Another-Another-Watergate: The Trump-Leaked-Secrets-To-Russia Scandal Is Really Dumb
Wasn't it was just few days ago, after President Trump finally pulled the long-overdue trigger on FBI Director James Comey, that we were assured by our media that this was Another Watergate? Remember way back then, when the breathless media told us…
Comey was fired because he asked for more money to expand the Russia investigation (not true); Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein threatened to quit over the matter (he didn't); Trump is interfering with the investigation (he's not). Yep, once again all the smoke manufactured to construct Another Watergate turned out to be lies, intentional lies told by intentional liars at The Washington Post, New York Times and CNN -- all of whom use "anonymous sources" to cover for their intentional lying.
Not to get too far off track, but here's one BIG reason nothing will ever again be Another Watergate…
An anonymous source was not enough during Watergate. Without a second source to confirm, The Washington Post would not publish anything, even if it came from the credible Deep Throat. Go back and watch All the President's Men and you'll see that all of the tension involves Woodward and Bernstein doing what no one in the media does anymore -- tracking down confirmation of what an anonymous source told them.
All the media cares about today is looking for an anonymous source as a means to publish what they know are lies. Golden Showers, anyone? Destroying Trump is the only goal.
And so even before the dust had settled on Another Watergate, the media launched Another-Another-Watergate with this shockingly stupid non-scandal about Trump leaking secrets to the Russians.
Can we start with the frightfully obvious?
The President of the United States cannot leak classified information. The president has full discretion when it comes to what is and is not classified, and this policy is in place for very good reasons. President Roosevelt regularly committed the sin Trump is now accused of. During World War II FDR regularly leaked classified information to Winston Churchill and -- gasp! -- the Russians. Do you think Joseph Stalin or his Foreign Minister, the monstrous Vyacheslav Molotov, had security clearance?
How much classified information do you think we share with Israel? How much classified information do you think Obama shared with Iran as a means to secure his terrible deal? How much classified information do you think has been regularly shared over the centuries between American presidents and foreign leaders? This is how the business of geo-politics is done.
Before I even get to the fact that it never happened, so what if it did? By the power of his office, which was given to him through our democratic process, Trump enjoys the discretion to tell anyone anything he wants. Moreover, the context around yesterday's Another-Another-Watergate involves a war, our war with ISIS, and Trump's desire to make an ally of Russia.
Even if it was true (and it is not), there is no scandal here. None. At worst Trump could be accused of bad judgment. Even in their own fake story, The Washington Post is forced to admit this -- although, naturally, it is buried under a half-dozen paragraphs: "Trump has broad authority to declassify government secrets, making it unlikely that his disclosures broke the law."
But it didn’t even happen!
And how do we know this? Because Another-Another-Watergate is based solely on an anonymous source. Meanwhile, all the on-the-record sources are saying it didn’t happen.
National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster was unequivocal: "The story that came out tonight is false. I was in the room. It didn’t happen."
Because the media desperately wants to keep Another-Another-Watergate alive, they are using the details McMaster added later as a means to say he left wiggle room (obviously I disagree on this point with the founder of my feasts), but do tell what confused you about "the story … is false … it didn't happen"?
Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell: "This story is false. The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced."
McMaster and Powell are highly respected, even within the swamp -- two people even the NeverTrump crowd would condescendingly describe as adults.
Good grief, even Richard Engel of NBC News is screaming "nothingburger":
That is not to say Trump did nothing wrong, or that the President isn't a little too cozy with the Russians. A source informs me that the Russians did receive, without asking, two scoops of ice cream.