Call it Chuck Hagel Part II. John Brennan, President Obama´s pick to head the CIA, faces a frustrated Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, where he will be grilled on the Obama administration´s increased use of drones and the harsh interrogations that took place during the Bush era. Brennan was a top aide to former CIA director George Tenet during the time just after the 9/11 attacks when harsh interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding, were being used. He has since said he opposed the program. The White House has signaled confidence that Brennan’s nomination will get Senate approval,
Article fails to mention Brennan´s role in Benghazi, from pre-attack failure to understand security risks to Brennan´s involvement/acquiescence to Obama´s lies about the attack. The drone story has pushed Benghazi out of the spot light, and one wonders whether this was an intentional leak.
If the drone story is out, why haven´t the 32 American CIA agents in Benghazi on 9/11/12 leaked their stories? Or anyone else in Pentagon, State, CIA, FBI and other agencies?
Seriously...like Spidey mentioned above, how many could pass the test ? Also can the left find anyone who can pass a random whiz quiz ? We require that of even the lowest service members. I wonder how many in Washington would be flushed out if they were held to any standards.
The 32 people who were saved by the brave actions and sacrifice of life by the 4 killed at Benghazi are eye witnesses. Why are they not interviewed and statements given regarding this event? If something like this happened with Bush or Reagan we would have interviewed all involved, anyone nearby and the fruitflies who may have buzzed overhead. Dead men don´t talk and I think the 32 are aware of this pesky detail.
Not that it even matters, but I don´t like this guy. Every time I see him pontificating on TV, he strikes me as the guy who believes any means to an end. I would think that someone with a high moral character would be a requirement for CIA. Pro-American might be a good qualification too, but I understand that is sorely lacking in this administration´s candidates.
Why are people still making comparisons between waterboarding and assassinating Americans on American soil using drones? Or using any other method, for that matter? Is there some moral equivalence between the former and the latter?
And why are they still blaming Bush?
That aside, the main thing that alarms me regarding drone assassinations of Americans is the use of the word "informed"; Obama´s policy is that these killings are perfectly legal and justified so long as someone who is "informed" claims that the target is an enemy combatant and should be eliminated. What is "informed" -- how is that determined?
I´d like to ask the prez --- "Is this the best ya got?".
A parade of incompetence. Between kerry and hagel and now brennan -- it makes hillary look good. Oh -- perhaps that what they had in mind.
If everyone else looks so dumb -- then hillary will look like "the smartest woman on the planet" -- as Dan Rostenkowski (sp?) of Illinois said -- just before the clinton´s stabbed him in the back.. and had him removed from office.....
Dan Rostenkowski was a thief, and went to prison because of his own misconduct. But Bill Clinton pardoned Dirty Dan. Brennan appears to be suffering from early symptoms of alzheimer´s. He needs a thorough neurological examination.
People who can´t remember while testifying, or who maybe didn´t get the memo, were not in the loop, were off that night...
Are all suffering from the latest liberoid affliction... "SPAMNESIA"
Hill-err-ee-ass Herself has it real bad. Always has suffered from it. Rose Law Firm billing records? Spamnesia. Benghazi? Spamnesia. Vince Foster, Fort Marcy Park? Spamnesia. Webb Hubbel, father (DNA Dad) of Chelsea? Spamnesia. Or maybe, in that case... Spermnesia.
Which is what BillyBoob Klintoon is also always suffering from. Slept with who? Sex with who? Oral with Ho? Spermnesia.
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