In an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Monday, Lt.
Gen. Michael T. Flynn, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said that the United States will bomb Iraq, and the US will be ready for war when it happens.
He told Maddow, “If they’re not going to be able to get a war, then the US is going to bomb them.”
He went on to say that if Iraq can’t take out its chemical weapons program, it will be a “catastrophe.”
The US and its allies have been bombing Iraq for years, as the Iraqi government has used banned chemical weapons.
Maddow pointed out that this is a very important distinction.
“There are chemical weapons in Iraq,” she said.
“But you cannot bomb the country that has the most.
It’s called Iraq.”
She added, “There is a different set of standards for bombs in Iraq.”
Maddow then pressed Flynn on the question of whether the United State would be ready to launch a preemptive war.
“It’s not something that’s been talked about in the White House or anywhere else,” he said.
The United States has been engaged in a protracted war in Afghanistan, which has killed an estimated 100,000 people.
This war has created a legacy of resentment toward the United Kingdom, which is not a member of NATO.
In his interview with Maddow last month, Flynn also argued that the US should have a greater presence in Syria, citing its ability to defend its border.
“They have the capabilities to defend themselves against the Syrian government and against the Assad regime and the Russian forces and the Iranian forces,” Flynn said.
He also said that Russia was a “fantastic partner” in Syria.
Maddows pointed out to Flynn that the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, has been fighting for years against rebels that the U.S. supports, such as the Free Syrian Army, which the US supports.
Maddower pointed out again that Flynn said that there are no “nuclear weapons” in Iraq, adding, “You’re right, they do have a stockpile.”
Maddows also pointed out, however, that Russia has been accused of using weapons of mass destruction.
“So we don’t have that stockpile in Iraq that they’re talking about,” Flynn responded.
“And I think that’s an important distinction.”
Flynn also pointed to the military’s plans to begin building the B-2 stealth bomber, which he said would be a deterrent to Iran.
The Pentagon has also been building the F-35 stealth fighter jet, which Flynn said would prevent Iran from “pursuing its nuclear ambitions.”
Maddough asked Flynn about the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.
Flynn said, “I don’t know that he’s been vetted by the military.
I mean, I don’t think he’s gotten that far in his life.
But I think he will be someone who can be the commander-in-chief.”
Maddowski pressed Flynn again on whether he believes the US has a “moral responsibility” to help protect Iraq, but Flynn said he does not think that we do.
“We’ve seen the rise of ISIS in the region.
We’re going to have to do more to stop that, if we’re going, as President Trump said, to get rid of ISIS,” Flynn added.
“I think we have to have a moral responsibility to get our troops out of Iraq, to stop ISIS, and to protect our interests in the Middle East.”
The interview ended on a note of hopefulness for Maddow.
“You guys, I know, you’re not gonna believe this,” she exclaimed.
“The day that you get out, this interview will be the first time that you will ever hear from the president of the United America.”
Watch the MSNBC interview below.