Thursday, February 16, 2017

First blood: Mike Flynn

"… never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee." – John Donne

By G. Murphy Donovan February 15, 2017

Trump-haters have drawn first blood.  Michael Flynn was the first casualty.  General Flynn could come back into the fold at some later date.  Exile, followed by reprieve, might be something Donald Trump would do.  Alas, for the moment, the president doesn't look as though he can take a punch.   The entire "sanctions" kerfuffle, conversations with the Russian ambassador, is inside baseball stuff.  Nobody cares much about sanctions, Beltway candor, or character anyway. If every lawyer and politician in D.C. were fired for mendacity, Washington would be a ghost town.  Flynn was outed by a rabid press corps with a seditious agenda.  Trump has been bloodied.  Sadly, Trump didn't cut his losses. Like the man he replaced, the president simply folded like a cheap tent.......Flynn knows, too, that the national security community has unsheathed the long knives. Leaked intelligence is a two-way street. Oddly enough, Trump doesn't seem to realize that he, too, like Flynn, is on the regime change hit list after just a few weeks in office. Political pathology at intelligence agencies like CIA is not confined to domestic machinations. ........More

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