National Security Adviser Flynn resigns

Flynn did the right thing and resigned from the Trump administration as a result of his having provided “incomplete information” to Pence and the transition team:

Michael Flynn abruptly resigned as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser Monday night, hours after it was learned that the Justice Department informed the White House that it believed he could be subject to blackmail.

Retired Army Gen. Keith Kellogg, a top policy adviser for Trump’s presidential campaign, was appointed acting national security adviser, the White House said in a statement announcing Flynn’s replacement….

Flynn’s status was considered perilous after it was disclosed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other senior officials about his communications with Sergei Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the United States.

“Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador. I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology,” Flynn said in his resignation letter.

That’s exactly what I said that he should do if the reports that he had lied were true. And, as I also mentioned, I don’t see it as a loss to the God-Emperor at all, because Flynn was heavily influenced by the neocons, and by Michael Ledeen in particular. With him out, and Eliot Abrams being rejected, I anticipate that some of the pressure to instigate trouble with Iran will be reduced.

The opposition media will consider this a scalp and will try to make the most of it, and they will fail to recognize what I pointed out before the inauguration, which is that the Trump administration is almost certainly going to have record turnover, as the God-Emperor will quickly remove subordinates in whom he loses confidence or trust. It worked for him during the campaign and it will work for him in office.

Some, like Mike Cernovich, see this as a form of cucking and as a major strategic victory for the media:

The fake news media had been going after Flynn for months, and for nonsense. In November they had a special on CNN about me simply because the General recommended Gorilla Mindset (which has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon and has been read my countless veterans).

Flynn was always a target because only he, Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, and Stephen Miller are in touch with Trump’s base.

Trump should have disbanded the White House Press Corps, as I advised. This lack of access would have put CNN on the state playing field as an ordinary blog. They’d be starved for ad revenue.

Tonight was a major stategic defeat. The fake news media and so-called #TheResistance are inspired.

I disagree. Trump has always been very clear that he prizes loyalty above all else, even performance. His handling of Flynn is no different than the way he handled Chris Christie; as I mentioned on GabTV last night, if Flynn did lie to Pence, or intentionally mislead him, then he absolutely had to resign. If I’d been in Trump’s position, I wouldn’t have hesitated to ask for Flynn’s resignation myself; no president who is as surrounded by internal and external opposition as he is can afford to have anyone in his inner circle whom he cannot fully trust. The media may be inspired by the resignation, but remember, they were inspired and excited about Trump firing two campaign managers too. How did that work out for them?

What did I tell you even before the God-Emperor took office?

“The God-Emperor is absolutely ruthless when it comes to taking action on underperforming team members. He doesn’t care how it looks, he just shuffles the deck and draws.” 
11 November, 2016

So, why are you even remotely surprised? I don’t see Flynn’s departure as a loss to the administration, but rather, a potentially substantive gain. The one reason I was always a little dubious about him – his enthusiasm for Gorilla Mindset notwithstanding – was the fact that he was the one member of the administration about whom the neocons were always they most enthusiastic. Look at who is most lamenting his resignation now:

Gen. Flynn is the hardest of hardliners with respect to Russia within the Trump camp. In his 2016 book Field of Fight (co-authored with PJ Media’s Michael Ledeen), Flynn warned of “an international alliance of evil movements and countries that is working to destroy us….The war is on. We face a working coalition that extends from North Korea and China to Russia, Iran, Syria, Syria, Cuba, Bolivia, Venezuela and Nicaragua.” The unsubstantiated allegation that he presides over a “leaky” National Security Council tilting towards Russia makes no sense. The only leaks of which we know are politically motivated reports coming from the intelligence community designed to disrupt the normal workings of a democratic government–something that raises grave constitutional issues.

Flynn is the one senior U.S. intelligence officer with the guts to blow the whistle on a series of catastrophic intelligence and operational failures. The available facts point to the conclusion that elements of the humiliated (and perhaps soon-to-be-unemployed) intelligence community is trying to exact vengeance against a principled and patriotic officer. When the Turkish smear against Flynn came out in November, I smelled a rat. The present affair stinks like a dumpster full of dead rats.

Why on Earth would we want the hardest of hardliners with respect to Russia in the administration? Russia is not the problem, and if Americans had wanted a continuation of the Bush-Obama foreign policy against the Axis of Evil, and eventual war with Russia, they would have elected Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump.