The Pony in the Manure

Clarice Feldman at American Thinker has an article up summarizing the mess regarding the intelligence community. It’s a good one. If you care about America and/or the world, I’d advise you to read it, and try to understand it as well. Here’s a bit

There’s so much in print and online about the House and Senate intelligence committees and Russian “collusion” with Trump that I can’t blame people with real lives to lead who just throw their hands up and garden or go hiking. Some will assume there’s got to be a pony in there somewhere, as Ronald Reagan used to joke about the kid digging through manure. I think there is, but it isn’t that Russia corrupted the 2016 election, it’s that Obama and his closest aides, including some at the highest level in the intelligence community, illegally intercepted one or more Republican candidates’ communications before the election, circulated them widely to their cohorts and then tried to use this information to defeat and later to hamstring Trump when Hillary — to their surprise — lost the election.

I also suspect that the attacks on Flynn have nothing to do with his Russian contacts which he disclosed, but, rather, to misdeeds respecting the Middle East, particularly Iran, the country he observed as Obama’s head of the DIA.

The Surveillance and “Unmasking” of Trump and his Associates 

We learned this week that surveillance of Trump began long before he was the Republican nominee, and that the names in the intercepted communications were “unmasked” — that is, identified by name or context — by someone high up in the intelligence community.

In addition, citizens affiliated with Trump’s team who were unmasked were not associated with any intelligence about Russia or other foreign intelligence, sources confirmed. The initial unmasking led to other surveillance, which led to other private citizens being wrongly unmasked, sources said.

“Unmasking is not unprecedented, but unmasking for political purposes… specifically of Trump transition team members… is highly suspect and questionable,” an intelligence source told Fox News. “Opposition by some in the intelligence agencies who were very connected to the Obama and Clinton teams was strong. After Trump was elected, they decided they were going to ruin his presidency by picking them off one by one.”

Nunes and Surveillance Reports

The best summation of this week’s distraction — respecting chairman of the House intelligence committee, Devin Nunes — is Victor Davis Hanson’s which I urge those of you interested to read in its entirety. [I do too, Neo]

First, the central question remains who leaked what classified information for what reasons; second, since when is it improper or even unwise for an apprehensive intelligence official to bring information of some importance to the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee for external review — in a climate of endemic distrust of all intelligence agencies?[snip] Nunes also said that the surveillance shown to him “was essentially a lot of information on the President-elect and his transition team and what they were doing.” Further, he suggested that the surveillance may have involved high-level Obama officials. When a reporter at Nunes’ second March 22 press conference asked, “Can you rule out the possibility that senior Obama-administration officials were involved in this?” Nunes replied, “No, we cannot.” Ipso facto these are startling disclosures of historical proportions — if true, of an anti-constitutional magnitude comparable to Watergate. Given the stakes, we should expect hysteria to follow, and it has followed. [snip]

Some notion of such intrigue, or rather the former nexus between Congress, the Obama administration, the intelligence agencies, and the monitoring of incoming Trump officials, was inadvertently disclosed recently by former Obama-administration Department of Defense deputy assistant secretary and current MSNBC commentator Evelyn Farkas. In an interview that originally aired on March 2 and that was reported on this week by Fox, Farkas seemed to brag on air about her own efforts scrambling to release information on the incoming Trump team’s purported talks with the Russians. Farkas’s revelation might put into context the eleventh-hour Obama effort to more widely disseminate intelligence findings among officials, one that followed even earlier attempts to broaden access to Obama-administration surveillance.

She goes on to specify at least most of the major players and their roles. Do read it, it’s the best rational guidebook to this that I have seen.

Nor do I have much to add except that in my experience, the only reason to overcomplicate and obfuscate almost anything is to avoid responsibility and blame. That what this whole thing reeks of. From the intelligence community, especially CIA, FBI, and NSA, from Clinton, Inc, far beyond the campaign, and from the news media, but then I threepeat myself, for they are all interlocked in so many hidden ways. And as a bit of an aside, this is far more important than any scandal in my lifetime, including Watergate.

Time to muck out the stable, and see if the pony really is there. Nothing really new here, though, Sir Walter Scott observed back around 1808

Oh what a tangled web we weave
When first we practice to deceive.

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12 Responses to The Pony in the Manure

  1. Mike says:

    Oh what a tangled web we weave
    When it is Our Practice to Deceive…

    It is always astonishing to watch those who are surprised that our intelligence agencies would lie, and equally astonishing to watch those who profess they would not.

    Liked by 1 person

    • NEO says:

      Indeed it is. And you know, some of that deceit is justified in protecting the Republic, but that line should be bright and straight, not muddled and crooked as the Platte River.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Mike says:

        Oddly enough, I almost died on the Platte because of a Tornado. I’m now thinking about that long forgotten event in terms of your metaphor.

        Liked by 1 person

        • NEO says:

          That can surely happen, if you’re not careful. That one just came to me, Lord knows it’s crooked enough!

          Liked by 1 person

  2. the unit says:

    They’re looking in the wrong place. Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane… It’s Sky Pony! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • NEO says:

      Could well be! I never shoveled a lot of manure, but I never found a no. 2 Shovel to be the best tool for the job, either! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • the unit says:

        Story too long and complicated to post in comments…or maybe even in a blog feature. But the gist of it is that it’s a job I’m in the middle of as of now. This works well, and I’ll be keeping my eyes open for any ponies. 🙂
        https://www.smartpakequine.com/pt/durafork-pitchfork-head-2031?utm_source=cpc&utm_medium=google&utm_content=shopping&utm_campaign=nb_shopping_tes&utm_term=12031

        Liked by 1 person

        • NEO says:

          Yep, that’s pretty much what we used! Better you than me, pal! 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

        • the unit says:

          I’ve got an ole timey metal one as well. Made to clear out the muck after the swamp is drained. 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

        • NEO says:

          That we’re going to need a payloader sized one for! 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

        • the unit says:

          I’ll have to rent a backwhoe to use. 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

        • NEO says:

          Yepper. 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

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