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Mike Flynn’s Brief White House Stint Caps Contentious Career

By Paul Sonne, WSJ:

Mike Flynn’s arrival at the White House last month followed a military career and post-military life marked by contentious periods.

None, it turned out, would be as widely followed as his latest controversy, which led to his resignation Monday after revelations that he didn’t fully explain communications he had late last year with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

Mr. Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, served less than four weeks as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, stepping down amid pressure over his contacts with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

During his 33-year career in the U.S. armed forces, Mr. Flynn made his name as a widely respected Army officer known for his candor and unorthodox sensibilities about intelligence and military operations.

In statements and writings, Mr. Flynn, 58 years old, has said the U.S. needs to appreciate the scope of the threat from radical Islamists who want to destroy the country. “We’re in a world war,” he wrote in a book published last summer. “But very few Americans recognize it, and fewer still have any idea how to win it.”

As a general, he served in top roles across the military, including as director of intelligence for the Joint Chiefs of Staff and intelligence adviser to Gen. Stanley McChrystal in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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