Michael Flynn, Trump and Russia: What Is Really Going On?

Brandon Martinez / Non-Aligned Media 

Michael Flynn is Donald Trump’s “favorite general,” advising the Republican presidential candidate on foreign policy and may well be brought in as an advisor if Trump succeeds this November.

Politico writes that Flynn “shaped some of Trump’s views, including disdain for the recent nuclear agreement with Iran and calls for a far more aggressive strategy to confront Islamic extremism at home and abroad.”

Flynn is a retired three-star US army general and the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), serving in that role under Obama from 2012 to 2014.

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Since retirement Flynn has been busy shopping himself around to media outlets as an “expert” on “terrorism”. He co-authored a new book with neocon Michael Ledeen, the self-styled “student” of Machiavellianism, who, conspiring alongside Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith and other Zionist agents in the Bush administration, led the battle cries for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the broader dystopian “war on terror” mission of toppling seven Middle Eastern regimes in 5-10 years. The Flynn-Ledeen book is a pro-War on Terror polemic entitled Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies. The synopsis reads in part:

Ten years ago we found evidence that al-Qaeda was far more organized and adept than we had previously given them credit for. It took us nearly that long to locate and execute their leader, Osama bin Laden, and we are far from finished. Al-Qaeda has morphed into a much more dangerous, menacing threat: ISIS. A war is being waged against us by radical Islamists, and, as current events demonstrate, they are only getting stronger. This book aims to inform the American people of the grave danger we face in the war on terror―and will continue to face―until our government takes decisive action against the terrorists that want nothing more than to destroy us and our way of life.

This all seems oddly out of touch with reality when considering that the agency he headed, the DIA, was the source of the now infamous leaked report that point-blank revealed the Western role in spawning what would become ISIS. The intelligence brief, authored by anonymous DIA analysts under Flynn’s leadership in 2012, spoke of how the West and its regional allies stood behind anti-Assad rebel groups in Syria that, it noted, came to be dominated by extreme Salafi Islamists. The agency envisaged that such groups would imminently band together to form a “Salafist principality” in Eastern Syria that could be utilized by the Western powers and their partners as a “strategic opportunity” to “isolate” the Assad regime in Syria as well as Assad’s allies in Iran and Hezbollah. The communique has been widely circulated by alternative media and used as evidence that the Obama White House directly and knowingly facilitated the rise of ISIS, which it paradoxically now claims to be at war with. Flynn in a candid interview with Al Jazeera confirmed the authenticity of that document, furthering the argument to say that the Obama administration made a “willful decision” to arm and support rebel groups with extremist proclivities, and that he “argued” with them about the policy.

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So Flynn himself admitted publicly that the “terrorists” are a creation of the US government itself, but insists with trepidation that the “threat” from these synthetic terror groups is pressing and real, and must be immediately dealt with. He somehow avoids the paradox that the Pentagon and US intelligence agencies themselves devised, and most likely still have some degree of control over, the very menace they are now disingenuously claiming to fight.

Flynn’s delusional garbage is part of a wider campaign of spin doctoring emanating from various Republicans including the Trump campaign which seeks to scapegoat Obama – exonerating the Zionist string-pullers behind the curtain – for the calamities occurring in the Middle East that ultimately trace back to the pre-Obama neocons’ Zionist agenda of permanent regime change and destabilization in states – notably Iraq, Syria, Libya, Lebanon and Iran – that rival Israel. It was George W. Bush and his neocon team of war-hawk advisors who first conceived and implemented the policies that have led to the austere predicament the Middle East finds itself in now, and it was they who initiated the “redirection” gambit of arming regional opponents of Assad in Syria, Iran and Hezbollah as far back as 2005. Obama simply picked up where Bush and the neocons left off, following more or less the same or similar framework of perpetual regime-change that his predecessor first set in motion. Now, as his presidency comes to a close, Obama is conveniently being made a scapegoat for the Zionists’ dirty work.

Dutifully ignoring this fact, Flynn marches forward, co-authoring books with neocons speaking precisely their language about the “War on Terror,” about Iran, and about the need to forge ahead with more militarism in the Middle East as an antidote to “threats” that, by Flynn’s own admission, are of America’s own making. So what is hell going on here?

Kosher Opposition

In a speech backing Trump, Flynn chastised Obama because under his leadership the world no longer fears American “might” in the military sense. “My message to you is very clear: Wake up, America! There is no substitute for American leadership and exceptionalism,” the general said with jingoistic ferver, arguing that Obama is too “weak” and “politically correct” in not naming “radical Islam” as the number one enemy of America. Trump has likewise harped on these themes, playing into a kosher blame game that avoids outing the real authors of chaos in the Middle East, bellowing out in a recent campaign speech that Obama and Hillary Clinton were the “founders” of ISIS.

Is this brave truth telling or a clever case of “limited hang out” misdirection?

Flynn’s coy game, like that of Trump, is to present himself as a no-nonsense tough guy – in reality a dimwitted military grunt – who is not afraid to “name the enemy,” which he insists is still “radical Islam,” making him no less of a war-hawk neocon than the co-author of his book. Obama won’t “name” this foe, so he is incompetent and must be replaced with hard-nosed pro-military stalwarts like Trump and Flynn, who will take care of business.

Trump has echoed these phony arguments, variously criticizing Obama for not sufficiently supporting Israel and being too “soft” on Iran. “Israel, our great friend and the one true democracy in the Middle East, has been snubbed and criticized by an administration that lacks moral clarity,” Trump bemoaned in a foreign policy speech, extolling a country that itself has attacked the US with terrorism like the USS Liberty, Lavon Affair and Operation Trojan, and is openly aligned with ISIS in Syria. Trump blames Obama, a mere front-man and teleprompter reader for the Zionist elite, yet never mentions the key role of Israel in orchestrating destabilizing wars in the Middle East for its interests. He instead praises Tel Aviv as America’s “greatest friend and ally” who will receive his utmost support as president, hailing Benjamin Netanyahu – the probable mastermind of 9/11 and ideological godfather of the war on terror – as a “great guy”.

Flynn and Trump continue to insist that Iran – one of Israel’s chief Middle East adversaries – is a “huge threat” that must be confronted and sanctioned. Trump lobbied alongside pro-Israel Christian extremist Ted Cruz against Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, lamenting that it was “bad for Israel”. Trump is “1000 precent” behind Israel which will “be there forever,” he said in an acceptance speech after receiving an award for his life-long fealty to the Jewish state.

Looking at all of this, here’s what we can conclude: the Zionists, via their Jewish-led neocon network in Washington, have engineered chaos and destruction across the Middle East to secure the imperial interests of Israel. Now that much of this is being exposed, they’ve tasked controlled opposition figures like Trump and Flynn with placing all of the blame for it squarely on Obama’s shoulders, while letting Israel and the Israel-first neocons – the true architects of all the chaos – off the hook.

Manifestly, these and other charlatans have been spreading the myth that Obama’s motive for backing ISIS is his “secret Muslim” antecedents and not his commitment to Israel’s interests, whilst maintaining that more war and conflict is necessary to defeat “radical Islam,” which of course includes (in their mind) not only ISIS, but also Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas and sundry other opponents of Tel Aviv.

Something is rotten in Denmark.

The Russia Connection

Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was exposed as the political handler of deposed Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych, who now resides in Putin’s Russia in exile. Carter Page, a Trump advisor, is linked through his dealings in the gas industry to Gazprom, Russia’s state-controlled gas giant and the source of much of Putin’s power. Trump has in interviews heaped praise on Putin, and even defended Putin against charges that he has organized killings of journalists in Russia. “Where’s the proof” of Putin’s involvement in political assassinations? Trump retorted to an interviewer’s query about the issue, knowing full well that any “investigations” into such killings would be in the hands of the Russian FSB and police, which Putin controls.

Then there is the Russian connection to Michael Flynn. Flynn is not only Trump’s “favorite general,” but also Putin’s. Flynn is a regular guest on Russia’s RT news channel, and was wined and dined by the Kremlin at the 10th anniversary gala celebration of the founding of RT where the general gave a talk and later ate dinner with the Russian president.

Like the US, Russia has made scapegoats out of patsy Islamists to further their geopolitical goals. Stellar research by scholars David Satter and John Dunlop demonstrates convincingly that Putin’s meteoric rise to power in Russia was predicated on a series of deceptions that comprised a “Storm in Moscow” strategy of tension, organized at the highest levels of the Boris Yeltsin-Vladimir Putin administration. As the hopelessly corrupt Yeltsin became increasingly unelectable and scorned by the Russian public, his inner circle came up with an ingenious plan to mitigate chances that they would suffer repercussions for their criminal activities once out of power. Satter and Dunlop theorize that the plan was designed to elevate a relatively unknown KGB agent and fiercely loyal Yeltsin lackey, Vladimir Putin, into the presidency who would then ensure clemency for the Yeltsin mafia “family”.

Their strategy revolved around creating a “crisis” that misdirected public opprobrium from Yeltsin’s corruption and onto an “external” threat: the Chechen minority. The plan was to start and win a “small war” in Chechnya, which Putin as the newly appointed prime minister would lead, in order to popularize Yeltsin’s incumbent successor who would be seen as a “strong and decisive leader” that would protect Russians from terrorism. According to Satter and Dunlop’s research, the Kremlin entered into a secret partnership with two renegade Chechen rebel commanders, Shamil Basayev and Ibn-al Khattab, who, with the Kremlin’s approval and complicity, launched an incursion into neighboring Dagestan in August 1999 that was quickly repelled. This event paved the way for the subsequent mysterious “apartment bombings” that became the final casus belli needed to launch the full-scale invasion of Chechnya. On this Satter writes:

The invasion of Dagestan was suspicious from the start. In late spring, with an attack expected, the authorities withdrew Russian internal troops that were stationed on the border. A high-ranking Russian police official later said that if the internal forces had not been withdrawn, the invasion would not have been possible.

When a force of 1,200 armed men commanded by the Chechen leader Shamil Basaev entered Dagestan from Chechnya, they encountered no serious resistance. On August 23, they withdrew, again without encountering resistance. A Russian commander told a reporter for Time magazine that he had Basaev in his sights but was ordered to hold his fire. “We could have wiped him out then and there,” he said, “but the bosses in Moscow wanted him alive.”

Basayev was a rival for power to the moderate but strongly separatist-leaning Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov, who the Russian leadership sought to discredit by linking him to terrorism and fundamentalism embodied by Basayev and Khattab. The Russians eventually killed Maskhadov in 2005. Basayev was a career mercenary who had fought with Russian-backed forces in the 1992-1993 Abkhaz-Georgia war, which led many Chechens to believe he was a Russian double agent. Satter and Dunlop’s research show that he essentially was, covertly acting in concert with the Kremlin and serving their propaganda as the Russian equivalent of Osama bin Laden, the former CIA asset turned al-Qaeda boogeyman.

The September 1999 apartment bombings, which killed around 300 people across Russia, were the final straw needed to ignite the war in Chechnya, fully integrate the republic back into the Russian Federation, and remove the separatist leader Aslan Maskhadov from power there, replacing him with the Kremlin-loyal Kadyrov clan which rules Chechnya on behalf of Putin to this day. Putin’s popularity skyrocketed as a result of the conflict, and he was made president shortly thereafter.

The Yeltsin-Putin “Storm in Moscow” scheme worked, except they were unable to fully suppress evidence that the Russian secret service FSB, and not Chechens, bombed the apartments in 1999. Numerous independent investigations conducted by former FSB officials, such as Mikhail Trepashkin and Alexander Litvinenko, and Russia experts like Satter and Dunlop have unraveled the compelling evidence that the bombings were an inside job, planned and executed by Russian agents. The botched fifth bombing in late September of 1999, where a number of FSB agents were caught red-handed attempting to blow up an apartment block in Ryazan, prompted major deconstructions of the Kremlin’s Chechen fable.

Satter opines that, besides the apartment bombings which he contends were completely staged, many of the other major terrorist attacks in Russia were, at the very least, passively allowed to go forward and facilitated by the FSB who have a nasty habit of “releasing” jailed Islamists that conveniently go on to perpetrate, or take the fall for, attacks on civilians that feed into the Kremlin’s belligerent agenda to quell any vestiges of separatism in the North Caucasus. Basayev, the Kremlin’s “useful idiot” scapegoat, was happy to take credit for most of the attacks until he was killed in 2006, except strangely he denied any involvement in the apartment bombings.

Meanwhile, Putin’s bellicose “no negotiations” tough guy approach to the dispute with Chechen separatists led to the deaths of hundreds of Russian civilians in two high-profile hostage situations, the 2002 Moscow theater siege and the 2004 assault on the Beslan school. In both cases Russian forces caused most of the deaths, in the first case by pumping a toxic gas into the theater killing hundreds of civilian hostages with their captors; and the second one by firing rocket propelled grenades into the school, causing part of the roof to collapse in the gymnasium and a massive fire to break out, prompting the ensuing shootout. Russian intelligence possessed foreknowledge of both events having penetrated all of Chechnya’s rebel networks.

Putin used his brutal war with the Chechens to market himself as a “terror war” ally of George W. Bush, happily mouthing neocon propaganda about 9/11 and Iraq’s WMD program, and even assisting the US invasion of Afghanistan. As late as 2011, Putin continued to espouse the official narrative of 9/11 and the US-led terror war, condemning 9/11 truth seekers and dismissing their theories as “impossible”. He similarly lamented Russian skeptics of the apartment bombings, the official story of which his political career was owed to, saying with feigned exasperation in his memoir:

What?! Blowing up our own apartment buildings? You know, that is really…utter nonsense! It’s totally insane. No one in the Russian special services would be capable of such a crime against his own people. The very supposition is amoral.

On ISIS, Russia is, like the US, playing a double game. A Novaya Gazeta investigation revealed that Russia’s FSB is helping Russian Islamists from the North Caucasus travel to Syria where they have then joined rebel groups fighting Assad. The Russians, employing the “hornest’s nest” strategy, are using the Syrian conflict as a magnet to filter out local militants who would otherwise be challenging Russian rule in the North Caucasus region. They’d rather have them fighting Assad then fighting Putin, and they’d rather bomb them in Syria than within Russian territory. Putin himself claimed that up to 7,000 Russians are fighting with ISIS and other militant groups in Syria. Such a huge exodus of Russian citizens could not possibly occur without some knowledge and abetment from Russia’s intelligence agencies. Citing the Gazeta reporting, the Daily Beast explained:

[Russian] reporter Elena Milashina has concluded that the “Russian special services have controlled” the flow of jihadists into Syria, where they have lately joined up not only with ISIS but other radical Islamist factions. In other words, Russian officials are adding to the ranks of terrorists which the Russian government has deemed a collective threat

Michael Flynn is now promoting an US-Russian alliance in the renewed terror war, playing into the false dialectic of Putin-Trump heroism in the phony war against radical Islam. Both powers have, at times, manipulated and used radical Islamists in a Machiavellian game of thrones for domestic and regional power grabs. The global elite, with Zionists at the fore, seems to be moving towards embracing Putin as the global chieftain of the war on terror with Netanyahu at his side.

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Putin’s military campaign in Syria is viewed favorably by some within the US establishment who would like to see an US-Russia partnership to counter weaker but emerging middle powers, like Turkey and Iran, which threaten to overtake Russian and American influence in the Middle East. Political scientist John Mersheimer, famed co-author of The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy, has theorized that the US and Russia will eventually put aside their differences and join forces to counteract an emergent Chinese superpower in Asia.

In the introduction of his book, Flynn states that America is the “greatest country in the world” which must stay “on top”. His American exceptionalism makes him a “useful idiot” for Israel, who is pulling the strings behind the US military and intelligence goons that advocate for perpetual war with shadow “enemies” that can always be replenished with new phantoms down the road. Empires inevitably need enemies to fuel their war machines. Flynn continues to argue that the US will provide the magical cure to the very illnesses that it has purposely cultivated in the first place, and that is precisely why careerist hacks like him cannot be trusted.

Copyright 2016 Brandon Martinez/Non-Aligned Media

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