Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, reportedly on Donald Trump’s short list for a VP pick, was fired by Barack Obama in 2014 after over 30 years in the military. Here’s why in his own words.
Two years ago, I was called into a meeting with the undersecretary of defense for intelligence and the director of national intelligence, and after some “niceties,” I was told by the USDI that I was being let go from DIA. It was definitely an uncomfortable moment (I suspect more for them than me).
I asked the DNI (Gen. James Clapper) if my leadership of the agency was in question and he said it was not; had it been, he said, they would have relieved me on the spot.
I knew then it had more to do with the stand I took on radical Islamism and the expansion of al Qaeda and its associated movements. I felt the intel system was way too politicized, especially in the Defense Department. After being fired, I left the meeting thinking, “Here we are in the middle of a war, I had a significant amount of combat experience (nearly five years) against this determined enemy on the battlefield and served at senior levels, and here it was, the bureaucracy was letting me go.”
Flynn goes on to note that he was trying to change the culture of the DIA from a “Washington-centric” focus to a “War Fighter” focus. It’s no wonder he was fired. In Barack Obama’s Washington – and especially in Barack Obama’s Pentagon – everything is about politics and making Obama look good.
Flynn describes the vision that Obama and his minions have with respect to the war on terror.
If our leaders were interested in winning, they would have to design a strategy to destroy this global enemy. But they don’t see the global war. Instead, they timidly nibble around the edges of the battlefields from Africa to the Middle East, and act as if each fight, whether in Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Libya or Afghanistan, can be peacefully resolved by diplomatic effort.
This approach is doomed. We have real enemies, dedicated to dominating and eventually destroying us, and they are not going to be talked out of their hatred.
This is their approach because Barack Obama refuses to acknowledge that without regard to the fact that he’s not at war with Islam, Islam is absolutely at war with the West and especially America.
Flynn thinks we can win the war against Islamic terrorism but the tactics have to be changed. We have to go to war against them and defeat them.
I don’t know if Flynn will be Trump’s VP, but there definitely should be a spot for him in a Trump Pentagon.
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