Friday, May 22, 2020

The Reason Why Barack Obama Targeted Michael Flynn Goes Well Past Petty Politics

...Flynn had butted heads with Obama before, eventually leading to his firing. He had long opposed the Iran nuclear deal, rightly pointing out the dangers behind it and idiocy driving it. In the end, Obama would get his way though, signing a deal in 2015 which effectively green lit Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for a short delay and a lot of empty promises surrounding moderation of the regime.

But as more information came out, it was obvious that Obama didn’t just get snookered by the Mullahs. He had actively chosen to play into their hands largely because he saw the deal as the linchpin of his legacy. Some time between his re-election and the signing of the deal, Obama went from a somewhat worthy pursuit to becoming obsessed with signing a deal at all costs. That’s how you end up with situation where the Iranians are given billions in cash and only had to effectively agree to pause enrichment.

Of course, things went far deeper than that. There was also evidence beginning to emerge in 2016 that shady, corrupt dealings had went on to make sure the deal was signed. Things such as trying to backdoor Iran access to the financial system and lies being told about what the JCPOA actually did. Those were dealings Flynn had every intention of exposing....

...So if the Obama administration wasn’t alarmed by Flynn’s nonexistent ties to Russia, why was he Obama’s No. 1 target? Why were officials from the previous administration intercepting his phone calls with the Russian ambassador?

The answer is that Obama saw Flynn as a signal threat to his legacy, which was rooted in his July 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran—the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Flynn had said long before he signed on with the Trump campaign that it was a catastrophe to realign American interests with those of a terror state. And now that the candidate he’d advised was the new president-elect, Flynn was in a position to help undo the deal. To stop Flynn, the outgoing White House ran the same offense it used to sell the Iran deal—they smeared Flynn through the press as an agent of a foreign power, spied on him, and leaked classified intercepts of his conversations to reliable echo chamber allies....

Flynn not only made it clear that he wanted to undo the Iran Deal, he also broadcast his determination to find the documents detailing the secret deals between Obama and Iran, and to publicize them.