Former DIA Director: 'Rise of Islamic State was a willful decision' by the Obama administration
President Obama's former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Michael Flynn has told Foreign Policy Journal that the rise of Islamic State (ISIS) was a willful decision by President Obama
All that is noted, but if this transcript is accurate, former DIA
director Michael Flynn is confirming that the Obama Administration
knowingly decided to support al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood in
Syria, and directly enabled the rise of the Islamic State. And given the
Obama Administration’s general stance toward the global jihad and
Islamic supremacism, what would be unbelievable about that?
In a sane political atmosphere, this would be enough to bring down
the Obama presidency. Instead, it will get little notice and no action
“Rise of Islamic State was ‘a willful decision’: Former DIA Chief Michal [sic] Flynn,” by Brad Hoff, Foreign Policy Journal, August 7, 2015 (thanks to Joshua):
In Al Jazeera’s latest Head to Head episode, former
director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Michael Flynn confirms to
Mehdi Hasan that not only had he studied the DIA memo predicting the
West’s backing of an Islamic State in Syria when it came across his desk
in 2012, but even asserts that the White House’s sponsoring of radical
jihadists (that would emerge as ISIL and Nusra) against the Syrian
regime was “a willful decision.” [Lengthy discussion of the DIA memo
begins at the 8:50 mark.]
Amazingly, Flynn actually took issue with the way interviewer Mehdi
Hasan posed the question—Flynn seemed to want to make it clear that the
policies that led to the rise of ISIL were not merely the result of
ignorance or looking the other way, but the result of conscious decision
Hasan: You are basically saying that even in government at the time
you knew these groups were around, you saw this analysis, and you were
arguing against it, but who wasn’t listening?
Flynn: I think the administration.
Hasan: So the administration turned a blind eye to your analysis?
Flynn: I don’t know that they turned a blind eye, I think it was a decision. I think it was a willful decision.
Hasan: A willful decision to support an insurgency that had Salafists, Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood?
Flynn: It was a willful decision to do what they’re doing.
Hasan himself expresses surprise at Flynn’s frankness during this
portion of the interview. While holding up a paper copy of the 2012 DIA
report declassified through FOIA, Hasan reads aloud key passages such
as, “there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared
Salafist principality in Eastern Syria, and this is exactly what the
supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian
Rather than downplay the importance of the document and these
startling passages, as did the State Department soon after its release,
Flynn does the opposite: he confirms that while acting DIA chief he
“paid very close attention” to this report in particular and later adds
that “the intelligence was very clear.”
Lt. Gen. Flynn, speaking safely from retirement, is the highest
ranking intelligence official to go on record saying the United States
and other state sponsors of rebels in Syria knowingly gave political
backing and shipped weapons to Al-Qaeda in order to put pressure on the
Hasan: In 2012 the U.S. was helping coordinate arms transfers to
those same groups [Salafists, Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda in Iraq], why
did you not stop that if you’re worried about the rise of quote-unquote
Flynn: I hate to say it’s not my job…but that…my job was to…was to
ensure that the accuracy of our intelligence that was being presented
was as good as it could be….
And you all thought we were exaggerating when we said that Obama supported Islamic terror groups....
Labels: al-Qaeda, Barack Hussein Obama, Bashar al-Assad, Islamic terrorism, Muslim Brotherhood, Nusra Front, Salafists, Syria, Syrian uprising