14.2.17

Παραιτήθηκε ο υπάλληλος των τούρκων, Σύμβουλος Εθνικής Ασφάλειας των ΗΠΑ στρατηγός Μάικλ Φλιν

"ΠΑΡΑΙΤΗΘΗΚΕ" ΚΑΙ ΠΟΛΥ ΚΑΛΑ ΕΚΑΝΕ. ΘΑ ΕΠΡΕΠΕ ΝΑ ΤΟ ΕΧΕΙ ΚΑΝΕΙ ΠΟΛΥ ΝΩΡΙΤΕΡΑ.
Την παραίτησή του υπέβαλε ο Σύμβουλος Εθνικής Ασφάλειας της κυβέρνησης Τραμπ, Μάικλ Φλιν, λιγότερο από τέσσερις εβδομάδες μετά την ορκωμοσία του νέου προέδρου των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών. Η παραίτηση Φλιν έρχεται υπό τη σκιά των αποκαλύψεων για τις επαφές που είχε με τον Ρώσο πρεσβευτή στην Ουάσιγκτον τον Δεκέμβριο -δηλαδή πριν η ομάδα Τραμπ αναλάβει τα ηνία των ΗΠΑ-, αλλά και των λάθος πληροφοριών που έδωσε στη συνέχεια στον αντιπρόεδρο Μάικ Πενς. Σύμφωνα με πρόσφατα δημοσιεύματα της «Washington Post», ο κ. Φλιν και ο πρέσβης Σεργκέι Κίσλιακ συζήτησαν τις κυρώσεις που είχε επιβάλει η κυβέρνηση Ομπάμα στη Μόσχα, με αφορμή τις καταγγελίες για ρωσικές παρεμβάσεις στην προεκλογική εκστρατεία των Δημοκρατικών. Τυχόν παρέμβαση του κ. Φλιν σχετικά με τις κυρώσεις θα παραβίαζε τον νόμο που απαγορεύει σε ιδιώτες να ασκούν διπλωματία, με δεδομένο ότι τότε ο κ. Τραμπ δεν ήταν ακόμα πρόεδρος. Το υπουργείο Δικαιοσύνης είχε μάλιστα προειδοποιήσει τον Λευκό Οίκο πως ο κ. Φλιν θα μπορούσε να γίνει στόχος ρωσικών εκβιασμών, λόγω των ενεργειών του.

Ο απόστρατος στρατηγός είχε αρχικά αρνηθεί ότι είχε μιλήσει για τις κυρώσεις με τον πρέσβη Σεργκέι Κίσλιακ. Στη συνέχεια, όμως, ανασκεύασε δια εκπροσώπου του, λέγοντας πως δεν μπορούσε να πει με βεβαιότητα εάν το θέμα είχε τεθεί επί τάπητος. Οι δημοσιογραφικές αποκαλύψεις προκάλεσαν φανερή ρήξη στις σχέσεις ανάμεσα στον Σύμβουλο Εθνικής Ασφαλείας και τον αντιπρόεδρο Πενς, ο οποίος αρχικά είχε υπερασπιστεί τον κ. Φλιν, επαναλαμβάνοντας τις διαβεβαιώσεις πως ο Σύμβουλος δεν είχε αναφερθεί στις κυρώσεις κατά τις επαφές του με τον Ρώσο πρέσβη. Στην επιστολή παραίτησής του, ο κ. Φλιν παραδέχεται ότι έδωσε «ανεπαρκείς πληροφορίες» στον κ. Πενς, αποδίδοντας το λάθος στον «ταχύ ρυθμό» των εξελίξεων.Το Σαββατοκύριακο, ο κ. Πενς διέρρευσε μέσω συνεργατών του πως στις αρχικές τοποθετήσεις του είχε απλώς επαναλάβει όσα του είχε πει ο κ. Φλιν. Μάλιστα, αμερικανικά ΜΜΕ μετέδιδαν πως ο αντιπρόεδρος πίστευε πως ο Σύμβουλος Εθνικής Ασφάλειας τον είχε παραπληροφορήσει εσκεμμένα.  

Ο απόστρατος στρατηγός Κιθ Κέλογκ, στρατιωτικός σύμβουλος στο Συμβούλιο Εθνικής Ασφαλεάις των ΗΠΑ, θα ασκεί προσωρινά τα καθήκοντα του Συμβούλου Εθνικής Ασφάλειας των ΗΠΑ μετά την παραίτηση του Μάικλ Φλιν αργά χθες το βράδυ. Υποψήφιοι για τη θέση του Συμβούλου Εθνικής Ασφάλειας είναι, πέρα από τον Κέλογκ, ο απόστρατος στρατηγός Ντέιβιντ Πετρέους, πρώην διευθυντής της CIA, αλλά και ο Ρομπέρ Χάργουαρντ, πρώην υποδιοικητής της Κεντρικής Στρατιωτικής Διοίκησης των ΗΠΑ.

ΣΧΕΤΙΚΟ:  http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/13/politics/michael-flynn-white-house-national-security-adviser/index.html

After days of speculation, Lieutenant General (ret.) Michael Flynn resigned as National Security Advisor late Monday night. Flynn was under heavy scrutiny for having conversations with the Russian Ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, which allegedly covered the potential easing of U.S. sanctions against Russia. The conversations took place prior to the inauguration of President Trump, and occurred while Flynn was a private citizen with no official government role. The Washington Post reported additionally that the Department of Justice, based on a FBI report concerning the intercepted communications of Kislyak, briefed the Trump Administration in late January on Flynn’s conversations with the Ambassador. This information apparently indicated Flynn misled Vice President Mike Pence to believe sanctions had not been discussed. Flynn, for his part, initially denied all allegations. But in a letter released by the White House on Monday evening, Flynn stated “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.” The White House also announced Lieutenant General (ret.) J. Keith Kellogg will serve as Acting National Security Advisor. Kellogg, a retired Army general, had previously been named as the Chief of Staff and Executive Secretary of the National Security Council.

The Cipher Take: Flynn was not without controversy – he is known for his aggressive stance toward “radical Islamic extremism” and his potential ties to the Russian government were in question even during the campaign. The position of National Security Advisor requires deep trust by the President; he or she must not only maintain close communications with and access to him in the White House, but also must make sure the implementation of the President's policy runs smoothly. As General Michael Hayden told The Cipher Brief in December, the National Security Advisor must play the role “of the honest broker – the process guy – making sure that the President and the Vice President see issues early enough that it matters, see them in the right sequence so they can approach them logically, and have the benefit of seeing the broad range of views that the others in the government might tee up, all so that the President and the Vice President can make the best decisions possible.” This is additionally critical for the Trump administration as national security is an area where the President and his closest advisors supposedly have very little to no experience. Furthermore, the Administration has already instituted multiple controversial policies related to national security that would require close management even without a disruption to the national security leadership.

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The ongoing security crisis in the United States reached new heights last night as Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s national security advisor, resigned. In his letter announcing his decision, the former general admitted that he “inadvertently” gave members of the Trump administration “incomplete information” about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the US in December of last year. This latest development is only the latest in a series of unprecedented incidents in Washington. The city, and by extension the country, are now in a deep and profound security crisis with unpredictable consequences for the US and its allies.  The sense of normality in America’s capital, the seat of government of the world’s most powerful nation, is becoming increasingly scarce, as the country faces one astonishing situation after another. Today, three weeks after Donald Trump assumed the reins of power in DC, the relationship between the Executive and the Intelligence Community is almost nonexistent. A growing number of former insiders warn that senior intelligence officials are —in the words of former National Security Agency officer John Schindler— “beginning to withhold intelligence from a White House which our spies do not trust”. Last month, Steve Hall, a former senior member of the Central Intelligence Agency’s National Clandestine Service, cautioned that officers at Langley are suspicious of the White House’s links with Russia. Currently, Michael Flynn, who served as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the man chosen by the president to serve as his national security adviser, is being investigated as part of a counterintelligence probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is facing a separate set of questions from the military.

Meanwhile, the (now former) acting attorney general and several judges have sought to stop the president from violating Constitutional norms with the imposition of an ill-fated travel ban. In response, Mr. Trump summarily fired the head of the Department of Justice and openly challenged the legitimacy of a judge who ruled against his executive order. The president did not even address the concerns of the Intelligence Community, which largely views the travel ban as nonsensical, unworkable and counterproductive. Mr. Trump also dismissed the significance of a “Dissent Channel” memorandum, signed by over 1,000 State Department employees —an unprecedented number with no parallel in American diplomatic history— who openly objected to the violation of “core American and constitutional values that we, as federal employees, took an oath to uphold”. Discord and disharmony are not novel concepts in American political life. But the current situation is anything but conventional. It is not normal for the president to summarily fire the chief legal counsel to the US government —acting or not. Nor is it normal for his national security advisor, a man who is privy to the most sensitive secrets of the US government, to be the subject of a counterintelligence investigation, and for one of his senior aides to be denied a security clearance by the CIA. It is unprecedented for a US president to question the usefulness of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization while seemingly consenting to Russia’s annexation of an important American ally —namely Ukraine. It is equally remarkable to watch conservative governments in Western Europe warn against US policies and even refuse to have Mr. Trump speak in their parliaments. We are witnessing unparalleled developments of inconceivable magnitude, with implications that may well shape the future of America and its place in the world.

These are not partisan considerations, which this website shies away from as a matter of policy. Rather, they are political observations that go to the very heart of America’s ability to govern itself, provide security to its citizens and lead the Western world in our century. Anyone who rejects the notion that the US is currently at the onset of one of the most serious crises in its modern political history is simply disconnected from empirical reality. Anyone —Republican or Democrat— who tries to exploit the current crisis for narrow political gain is not simply foolish, but dangerous to the wellbeing of this country. Mr. Trump’s many friends and adversaries within and without his political party must reach out to him and attempt to amend the damage he has inflicted on America’s government, while preventing further injury to the machinery of national administration. It is every sane person’s hope that the president will take heed at this crucial moment, and introduce the much-needed qualities of caution and prudence to his inexperienced administration. History will be particularly unkind to him and his colleagues if they fail to act responsibly. The world is watching.

Joseph Fitsanakis
https://intelnews.org/2017/02/14/01-2061/

ΣΧΕΤΙΚΟ:  http://www.defence-point.gr/news/?p=171326

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