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Did General Flynn Take A Fall For Someone Else?

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Why would General Flynn open himself up for a potential blackmail in front of the foreign entity? The so-called “fake news” have now become the “breaking news”.

It only took 24 days for the first head to roll. The resignation of the Gen. Flynn opened a real crisis for the new administration on a day when President Trump had a very successful bilateral round of meetings with the Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and was finally getting some positive media coverage.

The story about Russia that has been pushed on top of the media agenda for months during the election campaign, but thus far was unsuccessful in stopping Trump’s administration from moving forward, has culminated in the resignation of the National Security Adviser General Flynn.

One would assume that General Flynn would know how to keep himself and the President safe from the scandals especially as the story about  President Trump administration’s connection to Russia was looming large over their heads for weeks on end.

On Tuesday evening, the news broke that General Flynn, trusted ally of the President  Donald J.  Trump has turned out not to be so trusted after all. But could it be in fact something else than the oldest tale of betrayal?

It is pretty interesting that General Flynn would discuss sanctions in a phone conversation with the Russian Ambassador behind the President Trump’s back, knowing that he was bending the rules. It is always possible, but quite unrealistic that General Flynn did not know that his conversation with the Russian ambassador would end up in the cable.

All General Flynn had to say, should the Russian ambassador have raised the subject of the sanctions was: “I am sorry, you know I cannot discuss this.”

Let’s also try with this line of inquiry: Did General Flynn have someone’s authorization to discuss the sanctions?

It is also pretty interesting to see that an experienced combatant in conventional and special operations as well as in the intelligence assignments, would not think through all the possibilities of the security breach of his phone conversation if his intention really was to break the rules and mislead President Trump and Vice President Pence?

Why would General Flynn open himself up for a potential blackmail in front of the foreign entity? If he wanted to deceive the President and Vice President, wouldn’t he at least use some bulletproof communication line to conduct the conversation if he wanted no one else to know about it? And why would he agree to share the “secret” with a Russian ambassador? Why risk losing the trust of the Commander-in-Chief?

Whether someone hacked the phone conversation, or it was the Russian cable that got intercepted to disclose the content of the phone conversation, this whole way as to how this story unfolded seems way too simple. And that is where things get really complicated.

It is interesting that Flynn, with all the stories on the Russian hack and an unverified intelligence report against Trump, which were openly trying to delegitimize American allegiances of Trump administration, would risk to place himself in a position that could hurt the Commander in Chief. To what end?

General Flynn has essentially failed to protect himself and the President of the United States from a big crisis. For a General who once served as the 18th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, this whole turn of events seems to be pretty unreal.

Did Flynn take a fall for someone else? One thing is certain: this story won’t die and it will only open more questions. The so-called “fake news” have now become the “breaking news”. The plot is ticking.


Read more: This Is Resignation Letter Of The General Flynn


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Ksenija Pavlovic

Ksenija Pavlovic

Ksenija Pavlovic is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Pavlovic Today, The Chief White House Correspondent.

Pavlovic was a Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Fellow in the Political Science department at Yale University, Lead Instructor in International Affairs and Security and Politics Law and Economics programs at Yale Global Scholars, Head Writing Fellow at the Yale Graduate Writing Center, Fellow of the “Research and Travel Award in Grand Strategy” from International Security Studies (ISS) at Yale University, Fellow of the Roger Hertog Global Strategy Initiative in Religious Violence at Columbia University, a Doctoral candidate in Political Conflict and Peace Building Processes at Complutense University in Madrid, Fellow of the OSI Global Supplementary Grant Program, and a Visiting Doctoral Fellow at the Juan March Institute. She holds an M.Sc. in European Politics from the London School of Economics, an M.A. in American Politics, and a B.A. in Journalism and Communication from the University of Belgrade. She speaks English, Serbian, Croatian, and Spanish.

Pavlovic has interviewed exclusively pivotal figures including Arianna Huffington, Sir Richard Branson, President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim, Karlie Kloss, filmmaker and founder of the Webby awards Tiffany Shlain, film director Lars von Trier, actors Adam Brody, Monica Bellucci, fashion designers Adolfo Dominguez, Tommy Hilfiger and Donna Karan, publisher and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes; the world No.1 tennis player Novak Djokovic; novelist Martin Amis, as well as big names in the governmental arena such as the former President of Serbia Boris Tadic, the leading members of the first democratic Serbian government and Milorad Dodik, President of the Serbian entity of BIH. Moreover, Ms. Pavlovic has exclusively covered the Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival, London Film Festival, Madrid Fashion Week, The Madrid Open, and a range of other international benefit and political events.


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