Obama's former intel chief: The president's strategy us 'not working'
Former DIA Director Lt. Gen Mike Flynn, forced out last year after clashing with White House aides, says that the president's anti-ISIS strategy is ideologically driven and ignores facts on the ground.
In an interview with the Daily Caller, Flynn pulled no punches in his critique of his former boss.
Retired in 2014, Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, President Obama’s former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, served in the U.S. Army for 30 years but believes the nation is being lead by an ideological allegiance that crowds out strategies and decisions based on facts on the ground.
According to the candid Flynn, President Obama — who called ISIS a “JV team” — is downplaying the Islamic threat and overstating our readiness because of an allegiance to his ideology. The energetic general dismisses the tone-deaf Democrat or media elite’s focus on gun control or Islamaphobia after the Paris and San Bernardino terrorist attacks. Flynn says, “It is about religion, and not about gun control.”
“It’s a cancerous form of radical Islamism and we cannot allow it to exist on this planet anymore,” he continues.
While Obama has claimed “we’re on track” with fighting ISIS, Flynn says here, “we’re not on track.”
“His strategy is not working,” as he decries senior government officials who out of fear or self-interest, refuse to tell the president the facts.
Asked to connect the dots on releasing GITMO prisoners, Bowe Bergdahl and others, Flynn says, “Obama has made incredibly poor decisions that have made us less safe.”
As for the continuation of announced releases by the Obama administration of GITMO prisoners, which is under attack from Republicans like this, Flynn says in this video “we should be capturing, not releasing, more GITMO prisoners.” After release, Flynn says, these detainees are returning to the battlefield, picking up networks and providing a command and control capacity that works against the United States’ interests.
Flynn, having served in Afghanistan when Bowe Bergdahl left camp and in a position to know about the reassignments needed to find Bergdahl, says we “certainly shouldn’t be trading them [GITMO prisoners] for those like Bowe Bergdahl.”
Other topics discussed in the video are the mistake of invading Iraq, the disaster of toppling Libya’s leader, the error of allowing Pakistan and Syria to be safe-havens and using America’s military as a social experiment while allowing our readiness to decline.
No wonder Flynn was forced out. Being logical and realistic is a cause for termination in this White House.
There are still pundits who insist Obama is "cerebral" and not an ideologue. Flynn destroys that myth and then some. Barack Obama is the most ideological president we've ever had and because of his naivete and warped worldview, America is not as safe as it should be.