Brennan: Our critics are helping al-Qaeda

posted at 9:30 am on February 9, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Wait — before I write this post, I want to give a senior Obama administration official a word first:

With Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s point in mind, let’s turn to the conclusion of the op-ed written by John Brennan, Barack Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser, on the merits of public discourse and dissent regarding the most vital issue of our time — keeping the nation safe from attack by terrorists, emphasis mine:

Politically motivated criticism and unfounded fear-mongering only serve the goals of al-Qaeda. Terrorists are not 100-feet tall. Nor do they deserve the abject fear they seek to instill. They will, however, be dismantled and destroyed, by our military, our intelligence services and our law enforcement community. And the notion that America’s counterterrorism professionals and America’s system of justice are unable to handle these murderous miscreants is absurd.

Gee, isn’t that remarkably similar to the type of thing the Left accused the Bush administration of saying?  In fact, that’s exactly what Clinton’s remarks were intended to address.  The motivation of dissent matters less than its relevance and truth — and the truth is that our nation’s counterterrorist professionals were not consulted in the handling of Abdulmutallab until after the Department of Justice forced a delay of weeks in getting information from the EunuchBomber.  DNI Dennis Blair and FBI Director Robert Mueller didn’t get a call until afterwards, and the High-Value Interrogation Groups (HIGs) hadn’t yet been commissioned almost a year after Obama shut down their predecessor interrogation groups.

So who conducted the interviews?  Local FBI agents with no particular knowledge of al-Qaeda’s network in Yemen.  They conducted a 50-minute interview without any of the context needed for real intel extraction.  And that’s not a criticism of the FBI agents; it’s a criticism of the Obama administration for not having the HIGs before last week after decommissioning the previous groups in February 2009, and of the decision by Eric Holder to read Abdulmutallab his rights before letting the CIA have a crack at him.

Now Brennan wants to screech about patriotism and how being held accountable for a series of screw-ups somehow makes the people demanding that accountability the handmaidens of Osama bin Laden.  If Brennan can’t handle accountability, maybe he should resign his position and let someone else with more testicular fortitude — and a better understanding of representative democracy — take his place.

Update: Byron York deconstructs Brennan’s straw men:

Now, however, those critics are questioning whether Brennan is trying to score a few political points of his own. First, Brennan supports the administration’s position, which most critics find absurd, that the initial 50-minute interrogation of Abdulmutallab — all the Justice Department would allow before he was read his Miranda rights — was somehow adequate. “Immediately after the failed Christmas Day attack,” Brennan writes, “Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was thoroughly interrogated and provided important information.”

Second, Brennan writes that, “The most important breakthrough occurred after Abdulmutallab was read his rights…” What Brennan does not say is that that breakthrough reportedly occurred several weeks after Abdulmutallab was read his rights. In the intervening period, apparently, investigators got little out of the suspect.

Third, Brennan sets up a fairly obvious straw man when he writes that, “Cries to try terrorists only in military courts lack foundation.” The argument over the treatment of Abdulmutallab is an argument specifically over the treatment of an al Qaeda soldier who was caught trying to blow up an airliner — not whether terrorists should be tried only in military courts. As far as I know, the critics who believe the administration made a serious mistake with Abdulmutallab also believe that there are other cases — involving financial or logistical support of terrorism, for example — that are well suited to the civilian court system.

Finally, Brennan repeats President Obama’s argument that the Bush administration’s treatment of about Richard Reid justifies the Obama administration’s handling of Abdulmutallab. “Would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid was read his Miranda rights five minutes after being taken off a plane he tried to blow up,” Brennan writes. “The same people who criticize the president today were silent back then.” Critics find the argument weak because when Reid was apprehended, in December 2001, the institutions to handle suspects like him did not exist. Should Bush have put Reid before a military commission? A high-value detainee interrogation group? Send him to Guantanamo? None of that existed in the early months of the war on terror.

Update II: My good friend Scott Johnson at Power Line has an excellent take on Brennan’s desperate flailing.


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No one has less standing to lecture anyone on patriotism than the hard left fools in the Maobama Admin.

james23 on February 9, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Unbounded desperation . . . yet another attempt by an administration crony to quell dissent. These people need to shut up, do their jobs and stop whining.

rplat on February 9, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Op-ed… as in: not an off-the-cuff remark.

Abby Adams on February 9, 2010 at 9:38 AM

I thought dissent was the highest form of patriotism?

MarkTheGreat on February 9, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Mr. Brennan:

Grow up…

Signed,

America

IntheNet on February 9, 2010 at 9:41 AM

blaahahahahaha

I love all these twisted lines of logic

“critics help AQ”

“obama is out smarting the terrorists by being super cool”

you know, with the way they talk, you’d think Zawahiri was just put on as a consultant for Sesame Street

blatantblue on February 9, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Gosh, I didn’t know I was helping AQ. Thanks for setting me straight, Brennan.

[The terrorists] will, however, be dismantled and destroyed, by our military, our intelligence services…

The only “dismantling” I’m aware of regarding our military and intelligence services is the administration’s attempts to dismantle them.

MassVictim on February 9, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Why can’t Hillary and Brennan and the entire administration show the same level of contempt at the terrorists as they do American citizens who disagree with them?

fourdeucer on February 9, 2010 at 9:42 AM

These people will stop at nothing to shift blame.

Disgusting

gophergirl on February 9, 2010 at 9:42 AM

“Shut up”, he explained.

cjtony97 on February 9, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Should Bush have put Reid before a military commission? A high-value detainee interrogation group? Send him to Guantanamo? None of that existed in the early months of the war on terror.

Byron York ownage.

Abby Adams on February 9, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Brennan’s gotta go.

petefrt on February 9, 2010 at 9:43 AM

The chain of fools keeps on keeping on. Brennan is just another link in that chain. Others to follow.

volsense on February 9, 2010 at 9:43 AM

These people will stop at nothing to shift blame.

Disgusting

gophergirl on February 9, 2010 at 9:42 AM

They’ll stop at nothing to abdicate themselves of responsibility

blatantblue on February 9, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Brennan is an Azz ole….shut your pie hole and go back to the rock in which you sit…..
You have no idea on how to secure this nation from the enemies that is hell bent on destroying us….

hawkman on February 9, 2010 at 9:44 AM

God forbid AQ lights off some sort of massive bomb in NYC

“Well, you know…the last 8 years..”

blatantblue on February 9, 2010 at 9:44 AM

It was so much fun when Bush was president, then ‘anything goes’ worked so well.

tarpon on February 9, 2010 at 9:44 AM

This administration has become a parody of itself.

It’s true what they say – to predict what a liberal is going to do/say you just have to look at the words/behavior they condemn in others.

gwelf on February 9, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Brennan is an idiot. Telling military positions on international television during an ongoing war(thanks Geraldo) works towards the goals of the barbarians. Exposing secret detention facilities around the world (thanks NYCrimes and WaPo) works towards the goals of the barbarians. Declaring the war lost (Thanks Leader Reid) and claiming Marines are guilty of atrocities before they are even charged (RIP Murtha) works towards the goals of the barbarians.

Questioning how the arrest and interrogation of a barbarian took place does nothing to further the goals of the barbarians. In fact, it could strengthen our ability to kill them…which may be Mr. Brennan’s concern.

Pilgrim on February 9, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Desperation. These people are losing it, big time.

tatersalad on February 9, 2010 at 9:47 AM

This is what happens when the Liberal Party bamboozles
the voters on Liberal National Security issues!!

Liberals cannot,and are incapable of protecting Americans
when at one point,Liberals were Anti-War Protesters!!

Liberals sympathize with Terrorists,its,that simple!!

canopfor on February 9, 2010 at 9:47 AM

I’m waiting for the op-ed from some Democrat or liberal pundit that calls for the return of the Alien & Sedition Acts, or at the very least praises the wisdom and action of Woodrow Wilson during World War I.

jon1979 on February 9, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Funny thing is, Brennan’s piece appears as a rebuttal to this editorial by USA Today, not some neoconservative or right wing publication.

http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2010/02/debate-on-war-on-terror-our-view-national-security-team-fails-to-inspire-confidence.html

Mark1971 on February 9, 2010 at 9:49 AM

After Brennan’s crazy PR effort over this issue, and especially since he himself has kept this issue alive long after the story would have died a natural death, the Obama administration has to be wondering what they’re drinking for lunch over in the West Wing. The media staff really should keep this dude under lock and key, if the administration keeps him at all. Me, I’d just drop him off at a highway median someplace and tell him it’s his new home.

MTF on February 9, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Liberals sympathize with Terrorists,its,that simple!!

canopfor on February 9, 2010 at 9:47 AM

They prefer to blame everything external to the terrorist, instead of the terrorist him/herself.

Social conditions abdicates the terrorist of total guilt, economics does, etc etc

It’s alll soooo silly

blatantblue on February 9, 2010 at 9:51 AM

So Brennan believes this is a bi-partisan success story?

More jobs saved or created.

NoDonkey on February 9, 2010 at 9:53 AM

From top to bottom, the whole ObaMao administration and the Left have two modes: deflect responsibility (and rightful blame) from themselves and project their weaknesses/flaws on to opponents. From 9/11 on, the Left has made national security a partisan issue, not one of national security.

onlineanalyst on February 9, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Raise your hand if you feel safer with these fools running the system. Oh man, and to think I live only ten miles from a nuclear reactor.

Bishop on February 9, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Mark1971 on February 9, 2010 at 9:49 AM

He’s worried that the MSM are now getting their talking points from the right, and he’s trying to quash that by an appeal to their patriotism.

George Washington lost a lot of battles early in the Revolutionary War, but finally figured out how to win them and kept doing so until the end. Ditto for Grant, Sherman, and Sheridan. We have here now an Administration which was handed a game-winning plan, and who is now losing battles.

I remember something about not changing horses in the middle of the stream. Well, we’ve changed horses, and we have what we have for the next three years.

How’s that hopey-changey thing working out?

unclesmrgol on February 9, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Unfit to govern.
The GOP needs to hammer loons like this hard- Scott Brown made security a huge part of his winning campaign.
The left cannot be trusted with our safety.

jjshaka on February 9, 2010 at 9:55 AM

I thought dissent was the highest form of patriotism?

MarkTheGreat on February 9, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Only if a Republican’s in the White House.
//snark

annoyinglittletwerp on February 9, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Raise your hand if you feel safer with these fools running the system.
Bishop on February 9, 2010 at 9:54 AM

*crickets*

MassVictim on February 9, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Richard Reid, 12/2001, action against Afghanistan in 2002 and Iraq in 2003. Stupid argument. I guess lying is seems better then just yelling “Shut up!”.

Cindy Munford on February 9, 2010 at 9:56 AM

So who conducted the interviews? Local FBI agents with no particular knowledge of al-Qaeda’s network in Yemen. They conducted a 50-minute interview without any of the context needed for real intel extraction.

It’s probably going to take two or three hours to bring the HIG and the terrorist suspect together. Unless we plan to have an HIG in every state.

Chris_Balsz on February 9, 2010 at 9:57 AM

“This war is lost,” -Harry Reid, former senator from Nevada.

Akzed on February 9, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Three more years of these ridiculous incompetent stooges left?

God help us all.

Rebar on February 9, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Must be a historical first, fighting a war with lecturers, lecturers aiming their fire at those opposed to being lectured to.

fourdeucer on February 9, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Well, I have to point out the obvious. Hillary isn’t complaining about the dissent today.

AnninCA on February 9, 2010 at 9:59 AM

And the notion that America’s counterterrorism professionals and America’s system of justice are unable to handle these murderous miscreants is absurd.

And the system is working! What a dumbass. It was sheer luck that plane didnt go down on the way to Detroit. Again, dumbass!

faol on February 9, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Well, I have to point out the obvious. Hillary isn’t complaining about the dissent today.

AnninCA on February 9, 2010 at 9:59 AM

She’s been MIA for weeks.

faol on February 9, 2010 at 10:01 AM

Mark1971 on February 9, 2010 at 9:49 AM

HotAir swallowed my comment because I used an “R” word, I guess. Here’s the comment in response to Mark.

unclesmrgol on February 9, 2010 at 10:01 AM

OK, here’s what I can’t figure out. And it goes for Hillary too, with her insane comments this weekend.
Don’t thses idiots think before they speak or write, “what happens if we are hit this week……..or this month? Won’t these wordds come back to bite me in the a**?”

Apparently not. You really have to believe that they are in denial of the danger or they want the danger. Which is it?

ORconservative on February 9, 2010 at 10:01 AM

I get so tired of these cesspool hypocrites mouthing off. The shoe was on the other foot during the last administration and the Democrats and liberals blatantly, and continually leaked classified information, intentionally damaging our security. Any problem with that in the lame stream media? n-o-o-o-o-o….. Pond scum, incompetent, liars. Lord, we need to clean house this November and marginalize this administration to minimize damage to the country.

ultracon on February 9, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Raise your hand if you feel safer with these fools running the system. Oh man, and to think I live only ten miles from a nuclear reactor.

Bishop on February 9, 2010 at 9:54 AM

I tried, but a terrorist shot it off. Anyone know where I can get a new hand?

unclesmrgol on February 9, 2010 at 10:03 AM

“And the notion that America’s counterterrorism professionals and America’s system of justice are unable to handle these murderous miscreants is absurd.”

It’s not that the system sucks, Mr Brennan, it’s that Mr. Holder sucks …

Dusty on February 9, 2010 at 10:03 AM

I’d say coddling terrorists like they are misuderstood little darlings and not actually cold-blooded and fanatic murderers does alot more to help the cause of AQ than criticism of our government would ever achieve.

Mord on February 9, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Byron York is the written assassin of lefties.

uknowmorethanme on February 9, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Is this parody or a farce? Is Brennan aware of the last 8 years in politics?

rbj on February 9, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Byron York is a writing a_ssassin (filtered) of lefties.

uknowmorethanme on February 9, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Just more sit down and shutup from the crowd that knows better what’s best for the rest of us dummies.

Kissmygrits on February 9, 2010 at 10:06 AM


Politically motivated criticism and unfounded fear-mongering only serve the goals of al-Qaeda.

These are the words of an idiot who thinks terrorists should be treated like ordinary criminals. He was appointed by a narcissistic ignoramus who agitated for Iraq to be conceded to al Qaeda and Iran. His boss is unfit and he is incompetent.

Basilsbest on February 9, 2010 at 10:06 AM

And the notion that … America’s system of justice are unable to handle these murderous miscreants is absurd.

I would beg to differ on that account. I have full confidence in my local police department to pull over that jack ass doing 90 in a 55. On the other hand, I would not feel comfortable with them trying to interrogate an international terrorist from Yemen when nobody on the force speaks Arabic or Nigerian.

txaggie on February 9, 2010 at 10:07 AM

These people are unbelievable. After years of accusing Bush of fear mongering, they turn around and demand that no one question them or their tactics.

Terrye on February 9, 2010 at 10:07 AM

I’m so glad the adults are in charge.
Signed,
United Troll Union #1206

Shiny_Tiara on February 9, 2010 at 10:08 AM

John Brennan sees shark. See John Brennan jumping shark.

d1carter on February 9, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Must be a historical first, fighting a war with lecturers, lecturers aiming their fire at those opposed to being lectured to.

fourdeucer on February 9, 2010 at 9:59 AM

“We need a commander-in-chief, not a professor of law standing at the lectern.” — S. Palin

MassVictim on February 9, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Yes, Mr. Bush, I do miss you.

SouthernGent on February 9, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Politically motivated criticism and unfounded fear-mongering only serve the goals of al-Qaeda.

No kidding. If your party hadn’t done that continually for eight years, we may have destroyed AQ by now.

“The war is lost” – Harry Reid

RadClown on February 9, 2010 at 10:08 AM

If this administration is trying to quell criticism of their plans, positions, and policies, I wish them good luck.

This group of miscreants and misfits are a perfect snapshot of their dear leader. He ascended to the presidency without a clue of what the job entailed, and proceeded to appoint political activists and cronies, into positions they are totally unqualified for…..just like him.

The presidency is not a good place to be learning on the job, especially for a narcissist and his Chicago hoods.

donh525 on February 9, 2010 at 10:08 AM

I try to picture Obama in Bush’s place in September ’01, standing on the rubble, arm around a rescue worker, and getting loud on a bull horn.

Just doesn’t fit.

blatantblue on February 9, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Tone deaf and further hole digging by the administration. From healthcare to this they are doubling down on the unpopular. I think we should all arm ourselves with the facts because the obvious meme from Stewart to every lib poster is the shoe-bomber comparison and I have seen little pointing out by the right that congress had not gotten as far as military tribunals and Gitmo by then. Please point this out when hearing this meme because they are universally trying to claim it as a way out.

Conan on February 9, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Social conditions abdicates the terrorist of total guilt, economics does, etc etc

It’s alll soooo silly

blatantblue on February 9, 2010 at 9:51 AM

blatantbluè:Yup,there all poor,so it breeds terrorists!

Nuts!!:)

canopfor on February 9, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Twilight Zone

scotash on February 9, 2010 at 10:11 AM

The goals of the Republican Party and al-Qaeda are aligned against Obama and the country.

Decider on February 9, 2010 at 10:12 AM

HotAir swallowed my comment because I used an “R” word

Rapscallion?

Bishop on February 9, 2010 at 10:12 AM

[blatantblue on February 9, 2010 at 10:09 AM]

I can hear Obama lamenting how many of those who died had Obama T-shirts on, though.

Dusty on February 9, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Just doesn’t fit.

blatantblue on February 9, 2010 at 10:09 AM

blatantblue: I picture Hopey saying,amongst the smoking
debris,Fired Up,Ready to Go,..what!!!:)(sarc).

canopfor on February 9, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Al Qaeda has only to observe the Keystone Kops antics of ObaMao-Holder to become emboldened.

Has there be a step up in establishing the High Value Interrogation group yet? If not (why not?), then perhaps we should revert to the CIA-military intelligence mode.

onlineanalyst on February 9, 2010 at 10:14 AM

She’s been MIA for weeks.

faol on February 9, 2010 at 10:01 AM

She’s just behind the scenes, which isn’t all that uncomfortable for her.

Anyway, this comment doesn’t reflect her sentiments, unless you are willing to gang up the entire administration into one voice.

I don’t think that will work, unless you want all GOP voices to represent all GOPers.

AnninCA on February 9, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Anyone who disagrees with this administration is labeled a traitor, and a racist…a racist traitor.
Anyone who disagrees with this administration is helping the enemy, giving comfort to the evils that want to destroy the system.
What this administration considers an enemy has been well documented….tea partiers, conservatives, military, radio talk show hosts, etc.

right2bright on February 9, 2010 at 10:15 AM

I try to picture Obama in Bush’s place in September ‘01, standing on the rubble, arm around a rescue worker David Axelrod, and getting loud on a bull horn reading a speech off a telemprompter about the need to pass health care reform.

NoDonkey on February 9, 2010 at 10:15 AM

The goals of the Republican Party and al-Qaeda are aligned against Obama and the country.

Decider on February 9, 2010 at 10:12 AM

I can tell you are really trying, but it’s not working.

Mord on February 9, 2010 at 10:15 AM

I can hear Obama lamenting how many of those who died had Obama T-shirts on, though.

Dusty on February 9, 2010 at 10:13 AM

I mean I really worry

What happens when the streets of NYC are turned red again?

We say sorry to our enemies?

Obarfy issues a template statement about “freedom,” and “pursuing those who perpetrated the attacks”?

Empty rhetoric while Americans bleed

blatantblue on February 9, 2010 at 10:16 AM

The goals of the Republican Party and al-Qaeda are aligned against Obama and the country.

Decider on February 9, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Decider: And Hillarys Vast Extreme LeftWing Conspiracy Cabal
is actually behind forcing the Republican Party to
do so!!

canopfor on February 9, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Leftists see historical events and trends through a filter, so they can forget their own shortcomings while pointing fingers at their opponents. They can justify their own actions while criticizing the same from the opposition, or draw an equivalence that ‘absolves’ them while still claiming their critics are ‘bad’.

Bush didn’t screw up while the current crop of ‘leaders’ has. They know it, too, so they have to stifle debate. Times are worse for the Left this past month, what with its failures that are still defying repair.

I anticipate ever-increasing desperation that will result in more loony and shrill statements as the vise tightens on this Administration.

Liam on February 9, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Brennan is demonstrating his professional MO: protecting his own turf. He is such an abysmal failure at that that I believe he must also be incompetent at protecting America’s turf. America needs and deserves better. Brennan should resign or be fired.

John E. on February 9, 2010 at 10:18 AM

blatantblue: I picture Hopey saying,amongst the smoking
debris,Fired Up,Ready to Go,..what!!!:)(sarc).

canopfor on February 9, 2010 at 10:13 AM

I can picture Hopey smoking in the debris! “Let’s light up and get to work”.

donh525 on February 9, 2010 at 10:19 AM

What happens when the streets of NYC are turned red again?

I’m sure the president will tell us that the youths who committed this alleged man made disaster, will be given a lengthy and expensive trial.

Another speech for the ages.

NoDonkey on February 9, 2010 at 10:19 AM

I try to picture Obama in Bush’s place in September ‘01, standing on the rubble, arm around a rescue worker David Axelrod, and getting loud on a bull horn reading a speech off a telemprompter about the need to pass health care reform.

NoDonkey on February 9, 2010 at 10:15 AM

NoDonkey: Picturing the teleprompter at ground zero is a
real possibility,knowing TOTUS and Hopeys reli
ance on the teleprompter!!:)

canopfor on February 9, 2010 at 10:21 AM

The goals of the Republican Party and al-Qaeda are aligned against Obama and the country.
Decider on February 9, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Whew…I actually feel bad for you, no really I do, if this is the best you have.

Bishop on February 9, 2010 at 10:23 AM

canopfor on February 9, 2010 at 10:21 AM

I’m sure they already have a man made disaster ready teleprompter all revved up and ready to go.

Perfect time for Obama to tell us his fascinating personal story as well, once again. I never get tired of hearing that one.

NoDonkey on February 9, 2010 at 10:23 AM

This is like living in some weird alternate universe. Give terrorists rights, close GITMO, withdraw from Iraq, take months to make a decision on reinforcements for Afghanistan and various other brain dead decisions are considered tough on tough terrorists. For the last 6 or 7 years these same people were claiming we were too tough on terrorists. Now they claim we are helping terrorists by objecting to treating them with kid gloves. WTF.

Howcome on February 9, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Our critics are helping al-Qaeda

Harry “The war is lost” Reid was unavailable for comment.

darwin on February 9, 2010 at 10:24 AM

I can picture Hopey smoking in the debris! “Let’s light up and get to work”.

donh525 on February 9, 2010 at 10:19 AM

donh525:Lol,ya,and if there was a gas leak,el kablewy!:)

canopfor on February 9, 2010 at 10:24 AM

They don’t get it – that they, don’t instill any confidence in the American People. They don’t get it!

Janet Napolitano
Eric Holder
Tim Geithner

Which one of these people do the American People have a high level of confidence in? That low level, transfers to the President, and that’s why his approval rating is down.

It’s true there is no need to beat our chest – but we don’t have to PRETEND, that terrorist are NOT trying to take this country down. We have a huge Bulls Eye painted on us. Does everyone forget what happened to “The Market” right after 9/11? Who thinks we can take another financial punch like that? That list of those people above, does not quell any of my anxieties, that what we have are the keystone cops, in charge of our National Security.

Mark My Words, Gird Your Loins….who said that again? SNARK.

Dr Evil on February 9, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Anyway, this comment doesn’t reflect her sentiments, unless you are willing to gang up the entire administration into one voice. AnninCA on February 9, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Isn’t this exactly what this administration has tried to orchestrate from the beginning?
After all, a presidential administration should try to speak with one voice.
The opposition, on the other hand, can speak from many voices.

donh525 on February 9, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Biggest liars of all time.

Thinnest skins of all time.

Biggest fools of all time.

Most dangerous administratio of all time.

notagool on February 9, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Fire Fool Brennan.

Fire Fool Holder.

And Fire the Uber-Fool who hired them.

November 2010.

November 2012.

Broom, meet trash.

profitsbeard on February 9, 2010 at 10:34 AM

The goals of the Republican Party and al-Qaeda are aligned against Obama and the country.

Decider on February 9, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Didn’t Bush take away your freedom to be ignorant?

PappaMac on February 9, 2010 at 10:37 AM

The goals of the Republican Party and al-Qaeda are aligned against Obama and the country.

Decider on February 9, 2010 at 10:12 AM

I take exception to your post.
Putting the Republican party and Al-Qaeda in the same sentence hints a proximity that doesn’t exist.
Care to rephrase?

donh525 on February 9, 2010 at 10:37 AM

And the notion that America’s counterterrorism professionals and America’s system of justice are unable to handle these murderous miscreants is absurd.

No…the idea that the Obama administration is handling terrorism correctly is what is absurd.

We can start with Brennan acting like the “system worked” when the reality on the ground and even the President himself has stated just the opposite:

Obama:

U.S. Had Early Signals of a Terror Plot, Obama Says
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/30/us/politics/30obama.html?_r=2&partner=rss&emc=rss

HONOLULU — President Obama was told Tuesday about more missed signals and uncorrelated intelligence that should have prevented a would-be bomber from boarding a flight to the United States, leading the president to declare that there had been a “systemic failure” of the nation’s security apparatus.


Wow Brennan….need to get your talking points straight with the White House….they are not talking about very much “success” here now are they.

Intelligence:

How about the director of National Intelligence(as Ed has made clear)

Director Of National Intelligence: You Know, Giving The Christmas Bomber A Lawyer Was A Mistake

—DrewM.
http://minx.cc/?post=297247

Gee, you think?
Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair told senators today that it was a mistake for authorities to give the accused bomber in the attempted Christmas Day attack on a U.S.-bound airliner a reading of his Miranda right to an attorney without consulting Blair’s office, the Homeland Security secretary and other officials.


Not exactly a ringing endorsement of your op-ed their Brennan…as a matter of fact,it corresponds to what most intelligence officials and the general public think about the failure of the Obama administration in this terrorist attack.

Even the leading liberal newspaper the NYTimes shows what a cluster fu#k the Obama administration is in concerning their anti-terrorist policies:


NYT: Obama administration missed more terror warning signs than acknowledged in report

posted at 12:55 pm on January 18, 2010 by Ed Morrissey
http://hotair.com/archives/2010/01/18/nyt-obama-administration-missed-more-terror-warning-signs-than-acknowledged-in-report/

Mr. Obama this month presented his government’s findings on how the plot went undetected. But a detailed review of the episode by The New York Times, including more than two dozen interviews with White House and American intelligence officials and with counterterrorism officials in Europe and Yemen, shows that there were far more warning signs than the administration has acknowledged.

The officials also cited lapses and misjudgments that were not disclosed in the declassified government report released Jan. 7 about what went wrong inside the nation’s counterterrorism network.

This was a systematic failure from beginning to end and all the spin from Brennan is not going to change this.

Any serious person with an IQ higher than what you can roll on a pair of dice knows that the Obama administration is more concerned with their liberal ideology and changing policies from the EEEEEEEEEEvil Bush administration which in turn has put us put us in more danger.

Pointing out the failures of Obama’s policies does not help al-qaeda…..dismantling the highly successful ones instituted by the Bush administration does though.

Baxter Greene on February 9, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Care to rephrase?

donh525 on February 9, 2010 at 10:37 AM

I would like to see him back it up with some facts.

Something I promise you he can’t do.

Baxter Greene on February 9, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Obama to GOP and the majority of the country: Stop making my radicalization of the country hard!

darwin on February 9, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Any S-2 shop knows that the only good intel is actionable intel and actionable intel is secured within the first 24 hours of securing a live tango.

These childish naive clowns wasted almost 6 weeks! We could have brought down AQ Yemen by now had we extracted the AI STAT. By now all communications are scrubbed, safe houses closed and contacts have di di mao’d.

R Lee has something to say to this administration. NSFW.

Alden Pyle on February 9, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Brennan writes that, “Terrorists are not 100-feet tall. Nor do they deserve the abject fear they seek to instill.”

Then bring all the troops home…..bring home the aircraft carriers in the Middle East,the patriot batteries,and all the special ops we have instituted so that Obama can quit giving the terrorist the “abject fear they seek to instill”.

Genius……..

Baxter Greene on February 9, 2010 at 10:43 AM

I mean I really worry

[blatantblue on February 9, 2010 at 10:16 AM]

Yeah, I do, too.

Dusty on February 9, 2010 at 10:45 AM

They don’t realize how far they have their necks stretched out.

The self delusion exhibited by the Democrats on virtually every front is amazing and virtually guarantees their complete collapse.

TheBigOldDog on February 9, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Terrorists are not 100-feet tall. Nor do they deserve the abject fear they seek to instill.

I’m not worried about losing a bar fight to an Islamic jihadist, Mr. Brennan.

I’m more concerned about the coward who packs explosives in his underpants, or strolls through one of our malls with an explosive vest on.

Why don’t you transfer on over to FEMA so you can help clean up after the next terror attack on U.S. soil.

All your good for.

David2.0 on February 9, 2010 at 10:50 AM

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