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Hoekstra: Resignation of Director of National Intelligence 'Is The Result of the Obama Adm...
CNSNews ^ | May 20, 2010 | Staff

Posted on 05/20/2010 6:24:13 PM PDT by jazusamo

(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Michigan, the ranking Republican on the House intelligence committee, says the resignation of Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair “is the result of the Obama administration’s rampant politicization of national security and outright disregard for congressional intelligence oversight.”

ABC News reported today that President Barack Obama would be accepting Blair’s resignation tomorrow, and the Associated Press reported that the administration has already interviewed several candidates to replace him.

Hoekstra, who formerly served as chairman of the intelligence committee, issued a written statement saying that Blair’s readiness to step down, considering his record of service to the country, was “a disturbing sign of the stranglehold the Obama White House has placed on America’s intelligence agencies.” Blair is a retired admiral.

Here is the full text of Hoekstra’s statement:

"Dennis Blair was the consummate public servant who dedicated much of his professional life to the safety and defense of our great nation. He pushed for openness, transparency and the participation of the congressional intelligence committees in conducting intelligence oversight. I had high hopes for his willingness to work with Congress on a bipartisan basis to ensure that America’s intelligence professional had the tools, resources and authorities they need to help protect our homeland.

"That a man who has willingly dedicated himself to the cause of our nation’s freedom would rather step down than continue to serve as America’s top intelligence officer is a disturbing sign of the stranglehold the Obama White House has placed on America’s intelligence agencies. Clearly, and understandably, Director Blair was frustrated by the White House’s micromanagement and sidelining of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on national security issues.

"Blair’s resignation is the result of the Obama administration’s rampant politicization of national security and outright disregard for congressional intelligence oversight. Blair’s resignation is disturbing and unfortunate. The concerns I have come from how the Obama administration conducts national security, not over the director of national intelligence, who they never allowed to do it.

"Congressional Republicans we will be watching closely who the president plans to name as a successor. Right now, the Obama administration’s national security apparatus is broken, dysfunctional and in disarray. Dennis Blair was the one person you could count on for rationality among Holder, Napolitano and Brennan—and he’s the one the president let go."


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 111th; bho44; blair; brennan; democrats; dennisblair; dni; firings; hoekstra; holder; impeachobama; intelligence; napolitano; nationalsecurity; nowot; obama; resignation; resignations

1 posted on 05/20/2010 6:24:13 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Every freaking day this clown does something that makes people hate him even more, When will it end.


2 posted on 05/20/2010 6:29:24 PM PDT by muddler (Obama is either incompetent or malicious, and it makes little difference which.)
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To: jazusamo

Boy. I don’t think there are too many on this forum who would read that and think “Hm. Is this a surprise to anyone?”


3 posted on 05/20/2010 6:32:29 PM PDT by rlmorel (We are traveling "The Road to Serfdom".)
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To: muddler
there are two photos from last night that should be kept as they tell the story for our historians in 100 years..it was all in the pictures..why didn't Americans see the warning signs (some of us did)



not photoshopped

4 posted on 05/20/2010 6:33:12 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: jazusamo

I see this as another step in inviting the attack needed as an excuse to suspend the constitution.


5 posted on 05/20/2010 6:33:41 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: muddler

Not until someone else is sworn in. Each day he’s in office brings more damage to the country.


6 posted on 05/20/2010 6:33:41 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Congressional Republicans we will be watching closely who the president plans to name as a successor

Why, Bill Ayres, of course!

7 posted on 05/20/2010 6:33:57 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: rlmorel

Correct...I wonder if someone that is sane in the administration can steer him to someone that’ll do a halfway decent job.


8 posted on 05/20/2010 6:37:24 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Pete,

Partisan politics aside, several serious terrorist incidents were NOT detected by intelligence in advance.

If I was President, I would fire him, too.


9 posted on 05/20/2010 6:37:38 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: jazusamo

That is what scares me. They are so hopelessly incompetent, naive and hostile towards this country, that they are going to cause a war. And not on purpose.

Through idiocy, negligence and arrogance, they are going to give encouragement to someone on this planet to do something terrible.

This reminds me so much of the 1930’s it frightens me. I certainly do not think they will fill the post with a competent person, do you? This is insane.


10 posted on 05/20/2010 6:42:42 PM PDT by rlmorel (We are traveling "The Road to Serfdom".)
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To: RummyChick

Good God. He looks positively evil in that bottom picture of him toasting.


11 posted on 05/20/2010 6:44:06 PM PDT by rlmorel (We are traveling "The Road to Serfdom".)
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To: rlmorel
I certainly do not think they will fill the post with a competent person, do you? This is insane.

I have serious doubts. Maybe someone competent could put their disdain of Obama aside and do what's best for the country if they were considered but that's a big if.

12 posted on 05/20/2010 6:48:27 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: rlmorel

It looked to me like he was looking at his own reflection in the glass.


13 posted on 05/20/2010 6:51:30 PM PDT by henkster (A broken government does not merit full faith and credit.)
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To: truth_seeker
“... several serious terrorist incidents were NOT detected by intelligence in advance. If I was President, I would fire him, too”

Although I am not certain of lines of responsibility in the WH, I understand he was tasked with the job of coordinating the various agencies, and reporting the info to the president. It seems the CIA has failed, not Blair. And, in the final analysis, the CIA answers to the president.

14 posted on 05/20/2010 7:18:56 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: jazusamo

I think it’s official. I hate him.


15 posted on 05/20/2010 7:21:09 PM PDT by SueRae
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To: Erik Latranyi
"I see this as another step in inviting the attack needed as an excuse to suspend the constitution."

You got it. Deliberate destruction of our government, culture, borders, economy, military, medical system, social security system, and Constitution.

16 posted on 05/20/2010 7:36:03 PM PDT by matthew fuller ("In God We Trust" is being replaced by "Don't Aks, Don't Tell".)
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To: jazusamo
"do what's best for the country "

That would be highly illegal, and besides there's the Secret Service.

17 posted on 05/20/2010 7:39:36 PM PDT by matthew fuller ("In God We Trust" is being replaced by "Don't Aks, Don't Tell".)
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To: elpadre
"And, in the final analysis, the CIA answers to the president."

And in this case, the CIA is run by a RAT political hack with no experience in the military or intel community.
18 posted on 05/20/2010 8:28:20 PM PDT by indthkr
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To: jazusamo
bears repeating to everyone we know:

"...the Obama administration’s national security apparatus is broken, dysfunctional and in disarray. Dennis Blair was the one person you could count on for rationality among Holder, Napolitano and Brennan—and he’s the one the president let go."
19 posted on 05/20/2010 8:34:57 PM PDT by Enchante (Dean Elena Kagan barred military recruiters from Harvard Law campus while Americans dies at war!!!!)
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To: rlmorel

[Good God. He looks positively evil in that bottom picture of him toasting.]

Well, duh!

He IS positively EVIL!


20 posted on 05/20/2010 8:37:11 PM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% white, 50% black, 100% red)
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To: Enchante

Absolutely! He’s the rational one among the four.


21 posted on 05/20/2010 8:52:18 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo; Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; ...

The list, ping


22 posted on 05/20/2010 10:21:37 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: All

Note: The following text is a quote:

http://www.dni.gov/press_releases/DNI_Statement.pdf

DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE
WASHINGTON, DC 20511
May 20, 2010

STATEMENT FROM DIRECTOR DENNIS C. BLAIR TO
THE ODNI AND INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WORKFORCE

It is with deep regret that I informed the President today that I will step down as Director of National Intelligence effective Friday, May 28th.

I have had no greater honor or pleasure than to lead the remarkably talented and patriotic men and women of the Intelligence Community.

Every day, you have worked tirelessly to provide intelligence support for two wars and to prevent an attack on our homeland.

You are true heroes, just like the members of the Armed Forces, firefighters, and police whose job it is to keep our nation safe.

Your work over the past 16 months has made the Intelligence Community more integrated, agile, and representative of American values. Keep it up – I will be cheering for you.

Dennis C. Blair

# # #


23 posted on 05/21/2010 3:17:41 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: All
CNS NEWS.com: "HOEKSTRA: Resignation of Director of National Intelligence 'Is The Result of the Obama Administration's Rampant Politicization of National Security'" (May 20, 2010) (Read More...)

24 posted on 05/21/2010 3:18:29 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: jazusamo

and so what? you little people need to follow the Republican leadership and just go along with obama!


25 posted on 05/21/2010 3:19:24 AM PDT by rrrod
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To: All

ADDING to post no. 23:

https://www.cia.gov/news-information/press-releases-statements/press-release-2010/directors-statement-on-dni-blair.html

Director’s Statement on Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair
Statement by Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Leon E. Panetta on Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair

May 20, 2010

Dennis Blair has served our country in many roles over the course of his distinguished career, most recently as Director of National Intelligence. Since early last year, we have worked together to meet the full range of national security challenges facing our country. He deserves the gratitude of the Intelligence Community that he led, and of the American public that he sought always to protect.

Posted: May 21, 2010 11:28 AM
Last Updated: May 21, 2010 11:49 AM
Last Reviewed: May 21, 2010 11:28 AM


27 posted on 05/21/2010 3:18:04 PM PDT by Cindy
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