Tuesday, February 14, 2017


General Mike Flynn has resigned as national security adviser, and Breitbart finds the real enemy:
Flynn Resignation Raises Tough Questions for FBI, Intel Services

The resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Monday evening raises troubling questions about the role of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the intelligence services.

... [Flynn] was “caught” because the Department of Justice had been eavesdropping on the conversation....

Democrats are clamoring for a deeper investigation of Russian ties to Trump. But the more serious question is whether our nation’s intelligence services were involved in what amounts to political espionage against the newly-elected government.

We know that there are hundreds and perhaps thousands of federal bureaucrats already using shadow communications systems. How far does that “shadow government” go?

The FBI, CIA and other agencies ought to reassure Congress, or come clean.
And if you think Breitbart is more extreme than the outlet it's trying to replace as the right's media source of record, Fox News, here's Steve Doocy on Fox & Friends this morning:

DOOCY: There are a number of major U.S. papers that apparently got the leaks from the intel community that said, "Hey, look, we've got the transcript of what Mr. Flynn said to the Russian ambassador," and, uh, looks kinda shady. Just the fact that there are these leaks inside the permanent government is troubling.
And ostensibly over on the left, here's a tweet from Young Turks reporter Michael Tracey that was, unsurprisingly, retweeted by Glenn Greenwald:

And, of course, there's WikiLeaks:

Right, WikiLeaks is appalled that anyone would engage in a "destabilization campaign."

To sum up: We're not supposed to be upset at Flynn's phone calls, or the policy they were in the service of. We're not supposed to worry about how many other Trumpers are colluding with the Russians. The villains here are the "Deep State," the Democrats, and the media. And that'll be the right-wing line and the liberal-hating-left line going forward.


Steve M. said...

Shooting the messenger is always the last refuge of a scoundrel I wonder why they think the public won't understand that.

Steve M. said...

There's bungling going on here?
Bring in the 'usual villains!'"

Steve M. said...

Long ago and far away before Greenwald was really a thing I'd hear people talk about how great he was so then I'd read his stuff and wonder how come I wasn't getting it.

Steve M. said...

Yes, just because the voting public managed to elect an idiot doesn't mean everyone who is in the government is going to march lock step. Some of them still have integrity and will call bullshit when they see it, or at least leak it to the press so they can't be prosecuted by the orange Mussolini.

Steve M. said...

They're the Bourbons. Learn nothing, forget nothing.

Steve M. said...

No doubt the Young Turks deplore the illegal release of the 'Pentagon Papers' to undermine a liberal president. It's terrifying that Daniel Ellsberg became a leftist hero.

Steve M. said...

Control of leaking should be restricted to professionals like Julian, who can make a decent living out of it.