Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (Ret.), who served as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Obama, and has advised Republican presidential candidates Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Donald Trump argued that President Obama’s reaction to the attack in Brussels was “a pretty sad day for US leadership” and “countries are going to have to get off this dime of this multiculturalism appeasement that we are seeing…we apologize too often in this country for going after a political ideology that is hiding and masking itself behind a religion” on Wednesday’s “Fox & Friends” on the Fox News Channel.
Flynn said, “I think it’s a pretty sad day for US leadership. I think while President Obama wants to bury the Cold War, from Havana, Cuba, we’re in the middle of a very, very hot war. … I mean, we are watching an Islamic State, that is unfolding their campaign plan in front of our eyes, and we’re — we see the president doing waves down at a baseball stadium in Havana. I mean, it’s — come on, let’s get real with what we’re facing, and we need to do far more about it than what we’re seeing.”
He added, “[W]e have to go back into that region, in a bigger way, and we have to take out and these places like Mosul, where they continue to have a stronghold, Raqqa. And in the meantime, we’re going to have to do far more across the board globally, and it’s more than just sharing — you know, everybody says we have to share more intelligence. Yeah, that’s fine. What we actually have to do, Brian, is we have to take action. Intelligence enables what it is that we have to do. But countries are going to have to get off this dime of this multiculturalism appeasement that we are seeing, particularly in Europe, and frankly, we apologize too often in this country for going after a political ideology that is hiding and masking itself behind a religion.”
Flynn further stated, “We are not winning right now. I mean, if the president feels good about a tactical victory, about you know, we capture some guy in Iraq or Syria, or we blow up some target, I mean those are — make him feel good. They don’t make me feel good, because all that is doing is it’s exacerbating a problem that is continuing to fester, and until we take a bigger role.”
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