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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

April 15th, 2018, 10:53 pm

Flynn would have made the strike on syria less likely
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

April 16th, 2018, 12:19 am

ppauper wrote:
Flynn would have made the strike on syria less likely

Sure, and so would Bill Cosby
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

April 16th, 2018, 6:32 am

general flynn was a lifelong democrat who was a rising star in the obama administration, holding several important jobs and being promoted several times, culminating in his role as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Until he was pushed out for questioning the narrative on Syria and Assad.

For background, in Iraq, we were told by the neocons that if we toppled saddam hussein we would be greeted as liberators (like paris in 1944), with the iraqi national council led by ahmed chalabi waiting in the wings take over when hussein was removed. We all know that the result was very different.
We all saw the chaos in libya after obama and hillary removed Gaddafy.
And yet somehow syria would play out differently?

That was the point general flynn made, which in retrospect was obvious, but it drew the ire of obama who forced general flynn out

(famed journalist) Seymour Hersh wrote that "Flynn confirmed [to Hersh] that his agency had sent a constant stream of classified warnings ... about the dire consequences of toppling Assad." Flynn recounted that his agency was producing intelligence reports indicating that radical Islamists were the main force in the Syrian insurgency and "that Turkey was looking the other way when it came to the growth of the Islamic State inside Syria". According to General Flynn, these reports "got enormous pushback from the Obama administration," who he felt "did not want to hear the truth". According to former DIA official W. Patrick Lang: "Flynn incurred the wrath of the White House by insisting on telling the truth about Syria ... they shoved him out. He wouldn't shut up."

Here's a NY Times article from 11/11/16, 3 days after the election, on what we could expect from the incoming trump administration in syria with general flynn at the helm on national security
Donald Trump Likely to End Aid for Rebels Fighting Syrian Government
President-elect Donald J. Trump said Friday that he was likely to abandon the American effort to support “moderate” opposition groups in Syria who are battling the government of President Bashar al-Assad, saying “we have no idea who these people are.”
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal that dealt largely with economic issues, including his willingness to retain parts of the Affordable Care Act, he repeated a position he took often during his campaign: that the United States should focus on defeating the Islamic State, and find common ground with the Syrians and their Russian backers.
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“I’m not saying Assad is a good man, ‘cause he’s not,” he told The New York Times in an interview in March, “but our far greater problem is not Assad, it’s ISIS.”
But it also takes a position that will gratify President Vladimir V. Putin, because it suggests that rather than pressure Russia to end its support of Mr. Assad, a Trump administration will get out of Mr. Putin’s way.



Chucky Schmucky famously warned then-President-elect Trump not to antagonize the deep state,  “Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.”
The same advice should have been given to general flynn, who had a target on his back for a whole buhch reasons.
One being that he had incurred the wrath of obama over syria and been forced out. We all saw what happened to petraeus (look back at dr zerdna's old posts on the matter if you need to refresh your memory)
Another being the chants of "lock her up" during his convention speech, in reference to hillary clinton. Given that the fbi was working really hard to protect hillary and ensure her victory, that was guaranteed to piss the deep state off further.
A third being that he intervened in a sexual discrimination suit involving none other than andrew mccabe.
Did the FBI retaliate against Michael Flynn by launching a Russia probe?
The FBI launched a criminal probe against former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn two years after the retired Army general roiled the bureau’s leadership by intervening on behalf of a decorated counterterrorism agent who accused now-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and other top officials of sexual discrimination, according to documents and interviews.

That's the same Andrew McCabe of whom we were told:
McCabe, the second highest ranking FBI official, emphatically declared at the invite-only gathering with raised voice: "Fuck Flynn and then we Fuck Trump," according to direct sources. Many of his top lieutenants applauded and cheered such rhetoric. A scattered few did not.
This was one of several such meetings held in seclusion among key FBI leaders since Trump was elected president, FBI sources confirm. At the congregation where McCabe went off the political rails and vowed to destroy Flynn and Trump, there were as many as 16 top FBI officials, inside intelligence sources said. No lower-level agents or support personnel were present.
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

April 16th, 2018, 7:21 pm

with regard to scooter libby/michael flynn

FBI Investigated Former CIA Chief Michael Hayden in Secret-Spilling Case
The FBI sought a search warrant for the email account of former CIA and NSA chief Gen. Michael Hayden in 2012, according to a newly unsealed court filing. The warrant application was part of a broader Obama-era investigation into a leak of classified information to the press. Another official later pleaded guilty in connection to the disclosure.
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The search warrant application filed in November 2012, unsealed Monday, shows the bureau suspected Hayden of being a source for a June 1, 2012 New York Times article about the Stuxnet computer virus, a groundbreaking piece of nation-state malware crafted to sabotage one element of Iran’s nuclear program in 2010
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The FBI found no evidence that Hayden did anything wrong. But using similar tactics, the FBI eventually tracked the story to retired Marine Gen. James Cartwright. In 2016 Cartwright acknowledged he was a source for the article and pleaded guilty to a single count of lying to the FBI. Cartwright’s prosecution was widely criticized by freedom-of-the-press groups and government insiders, and Obama pardoned Cartwright shortly before leaving office.

General Cartwright was Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Obama, and unlike either General Flynn or Scooter Libby, he disclosed classified information and put national security at risk.
He never did any time, and I'm not sure if he was ever actually convicted, despite pleading guilty, because Obama pardoned him in the middle of the trial on 17 January 2017 (at the 11th hour, 3 days before president trump's inauguration)
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

April 16th, 2018, 9:38 pm

Any good book on the shelves these days?
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

April 16th, 2018, 10:00 pm

try this one:

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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

April 16th, 2018, 10:20 pm

And this one:

Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

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And note: 

"What doesn't kill me makes me stronger."  ~ Nietzsche.

That is one of my mottos.

Read some of the reviews too - from five stars to one star.  Some of the people (even the one star people) have written tomes as comments. 

Interesting to put in that kind of effort at dissecting and critiquing something in an Amazon book review.
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

April 17th, 2018, 1:47 am

Lots of fun and games in the Manhattan court of judge Kimba Wood today. After much foot dragging, it was finally revealed that Trump's fixer (not so much his lawyer as the guy who paid off people to keep quiet about their sexual relationships with him and select other senior republicans) also had a professional relationship with Sean Hannity. Funny! 
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

April 17th, 2018, 1:50 am

This is of course not beneath the level we have come to expect from Fox News. In fact, there is nothing beneath that level, not even turtles...
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

April 17th, 2018, 7:01 am

bearish wrote:
Lots of fun and games in the Manhattan court of judge Kimba Wood today.

it's a small world. Those of us with long memories remember kimba wood as one of bj clinton's failed nominees to be attorney general
"Nannygate" is a popular term for the 1993 revelations that caused two of President Bill Clinton's choices for United States Attorney General to become derailed.
In January 1993, Clinton's nomination of corporate lawyer Zoë Baird for the position came under attack after it became known that she and her husband had broken federal law by employing two undocumented immigrants from Peru as a nanny and chauffeur for their young child. They had also failed to pay Social Security taxes for the workers, the so-called "Nanny Tax", until shortly before the disclosures. While the Clinton administration thought the matter was relatively unimportant, the news elicited a firestorm of public opinion, most of it against Baird. Within eight days, her nomination lost political support in the U.S. Congress and was withdrawn.
The following month, Clinton's choice of federal judge Kimba Wood for the job was leaked to the press, but within a day it became known that she too had employed an undocumented immigrant to look after her child. Although Wood had done so at a time when this was legal, and had paid Social Security taxes for the worker, the disclosures were enough to cause the immediate withdrawal of Wood from consideration. The Clinton administration then said that the hiring practices for household help would be examined for all of the more than thousand presidential appointments under consideration, causing the whole process to slow down significantly. Determined to choose a woman for the Attorney General post, Clinton finally selected state prosecutor Janet Reno, who was confirmed and served through all eight years of the administration.

Janet Reno did not have a nanny problem, because she never married and did not have children, but was fond of softball. I had a college friend who worked in the clinton justice department and he said they made sure the 3rd nominee (Reno) didn't have kids

And what to make of this?
[quote]White House officials said they were angry at Wood because she had not told Clinton and other officials about the nanny, even when she had been directly asked. In her statement, however, Wood said she had not misled the White House.[\quote]

She also officiated at Soros' wedding
kimba wood officiated at george soros' wedding
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

April 17th, 2018, 7:05 am

Tucker Carlson: Michael Cohen was forced to hand over a list of his clients on a list to a judge. Among those on a list was our friend Sean Hannity in the hour after ours. Judge Kimba Wood ordered Hannity’s identity revealed even though Hannity had specifically requested that his name remain private which is his right… Keep in mind that Sean Hannity is a talk-show host. He’s not under investigation by anyone for anything. Who he hires as a lawyer and why is nobody’s business. No judge has a right to violate his privacy or anybody else’s. Those used to be the rules but the rules have changed. The point of the Russian investigation, you may have figured out, is not to find collusion. There was no collusion. Everybody knows that and everybody has always known that. The point is and was to hurt Trump and anyone close to Trump. And by the way it’s working.
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

April 18th, 2018, 8:00 pm

 
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

April 21st, 2018, 5:57 am

Sessions warns White House: Firing Rosenstein could prompt his departure, too
as almost the entire base seems to want sessions gone, I don't see the issue.
On paper, it looked like a good appointment, but he got played into recusing himself thereby enabling the whole phony russian investigation and allowing mueller to rummage through the entire past lives of the trump administration in a desperate search for wrongdoing
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

April 21st, 2018, 6:16 am

right now, with the revelation that ex-cia director brennan made a secret trip to moscow, everyone's wondering just what his role in russiagate was:
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