Former Obama Intel Chief: Administration’s Iran Policy Is ‘Willful Ignorance’ [VIDEO]

Alex Griswold Media Reporter
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President Barack Obama’s former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said on “Fox News Sunday” he believes the White House is acting with “willful ignorance” in its dealings with Iran. (VIDEO: Former Obama Intel Chief: John Kerry Is ‘Out Of Touch With Reality’)

HOST CHRIS WALLACE: It seems to be a patch work of alliances where in some countries we’re on the side of Saudi Arabia and the Sunnis, in other countries like Iraq, we’re on the side of Shiite and Iran. Can that work?

FLYNN: So let me just start by saying as an intelligence officer, intelligence has to be part of the calculus of every strategic level of decision. And right now, I don’t — my sense of where the policy is at is sort of — and I hate to say it like this, but it’s almost a policy of willful ignorance. And to me, we have some major problems that we are dealing with and here we are talking to Iran about a nuclear deal with this almost complete breakdown of order in the Middle East.

One of the things that we have to keep in mind on Iran is Iran is also a country with ballistic missiles, cyber capabilities, they are also still a state-sponsor of terrorism. And here we are dealing with them as though we’re going to give them a carte blanche — I know it will be some number of years to have a nuclear capability. Give me a break!

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