The Deep State Politically Assassinated Michael Flynn

Damon Linker writes in The Week:

“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. “Finally,” they say, “someone took a stand to expose collusion between the Russians and a senior aide to the president!” It is indeed important that someone took such a stand. But it matters greatly who that someone is and how they take their stand. Members of the unelected, unaccountable intelligence community are not the right someone, especially when they target a senior aide to the president by leaking anonymously to newspapers the content of classified phone intercepts, where the unverified, unsubstantiated information can inflict politically fatal damage almost instantaneously. …

But no 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. It is the role of elected members of Congress to conduct public investigations of alleged wrongdoing by public officials.

Those cheering the deep state torpedoing of Flynn are saying, in effect, that a police state is perfectly fine so long as it helps to bring down Trump. …”

Eli Lake writes at Bloomberg View:

“Flynn was a fat target for the national security state. He has cultivated a reputation as a reformer and a fierce critic of the intelligence community leaders he once served with when he was the director the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama. Flynn was working to reform the intelligence-industrial complex, something that threatened the bureaucratic prerogatives of his rivals.

He was also a fat target for Democrats. Remember Flynn’s breakout national moment last summer was when he joined the crowd at the Republican National Convention from the dais calling for Hillary Clinton to be jailed.

In normal times, the idea that U.S. officials entrusted with our most sensitive secrets would selectively disclose them to undermine the White House would alarm those worried about creeping authoritarianism. Imagine if intercepts of a call between Obama’s incoming national security adviser and Iran’s foreign minister leaked to the press before the nuclear negotiations began? The howls of indignation would be deafening.

In the end, it was Trump’s decision to cut Flynn loose. In doing this he caved in to his political and bureaucratic opposition. Nunes told me Monday night that this will not end well. “First it’s Flynn, next it will be Kellyanne Conway, then it will be Steve Bannon, then it will be Reince Priebus,” he said. Put another way, Flynn is only the appetizer. Trump is the entree.”

Noah Millman writes in The American Conservative:

“It certainly looks at this point like major elements within the national security bureaucracy are prepared to create a constitutional crisis in response to what they believe is a serious and real threat to American national security from the White House itself. And there is really only one way to avoid such a crisis: for Congress to step up and begin the necessary investigations of the Trump administration. …”

Just so we are clear, we all agree what just happened:

We have two governments, one elected and the other unelected, which are at war with each other.

The CIA has a long history of subverting foreign governments. We’ve also seen the “Color Revolutions” in foreign countries. Now, we’re seeing the same people try to do the same thing here.


  1. You are enamoured of JFK and Nixon…two politicians who nearly started nuclear WW3…and accelerated the demographic transformation of the US in a way that gave us OBAMA 2008-2012…..are you really this stupid?

  2. Surprise: At the End, Obama Administration Gave NSA Broad New Powers

    In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.

    The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. These include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches.

  3. “we know that Trump has been a master player in the past and may be leading his enemies towards a hole”

    and what if he’s playing you?

  4. Trump, Feb 15, 2017:

    “Today I have the honor of welcoming my friend, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to the White House. With this visit, the United States again reaffirms our unbreakable bond with our cherished ally, Israel. The partnership between our two countries built on our shared values has advanced the cause of human freedom, dignity and peace. These are the building blocks of democracy.

    “The state of Israel is a symbol to the world of resilience in the face of oppression — I can think of no other state that’s gone through what they’ve gone — and of survival in the face of genocide. We will never forget what the Jewish people have endured.

    “Your perseverance in the face of hostility, your open democracy in the face of violence, and your success in the face of tall odds is truly inspirational. The security challenges faced by Israel are enormous, including the threat of Iran’s nuclear ambitions, which I’ve talked a lot about. One of the worst deals I’ve ever seen is the Iran deal. My administration has already imposed new sanctions on Iran, and I will do more to prevent Iran from ever developing — I mean ever — a nuclear weapon.

    “Our security assistance to Israel is currently at an all-time high, ensuring that Israel has the ability to defend itself from threats of which there are unfortunately many. Both of our countries will continue and grow. We have a long history of cooperation in the fight against terrorism and the fight against those who do not value human life. America and Israel are two nations that cherish the value of all human life.”

  5. Kevin MacDonald ?@TOOEdit
    Kevin MacDonald Retweeted Bret Stephens
    Neocons smelling blood in the water.

    Bret Stephens @StephensWSJ
    Impeached by November? If other Russian shoes drop, GOP members will want that. They always preferred a President Pence.

  6. If you could go back in time, Junius, to 1783, and have the South not join with the North, then there’d never have been rock-and-roll. I doubt you’d want that on your conscience.

  7. The only thing he’s been consistent about is supporting Kykestan-in-Palestine, so we can assume that its enemies are Trump’s enemies.

  8. I’m hoping he understands that outward support is what’s needed, despite how he feels inside. He doesn’t need a “heart attack” or to end up like Traficant or any other person that exposed the eternal parasite. Realistically, Trump is the best we’ve got right now. Maybe he’s kissing ass now so he will be able to turn towards our domestic issues without that threat over his head. Or maybe I’m full of it and a total sucker. I guess only time will tell.

  9. Hysterical!

    But, wait – The South invented rock-n-roll, didn’t we?

    We could have used Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley to influence y’all’s elections!

    Wow! : just think of that!

  10. He’s definitely unpredictable, and playing war games on another dimension. His approval ratings higher now than ever.

  11. It’s an amazing story, Junius. One century after a bitter war, the descendants of both slaves and slave-owners produce music that, as refracted by four Liverpudlians of Irish descent, shakes the entire world. Probably, the Beatles’ ancestors went to Lancashire in the 1800s, as did some of my own Irish ancestors, to work in the mills there, including, maybe, the many mills that received Southern cotton. If the slavers who first transported Africans to the New World could somehow be apprised of what their deeds ultimately wrought, they’d be astonished.

    Below is a sort of fiftieth-anniversary performance of “Move It,” which was a 1958 hit, in the UK, by Cliff Richard and the Drifters. Notice that the lyrics, written by a young Londoner, refer to rock-and-roll as a type of “country music”—“real country music that just drives along.”

    As you’ll hear in the clip, Ian Samwell, who, we are told, wrote the original song on a double-decker bus, eventually added a second verse. That was first recorded in the 1990s and reveals how thoroughly the mystique of the South—and of America as a whole—had been received …

    Come on, pretty baby, let’s move it an’ a groove it
    Dance, honey, dance, baby, please don’t lose it
    It’s all over town there’s a brand new beat
    It’s hangin’ in the air like a Mississippi heat

    Fireflies in the night an’ bullfrogs croakin’
    Well here comes the train an’ boy is she smokin’
    Headed out from New Orleans ‘n’ clear to L.A.
    You better get ready it’s a brand new day.

  12. Well, John – if multicultiralism produces many problems, it also produces blessings – and the Amercian musick scene of the 20th century eas exactly that – a blessing.

    And let me give credit where creit is due – Rock-n-Roll is largely a negro invention, as is Dixieland Jazz, Swing, serious quartet jazz of the 50s and 60s, as well as the blue and gospel which spawned all of that and R & B, as well.

    Even hard rock and heavy metal, though arisen from a larger White contribution, owes a lot to Southern Negroes – as any cursory listening of Led Zeppelin will convey.

    I did not know this Cliff Richard song, but, it was cute.

    My answer to it is this… (Guest pedal steel player Jeff Skunk Baxter of Steely Dan and Doobies’s fame)

  13. Great treatment there, Junius, of “Sleep Walk.” Although I was not familiar with Jeff Baxter, I see now, at Wikipedia, that it was he who recommended that Michael McDonald be brought into the Doobie Brothers and who thus changed the direction of that group.

    An interesting study, I think, respecting what you’ve said, is “Suzie Q,” the 1957 record by Louisiana’s Dale Hawkins. Recorded in Shreveport in, apparently, latter 1956 or early 1957, it was released by Checker Records, of Chicago, in April of that latter year. Listen to it in reverse chronological order with “Smokestack Lightning,” the 1956 record by Mississippi-born Howlin’ Wolf. That record was recorded in Chicago and released in early 1956 by Chess Records, which was owned, as was Checker, by the Jewish Chess brothers. As you listen to the two records, you can hear musical forms moving racially and geographically across an America that was being changed by ghettos in the North and the mechanical cotton-picker in the South.

    Apparently, “smokestack lightning” was a colloquial term for the sparks amid the smoke from steam locomotives, so its use in the song is like the mention of the “smokin’” train in the verse that was added to the Cliff Richard hit. It’s a glimpse of an America in which the diesel locomotive, too, had not swept away a past.

  14. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    Baxter was incredibly versatyle, as a beautiful Spaghetti western vignette by him, off that great Doobie Brother’s album, ‘Stampede’, will demonstrate.

  15. I liket Hawkins. Had not heard him. Reminded me of Tarheel Lumbee Indian, Link Wray, who got his signature distorted guitar sound by poking holes in his speaker mesh with pencils.

    It was kind of a landmark presaging, Link Wray’s sound, as by Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts, everybody was playing the distorted twangy tremoloed sound that became known as ‘psychedelick’.

  16. Obviously The Chess Bros. were geniuses.

    As to Howlin’ Wolf, this is standard listening for all Southerners.

    Thank you for sharing it. Southern nigger musicians were the best thing to happen to America in the 20th century. Does a lot to offset all the crap their grandchildren do, which, by the way, if we got to put up with, then, we might as well enjoy what’s good about them.

    My favouryte negro musick, however, is this kind of thing, below. This particyular blues’s singer was Miss Bonnie Raitt’s favouryte.

  17. Yeah—I love that. On YouTube, there’s a clip of Jimmy Page listening to “Rumble,” which I think he pulls out of a bunch of his own old records. It’s probably from a documentary that Jack White, of the White Stripes, did some years back. Until you mentioned it, I hadn’t known Link Wray was an Indian; but having just now looked for photographs of him, at Google Images, I can believe it. It’s funny how well that record, “Rumble,” seems to capture the “menace” that became part of rock.

    On the Dale Hawkins record, that’s James Burton on the guitar. I think Hawkins was a cousin of Ronnie Hawkins, whose group The Hawks included Levon Helm and morphed into The Band. That transition involved, as I’d guess you know, several Canadian musicians, including the half-Jewish, half-Mohawk Robbie Roberston, so we can really see how this music was spreading amid all three races of the old English-speaking North America.

    If you ever want to get a vivid picture, by the way, of life in the Arkansas Delta, before the mechanical cotton-picker, read the first twenty-nine pages of “This Wheels on Fire,” Levon Helm’s autobiography. It’s at Google Books.

  18. ‘Until you mentioned it, I hadn’t known Link Wray was an Indian; but
    having just now looked for photographs of him, at Google Images, I can
    believe it. ‘

    Hey, get this, John : Link was a Lumbee, and The Lumbee Indians are the Whitest Indian around – and their ladies are knock down gorgeous.

    Well, that’s the part that will ‘get you’, but, this : The Lost Colony apparently was not lost’, but, taken by The Lumbee, whose genes, having been recently examined, bear Shakespearian English DNA!

    So, hey – you had to like it, right? …

    So, Link was a mix of Crazy Horse and Alfred The Great. No wonder he figured it all out before anybody else.

    How’s that for some uselessly fascinating information?

  19. You don’t have to sell me on Levon Helm. I love his vibe!

    OMG – Robbie Robertson half-Jewish half Mohawk?!?@#$^!?

    Holy Cow!

    No wonder ‘The Night Ole Dixie Died’ was so dang expressive.

    It’s all that wild contrasting blood.

  20. You’re probably right, Junius, about Robbie Robertson: that dynamic blood.

    As to Levon Helm—yes, great vibe. At YouTube, there’s a clip of him doing “Watermelon Time in Georgia,” which is a Harlan Howard song I really like. It paints a great picture of a Southerner who’s heading back home, for the summer, after a moneymaking stint in the great Detroit of old. Not sure of the details, but the clip is from a show of some kind that Helm must have done shortly after his performance as the father of Loretta Lynn in “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Onstage with him are Sissy Spacek, who played Loretta Lynn, and Beverly D’Angelo, who played Patsy Cline. If you’re ever interested, just run a search at YouTube.

    Maybe you’ll be pleased to know that I never find fascinating information useless. Right after I read your remark about the DNA of the Lumbee Indians (of whom I’d not heard until you mentioned them), I did a Google search that took me right away to a brief, tidy webpage on the subject. It’s at and has the following subheading: “How does a group of people who have American Indian ancestry but no records of treaties, reservations, Native language, or peculiarly “Indian” customs come to be accepted–socially and legally–as Indians?” Wild.

    That brief instrumental by Jeff Baxter was choice. Since I was always a radio listener—as opposed to an album listener—the only track I know from “Stampede” is the single, “Take Me in Your Arms.”

    Jeepers—that reminds me of an occasion when two attractive young women approached me on a university sidewalk about forty years ago and asked me with buoyant desperation who did the song “China Grove.” Because I’d never known the name of that song, I had to run the tune through my head to come up with the Doobie Brothers; but once I’d done so, the two lasses brightened. Had I had money to spend on dating, I’d probably have taken advantage of the opportunity they’d thus been good enough to give me; but alas, I had no choice but to let them continue on their way—happy enough, I suppose. Allowing for my circumstances, I accounted it a win.

    That Son House performance you linked was great. Until I watched it, I’d never heard Son House, who’d simply been a name I’d encountered. There were a few times when his voice moved in a way that reminded me of Bonnie Raitt, but maybe that’s only because you’d mentioned he was her favorite.

    With the Son House performance in mind, I’ll conclude my contribution to this our exchange with the clip below. Directed by Wim Wenders, it mates a Blind Willie Johnson recording with actors, props, and a setting that, with the help of a hand-cranked 1920s movie camera, bring to life the world in which Johnson lived. It’s from a 2003 documentary series that was produced by Martin Scorsese and that originally aired on PBS. God bless you, Junius.

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