Paradigms and Demographics
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Is Michael Flynn's Resignation a Sign of the Deep State's Power, or a Sign of Its Vulnerability?
The intelligence community is the most-entrenched bureaucracy of government. Does it answer to any president?
Feb. 15, 2017
Like Scott Shackford, I'm
pro-leaks about government activities
, especially when they serve to reveal covert actions and limit the power of the state. Revelations by the likes of
have all served this purpose even as they have proved catastrophic (in various degrees) to the leakers themselves.
The resignation of President Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, after it became clear he lied about contact with the Russian ambassador before Trump's inauguration, is not so cut-and-dried, though. According to all reports, transcripts of calls involving Flynn showed considerable contact between Flynn and Russian state actors. Flynn was ostensibly cashiered because he lied to Vice President Mike Pence, which is a good-enough reason to can any employee. But as Eli Lake writes at Bloomberg View, that explanation is hardly convincing for an administration that is constantly bullshitting about everything from the size of the president's crowds to his business acumen.
Something more is at work here, says Lake, and attention must be paid
:......But in the meantime, the
"unprecedented" volume of leaks
serve an ironic function against the people making them: They show the extent to which bureaucrats are dug in and willing to go to almost any length to maintain a status quo that is plainly not working not working for taxpayers and citizens........
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Clearly this writer isn't a fan of Trump or his administration, making this commentary all the more interesting.
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