Michael Flynn and the Trappings of Power

Michael Flynn and the Trappings of Power

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Among those so inclined, the world of politics offers one of those “the sky is the limit” opportunities we read about in the newspapers.  But there is another side to these stories: failure and disgrace.  Such is the case with retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn who left the Army at the pinnacle of success and is now sitting in the dust bin of recent political history.  My guess is that not too many Americans care about Flynn or his trials and tribulations —and yet, the story is nothing if not instructive.

Flynn served 33-years on active duty.  Five of these years were spent in combat service.  Within this time frame, General Flynn received many personal decorations in recognition of his contribution to the military establishment, although none of these were combat decorations.  Flynn was no Audie Murphy.  Still, he served honorably and faithfully over three decades and while this should entitle him to our gratitude, it does not grant him access to the world of high politics.

So, what happened?  My view is that at the time he left the military, he was so over-confident in his own ability that he was anxious to prove that he was bright enough to secure a position of national leadership.  Along with over-confidence comes arrogance and, perhaps, a certain aloofness that, as it turns out, didn’t serve him very well.

Although a registered Democrat, Flynn was involved in the Trump election campaign and transition team.  His several public statements attacking Hillary Clinton did little more than paint a target on his back.

Apparently, he never consulted that long list of people who crossed the Clintons and met an untimely end (politically or otherwise).  By publicly attacking Clinton, he also ended up on the Obama target list[…]

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