One of my favorite holiday movies is White Christmas. I remember watching it with my mother when I was a little boy. I always remind my daughter, Jeannine of that, each holiday season we watch it together.
I love everything about it except, you know, Emma was a real pain in the ass and caused more grief for Bob and Betty, but I digress.
The storyline was cute for its day. A song and dance team played by Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, want to save their poor retired general who has been sentenced to a life of poverty running a huge Vermont ski inn.
With songs by Irving Berlin and with singers like Bing, Danny, and Rosemary Clooney, it had to be a box office smash and it was. It still is, at least on TV and Netflix.
But back to the storyline.
General Waverly fought the good fight and helped defeat the Nazis. Ten years after returning home the good general is an innkeeper and struggling to make ends meet. One of Berlin’s songs asks, “What can you do with a general who’s retired?”
Well, I think Mike Flynn knows the answer to that and was compelled to sing it in court yesterday.
President Eisenhauer warned us back when he was about to turn the keys of the White House over to John Kennedy that the military industrial complex was something to be feared.
Who makes up this military industrial complex, well, for starters, the military, members current and retired.
You don’t see retired generals wearing threadbare sweaters trying to make a go of running hot-sheet motels. You don’t hear of retired generals having a problem getting their VA benefits or forced to live in homeless shelters.
Retired generals do ok.
Which brings us to Mike Flynn.
Having lived in a country that has been obsessed with the USSR as a threat to democracy and to life on the planet which obsession and fear did not subside when the USSR went the way of the Tsar, I am curious how a general of the U.S. Army, could try to comfort the Russians.
And, how could he represent another country, that has lately proven to be a questionable ally, if not a country no longer to be trusted, and do so without following the requisite registration as an agent of a foreign country?
When I see pictures of Flynn in his uniform and all the jewelry it makes me sick. I don’t want to hear that he was a hero.
If we accept that statement then Benedict Arnold and Robert E. Lee are heroes.
The one act of integrity that he made was not hiding behind the lame defense that Trump and his morons put forth, the “I didn’t know you shouldn’t lie to the FBI,” defense. At least he did that much.
I know it is Christmas and we should put the spirit of Christmas into all our thoughts and actions but I do think he should do some time in prison, even if it is for one night.
The glee that he exhibited when urging the “Lock her up” chants demands that he feels what it is like to be locked up.