Bizarre pronouncements and apparent amnesia related to President Barack Obama’s activities are emerging with the resignation of a top Trump appointee.
President Donald Trump has accepted the resignation of Michael Flynn who had served as lieutenant general in the US Army and in various intelligence capacities in the administration of President Barack Obama. Flynn is a Democrat who supported Trump during the presidential campaign.
Imagine my shock when I heard another Army vet, Ralph Peters (lieutenant colonel), declare to a Fox News host this morning there’s a perfect replacement for Flynn: Senator Lindsey Graham! I remember Peters’ support for the war in Iraq undertaken by Republican president George W. Bush. I also remember Peters calling President Obama a “pussy” and getting a fast suspension from Fox News because of it.
But the plot is way thicker than Peters’ enthusiasm for a neocon anti-Trumper.
The Flynn controversy was predictable. Intelligence insiders, some probably not even serving in an official capacity right now, have no fondness for him. Material was leaked by bureaucrats to media. Thus far, Peters and others haven’t called for those leakers to be prosecuted.
What’s appalling, however, is the fact we don’t have a transcript yet or audio of the phone call Flynn reportedly participated in with Russia ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. The phone call allegedly included some mention or implications about US sanctions on Russia, and it occurred “late last year” according to the Associated Press. Does that mean after the presidential election or before it?
You’d think a specific date would be given. Considering attention given to Flynn’s resignation, you’d think transcripts would be made available since they were leaked and now the whole world knows about them.
Instead, we are once again relying on unnamed “officials”, and it is quite possible some of them were involved in attempting to take Trump down in order to install another Clinton in the White House. The AP piece run at Yahoo cites “current and former US officials” in the leak.
Flynn’s greatest misstep, in the minds of quite a few as expressed on social media, involved not giving full facts to Vice President Mike Pence. Had Flynn done that properly, perhaps all would have been resolved in a less controversial manner.
What’s interesting to this news junkie is the comparative attention given to then-senator Barack Obama as he entered the home stretch of his presidential campaign in 2008. It was a given Obama would win the presidency. After all, Republicans ran Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), but what wasn’t talked about much were at least two incidents involving foreign powers that I found interesting.
The first relates to an alleged back channel exchange between a former US ambassador (on candidate Obama’s behalf) and the totalitarian government of Iran. Michael Ledeen reported on this for PJ Media in 2014, and he said his claims were confirmed by the ambassador:
“During his first presidential campaign in 2008, Mr. Obama used a secret back channel to Tehran to assure the mullahs that he was a friend of the Islamic Republic, and that they would be very happy with his policies. The secret channel was Ambassador William G. Miller, who served in Iran during the shah’s rule, as chief of staff for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and as ambassador to Ukraine. Ambassador Miller has confirmed to me his conversations with Iranian leaders during the 2008 campaign.”
Iran, a sworn enemy of the US, has benefited immensely from Obama’s foreign policy.
The second curiosity has to do with China. Despite a very high profile meeting between the US and China military officials in Hawaii, virtually no US media took note of it. Al Jazeera covered it, calling the visit by China officials a meeting of “military giants.”
Al Jazeera and other media outside the US reported that meeting on October 20, 2008, a Monday.
US media did report on a visit to Hawaii by then-senator Obama. Obama’s visit occurred on Friday, Oct 24, and reports of it were a plus for the candidate because he went to visit his very sick grandmother who helped raise him.
What I found strange is that no media called attention to the convergence of those “military giants” and the leading candidate within a single week. Maybe there was no contact at all. Or maybe there was. No media, the majority of them actively colluding to elect Obama via ‘Journolist’, even mentioned the China military officials’ presence.
Former insiders in the CIA publicly declared their intent to take Trump down before the presidential election. One former spook Evan McMullin continues to tweet all manner of nonsense about Trump even though McMullin, who attempted to run as third party spoiler for Hillary Clinton, drew very few votes.
The fact insiders are leaking carefully selected information, but providing no specifics to the public is very troubling. For one thing, these insiders broke the law. For another, we don’t know exactly what was said. As I mentioned earlier, the mea culpa really has to do with whatever Flynn told Pence.
As Thomas Lifson wrote at The American Thinker, “The entire ‘scandal’ is based on innuendo.”
It’s doubly ironic media are up in arms about this latest “Russia” meme. Russia had no better friends in Washington than Obama and Mrs. Clinton.
Now we have analysts like Peters calling for Lindsey Graham to take Flynn’s place. That recommendation tells politics addicts all we need to know about forces attempting to undermine Trump on both sides of the aisle.
Something else is interesting. Even leftwing media like Alternet have reported on troubling potential between Russia and Iran’s alliance. Obama certainly gave Iran a good deal.
Trump has his work cut out for him when it comes to our intel community. When intelligence “officials” can manipulate government and media in our own country at will for political purposes, it’s obvious we have a critical problem.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Feb. 14, 2017)
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