Skip to comments.Obama Has "More Confidence" in Brennan?
Posted on 05/21/2010 9:49:45 AM PDT by jazusamo
Ive never been a huge fan of Admiral Dennis Blair as Director of National Intelligencenor of the institution of DNI, for that matter. A fine naval officer, Blair seemed out of his milieu as DNI, often unaware of basic facts that someone in his position should know. Part the problem is inherent in the DNI conceptthe conceit that some all-seeing super-bureaucrat could, simply by virtue of high rank, a big staff and an even bigger budget, fix all the problems with Americas intelligence community. But some of the problems resided with Blair himself. The Obama administration has come to the same conclusion and asked Blair to resign.
So far so good. But reading through the report by ABCs Jake Tapper one comes across this hair-raising assertion: the White House made it clear that it had more confidence in others, such as counterterrorism and homeland security adviser John Brennan ...
More confidence in Brennan? Really? To understand how terrifying that assertion is, one does not even have to look much past this week.
First, in prepared remarks in Washington, Brennan referred to his love for al-Quds, which happens to be the Arab revanchist name for the city that the rest of us call Jerusalem. This terminology is routinely used by Islamist terror groups to rally the faithful. For instance, as Andy McCarthy points out, al-Quds Day"every year an occasion for boisterous anti-Israeli demonstrationswas actually started by Ayatollah Khomeini 27 years ago. Also, the worst of the worst within the Iranian Revolutionary Guardsitself the worst of the worst within perhaps the worlds worst regimeare called the al-Quds force. Perhaps Brennan just thought he was being politically correctyou know, like the way we are all supposed to say Mumbai rather than Bombay nowadays. But Ive never heard of a Mumbai Martyrs Brigade. Have you?
This is not even the dumbest thing Brennan has said this week. At a conference in Washington, he said that the Obama administration is exploring ways to strengthen the hand of moderate elements within Hezbollah. This is the same Hezbollah that in 1983 blew up a Marine barracks, killing 299 American and French servicemen, that launched an unprovoked war against Israel in 2006, and that is responsible for dozens of attacks, kidnappings and other atrocities since its inception. For years, its been a staple of wooly-headed American thinking that if only we could find a way to reach out to Iranian moderates we could put the whole 1979 misunderstanding behind us. But this naivety never extended to Hezbollah and other outright terror groupsuntil now. Brennans proposal is a bit like assuming one can negotiate with moderate Nazisitself a highly debatable propositionand then looking to find them in the SS. Thats not naïve; its insane.
Earlier this year Brennan said that the 20% recidivism rate of the Gitmo detainees released up to that point was not that bad. See, he explained, the rate for American criminals sometimes approaches 50%. Well, yes, butterrorists are not criminals. Terrorists are by definition a special kind of mass murderer. Recidivism among, say, forgers is regrettable but among terrorists it can have cataclysmic consequences. Whats more, its not as though that not bad 20% rate is holding steady. Its rising. A detainee released by the Obama administration in December of 2009 was already back in the terror game after only three monthsfar quicker than the 18 month average for most of the known terror recidivists so far.
These are only a few of John Brennans greatest hits. His record of insouciance, political correctness, misleading statements and naivety is long and rich.
Maybe Admiral Blair deserved to be fired and maybe he didnt. Without knowing more, we cant know for sure. But we can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that a White House that has more confidence in John Brennan on the issue of terrorism is a White House that does not understand or take seriously the fight against terrorism.
The clown parade continues.
Crazy is as crazy does....perhaps there is a correlation with smoking dope in Hawaii? Can someone bring some science to bear.
Who wouldn’t trust Brennan? After all, repeated failure shouldn’t exclude him from a job where failure could get Americans killed.
And just a reminder.
Blair like Natl Security Advisor Jones were window dressing in the Obama administration. As long as they stayed out of the way and out of the limelight..they could stay. I think Blair and Brennan did not share the same views.
Thanks for posting that. One thing about Obama, he never forgets his thug friends and pays them off if he can, Brennan is proof.
another zero lapdog anti-american traitor bastard
This is also a payoff to the pathetic Leon Panetta. Please don’t overturn the CIA operation in Afghanistan; the insects crawling out will scare you.
The passport files is the exact reason he trusts Brennan. He has been part of the coup from early on. PRAY. We are in dire straights.
I wonder if Blair had become curious about Zero’s origins. I’m sure the military is abuzz with the Lakin court martial fast approaching.
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