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Donald’s Choice for National Security Advisor: Michael Flynn, retired Lt. General

2016-11-21

Donald has named retired Lt. General Michael Flynn as his national security advisor, a post that does not require Senate confirmation.  Mr. Flynn has been a Trump sycophant since Donald declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination to run for president.  The New York Times described ex-General Flynn as “hotheaded” and with “poor judgement.”  Politico did a long piece on Flynn before the election which attempted to be balanced but left the impression that ex-General Flynn has the ability to assimilate large quantities of information but not the discernment to judge its truthfulness nor the discretion to avoid talking out of turn when faced with ambivalent data.

Lt. General Michael Flynn was forced into retirement after two years as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency because he was too “disruptive.”  Or perhaps he displeased President Obama by his persistent claims that al Qaeda was not on the run.  Perhaps his discovery that Obama’s Daily Security Briefing had been watered down and omitted repeated warnings that jihadist groups were increasing in number and virulence made him enemies among National Security apparatchiks like Susan Rice who were responsible for the censorship of the president’s briefings.  Take your pick.

The retired general appears to have developed bitterness and resentment towards his former colleagues in the national security apparatus, because during his speech to the Republican convention earlier this year, chants of “Lock her up!” began, and he encouraged them.  That is, he hates Hillary as well as the president.  He also seems to have developed a lack of discernment with regards to the distinction between truth and conspiracy theories, so much so that his former colleagues had a term for his some of his claims, “Flynn facts.”

Then there is ex-Gen. Flynn’s relationship with Russia.  He has appeared as an analyst on Russia Today (RT), a “news” channel paid by the Russian government which is available on most satellite-TV feeds.  He went to Russia for an RT 10th anniversary celebration and sat two seats down from Premier Vladimir Putin.  His opinion on the sarin-gas attacks in Syria?  He’s not sure if they were “false flag” attacks actually perpetrated by Turkey and arranged to put the blame on the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad.  This epitomizes his problem with discernment when it comes to telling the difference between truth and lies.  To my mind, it is fairly obvious that Syria is responsible for the sarin attacks.

There is, it appears, a much more pointed reason for ex-General Flynn’s dismissal from the Defense Intelligence Agency and forced retirement from the Army: the Joint Chiefs of Staff were supplying military intelligence to Syrian President al-Assad through intermediaries (Germany, Israel, and Russia) and undermining President Obama’s policy of arming Syrian rebels by having the Turks sell them obsolete weapons.  This information comes from an article written by Seymour M. Hersh in the London Review of Books.  This explains why Generals David Petraeus and Stanley McChrystal were also forcibly retired at around the same time: they were also involved in what President Obama saw as insubordination.

 

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