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Fri Dec 16, 2016, 06:38 PM

 

Is Nat'l Security Advisor Flynn the scariest aspect of President Trump?

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/12/scariest-thing-about-trump-michael-flynns-team-of-nutters.html

The most frightening aspect of the looming Donald Trump presidency is not so much the likely outcomes, many of which are horrifying, as the unlikely ones. Running the federal government of the world’s most powerful country is hard, and many things can go wrong. Full control of government is about to pass into the hands of a party that, when it last had it, left the economy and the world in a shambles. These disasters occurred because the party’s ideological extremism made it unequipped to make pragmatic choices, and because its chief executive was a mental lightweight. Sixteen years after it last came to power, the party has grown far more ideologically extreme, and its head of state is much less competent. Many of the tail risks of an extremist party led by an unqualified president are difficult to foresee in advance. But one is especially glaring: the appointment of Michael Flynn to be national security adviser.

National security adviser is a crucial position for any president. It is especially so for a uniquely inexperienced one. (Donald Trump being the only president in American history lacking any public experience in either a civilian or military role.) And it is all the more crucial given Trump’s flamboyant lack of interest in getting up to speed (he confounded his aides by eschewing briefing books throughout the campaign, and has turned down most of his intelligence briefings since the election.) Flynn’s appointment is the one that contains the sum of all fears of Trumpian government.

Flynn’s portrait seems to reflect the worst qualities of Dick Cheney, but in exaggerated form. Flynn avidly subscribes to conspiracy theories. He believes Islamists have infiltrated the Mexican border en masse, guided along the way by Arabic-language signs Flynn claims to have seen himself. He also believes that Democrats have imposed Sharia law in parts of Florida, and shared a now-deleted tweet that suggested Hillary Clinton could have been involved in child sex trafficking. These claims were frequent enough that his subordinates at the Defense Intelligence Agency gave them a name, “Flynn facts,” which means a Flynn belief that is the opposite of a fact.
Compounding Flynn’s susceptibility to conspiracy theories is his professed hostility to any information that undercuts his preconceived notions. According to a former subordinate speaking to the New York Times, in a meeting with his staff “Mr. Flynn said that the first thing everyone needed to know was that he was always right. His staff would know they were right, he said, when their views melded to his.” What makes this so chilling is that it is the pathology that destroyed the Bush administration’s foreign policy, except that what for Cheney was a tragic flaw is, to Flynn, an aspirational credo.

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Reply Is Nat'l Security Advisor Flynn the scariest aspect of President Trump? (Original post)
Fast Walker 52 Dec 2016 OP
Bill USA Dec 2016 #1
Fast Walker 52 Dec 2016 #4
yeoman6987 Dec 2016 #2
spanone Dec 2016 #3
Fast Walker 52 Dec 2016 #5
leftyladyfrommo Dec 2016 #6

Response to Fast Walker 52 (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2016, 06:44 PM

1. "Flynn's portrait seems to reflect the worst qualities of Dick Cheney, but in exaggerated form"


CHRRRIST!! "in exaggerated form"... Christ, that's about like being a James Bond villain extreme!

A nut advising an idiot! GREAT!


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Response to Bill USA (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 17, 2016, 09:24 AM

4. we are headed for war, looks like, with these nuts

 

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Response to Fast Walker 52 (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2016, 08:01 PM

2. Great. The one guy that doesn't need senate confirmation

 

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Response to Fast Walker 52 (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2016, 08:03 PM

3. he's a fucking nightmare...tweeting that Hillary was involved in a child sex ring...??

what thee fuck?????




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Response to spanone (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 17, 2016, 09:24 AM

5. he's sick in the head, something really went wrong with him

 

maybe he has PTSD

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Sat Dec 17, 2016, 09:36 AM

6. Just pick any of the appointments.

They are all a nightmare.

One good thing is that they are all so unqualified that they probably won't know how to do anything but sit in their big office chairs so we may end up with the status quo.

The underlings will just continue to run things the way they always have.

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