Skip to comments.The real source of Team Obama’s ‘despair’ over Mike Flynn
Posted on 11/24/2016 8:22:58 AM PST by markomalley
f you thought the handwringing among the cast of Hamilton over the impending Trump presidency was bad, it apparently does not compare to the growing despair among the Obama White House team. What has them most upset? The elevation of Steve Bannon or Jeff Sessions? No, it turns out that the most devastating blow was the selection of a fellow Democrat Lt. Gen. Michael Fynn as National Security Advisor. The Associated Press reports:
As Obama hopped from capital to capital, news of the emerging Trump administration followed him, dominating news conferences and private meetings with leaders . Each time Air Force One landed in another foreign capital, cellphones buzzed and White House officials faces fell as the latest news came in about Trumps team-in-waiting The selections deflated the hopes in the White House that Trump, faced with the awesome duty of running the nation, might tone it down after the campaign.
Of all the Trumps choices, White House officials said it was the selection of Flynn that felt like the most devastating blow, given the immense authority the national security adviser has over matters of war and peace.
By the time Obama arrived in Peru, the creeping sense of despair among his aides was palpable.
So why are Obama aides so upset about Flynn, who Foreign Policy magazine reports as a boy would help arrange bus rides for Democratic voters on election days in his hometown.
Simple. Because he warned them about the danger of Obamas Iraq withdrawal and predicted rise of ISIS and then, after leaving office, called Obama out for failing to heed that advice.
It was under Flynns leadership that DIA issued a classified report in 2012 predicting everything that has come to pass in Iraq since Obamas withdrawal of American troops warning that the chaos in Syria was creating conditions that could allow al-Qaeda in Iraq (now ISIS) to make a comeback and declare an Islamic caliphate. The report, dated August 2012 and obtained by Judicial Watch last year, warned:
The deterioration of the situation [in Syria] has dire consequences on the Iraqi situation and creates the ideal atmosphere for AQI [al-Qaeda in Iraq, now ISIS] to return to its old pockets in Mosul and Ramadi and will provide a renewed momentum under the presumption of unifying the jihad among Sunni Iraq and Syria, and the rest of the Sunnis in the Arab world against what it considers one enemy, the dissenters. ISI could also declare an Islamic State through union with other terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria, which will create grave danger in regards to unifying Iraq and the protection of its territory [and] renewing facilitation of terrorist elements from all over the Arab world entering into [the] Iraqi arena.
Then, in February 2014 a month after Obama had publicly dismissed ISIS as the jayvee team that is engaged in various local power struggles and disputes and is not a direct threat to us or something that we have to wade into Flynn went to Capitol Hill to deliver DIAs annual threat assessment to the Senate Armed Services Committee. He accurately predicted ISIS would probably attempt to take territory in Iraq and Syria to exhibit its strength in 2014, as demonstrated recently in Ramadi and Fallujah, and [by] the groups ability to concurrently maintain safe havens in Syria.
Everything Flynns DIA predicted came true and he was pushed out because people in the White House didnt want to hear it. As Flynn told the New York Times, it didnt meet the narrative.
He was right and they were wrong. Now hes in and they are out. Hence the creeping sense of despair on the Obama team.
Flynn’s now resigned, reportedly...
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