The forced resignation of Michael Flynn and the events that led up to it have generated a media feeding frenzy. Charges and countercharges have been flying back and forth. After reading more than I care to about this, nobody comes off looking good.
Most serious is the leaking of the contents of a telephone call of a private American citizen by someone in our national security apparatus. This is not just an illegal leak of classified information but an assault on our fundamental rights. These people clearly believe that attacking Trump is more important than our national security. I hope they are caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
It was stupid for Flynn to contact the Russian ambassador. There were already plenty of stories about his close ties to Russia and he had to know that the call would be recorded. Lying about the call is even worse. Clearly he deserved to be fired.
It disturbs me that many in the media have no problem with using illegally obtained information. They would scream bloody murder if their calls and emails are made public. It makes me wonder what’s next. Will they use information obtained through burglaries or physical force?
Once again the Trump administration comes off as the gang that can’t shoot straight. Because of the publicity over his bromance with Putin, he should not have picked Flynn. The last few days of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing shows that the administration is in disarray. I guess that’s what happens when you have a president and senior staff with no government experience.
Last, but not least, are all those on the Left cheering. Of course the Right is just as bad. Whether it’s Russia or someone in the government infringing on personal privacy, it should be condemned by both sides.
We live in an era when each side believes they are always right and the other side is always wrong. As an independent centrist, I have a different view. On this issue (and many others) everyone is wrong.