians on policy while his ex-bosses and the Obama cabal was still in the office. So it can be hypothesized was Flynn was targeted for setting a new policy direction in motion?
It appears he was. The targeting of Flynn was actually not about national security or policy but a vendetta against Flynn and the incoming administration by the political left of the outgoing for setting in motion a change in U.S. policy.
The CNN “expert” went further on of saying that Flynn was part of a kidnapping plot against Turkish opposition leaders in exile in the U.S. and other nonsense.
Flynn and the Trump administration made some critical errors in the first year. Flat out rookie mistakes but since politics in Washington is a bloodsport Michael Flynn became rapidly a persona-non-grata for Trump. After all, he is now shown repeatedly on network news calling having Hillary Clinton locked up. The facts who called out first becomes quickly forgotten. But throwing Flynn under the bus leaves a bad taste for everyone. And with the American ultra-conservative small officer corps in the intelligence, counter-terrorism and special forces community, eyebrows are raised of betraying one of their own.
The Flynn affair should be seen as a repeat of the Reagan years and Ollie North, Bill Clinton’s oral job in the White House and cat-calling of the Birther movement by Trump. Now it’s Flynn turn. Although we do not suggest we have a link between the events, the shadow of a Democratic hatchet job on Flynn is not ruled out that will haunt both, Trump and the Democrats alike.
As Eli Lake from Bloomberg wrote,
“….That sounds about as credible as when the president told CIA employees that the media had invented the story about his enmity toward the spy agency, not even two weeks after he had taken to Twitter to compare the CIA to Nazis. It’s about as credible as President Donald Trump’s insistence that it didn’t rain during his inauguration. Or that millions of people had voted illegally in the election he just won.
The point here is that for a White House that has such a casual and opportunistic relationship with the truth, it’s strange that Flynn’s “lie” to Pence would get him fired. It doesn’t add up…”. We agree.
“…What’s more, the Washington Post reported Monday night that last month Sally Yates, then the acting attorney general, had informed the White House that Flynn discussed sanctions with Kislyak and that he could be susceptible to blackmail because he misled Pence about it. If it was the lie to Pence that sunk Flynn, why was he not fired at the end of January?”,
“…..A better explanation here is that Flynn was just thrown under the bus. His tenure as national security adviser, the briefest in U.S. history, was rocky from the start. When Flynn was attacked in the media for his ties to Russia, he was not allowed by the White House to defend himself. Over the weekend, he was instructed not to speak to the press when he was in the fight for his political life. His staff was not even allowed to review the transcripts of his call to the Russian ambassador…..”,
“……There is another component to this story as well — as Trump himself just tweeted. It’s very rare that reporters are ever told about government-monitored communications of U.S. citizens, let alone senior U.S. officials. The last story like this to hit Washington was in 2009 when Jeff Stein, then of CQ, reported on intercepted phone calls between a senior AIPAC lobbyist and Jane Harman, who at the time was a Democratic member of Congress……”
“…..Normally intercepts of U.S. officials and citizens are some of the most tightly held government secrets. This is for good reason. Selectively disclosing details of private conversations monitored by the FBI or NSA gives the permanent state the power to destroy reputations from the cloak of anonymity. This is what police states do……”
“…..In the past, t was considered scandalous for senior U.S. officials to even request the identities of U.S. officials incidentally monitored by the government (normally they are redacted from intelligence reports). John Bolton’s nomination to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations was derailed in 2006 after the NSA confirmed he had made 10 such requests when he was Undersecretary of State for Arms Control in George W. Bush’s first term. The fact that the intercepts of Flynn’s conversations with Kislyak appear to have been widely distributed inside the government is a red flag……”
“…..Representative Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told me Monday that he saw the leaks about Flynn’s conversations with Kislyak as part of a pattern. “There does appear to be a well-orchestrated effort to attack Flynn and others in the administration,” he said. “From the leaking of phone calls between the president and foreign leaders to what appears to be high-level FISA Court information, to the leaking of American citizens being denied security clearances, it looks like a pattern.”,
“…..Nunes said he was going to bring this up with the FBI, and ask the agency to investigate the leak and find out whether Flynn himself is a target of a law enforcement investigation. The Washington Post reported last month that Flynn was not the target of an FBI probe.”,
“….The background here is important. Three people once affiliated with Trump’s presidential campaign — Carter Page, Paul Manafort and Roger Stone — are being investigated – (ed. and now charged) – by the FBI and the intelligence community for their contacts with the Russian government. This is part of a wider inquiry into Russia’s role in hacking and distributing emails of leading Democrats before the election.”,
“……Flynn himself travelled in 2015 to Russia to attend a conference put on by the country’s propaganda network, RT. He has acknowledged he was paid through his speaker’s bureau for his appearance. That doesn’t look good, but it’s also not illegal in and of itself. All of this is to say there are many unanswered questions about Trump’s and his administration’s ties to Russia.”,
“…..But that’s all these allegations are at this point: unanswered questions. It’s possible that Flynn has more ties to Russia that he had kept from the public and his colleagues. It’s also possible that a group of national security bureaucrats and former Obama officials are selectively leaking highly sensitive law enforcement information to undermine the elected government…”
“…..Flynn was a fat target for the national security state. He has cultivated a reputation as a reformer and a fierce critic of the intelligence community leaders he once served with when he was the director the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama. Flynn was working to reform the intelligence-industrial complex, something that threatened the bureaucratic prerogatives of his rivals.“,
“….He was also a fat target for Democrats. Remember Flynn’s breakout national moment last summer was when he joined the crowd at the Republican National Convention from the dais calling for Hillary Clinton to be jailed.”,
“….In normal times, the idea that U.S. officials entrusted with our most sensitive secrets would selectively disclose them to undermine the White House would alarm those worried about creeping authoritarianism. Imagine if intercepts of a call between Obama’s incoming national security adviser and Iran’s foreign minister leaked to the press before the nuclear negotiations began? The howls of indignation would be deafening.”,
“…..In the end, it was Trump’s decision to cut Flynn loose. In doing this he caved into his political and bureaucratic opposition. Nunes told me that this will not end well. “First it’s Flynn, next it will be Kellyanne Conway, then it will be Steve Bannon, then it will be Reince Priebus,” he said. Put another way, Flynn is only the appetizer. Trump is the entree…”
“…..A few points to add on to this excellent story by Bloomberg. First, the disclosure of the telephones of the Russian ambassador are monitored. No that in itself is routine, but what is not disclosing the information as quickly and openly and then leaking the information to the public. It further will undermine the trustworthiness of U.S. officials facing off with rogue NSA state security elements sharing information that harms the interest for the United States strategic objectives.”,
“……Second, why are the Democrats driving the hard point of the Russians trying to interfere in U.S. election? The United States has a history of political interference in foreign affairs. So what else is new. Or is more like the Russian Federation actions are in fact effective and the intelligence cabal of the outgoing intelligence officials was unable to do anything since Obama and his team had a few intelligence boo-boo’s, such as Islamic State. Calls for reforming the intelligence community was the forte of Michale Flynn. That created dangerous enemies.”,
And finally, so far Trump is on the move. You may don’t like president Trump, disagree with his politics, and even dislike Trump’s character, but once more, this is primarily due to his inexperience as a political leader. The economy has caught up. Yes, initiated by the Obama administration, but still is moving. Chinese re-engagement has emerged, Islamic State is on the run and almost defeated, a decade-long overdue tax reform first promoted in 1999 by Trump was passed. And Trump takes on some uncomfortable much overdue tasks. North Korea, the Middle East and shaking up the elites.
“Trump is not doing that bad. He pisses everyone off, the old Republicans, the Democrats and the lefties”, a retired senior military officer said when interviewed. “It is just sad that Mike (Flynn) is the victim in the game of sorry losers”.