The former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Michael Flynn, spoke to Mehdi Hasan of Al Jazeera and argued that the rise of ISIS was a “willful decision” made by the US Government. Flynn says that despite receiving many warnings from the intelligence community the Obama administration decided to go ahead and arm the Syrian opposition in their fight against Bashar al Assad.
Hasan: You are basically saying that even in government at the time you knew these groups were around, you saw this analysis, and you were arguing against it, but who wasn’t listening?
Flynn: I think the administration.
Hasan: So the administration turned a blind eye to your analysis?
Flynn: I don’t know that they turned a blind eye, I think it was a decision. I think it was a willful decision.
Hasan: A willful decision to support an insurgency that had Salafists, Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood?
Flynn: It was a willful decision to do what they’re doing.
Hasan argued that certain aspects of media coverage of events in the Middle East play right into the hands of the Islamofascists.
These people are not representatives of Islam, they are against other muslims more than anyone else, and yet you said on Fox News not so long ago: “I have been at war with Islam, or a component of Islam, for 15 years.”
Isn’t that the kind of inflammatory clash of civilizations holy war rhetoric that ISIL engages in? Isn’t that what they want to hear?