Most objective observers knew from the outset that the Community Organizer in Chief was in way over his head when America elected Barack Hussein Obama as president based primarily on his vague promises of hope and change.
We cringed with his various czar appointments and wondered about the people he installed as protectors of our national security. Leon Panetta at age 71 was awarded the post as CIA Director even though his experience and expertise in the areas of foreign intelligence were nil and then 69 year old James R. Clapper became our Director of National Intelligence.
Panetta’s chief claim to fame were his nine terms as a California congressman from California and his 4 years as Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff. Panetta is a nothing more than a political hack. Retired Air Force Lt. General Clapper did have an intelligence background although you’d never know it.
The CIA is charged with furnishing “intelligence (or information) to the President, the National Security Council, and all other government officials who make and carry out US national security policy.” ODNI’s responsibility is to ”Ensure that timely and objective national intelligence is provided to the President, the heads of departments and agencies of the executive branch; the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and senior military commanders; and the Congress.”
Both the CIA and ODNI have failed miserably in their stated missions.
Tweedledum Panetta and Tweedledee Clapper have jointly reinforced Malcolm X’s and Obama’s favorite pastor’s line about America’s chickens coming home to roost. Panetta and Clapper have also reminded Americans that very people who are supposed to be keeping abreast of national security issues haven’t the vaguest clue as to what’s going on in the world.
When those chickens roost, America could be toast, for all they know.
Granted the situation in Egypt seems constantly in a state of flux but Panetta and Clapper seem constantly in a state of bewilderment. In their joint appearance before Congress this week, both demonstrated they haven’t an inkling as to what’s happening despite their agencies’ combined budgets in excess of $100 billion.
Panetta’s obliviousness was exemplified by his total ignorance of Hosni Mubarak’s intentions. On Thursday he testified that ”his information indicates Mubarak could be out by Thursday night. He said there is a ‘high likelihood’ of that. Panetta did not say exactly how the CIA reached that conclusion. He says Mubarak’s exit would be ‘significant’ in moving Egypt to an ‘orderly transition’ of power:” http://tiny.cc/be9nu
Hours later, Mubarek announced his plan to remain in power. Hours after that, he submitted his resignation. If Panetta’s testimony were that of a CIA underling, it could be excused but this was the considered opinion of the man who runs the CIA show! Compounding the Director’s failure, he later admitted that his testimony was not based on field reports from CIA agents but on what he had heard though the mass media: http://tiny.cc/t5ikr
Still, Leon Panetta’s disconnect from international realities pales in comparison to the guy who is supposed to be overseeing our national intelligence operations.
ODNI Director James Clapper was previously shown to be asleep at the national intelligence wheel when he was exposed on national television in December as a disconnected functionary unaware of a disrupted terrrorist attack in London. Asked by ABC News’ Diane Sawyer what he thought of the arrest of a dozen suspects, Clapper might just as soon have been queried on the man on the moon. Worse, his boss, John Brennan, covered for him: http://tiny.cc/u5nyt
Clapper followed Panetta to the congressional mic and re-emphasized his detachment from reality when he referred to the Muslim Brotherhood as a “largely secular” organization.
“The term ‘Muslim Brotherhood,’” Clapper explained, “is an umbrella term for a variety of movements, in the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried Al Qaeda as a perversion of Islam . . . They have pursued social ends, a betterment of the political order in Egypt, et cetera. . . there is no overarching agenda, particularly in pursuit of violence, at least internationally.”
In actuality, the Muslim Brotherhood is hardly secular and is less a brotherhood and less an umbrella than it is an extremely violent Islamic movement dedicated to establishing a worldwide caliphate through any means necessary. It’s motto is, “Islam is the solution,” its goal global conquest and domination to effect that solution.
As with the wakeup call Clapper finally received concerning the London terrorist arrests, someone ultimately clued him in on the Muslim Brotherhood. An ODNI spokesperson provided semi-accurate damage control by saying, “To clarify Director Clapper’s point–in Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood makes efforts to work through a political system that has been, under Mubarak’s rule, one that is largely secular in its orientation–he is well aware that the Muslim Brotherhood is not a secular organization:” http://tiny.cc/3o4pn
No mention was made in the clarification of the 600,000 member Muslim Brotherhood’s bloody history, its affiliation with Hamas and Hezbollah, or its aims of eradicating Israel and effecting an Islamic planet. Those omissions may be attributable to the fact that America’s president, Barack Hussein Obama, had greeted Brotherhood representatives at the White House and endorsed their organization just prior to the Egyptian upheavals.
Whether the Muslim Brotherhood ultimately seizes control of Egypt is of less consequence to the United States than the incompetence of our national security leaders such as Leon Panetta and James Clapper. Egypt will always be Egypt. With leaders like Panetta and Clapper running things, there is greater doubt that America will always be the America we now know.