Review essay on Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was fired as Donald Trump's first National Security Advisor. While Flynn is now longer at the elbow of the president, many of the ideas that he espoused remain popular in White House circle, not least with Trump himself.
Over the next four years, indeed, in the coming days and weeks, President Donald Trump will have to deal
with an array of national security threats.
These may come in many varieties, including provocations from North
Korea, terror assaults, Chinese or Russian tests of U.S. resolve, or perhaps a
renewed offensive by the Syrian army and its allies. Trump will count on his staff and
particularly Michael Flynn, his national security advisor, to keep him abreast
of hot button issues and to present well-considered options for responding. Indeed,
even on routine days Trump will see Flynn multiple times daily.
Unfortunately, there is
reason to worry about Flynn’s objectivity and judgment. Like Trump, Flynn
often shoots from the hip and he is not always aiming at the right target.
Flynn, a retired army lieutenant general, has filled a variety of coveted
military billets, but his actions in recent years offer cause to question his
In 2012, he became Director of
the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Pentagon’s intelligence apparatus.
He was forced into retirement in April 2014, after only two years at the