I have been waiting for our new el presidente to offer up his choices for our foreign policy and national security apparatus…..to say that I am disappointed in his choice for SecState would be an understatement….(of which I wrote and posted earlier today)
And then I got word of his choice for national security adviser……
The man Donald Trump has selected to be his top national security adviser “inappropriately shared” classified information with military officers from friendly countries while he was serving in Afghanistan. According to Army documents obtained by the Washington Post under a Freedom of Information Act request, Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn was investigated in 2010 after a Navy intelligence officer complained that he had shared secrets with “various foreign military officers and/or officials in Afghanistan.” Sources tell the Post that Flynn, who has admitted being investigated for sharing information with British and Australian officers, shared material with classified information about CIA operations in Afghanistan.
Flynn wasn’t disciplined over the security breach because it wasn’t done knowingly and “there was no actual or potential damage to national security as a result,” according to the Army documents. The Hill notes that Flynn said earlier this year that he wasn’t ashamed of “sharing intelligence in combat with our closest allies” and that the investigation found he had the correct clearances—which does not appear to have been the case. The Post reports that at this year’s Republican National Convention, Flynn, who retired from the military in 2014, led chants of “lock her up” after attacking Hillary Clinton for using a private email server. “If I, a guy who knows this business, if I did a tenth, a tenth of what she did, I would be in jail today,” he said
This guy is a loud mouth douche…..but that is my personal opinion of the man….my problem is a person like Gen. Patraeus gets caught passing vital info to a lover and biographer and he gets a misdemeanor and this guy passes info to foreign governments and he gets a high office in the Trump regime.
During the election process Mr. Trump said that he “knew more than the generals”….and yet he is surrounding himself with generals….and there is my problem….too many generals running a civilian government…..once a general always a general….there are many NatSec experts that were not in the military….those resources should be tapped….let old soldiers fade away…..
I am slowly thinking that the transition from war footing to one of sanity is sliding away.