— BANKSTER SLAYER (@banksterslayer) January 21, 2017
RT Asks Sarcastically: Are These the Kind of Men a Russian Agent Would Appoint to the Highest Positions in his Military, Diplomatic and Intelligence Cabinet?
On the other hand, the gloating at Radio Free Europe/Liberty, or at (increasingly these days) Saudi/Qatari funded 'Atlanticist freedom promoting' think tanks, over Russians disappointment that The Donald isn't 'their guy' and 'White House is ours!' is likely to prove short lived. While mindful of the optics, and ruling out any 1986 style Reykjavik Reagan-Gorbachev summit to discuss grand bargains, quiet negotiations are underway with the first Trump-Putin post inaugural phone call set for sometime this week.
The article actually says they have no idea if there's an active investigation, but your false claim got 3,000 RTs & that's what matters. https://t.co/0w4ozOnAZx
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 23, 2017
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, the White House National Security Adviser who is not subject to Congressional confirmation hearings, is being smeared as a possible Russian agent. Flynn we're told is under a counterintelligence investigation for speaking over a phone line both sides know was tapped by the FBI/NSA with Russia's Ambassador to Washington Sergey Kislyak. The purpose of that call according to White House spokesman Sean Spicer was to arrange a call between the White House and the Kremlin. As we're very likely to find out early this week, that investigation is going nowhere for lack of evidence, and the 'sources' who spoke to The Wall Street Journal about it were the usual Clintonista/Brennanista deep state dead enders bitterly opposed to Trump.
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) January 22, 2017
— Rogue Money (@theroguemoney) January 21, 2017
Not Everyone in the CIA, and Especially at the Pentagon, is Bitterly Opposed to Trump
Looking abroad, the U.S. military leading up to the transition in power and since has become a lot more aggressive in targeting Al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria. This not quiet subtle shift came after the Obama Administration and its Secretary of Defense the execrable Ash Carter found it easier to 'accidentally' bomb Russian-supported Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops defending Deir Ez Zor from Islamic State attackers last September than actually hitting a single Al-Qaeda target in Idlib. Apparently the Obama Administration's half-hearted support for the Iraqis to retake Mosul and the glacial to non-existent advance against ISIS on the Syrian side of the border had become too much to rationalize -- even for all but the most rabidly neocon brass and ranking civilians at the Pentagon.
— Rogue Money (@theroguemoney) January 19, 2017
As Charles Hugh Smith of Two Minds blog wrote, Trump would have never made it to the Oval Office without at least some elements of the so-called monolithic Deep State, primarily concentrated at the Pentagon and far less sympathetic to radical jihadists than the backstabbing former CIA director John Brennan, helping The Donald. Throw in some of the anti-Hillary leaks from the FBI which butthurt Social Justice Cold Warriors and The New York Times are still whining about during the closing weeks of the campaign, and a more nuanced picture emerges than merely 'Donald Trump vs. the Deep State'. Although the CIA is certainly, if Gen. Flynn has his way and as indicated by Dr. Steve Pieczenik, going to lose some of its paramilitary arms to the military, who are taking back control of U.S. drone wars in particular:
As German blogger 'b' from Moon of Alabama and others such as SOFREP's Jack Murphy have noted, the Pentagon is getting tired of cleaning up the messes the CIA and the civilian regime change enthusiasts have left behind across the Middle East. It's also tiring of arming so-called 'moderate rebels' many special forces and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) attaches in the Mideast know full well are jihadists capable of turning on U.S. forces inside Syria at any moment (three American Green Berets were killed by one such 'CIA vetted moderate' during training in Jordan last year, in an incident the WaPost/NYT gave minimal coverage):
— Jim Rickards (@JamesGRickards) January 22, 2017
In addition to 'b's' observations above, the Obama/Brennan/McCain policy of cozying up to the Muslim Brotherhood and of using certain Salafist radicals while labeling others enemies is unsustainable for fundamental reasons of cognitive dissonance. You cannot 'sell' such a policy to post 9/11 Americans, particularly those who genuinely fear radical Islamic terrorism, only obfuscate it with idiotic phrases like 'Assad must go (even though his army fights ISIS) because he's the best recruiting sergeant ISIL has' etc. This is also why as Team Rogue Money's mentor W the Intelligence Insider has observed, multiple attempts to drag the U.S. into direct combat against the Assad government could not be 'sold' to the American people.
After the Russians destroyed the huge ISIS oil tanker convoys from the Islamic State's 'caliphate' in Syria to NATO member Turkey in November 2015, the jig was up. The lie that the Obama Administration was fighting 'ISIL' could no longer be maintained. Everyone with eyes to see and ears to hear including many in the U.S. military understood that the charade had been exposed in front of the whole world, including European allies like France suffering from ISIS attacks funded by the hitherto untouched Daesh oil trade with a major NATO ally.
Turning Some at CIA Against Brennan's Stay-Behind Network of Agents -- and Cajoling Some Inside Langley to Burn Their Leaking, Syria Jihadist/Muslim Brotherhood Friendly Colleagues
It was precisely to correct the impression that he has 'a feud with the Intelligence Community', Trump said, that his first trip as President of the United States was to the CIA's Langley campus. Not only did Trump seek to set the record straight on Saturday during a speech -- however ill advised the podium's placement in front of the Agency's starred memorial wall -- but he also attacked the press for creating the false impression that he loathes and is at war with the US IC.
As a four-dimensional chess player, another unspoken reason for the Trump visit was for any Brennan loyalist leakers to hear the applause and even laughter greeting the new president's digs at the press, which at least after the Iraq debacle, were not always (with the possible exception of CIA's perennial favorite paper The Washington Post) the loyal lapdogs of the Langley seventh floor director's offices. One way Trump may hope to win over more CIA agents to his side particularly on the operations rather than analytical part of the house is to forcefully advocate that Italy release its European Arrest Warrant on former officer Sabrina de Sousa:
When Trump vowed on Saturday to give CIA operatives "so much backing like you wouldn't believe" Ms. de Sousa's plea for presidential assisted clemency from Italy may have been what he had in mind. Whether you or I think the renditions policy in the war on terror was partly justified or a kidnapping in violation of international law, the fact is Trump needs some 'wins' to show many at CIA that he's got their back, so they will have his. And by having Trump's back, we mean making the Clinton/Brennan loyalists left at Langley very nervous. Not only will they have to worry about Trump loyalists at NSA obtaining FISA warrants to intercept their communications with journalists to extend the anti-Trump campaign of falsified or doctored intel, but junior colleagues may be looking over older CIA officers their desk top shoulders or noting late night parking garage or park trips in the D.C. Metro area as well.
Leaks Can Go Both Ways, Dirty Deep Staters, and Some Of Your Colleagues Will Burn You (Because You Deserve It for Abusing Your Power and Backing Terrorists)
It's fine for Senators like Charles Schumer to threaten the President of the United States with spies having 'six ways from Sunday to get back at you' but heaven forbid in Schumer-land if some spooks start canary trapping or outing the #NeverTrump leakers in their midst. Nothing would likely send Schumer or ex-spooks like John R. Schindler into more hysterics than to discover that not all of the Intelligence Community hates Trump or was on their side. And yes there are people still working at the CIA who have major kompromat of their own about Barack Hussein Obama, John Brennan, Michael Morrell, Leon Panetta and of course, Hillary Clinton and her Saudi/Qatari cash hoovering up Foundation, now closing its doors since there's not going to be another Clinton presidency to offer favors to its donors.
In other words, life is about to get harder for those inside the intelligence bureaucracy determined to attack Trump with bogus leaks designed to make him look like a Russian agent. Ditto for Trump's neocon adversaries in Congress like Sen. John McCain, who want to hold hearings on Russia's 'meddling in the 2016 election' while denying their extensive ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and support for jihadist terrorists from Libya to Syria. Announcements regarding new FBI investigations, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)'s legislation to place the Muslim Brotherhood McCain and Mrs. McCain Sen. Lindsey Graham met with in post-military coup Egypt on the terror list, are all part of a coordinated campaign of push back. A campaign Team Rogue Money's 'Intelligence Insider' has predicted.
In this climate, as Gen. Mattis unleashes the devil dogs on Daesh only for Marines to discover to their astonishment (as did Turkish troops recently struck by U.S.-made TOW missiles in ISIS hands at al-Bab!) that the Islamic State's huge left behind arms caches come from NATO countries, and the anti-Assad campaign takes a back seat to in the President's words 'eradicating radical Islamic terrorism from the face of the Earth', McCain, Graham, and their neocon allies like failed presidential candidate Evan McMullin and Syrian rebel promoter Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) had better watch out. The exposes, cameras and awkward questions, if not federal investigations of who and what they knew and when they knew it about Syrian rebels tied to Al-Qaeda and its offshoot ISIS are coming.
— Egypt Built (@HosamDakhakhni) January 22, 2017
We already see hints of this, with Max Blumenthal, the son of Hillary Clinton loyalist Sidney Blumenthal, challenging GCC funded think tank hacks like unregistered Qatari government agent @Charles_Lister on camera regarding their support for Al-Qaeda's allies in Syria. Expect more journalistic and public relations pushback against what the Russia Analyst calls the 'neocon Syria jihadi Wahhabi Lobby' in the coming weeks, with hints that Trump may expand the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) to include think tankers critical of him on the Saudi and Qatari payroll.
— Rogue Money (@theroguemoney) January 21, 2017
Moscow Deliberately Curbs Its Public Enthusiasm for Trump
The turn of RT to run stories more critical of Trump and giving extensive coverage to the Women's March and other anti-Trump events is, along with Msrs. Medvedev and Peskov's remarks, another attempt by Moscow to debunk the ludicrous myth that it installed a Siberian candidate in the White House. There will likely be more 'realist' noises coming from Russia in the coming days and weeks, with the message 'curb your enthusiasm' as preparation for what will be hard nosed, but hopefully fruitful great power negotiations this spring.
Let's Make America Great Again #MAGA and Raqqa the New Torgau!
By summer, the worst nightmare of team McInsane neo-jihadi-con may come true: Americans may start seeing images of U.S. soldiers shaking hands with their Russian counterparts in villages liberated from ISIS. In which case, maintaining their own credibility and that of Cold War 2.0 is going to get a lot harder.
Had a great meeting at CIA Headquarters yesterday, packed house, paid great respect to Wall, long standing ovations, amazing people. WIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2017