Gen. Flynn: "Today We Are Officially Putting Iran On Notice"

Tyler Durden's picture

When Iran test fired a new ballistic missile on Sunday, an act it confirmed this morning, it was aware it was taking a calculated risk and, more importantly, was testing America's response and resolve to preserve Obama's nuclear deal. It got the answer this afternoon, when shortly before 2pm, President Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, said the United States was officially putting Iran on notice on Wednesday over its "destabilizing activity" after it test-fired a ballistic missile over the weekend.

"As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice," Flynn told a White House briefing, without explaining exactly what that meant, although it is clear that any more provocations by Iran and whatever existing deals Iran had with the Obama administration will almost certainly be revised if not torn up.

Flynn also added that in his view the ballistic missile launch on Sunday was in defiance of a U.N. Security Council resolution that called on Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons; prior to Flynn's clarification.

The retired general did not detail what actions the administration would take in response to the test, but said that National Security Council staff would brief reporters at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Flynn also criticized former President Obama for being soft on Iran and claiming his administration "failed to respond adequately."

Flynn's full statement is below:

Statement by the National Security Advisor


"Recent Iranian actions, including a provocative ballistic missile launch and an attack against a Saudi naval vessel conducted by Iran-supported Houthi militants, underscore what should have been clear to the international community all along about Iran's destabilizing behavior across the Middle East.


The recent ballistic missile launch is also in defiance of UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which calls upon Iran "not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology."


These are just the latest of a series of incidents in the past six months in which Houthi forces that Iran has trained and armed have struck Emirati and Saudi vessels, and threatened U.S. and allied vessels transiting the Red Sea. In these and other similar activities, Iran continues to threaten U.S. friends and allies in the region. Iran continues to threaten U.S. friends and allies in the region.


The Obama Administration failed to respond adequately to Tehran's malign actions—including weapons transfers, support for terrorism, and other violations of international norms. The Trump Administration condemns such actions by Iran that undermine security, prosperity, and stability throughout and beyond the Middle East and place American lives at risk.


President Trump has severely criticized the various agreements reached between Iran and the Obama Administration, as well as the United Nations - as being weak and ineffective.


Instead of being thankful to the United States for these agreements, Iran is now feeling emboldened.


As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice."

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Meanwhile, in a separate matter, the WSJ reported that Flynn himself has some ongoing problems of his own when several top Democratic members of Congress asked the Defense Department to investigate whether retired Lt. Gen. Flynn violated the Constitution when he accepted money from a Russian television network that U.S. intelligence officials say is part of a state-funded media apparatus.

In a letter sent Wednesday to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, the lawmakers said that since Mr. Flynn retired from the Army in 2014, he has appeared regularly on Russia Today, or RT, a state-sponsored television network. The letter also notes that Mr. Flynn acknowledged he was paid to speak at a gala in Moscow celebrating RT’s 10th anniversary in December 2015. At the event, he dined alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The lawmakers said Mr. Flynn may have violated the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which prohibits someone “holding any office of profit or trust”—meaning a public office or military position—from accepting gifts or payments from a foreign country.

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actionjacksonbrownie's picture

Okay, so when does he put israhell on notice???

jcaz's picture

"We're no longer sending you giant piles of cash in small bills....."


Son of Loki's picture

More of Obama's 'shit pie sammich' the Donald has to deal with.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I hope this is more than the double secret probation Obama always threatened Iran with. :-)

<Animal House reference for those who don't know.>

Nemontel's picture

This hostility towards Iran is completely and utterly unnecessary. The only reason why we are so hostile towards them is the influence of Neocons in our government.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

You must have many boogiemen under the bed if you're going to maintain, and grow, the national security 'state' of mind.

TwelveOhOne's picture

Yeah no kidding.  Sounds like they're saying "you can't hold an office if you ever received payments from outside the country" -- which also sounds like Hillary's foundation would also be in violation.  Fuckers want it both ways (and, I realize there's a double entendre there).

wildbad's picture

obviously the Iran canard has worn pretty thin over the DECADES.

That said, i really do hope that the new batch of generals don't continue the same bullshit that carter, reagan, bush**2, clinton and obama have been pushing.

no fucking foreign entanglements
no fucking foreign entanglements
no fucking foreign entanglements
no fucking foreign entanglements

monoloco's picture

In case anyone had any doubts that the new administration would be Zionist/Saudi syncophants.

HowdyDoody's picture

Nuttyahu is rubbing his hands with glee.

Yog Soggoth's picture

Everyone knows it is a Sunni Shiite thing and none of our business. But what does the neighborhood think of Israel? Would the Saudi Royals cry a river of tears if they were exiled north? How about all the others including Iran? I think that is what Flynn was saying when he said 'WATCH IT MISTER".

Ignatius's picture

"One can't win a war any more than one can win an earthquake."

More insanity.

"Of course, the average person does not want war...."  --  Herman Goering

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

How many countries do you have to actually bomb before being put on notice? Apparently 7 isnt enough.

groaner's picture
groaner (not verified) Ignatius Feb 1, 2017 3:17 PM

The Zionists want war with Iran,,  So that speaks volumes about Trump..

ZeroSense's picture

The USA attacking Iran is like Russia or China attacking Israel or the UK/NATO.. Russia and China will not stand by whilst USA attacks Iran (Wait & see).. This is going to get messy. I always knew it doesn't matter if Clinton or Trump wins, bcoz we will have war eitherway (ww3 that is)

Yukon Cornholius's picture

At least the millenials will get a taste of what real suffering looks like. Americas best and brightest are about to be thinned out and all that will be left of that generation will be the fat, the autistic and the .1%. You can thank (((them))) later on.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

The OBAMA ADMINISTRATION has indeed left the TRUMP/PENCE team a real mess to clean up.

By the way, does everyone know why Gen. Flynn was speaking???

Because the DEMOCRATS did not approve Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State until TODAY.

DEMOCRATS are a bunch of MORONS!!!!!

Gladi8tor's picture


knukles's picture

Lotsa shiny pennies.

balolalo's picture


on notice for being SOVEREIGN?

war drums are beating.


zionism at it's finest....... you foot the bill.

JohninMK's picture

Talking about piles of cash, there must be quite a few in Washington that would rather this particular stone be left unturned

The lawmakers said Mr. Flynn may have violated the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which prohibits someone “holding any office of profit or trust”—meaning a public office or military position—from accepting gifts or payments from a foreign country.


Krungle's picture

So Hillary getting millions from the Saudis isn't an emolument? 

cayman's picture

No you have to be a Republican

Yog Soggoth's picture

Not sure, but the way I read it was you have to be in office. Flynn was retired at the time, No? 

Foundation Ties Bedevil Hillary Clinton's Presidential Campaign ...  Highlight

Aug 20, 2016 ... The kingdom of Saudi Arabia donated more than $10 million. ... donors during her time as secretary of state, former President Bill ... “The policies that governed the foundation's activities during Hillary ... that the Clinton Foundation took money from foreign countries while Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state.

N0TME's picture

Talk about teflon cackles.  Hilary for Prison 2017

i poop pink ice cream's picture

Whew!! It's good that Hillary Clinton didn't violate the Emoluments Clause by accepting millions of dollars from foreign governments.... Oh. Wait...

detached.amusement's picture

Ah, you refer to the original 13th amendment

The one that prohibited foreign titles of nobility from holding office.  Because you know damned well that the Founders wouldnt have wanted a British Accreditation Registry member writing law here...

How much better would this country be if attorneys had never been able to...*cough*..."legislate"...

The Deacon's picture

Hopefully there were ink packs or C4 with those bills.  Time to set them off!  Pfffft!

Remind me again who agreed to send them billions and declare a non-agreement agreement sealed with a handshake?  

VD's picture

Flynn also criticized former President Obama for being soft on Iran ---> yeah sending pallets of millions upon millions of dollars of CASH sure is soft.....

MEFOBILLS's picture

It was the Iranians money.  The U.S. seized Iranian assets, then held them.  The money was returned plus interest.


Trump's team better figure out that Iran is not the problem.  The deep state is allied with Salafi Islam, which is a SUNNI branch.

The U.S. allied itself in 1973, when it codified the Kissinger-Saudi agreement.

That agreement created the Petrodollar, sanctioned Saudi Coup, allowed oil Cartels, gave the Saudi's military protection, gave the Saudi's guaranteed markets.  By sanctioning Saudi coup, Salafi Wahabbi Islam was sanctioned.


Consider that Western Banks are Corporations, that make their credit upon hypothecation.  Recycling petrodollars improves the capital base of the bank.  Petrodollars also chase after TBills, and TBills are held in reserve loops of banks.  TBill price is held high, as petrodollars buy this form of debt.

Kissinger is a CFR agent, and the CFR in turn is an illuminist arm of the worldwide private banking system.

Iran is NOT PART OF THIS illuminist system.  

So, Trump and his team better figure out who are the movers and shakers in deep state are, and who the real enemies are.

Kissinger's recent plan to split off China won't work either.  Kissingers brain is old and calcified.  China and Russia are now intertwined with hundreds of individual deals, and are now strategic partners.

Everything our ((friends)) do, turns to shit, and they should not be listened to, or trusted.

lucitanian's picture

"So, Trump and his team better figure out who are the movers and shakers in deep state are, and who the real enemies are." You havn't thought this statement through, have you? Trump and his team are working hard for them, and know damn well what there is to do:

John_Law's picture

As soon as Rothschild et al. extract sufficient equity from Genie Oil and Gas.

konputa's picture

Some sovereigns are more equal than others.

Joe the Pimpernel's picture

When would you like him to, Ahmed?

Allahu Akbar!

BlindMonkey's picture

Well, I'm going to have to take a counter position to Gen. Flynn.  KSA is in direct combat with Houthis.  What the fuck does Gen. Flynn thinks happens in combat?

silverer's picture

Obama would have dealt with it, but they couldn't locate which hole he was at on the golf course.

Mikeyy's picture

Iran was basically already "on notice" whatever the hell that means when Trump talked about getting out of the nuclear deal when he was campaigning.  Now he lacks the leverage of pulling out of the deal when he already played that card.

The real issue is - if he wants to end the deal Obama cut with Iran, will the other 5(?) signatories go along with him (especially his Russian buddies) or do they tell Trump to pack sand?

cossack55's picture

More likely they tell him to pack borscht

knukles's picture

Trump tells the others to go pound sand.

That's so Progressive and European.  "You can't do that."
Fuck you mean can't do that?  Not anymore than the innocent children you sexually abuse.  And just you fuckers wait till I start sending you off to Bouvet Island for some rehabilitation. 

Trump starts prosecuting the PTB for kiddies & PizzaGate, the NWO is finished.

HowdyDoody's picture

Ah well there goes any chance of Boeing sales to Iran. Airbus are laughing all the way to the bank.

TwelveOhOne's picture

I wonder how much video footage and photographic evidence is stored on Epstein's island?  Ripe for a raid?

Winston of Oceania's picture

That is not the leverage he will use, but I hope the Persians don't listen. I don't think they will hold up as well as Cool Hand Luke did.

"What we've got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it. Well, he gets it. I don't like it anymore than you men." Captain

me or you's picture

Good luck with that.

me or you's picture

Good luck with that.

Dr. Engali's picture

Glad to see the MIC is alive and breathing.