Democrats fear Flynn as National Security Adviser because he was right about ISIL

Marc Thiessen:
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 Barack Obama’s Iraq withdrawal and predicted the rise of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS). And then, after leaving his post as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), he out called Obama for failing to heed that advice.

It was under Flynn’s leadership that the DIA issued a classified report in 2012 predicting everything that has come to pass in Iraq since Obama’s withdrawal of American troops. It warned 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, also 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.

ISIS 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 a “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 the DIA’s “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 group’s ability to concurrently maintain safe havens in Syria.”

Everything Flynn’s DIA predicted came true, and he was pushed out because people in the White House didn’t want to hear it. As Flynn told The New York Times, “It didn’t meet the narrative.”
I suspect that Democrats will attack him viciously.  That seems to be how they roll when confronted with someone who has shown them to be wrong on such a vital issue.


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