Tuesday, February 14, 2017

They Got Him: Trump's National Security Adviser Resigns

Just days after an intelligence community leak indicated that intelligence agencies had a recording of Michael Flynn telling the Russian ambassador to the United States not to be concerned about new sanctions put on by President Obama in the final days of his presidency, Flynn has resigned as President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser.

Score one for the Deep State intelligence community over the military.

Flynn, who served in the job for less than a month, said he had given “incomplete information” regarding a telephone call he had with the ambassador in late December. Flynn previously had denied that he had any substantive conversations with Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak, and Vice President Pence repeated that claim in television interviews as recently as this month.

In his resignation letter, which the White House emailed to reporters, Flynn said he had held numerous calls with foreign officials during the transition. “Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the vice president-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador,” he wrote. “I have sincerely apologized to the president and the vice president, and they have accepted my apology.”

While Flynn was a dangerous pro-war and anti-Muslim, don't expect Flynn's successor to be any less of a war hawk.

Indeed, the White House said in the statement that the Administration was naming retired Lt. Gen. Joseph K. Kellogg Jr. as acting national security adviser.

Interim NSA Joseph K. Kellogg Jr. 
Both Kellogg and Flynn view jihad-Islam, and Iran’s Islamic government, as enemies of the United States. In an October article, they jointly wrote:
There is no difference between the ideology of ISIS and the Iranian regime, except ISIS is Sunni and Iran is Shiite. They both have goals of establishing an Islamic global caliphate using military force.

Iran is directly responsible for killing at least 500 American troops in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and wounding hundreds more. Iran manufactured and supplied Shiite militias in Iraq with highly lethal bombs known as explosively formed penetrators or EFPs, which were powerful enough to destroy U.S. Humvees and breach tank hulls.

Yet today, the Obama administration is partnering with those very same radical Islamic leaders and militias that took so many American lives.


From The Weekly Standard:
Flynn's misdirection was a problem for some in the administration, but others in Trump world see Flynn as a victim of the vindictive intelligence bureaucracy. According to this view, since his time heading up the Defense Intelligence Agency, Flynn has been a disruptive reformer hated by the politicized intelligence agencies, particularly the CIA.

As one adviser to Trump on national security put it, forcing out Flynn through leaks like those reported on in the Post gives the bureaucracy a model to sink any unwanted reformers—especially if the White House folds so easily. Again, in this way of thinking, Flynn's ouster is the first step in turning the Trump administration toward more conventional national-security and intelligence policy.


  1. Thats quite incorrect about the landmines. there was tonnes of explosives in Iraq and lots of people floating round who could manufacture them. the US was going to have a press conference detailing the proof of Iranian involvement which was cancelled the day of and they haven't talked about it since.
    Why would the Iranians be involved? their guys were already in power. it was the Sunni resistance that was doing the bombing.

  2. Flynn is, by almost any objective standard, a lunatic.

  3. Trump: If you like your National Security Adviser, you can keep your National Security Adviser.

    If only someone could be president based on this pledge: "No new national security advisers."

  4. It appears to me that the got rid of Flynn solely because his doing two correct things, both of which are hated by the "establishment": A) Trying to deal fairly with Russia and B) Blowing the whistle on the U.S. support for the Sunni head-choppers in Syria and predicting it would lead to an Islamic state. (I also note hourly that these facts do not and apparently penetrate the brains of non-Rothbardians except for a few heroic left wing websites.)

    However, it appears that Flynn was on a trendline of promoting ever more idiotic warmongering.

  5. I thought it couldn't get any stranger but...