Retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, who worked for more than two years as the director of President Barack Obama’s Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), said he has a strong indictment against Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in an interview with Breitbart on Friday.
Flynn was promoting his new book The Field of Flight when he claimed that Obama and Clinton were uninterested in hearing any intelligence about the Middle East that did not fit the mold of “happy talk”.
Not only did Obama and Hillary act immaturely wanting to only hear the “good news” instead of both the “good and bad news”, but Flynn also alleged that the administration actively scrubbed away any notions about radical Islam from training manuals of higher military ranks.
In the interview, Flynn said:
“The administration has basically denied the fact that we have this problem with Radical Islamists.
And this is a very vicious, barbaric enemy and I recognize in the book that there is an alliance of countries that are dedicated basically against our way of life and they support different groups in the Islamic movement, principally the Islamic State and formerly Al Qaeda—although Al Qaeda still exists.
The administration denied the fact that this even existed and then told those of us in the government to basically excise the phrase ‘radical Islamism’ out of our entire culture, out of our training manuals, everything.
That was a big argument I had internally and I talked a little bit about it in the Senate testimony that I gave two years back.”
How is it possible to deny that a group exists if there is obvious evidence proving that it does exist?
Flynn was more specific later in the interview about Obama and Hillary not wanting to hear all the facts when he said:
“There’s a narrative that the President and his team, including Hillary Clinton, wanted to hear—instead of having the tough news or the bad news if you will that they needed to hear.
Now, there’s a big difference. And the one thing about intelligence is we should stand for truth to power—meaning we should always say what we believe, and lay the facts out, lay the tough right facts out and then you let the policymakers make the decisions that they have to make.
What has happened in the last 10 years, frankly in the last 8 years, is we have seen a level of dishonesty coming out of both the policy and the decision making structure with the American people.
The President has said they’re jayvee, they’re on the run, they’re not that strong, what difference does it make what we call—that’s being totally dishonest with the American public.
There’s one thing that Americans are, and we’re tough, resilient people but we have to be told the truth. I think what a lot of this is, in fact what I know a lot of it is.
It’s a lot of happy talk from a President who did not meet the narrative of his political ideology or his political decision-making process to take our country in a completely different direction and frankly that’s why I’m sitting here talking to you here today, Matt.
The intelligence process starts really at the ground level, but the priorities—the priorities, Matt, for an intelligence system and the intelligence community in our country and that’s the President of the United States.”
In essence, the implication that Flynn makes is that Islamic terrorists grew at an unprecedented speed because Obama and Clinton refused to acknowledge their existence and stop their growth many years ago.
You also might be surprised to learn that Flynn is a lifelong Democrat and has recently – and publicly – crossed the aisle to support Donald Trump for President.
Is it not the cabinet’s job to learn hard truths and act on them?
This immaturity is surprising, even for them.