Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s so much worse than you thought. There is an entity known as the Central INTELLIGENCE Agency, and of late, several of it’s Directors have indicated by their comments and activities that our vetting process for CIA directors needs some serious study.
You will recall that former Director Leon Panetta once famously testified to Congress that he had no idea who the “rebels” were in Libya. And wasn’t it just a momentary lapse in judgement that caused Director David Petraeus to share his files with his illicit lover (Yes, a compound calumny)? Somehow Petraeus got picked to head CIA even AFTER he stood on the battlefield in Afghanistan and said the reason his troops were being targeted was because of the comments of a preacher back in the United States.
Well, Obama’s questionable deftness in pickin’em is not the only problem here. We also have former Director Michael Hayden coming out with a few gems of his own very recently. Hayden……served….as Director during the G.W. Bush administration. This is what he said about Donald Trump’s remarks on Hillary Clinton’s predictably disastrous stacking of the Supreme Court should she prevail:
The former head of the CIA, retired Gen. Michael Hayden, told CNN’s Jake Tapper: “If someone else had said that said outside the hall, he’d be in the back of a police wagon now with the Secret Service questioning him.”
US Secret Service communications director Cathy Milhoan told CNN the agency “is aware of Mr. Trump’s comments.”
Hayden added: “You’re not just responsible for what you say. You are responsible for what people hear.”
Got that? If Donald Trump says, which he did:”Hillary wants to abolish — essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know,” then Trump did NOT say anything about assassination, or violence, or make a threat of any kind and no, Hayden, the Secret Service would not have me, or you or anyone else in the back of a police wagon for saying “Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.” And you beclown yourself by making that assertion.
Michael Hayden is one of the “Gang of 50” supposedly Republican, supposedly conservative “security experts” who have vowed not to support the Donald Trump presidential bid, in fact to actively oppose it.
He adds this nice touch to his Trump- bashing dialogue with Jake Tapper:
“You get to a certain point in this business, you’re not just responsible for what you say, you’re responsible for what people hear. And that might be a good lesson for him.”
You’re responsible for ‘what people hear‘? Really?? Well, golly, that surely lets a whole bunch of people off the hook for their actions, doesn’t it? The President, or a candidate for president, speaks to 320 million Americans and billions more world-wide and he/she is responsible for what each one of them hears? Good grief.
And it doesn’t stop there with this genius Hayden, who famously said last winter that people in the intelligence community would refuse to use waterboarding interrogation techniques if the commander-in-chief ordered them. Yes, this is the guy who was director of the National Security Agency from 1999-2005 and then of the CIA from 2006-2008, during which period all of the waterboarding under president G.W. Bush took place. Give me a break.
But perhaps the most disingenuous thing, the most repugnant thing, and the stupidest thing in the way of justification for his atttack on Trump is this:
TAPPER: You said he would be a national security threat?
HAYDEN: I think he will be quite dangerous. He does not seem to have a curiosity, does not seem to have a willingness to learn. Look, listen to the people in that letter, Jake. We’ve been saying these things for three or four months. But I think we all we all the hope, you know, at a certain point in this process, you being to tact to the middle, you begin to make more fact-based presentations, you talk to experienced people. You begin to adopt some knowledge about how the world works. And we haven’t seen that. We haven’t seen that at all. And so, we all kind of decided that that is just not going to happen. And since we don’t expect it to happen, we felt duty-bound to issue, frankly, a warning. That if he governs, the way he talks as a candidate, and again, we have seen no evidence that he won’t, he would be quite a danger to American and global security.
Donald Trump would be a danger to American and global security? Do you know what a double negative is? It is this – “We have seen no evidence that he won’t”. Two negatives make a positive, meaning that Hayden believes Trump will do what he said he would do on the campaign trail….
Which is the following_
1.Strengthen the US Military.
2.Maintain and enforce the borders of the United States.
3.Stop unvetted immigration into the United States, with a temporary ban on admittance to the US of people from Muslim countries or from countries which are hotbeds of terrorist activities and a ban of presumed “refugees” until a proper vetting regime can be imposed.
5.Renegotiate the workings of NATO to reflect 21st century realities and to insure members contribute their fair share of the costs/burdens.
Those are things that Donald Trump has actually proposed. And while all candidates for the presidency make proposals or issue principles by which they would govern and there is no guarantee that any of them will be implemented verbatim, what part of any of Trump’s proposals are a danger to American or global security? None of it. Hayden didn’t even address any of those proposals in his rant with Jake Tapper. He merely played on the verbiage Trump used as regards the Hillary Supreme Court pick affair and what could be done to stop her.
So Hayden, and all who join him in raving about the “danger” posed by Donald Trump, are doing so not from their positions as ‘security experts’, but as purveyors of the same sensationalist pap that CNN and the other networks and far too many “mainstream commentators” have glommed onto.
This is the exemplar of the “50 national security experts” who warn about Trump. They fear for our country. Not for anything Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton did in the preceeding eight years. Not for the pathetic state of the Middle East, Africa and Western Europe. Not for the increased terror attacks already extant in these United States. No, they fear what a plain speaking, crude-talking America-Firster might do as president. Horrors! Why, who knows! He might even patch things up with Israel! We can’t have that, now can we?
Just how ‘intelligent’ is this former CIA Director? Or perhaps a better question would be ….just how patriotic is he? Because anybody who would utter crass political jingoisms, reiterate the Mainstream Media’s and the Clinton Campaign’s talking points and speak in double negatives and place the quality of rhetoric above the substance of national security issues either has his head or his heart, or both, in the wrong place.
One thing for sure, General Hayden. Hillary appreciates your service ….these days.