Insights into General Flynn’s Personality Shortcomings Help Explain His Termination

Before we forget who General Michael Flynn was and how he was terminated, let’s take a look at a plausible explanation for the hidden CAUSES of his firing.

Excerpt from Lew Rockwell

I would add that the recent media attacks on Flynn are grounded on the fact that an FBI investigation is underway. Had there not been such an investigation it is difficult to see how the media attacks on Flynn could have gained traction. Indeed it is doubtful they would have happened at all. Given that were it not for these media attacks Flynn would still be President Trump’s National Security Adviser, Flynn’s ouster is Sally Yates’s parting gift to an administration she clearly deeply opposes and was working against.

Having said all this, Donald Trump and his team would probably have stuck with Flynn had there not also been serious concerns about his performance as National Security Adviser.

By most accounts, Flynn is an abrasive personality, who makes enemies easily, and there have been numerous reports of his poor management skills in a job where such skills are essential. The fact that he obviously failed to take proper notes of his conversations with Kislyak – relying instead on his memory – is just one example of his sloppy approach to paperwork, something which incidentally must have dismayed Pence the lawyer.

Flynn also clearly has an obsessive streak, as shown by his pathological hostility to Iran, which is obviously inappropriate for someone who is the President’s most important adviser on national security questions.

There is also another possible problem with Flynn, which may have worked against him. This is his habit of self-promotion as shown by his extraordinary appearance in the White House briefing room to read out his statement about Iran.

In the 1970s, in the age of Kissinger and Brzezinski, the President’s National Security Adviser ran US foreign policy, ousting the Secretary of State and the State Department from that role. Unsurprisingly Kissinger and Brzezinsky were media stars, far outshining the Secretaries of State of the period (William Rogers, Cyrus Vance, and Edward Muskie).

In the 1980s under Ronald Reagan, a successful effort was made to re-establish the Secretary of State’s and the State Department’s primacy in managing the nation’s foreign policy, with the National Security Adviser once again relegated to an advisory role. Since then no National Security Adviser has achieved anything like the power or prominence that Kissinger and Brzezinski once had.

It is not impossible that the very public role Flynn was carving out for himself alarmed some people within the foreign policy and national security bureaucracy, with fears that Flynn was seeking to make himself Donald Trump’s Kissinger or Brzezinski. If so it would not be surprising if the bureaucracy united against him to see off the challenge, with even senior officials like Tillerson and Mattis in that case probably wanting Flynn to go.

Whatever the reasons for his going, Flynn’s departure is, however, a serious blow for Donald Trump.

3 thoughts on “Insights into General Flynn’s Personality Shortcomings Help Explain His Termination

  1. I guess I didn’t realize Pence was a lawyer.

    Mitchell has a newer tweet or two saying that Flynn was dismissed simply & only because he lied to Pence; no more no less; nothing to do with Russia nor anything else (personality, work habits, etc.)

    Early on in the Trump Campaign (2015), I saw Trump in an interview declare, “I HATE LIARS!” I loved that! So maybe Flynn not fully-disclosing whatever details really irked Prez Trump’s hatred of lies/liars.

    The Saker has a depressing article re this Flynn biz, saying it makes Trump look pathetic & weak, etc. Sigh!

  2. Why was Kissinger never investigated by the FBI or fired? He was a war criminal. Kissinger (unelected and unelectable for he was an ugly ape) had a lot more power than Nixon and I still wonder who selected Kissinger for the role. Nixon hired the Jew, as ordered, even though he did not like or trust Jews.

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