Another Neocon Added To The Mess

BY JASON LE MIERE @JASONLEMIERE
11/17/16 AT 9:20 A
Flynn, a top adviser to Trump throughout his campaign, wouldn’t require confirmation from the Senate to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Henry Kissinger, Brent Scowcroft and Condoleezza Rice. But he has been derided as “impulsive” by Rep. Adam Schiff, a ranking member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence. And that’s not the only reason his appointment would be a controversial one.
Flynn only retired from the Army in 2014, which limits the roles he could take in the Trump administration. Specifically, a defense secretary needs to be at least seven years out of active duty unless they receive a congressional waiver. While in the Army, Flynn led intelligence efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Flynn was appointed as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2012 but left his post in 2014, reportedly over clashes with President Barack Obama’s administration. In particular, he repeatedly warned of the threat of radical Islamic terrorism, stating that the United States was less safe in 2014 than prior to the Sept. 11 attacks, even after the killing of Osama bin Laden.
The 57-year-old has since become a sharp critic of Obama’s policies and has rallied against what he has called “political correctness.” Recently, he called the decision to announce ahead of time the operation to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State group “just insane.”
Flynn remained steadfastly supportive of Trump throughout his presidential campaign and was considered for the role of vice-president. His sharp criticism over the Obama administration’s handling of the Islamic State group and the Iran nuclear deal sits comfortably with the message Trump espoused throughout his campaign. However, they could come into conflict over Russia. While Trump has called for improved relations with Russia, Flynn has slammed the country in the past, particularly its role in Syria.
Punctuating his speech with chants of “U-S-A! U-S-A!” and leading a chorus of “lock her up,” Flynn called on Clinton to drop out of the race “because she put our nation’s security at extremely high rich with her careless use if a private email server.”
However, on at least two occasions, Flynn’s own handling of classified information has come under scrutiny, CNN reported. While Flynn has denied allegations he shared classified information with Pakistan, he admitted a separate incident of sharing intelligence with British and Australian allies without following proper security procedures.
In another potential controversy, an investigation by Politico alleges that Flynn runs a consultancy firm that receives money from a close ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Iranian Horn Sends Military Advisers (Daniel 8:3)

Over 1000 Iranian military advisors in Iraq
Iranian Horn
Iran Focus
29 December 2014

The Iranian regime’s military involvement has dramatically increased in Iraq over the past year, the Washington Post reported citing U.S., Iraqi and Iranian sources.
 

A senior Iranian cleric with close ties to Tehran’s leadership, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss security matters, said that since the Islamic State’s capture of much of northern Iraq in June, Iran has sent more than 1,000 military advisers to Iraq, as well as elite units, and has conducted airstrikes and spent more than $1 billion on military aid.

The Washington Post report adds: “While the departure of U.S. troops in 2011 provided space for Iran to expand its influence in Iraq, Tehran’s support for paramilitary groups has intensified since the appearance of the Sunni militant group.”

Reports of abuses by Shiite militiamen have increased in recent months, raising fears that militia death squads that helped fuel past sectarian violence are on the march.

American officials are also watching to see whether Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has the political clout to hold his unity government together and keep paramilitary forces in check.

Meanwhile the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said in a statement that there are currently thousands of Iranian Revolutionary Guards stationed in a number of Iraqi cities to help Tehran regime to compensate its loss in Iraq after the ouster of former Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

The guards that are estimated to be over 7000 are stationed in Baghdad, Diyala and Salah ad-Din provinces and the cities of Samarra, Karbala, Najaf, Khaneqain, Sa’adiyah and Jaloula.

A dispatched Revolutionary Guards include commanders and experts that accompany the militias in various areas of Iraq, according to the NCRI.

The Iranian Resistance warned that Revolutionary Guards are not in Iraq to fight ISIS, but to compensate for the heavy blow caused by Nouri al-Maliki’s ouster to create a Velayat-e faqih caliphate in Iraq.

The slaughter and forced migration, along with aggression against the Iraqi people, in particular the Sunnis, and ridding them of their property by the revolutionary guards and their affiliated militias under the pretext of fighting ISIS has endangered peace and security throughout the region and fuels the machine of extremism and terrorism in the whole region, NCRI warns.