Breitbart News National Security Editor Dr. Sebastian Gorka, author of the best-selling book Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War, appeared with retired Lt. General Michael Flynn, former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency and a national security adviser to Donald Trump, on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program to discuss Wednesday night’s national security forum.
“We have got to stop being what I describe as the best enemies in the world,” said Flynn, in a pithy summation of a point Trump made during the forum. “We continuously telegraph every single move we are gonna make, whether we’re gonna take troops out, or whether we’re gonna put troops in. We have to stop doing that.”
Regarding Trump’s expressed desire for turnover in our top military commanders, Flynn said Trump “has enormous respect for our military, he has enormous respect for the leaders that we have in our military that are serving today.”
“What he knows is that the decisions that have been made, the incredibly poor judgment on decisions to pull out of Iraq, that led to the rise of ISIS – I mean, we really haven’t talked about Libya,” Flynn continued. “The decision to go into Libya can be solely placed on Hillary Clinton, and Libya is a disaster. It’s a non-nation state now, and ISIS and al-Qaeda are running around freely.”
Flynn was sharply critical of Hillary Clinton for saying, during her forum appearance, that no Americans died in Libya.
“Four Americans died in Libya, to include a U.S. ambassador,” he corrected her.
“This is about judgment, and what we saw tonight, and what we’ve seen in the last couple of years, I mean the last decade, is just incredibly poor judgment,” said Flynn. “I like to hear people talk about winning, and how we are gonna win.”
Dr. Gorka advised Hannity not to hold his breath waiting for Hillary Clinton to take responsibility for the disasters Flynn listed.
“It’s not going to happen. This is the Teflon Don of national security,” he said, borrowing a nickname commonly associated with organized-crime kingpin John Gotti.
“She’s not going to take responsibility for the disastrous Iraqi policy, the Libya policy, the Syria policy,” Gorka said. “The General is absolutely right, it is a failure to have judgment.”
“They’re not interested in national security, Sean,” he told Hannity. “They’re interested in politics. Again, what are they doing? They’re telegraphing our moves.”
Gorka said that as “somebody who works very closely with the military, in the last seven and a half years, the general officer corps, the flag corps, has become very politicized.”
“If you don’t agree with the White House, you could find yourself in the kind of place as General Petraeus,” he explained, referring to the former CIA director, who was sentenced to two years’ probation in a plea bargain after sharing classified information with a private citizen.
Gorka’s fellow guest, Gen. Flynn, said he was also punished for being a contrarian.
“What happened to you?” Hannity asked.
“I’m sitting here today,” Flynn deadpanned, gesturing at the TV news set surrounding him, and the civilian suit he was wearing. “I’m stuck with you, Hannity.”
“This is very serious, what Dr. Gorka is talking about,” Flynn continued. “And I know – I know – inside of our military, there is great frustration. There is. And the polls of how many of our military support Donald Trump is not a mistake. I mean, this is a big deal.”
“Here’s a tough question, because you’re on the inside: Is it true that our generals know there is no hope of getting through to Obama, and he’s gonna do what he damn well pleases anyway?” Hannity asked.
“Nothing’s gonna change, and they know that,” Flynn replied. “Here’s what I would tell you, and I would tell the American public: there is no enemy that is unbeatable. I mean, we know how to beat these guys. We can beat these guys. And there’s no ideology better than the American ideology, the American idea, our way of life.”