R. James Woolsey Jr. said he did not want to "fly under false colors. . . ." Expect to see more of this, as true patriots stand to be counted. [End, updated portion.]
True -- I did fiddle with my masthead overnight (see thumbnail at bottom), and in truth, I have had Senator McCain's hearings on in the background all day, in the office. [It has been over a decade since I ran a blog that touched on national security matters. Even so, I cannot just look the other way at key moments, in our republic's history, on this topic. We may disagree about certain matters of national security and methods of gathering intelligence, but we should never disparage the patriotism of our intelligence officers, in Langley, Virginia -- or in the field.]
That said, I thought this would all have sorted itself out, by now. But it has not. Director Clapper is right: "A dose of skepticism is healthy. But disparagement -- is not."
The notion that the incoming President would take a Wiki-Leaker at his word, alone -- when it is painfully obvious that said Wiki-Leaker cannot even credibly guess at who might have been the conduit through which he received the DNC e-mails, is in itself jaw-slacking.
But it is quite-nearly treasonous for 45 do do so, in the face of unbiased, credible, and consensus views of our entire intelligence community -- those with assets deployed across the globe -- with access to many more sources and methods than Julian Assange would ever have, as a simple "drop-ship point" -- for what were almost certainly Russian government sourced bulk e-mail deliveries.
Let me say that again -- the incoming President is inclined to take the word of a "drop ship recipient" of a hack -- a man holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, working alone -- INSTEAD of the CIA, FBI and NSA. [Where on Earth is 45's patriotism?]
In this matter, the notion that 45 would continue to give V. Putin any "benefit of the doubt" is. . . disgusting. Senator McCain (a man whose other politics I've long disagreed vehemently with -- but a man whose patriotism is absolutely beyond reproach) would be right to call that wrong-headed enough to be "treasonous". Here endeth the sermon.