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16 February 2020


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The tree amigos, Fiona Hill, Marie Yavonovich, and Gordon Sondland, were for some completely unknowable reason not available for the job.

Keith Harbaugh

sundance has an interesting perspective on
the appointment of Grenell as ACTING DNI:
"A Possible Inflection Point – ODNI Ric Grenell…", 2020-02-20:

Within minutes the media intelligence apparatus
displayed apoplexy at the announcement.

All of the right administrative state interests
are visibly triggered by the appointment;
and it appears this could be a key turning point
in President Trump’s push-back against
the permanent intelligence apparatus
that has targeted his administration for three years

An earlier Trump/IC conflict occurred when ill-fated Michael Flynn,
while he was serving on Trumo's transition team,
was quoted as being very unhappy with the intel. briefings the IC was giving Trump.
I can't help but wonder if the defenestration of Flynn
was at least in part motivated by
the desire to prevent Flynn,
who certainly knew A LOT about the U.S. intelligence community,
from having a position of real power over it.

Further motives for the way Flynn was treated
were, no doubt, the facts reported in this Politico story:

“Lock her up! Yes, that’s right, lock her up!” Flynn shouted,
his visage amplified to colossus dimensions by the huge video screen behind the podium at the Republican National Convention,
where he was calling for the imprisonment of his former colleague, ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Before millions of television viewers, Flynn led the chants of a raucous crowd during his speech endorsing Donald Trump.
“Lock her up! Lock her up! Damn right! Exactly right!”
Flynn encouraged the chanting crowd.
“There is nothing wrong with that!”
(Do you think all the Democratic apparatchiks in DOJ remember that?
Does a bear **** in the woods?)

Note also this tweet [after Flynn resigned] from [Philippe] Reines:

Reines tweeted “What goes around COMETS around”
and linked to an ad for jobs at Domino's,
“given your pizza obsession.”
(A tweet contextualized in another Politico story).


re "not available for the job for some completely unknowable reason"

Oh wonder, oh wonder. It is indeed utterly unknowable why they were not available.

Of course, there was that little thing with impeachment testimony that made Trump look somewhat bad over that Trump to go a little fire, fury and severely tweetish.

Trump is out on his impeachment revenge spree. Just to make the pun - Trump is now witch hunting the witch hunters.

He just "asked" a pentagon official to step down. That's a new Trump approach "Fire Yourself!" (wouldn't work in a tv show) - after the man iirc in the impeachment probably honestly dared to contradict the "The innocent Trump is being wickedly witch hunted!" litany of Trump's impeachment lawyer troupe.

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