Command And Control: Only the rank and vile, but never the leaders

I’m sure you’ve heard that twelve national guard members were removed from the inauguration event.  Those whose backgrounds suggested any involvement in white supremacy or other extreme right wing movements were removed without any evaluation.  With thousands of NG available, they didn’t waste time deciding each individual’s likelihood of being a threat, they simply removed them because they were easily replaced.  And doing so likely wouldn’t harm the white trashes’ “careers”.

But that only applies to the low level grunts who carry guns and follow orders with swastikas tattooed on their arms.  When it’s “senior leaders” with a swastika engraved on their brass, it’s apparent that different rules apply.

The Washington Post reports that Charles Flynn – brother of fascist conspirator Michael Flynn – was in the room at the pentagon when the decision was made not to send the national guard to the capitol.  And the pentagon lied about it, claiming he wasn’t there.

There’s no word yet if it was his decision alone, he influenced it by speaking, or others were involved, but there is a clear conflict of interest.  It should have never been allowed to happen.

Army falsely denied Flynn’s brother was involved in key part of military response to Capitol riot

Lt. Gen. Charles A. Flynn is the Army’s deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and training.

By Dan Lamothe, Paul Sonne, Carol D. Leonnig and Aaron C. Davis

Jan. 21, 2021 at 11:42 a.m. GMT+8

The Army falsely denied for days that Lt. Gen. Charles A. Flynn, the brother of disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn, was involved in a key meeting during its heavily scrutinized response to the deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol.

Charles Flynn confirmed in a statement issued to The Washington Post on Wednesday that he was in the room for a tense Jan. 6 phone call during which the Capitol Police and D.C. officials pleaded with the Pentagon to dispatch the National Guard urgently, but top Army officials expressed concern about having the Guard at the Capitol.

Translation: Michael Flynn knew he had inside help to overthrow the government.  And nothing was done to prevent this.

When Michael Flynn was directly involved in Cheetolini’s crimes, every warning light should have flashed red around Charles Flynn.  He should have been put on leave until after the inauguration.  Rampant nepotism and cronyism has been the norm amongst the US government for decades – Bush, McCain, Trump, many others.  It is farcical for anyone to give Charles Flynn a pass when he had direct power to influence or participate in the insurrection and coup d’etat, something the twelve national guard members were barely capable of.

Refusing to mobilized the national guard was participation in the coup d’etat.

Those who allowed Charles Flynn to keep his post during December and January should be held accountable.  But of course they won’t, because corrupt power protects corrupt power.


From CNN:

Army now acknowledges the brother of Michael Flynn was a part of Army response to Capitol riot

The Army is now acknowledging that Lt. Gen. Charles Flynn, the brother of President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, was in the room for one of the key January 6 phone calls in which DC government and US Capitol Police were asking for National Guard troops to quell the unfolding violence at the US Capitol.

The decision-making has come under scrutiny as city and Capitol Police officials have alleged that the Pentagon was slow to respond, while the Pentagon and Army maintain they never denied or delayed requests for the National Guard.

In official timelines released by the Department of Defense in the wake of the riot, Charles Flynn, the deputy chief of staff of the Army, was not listed as participating in any of the calls that day about mobilizing the National Guard to respond to the riot.

The Washington Post was the first to report Flynn’s participation in the call.

“I entered the room after the call began and departed prior to the call ending, as I believed a decision was imminent from (then-Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy) and I needed to be in my office to assist in executing the decision,” Flynn said in a statement released to CNN. There was no clear answer about how long Flynn was on the call or whether he contributed to the conversation.

The Washington Post reports that the Army “falsely denied for days that Lt. Gen. Charles A. Flynn” was involved in the key meetings. One of the officials who was on the call told CNN in the days following the insurrection at the Capitol that Flynn was not on the calls, but the military did not confirm his participation until Wednesday.

There is no indication that Charles Flynn agrees with his brother, who was a vocal adherent of disputing President Joe Biden’s victory on behalf of the former president.

IDGAF whether he does or doesn’t share the same fascist POV (read: he almost certainly does), he should never have been in the position to have influence.

There is no such thing as “an appearance of impropriety” because it always is impropriety. Those involved know how it looks. If they didn’t have ill intent, they would have removed themselves from the situation.


  1. says

    I feel like “appearance of impropriety” is somehow parallel to sketchy dating practies and rape culture. Even if you don’t actually do anything wrong, you are providing cover for the people who do, giving them plausible denial: “Oh, but everyone’s doing that!”

    By strictly adhering to ethical standards, you make the bad guys stand out more. When you make excuses for yourself, you provide excuses for the bad guys.

  2. jrkrideau says

    The usual rule applies. It’s not the deed that does you in, it’s the later lie.

    As I read it, Charles Flynn could said, “Of course I was there! It’s my job. I am deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and training”.

    It is the denial that is the problem. Just why would the military lie?