Monday, May 31, 2021

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Mike Flynn?


So, this was said recently, in public, by a man who should know better:

Former Trump National Security Advisor
Michael Flynn:
“I want to know why what happened in Myanmar can't happen here. No reason. I mean, it should happen here.”

Flynn was speaking before a gathering of QAnon nutcases, and, true to form, made a public statement in support of a military coup against the government of the United States of America. This is not a smart move from someone drawing retirement pay from his time in the Army but what else is new? Flynn has never done anything productive, smart, or clever in the service of his country. When you think about the system that produced him, it's easy to see why this is all so ridiculous.

There are no good solutions for dealing with someone like Flynn. He has been given a presidential pardon. He has been freed from legal jeopardy (at least until he does something in this weird post-Trump era that is criminal in nature, which he will, no doubt). He can be recalled to active duty and have someone try to punish him for his public statements, but this is unlikely because the Army does not wish to appear "political" or take actions against what could be construed as unpopular free speech. His statements are those of a blithering idiot. You are free to be one in America, as we all know. I don't think anyone has the stomach to go down that road. 

Here's a great idea--stop producing general officers that act and think like Flynn. Look at what they actually believe and evaluate accordingly. Are they conspiracy theory spouting assclowns? Then maybe don't advance them in rank if they look good in uniform and can game the evaluation system. 

Our military should reward critical thinkers and people who learn from their mistakes. The promotion system that advanced Flynn past hundreds of other officers failed to account for the fact that he was unfit for the rank he ended up holding because of his lack of character. This is a man who more than likely lied when questioned about his activities in order to hold a security clearance.

But, hey. He got a pardon for all of that. Let's think about the system that produced the guy who hired him, fired him, and then pardoned him as well.

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