Flynn’s Takedown, “A Soft Coup”

February 14th, 2017

In case anyone is keeping score, there was a faction allied with Trump that claimed that they were going to steal the election from Hillary, who was obviously well into the process of stealing the election for herself (see Bernie).

Post election, Hillary’s faction obviously hasn’t just shrugged its shoulders and said, “Oh well.”

Via: The Week:

The whole episode is evidence of the precipitous and ongoing collapse of America’s democratic institutions — not a sign of their resiliency. Flynn’s ouster was a soft coup (or political assassination) engineered by anonymous intelligence community bureaucrats. The results might be salutary, but this isn’t the way a liberal democracy is supposed to function.

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.

Related: Disclosing SIGINT Contents, “One of the Most Serious Felonies”

9 Responses to “Flynn’s Takedown, “A Soft Coup””

  1. Duras Says:

    I could have sworn I woke up to an article straight out of 1984, “We’ve always been at war with Eastasia,” or is it Eurasia? Does it matter?

    They sure never let a good crisis go to waste. Maybe PRISM needs added to the list of things Trump plans to dismantle? Or perhaps we could get to releasing some of those shrillery foundation emails? I’m sure George Webb would appreciate it.

    I have a feeling this will snowball, the cognitive dissonance blender is on mega-overdrive (headed for Über).

    So at this point, (from the election on), we’re at a counter, counter coup?

  2. Loveandlight Says:

    I have throughout a good portion of my life been someone who has been very interested in the political process and the issues that drive it. But we’re in such an Orwellian mess right now that for the first time in my life, I have decided to adopt an attitude of neutral indifference and “whatever will happen is simply going to happen”. What else is there to do when nearly everything you hear sounds as though it is steeped in agenda and distortion in one way or another, and when so many people promoting any given narrative display all the signs of being a brainwashed dupe?

    If there were something I could do or say to make a meaningful difference, I might do it, but right now I am at something of a loss to see what that would be. I’m only submitting this as a comment because I suspect that many people who pay attention to and really think about things are feeling this way.

  3. imark Says:

    Yes I see that too. I chalk it up to the illusion that we share a common reality is collapsing. That the “fake news” concept has entered mainstream consciousness is also part of it. Scott Adams on his blog presents the idea that we might be watching the same movie, but one person thinks it’s a comedy, another a horror movie, another a drama and so on. It has always been that way, but it’s becoming more apparent and people don’t know what to do with the idea.

  4. tm Says:

    Of course, the author of this article is clearly a tool for the Deep State himself, since he disparages Flynn as a “conspiracy theorist”. We all know what “conspiracy theories” advanced by Flynn that he’s referring to – to Flynn’s Captain Obvious assertion that Obama’s CIA created ISIS.

  5. pookie Says:

    @Loveandlight I started going extremely local to carry on a fight against the corporatist agendas and distortion emanating from our corrupt local gubmint … and then I ran into the ties the corrupt local gubmint has with the national gubmint, which currently is serving the globalists. So kick some butt locally. We may not win these small battles, but at least we’re throwing some well-aimed monkey wrenches. And shine some light into dark places – those corrupt career bureaucrats HATE it when their secrets get revealed to the public, and it’s immensely enjoyable watching them twist and squirm and equivocate and prevaricate, to cover their butts.

  6. Duras Says:

    Personally, I think the best revenge is a life well lived in spite of all of this. The public figurines really are just theater in the end, I see this as a tragic comedy inside of a horror movie. The show only can go on as long as they fool the people into thinking that it’s real, these systems and techniques have all been used before.

    We don’t see the people really running things on TV, I get the impression they don’t have things as under control as they want us to believe. Chaos brings order, one of their favorite techniques is to a create a problem, and then ride in like a hero with the solution. It’s interesting seeing people who are used to having everything planned 25 years in advance having to think on their feet, the pussy hat marches say quite a bit. I could be wrong, but this cycle seems slipshod at best.

  7. Eileen Says:

    Can’t believe Flynn got thrown under the bus for “talking to the Russians.’ I for one don’t get what the CRIME is in talking to the Russians. Whether over or under the table?! Dya think these discussions might preclude WWIII? I for one do! Jackasses all. And that flucking TV. SHUT IT OFF. Talking heads. Talking. Period. They don’t know shit.

  8. Loveandlight Says:

    @Eileen: Absolute agreement, on all counts.

    Interesting follow-up: USA Today poll: ‘Political climate’ is freaking most of us out

  9. Duras Says:

    Trump responds:

    Bullet points:

    Full video:

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