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Published On: Tue, Feb 14th, 2017

Trump Security Adviser Flynn Resigned – Libya Mastermind Stavridis Discussed as Replacement

nsnbc : U.S. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned Monday night after reports over whether he discussed American sanctions against Russia in phone calls with a Russian diplomat before President Donald Trump’s inauguration and over withholding such information. Among those discussed as replacement is Admiral (r) James G. Stavridis who described the 2011 US adventure in Libya as a model for future interventions.

Lt.-General-Michael-Flynn_NEO_Aug 2015_USAMichael Flynn is the first senior government official to leave the Trump administration since Trump was sworn in in January. Retired Army General Keith Kellogg, a top policy adviser for Trump’s presidential campaign, was appointed acting national security adviser.

Another possible replacement for Flynn was retired General David Petraeus, also a former CIA director, who reportedly was scheduled to meet Trump on Tuesday. Other options for the post include Stephen Hadley, who served as national security adviser to former President George W. Bush, Tom Bossert, who currently oversees cyber security under the Trump administration, and retired Admiral James G. Stavridis, former NATO Supreme Commander, as well and John Kelly, head of Department of Homeland Security.

Especially the fact that Stavridis was mentioned as possible replacement for Flynn had many anti-war advocates disturbed. NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Admiral James G. Stavridis and Ivo H. Daalder wrote an article published in the March/April 2012 edition of Foreign Affairs (pp. 2 – 7 ). Their article is entitled “NATO’s Victory in Libya. The Right Way to Run an Intervention”. Subsequent interviews and lectured given by Stavridis didn’t suggest that he has revised this position after Libya was “successfully bombed back to the stone age”.

Stavridis may also want to explain how he managed to advance from being “a newly appointed one-star accounting officer at the Pentagon” when the Pentagon was attacked on September 11, 2001, and then advanced to Admiral and NATO Supreme Commander to lead “the successful intervention in Libya” in 2011. (By own admission, see video)

Flynn spent the weekend with Trump in Florida at the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort and was part of the delegation welcoming Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the White House earlier on Monday. Flynn’s resignation came amid reports that he lied about improperly discussing U.S. sanctions on Russia by the Obama administration with the Russian ambassador to the United States in December, weeks before Trump’s inauguration.

Flynn acknowledged speaking to the ambassador then but denied discussing the sanctions. Flynn also excused himself and said he believed the talk was a normal part of being part of the transition team. Vice President Mike Pence was reportedly misled and went on television to back up Flynn. Earlier on Monday, it was revealed that the Justice Department had informed the White House that Flynn was not fully forthright about his conversations with the Russian ambassador and could be vulnerable to blackmail by Moscow.

Flynn, a retired three-star general, was also forced out as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014. He was one of the first and most active military officers to back Trump during his presidential campaign.

CH/L – nsnbc 14-02.2017

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