When news broke that Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn had resigned as National Security Adviser I felt disquieted and uneasy. That’s because the media latched on to the story portraying the young Trump Administration as being thrown into chaos. They wanted me to feel that way.
Democrats were emboldened by Flynn’s departure. “The reality is General Flynn was unfit to be the National Security Advisor, and should have been dismissed three weeks ago,” Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the top-ranking Democrats on the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, wrote in a joint statement.
“Now, we in Congress need to know who authorized his actions, permitted them, and continued to let him have access to our most sensitive national security information despite knowing these risks,” they added. “We need to know who else within the White House is a current and ongoing risk to our national security.”
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the top Foreign Affairs Committee Democrat, called for a “thorough, bipartisan investigation to get the complete picture of Russia’s interference” in the US presidential election following Flynn’s resignation.
The gloriously crushed Democrats haplessly cling to the notion President Trump’s Electoral College thumping of Granny Clinton was the direct result of Russian spies and the hacking of the DNC.
The Trump Administration poses a mortal threat to their entrenchment in government, and so has enlisted an army of Democrats, some Republicans, the "never Trump" die-hards, leftist thugs and anyone else they can browbeat into participating in what can reasonably be defined as an insurrection. They mean business. They are the embedded political enemy—the Dark Lord of Mordor from the Lord of the Rings.
I defer now to Michael Walsh’s piece in National Review:
Make no mistake about what's happening here: this is a rolling coup attempt, organized by elements of the intelligence community, particularly CIA and NSA, abetted by Obama-era holdovers in the understaffed Justice Department (Sally Yates, take a bow) and the lickspittles of the leftist media, all of whom have signed on with the "Resistance" in order to overturn the results of the November election.
Mike Flynn, a good man who saw the enemy clearly, and had the courage to name it, saw Russia not as an enemy but a geopolitical adversary with whom we could make common cause against Islam—and who also vowed to shake up a complacent and malfeasant Intelligence Community—was its first scalp, and an object lesson to new CIA Director Mike Pompeo should he have any reformist notions. As for the media, having previously failed to take down Trump aides Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway, Flynn was the next best thing; their joy today is unbounded.
So what must Trump do now? First, complete his cabinet. Second, fire every fireable federal employee in the leak-prone agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency. Third, start taking operational security seriously. Fourth, assume everything you say will leak to the media and be spun as malevolently as possible. Fifth, trust nobody.
Finally, it is being widely reported that Vice Admiral Robert Harward was offered the job of National Security Adviser. If Harward accepts, he is likely to bring in his own team, from deputy on down, with a focus on national security types with some experience under their belts.
According to Foreign Policy, Harward thinks of himself as a national security professional—and indeed once served on the National Security Council staff, during the Bush Administration. Before that, early in the Afghan war, he headed the Special Operations task force in Kandahar.
Harward also would work well with Defense Secretary James Mattis. When Mattis was chief of Central Command, Harward was his deputy. Mattis trusted him enough to put him in charge of planning for war with Iran. Mattis has urged Harward to take the NSA job.
Remember- a precedent has been set:— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) February 14, 2017
outgoing White House used classified leaks to press to bring down an incoming National Security Advisor
our own intel apparatus going rogue against the President— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) February 15, 2017
Is less troubling to the media
than a foreigner posting podestas gmail account
UPDATE February 16, 2017 @ 6:15 PM:
.@johnrobertsFox: "According to the @FT, Vice Admiral Robert Harward has declined to be the next National Security Advisor." #SpecialReport pic.twitter.com/x9sc88nhAS— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 16, 2017