“Elections have consequences – and I won,” President Obama famously told Republican Congressional leaders when he took office in January 2009.
He was right – it has long been the rule of politics that to the winner “go the spoils” and that applies as much to the battle of the ballot box as any fight that took place on the battlefield.
Now, however, eight years later, the former political victor is a lame duck, relegated to creating new regulations, tearing up old ones, signing last-minute Executive Orders and issuing questionable pardons – and there’s a new winner in town.
And President-elect Donald Trump is wasting no time in reminding outgoing President Barack Obama who is calling the shots with appointments that make it clear he is ready to keep his campaign promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington D.C.
Only ten days into the transition, Trump has begun announcing his staff and cabinet picks with one in particular sure to rile Obama more than any other.
Ret. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn has been named by Trump to serve as his National Security Advisor.
That would be the same Ret. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn pushed into “retirement” in 2014 by President Obama after refusing to go along with the administration’s public claims that the U.S. was winning the war against al Qaeda.
Flynn said he “felt like a lone voice,” expressing his opinion that Islamic terrorism represented a bigger threat in 2014 than it had prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks, telling a reporter, “If the American public saw the intelligence we were producing daily, at the most sensitive level, they would go ballistic.”
Patrick Lang, another former official at the Defense Intelligence Agency, “Flynn incurred the wrath of the White House by insisting on telling the truth about Syria … they shoved him out. He wouldn’t shut up.”
The retired lieutenant-general was said to be under consideration for the vice president slot and made a strong speech in support of Trump at the Republican convention in July.
Flynn will be now be asked to serve a president who is not only unafraid to hear the truth, but willing to be open with the American public about it.
The appointment is not subject to approval by the Senate.