The spin the White House is giving this announcement makes it seem like they were more concerned than anyone about Flynn's security issues as they put him in the NSA spot. As dumb as that sounds, are they laying the groundwork for why a Trump aide was the one that leaked info on Flynn?
From the article on paranoia amongst top White House staff:
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Another official stressed that a new power center has emerged in the West Wing that pointedly does not include Bannon. Instead, a pair of former Goldman Sachs executives ..Gary Cohn and Dina Powell .. appear to be in favor. Cohn acts as Trumps chief economic adviser and Powell is a deputy national security adviser. Both are viewed internally as close to Kushner, a dynamic that rankled those in the White House close to Bannon .. who have come to term Cohn as Globalist Gary, an insult for those aligned with the Bannons populist views.
"operationalize" seems to be drawn from military language and applied to political situations. As easy as it is to say Bannon meant the NSC was too "operational" and he wants it to not work anymore, what he's really talking about is using the NSC for political operation, or dirt finding missions rather than security.
Claiming all they were doing by snooping around looking at Susan Rice's work as NSA was "de-operationalizing" the NSC is hilarious, because as we can see political dirty work is exactly what they were doing. I'm relatively certain the use of NSC as a vehicle to gain access to records and using them as a publicity stunt against Rice is the real violation here and should result in at least sacking a couple members of the NSC or maybe legal action against them.