American Misadventures and Russian Gains: Obama’s Muslim Brotherhood Strategy, General Flynn’s Russia Play and Trump’s Debacle

The rise and fall of General Michael Flynn should come as no surprise. While a policy of seeking some realist accommodation of Russian interests in the conduct of American foreign policy makes sense, the extent of such an accommodation and the methods used to achieve it must not compromise American national security. Flynn has proven for several years that his ambitions outstrip his understanding of the rule of law and the requirements of securing the American national interest at the big league level. His own arbitrary approach to bureaucratic politics rivals the fecklessness and negligence of that interest in Obama’s ideologically-driven Muslim Brotherhood strategy in the MENA region. That strategy contributed to the Arab winter, catastrophic chaos and overall policy failures in Egypt, Libya Syria and Iraq and further deterioration in U.S.-Russian relations.

As I noted in Part 2 of “Obama’s Muslim Brotherhood Strategy”, Flynn and others in the top ranks of the JCS and DIA had determined by no later than 2013 that Obama’s policy of supplying arms to Syria’s radicalized rebels was becoming a catastrophic failure. Moreover, it was being driven largely by the U.S. administration’s unhealthy fixation on Putin and Russia as an inveterate enemy of America’s ‘liberal democratic order’ — a term that means something different to American liberals, conservatives and libertarians each and thus drives much of the politics surrounding Russia policy.