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    Revenge of Neocons? Who Will Replace Michael Flynn and What It Tells Us

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    With Michael Flynn’s resignation leaving a hole in the Trump administration, neocons are desperately trying to get one of their own into the role of national security adviser.

    General Flynn, a lifelong Democrat and staunch defender of Trump’s non-interventionist stances, was never a favorite among the neo-conservatives who are used to running the show.

    The controversy surrounding Flynn began when someone leaked information that he was speaking to Russian officials and urging them not to overreact to the sanctions placed on them by the Obama administration — implying that the Trump administration may have a different position on Russia than his predecessor.

    Smelling blood in the water, the media and Democrats pounced, asserting that Flynn had broken the law.

    On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed that President Trump requested Michael Flynn’s resignation over “eroding trust,” though he acknowledged that Flynn did not break the law, and moreover it was his job to communicate with America’s foreign counterparts.

    Trump’s adviser Roger Stone took to Twitter on Tuesday to blame White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus for Flynn’s departure, which he also called a "Pearl Harbor" for Trump loyalists. Many outlets have reported, for months, that there is tension and a power struggle happening in the White House between Priebus — a neocon, and Bannon — who holds more populist positions.

    Now, the contenders for the position are retired Army Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg, retired Navy Vice Adm. Robert Harward, and former CIA Director David Petraeus. Kellogg has been named as the acting security adviser in the meantime.

    Harward, a former deputy commander of the US Central Command, was the commander of JSOC from 2006-2008. In a recent report by the Intercept about war crimes committed by SEAL Team 6, journalists revealed a tactic referred to as ‘canoeing’ began to gain popularity in 2007. ‘Canoeing’ refers to special operators beating in the head of someone you killed — until it looks like a canoe. The team’s brutal style of warfighting in Iraq and Afghanistan has been widely labeled by human rights groups as criminal.

    Harward also served on the National Security Council under George W. Bush. After leaving the military, Harward went on to become an executive at Lockheed Martin UAE. He is widely reported as being the favorite to assume the position.

    Petraeus is a retired four star Army general who spearheaded the war in Iraq and Afghanistan before being appointed by President Obama a CIA director. Petraeus has been heralded as the father of counterinsurgency strategy used by US troops in foreign wars as well as a devotee of the drone wars that killed thousands of innocent civilians. The general was forced to retire from his CIA position after he leaked classified information to his mistress. He later plead guilty to a misdemeanor over the leaks.

    Kellogg, a three star former Army lieutenant general, served under Flynn in the Trump administration as the council's chief of staff. He was also the foreign policy adviser to Trump during the campaign.

    After leaving the military, Kellogg went to work with the Coalition Provisional Authority, a “puppet state” formed to act as a transitional government of Iraq after its dissolution.

    With Trump’s vocal criticism of the Iraq War, it remains unclear why he would consider replacing people on his team who share his vision with people who were so instrumental in a war that he believes to have been a “mistake.

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      marcanhaltin reply toTim - USA(Show commentHide comment)
      Tim - USA, I have said, on a number of occasions, Tim, that some are only interested in their conclusions and dam the facts if they get in the way. Good for you in pointing out the obvious.
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      PaleRiderin reply totom.hanko(Show commentHide comment)
      tom.hanko, see my comment below, but quite frankly I am in total disagreement with your hypothesis. It's totally out of character for Trump and his Administration will soon learn this. Trump will have to now show what he is made of and his Administration will have to step up as well. So as I said below, it's too early to throw in the towel because we are about to see some powerful examples of ethical character and strong leadership in the next few days from Trump et al. Moreover, there may in fact be additional Staff that don't measure up, Priebus may in fact be one of them. It will be interesting to see if Governor Christe comes on board to kick some butt too, but I do not expect and of the so-called "neocons" getting any traction.
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      marcanhaltin reply toPaleRider(Show commentHide comment)
      PaleRider, I, wholeheartedly, agree with you. Keep up the good work!
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      marcanhaltin reply toPaleRider(Show commentHide comment)
      PaleRider, Christie has "Bridgegate" on his resume. He, and Guiliana both blew it where Trump is concerned.
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      marcanhalt
      jas, Rand Paul is, or is not a good man. He is libertarian and that is not lost in the House. He has yet to find his voice when it matters, especially on the House floor. He gets to talk to the furniture, because the chamber is mostly empty. It's good to know, though, that he has at least one supporter, but he is no Ron Paul...
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      PaleRiderin reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
      marcanhaltmarcanhalt, I am no so sure about that. Look Christie has just been called up as I read today, and Rudy is involved in administratively setting up Trumps push on cyber security, obviously not a technical force to be reckoned with, but administratively an organizer and knowledge of the Planet, given his own consulting experience. It's going to take a very strong leader to fill Flints shoes and it likely will not be another General, no that I have anything aganist generals, but the US is running out of those with political experience, thanks to OBOZO.
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      jas
      Look at thees articles!! And Sputnik claims it is not a propaganda mill. Look at the photo of Trump they think is so cute. Nothing but emotional exploitation. Not journalism.
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      PaleRiderin reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, they are ALL politically motivated propaganda mills. I added a qualifier since "propaganda" really means "news."
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      marcanhaltin reply toPaleRider(Show commentHide comment)
      PaleRider, Trump will forever be Trump. I don't think that his campaign had managers, or administrative assistants in mind, when he said he was going to drain the you-know-what. He is in love with the military, and the men in the past. I just don't see him offering something so important as a National Security Advisor position to someone less than a MacArthur, if you know what I mean. Good insights, though, and I appreciate you taking the time.
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      marcanhaltin reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, Tell Sputnik, not us. We have already had that conversation with them. If you make sense, they might even pull the article in your honor. I have seen some pretty mysterious things happen even today...
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      PaleRiderin reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
      marcanhalt, a General McRaven at TX A&M, former Seal Commander in Afghanistan comes to mind, since he is really the only General, unscathed by the Obama Administration.
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      marcanhaltin reply toPaleRider(Show commentHide comment)
      PaleRider, Nothing wrong in your forwarding that information to Pence, is there? If I felt strong enough about someone, I would not be shy about it. It would be a feather in your cap with your family and friends if something came of it, wouldn't it?
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      PaleRiderin reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, they would never pull your wisdom and philosophical prowess my Friend!
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      PaleRiderin reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
      marcanhalt, I am thinking that the NSA and RF are monitoring our every word, and for good reason, we largely provide excellent advice on world issues using common sense. They should be thanking us, as I am sure our consulting fee is in the mail.
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      PaleRiderin reply tokarlof1(Show commentHide comment)
      karlof1, yeah, we are not getting off on the Foreign Policy in Eastern Europe quite well yet, some major ant-Administration issues to resolve as yet as well as some additional unanticipated vetting, but Putin is patient and I am sure that both Leaders are looking forward to meeting face-to-face. Trumps Administration is getting its legs, despite the Traitorous cowards in the US Government. The Russian Empire nor Rome was built in 3-weeks though.
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      marcanhaltin reply toPaleRider(Show commentHide comment)
      PaleRider, A consulting fee, huh? Well, if I don't receive my half, I will assume that they sent it all to you. You can assume the same. :-)
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      Tornado_Doom
      Russia should STOP hallucinating that the criminal barbaric US will one day make peace with Russia. The US is born through genocide and will remain barbaric criminals.
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      ivanwa88
      Strong hint the Flynn was the sacrificial lamb for deal on tax returns which was announced same day.
      That's how CIA/neocons work they get shite on you and twist the knife till you obey! I hope they know what there doing this is not the US of a decade ago could they have started a 'revolution' that will drain the swamp.
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      jasin reply toivanwa88(Show commentHide comment)
      ivanwa88, Heard a guy on talk radio try to say that corporate tax cuts were really for the workers. LOL.
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      pbecke
      'With Trump’s vocal criticism of the Iraq War, it remains unclear why he would consider replacing people on his team who share his vision with people who were so instrumental in a war that he believes to have been a “mistake.'

      A sad summation to end on.
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