general flynn was a lifelong democrat who was a rising star in the obama administration, holding several important jobs and being promoted several times, culminating in his role as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Until he was pushed out for questioning the narrative on Syria and Assad.
For background, in Iraq, we were told by the neocons that if we toppled saddam hussein we would be greeted as liberators (like paris in 1944), with the iraqi national council led by ahmed chalabi waiting in the wings take over when hussein was removed. We all know that the result was very different.
We all saw the chaos in libya after obama and hillary removed Gaddafy.
And yet somehow syria would play out differently?
That was the point general flynn made, which in retrospect was obvious, but it drew the ire of obama who forced general flynn out
(famed journalist) Seymour Hersh wrote that "Flynn confirmed [to Hersh] that his agency had sent a constant stream of classified warnings ... about the dire consequences of toppling Assad." Flynn recounted that his agency was producing intelligence reports indicating that radical Islamists were the main force in the Syrian insurgency and "that Turkey was looking the other way when it came to the growth of the Islamic State inside Syria". According to General Flynn, these reports "got enormous pushback from the Obama administration," who he felt "did not want to hear the truth". According to former DIA official W. Patrick Lang: "Flynn incurred the wrath of the White House by insisting on telling the truth about Syria ... they shoved him out. He wouldn't shut up."
Here's a NY Times article from 11/11/16, 3 days after the election, on what we could expect from the incoming trump administration in syria with general flynn at the helm on national security
Donald Trump Likely to End Aid for Rebels Fighting Syrian Government
President-elect Donald J. Trump said Friday that he was likely to abandon the American effort to support “moderate” opposition groups in Syria who are battling the government of President Bashar al-Assad, saying “we have no idea who these people are.”
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal that dealt largely with economic issues, including his willingness to retain parts of the Affordable Care Act, he repeated a position he took often during his campaign: that the United States should focus on defeating the Islamic State, and find common ground with the Syrians and their Russian backers.
“I’m not saying Assad is a good man, ‘cause he’s not,” he told The New York Times in an interview in March, “but our far greater problem is not Assad, it’s ISIS.”
But it also takes a position that will gratify President Vladimir V. Putin, because it suggests that rather than pressure Russia to end its support of Mr. Assad, a Trump administration will get out of Mr. Putin’s way.
Chucky Schmucky famously warned then-President-elect Trump not to antagonize the deep state, “Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.”
The same advice should have been given to general flynn, who had a target on his back for a whole buhch reasons.
One being that he had incurred the wrath of obama over syria and been forced out. We all saw what happened to petraeus (look back at dr zerdna's old posts on the matter if you need to refresh your memory)
Another being the chants of "lock her up" during his convention speech, in reference to hillary clinton. Given that the fbi was working really hard to protect hillary and ensure her victory, that was guaranteed to piss the deep state off further.
A third being that he intervened in a sexual discrimination suit involving none other than andrew mccabe.
Did the FBI retaliate against Michael Flynn by launching a Russia probe?
The FBI launched a criminal probe against former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn two years after the retired Army general roiled the bureau’s leadership by intervening on behalf of a decorated counterterrorism agent who accused now-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and other top officials of sexual discrimination, according to documents and interviews.
That's the same Andrew McCabe of whom we were told:
McCabe, the second highest ranking FBI official, emphatically declared at the invite-only gathering with raised voice: "Fuck Flynn and then we Fuck Trump," according to direct sources. Many of his top lieutenants applauded and cheered such rhetoric. A scattered few did not.
This was one of several such meetings held in seclusion among key FBI leaders since Trump was elected president, FBI sources confirm. At the congregation where McCabe went off the political rails and vowed to destroy Flynn and Trump, there were as many as 16 top FBI officials, inside intelligence sources said. No lower-level agents or support personnel were present.