I rarely cover much U.S. domestic politics on this website because, well, frankly, because it's both depressing and hysterical (in the humorous sense), all at the same time. That is the cost, I suppose, of running an empire on corruption, blackmail, globaloneyism, and just plain old fashioned Rockefailure-Soros stupidity for so long. Now, as I've been given to understand the whole episode of the Flynn resignation, he didn't do much more than have a telephone conversation with a Russian diplomat, during which the Russian asked about sanctions(See http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2017/02/make-firing-michael-flynn.html), and Flynn responded that it would have to be taken up once the then President-elect was in office. Forgive me, but that sort of thing is what I thought national security advisors were supposed to do. But then the whole thing exploded into this corporate controlled media circus that President Trump is being influenced by the always-byzantine-never-to-be-trusted Russians and their evil Machiavellian criminal super-genius, Vladimir Putin, who, for the moment, has replaced the "Israel-and-the-Zionists-are-behind-everything" meme with the "Vladimir Putin is behind everything" meme. Next week it may be the Jesuits-are-behind-everything meme (and let's not forget, Pope Francis is a Jesuit! Q.E.D.)
Now, I'll believe that President Trump is a Russian agent when he builds his first high-rise casino in Moscow with the evil Machiavellian criminal super genius Vladimir Putin present at the ribbon cutting along with the balalaika band, and with a major equity stake in said casino (and hey, they have lots of Eskimos in Russia, so it could be an Indian casino, and everyone will be happy because it will be politically correct. That's a hint, Vlad. With careful planning, this could become a major modus operandi of the Trump-Putin cabal, giving new meaning to the phrase "pay to play" as Trump high rise casinos go up all over the world.). And our wonderful always-informed-and-always-to-be-trusted corporate controlled media seem conveniently to have forgotten Darth Hillary's little uranium sales and so on to Russia(See Russia? Look who’s really in bed with Moscow), not to mention the money that allegedly flowed into the Clinton coffers from Angela Merkel's Germany (German taxpayer money, as I recall,see Merkel BACKED Hillary: Clinton Foundation received £4M German taxpayer cash pre-election), not to mention the (out)house of Saud. Nothing to see here, no foreign influence here, folks. Move along.
All that said, something about the Flynn thing has bothered me since it first surfaced, and that is that it seems to have all the hallmarks of a classic sting operation: the level of predictable outrage far exceeded the scale of the alleged breech by Flynn. Now, while I've shared that suspicion with a few friends privately, when I opened up my emails preparing to schedule this week's blogs, I found the following intriguing article that was shared by Mr. G.L.R., and it outlines my suspicions far better than I ever could:
http://ronfor37.org/2017/02/15/is-the-flynn-resignation-a-sting/ (You'll have to copy and paste this link into your browser, as the linking function would not work for some reason.)
Now, what always bothered me about the Flynn affair was something this article brings out: Flynn would hardly have been unaware that his conversations were being "listened to" by American intelligence, and it was this factor that led me to entertain my suspicion that the whole thing was a sting operation to begin with, a point which the article itself brings out, citing no less than the New York Times itself. But now comes the cruncher: the press, supposedly basing its stories on "inside sources", cannot get the story's details straight, an egregious example of "BMLS" (Benghazi Memory Lapse Syndrome). Well, after all, "at this point, what difference does it make?" Well, the difference, the problem, as the article points out, is this:
A foolproof method of identifying someone talking to the press is to give him a specific story. If that story is published, you know where it came from, because it’s a unique story. Why would the intelligence officials have so many different stories if they read the same transcripts? The only possible answer is that each official was given a different transcript. Why would the intelligence officials have so many different stories if they read the same transcripts?
The FBI cleared Flynn on January 23. The “leaks” were published February 9. So Trump has everything he needs to reform the CIA, NSA, etc.
The FBI and Senate Intelligence Committee are going to investigate now. Trump ran his own sting a month back, when he identified intelligence officials as leakers. Trump warned them that this was illegal. It appears he’s taken dramatic action. The end.(Emphasis added)
Now, years and years ago, I wrote an historical novel(only a part of which was ever published, and self-published at that), in which the villain just happens to be the head of the Byzantine Empire's intelligence and foreign service (the Bureau of Barbarians). This individual suspected that the Emperor Charlemagne had a spy in the Byzantine Imperial court, but did not know who. So, he held a party, during which he pretended to let various suspects know that he had a spy in Charlemagne's court, but to each suspect, he told a different name of his spy. When Charlemagne executed a particular individual for espionage and treason, the Byzantine spymaster knew who among his suspects was the spy. It's a classic case of what people in spy craft call "dying the waters." In this case, if the article is correct, and various people were shown different transcripts, then several waters were dyed, and several "sources" for the leaks are implied. And if this was a sting operation of this sort, then it also has enormous implications for political fallout as well, for with congressional investigations pending, those within both parties who are opposed to the administration of Mr. Trump, will be confronted with some embarrassing information...
But that, of course, is all high octane speculation. Time will tell.
See you on the flip side...