Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Deep State: The Take Down of General Flynn

“I grew up as a Democrat in a very strong Democratic family, but I will tell you that Democratic party that exists in this country is not the Democratic Party that I grew up around in my upbringing,” he said. “I vote for leaders.” - General Micheal Flynn

deep state
noun
  1. a body of people, typically influential members of government agencies or the military, believed to be involved in the secret manipulation or control of government policy.


The last time the silent majority elected a President, Nixon, the deep state used a pretext to have him removed. Will President Trump fair any better?  The Shadow Government just took its first scalp, General Flynn, Trump's National Security Adviser. It is the first round in a coming civil war.

Flynn Registered Democrat, Who Served Under Obama


Here is an political overview of Michael Flynn:

heavy.com 2017/02 - Michael Flynn’s Political Views: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

It shows that Flynn is not a polished politician.

Flynn Was Removed by Obama for Disagreement on Terror Strategy

Here is a good interview that shows why the Obama administration removed him from his post as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) over disagreements on the strategies being used to fight the war on terror:


Here is a good article from the NY Post on the subject:

nypost 2016/07/09 - The military fired me for calling our enemies radical jihadis

Fields of Fight

General Flynn has also written a best seller outlining his views on how to win this war:

amazon.com - The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies

APNSA

While the position of Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (APNSA), also called the National Security Adviser, predates Nixon, he enhanced the role of the National Security Adviser under Kissinger. Kissinger acted as a buffer and filter for information coming from the various agencies under Nixon. Nixon and Kissinger also bypassed these agencies by creating their own secretive lines of communications especially in matters of foreign policy. Below is a good summary of this by the Department of State:

Department of State, Office of the Historian - Nixon and the NSC

The position of Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (APNSA), also called the National Security Adviser was originally created in 1947 as part of the Cold War reorganization of intelligence and defense. The position is appointed by the President and is not confirmed by the Senate.

NYT Hit Piece

Here is the hit piece that led to General Flynn resigning his National Security Adviser position:

NYT /2017/02/14 - Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts with Russian Intelligence

Per the usual deep state hit job, the article is full of unnamed sources spewing a ton of innuendo with no evidence of any wrong doing.

Bloomberg Response

The most comprehensive response to the NYT his piece has come from Bloomberg:

Bloomberg.com 2017-02-14 - The Political Assassination of Michael Flynn

The article makes several salient points:

  • It is rare for media leaks to occur regarding phone intercepts as they are some of the most closely guarded secrets of our government.
  • It is a red flag that the Flynn intercepts appear to have been widely distributed, beforehand.
  • These appear to be part of a well orchestrated larger attack on the Trump Administration
  • Flynn was a specific target of the National Security Apparatus as he was a reformer who threatened bureaucratic rivals.
  • He was a huge target for the Democrats as well since he had publicly threatened to lock Hillary up and disclose secrets related to the Iran Deal.
  • Trump ultimately threw Flynn under the bus but he should watch his back since he has a target on it too.

Washington Free Beacon Response

Another compelling response has come from the Free Beacon:

Free Beacon - Former Obama Officials, Loyalists Waged Secret Campaign to Oust Flynn

The Beacon article speculates that the Flynn smear job was the result a long planned hit by Obama administration officials and sympathizers in the intelligence community to take out Flynn due to his effective opposition to the Iran Deal. In particular, they were worried that he was going to release details of the deal that the the Obama team had kept secret as they would not be popular with the public.

In effect, the article indicates that the Obama administration has left a shadow Obama NSC in place with the specific purpose of undermining the Trump Administration.

PJ Media Rundown

The best distillation on the topic comes from PJ Media:

pjmedia.com 2017/02/15 - The Latest Rundown on the Mike Flynn Deep State Hit Job


Ben Rhodes - Echo Chamber

The Beacon article names Ben Rhodes as one of the probable executors of the strategy to take down Flynn in order to prevent him from releasing damaging information about the Iran Deal.

Ben Rhodes is an ultimate Washington Insider and illustrates many of the reasons why the incestuous Washington swamp needs to be drained. For example, his older brother was appointed the youngest head of CBS News ever in 2011 while Rhodes was working for the Obama White House. He is also married to a Washington insider, Ann Norris who currently works at the State Department, a department that already has shown animosity towards the Trump Administration.

heavy.com 2016/05 - Ben Rhodes: 5 Fast Facts You Need To Know

Here is a good review of the Echo Chamber comments that got him in hot water with the media over the Iran deal. Basically, he totally manipulated a weak DC press corp into supporting the Iran Deals and called them idiots for doing so:

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