What We Don’t Know About Flynn, Turkey, and the Siege of Raqqa

Whose side are you on?

Mike Flynn’s ascension to lead the National Security Council was instantly controversial and short-lived, but it has been a continuing source of frustration for the Trump administration. Barely a week goes by without a scandalous new revelation regarding his conduct, but yesterday’s twin revelations were by far the most disturbing.

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What We Don’t Know About Flynn, Turkey, and the Siege of Raqqa

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