Ex-DIA chief: Obama ‘willfully’ allowed rise of ISIS
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael J. Flynn said the assertion that the rise of ISIS caught the administration by surprise isn’t true.
The White House made a conscious decision, he said, when it sponsored the radical jihadists who later became the Jabhad al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, to fight the Assad regime.
Flynn also said that he backed a 2012 Defense Intelligence Agency document that recently was obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act request.
The document had been classified Secret/Noforn (no foreign access) and was declassified with major redactions.
Nevertheless, it reveals Western support of Salafists in Eastern Syria, stating “this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime.”
“It was a willful decision to do what they’re doing,” Flynn said in a recent interview with Al Jazeera.
In addition to being a former DIA director, Flynn served as director of intelligence for Joint Special Operations Command.
“Gen. Michael Flynn is very honorable and honest, indeed, courageous; so I credit what he says,” Peter Vincent Pry, a former analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency, told G2 Bulletin in an interview.
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