aside Ret. Lt. General Mike Flynn From The Trumplandia Campaign, Is Selected For a Cabinet Post

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Ret. Lt. General Mike Flynn

Prior to this 2016 presidential election, Americans would never have conceived of a cabinet member, the U.S. National Security Advisor as a hardline anti- Clinton  ideologue who has been dinner partner of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin at widely attended function; a frequent guest of the Russian TV news network and propaganda machine, RT, in a country known for censorship as well as for the incarceration and demise of dissenting journalists; and who then equates RT News with CNN. And this newly appointed member of the Republican-elect Donald Trump’s administration has sought to justify Russia’s invasion of Ukraine by deflecting to the U.S. establishing a 2015 treaty with Iran to block their nuclear bomb development capabilities. And this same official has in the past, falsely accused Florida democrats of voting in favor of Sharia law.

As a formerly highly respected intel officer, this White House insider’s bias is colored in part by his being pushed out from a key role during President Obama’s administration while Hillary Clnton was serving as U.S. secretary of state (2009-2013). During the recent presidential campaign, he became a number #1 fan of the frequently repeated republican mantra, “Hillary Clinton is a criminal and a liar who needs to be locked up.”

Related imageThe person of whom, I have just described is the president -elect’s newly appointed National Security Advisor, Retired Lt. General Mike Flynn.

The following Washington Post narrative provides some insight into the character of Mike Flynn, but it is lengthy and so, I am providing a link to the entire transcript below.

Here are some excerpts from the published 8/15/15 transcript of a personal interview between Dana Priest and General Mike Flynn:

PRIEST: “Let me ask me about Russia. There has been a lot in the news about your trips?

FLYNN: “One in the military (while director of the Defense Intelligence Agency). I went there on a fully approved trip. I had a great trip. I was the first U.S. officer ever allowed inside the headquarters of the GRU (Russian intelligence). I was able to brief their entire staff. I gave them a leadership OPD. (Professional development class on leadership) and talked a lot about the way the world’s unfolding.”

PRIEST: “Is that something you wanted to do?”Image result for cartoons of trump in love w russia

FLYNN: “DIA has offices in 142 countries. I was visiting some of our key attachés and one of them was (in) Russia.”

PRIEST: “Then relations got put on hold because of Ukraine?”

FLYNN: “Not really. People say because of (Russia’s invasion of Ukraine but at the same time we’re dealing with Russia on Iranian nuclear weapons.) So when people go, “Ukraine and Russia is bad,” but at the same time we’re sitting down with Russia on giving the lead state sponsor of terror a pathway to a nuclear bomb and $150 million.”

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PRIEST: You saw the relationship with Russia as potentially good for the U.S.?

FLYNN: “No. No. I saw the relation with Russia as necessary to the U.S., for the interests of the U.S. We worked very closely with them on the Sochi Olympics. We were working closely with them on the Iranian nuclear deal. We have a problem with radical Islamism and I actually think that we could work together with them against this enemy. They have a worse problem than we do.”

PRIEST: “Tell me about the RT (state-run Russian Television) relationship?”

FLYNN: “I was asked by my speaker’s bureau, LAI. I do public speaking. It was in Russia. It was a paid speaking opportunity. I get paid so much. The speaker’s bureau got paid so much, based on our contract.” (This is exactly how Hillary Clinton earned her speaking fees.)Image result for photos of gen mike flynn

PRIEST: “Have you appeared on RT regularly?”

FLYNN: “I appear on Al Jazeera, Skye New Arabia, RT. I don’t get paid a dime. I have no media contracts. … (I am interviewed) on CNN, Fox” …

PRIEST: “Why would you go on RT, they’re state run?”

FLYNN: “Well, what’s CNN?”

PRIEST: “Well, it’s not run by the state. You’re rolling your eyes.”

PRIEST: “One more thing about Russia” …

FLYNN: “A lot of people are making this about Russia. Read my book. You’ll see what I say about Russia.”

PRIEST: “Let me ask about sitting next to Putin … because that’s the symbol.”

PRIEST: “Did you talk to him personally?”

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Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, center left, shown at a dinner with Russian President Vladimir Putin, center right, last December in Moscow. The event marked the 10th anniversary of RT, a 24-hour English-language TV news channel in Russia. PHOTO: AP

FLYNN: “No, just introduction. That’s it.”

FLYNN: “I just learned it from the conversations (with Russians) and the way questions were asked and the discussions I was part of. I’m arguing for the United States and I found myself with people wondering what’s going on with the U.S. and I would tell them, you know, of course I’m standing up for the U.S. But it’s hard when they don’t have any respect for the current leadership.”

PRIEST: “To broaden the discussion on the Russia question a little bit, there’s (Trump adviser) Carter Page having business interest and (campaign manager) Paul Manafort have business interests there.”

FLYNN: “How about the Clintons? … If that’s all you want to talk about, I don’t want to do this anymore.”Image result for photos of gen mike flynn

FLYNN: “You know what? I don’t know what their business interests are. I’ve talked with Paul Manafort, met him, but if Carter Page walked in here, I wouldn’t know who he is … you know what? Look at the amount of money the Global Clinton Initiative is taking from countries right now.”

PRIEST: “What would you have wanted the strategy to be (Middle East)?”

FLYNN: “I would want this enemy to be clearly defined by this president and he just refused to do it. This is not about countering violence extremist movements, the “CVE,” this is about going after an ideology that is within the Islamic world that is like a metastasized cancer that has grown and this president has been presented that information, routinely, often, and has been shown this enemy for what it is and still refuses to call it for what it is, and until you do, you really can’t have a coherent strategy.”Image result for cartoons of trump in love w russia

PRIEST: “How would you see a President Trump bringing the Arab states back to the table?”

FLYNN: “It has to be a totally different conversation. It has to be one based on respect and acknowledging that there is a cost for not doing that. There is a cost.”

PRIEST: “Continued war?”

FLYNN:” It’s like NATO. Why do three-quarters of NATO [countries] get away with not paying anything? They have to pay their bills. We’ve done a lot, for the better part of half a century, for these countries. I personally think we have to embrace this notion that President al-Sissi of Egypt said; he called for a revolution in Islam.”

Image result for photos of gen mike flynnPRIEST: “How do we do that?”

FLYNN: “Help them. That’s the conversation I would like to have. How do we help you do that? You, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Arab world. We are not going to get any help out of Iran, even though we gave them the best deal of their lives. We should depend on some of these other Arab leaders to help out.”

PRIEST: Do you think Trump is going to have a problem with that, though, because of the interpretation of many people that he’s anti-Islam, that he’s anti-Muslim?

Image result for cartoons of trump in love w russiaFLYNN: “No he’s not. What did he say?”

PRIEST: “What he said about stopping immigration from Muslim countries.”

FLYNN: “Why is it that the U.S. has to take refugees? Why doesn’t Saudi Arabia take more. Egypt can’t afford it right now. Egypt is going to be, potentially, a failed state if we don’t help them.”

FLYNN: “You can put a different set of demands on these guys. Our conversations have been too polite. Our conversations have been political conversations with political people who try to be politically correct and not with people who can say, okay, what is it we want to have going forward?”

PRIEST: So what would be your ask from them?

FLYNN: “To deal with the disease inside of their ideology.”

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Intelligence community dreading Mike Flynn’s as National Security Advisor

FLYNN:  “I haven’t had a chance to say anything. … I think we have such a political cesspool in this country right now. The Republican Party is no longer the Republican Party. The Democratic Party is no longer the Democratic Party. We have a centrist nationalist group of people in this country, lots of them, and we have a socialist group of people in this country, lots of them. And that’s not, to me, the American idea.”

FLYNN: “They censored some things, yeah. The caused me to change things that were policy issues that had nothing classified.” (DIA on Flynn’s book)

PRIEST: “An example?”

FLYNN: They didn’t want me to say that North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba were allies of radical Islam.”

FLYNN: “I don’t know that. What I know is it is a disservice to those who continue to serve to think that there’s going to be a civil-military breakdown because those who serve, they know who they serve. They know what their loyalties are, that’s why you take an oath to the Constitution and your loyalty lies in the chain of command and your buddies. That’s always been there. We are a professional military.”Image result for photos of gen mike flynn

PRIEST: “Now you’re out calling the former sec of state who you served under “…

LYNN: “A liar “…

PRIEST: “And she should be locked up” …

FLYNN: “Yeah, she should be.”

PRIEST:” But some of those things happened when you were inside. Were you just suppressing your feelings because you were in uniform?”

President-elect Donald Trump's appointees, from left: Lt.-Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as attorney general, and Kansas Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo as director of the CIA.
President-elect Donald Trump’s appointees, from left: Lt.-Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as attorney general, and Kansas Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo as director of the CIA. (Reuters, Associated Press)

FLYNN: “I wasn’t aware of the things that were out now. What I was aware of is the rise of radical Islamism, the significant expansion of radical Islamism and watching the president of the United States talk his way out of it — and really make some unbelievable strategic decisions like pulling out of Iraq, going into Libya, some of the things going on in Afghanistan.”

President-elect Donald Trump’s appointees, from left: Lt.-Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as attorney general, and Kansas Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo as director of the CIA. (Reuters, Associated Press)

FLYNN: “The Islamic ideology is a political ideology based on a religion.”

FLYNN: “Islam is an ideology and there’s a religious component to it that’s radicalized and in some cases it masks itself behind that religion, especially in our country, because of freedom of religion. … People aren’t going into gay bars in Orlando and saying, “Jesus Christ!” They’re not going into the Charlie Hebdo, the 85-year-old priest who was beheaded on his alter, (the assailant wasn’t) yelling Jesus Christ.”

PRIEST: “Do you think that’s the nature of Islam?”

FLYNN: “Yes, I believe there’s a diseased component inside the Islamic world, the Muslim world, absolutely. It’s like a cancer and it has metastasized and grabbed hold in a much bigger way, and it’s because we, have tried to be, globally, tried to be so political correct. The president doesn’t want to say it but he calls them ISIS, ISIL. What’s that acronym stand for?”

Image result for photos of gen mike flynnPRIEST: “Let’s talk about DIA (the Defense Intelligence Agency where Flynn was director from 2012-2014). … You were trying to undertaken massive change.”

FLYNN: “I got grief for it because I was trying to do something that I was actually asked to do. I was asked to go in and get DIA back into the business of supporting of our warfighters.”

PRIEST: “The criticism was that you were not good at the execution of that. This is a quote: “Stonewalled, undercut and marginalized.” And what about the investigation (into inappropriately sharing intelligence)?”Related image

FLYNN: “The investigation on me was for sharing intelligence with the Brits and Australians in combat, and I’m proud of that one. That was substantiated because actually I did it. But I did it with the right permissions when you dig into the investigation. I’m proud of that one. Accuse me of sharing intelligence in combat with our closest allies, please.”

PRIEST: “So why was there an investigation?”

FLYNN: “Because that’s what the government does.”

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Miranda Blue has written an analysis of the potential impact of General Mike Flynn in the White House for the 11/18/16 the Right Wing Watch blog, “Top Trump Adviser Michael Flynn Falsely Claimed Florida Democrats Supported Sharia Law.”

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, whom President-elect Donald Trump will reportedly name as his national security adviser, claimed in a speech to an anti-Muslim group this summer that Democrats in Florida had voted “to allow Sharia law to be used” in the state’s judicial system, adding that he was shocked that the Democrats who voted to do so had names like “John” and “Mike” and not “Mohammed.”Image result for cartoons of trump in love w russia

“Every Democrat in Florida’s senate, Flynn told a Dallas gathering of ACT for America in August, had “voted yes to allow Sharia law to be used in the state of Florida’s judicial system.”

“He went on to express disbelief that senators with names like “John” had voted this way, saying “maybe that’s racist thinking that way, but I don’t think it is”:

“The 2014 vote that Flynn was apparently referring to was on one of a rash of laws prohibiting the use of “foreign law” in U.S. courts that have been promoted by anti-Muslim groups in recent years in an attempt to stir up fear of creeping Sharia in America. Democrats in the state senate voted against that bill.”

“Politifact wrote that the bill in question didn’t actually change the existing law, which allowed for “a judge to agree to apply foreign law as long as it doesn’t contradict public policy in the U.S.” Instead, as one state legislator said, it was “a solution in search of a problem:”Image result for cartoons of trump in love w russia

“The bill doesn’t specifically mention Sharia law, and it doesn’t outright ban the use of Sharia law, said Eduardo Palmer, a Coral Gables lawyer who serves on the legislative committee of the Florida Bar’s international law section. But much of the discussion centered on Sharia law.”

“The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which tracks and counters anti-Islamic attacks, and Florida’s Anti-Defamation League, a group that fights anti-Semitism, both lobbied against the bill.”

“Legislators who voted against the bill argued that it was unnecessary and was tantamount to an attack on Muslims.”

“In the same ACT for America speech, Flynn called Islam a “cancer” and a “political ideology” that “definitely hides behind this notion of it being a religion.”

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