and — in the wings — there’s Delete
WTF is happening in DC? This is today’s lead story in the Wall St Journal:
U.S. intelligence officials have withheld sensitive intelligence from President Donald Trump because they are concerned it could be leaked or compromised, according to current and former officials familiar with the matter.
IOW, according to leakers.
The officials’ decision to keep information from Mr. Trump underscores the deep mistrust that has developed between the intelligence community and the president over his team’s contacts with the Russian government, as well as the enmity he has shown toward U.S. spy agencies.
I think that last is the crux of the thing: there’s a
pissing Leaking Contest goin’ on.
So whyinhell would the WSJ publish this piece? Is it the button-down version of this little bomb-chuck?
Rep. Waters: ‘I’ve come to conclude that Trump has the Kremlin Clan surrounding him’
The Democrats had to come up with a story as to why they lost the election, and so badly (306), so they made up a story – RUSSIA. Fake news!
…The spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be caught!
…Leaking, and even illegal classified leaking, has been a big problem in Washington for years. Failing @nytimes (and others) must apologize!
…The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by “intelligence” like candy. Very un-American!
Even the idea that the Secret Squirrel Squad is actively opposing the elected leadership is repugnant, dangerous and unacceptable. Floating the idea — just the idea — sews the kind of distrust in the .gov that brings down countries.
OTOH, ugly things happen when a long-term, deep infection is lanced. But it’s a stage that must be passed through on the journey to healing.
OTGH*, given the dedication to Lack Of Facts in favor of innuendo and Weaponized Empathy in the MSM and among the talking heads, added to the impossibility of full public investigation of the Secret Squirrel Squad, makes it almost an entirely emotion-based decision on who We The People even believe.
Now toss this into the mix:
Flynn’s ouster was a soft coup (or political assassination) engineered by anonymous intelligence community bureaucrats.
…Unelected intelligence analysts work for the president, not the other way around. Far too many Trump critics appear not to care that these intelligence agents leaked highly sensitive information to the press — mostly because Trump critics are pleased with the result….
[N]o matter what Flynn did, it is simply not the role of the deep state to target a man working in one of the political branches of the government by dishing to reporters about information it has gathered clandestinely…
steal second what Ace said [RTWT]:
As Daniel Webster said:
There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.
Those are hard men to fight.
*On The Gripping Hand
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.