Thursday, November 17, 2016

Report: Trump to Pick Michael Flynn for National Security Advisor

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn is reportedly set to become President-elect Donald Trump's National Security Advisor, according to NBC News.

Jason Miller, an aide to Trump, said Flynn met with the president-elect on Wednesday and said he would be a "fantastic addition" to the team.

I can't think of a worse selection that Trump could make.

Flynn wrote in his book, The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies:
Most American mistakenly believe that peace is the normal condition of mankind, while war is some weird aberration. Actually, it is the other way around.
And this:
We're in a world war, but very few Americans recognize it...
He truly thinks he is George S. Patton on steroids. He is proud of the fact that in his youth he use to surf during hurricanes and jump off of bridges into water 70 feet below.



From a July 2016 Flynn interview with Intercept:
“This administration has forbidden us to describe our enemies properly and clearly: they are Radical Islamists,” Flynn writes. “They are not alone, and are allied with countries and groups who, though not religious fanatics, share their hatred of the West, particularly the United States and Israel. Those allies include North Korea, Russia, China, Cuba, and Venezuela.”“Let’s face it: right now we’re losing, and I’m talking about a very big war, not just Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan,” Flynn goes on to write. “We’re in a world war against a messianic mass movement of evil people, most of them inspired by a totalitarian ideology: Radical Islam. But we are not permitted to speak or write those two words, which is potentially fatal to our culture.”

Militarily, the campaign Flynn envisions would be “similar to the effort during World War II or the Cold War” and would be guided by a single leader answering to the president. Additionally, Flynn adds, “Another more fundamental and dramatic effort would be a call for a complete reformation of the Islamic religion. This must start inside the Muslim community in order to succeed — but it must start somewhere.”

Flynn does not shy away from hyperbole. “There is no escape from this war,” he writes. “Do you want to be ruled by men who eagerly drink the blood of their dying enemies? Such questions are almost never asked. Yet if you read the publicly available ISIS documents on their intentions, there’s no doubt that they are dead set on taking us over and drinking our blood.”...

Malcolm Nance, a 35-year veteran of the intelligence and counterterrorism world, said the portrait Flynn paints of an updated and expanded version of Bush’s axis of evil — one linking ISIS to the governments of North Korea, Venezuela, and Cuba — strains credulity. Nance, who has written a book on defeating the Islamic State, called Flynn’s analysis “a Tom Clancy novel.”

Andrew Bacevich, a professor of history and international relations at Boston University and a West Point graduate who fought in Vietnam, was equally unsparing in his critique of Flynn’s national security prescriptions. “Anybody who thinks Venezuela and Cuba pose a threat to the United States is truly unhinged,” Bacevich said. “If Gen. Flynn would spend 10 minutes reading a newspaper, he would note that Venezuela is really a country that is on the verge of internal collapse. It doesn’t threaten anybody.”


It's done: Trump has picked Michael "They Drink Our Blood" Flynn as National Security Adviser.

A senior official tells the Associated Press that President-elect Donald Trump has offered retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn the job of national security adviser.


From VOX
The move will immediately make Flynn one of the most powerful people in the US government and give him enormous influence over the Pentagon, State Department, and CIA...Flynn had also been considered for defense secretary, but his new appointment as national security adviser, which doesn’t require congressional approval, allows Trump to sidestep what would have likely been a bruising, two-step confirmation battle on Capitol Hill.

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