[FoRK] Conservatives planned to impeach Trump all along

J. Andrew Rogers andrew at jarbox.org
Wed Feb 15 08:44:50 PST 2017

Whatever is going on, it isn’t what is being speculated in the media. See also: Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect.

These articles are written from the perspective of someone that knows nothing about the basic structure and nature of the US intelligence community. Consequently, it doesn’t make sense. There is an interesting story here for sure, the one being reported and the inferences the writers are making just aren’t it. I haven’t been following the news so I hope this isn’t representative, but it also wouldn’t be the first time the media has shown a remarkable capacity to not understand how the US government works.

More generally, I’ve come to the conclusion that almost everyone with a strong opinion about Flynn, positive or negative, has no idea who Flynn is or what he represents in the context of the US government. He isn’t some rando from the IC or military leadership, which is the impression one gets if you were to read what is written about him.


> On Feb 15, 2017, at 12:10 AM, Joseph S. Barrera III <joe at barrera.org> wrote:
> Oops -- forgot to link the story.
> http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38977644
> Flynn-Russia calls: Republicans join demands for investigation
> Leading members of the US Republican Party have joined calls for a wide
> investigation into the former national security adviser's links with Russia.
> Michael Flynn quit on Monday over claims he discussed US sanctions with
> Russia before Donald Trump took office.
> On Tuesday, a White House spokesman said Mr Trump knew weeks ago there were
> problems with the Russia phone calls.
> But calls for an independent investigation have encountered a cold reaction
> from some senior Republicans.
> The development came as the New York Times reported
> <https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/14/us/politics/russia-intelligence-communications-trump.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0>
> that
> phone records and intercepted calls show members of Mr Trump's presidential
> campaign, as well as other Trump associates, "had repeated contacts with
> senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election".
> On Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 12:06 AM, Joseph S. Barrera III <joe at barrera.org>
> wrote:
>> ... and end up with uncharismatic, unelectable, but very competent and
>> very conservative Pence as president.
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