Michael Flynn’s abrupt resignation as National Security Adviser Monday night, Feb. 13, was a crippling blow to Donald Trump’s foreign policy strategy, less than a month after he entered the White House. Flynn was the architect and prime mover of the president’s plans for close cooperation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He was brought down by misinforming Vice President Mike Pence – and very likely the president too – on the content of the conversation he held with the Russian ambassador before Trump’s inauguration.

Even before picking his next national security adviser, Trump will need to determine how to proceed with his détente with Putin, the highly sensitive details of which were managed personally and confidentially by Mike Flynn as the centerpiece of the new administration’s foreign policy.

His contacts with Moscow were under heavy fire from the president’s friends and foes alike, both before and after the November election. It was defended stalwartly by Trump himself, Pence and Flynn. However, neither the president nor the vice president can tell exactly what Flynn promised the Russians and to what deals he committed them. Therefore, his successor will be required to start building Washington’s ties with Moscow from scratch.

While Flynn’s departure has caused havoc in the Trump administration, it is a catastrophe for the Middle East, because a core objective of the US-Russian partnership, which he shaped as a model for other regions, was to have been to clip Iran’s wings and cut down its standing down as premier Middle East power conferred by Barack Obama. source

Former CIA analyst and retired U.S. Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Tony Shaffer in an appearance on Fox Business said the leaks coming out of the White House will lead directly back to Barack Obama.

The Democrats and some anti-Trump Republicans want an investigation.

Schaeffer said, “be careful what you wish for”.

 Image result for john brennan clapperNational Intelligence Director James Clapper, left, accompanied by CIA Director John Brennan, testifies on Capitol Hill

Obama Is Behind the White House Leaks

“I would put this right at the feet of John Brennan and Jim Clapper and I would go so far as to say the Obama White House was directly involved before they left,” Schaeffer said. “Ben Rhodes and those folks… The Democrats are behind this and some of the Republicans are involved with the leaks. So I say ‘Bring it on!’

This is the kind of thing they do in police states.

The leaks are the issue. It’s illegal to leak classified information. Whoever did it needs to go to jail.

The Washington Free Beacon reported that there has been a secret campaign against Mike Flynn. Ben Rhodes and other Obama loyalists wanted to protect the Iran deal. Rhodes is one who admitted to the public that he lied to get public approval for the Iran deal.Image result for Mike Flynn. Ben Rhodes

According to the Free Beacon the attack was led by former Obama administration adviser Ben Rhodes. They deluged the media with stories to erode Flynn’s credibility, an opponent fo the deal.Image result for obama russian meeting tell putin

Hot-mic  Mr. Obama and Mr. Medvedev

The Free Beacon first reported on this effort in January: ”It’s undeniable that the campaign to discredit Flynn was well underway before Inauguration Day, with a very troublesome and politicized series of leaks designed to undermine him,” said one veteran national security adviser with close ties to the White House team. “This pattern reminds me of the lead up to the Iran deal, and probably features the same cast of characters.”

Charles Krauthammer said on Fox News’s Special Report this evening:

“We cannot have our intelligence agencies eavesdropping on Americans and releasing it to the press…When the conversation involves an American, there are extremely strict procedures to blur the identity, hide the identity and protect the information coming from the American. This is the exact opposite of that and it’s scary because it means everybody who communicates with a foreigner is subject to being exposed by his own government.” source