Flynn: We must define our enemy to defeat it

Democrats and mainstream media criticized Donald Trump’s acceptance speech as “Doom and Gloom,” but anyone looking at the recent events would call it reality. Within the last few weeks, five police officers died in Dallas, three in Baton Rogue; there have been jihadist terrorist attacks with more than 80 dead in Nice, France, including Americans, an axe attack by a migrant Afghan in Munich, and recently a terrorist attack at a mall in Munich leaving at least nine dead. If that is not doom and gloom then what is? Below is an interview with Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn about his book “The Field Of Flight” and his views of recent events.

President Obama will never utter the words “Islamic extremist” or “radical Islam.” Flynn points out the hypocrisy.

“The president should clearly and unambiguously define the enemy that we face and the threat to our way if life,” he said. “It is radical Islam. We did it while fighting the enemy of Communism and Nazism. ISIS is a very determined enemy who wants to establish a global Caliphate. This political correctness of not naming our enemy is dangerous for the country. I am confident Americans can take the truth.”

Political correctness has also interfered in the way the U.S. conducts the war against terrorism.

“Using drones is a narrow strategy,” Flynn says. “We have to be able to capture guys and learn from them by getting the intelligence we need. We are not capturing anyone any more. Beyond that, apprehending individuals allows us to expose them instead of turning them into a martyr after being killed. By doing this we can show how their ideology is a disease that must by excised. The information warfare component of battle must discredit them. We show them as cowards and weak.”

Exposure does seem to work if people think of how embedded in their memory are the pictures of Khalid Sheik Mohammed and Saddam Hussein after their capture.

Flynn also debunks Democrats and some Republican pundits who say ISIS is being defeated. They point to the terrorist group’s loss of land and that these recent attacks are acts of desperation.

He strongly disagrees with “those people because that is actually false. We excised them from some village in Iraq like Fallujah, yet they are able to attack the international community in San Bernardino, Orlando, France, Germany, Bangladesh and Turkey — all of these in recent months. The reason for this is that the enemy has doubled in size and grown in a global geographic footprint in the last six or so years.”

The blame lies squarely in the hands of the Obama Administration, including Hillary Clinton. In the book, Flynn gives high marks to President George W. Bush while lambasting President Obama.

“He (Bush) realized the war was going badly, that we were losing, and our entire strategy needed to change,” Flynn said. “The mere fact that he recognized this and proceeded to make the difficult decisions he eventually made is a leadership characteristic our current president lacks.

“There is no enemy that is unbeatable. Even though President Bush was at the end of his administration he brought in the fresh leadership of Gen. David Petraeus and Robert Gates. We were able to reverse the strategy and come up with a new one to win,” Flynn said. “Now we are at the end of President Obama’s term; yet, when 99 percent of President Obama’s advisors told him to keep 10,000 troops in Iraq to stop the rise of radical terrorism he did not listen. He made a political decision rather than a decision for our national security. This is a weakness in his leadership style. His problem is that he refuses to recognize this strategy is not working and the enemy has grown in capacity.”

One of the problems is that the current president wants to be surrounded by “yes men.” Flynn recounts in the book how he was fired in 2014 because he went before Congress and spoke of how to keep America safe.

When asked about this, he responded, “I was appointed by President Obama twice, as assistant director of national intelligence and the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. I never met with the president once — imagine that. Why not ask to speak with me about our differences of opinion and my suggestions? To me, this is very disturbing.”

He suspects he was fired because “our agency was very brutally honest about our findings. I am not, nor have I ever been, the type of person that will state what the boss wants to hear. I am always very blunt and say what I feel, including offering solutions. I was fired partially due to my honesty about the enemy we are facing, radical Islam. In complete contrast to the president who called ISIS the JV team, I told Congress they were dangerous and growing. Intelligence is about truth to power.”

Although he outlined in the book extensive solutions, he summarized it: “In order to beat this enemy we need to discredit the ideology. Muslims need to take a more public international stand. To do it they will have to be helped, prompted, and pushed by the U.S., something we are not doing now. We need to depend on Middle East allies like Israel, Jordan and Egypt. Finally, something that I have been criticized for is to get Russia involved. They should assume responsibility and pressure Iran to stop their proxy wars. As I show in the book, the ties between the Iranian regime and al Qaeda have been a well-established fact.”

Since ISIS is a by-product of al Qaeda, does that mean Iran has ties to them as well?

“Dig deep down into the intelligence and you will find ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend,’” Flynn said. “There are these funny relationships that exist. We have clearly seen with Iran and al Qaeda that a Shiite state nation and a Sunni organization have worked together. They do this because at the end of the day they hate the U.S. more than they hate each other.”

When asked if he will be the next secretary of defense, and what type of leader would he be, Flynn commented, “I am confident in what I know but also what I do not know. I am willing to listen and learn. I believe we should never get involved in wars unless we have a clear unambiguous goal to win.

“America has forgotten how to win wars. I am not answering the question of my employment right now. Republicans must win many more battles before the war is won.”

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Elise Cooper

Elise writes book reviews that always include a short author interview.