In an interview with Mehdi Hasan of al Jazeera, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Michael Flynn says that the decision to arm opposition to Syria's Bashar al-Assad went forward despite warnings that those weapons might fall into radical hands. Flynn says it was a "willful decision" by the Obama administration.
HASAN: You are basically saying that even in government at the time you knew these groups were around, you saw this analysis, and you were arguing against it, but who wasnâ€™t listening?
FLYNN: I think the administration.
HASAN: So the administration turned a blind eye to your analysis?
FLYNN: I donâ€™t know that they turned a blind eye, I think it was a decision. I think it was a willful decision.
HASAN: A willful decision to support an insurgency that had Salafists, Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood?
FLYNN: It was a willful decision to do what theyâ€™re doing.
On the beneficial affect that American apocalyptic rhetoric has for the Islamic State:
HASAN: These people are not representatives of Islam, they are against other muslims more than anyone else, and yet you said on Fox News not so long ago: "I have been at war with Islam, or a component of Islam, for 15 years."
Isn't that the kind of inflammatory clash of civilizations holy war rhetoric that ISIL engages in? Isn't that what they want to hear?