From Russia, With (Nyet) Love *Open Thread* UPDATED

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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.

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24 Responses to “From Russia, With (Nyet) Love *Open Thread* UPDATED”

  1. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    DANG, those Saudis are sure Islamaphobic: http://www.dailywire.com/news/13535/islamophobic-saudi-arabia-deports-40000-muslim-michael-qazvini

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    Terrific and timely post Amy!

    This whole Flynn and the Russians thing is absurd. Granted he should be in trouble for lying to Pence but other than that he doesn’t seem, or there isn’t any evidence thus far, to have done anything wrong.

    Trust Shapiro to be on top of things. For all the media likes to tout some politicians as brilliant, Shapiro really is brilliant. That’s doesn’t mean I always agree with him but his four podcasts a week are now on my must listen list.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks so much, Marge. It amazes me that we are essentially falling into another Cold War with Russia, with them rattling their sabers at our door. WTH???

      Could not agree more – Shapiro IS brilliant, amazingly informed, and extremely analytical – no wonder the little Snowflakes don’t want to hear what he has to say. Apparently, they can’t handle the truth!

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    Shapiro Blasts Media On Fox: ‘Stop Setting Your Hair On Fire And Running Into Plate Glass Windows Before You Even Know What The Hell Is Going On’

    On Wednesday, Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro appeared on Fox’s The First 100 Days with host Martha McCallum and radio host Richard Fowler to discuss the media’s overwrought response to the resignation of Lt. General Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor. Shapiro slammed the media for their hysteria, asserting, “Guys, if you want people to take you seriously, you have to stop setting your hair on fire and running into plate glass windows before you even know what the hell is going on.”

    McCallum began by outlining the histrionics of the media, noting Thomas Friedman of The New York Times venting, “We were attacked on Dec.7, 1941, we were attacked on September 11, 2001, and we were attacked on November 8, 2016,” as well as former CBS anchor Dan Rather blustering, “Watergate is the biggest political scandal of my lifetime, until maybe now,” and Chuck Todd of NBC’s Meet the Press bloviating, “ . . . one of what is arguably the biggest presidential scandal involving a foreign government since Iran-Contra.

    Take a breath; hyperbole aside, folks, hunker down, ‘cause this is a class five political hurricane that’s hitting Washington.”

    http://www.dailywire.com/news/13539/shapiro-blasts-media-fox-stop-setting-your-hair-hank-berrien

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Can you even believe that the Left is referring to the election of a US President as being on the same level as 9/11?? WTH is WRONG with these people? They have ZERO sense of proportion, that’s for sure. WOW.

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      All too easy to believe that Ben Rhodes was part of the leak. For all that everyone likes to show Bannon as a scumbag – Rhodes is every bit as bad – he just dresses better.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Excellent clip with Col. Schaffer. He is so right. I would not be one bit surprised if all roads led back to Rhodes. He is a despicable little man who has amassed ASTONISHING power for a failed novelist with no real experience before Obama took him on. I guess his brother being the head of CBS News was a big help in that regard.

      His fingers are in all kinds of pies – the media manipulation over Iran, stabbing Mubarrak in the back and pushing the Arab Spring, and more. I can so, so see him doing this.

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

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    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Wasn’t that an awesome response? The questions he was being asked at that event literally had me SMH Yet Shapiro answered them in a way that was not antagonistic, but factual Really impressive.

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    REPORT: Social Security Managers Gambled, Went to Packers Game While on Clock

    The director of a scandal-plagued Social Security Administration hearing office used official leave and sick leave to gamble at an area casino, while a group supervisor got paid a full day’s wage to watch a Green Bay Packers football game.

    These are just some of the many details about troubling conduct emerging from a report on a federal investigation into the Madison Office of Disability Adjudication and Review.

    And Sen. Ron Johnson wants answers quickly from the SSA.

    http://www.libertyheadlines.com/report-social-security-managers-gambled-went-packers-game-clock/

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

  9. piper Says:

    Not sure how the little snowflakes and all the haters would like living under Russian rule. The country has a very low unemployment number bec. you must have a job which can be cleaning the subways, picking trash in parks/streets. digging up streets, and the list goes on and on. Very few get welfare or free benefits there.
    A joke that my Russian guide, a former professor who makes more money guiding tourists than teaching at the university level, told us several years ago – we pretend to work and the government pretends to pay us.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Great comment, piper – the joke really says it all, doesn’t it?

      And yeah – I don’t think those snowflakes are capable of doing any other work than protesting.

  10. piper Says:

    People should also pay close attention to the economy if Trump and government collapses. What happens to all the ‘freebies’ that certain people get and I’m not talking about SS which we paid into for many years. Of course, some people think that’s a freebie that we seniors get.

    http://cdn.someecards.com/someecards/usercards/MjAxMy0zNmU0YmY2NTJiNTZiZmY1.png (error in photo – should read ‘sense’ not ‘since’

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      LOL – love the sign!

      And you are right, piper. These efforts to take down the President less than a month after he got into office because they are mad is just idiotic, not to mention incredibly short sighted.

  11. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    It seems the environmental assault left by the so-called Environmentalists in North Dakota is even worse than they thought. Now waterways are in jeopardy. WOW: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/02/16/irony-environmentalists-protesting-pipeline-project-in-north-dakota-have-left-mountains-of-trash-and-garbage-n2285948

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Sadly this is the way that many of the leftist leave places they protest. Yet the Tea Party usually left the places they left better than they found them.

      The saddest part is that this whole thing is just a scam and a lie. A pipeline is far safer than the way oil if transported by truck every day. There are hundreds of pipelines all over the country and they cause no problem. Oil trucks are a far greater danger to the environment.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        And of course, the Tea Party was demonized up one side and down the other, yet they acted far more respectfully than these “environmentalists” ever did…

        Excellent point abt the pipeline, Marge!

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