Archive for February, 2017

“National security” and “deep state” on the attack

February 21, 2017

Last week General Mike Flynn, President Trump’s top NatSec advisor resigned under a cloud of controversy for allegedly lying to VP Pence about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December. His crime? He allegedly discussed sanctions during the transitional phase of the Trump administration and his telephone conversation was caught-up in the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program.

However, the real offense in question here may actually be a criminal conspiracy perpetrated by a deep cyber-bureaucratic state that leaked the private conversation of a US citizen and gave it to the press in an effort to destroy a political career.

Bloomberg’s Eli Lake told CNN such a tactic is what police states do. “I guess to use a word that’s sort of gaining a lot of traction today my hope is that that is not normalized in our country because I believe that is a kind of police state tactic where you do not have an opportunity to confront your accusers. And this is a public trust, the ability to eavesdrop, and we need I believe, the government to do this to stop terrorism and criminals and foreign intelligence subversion.”

Late last week the FBI said it wouldn’t pursue charges against General Flynn.

While President Trump accepted General Flynn’s resignation, he did defend his close advisor. “I think he’s been treated very, very unfairly by the media — as I call it, the fake media, in many cases. I think it’s really a sad thing he was treated so badly.”

The president lamented the intelligence community for selectively releasing classified information like his phone conversations with world leaders.

“From intelligence, papers are being leaked, things are being leaked, and it’s criminal action. It’s a criminal act, and it’s been going on for a long time before me, but now it’s really going on. People are trying to cover up for a terrible loss that the Democrats had under Hillary Clinton.”

“The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by ‘intelligence’ like candy. Very un-American!” he tweeted.

Staunch Trump and Flynn supporters suggested that the general was targeted because he planned to trim the fat within the Intel community, reign in the military industrial complex and put more sunshine on the Obama administration’s Iranian deal.

Back at the White House, Sean Spicer, the press secretary said the President accepted Flynn’s resignation because the trust issue had “eroded” with the Vice President over the false accounting of his discussion with, Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador. “There is not a legal issue but rather a trust issue,” Spicer said.

Meanwhile, the Congressional House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Devin Nunes (R-CA) said his committee would be looking into the latest spate of leaks. “There does appear to be a well-orchestrated effort to attack Flynn and others in the administration. From the leaking of phone calls between the president and foreign leaders to what appears to be high-level FISA Court (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) information, to the leaking of American citizens being denied security clearances, it looks like a pattern.”

The intelligence brouhaha has been percolating for some time now. Whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and NSA’s William Binney have repeatedly told private citizens’ the US is building a massive surveillance state for some time and warned that absolute power by a few could come back to haunt the political process with threats of blackmail and corruption. Ordinarily, intercepts of American officials, as well as its citizens are the most tightly kept intelligence secrets. “Selectively disclosing details of private conversations monitored by the FBI or NSA gives the permanent state the power to destroy reputations from the cloak of anonymity. This is what police states do,” Lake reiterated.

In light of this revelation, the Washington Free Beacon reported: “former Obama administration adviser Ben Rhodes—the architect of a separate White House effort to create what he described as a pro-Iran echo chamber—included a small task force of Obama loyalists who deluged media outlets with stories aimed at eroding Flynn’s credibility, multiple sources revealed.

The operation primarily focused on discrediting Flynn, an opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, in order to handicap the Trump administration’s efforts to disclose secret details of the nuclear deal with Iran that had been long hidden by the Obama administration. “It’s actually Ben Rhodes, NIAC, and the Iranian mullahs who are celebrating today,” said one veteran foreign policy insider who is close to Flynn and the White House. “They know that the number one target is Iran … [and] they all knew their little sacred agreement with Iran was going to go off the books. So they got rid of Flynn before any of the [secret] agreements even surfaced.”

If those reports were accurate, how easy would it be to find the culprit? ” Former CIA analyst and retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel Tony Shaffer told Fox Business, “I would even go so far as to say the [Obama] White House was directly involved before they left — Ben Rhodes and those folks. I put this right at the feet of John Brennen (CIA Director) and James Clapper (former Director of National Intelligence,” He added, “I would even go so far as to say the [Obama] White House was directly involved before they left — Ben Rhodes and those folks.”

Shaffer confirmed the leaked audio from Flynn’s phone call was “beyond top secret,” and said the leaker could be criminally liable.

The retired agent supported Congressman Nunes request to fully investigate the leaking of classified information. “The fingers they are going to be finding are going to be pointing back at the former White House and some Democrats,” Shafer explained. He also pointed out that some Republicans could be implicated in the latest round of leaks used to undermine the new President.

Asked if he was concerned about the investigation interfering with politics as usual, he said, “Bring it on.”

Swamp Monsters

February 21, 2017

“Drain the Swamp” was intended to be more than a campaign slogan; it was a call to action to rid our government of the obstructionists, self-interest, and warmongers. But these swamp monsters are tough to overcome. They are so embedded in the very fabric of our political society from politicians and parties to bureaucrats, contractors, and lobbyists that re-education camps maybe the only answer – since firing squads are frowned upon.

Regrettably, not all the swamp monsters are red, some are such chameleons that it is really difficult to identify them for re-education. Many of the swamp monsters are blue and hold high-level positions such as Senate Majority leader and Speaker of the House.

The GOP itself is no longer a political party, it is a collection of misfits that have lost sight of Republican ideals of fiscal conservatism, fair taxes, the preservation of individual freedoms as enumerated in the Bill of Rights, and, the promotion of American products and trade. Fair trade and American products serve as American ambassadors to the world that lead people to want to be more like Americans. The quality, durability and fair pricing of American products made us the envy of the manufacturing world.

Then the globalists came along and decided the best thing for the world would be to lower the wages of Americans to Third World levels because the Third World could not compete with American ingenuity and quality. So we jumped into NAFTA and allowed products Hecho en Mexico to be imported duty-free into the US, except most of the products were made in Asia and assembled or had some minimal value added operation in Mexico to qualify for NAFTA’s tariff-free import. Mexico prospered because foreign companies built plants and assembly operations in Mexico and exported products at Asian and Mexican labor rates that competed direct with American workers.

The big competition problem for American companies and American workers is that American companies are held to higher environmental and worker safety standards, as well as privately paid medical care and retirement programs, that the Asian and Mexican countries completely disregard. To drive a final nail in our collective coffins, the NAFTA “free traders” sell these cheaply made foreign products in the US at US retail prices! We do not receive the cost benefit of cheap labor and relaxed environmental standards, the companies that have moved off shore do, their bottoms lines have swollen on the backs of American labor.

Have you noticed year-after-year the financial magazines report the shift in wealth from the people to a few dozen multi-gazillionaires worldwide. Believe me, no one believes in competition and survival of the fittest than me, but the governments of the world have so tipped the scales against competition by picking favorites (Read: banks, pharmaceuticals, and defense, to name a few) from which trillions of dollars of American taxes are transferred from the people to the elites every day.

Unfortunately for the ruling class, Mr. Trump, a billionaire himself, comes along and says the globalists are wrong and American workers are getting a major league shave. He wants to “Drain the Swamp” of those who would put the interests of themselves and their friends above America and Americans. His message resonated with a resounding defeat of “the Establishment” and the hemorrhaging of US jobs and wealth.

But there are always at least two sides to every story, for Mr. Trump the other side of the story is the embedded elites aka “the Establishment,” that is just not going to rollover and watch the trillion dollar pay days come to an end.

The Establishment is fighting as Winston Churchill demanded of the Brits during the Battle of Briton, “… we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender …” The swamp monsters have modified Churchill’s call somewhat, “we shall disrupt town halls, we shall publish fake news, we shall violate laws to eavesdrop, we shall file lawsuits …”

Incredibly, my colleague Kimberly Dvorak is publishing this hour, an incredible piece exposing the extent of the swamp monsters reach from George Soros to Barak Obama.

It seems that Soros/Obama have mobilized millions of lost souls looking for the promised land of Marx, Lenin, and Bernie Sanders, where everything is free, except your speech, press, religion, right to bear arms, unreasonable search and seizure, self-incrimination, etc. Under what misconception are these people laboring that they would work with such vigor to reestablish a system that has taken their freedoms, their jobs, their wealth, and subjected them to a lifetime sentence of living with their parents and worrying about student debt?

Hopefully, these warriors of the ultra-rich will stop, take a breath as Judge Ito used to say, and examine the FACTS not the inflammatory rhetoric. Open borders and sanctuary cities cost tens of billions of dollars per year to finance. Couldn’t we put that money to better use, say, for example, creating good-paying, meaningful jobs, right here in America?

I would say the logic escapes me, but, of course, there is no logic. The only answer is to Drain the Swamp and set our priorities on rebuilding America because without an America the world will definitely be much the poorer. God bless America.

Semper fi, Colonel sends

 

 

The General Disaster

February 14, 2017

Having met Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, President Trump’s National Security Advisor, when my colleague, Kimberly Dvorak, interviewed him in Cleveland (view interview here), I was saddened to learn of his resignation. Whatever he did not fully disclose to VP Pence, I am sure his reasons were innocent. He is a patriot, soldier, and man of integrity, but he was unprepared for the assault against him by the Pentagon and the press. The press, for crying out loud, attacks Ms. Conway for liking Ivanka Trump fashions. What happened to the March for Women? Isn’t Ivanka a successful businesswoman, mother, daughter, wife, etc. etc.

Anyway, General Flynn deviated from the Military-Industrial Complex crowd in Washington, which made him a highly visible target of Russian détente. The elites of Washington know that ISIS is not a sustainable enemy and that it will meet its well-deserved defeat in a direct confrontation with US and NATO forces. But the defeat of ISIS will not end terrorism and the “War on Terror” is not of a magnitude that can justify the trillions of dollars to be spent by the Trump Administration on defense.

To justify those expenditures you need a “real enemy” with staying power and who plays the game of statecraft like the Ruskies in the Cold War.

Thank God for Russians. Everyday the Military-Industrial-Cyber-Intel establishment thanks God for the Russians. They have an army, a navy, an air force, rocket forces, spetznaz special forces, rockets and satellites, and spies. They know how the game is played. They develop weapons systems and we develop counter-weapons systems and vise-versa. Talk about your endless cycles and job security.

ISIS is too small and confined. Sure it is capable of conducting terror ops worldwide, but so is any enemy willing to die for the cause.

General Flynn was the counterpunch to the perpetual war concept of the Military-Industrial Complex. Heck, President Eisenhower warned us of the danger of war for profit 60 years ago.

General Flynn recognized that we have more in common with the Russians than the rest of the Asian Continent. The Middle or Muddle East will continue to transition through despotic leaders based on Islamic fervor, as we are seeing in the transformation of Turkey into a dictatorship that will be fully consolidated in April.

Let’s face it, the major factor that drives US involvement in the Mid-East is Israel. We can try to couch our arguments for interventionism in terms relative to weapons of mass destruction, nation building, and fighting terrorism, but it’s all about Israel.

The Russians are the Israeli bogeyman for working with Iran, Turkey, and the Islamic ‘stans that border Russia. So relaxing of hostility towards Russia could lead to a pullback of the US commitment to Israel. So, Russia and everything and everyone that favors opening channels with Russia must be marginalized.

Middle East oil is not such a major factor to Europe and the West as it was post World War II. The North Sea, Nordic, Russian, Venezuelan, Canadian, Mexican, and American oil production have shifted the economic focus from the Mid East. Today, most of its oil has pivoted to India and the Far East.

So in an effort to keep us engaged in war, Bush 43, following in the footsteps of Bush 41, initiated war against Iraq, and which the emasculated Obama expanded into Libya, Syria, and Yemen. Everyone who knows anything understood Osama bin Laden’s hatred of America, not for helping the mujahidin in defeating the Russians in Afghanistan, but for basing American armed forces to fight against Saddam Hussein on “sacred soil,” the birthplace of Mohammed in Saudi Arabia.

Besides oil, what does the Middle East offer the world? A life controlled by 7th Century religious and political institutions that seek the destruction of everything else.

So the loss of General Flynn at the president’s ear is the loss of the counter voice to the concept of perpetual war favored by the Military-Industrial Complex. War-weary Americans must now brace for more war in the Mid-East (read –Iran). It ain’t gonna be pretty.

Fair winds and following seas, General Flynn, your measured counsel will be missed.

Semper fi, Colonel sends

President Trump directs the military to plan the destruction of ISIS. Plans are emerging…

February 8, 2017

One of the first executive memoranda signed by President Donald Trump requested a plan from the Pentagon to defeat Islamic State of Iraq and Syria/ISIL/Daesh/al-Qaeda et al.

“The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, is not the only threat from radical Islamic terrorism that the United States faces, but it is among the most vicious and aggressive.  It is also attempting to create its own state, which ISIS claims as a ‘caliphate,’” the president’s memo read. “But there can be no accommodation or negotiation with it…  ISIS is responsible for the violent murder of American citizens in the Middle East, including the beheadings of James Foley, Steven Sotloff, and Peter Abdul-Rahman Kassig, as well as the death of Kayla Mueller.  In addition, ISIS has inspired attacks in the United States, including the December 2015 attack in San Bernardino, California, and the June 2016 attack in Orlando, Florida.  ISIS is complicit in a number of terrorist attacks on our allies in which Americans have been wounded or killed, such as the November 2015 attack in Paris, France, the March 2016 attack in Brussels, Belgium, the July 2016 attack in Nice, France, and the December 2016 attack in Berlin, Germany.”

President Trump also directed military strategic OPLANs identify regional allies, establish a cyber operation to delegitimize ISIS, cut off and seize ISIS’ financial assets, as well as, the cost to taxpayers that should be included in the next Congressional budget.

Since the January 28 memo, military plans have outlined a strategy for the much talked about end game for ISIS’ destruction in symmetrical and asymmetrical warfare. An officer with experience in strategic planning suggested the planning is one way for the Trump administration to make good on a campaign promise of eradicating ISIS.

For those wondering why Trump undertook a broad travel restriction against seven countries (all but Iran have no functioning government) out of the gate, his military strategy illustrates why the US should be concerned about refugees. Many advisors, including Trump’s closest advisor, National Security Advisory, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn say it’s time to either declare war, defend our borders by reducing immigration or both.

“Unfortunately, killing ISIS won’t stop attacks on Christians and Jews. Only securing borders, enforcing the law and halting immigration until we can sort out who is actually in the country will work,” said retired US Army Colonel and author of five military books, Douglas Macgregor.

Nevertheless, President Trump has made it abundantly clear that the Department of Defense will finally be released from its current restraints of assuming Islam is a religion like any other when in fact, many observers claim it is a subversive ideology targeting the overthrow of non-Islamist governments.

One military plan allegedly presented to the administration identifies the US strategies have not worked thus far to eliminate ISIS in the Middle East: Air power combined with Special Operations Forces (SOF) lack enough punch to seize territory, and, ground forces under the current rules of engagement (ROE) to control populations and territory. If the President is serious about destroying ISIS the following approaches have been suggested:

Ask congress for a declaration of war against ISIS/ISIL and the camels they rode in on. Also, bar Islamist jihadis regardless of origin from entry into or residing inside the United States.

— If Congress agrees, then, direct the Army Chief of Staff to assemble a force for deployment through Jordan (via Aqaba) of no less than 4 brigade equivalents of armored forces (roughly 360 tanks plus 400+ Bradley IFVs and MLRS, Mortars, etc…) with support elements (25-30,000 troops) for use in close cooperation with US air power to systematically attack concentrations of ISIS fighters until ISIS is annihilated. Simultaneously, coordinate the movement of the US Army ground force into the region with the Russians, Turks, Syrians, Saudis, Iraqis and Jordanians.

— Wartime ROE would apply. Tactically, ISIS would be compelled to hold its ground to preserve the “Caliphate” making ISIS vulnerable to destruction. Those that fled could be herded into kill zones for airpower or toward the borders of surrounding states where they could be rounded up and incarcerated/killed.

–Make sure the ports, airports, and borders are sealed and the Islamists are expelled and kept out. Why? The above-recommended action will recruit new Islamists to attack the US, but it will crush the geographically oriented ISIS Caliphate out of existence. It simply won’t halt new attacks against Europe and us unless we secure the borders, and impose tough security measures against Islamists that are already here.

–The Army Chief of Staff could assemble such a force in less than six months and if he can’t, the administration needs to fire the Army Chief of Staff and put a young two star in charge and tell him to get the job done or he’s fired too.

Commenting on the proposed OPLAN Macgregor suggested “There is no way to eradicate the threat of Islamism with limited military operations.  The Muslim Near East is too vast, there are too many Muslims, and there are too many Muslims willing to seek martyrdom rather than live with what they feel is the constant humiliation of Allah.”

He also firmly said if there is no buy-in with Congress, “then the US should immediately withdraw all US ground forces from the Near East and Afghanistan and focus on the homeland, period.”

This is a simple plan, but one that Trump’s generals’ feel would be quite effective. While there are multiple plans headed to President Trump’s desk before the end of the month, most agree Congress must be supportive.

Backing the new president, Secretary of Defense retired Marine General, James Mattis set the tone at his Senate confirmation hearing when he told committee members, “We have to deliver a very hard blow against ISIS in the Middle East so there is no sense of invulnerability or invincibility there.”

With the GOP controlling two branches of government, there is no excuse for not bringing President Trump’s eventual plan to fruition. But this action is likely to separate politicians committed to the military industrial complex, from those who stand behind their president. Who wins? Will it be the US military? In either case, the country should unite to rid the planet of ISIS, then after winning again, refocus on President Trump’s “America First” policies.

President Trump directs Pentagon to plan the destruction of ISIS. Plans are emerging…

February 8, 2017

One of the first executive memoranda signed by President Donald Trump requested a plan from the Pentagon to defeat Islamic State of Iraq and Syria/ISIL/Daesh/al-Qaeda et al.

“The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, is not the only threat from radical Islamic terrorism that the United States faces, but it is among the most vicious and aggressive.  It is also attempting to create its own state, which ISIS claims as a ‘caliphate,’” the president’s memo read. “But there can be no accommodation or negotiation with it…  ISIS is responsible for the violent murder of American citizens in the Middle East, including the beheadings of James Foley, Steven Sotloff, and Peter Abdul-Rahman Kassig, as well as the death of Kayla Mueller.  In addition, ISIS has inspired attacks in the United States, including the December 2015 attack in San Bernardino, California, and the June 2016 attack in Orlando, Florida.  ISIS is complicit in a number of terrorist attacks on our allies in which Americans have been wounded or killed, such as the November 2015 attack in Paris, France, the March 2016 attack in Brussels, Belgium, the July 2016 attack in Nice, France, and the December 2016 attack in Berlin, Germany.”

President Trump also directed military strategic OPLANs identify regional allies, establish a cyber operation to delegitimize ISIS, cut off and seize ISIS’ financial assets, as well as, the cost to taxpayers that should be included in the next Congressional budget.

Since the January 28 memo, military plans have outlined a strategy for the much talked about end game for ISIS’ destruction in symmetrical and asymmetrical warfare. An officer with experience in strategic planning suggested the planning is one way for the Trump administration to make good on a campaign promise of eradicating ISIS.

For those wondering why Trump undertook a broad travel restriction against seven countries (all but Iran have no functioning government) out of the gate, his military strategy illustrates why the US should be concerned about refugees. Many advisors, including Trump’s closest advisor, National Security Advisory, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn say it’s time to either declare war, defend our borders by reducing immigration or both.

“Unfortunately, killing ISIS won’t stop attacks on Christians and Jews. Only securing borders, enforcing the law and halting immigration until we can sort out who is actually in the country will work,” said retired US Army Colonel and author of five military books, Douglas Macgregor.

Nevertheless, President Trump has made it abundantly clear that the Department of Defense will finally be released from its current restraints of assuming Islam is a religion like any other when in fact, many observers claim it is a subversive ideology targeting the overthrow of non-Islamist governments.

One military plan allegedly presented to the administration identifies the US strategies have not worked thus far to eliminate ISIS in the Middle East: Air power combined with Special Operations Forces (SOF) lack enough punch to seize territory, and, ground forces under the current rules of engagement (ROE) to control populations and territory. If the President is serious about destroying ISIS the following approaches have been suggested:

Ask congress for a declaration of war against ISIS/ISIL and the camels they rode in on. Also, bar Islamist jihadis regardless of origin from entry into or residing inside the United States.

— If Congress agrees, then, direct the Army Chief of Staff to assemble a force for deployment through Jordan (via Aqaba) of no less than 4 brigade equivalents of armored forces (roughly 360 tanks plus 400+ Bradley IFVs and MLRS, Mortars, etc…) with support elements (25-30,000 troops) for use in close cooperation with US air power to systematically attack concentrations of ISIS fighters until ISIS is annihilated. Simultaneously, coordinate the movement of the US Army ground force into the region with the Russians, Turks, Syrians, Saudis, Iraqis and Jordanians.

— Wartime ROE would apply. Tactically, ISIS would be compelled to hold its ground to preserve the “Caliphate” making ISIS vulnerable to destruction. Those that fled could be herded into kill zones for airpower or toward the borders of surrounding states where they could be rounded up and incarcerated/killed.

–Make sure the ports, airports, and borders are sealed and the Islamists are expelled and kept out. Why? The above-recommended action will recruit new Islamists to attack the US, but it will crush the geographically oriented ISIS Caliphate out of existence. It simply won’t halt new attacks against Europe and us unless we secure the borders, and impose tough security measures against Islamists that are already here.

–The Army Chief of Staff could assemble such a force in less than six months and if he can’t, the administration needs to fire the Army Chief of Staff and put a young two star in charge and tell him to get the job done or he’s fired too.

Commenting on the proposed OPLAN Macgregor suggested “There is no way to eradicate the threat of Islamism with limited military operations.  The Muslim Near East is too vast, there are too many Muslims, and there are too many Muslims willing to seek martyrdom rather than live with what they feel is the constant humiliation of Allah.”

He also firmly said if there is no buy-in with Congress, “then the US should immediately withdraw all US ground forces from the Near East and Afghanistan and focus on the homeland, period.”

This is a simple plan, but one that Trump’s generals’ feel would be quite effective. While there are multiple plans headed to President Trump’s desk before the end of the month, most agree Congress must be supportive.

Backing the new president, Secretary of Defense retired Marine General, James Mattis set the tone at his Senate confirmation hearing when he told committee members, “We have to deliver a very hard blow against ISIS in the Middle East so there is no sense of invulnerability or invincibility there.”

With the GOP controlling two branches of government, there is no excuse for not bringing President Trump’s eventual plan to fruition. But this action is likely to separate politicians committed to the military industrial complex, from those who stand behind their president. Who wins? Will it be the US military? In either case, the country should unite to rid the planet of ISIS, then after winning again, refocus on President Trump’s “America First” policies.