Letters and Politics

Michael Flynn and the History of the National Security Adviser’s Role

In this episode host Mitch Jeserich speaks with Mel Goodman, the Director of the National Security Project at the Center for International Policy, about Michael Flynn’s resignation and the history of the National Security Adviser position. Goodman was a CIA intelligence analyst for over twenty years and Division Chief of the Office of Soviet affairs for ten years between 1976 and 1986. And excerpts from today’s White House Press briefing on General Flynn.



U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of International Security Assistance Force, with U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, chief of intelligence for ISAF, listen to a briefing by 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team commander, U.S. Army Col. James Johnson, during a visit to Forward Operating Base Shank, March 10. McChrystal also spoke during the meeting, discussing current operations and the future of the counter-insurgency fight in Afghanistan. “We’re here not to fight the war, but we’re here to win,” said McChrystal. “And we win through the people.”

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