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Ex-DIA chief Flynn goes into opposition against Obama Administration on ISIS

It is striking to me how many security officials have gone public against this administration after leaving.

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Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was booted out of his job at the DIA last year, took a swipe at the Obama Administration’s handling of the war on terror.

The estimable Kimberly Dozier reports that General Flynn, speaking to a Special Ops hoedown in DC, said that the Obamians are “well intentioned” but are paralyzed and on the defensive.

It is striking to me how many security officials have gone public against this administration after leaving. This is not a normal pattern, and by this point amounts to a non-partisan indictment of how Obama’s White House has dealt with a variety of national security issues. Among other things, it makes me appreciate the restraint that the current chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, must be exercising on a daily basis.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was booted out of his job at the DIA last year, took a swipe at the Obama Administration’s handling of the war on terror.

The estimable Kimberly Dozier reports that General Flynn, speaking to a Special Ops hoedown in DC, said that the Obamians are “well intentioned” but are paralyzed and on the defensive.

It is striking to me how many security officials have gone public against this administration after leaving. This is not a normal pattern, and by this point amounts to a non-partisan indictment of how Obama’s White House has dealt with a variety of national security issues. Among other things, it makes me appreciate the restraint that the current chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, must be exercising on a daily basis.

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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