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Yet again the ‘Truth Movement’ fails on Trump’s Secret War with Israel. Recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will force a ‘deal’.

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‘I’m a negotiator like you folks (Jews), we are negotiators,” he said. “Is there anybody who doesn’t negotiate deals in this room?’ said Trump to the Republican Jewish Congress during his 2016 campaign for the presidency. 

 
As a result of President Trump recognizing Jerusalem and moving the US embassy there, the world and the so called ‘Truth movement’ has yet again attacked Trump in a fit of rage.
 
Trump’s decision, as lauded by Israel and its allies, has of course enraged the Palestinians, and for completely understandable reasons when one considers the manner in which the Palestinians have been tortured and murdered by the State of Israel with the covert and not-so-covert support of the United States.
 
However, Trump has stated repeatedly that he wants a peace settlement negotiated.
 
Could the harsh trash talking populist Trump be the last hope for the free world?
 
He has to be, because Pence, a marinated-to-the-bone evangelical wants Bible prophecy to take place. President Trump’s decision is controversial, but it’s a position Hillary Clinton took 18 years ago anyway.
 
Let’s be clear–the President is not a peace activist. He is a media man and a deal maker. He is out to get the best deal possible for himself and the United States.
 
But not necessarily for the Palestinians or Israel. Trump wants the best deal for America.
 
This will not make Israel and Bibi happy. This may come to anger many American evangelicals  who regard America as a kind of New Israel. That is when and if they figure out that Trump is using theatrics and the manner in which this misdirection results in chaos and pits friend and foe alike while he gets what he wants.
 
What he wants for America may not fit what radical Christian Zionists and evangelicals want either.
 
Will everyone be happy?  
 
No, but at least there will be a “deal”.
 
The Jews know this but just as with Trump’s theatrical attack of 59 Tomahawk missiles on an air base in Syria the ‘truth movement’ has failed to understand what the President is doing, or at least trying to do.
 
The ‘truth movement’ has again lashed out at Trump and have given up on him in similar fashion as they did with post-Syrian airfield attack.
 
They are attacking the President again.
 
Trumps legions of gentile pro-Israel supporters are loving it. That’s politics.
 
The Jewish themselves are very skeptical. Even a cursory examination of the various Israeli news outlets reveals they smell something fishy about Trump’s ‘Jerusalem’ thing and are not yet ready to commit themselves whole hog. 
 
Yet now Assad is still in power in Syria and ISIS has been defeated.
 
Trump saw working with Russia letting Russia bomb the hell out ISIS as a good thing. It has happened.
 
The rest of the world has stepped in as well Chinese special forces have also been deployed to defend Assad. Not to mention the role of Iran and its major role in suppressing the Mossad CIA Deep State created ISIS.
 
The tide is turning The world has had enough of Israel and if Trump does not continue to make ‘deals’ in the interests of the US, then the United States will go down with Israel
 
‘Recognizing’ Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has been already done by the US Congress anyway. Trump’s recent action in this regard is like the faux attack on the Syrian air base in April 2016–more tricks, more theater, more distraction, more deal making. Justin Raimondo of Antiwar.com writes thus–
 
“What in the real, actual, physical world will change as a result of the empty ‘recognition’ of Jerusalem as the ‘capital’ of Israel? The answer is–nothing. The embassy will stay right where it is. Trump is stalling the move and keeps stressing he wants a peace deal and continues pushing for a peace deal.’
 
They may never more the embassy.
 
“Tillerson: Jerusalem embassy move will take several years.” 
Translation–’Sorry, this is fake.’
The world and even the average American who seems to care about nothing has been forced to look at this situation. In fact, for the 24 hrs Trump spoke on it even identity politics took a brief backseat to Jerusalem.
 
For every US president this is the most difficult issue.  They all suffer defeat and humiliation one way or another in being forced to ‘deal’ with the Israel/Palestinian issue.
 
It is now Trump’s turn. We had better hope he succeeds or it may be all over.
 
For their part the evangelicals are delighted Trump had recognized Jerusalem as the capital.
 
I shall be writing more about the American Radical Evangelical role on this soon. One thing that is clear however is that many people crave the destruction of the world because they want Christ to return. They want it now.
 
The US has lost a lot of power working for Israel in the ME. Israel and the Israeli first crowd pressured the US to remove Saddam Hussein.  A costly mistake for the American Empire. It has depleted American power greatly.
 
After the 911 attack on the USA by Israel America has moved swiftly to attack the entire Muslim world. Except for Saudi Arabia. Which is quite odd, given that America was told that 15 of the 19 were citizens of Saudi Arabia. Yet America attacked Iraq.
 
Let’s face it most Americans know very little about Islam and the ME.  Many Americans want to attack the entire ME.
 
By Trump forcing a peace deal America may finally be forced to look at how cruel and unreasonable the Israelis are.
 
Trump has some power but, he there are some things on which he simply cannot come out and say plainly, one of those being that it’s time for Israel to go to the peace table. He can’t speak plainly on this issue.  He will never be able to do so. So be prepared to continue to read between the lines.
 
Let us recap some of the other many clues the president has left us to consider and weigh–
 
Prior to the election in a scene that somewhat reminded us of the movie Bullworth.
 
Bullworth: My guys are not stupid. They always put the big Jews on my schedule. You’re mostly Jews, right? Three out of four of you?
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Trump confronted Republican Jewish donors– ‘You don’t own me…’
 
And again Trump prior to the election Trump said things that made the Jews and the Israel first crowd nervous.
 
‘You’re not going to support me because I don’t want your money,’ Trump told members of the Sheldon Adelson-funded hardline pro-Israel lobbying organization.
 
‘You’re not going to support me because I don’t want your money. If I wanted your money, I think I’d have a damned good chance. You know the money I have turned down?’  he told them.
 
Recall how Trump attempted to school the American people regarding 911 by referring to the ‘dancing Muslims’ in New Jersey. That is right. ‘Dancing Muslims’ means ‘dancing Israelis’ when some curious citizen decides to ‘Google’ it. 
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Do you forget Trump sent over a team of 12 FBI agents to Israel to bust a man who was making thousands of bomb threats?
 
That’s right.
 
President Trump sent 12 FBI Special Agents from the agency’s cybercrime unit to Israel to assist in the ‘investigation’ of the Israeli-American teen arrested for making bomb threats at American Jewish institutions. Was this a Mossad operation to make Trump look bad?  Yes. And he shut it down. 
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Trump has sold Saudi Arabia a lot of weapons and made the US a lot of cash but he has urged Saudi Arabia to end the Yemen blockade.  Also you may have noticed that the Royal family is in a lot of trouble over there. Is it so wrong to think that US intelligence is not involved in this? Stay tuned.
 
President Trump  ended the clandestine American program to provide arms and supplies to Syrian rebel groups, American officials said, a recognition that the effort was failing and that the administration has given up hope of helping to topple the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
 
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As far as I can tell the ONLY news outlet to cover the fact that Trump referred to Hurricane Harvey cryptically but deliberately was/is The Ugly Truth.
 
Trump saying of the name Harvey’ just prior to the emergence of the scandals involving Jewish movie mogul Harvey Weistein that has now reached hurricane proportions–‘It sounds like such an innocent name, Ben, right, but it’s not innocent…’
 
Not long after Trump spoke about the not-so-innocent Harvey, he then calls a press conference/photo op with all his senior military staff at his side and remarks that this represented the ‘calm before the storm.’ 
 
That’s right, Trump–with his military people behind him–saying it is the ‘the calm before the storm’. Has the Army had enough of fighting and dying for Israel? Not the war profiteers and Israel-first kooks, for sure, but the rank and file who have to do the fighting and dying, they have had enough. The Army is attempting to assist Trump in saving America from Jewish power. But you will never hear it phrased in quite that way.
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They are going after them. American will not have the kind of success Putin has had with the ‘Oligarchs’ but they are doing something quite similar.
 
And then, suddenly, from seemingly out of the blue, Harvey Weinstein–poweful Jewish movie mogul and major donor to the DNC and to Hillary Clinton and–more importantly–a major enemy of Trump is hit with 30 years of sexual-harassment charges which soon enveloped dozens of other powerful Jewish (and Gentile) machers, many who have attacked Trump relentlessly and who now are nothing more than yesterday’s news.
 
And many, many more will go down.
 
Russia gate?  It’s going nowhere. They have gone after General Flynn for Russian manipulation of the US election and found out sadly he only meant to ‘protect Israel.’
 
Even  some Sanders supports have lashed out at the DNC in particular over the murder of their friend Seth Rich.
 
However the truth movement and others have lashed out at Trump.  Many are obsessed with the idea that Jared Kushner, Trump’s son in Law, controls the White House. 
 
This idea is rubbish. For one thing the ‘once vast duties of Jarrod have shrunk considerably. General Kelly is putting a filter on some of that BS. Yes. the Generals have come in to help Trump attempt to save what remains of the Republic.  Also Jarad has been completely messed up and derailed by Trump’s in your face Embassy move.
 
Come on ‘Truth’ movement, read between the lines.
 
President Trump announced Wednesday the United States is formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and is instructing the State Department to ‘begin’ the ‘process’ of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
 
A largely symbolic move that will force Israel to the peace table. They now have to go to the ‘deal table’ with one of the best deal makers in the world, a move that has messed up his son in Law who is claimed by some ‘controls’ him.
 
Why? because the United States Empire is crumbling because of its deep relationship with the State of Israel.
 
Can Trump do it?   
 
Yes. Can but can he check the new power base of Russia, Iran and China in the ME?  Well that is another story.
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Fighting Israel’s Wars How the United States military has become Zionized

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PHILIP GIRALDI 

There has been a report that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is looking into foreign lobbying in Washington while another story relates how his team is investigating the alleged contact of a Donald Trump associate with a Hungarian. Both are part of the ongoing investigation into Russiagate. Unless I am wrong, which happens occasionally, Hungary is a member of the European Union and also of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). It has relatively free elections and its government changes as a result.

No one but the Mueller commission has considered contact with a Hungarian citizen to be a potential threat to American democracy. But then again, no one has really made the case in any kind of credible fashion that meeting with a Russian is either ipso facto criminal or treasonous, or that Moscow’s media does anything beyond what other state-owned broadcasters tend to do, but you wouldn’t know that from reading the mainstream press or from watching MSNBC and CNN.

An independent observer might well note that there is more than a whiff of hypocrisy in all of this. Case in point, the latest globalist-interventionist-neocon think tank the Alliance to Secure Democracy is currently being funded by a bundle of foreign governments, presumably doing so without any interference from Mueller or from those who run the Foreign Agents Registration desk at the Department of the Treasury.

And one other thing you can bet on is that Mueller will not be looking at the country that actually does interfere in American politics most, which is our best friend in the whole world and greatest ally Israel, the beneficiary of roughly one billion dollars-worth of lobbying carried out by hundreds of full time staff on its behalf.

Punish Israel for corrupting our politicians and media? On the contrary, now that we are officially into the holiday season, a whole bunch of goodies designed to make Benjamin Netanyahu’s eyes sparkle are pending. The highest priority item is the Trump Administration’s cooperation with the Israeli government in a frantic effortto bury a United Nations report that includes a database of all the companies that operate in Israel’s illegal settlements. Also regarding the U.N., Congress is considering a bill that would block U.S. aid to any country that opposes “the position of the United States.” Lest there be any confusion, Ambassador Nikki Haley has made it clear the American “position” would pretty much consist of never criticizing or voting against Israel.

Congress is meanwhile also making a list and checking it twice, looking into the vexing issue of how to make any and all criticism of Israel equate to anti-Semitism as a step forward to turning such activity into a hate crime with actual criminal penalties. The House Judiciary Committee has been holding meetings to try to decide how exactly one might do that without completely jettisoning the First Amendment, which once upon a time was intended to guarantee free speech. On November 8th, nine experts, seven of whom were Jewish, were summoned to address the issue of “codify[ing] a definition of anti-Semitism that incorporates a controversial component addressing attacks on Israel…[as] a necessary means of stemming anti-Semitism on campuses.”

The proposed amendment to the Civil Rights Act would use language being considered for the still pending Anti-Semitism Awareness Act to considerably expand the currently accepted government acceptance of anti-Semitism as “demonization” of Israel and/or its policies. A broader definition would have real world consequences as it would potentially block federal funding for colleges and universities where students are allowed to organize events critical of Israel. Fortunately, the hearing did not produce the result desired by Israel. To their credit, four of the witnesses, all Jewish, opposed expanding the definition of anti-Semitism and even some congressmen uncharacteristically indicated that to do so might be a bridge to far.

Indeed, one might argue that there is a tendency in Washington to see the world and even domestic policies through Israel’s eyes. One might even suggest that the United States government is being progressively Zionized because of the free hand that Israel and its supporters have, which gives them the ability to seek benefits for Israel that they would be unlikely to pursue for the United States. To cite only one example, an Israel Victory Caucus was launched in the House of Representatives in April advocating Israeli defeat of all its neighbors. The keynote speaker at the event, noted Islamophobe Daniel Pipes, explained “Victory means imposing your will on your enemy so he no longer wants to continue to fight,” before demanding “What I want the U.S. government to do is say, ‘Israel, do what you need to do to win your war.’”

Israel has been uniquely successful at imposing its will over Congress and the White House. Every freshman class in Congress, plus spouses, is automatically whisked off for a deluxe all expenses paid propaganda trip to Israel, which is funded by an affiliate of the American Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC). That is supplemented frequently throughout the year through taxpayer funded CODELS by established politicians to find out the “facts” on what is going on in the Middle East. During congressional recesses Congressmen are sometimes more likely to be found visiting Israel than dealing with problems in their own districts and they routinely return spouting whatever line is being promoted by the Israeli government.

There is also the training of American police in “Israeli methods,” which is funded both by government and foundations set up for that purpose. Less well known is the inroads Israel has made with the American military establishment. Shoshana Bryen, former executive director of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) and currently affiliated with the Jewish Policy Center, who has been involved in hosting the indoctrination of U.S. national security personnel, recently described it this way: “I have taken more than 400 American security professionals – primarily retired American Admirals and Generals – to Israel in more than 30 trips. And at the other end of their careers, I have sent more than 500 cadets and midshipmen of our service academies to Israel before they received their commissions. And I can say that they all understood the fundamental and profound principles that guide both the United States and Israel. They don’t always agree with Israel’s politics – or Israel’s defense choices – or any other single aspect of Israeli political, military and social life, but I never found one that didn’t believe in the relationship between Jews and the land of Israel. The United States military, then, is a Zionist institution.”

Last Monday, Colonel Pat Lang, former special ops officer and head of the Defense Humint Service, considered Bryen’s assertion, writing “It’s an open question but I think the answer is probably yes. The U.S. military now seems to be totally focused on Israeli policy goals in Iran, Syria and Iraq… Israel wants Iran neutered and eliminated as a power rival in the Middle East. The putative Iranian nuclear weapons program is just one target of Israeli policy toward Iran. To reach the goal of Morgenthau-style comfort with regard to Iran, Israel wants to destroy Syria and Hizbullah as allies of Iran… The process of conditioning American officers to make them Zionists has been ongoing for a long time. when I came in the Army in 1962, there was little interest in Israel in the officer corps… [The] 1967 war was a watershed. Israel’s total victory had been unexpected by most. Americans are mentally driven by aggressive sports analogies and Israel was a winner. That made a big difference in spite of the repeated day long attacks by the Israeli air force and navy against U.S.S. Liberty, an American SIGINT collector positioned off the Egyptian coast. LBJ suppressed an armed reaction by a U.S. carrier battle group in the area and a subsequent naval investigation. His policy then became one of relatively complete support of Israel. The indoctrination and conditioning program described by Shoshana Bryen began in earnest after that and has carried through to the present under the umbrella of AIPAC and its galaxy of linked organizations especially JINSA. This program has been wildly, incredibly successful. As a result, there is an unthinking willingness among senior, and not so senior American officers to support Israeli policy in Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and now Saudi Arabia. The handful of M[iddle] E[ast] trained and educated U.S. officers are ignored, treated as technical experts or shoved out the door when they speak up.”

How deeply Israelophilia has been drilled into the American corporate psyche is best illustrated by a recent article that appeared on the National Interest website. The article was written by retired Israeli Colonel Shimon Arad, who apparently has contributed to the site previously, and its thrust is that the United States should only sell military hardware to the Middle East when Israel is satisfied that the sales will not undercut its self-defined military edge. In other words, U.S. defense industries and national security arrangements should be subordinated to Israeli interests and even subject to veto by the Netanyahu government.

Arad’s condescending piece, sub-titled “Israel’s Greatest Fear: An Arms Race Sparked by the F-35,” should be read fully to demonstrate just how arrogant the Israelis have become in dealing with their American puppet. Arad argues that no advanced fighters comparable to what Israel receives for free from the U.S. taxpayer should be sold to any Arab country, no matter how friendly or strategically valuable. Previous pledges that the new F-35 would not be sold to Arabs “played a significant role in [Israel]’s acquiescence to the sale of…advanced…fighters to the Gulf states…” “Acquiescence” is the key word, implying that Israel should by rights have the option to stop such sales by putting pressure on Congress. Arad then goes on to describe how sales to the United Arab Emirates would be a “dangerous precedent,” but he is clearly talking only about Israeli interests as the United States is in no way threatened by such a move. He concludes that “Israel must express its strenuous objection to the release of the F-35 to any and all Gulf and Arab countries.”

In an earlier article, Arad complained about Arab states being sold sophisticated air defenses, presumably because that would make it more difficult for Israel to bomb them. Why an American publication should provide a pulpit to an Israeli who is promoting a narrowly construed Israeli interest that differs significantly from the actual interests of the United States is not completely clear. The site’s readers apparently agreed with that observation in that most of the comments were highly critical both of Arad and of Israel. Someone should remind the colonel that America’s three major military concentrations in the Middle East – five bases in Kuwait, Al-Udeid Airbase in Qatar, and the Fifth-Fleet home base and Naval Central Command in Bahrain – are all in Arab countries that have accommodated Washington in ways that Israel never has. To place them on a list of countries that are somehow always suspect just because Israel perceives nearly all Muslims as enemies, is not in America’s own interest, but this has been the unfortunate pattern in the lopsided relationship prevailing between Washington and Tel Aviv.

The infiltration by little Israel of key sectors of the bureaucracy of a seemingly oblivious giant United States is extraordinary by any measure, but it has been brought about by a highly focused and well-funded powerful domestic lobby that has remarkable access both to the political class and to the media. As Admiral Thomas Moorer, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff once put it, “No American president can stand up to Israel.” He should have added Congress and even the Pentagon to his indictment but what he said is, unfortunately, truer now than it was when he made the comment back in 1997.

Russiagate Becomes Israelgate

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PHILIP GIRALDI

Reading the mainstream media headlines relating to the flipping of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to provide evidence relating to the allegations about Russian interference in America’s last presidential election requires the suspension of one’s cognitive processes. Ignoring completely what had actually occurred, the “Russian story” with its subset of “getting Trump” was on display all through the weekend, both in the print and on the live media.

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Flynn’s guilty plea is laconic, merely admitting that he had lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about what was said during two telephone conversations with then Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak, but there is considerable back story that emerged after the plea became public.

The two phone calls in question include absolutely nothing about possible collusion with Russia to change the outcome of the U.S. election, which allegedly was the raison d’etre behind the creation of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel office in the first place. Both took place more than a month after the election and both were initiated by the Americans involved. I am increasingly convinced that Mueller ain’t got nuthin’ but this process will grind out interminably and the press will be hot on the trail until there is nowhere else to go.

Based on the information revealed regarding the two conversations, and, unlike the highly nuance-sensitive editors working for the mainstream media, this is the headline that I would have written for a featured article based on what I consider to be important: “Israel Colluded with Incoming Trump Team to Subvert U.S. Foreign Policy,” with a possible subheading “FBI Entraps National Security Adviser.”

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The first phone call to Kislyak, on December 22nd, was made by Flynn at the direction of Jared Kushner, who in turn had been approached by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu had learned that the Obama Administrating was going to abstain on a United Nations vote condemning the Israeli settlements policy, meaning that for the first time in years a U.N. resolution critical of Israel would pass without drawing a U.S. veto. Kushner, acting for Netanyahu, asked Flynn to contact each delegate from the various countries on the Security Council to delay or kill the resolution. Flynn agreed to do so, which included a call to the Russians. Kislyak took the call but did not agree to veto Security Council Resolution 2334, which passed unanimously on December 23rd.

The second phone call, made by Flynn on December 29th from a beach in the Dominican Republic, where he was on vacation, may have been ordered by Trump himself. It was a response to an Obama move to expel Russian diplomats and close two Embassy buildings over allegations of Moscow’s interfering in the 2016 election. Flynn asked the Russians not to reciprocate, making the point that there would be a new administration in place in three weeks and the relationship between the two countries might change for the better. Kislyak apparently convinced Russian President Vladimir Putin not to go tit-for-tat.

In taking the phone calls from a soon-to-be senior American official who would within weeks be part of a new administration in Washington, the Russians did nothing wrong. It would not be inappropriate to have some conversations with an incoming government team. Apart from holding off on retaliatory sanctions, Kislyak also did nothing that might be regarded as particularly responsive to Team Trump overtures. If it was an attempt to interfere in American politics, it certainly was low-keyed, and one might well describe it positively as a willingness to give the new Trump Administration a chance to improve relations.

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The first phone call about Israel was not as benign as the second one about sanctions. Son-in-law Jared Kushner is Trump’s point man on the Middle East. He and his family have extensive ties both to Israel and to Netanyahu personally, to include Netanyahu’s staying at the Kushner family home in New York. The Kushner Family Foundation has funded some of Israel’s illegal settlements and also a number of conservative political groups in that country. Jared has served as a director of that foundation and it is reported that he failed to disclose the relationship when he filled out his background investigation sheet for a security clearance. All of which suggests that if you are looking for possible foreign government collusion with the incoming Trumpsters, look no further.

And it should be observed that the Israelis were not exactly shy about their disapproval of Obama and their willingness to express their views to the incoming Trump. Netanyahu said that he would do so and Trump even responded with a tweet of his own expressing disagreement with the Obama decision to abstain on the vote, but the White House knew that the comment would be coming and there was no indication from the president-elect that he was actively trying to derail or undo it.

Kushner, however, goes far beyond merely disagreeing over an aspect of foreign policy as he was trying to clandestinely reverse a decision made by his own legally constituted government. His closeness to Netanyahu makes him, in intelligence terms, a quite likely Israeli government agent of influence, even if he doesn’t quite see himself that way. He is currently working on a new peace plan for the Middle East which starts out with permanently demilitarizing the Palestinians. It will no doubt continue in the tradition of former plans which aggrandized Jewish power while stiffing the Arabs. And not to worry about the team that will be allegedly representing American interests. It is already being reported that they consist of “good, observant Jews” and will not be a problem, even though Israeli-American mega-fundraiser Haim Saban apparently described them on Sunday as “With all due respect, it’s a bunch of Orthodox Jews who have no idea about anything.”

What exactly did Kushner seek from Flynn? He asked the soon-to-be National Security Adviser to get the Russians to undermine and subvert what was being done by the still-in-power American government in Washington headed by President Barack Obama. In legal terms this does not quite equate to the Constitution’s definition of treason since Israel is not technically an enemy, but it most certainly would be covered by the Logan Act of 1799, which bars private citizens from negotiating with foreign governments on behalf of the United States and also could be construed as a “conspiracy against the United States” that the Mueller investigation has exploited against former Trump associate Paul Manafort. As Kushner is Jewish and certainly could be accused of dual loyalty in extremis, this part of the story obviously makes many in the U.S. Establishment and media uncomfortable, so it is being ignored and expunged from the record as quickly as possible. And don’t expect Special Counsel Mueller to do anything about the Israel connection. As an experienced operator in the Washington swamp he knows full well that the Congressmen currently calling for blood in an investigation involving Russia will turn 180 degrees against him if he tries to go after Netanyahu.

And just to demonstrate exactly how the story is shaped to protect Israel, here is a piece from the generally reliable The Hill written by Morgan Chalfant on 5 take-aways from Flynn’s guilty plea. Israel is not even identified and, if one reads the two mentions of the U.N. vote connected to the first call, it appears to be deliberately omitted. The first citation reads “He also lied when he said he did not ask Kislyak to delay or defeat a vote on a pending U.N. Security Council resolution…” and the second is “Prosecutors also say that a senior member of the transition team on Dec. 22 directed Flynn to contact officials from Russia and other governments about their stance on the U.N. resolution ‘and to influence those governments to delay the vote or defeat the resolution.’” Does omitting Israel and emphasizing the Russian aspect of the story throughout the rest of the piece change what it says and how it is perceived? You betcha.

For me, there was also a second take-away from the Flynn story apart from the collusion with Israel. It involves the use of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to set-up Flynn shortly after he had been installed as National Security Adviser. Insofar as I can determine, the FBI entrapment of Flynn has only been examined in a serious way in the media by Robert Parry at Consortium News.

Michael Flynn was actually interviewed by the FBI regarding his two phone conversations on January 24th shortly after assumed office as National Security Adviser. During his interview, he was not made aware that the Bureau already had recordings and transcripts of his phone conversations, so, in a manner of speaking, he was being set-up to fail. Mis-remembering, forgetting or attempting to avoid implication of others in the administration would inevitably all be plausibly construed as lying since the FBI knew exactly what was said.

To be sure, many would agree that the sleazy Flynn deserves everything he gets, but the logic used to set-up the possible Flynn entrapment by the FBI, i.e. that there was unauthorized contact with a foreign official, is in itself curious as Flynn was a private citizen at the time and such contact is not in itself illegal. And it also opens the door to the Bureau’s investigating other individuals who have committed no crime but who find that they cannot recall details of phone calls they were parties to that were being recorded by the government six months or a year before. That can easily be construed as “lying” or “perjury” with consequences that include possible prison time.

So there are two observations one might make about the Flynn saga as it currently stands. First, Israel, not Russia, was colluding with the Trump Administration prior to inauguration day to do something highly unethical and quite probably illegal, which should surprise no one. And second, record all your phone conversations with foreign government officials. The NSA and FBI will have a copy in any event, but you might want to retain your own records to make sure their transcript is accurate.

Philip M. Giraldi, is a former CIA Operations officer who is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a 501(c)3 tax exempt educational foundation that seeks a more interests based U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Website is http://www.councilforthenationalinterest.org, address us P.O. Box 2157, Purcellville, VA 20132, and email address is inform@cnionline.org.