Iraq War A ‘Huge Error’ Says Former Top Intelligence Chief

Michael Flynn says the US blinded by emotions of 9/11.
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    The former top US Special Forces chief claimed on Sunday that blinding emotion after the 9/11 attacks led the United States and its allies to take the wrong strategic decisions to counter al-Qaeda, calling the subsequent Iraq War a “huge error.” The admission by Michael Flynn, made to German newspaper Der Spiegel, comes as British MPs prepare to vote on extending the UK’s bombing campaign against the Islamic State into Syria following the massacre in Paris.

    Flynn, the highest-ranking military intelligence officer during the Obama administration, and commander of the US Special Forces in Afghanistan and Iraq during the Bush regime, said, “all the emotions took over” after the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. “Our response was, ‘Where did those bastards come from? Let’s go kill them. Let’s go get them.’ Instead of asking why they attacked us, we asked where they came from. Then we strategically marched in the wrong direction.”

    “Instead of asking ourselves why the phenomenon of terror occurred, we were looking for locations,” he reflected. “This is a major lesson we must learn in order not to make the same mistakes again.” The 56-year-old told the newspaper he regretted the Iraq War, agreeing that the Islamic State would not be where it is today had the US and its allies not intervened.

    “It was huge error,” he said. “As brutal as Saddam Hussein was, it was a mistake to just eliminate him. The same is true for Moammar Gadhafi and for Libya, which is now a failed state. The historic lesson is that it was a strategic failure to go into Iraq. History will not be and should not be kind with that decision.”

    Flynn was also critical of the handling of current Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who the US had in custody in 2004, but released, calling him a “low-level” prisoner. “We were too dumb,” he said. “We didn’t understand who we had there at the moment.”

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    • Guy

      “the US blinded by emotions of 9/11. ”
      I mean wasn’t it the whole plan to begin with , the atrocity of it all ,so that they would have support from the US citizens and the world at large, to rush into shooting at anything that looked Muslim and every Muslim ever since. We were fooled and most of us are still being fooled.

      OBL never did this ,he might have wanted to ,but he never did it ,he never had the capability from his cave.

    • anthonystar

      mess around with 2 billion muslims and not expect a kick back is delusional

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    • cecil82

      “He also served as the director of intelligence, United States Central Command from June 2007 to July 2008, and the director of intelligence for Joint Special Operations Command from July 2004 to June 2007, with service in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom) and Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom).[2]” Wikipedia

    • gbwitchdoctor

      GEN Flynn was never in Special Forces, and was never the commander of ANY Special Forces, much less all of Afghanistan. It is something that can easily be fact checked and challenges the validity of the entire article. I’ve been on this site 10 minutes and every article has either baseless false arguments or completely erroneous facts such as this. Damn, he was the head of the DIA, isn’t that good enough. No need to make things up to pad his resume.

      • cecil82

        Thanks for the info.

      • Moby

        From Wiki “Flynn’s military career was primarily operational, with numerous combat arms, conventional and special operations senior intelligence assignments. He also served as the senior intelligence officer for the Joint Special Operations Command, where he was credited with creating innovative techniques for interrogation operations and operations-intelligence fusion, leading to major breakthroughs in counterterrorism operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere against Al-Qaeda and its associated movements. ”
        Your source please?
        The points he makes are spot on.
        Our foreign policy was akin to dealing with an annoying pebble in your shoe by taking out your shotgun and blowing your foot off. Does anybody really think Isis would be around if Saddam was here?