Trump’s Pick for National Security Adviser: In Context of Broader Mideast Radicalization, ‘No Peace Between Israel, Palestine’
President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for national security adviser said just under a year ago that he did not think there was going to be “peace between Israel and Palestine,” the foreign policy blog LobeLog revealed this week, calling attention to a YouTube video posted at the time.
Lieutenant General (ret.) Michael T. Flynn made the statement during a lecture on Capitol Hill hosted by the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) think tank last January — in the broader context of what he was highlighting as a growing problem of radical Islamist indoctrination in madrassas across the region.
Calling many of the Muslim institutions of learning “hate factories,” Flynn explained why he considered it crucial to rectify the situation. “In 1,000 years — at least — there hasn’t been a Nobel Prize-winner coming out of the Middle East,” he said. “There are two that are from the Middle East, but one was educated in the United States of America school system; the other was educated in the European school system. But if we could [be transported back] 1,000 years, most of the Nobel Prize-winners would have come out of the Middle East. So, there’s a problem.”
He continued: “And the Middle East countries that are struggling right now…are going to be crushed by their own internal problems if they don’t fix them. And why do they ask about the Palestinian issue? You know what, the rest of the Arab world? You figure it out!”
It was here that he expressed doubt about peace between Israel and the Palestinians:
I mean, come on. How many people have we struggled to go through that? So let’s be honest about this and not have another big name going in there and getting in the middle of the two countries and try to figure this out, while people that are coming from one side of that line with daggers are putting knives into women and children in Israel. I mean, if you want to have a conversation with me, I’ll say, alright sit down and we’ll have a conversation. And we’ll figure out what is best. Should we invest in education? Should we invest in economic development?
Flynn, author — with Michael Ledeen — of the recently released book, The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies, also said during the lecture — titled “Predictions for an Increasingly Volatile Middle East”:
We have to differentiate between the religion of Islam and the twisted, deadly culture of radical Islam that distort the ideas of Islam to justify the murder of anyone who doesn’t like them. They innocent that are being murdered daily are mostly and often Muslims and that is a fact lost on many observers…
Comparing Islamism to other “isms” in history, Flynn said:
The reason why Hitler thought that he could beat the United States of America was because he thought that this mixed-race society could never defeat this perfect race, you know the Nazi race. That’s one of the things, that’s part of his belief system if you read books like Mein Kampf. He believed that there was this perfection and that there was no way that this crazy, mixed-race country could beat this perfect race. Unbelievable. And …we would be praying at the altar of Adolf Hitler if he had won… [T]he world must unite and stand up against these barbaric murderers by specifically targeting and undermining their radical interpretation of Islam…We’ve stood up to murderous groups and regimes in the past, whether they were Russian communist or Japanese imperialists or the…Nazis…
Speaking about the Iran nuclear deal, Flynn said: “It’s insane that we have this relationship, and it’s insane, with the leading state sponsor of terrorism, and we have this really lousy relationship with Israel. How did that ever come to be?”
Flynn served as the 18th director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, from July 22, 2012 to August 7, 2014, after filling numerous combat, special ops and intelligence roles in the US Army. He was selected by Trump to become national security adviser in the incoming administration on November 18. As a member of the president’s executive office staff, he will not require Senate approval.
Watch Flynn’s lecture and Q+A session at the EMET event below: