We Are Libertarians
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We Are Libertarians brings all of the irreverence modern politics deserves. Chris Spangle, Greg Lenz, and other co-hosts blend humor and intelligence to explain to you what the hell is happening in our world today and how we can fix it by thinking differently. Learn more about us at http://wearelibertarians.com.
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195: Michael Flynn and Russia
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Chris Spangle, Gregory Lenz, and Seth discuss the Michael Flynn resignation and the growing Trump/Russia controversy.
General Flynn’s verifiable Russian ties:
1. On December 10, 2015, RT (which was previously known as Russia Today) celebrated its 10th anniversary with a gala event. Flynn was there, just 18 months after he stepped down as the Director of the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency, a role Obama nominated him for. He sat next to RT editor in chief Margarita Simonyan and was just a few seats away from Putin.
Politico reports that Flynn has since made several appearances on the network, typically arguing that the U.S. and Russia need to work more closely together to fight the Islamic State and trying to find an end to the Syrian Civil War.
2. Flynn’s typical RT talking point is that the U.S. and Russia have to work together to end the civil war in Syria.
“When we play this sort of bully game against each other, between the United States and Russia and that’s going to achieve nothing,” Flynn says in the segment above. “I mean, it’s actually going to achieve more conflict.”
The reason why the U.S. and Russia haven’t seen eye-to-eye on Syria is because the U.S. believes that Russia is helping dictator Bashar al-Assad stay in power.
“Russia has its own national security strategy, and we have to respect that,” Flynn once said on RT. “And we have to try to figure out: How do we combine the United States’ national security strategy along with Russia’s national security strategy, despite all the challenges that we face?”
3. In the January 2016 London Review of Books issue, Seymour M. Hersh wrote that Flynn told him that he sent a “constant stream” of warnings to the Obama administration about how dangerous it would be to topple the Assad regime. He said that “jihadists” controlled the opposition and Turkey wasn’t stopping the smuggling of foreign fighters into Syria. Patrick Lang, a retired army colonel, told Seymour that Flynn was “shoved out” by the Obama administration. Flynn himself said that the civilian leadership “did not want to hear the truth.”
After he left the Pentagon, Flynn began offering ideas for how to solve the crisis in Syria, and not just on RT. In a November 2015 interview with Der Spiegel, Flynn said:
“We have to work constructively with Russia. Whether we like it or not, Russia made a decision to be
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Date published: 2017-01-06