Update at the bottom of the post.
Have we gone through some worm hole or something? All of a sudden, it feels like “The Americans” isn’t so much a fictional show about back in the day of the Cold War, but reality-based current affairs.
Seriously. First, we have this the big brouhaha with Gen. Mike Flynn. That is its own cluster right there for a number of reasons culminating with Flynn losing his job mainly because he lied to the VP and made him look like an idiot for all the world to see.
But it was HOW the world even found OUT that Flynn had been having a fairly benign conversation with the Russian Ambassador that should be raising all KINDS of flags.Why? Because what Flynn said was known thanks to an NSA tap. That we KNOW that is hugely problematic.
And why do we know it? Apparently, inner circle people from the Obama Administration (Ben Rhodes??) allegedly released this information to further a political agenda. Why? Because Flynn was a big ol’ critic of the horrible Iran Deal Ben Rhodes helped to get through. From the Daily Wire:
According to The Washington Free Beacon, anonymous officials are claiming that a group of “Obama loyalists,” possibly including Ben Rhodes, have been working for months to discredit General Flynn because the former NSA, who has been openly critical of the Iranian nuclear agreement, was “preparing to publicize many of the details…that had been intentionally hidden by the Obama administration as part of its effort to garner support for the deal.”
Another source, who “serves as a congressional adviser and was involved in the 2015 fight over the Iran deal” claims the systematic campaign began approximately two months ago:
“The Obama administration knew that Flynn was going to release the secret documents around the Iran deal, which would blow up their myth that it was a good deal that rolled back Iran…So in December the Obama NSC started going to work with their favorite reporters, selectively leaking damaging and incomplete information about Flynn.”
There are additional concerns that Flynn was simply the first target of many, and that if the Trump administration doesn’t identify and purge suspect officials, more targets will fall. According to a Free Beacon source, there are operatives both inside and outside the administration working to “undermine Trump.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Holy. SMOKES. Is this for REAL??? Maybe Rhodes has been watching “The Americans,” and that’s where he got the idea to pull these levers and engage in such machinations.
It is hard to even believe this is happening in the United States right now. That people from a previous Administration AND intelligence agencies would actively conspire against a Presidency and the nation. Think about it. Think about all of the implications of the Intelligence Community using all of its assets to work against the Administration.
One person who has given this some thought is Ben Shapiro of the Daily Wire, who has this to say on the subject:
Now, the intelligence community, high on its own fumes, has begun leaking to the press. It’s now no longer a leak – it’s a flood. And the media have taken those leaks and run with them, slapping the most inflammatory headlines available on the leaks. President Trump is absolutely within his rights to complain about the intelligence community’s obvious attempts to destroy those within his administration.
The intelligence community has become a gushing pipeline of weak information to the press, and the media then run with that information with excitement, drooling every step of the way. Trump’s firing of Flynn merely sets the media’s salivary glands working overtime, and the intelligence community leaking even more steadily. But when those with access to private information for national security purposes begin purposefully undermining an elected government without any evidence of criminal wrongdoing, we’ve got a serious crisis in government on our hands. Who watches the watchmen? Will Trump start an internal investigation into leaks, tearing apart the intelligence apparatus? Will Congress begin such an investigation? What happens when the intelligence community becomes its own shadow government, working to undermine those who are elected? […] (Click here to read the rest.)
That is exactly the right question about the Intelligence community and the possible conclusion is beyond disturbing.
And while our Intelligence Community seems to be, um, distracted, with going after our own Administration, RUSSIA is engaging in acts that are bordering on aggression against the United States.
Take, for instance, the Russians buzzing a US Navy destroyer not once, twice, but THREE times. And that’s not even the biggest issue. The cruise missile is. From ABC News:
Russia has secretly deployed a new cruise missile inside Russia, a move a U.S. official labels an apparent violation of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty signed in 1987.
Known by American officials as the SSC-8, the cruise missile has been in development for years and was most recently tested in 2014.
The Obama administration had hoped that Russia would not place the missile in operational status, a move that would violate the INF treaty that bans American and Russian intermediate-range missiles based on land.
But according to a U.S. official, Russia now has two battalions of the cruise missile, one located at a test location at Kapustin Yar, a Russian rocket launch and development site near Volgograd. The other was moved in December to another military location inside Russia.
Well, gosh. That is not at all disconcerting, huh? Good Lord.
The Obama Administration “HOPED” Russia wouldn’t violate the ban? Seriously? That was their response? Well, that’s some high level thinkification going on right there. WOW. I mean, really – we are talking about a CRUISE MISSILE.
And here is more on the whole fighter jets buzzing us:
On Feb. 10, the Navy destroyer USS Porter noted three “unsafe and unprofessional” encounters with Russian military aircraft while in the Black Sea. In each of the incidents Russian aircraft approached the destroyer at an unspecified “low altitude” and some were at “high speed”.
The Russian aircraft did not have their transponders on and did not respond when the destroyer’s crew hailed the planes on radio.[…] (Click here to read the rest.)
Oh, but wait. There is even more coming from Russia:
A Russian SPY SHIP is off the coast of Delaware.
Are you kidding me with all of this? Yeah, I’m not exactly feeling the love from Russia, I gotta say. I am sure MANY of us would rather the Cold War stay in the past and “The Americans” continue to be a tv show, not the Nightly News.
Time to get out of that Worm Hole…
This is an Open Thread.
UPDATE: The Federalist had an important article that shouldn’t be missed, “When Obama’s National Security Advisor Lied, The Media Laughed.”
This article is eye-opening and proves with NUMBERS the duplicity with which the media is handling this whole Russia thing. As it turns out, those emails they just got also included one from Patrick Kennedy acknowledging the DAY AFTER Benghazi that it was a terror attack, and they focused on FLYNN, who – as it turns out – did/said nothing wrong. There is much more in this report, and it is stunning.