ToDaZeD Alt-right vs. the Control-left

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  1. From what I’ve read they’ve been withholding information on sources and methods, not the actual content. Honest question: do they normally, routinely share that information with the white house? Is this just reporting SOP in a way that sounds sinister?

    Comment by Nomen Nescio — February 16, 2017 @ 8:45 am

  2. I think many in the intelligence community know who provides the leaks, can’t do much because of their high position, and the leakers are now only being allowed to stay, so their network can be dismantled.

    Comment by Jess — February 16, 2017 @ 9:40 am

  3. “I’m afraid my doctor won’t give me the right treatment, so I will not tell him about some of my symptoms. That way he will treat me correctly.”

    “I suspect my mechanic might cheat me. If I don’t tell him about the funny noise, he won’t charge me for an unnecessary repair.”

    “My broker mistrusts me, so he only tells me a part of what he knows about my investments. That way I make better decisions about my money.”

    Comment by staghounds — February 16, 2017 @ 10:10 am

  4. ^ Of course,
    but the actual answer is: if POSTUS asks, tell him.
    Tell him what’s classified and what the possible ramifications are,
    but tell him what he wants to know.
    POTUS is the ultimate classification authority.

    The IC should have told him of the Flynn problem, too.
    If they did, and Trump didn’t fire him, that’s his call.
    Perhaps there was a reason.
    Perhaps the IC leaker wasn’t briefed on an anti-Sov Russian double/triple ploy Flynn was playing, and the leak ruined a year of work.

    Comment by DougM (easily entertained) — February 16, 2017 @ 10:42 am

  5. One assumes the IC told Obama everything he wanted to know, right?

    Comment by DougM (easily entertained) — February 16, 2017 @ 10:43 am

  6. Perhaps the leakers are the ones being blackmailed to betray their country.

    Comment by DougM (easily entertained) — February 16, 2017 @ 10:44 am

  7. Okay, I’m up to Chapter 5 in this spy-thriller novel.
    Right now, our hero (a suave, retired national-space-systems officer), his main squeeze (a leggy blonde ex-model with a PhD in astrophysics), and their dog (a Corgi named Asta) have been asked by the President, as a personal favor, to work on his old contacts to find the culprits before the bomb goes off (not sure how the bomb thing got in there; but, hey, it’s a spy thriller).

    (What? Uh, dunno if my tux still fits. Good question.)

    Comment by DougM (easily entertained) — February 16, 2017 @ 11:01 am

  8. And for those of us who’ve invested in popcorn futures:
    there’s this.

    Comment by DougM (easily entertained) — February 16, 2017 @ 12:27 pm

  9. 7^, the NSSO: Mr. President, we’ve learned the bomb will be on a tramp steamer arriving at Port #43 at 10:00 PM.
    President: how do you know that?
    NSSO: the gal that serves the culprit coffee is our agent. *steals a furtive glance at the leggy blonde serving the President coffee *

    Comment by Nomen Nescio — February 16, 2017 @ 12:40 pm

  10. First, I will do something I seldom do: I applaud President Trump for recognizing that one of his trusted staff has been proven a liar.

    He rightly said, “You’re fired.”

    Second, I will do something I seldom do again: I applaud President Trump for insisting the source of the leaks that proved his staff member a liar be found and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

    We are all Americans. At the point we start turning to Iranian Mullahs and/or Russian strongmen to intervene in internal political struggles, our nation is doomed.

    Comment by Fawkes News (Moar Cowbell) — February 16, 2017 @ 5:20 pm

  11. DM@7 — I’d pay a buck to read that!
    [ps: tux doesn't matter if ya have a kilt.]

    Comment by Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause* — February 16, 2017 @ 10:02 pm

  12. We are all Americans. At the point we start turning to Iranian Mullahs and/or Russian strongmen to intervene in internal political struggles, our nation is doomed.

    that bore repeating.

    Comment by Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause* — February 16, 2017 @ 10:03 pm

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