General Michael T. Flynn is back in the news, in the eye of hurricane, appointed by Trump to be National Security Advisor, fired, and now accused of collaborating with the Russians and taking payments from Turkey. He will get his day in court and is only accused but not convicted of any crimes.
I am proud of including my review of his excellent book, The Field of Fight, in my new book, Lessons from Fallen Civilizations: The Way Forward, because he is a great patriot and scholar who spent his whole career serving in the military, leading in war zones, and rising to the highest ranking military intelligence officer in the country. He was summarily fired by Obama when, in his testimony before Congress, he disagreed with his government’s assumptions and policies regarding the war against resurgent militant Islam.
Flynn’s case takes on a vastly larger significance for this country. That is because his contacts with a Russian ambassador and with Turkey were revealed by CIA wiretapping intelligence. While the surveillance of foreign officials is legal and authorized by this government, the “unmasking” of an American captured by this surveillance is, by law, to be expunged.
The vastly larger issue surrounding the Flynn case is that we only know about his contacts with the Russian ambassador and the Turks is because someone or various people in the Obama Administration ordered the CIA to unmask and release to the press the details of Flynn’s meetings. This is a felony and could go all the way to Obama. When we have an administration, which commands the intelligence agencies to spy upon its political opposition, we have become a banana republic where there is one party rule and a strong man who criminalizes his opposition. This Flynn case opens Watergate cubed.