US president-elect Donald Trump's pick for national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has a track record of highly Islam critical statements.
Trump famously said in a CNN interview last March that “Islam hates us.” In this light, Trump's pick for national security adviser is pitch perfect.
Retired lieutenant general Michael Flynn served as Trump’s national security adviser during the campaign has agreed to continue on.
Flynn, a registered Democrat, served as head of the US Defense Intelligence Agency before he was ousted in 2014. Since then, he’s been a brash critic of President Barack Obama and the national security establishment’s approach to defeating terrorism—and he’s made no secret of his disdain for Islam.
“Islam is a political ideology…it definitely hides behind this notion of it being a religion,” Flynn said in a speech at the annual conference of ACT for America, the largest anti-Muslim grassroots organization in the US. “It’s like cancer…a malignant cancer in this case.” Flynn also serves as an adviser for the group, which was founded by Brigitte Gabriel, a leader of the anti-Islam lobby in the US. Flynn has described Gabriel as “incredibly courageous.”
When asked about Trump’s endorsement of the use of torture for interrogation purposes, he told Al Jazeera: “I am a believer in leaving as many options on the table right up until the last possible minute.”
In a book co-authored with Michael Ledeen, he claims “radical Islamists” are trying to create “an Islamic state right here at home…a totalitarian state under the dictates of the most rigid version of Sharia.”
He added, without “a proper sense of urgency,” we will be “very likely destroyed,” by Islamic militants.
The man who now has the president-elect’s ear on security issues concluded there is “no doubt that they are dead set on taking us over and drinking our blood.”
In February he posted on Twitter:
Now, all this indicate a very harsh line towards Islam in general. And Muslim organizations in the US will definitively not be met with such a relaxed attitude as shown by the Obama Administration.
Will it result in more Islamic terrorism on American soil? Probably.
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