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Did Kellyanne Conway Actually Reveal Classified Information? (Video)

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Last week Donald Trump made all kinds of waves with this tweet

Personally, I’m with him. So long as anyone has nuclear weapons, we need to have them, and we need to have them in the type and quantity that serve as a deterrent. There is literally no way to get at Iran’s nuclear capability other than a nuclear earth penetrator. And, if we look at history for a lesson, Reagan was only able to arrive at a nuclear deal with the USSR after a) modernizing out nuclear weapons stockpile to include battlefield nuclear weapons like the GLCM and Pershing II and b) declaring that we intended to win any nuclear exchange with the USSR. These two actions upset the status quo of nuclear negotiations, brought the USSR to the table, and enabled the US, under GHW Bush, to reduce its nuclear stockpile.

But to listen you’d think that Buck Turgidson was saddling up.

That day Kellyanne Conway was on Maddow’s show and took the predictable and nonsensical battering from Maddow. You can’t listen to Maddow for more than a couple minutes without realizing that neither she nor her producers know anything about nuclear weapons and they couldn’t be bothered to find someone who did. Anyway, here is the video:

The clip is longish, 7:07, and you can find the transcript at RealClearPolitics. You need to listen to it if for no other reason than to hear Maddow throw around the phrase “launch status” like it was some totemic phrase (free clue, all weapons have a “launch status” at all times, even if they are in a bunker) and insinuate that if Trump modernized our nuclear arsenal that India and Pakistan would react by going on high alert or something.

Enter from Uranus none other than Tommy Christopher.

According to Christopher and his friends Rachel Maddow really missed it because what the clip shows is Kellyanne Conway revealing classified information.

CONWAY: I discussed it with him directly. He is making the point that this is about nuclear proliferation in the face of rogue nations and regimes that are stockpiling weapons, it would seem.


This is a man who gets his intelligence briefings regularly, the PDB, presidential daily briefing refers to a product, but in addition to that, we know he received today or yesterday or both, he also has other intelligence sources and he’s learning many different facts that I’m not privy to. This is one of the responses that he felt compelled to give based on those facts.

Wow. Does this look classified? Not to me. This is the reasoning that is being circulated:

If what Conway says is true, then any “rogue nation” that is stockpiling nukes will now begin a wild manhunt for the source of this intelligence leak, which could compromise whatever thin intelligence assets the United States has in states like Iran or North Korea. If it’s not true, the result is the same.

Let’s try Wikipedia: List of nuclear weapons tests of North Korea. Rogue nation? Check. Wants to harm the US? Check. Stockpiling nuclear weapons? Well, it they are testing them you can bet they have one or more in reserve.

Pakistan? It could be a rogue nation in a matter of hours. Iran? Thanks to Obama it could very well have a nuclear weapon. We know, at least according to our own declassified intelligence reports, that Iran’s breakout time to being a nuclear power is well under a year. Saudi Arabia? We’ve long been concerned that the Saudis could buy a Pakistani nuke.

This ridiculous assertion is also based on the idea that a nation could create the infrastructure to develop a nuke without any of the highly visible giveaways that such an effort was underway.

Clearly Conway was discussing information Trump received from a classified briefing. That does not make it “classified” particularly when the information is not associated with a collection means (for the idiots who dreamed this up, the most likely source would be satellite imagery and other technical methods and our enemies are well aware of those methods), a nation or a time frame. For Conway to divulge “classified” information it would have to be classified. A generic concern about rogue nations getting nukes, even if it was the subject of a classified presentation, is the core of the nuclear nonproliferation regime adhered to by the US and most of the civilized world and is hardly a newsflash to anyone.

I’m not a Trump fan and there will be plenty to criticize him about in the future. But this kind of nonsense is reminiscent of the treatment of Bush in 2001. It is ridiculous. It is self-beclowning. And it will discredit real criticism in the future.

The post Did Kellyanne Conway Actually Reveal Classified Information? (VIDEO) appeared first on RedState.


Source: http://www.redstate.com/streiff/2016/12/30/kellyanne-conway-actually-reveal-classified-information/


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    • 2QIK4U

      Do you really think America dismantled a single nuke in the Raegan agreement of Russia and America dismantling THIER Nukes? They’ll have been stored underground waiting for a rainy day.. What isn’t adding up is the narrative is for Russia and America to come together against China but remember recently when Americans started sitting on Russia’s doorstep China came from behind to support Russia and blocked and surrounded America which again your news failed to mention. What’s wrong with this picture? Things are sounding hopeful but don’t align with TRUE HISTORY IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS.. Actually from right at the time Obama bin Laden and CIA failed to overthrow erdogan turkeys president…. Something’s crook in tullarook… I can see it.

      • 2QIK4U

        Remember the 700+ Nukes that were surrounded by turkey in the American base? We never and still haven’t heard a true outcome from back the. The last reports were turkey shut power off to the base and Obama disarmed all American troops except the one SQAUD Guarding the nukes… I feel none of us have had truth from anyone on this. Even that lady reporter who did tell the truth of Syria and such but nothing from months ago…

      • b4

        yes they did–russia had their people here to watch them being dismantled–most of it was done it utah—but in the 50/60ties we had about 50/60 thousand nukes–now we have about 6000–those 6000 are about 200 times more blast strength than the 60 thousand so does not mean a thing…someday we are going to know how crazy these people are when those nukes are lit up…those 50 nukes in turkey were taken to romainia and are no longer there–when turkey surrounded our troops we started to send everything we had to the area and turkey backed off..all stupid games and my hope trump shuts it all down–bring our troops home,close the bases and let those idiots kill each other

    • Morgawr

      The Rachel MadCow doh
      Why would anyone go on her show, why is she still on the air, why support filth.

    • The Watcher

      SEND HER TO ME FOR A GOOD SPANKING!

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