February 2017: Russian Jets Buzz US, White House Loses National Security Adviser And Ex-Obama Admin ‘Confidantes’ Apparently Still Micro-Managing Things

Ben Rhodes

Take a breath, but now the world is suddenly looking even more explosive this month.

As the Russians have been accused by the departing Obama Administration of tampering with US elections last year (per the Inquisitr story I did on the last day of 2016), and they are now reported by the UK’s DailyMail to be flying military aircraft over a US Navy destroyer at high speed and making low passes, another story comes from the Free Beacon and writer Adam Kredo regarding the untiring efforts of former Obama Administration officials on a “secret, months-long campaign” meant to “handicap President Donald Trump’s national security apparatus and preserve the nuclear deal with Iran, according to multiple sources in and out of the White House…,”

Former policy guy for President Barack Obama, Ben Rhodes, had his name come up in the news from the Washington Free Beacon. Per the details, there has been an ongoing “behind-the-scenes effort by these officials to plant a series of damaging stories about Flynn in the national media,” and the effort is said to include “a small task force of Obama loyalists who deluged media outlets with stories aimed at eroding [President Donald Trump’s National Security guy Mike Flynn’s] credibility, multiple sources revealed.”

The undermining of Trump’s White House, as Kredo’s sources point out in the story quotes, state while Flynn took responsibility on Monday for “missteps” regarding initial contact with Russian officials in his resignation statement, “multiple sources closely involved in the situation pointed to a larger, more secretive campaign aimed at discrediting Flynn and undermining the Trump White House.”

The source is quoted in Kredo’s story is said to be a “veteran national security adviser with close ties to the White House” and goes on with the information.

“It’s undeniable that the campaign to discredit Flynn was well underway before Inauguration Day, with a very troublesome and politicized series of leaks designed to undermine him. This pattern reminds me of the lead up to the Iran deal, and probably features the same cast of characters.”

 

Mike Flynn seemed to be on some folk’s radars last year, as revealed previously by the Powerline blog.

“Mike Flynn is the other key appointment for purposes of airing Obama’s Iran secrets. [Eli] Lake points out that in 2011 General Flynn ran a team at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that reviewed the troves of material captured in the 2011 Osama bin Laden raid,” the post states.

But it goes on about Flynn.

“Under Obama, only a small fraction of these documents have been declassified and released. After he retired from the military, Flynn charged that the disclosures were selective. ”

Flynn likely seemed very scary to the previous Administration, per this Powerline post.  Furthermore, Flynn is said to have noted that “… some documents captured in the bin Laden raid show a much tighter relationship between Iran and al-Qaeda than previously disclosed.”

Mike Flynn has not been shy about speaking his mind on the Obama Administration’s Iran policy. Powerline cites the words of Flynn in The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies.

Flynn states in that work, per Powerline:

“One letter to bin Laden reveals that al-Qaeda was working on chemical and biological weapons in Iran.”

Previously in 2015, complaints surfaced about the micro-managing efforts of some Obama Administration officials, reported on here.

Obama’s Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, in that previous story, was told that “all three of your Obama Administration predecessors have complained openly about White House aides micromanaging military operations,” by Congressman Mac Thornberry.

And an opinion piece in the Washington Times has mentioned Ben Rhodes last year as well, stating then “Ben Rhodes must account for the lies about the Iranian negotiations.”

Partisanship in D.C. is nothing new, of course, but this is looking very, very bad for everyone.

And So 2017 Begins: Hacking Accusations, Pope Francis Suggests ‘We Need the Lord’

As the newest year begins and people are still making important resolutions, here are a few of my first stories for 2017.

From YahooNews, the “Russia Hacked” US issue rages on.

“White House officials addressed U.S. cyber insecurity issues and the response being taken on Russian diplomats in retaliation for what has been called Russian interference in the recent American elections.

“’It is a fact that Russia interfered in our democratic election,’ according to a senior Obama administration official during a conference call with the press on Thursday as many in the public debate the issue.

“The White House press call regarding the cybersecurity issues and Russian hacking concerns makes very clear the position of the Obama administration on this matter.”

“There’s no debate in the U.S. administration about the fact — and it is a fact — that Russia interfered in our democratic election. We’ve established that clearly to our satisfaction. I would never expect Russia to come out with their hands up and acknowledge what they did. They don’t do that.”

Journalist Glenn Greenwald was dubious about the White House accusations.

Pope Francis, 80, gave a New Year’s Message to Earth’s people, as my post from the Inquisitr relays. Re-examining the “logic of the manger” is considered as a way to perhaps better understand the unseen God.

Pope Francis, in his new year messages at St. Peter’s Basilica suggested that ‘we should acknowledge that we need the Lord to enlighten us’ to the faithful and the tourists who came to celebrate together and hear his message.

“In general, reviewing the various messages in recent days from this pontiff, it seems Francis wanted to express hope and encouragement to the people who came to share, worship and celebrate with him at the Vatican.

 “And Pope Francis clearly sees new opportunities for improvement with the arrival of a new year, per the report from Crux. He added we should consider the infant born in Bethlehem to learn something more about God. As the pontiff points out in his message, there was a plan.

God wanted to be close, in the flesh, to those who feel lost, hurt, discouraged, afraid, inconsolable, or who feel burdened by loneliness so that sin, despair and exclusion [wouldn’t have the final word.] ”

 

DNC Chair Race: Proxy Battle Rages On Despite Agreement Not To Attack Each Other

Senator Bernie Sanders 2017

The Democratic National Committee leadership race is apparently an ongoing proxy war which rages just below some media radars, likely because there is an “agreement not to attack” between the seven major candidates to succeed Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Donna Brazile at that post-2016 election top spot.

Or so writes Jonathan Easely over at The Hill recently, describing some festering wounds perhaps re-opened by 2016 Presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in his backing of one of the DNC leadership candidates for the position.

From that article, Senator Sanders is choosing to support Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota for the DNC chair position, while the former Vice President under ex-President Barack Obama is choosing to back Tom Perez, described as also being “a top contender for Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman.”

Appearing on Sunday morning’s “State of the Union” news show at CNN, Bernie Sanders addressed the fight.

Host Jake Tapper asked Senator Sanders about former Labor Secretary Perez being endorsed for the job by ex-VP Biden over Ellison.

Tapper quoted a Sanders’ statement from a February Facebook reaction about whether or not the DNC will “stay with a failed status quo approach or do we go forward with a fundamental re-structuring  of the Democratic Party?”

Sanders replied to it.

“Look, I like Joe [Biden] and I certainly have enormous respect for President Obama. But the facts are that despite the reality that we have an extreme right-wing Republican Party, which is way out of touch with the American people on every issue, they now control the White House, the Senate, the House and two-thirds of the Governors’ chairs.”

Former VP Biden was quoted over at CBS News online by Emily Schultheis on his choice of who to support for DNC chair, seeming to take a swipe at people who don’t know “what it means to be a Democrat.”

“I’ve known Tom Perez for a long time. He’s a man of integrity and vision. And he knows what it means to be a Democrat—that we are a party that fights for economic fairness for working families and believes that everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or who they love.”

In the Facebook statement, Sanders also wrote this:

“I say we go forward and create a grassroots party which speaks for working people and is prepared to stand up to the top 1 percent. That’s why we have to support Keith Ellison.”

Biden, however, feels people are being treated as children by the Sanders-Ellison wing of the fight. To underscore that, the former VP also stated in the CBS piece that Perez “… knows how to talk to people, not down to them.”

So, the battle is raging on for the soul of the Democratic Party.

[Featured image by Carla Miles/cmilesmedia]