U.S. Director of National Intel: Qaddafi will probably win, China and Russia are mortal threats to U.S.

posted at 10:14 pm on March 10, 2011 by Allahpundit

The White House is scrambling to contain the political damage and Lindsey Graham is already calling for Clapper’s resignation. These are, obviously, highly impolitic answers, and Clapper’s already had not one but two major brain-locks with cameras rolling in his brief stint as DNI. Just one question, though, before we tar and feather him:

Does it matter that both answers are probably correct?

Clapper told the committee that Russia and China posed a mortal threat, citing their nuclear arsenals and military capabilities. But he added that he didn’t think either nation had the intent to strike the United States.

It wasn’t an answer Levin expected.

“You didn’t mention Iran or North Korea, which would have been the first two countries I would have thought of in response to that question,” Levin said. “I was really kind of taken aback almost by your answer.”…

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who asked the question initially, stepped in to to see if he could clarify Clapper’s position by asking which nation has the intent to be the greatest adversary.

Clapper answered, “Probably China,” which once again set Levin off.

Watch Tapper’s video report below; apparently, the White House is making it very clear to reporters, at least on Clapper’s Libya answer, that the president doesn’t agree with his own intel chief. Except that … without western intervention, it’s perfectly logical to believe that Qaddafi will win. Even if we do intervene, there’s no guarantee that a no-fly zone will turn the tide: One of the big knocks on a NFZ in the critiques that I’ve read is that airstrikes aren’t a huge component of Qaddafi’s assault, and some of his aircraft (like helicopter gunships) might not be affected by a NFZ even if one is imposed. It’s the White House, not Clapper, that’s blowing smoke at the public, especially with news breaking tonight that Qaddafi’s not only reconquered Zawiyah but shown the residents how far he’s willing to go to keep power. Quote: “Neely said it’s the worst devastation he’s ever seen. He’s covered plenty of conflicts, but again this is the worst he’s ever seen.”

The Libya answer goes to the heart of Clapper’s real problem, though. Obama has to talk tough and stay optimistic because he’s a politician; Clapper’s a politician too now yet he doesn’t seem to realize it, answering questions publicly as a candid intelligence analyst instead of as a pure propagandist for U.S. interests. Same with his answer on Russia and China. Of course the Chinese are a greater mortal threat to the U.S. than Iran or North Korea is. The latter two countries may eventually develop nuclear ICBM capabilities, but China will vastly outpace them economically and technologically in the coming decades. They have ambitions regionally and beyond, and they can support those ambitions with money and manpower in ways that Iran and North Korea can’t. But they’re our “friends” at the moment (and our creditors forever) and we don’t want to antagonize them if we don’t have to, so while Clapper may be right, he’s practicing horribly poor diplomacy. I don’t know why, if Congress is interested in candor, they don’t simply hold private briefings with him instead of these dog-and-pony shows where he’s expected to give canned answers. But then, I don’t know why he doesn’t understand his new job either.


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Seriously, is Clapper retarded?

Lance Murdock on March 10, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Yeah, no shite Sherlock. All the while the UN and The Won sit on their hands.

chewmeister on March 10, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Bigger problem for me:

Clapper clarified that North Korea and Iran are “of great concern,” but questioned whether they pose a “direct mortal threat” to the United States.

He’s not just saying China and Russia are bigger threats. He’s questioning whether Iran and North Korea are direct mortal threats…at all.

amerpundit on March 10, 2011 at 10:20 PM

The elevator only goes half way up.

petunia on March 10, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Barry will be relieved to know that the North African source of his illegal money will be safe.

bayview on March 10, 2011 at 10:21 PM

He’s not just saying China and Russia are bigger threats. He’s questioning whether Iran and North Korea are direct mortal threats…at all.

But they aren’t “mortal threats” — yet. When they have an arsenal of nuclear missiles, they will be. China and Russia already have those arsenals, in spades.

Allahpundit on March 10, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Clapper is the Charlie Sheen of foreign policy. His self-edit button seems to be missing or broken. I think he is right in his comments here, but Washington can’t handle the unvarnished truth, so he’ll probably get taken on the long walk to the curb. Also what is stupid Lindsey Graham’s ax to grind here?

cynccook on March 10, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Speaking of Direct Mortal Threats, I suspect our country’s biggest one is our Director of National So-called Intelligence.

Lily on March 10, 2011 at 10:23 PM

Just imagine the headlines if Clapper was a Buuuuush admin official.

Dingbat63 on March 10, 2011 at 10:23 PM

Just one question, though, before we tar and feather him:

Does it matter that both answers are probably correct?

I definitely agree with him on China. They own nearly a trillion of our debt, their economy will soon be bigger than ours, they manipulate their currency giving them an unfair edge in the market, and Clinton sold them our nuclear technology back in the 90′s. Oh, and there are nearly 1 1/2 billion of them(including hundreds of millions of men who statistically have no hope of ever getting married if they remain there).

You’re telling me that doesn’t give them an edge over Iran?

Doughboy on March 10, 2011 at 10:23 PM

John McCain and Joe Lieberman think he is doing a great job…

d1carter on March 10, 2011 at 10:24 PM

It wasn’t an answer Levin expected.

So many words, all of which would get me banned. . .

Skandia Recluse on March 10, 2011 at 10:24 PM

and Lindsey Graham is already calling for Clapper’s resignation.

Why? He’s right? Nothing he is saying is wrong… STFU Lindsey…

ninjapirate on March 10, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Clap on, Clap off…This time he’s in the ON mode…He’s correct, China and Russia are our greatest physical threats…Those politically correct Senators are full of sheeeit, especially Grahamnesty…

Gohawgs on March 10, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Seriously, is Clapper retarded?

Why? Clapper is right…

ninjapirate on March 10, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Well it looks like the Obama administration has finally found someone dumb enough to finally take the idiot spotlight off of Biden.

It seems like everytime Clapper gets in front of a camera he doubles down on stupid.

Baxter Greene on March 10, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Grand Clusterfark of Hopeys Failed National Security
Advisors and Policies!!

canopfor on March 10, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Why? He’s right? Nothing he is saying is wrong… STFU Lindsey…

ninjapirate on March 10, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Antagonizing your nation’s creditor generally isn’t a good idea. Questioning whether Iran and North Korea even pose mortal threats to the United States? Even worse idea.

amerpundit on March 10, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Clapper told the committee that Russia and China posed a mortal threat,

Wow, an epiphany!

Strike? Maybe…I think they’re going more the boa constrictor route.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 10, 2011 at 10:28 PM

Except that … without western intervention, it’s perfectly logical to believe that Qaddafi will win.

Clapper’s mistake is in assuming that telling the truth with this administration is ever a good idea. They are delusional and engaged in magical thinking and having someone rain on their parade is likely to have the obvious end result.

Daffy is going to win unless the Europeans intervene and I suspect they will.

These idiots in DC need to get their act together and figure out what the hell they are doing. It seems like Obama doesn’t even know what his own people are going to say from one minute to the next. We saw that with Egypt and now… here we go again.

sharrukin on March 10, 2011 at 10:29 PM

ninjapirate on March 10, 2011 at 10:25 PM

While China and Russia may be serious rivals, they have no national/financial interest in seeing this country destroyed.

Lance Murdock on March 10, 2011 at 10:29 PM

BTW, I don’t consider Russia a “mortal threat”… in fact, I wish we were more aligned with Russia… a renewed Islamic Caliphate that just exists as a wish in the minds of millions of muslims is more of a “mortal threat” than Russia will ever be.

I agree with China though…

ninjapirate on March 10, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Lord. I always wondered what happened to Columbo. Now I know; he lost his hair and went to work for the gub’mint.

To AP’s point, I think Clapper’s just being refreshingly honest albeit politically naive. It’s either that or he’s a moron and we’re doomed.

BacaDog on March 10, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Smart power.
All we have is smart power. Whatever will happen is we ever have an administration that is not so smart??
The answer to the question is who cares. Even if he is right, which I don’t doubt, I question the wisdom of saying so.
Hey! Where’s that reset button?

ORconservative on March 10, 2011 at 10:30 PM

I’m feeling distinctly unsafe with these halfwits running the show.

Bishop on March 10, 2011 at 10:30 PM

I would think…..

AQ
Muslim Jihadys
Iran
Muslim Proxie Goons surrounding Israel
North Korea
Syria
????????????????????????????

canopfor on March 10, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Is it 2012 yet?

JellyToast on March 10, 2011 at 10:31 PM

Antagonizing your nation’s creditor generally isn’t a good idea. Questioning whether Iran and North Korea even pose mortal threats to the United States? Even worse idea.

Hah, I don’t really consider Russia to be a “mortal threat”… and I put Iran and North Korea behind MEXICO as being a “mortal threat”…

ninjapirate on March 10, 2011 at 10:31 PM

Wow somebody told the Truth …

wheels on March 10, 2011 at 10:32 PM

without western intervention, it’s perfectly logical to believe that Qaddafi will win.

Might be…
……….but while the whole situation in Libya hangs in the balance….it is not smart to have administrations calling winners.

“Qaddafi has got to go” Coming from the President one day..
……….then a few days later his administration states
“Qaddafi will probably win”…….
This is pathetic and shows how badly this administration is unorganized and without any clear direction.

Baxter Greene on March 10, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Again,think about it,Clinton Administration Distraction
Part Deux,

run up to 9/11!!!

Same sh*t,Obama has more Domestic SideShows going on,
DISTRACTION OVERLOAD/OVERDRIVE,

incompentcy running amuck!!

And,fore seen,by Hot Airs commenters,prior to Jan 20 2009!!

canopfor on March 10, 2011 at 10:34 PM

RAS LANOUF, Libya – With fierce barrages of tank and artillery fire, Moammar Gadhafi’s loyalists threw rebels into a frantic retreat from a strategic oil port Thursday in a counteroffensive that reversed the opposition’s advance toward the capital of Tripoli and now threatens its positions in the east.

The rout came as the U.S. director of national intelligence stressed that Gadhafi’s military was stronger than it has been described and said that “in the longer term … the regime will prevail.” President Barack Obama has called on Gadhafi to step down, and the White House later distanced Obama from the director’s assessment.

cynccook on March 10, 2011 at 10:35 PM

and I put Iran and North Korea behind MEXICO as being a “mortal threat”…

ninjapirate on March 10, 2011 at 10:31 PM

Both nations are selling/giving missile and nuclear technology to other countries and groups in a better position to strike at us.

I most definitely consider them a mortal threat, albeit by their transfer of technology rather than their direct execution of plans.

amerpundit on March 10, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Shyte, every single one of the a$$ clowns is a reflection of who appointed them.

OkieDoc on March 10, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Just take out Khadafy
A Predator can do the job
*****************************

Slaughtering his own people and mocking the world’s pleas for peace, Libya’s Moammar Khadafy can only be stopped by force. President Obama is comfortable using Predator drone strikes to kill terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan; why not do the same with Khadafy?

So far, the only air-power option on the table is establishing a “no-fly zone.” But seeking UN Security Council approval for that risks a veto by China or Russia. Even if we ignored the UN, we’d need to use NATO facilities to make the zone work — and that means getting the approval of NATO’s members. The Turkish prime minister has said he would oppose such a move.
(more…..)

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/just_take_out_khadafy_Mv572R5wC23plCPNNMSq7H#ixzz1GG5rP8gW

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/just_take_out_khadafy_Mv572R5wC23plCPNNMSq7H#ixzz1GG5knUzc

canopfor on March 10, 2011 at 10:37 PM

He’s questioning whether Iran and North Korea are direct mortal threats…at all.

amerpundit on March 10, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Because they aren’t mortal threats. They could do huge damage to us with rogue nuclear attacks, but the chance of them bringing down our nation/government is approximately zero. The same cannot be said of china and Russia.

JohnGalt23 on March 10, 2011 at 10:39 PM

The West’s Moment of Truth in Libya

Well, as the world has been discussing the idea of a no-fly zone over libya for the last two weeks, Moammar Gadhafi’s jets and artillery have begun to seize the initiative against the rebels, stopping, and now it appears, turning back their advance on Tripoli.
(more….)

Read more: http://defensetech.org/#ixzz1GG6iojMJ
Defense.org

canopfor on March 10, 2011 at 10:40 PM

but the chance of them bringing down our nation/government is approximately zero. The same cannot be said of china and Russia.

JohnGalt23 on March 10, 2011 at 10:39 PM

The chance of either Russia or China bringing us down in the foreseeable future is pretty slim.

China has too much invested, has too much to lose. Russia isn’t about to do anything, either.

amerpundit on March 10, 2011 at 10:42 PM

I assume he means that Russia and China are mortal external threats to the US. In terms of national survival (and probably even physical, if you think long-term), the indigenous threats seem both far more immediate and even more overtly hostile.

Blacklake on March 10, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Speaking of North Korea
===========================

We can, and will, use EMP bomb, says South Korea
March 09, 2011 2:26PM
**********************

YOU jam us, we wipe your grid out.

That seems to be the signal coming from South Korea after a GPS jamming attack on Friday that hit north-western parts of the country.

South Korea laid the blame for the attack on North Korea, but Defense Acquisition Program Administration Kwon O-bong claimed its military was immune, because it had “a special code”.

However, he admitted there were “some weapons” that didn’t carry the code and that it was looking to proof such weapons against further attacks.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/technology/emp-bomb-ready-for-war-says-south-korea/story-e6frfro0-1226018432287#ixzz1GG7cTa4A

canopfor on March 10, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Does it matter that both answers are probably correct?

Horse manure. The biggest threat to the United States is the marriage of The Left (which controls the media and academia) and Islam (the totalitarian ideology which has an immunity from criticism given to an alleged religion like no other).

Basilsbest on March 10, 2011 at 10:46 PM

His only sin in this case was speaking candidly in an open session.

He’s still an idiot, though. He just happened to be right, this time.

irishspy on March 10, 2011 at 10:50 PM

The biggest mortal threats to the United States, in my opinion would not be nations, they are Obama, Reid, Pelosi, progressives in general. Then you can start naming second tier threats, the hostile nations we face! The hostile nations are only real threats to us because the other above mentioned citizens are allowing it byt heir ideology and weakness.

bluemarlin on March 10, 2011 at 10:50 PM

Clapper told the committee that Russia and China posed a mortal threat, citing their nuclear arsenals and military capabilities.

Then would Clapper mind suggesting that Obama take his lips off of their a$$es.

Obama’s economic policies serve to put us under China’s boot even further.
If they believe that China’s threat to us supersedes Iran’s than why aren’t Obama’s policies centered around decreasing the massive debt that China hangs over our heads and increasing defense measures to keep up with them militarily.

No one has punked out Obama on the world stage more than Russia.Putin has worked Obama like the little rich kid who is made to pay for the gas and beer evertime he gets in the car.
The START treaty,missile defense(radar intelligence gathering station) in Poland,Kazakhstan supply route…over and over Putin has exposed Obama as noting more than a naive’ school boy.

Americans would certainly have more confidence in the “smart power” crew if they actually acted like China/Russia are as deadly as Obama’s intelligence leader says they are.

Baxter Greene on March 10, 2011 at 10:50 PM

John McCain and Joe LiebermanMentum think he is doing a great job…

d1carter on March 10, 2011 at 10:24 PM

FIFY

chewmeister on March 10, 2011 at 10:51 PM

lol, this guy is great. First he says the Muslim Brotherhood was largely secular and now this. He actually is right about China and Russia being direct mortal threats, especially compared to Iran or N. Korea, but I doubt the Apologist in Chief wanted him to say something like that publicly.

Obama, Hillary and Clapper never seem to be on the same page, which gives me no confidence what so ever. Then again, these statements by Clapper were refreshingly honest compared to a President who can’t refer to Islamic Terrorism by name.

Looks like we finally got that transparent government with the Clapper!

Daemonocracy on March 10, 2011 at 10:51 PM

What would I do if I were king?

Bring sending levels down to 2008 levels!
Increase defense spending by at least another 5%. Close our borders until we built walls on the south and north border. Build a real coastal defense system including a new larger and more modern Coast Guard.
Build new fighters and ships! Make Reagan’s dream of a 600 ship navy a reality. Provide big monetary awards for innovations in new fighters and other defense systems and industrial innovations! Lower all tax levels. Eliminate capital gains and all corporate taxes. Drill everywhere we have oil. Provide large monetary awards to the companies that get the oil flowing fastest! Build new refineries and nuke plants. Abolish as many government agencies as I could as well as most of our foreign aid and strengthen states rights.

In 3 years or less we would be a whole new country.
Keeping America safe and strong is really not that complicated. All you need is a determination to protect America and a willingness to get the heck out of the way of the American people! For that matter, any country could do the same. It all becomes difficult when one or two people think they can lead hundreds of millions. They have to have all the answers. The truth is the answers lie within the people!

JellyToast on March 10, 2011 at 10:56 PM

Advocate intervention in Libya if you like the Muslim Brotherhood and shariah and the caliphate.

Andrew C. McCarthy – Team B II

Murphy9 on March 10, 2011 at 10:57 PM

Mortal threat?…….mmmmmmm, define threat?

You mean having an incompetent in charge of the National Intelligence operation?

You mean having a Vice President that embarasses our nation?

You mean having a Homeland Security gal that thinks the Tea Party or other right wingers are the real haters but thinks tthe Libs storming a State Capitol building is just “free speech? How about the Border Janet? Does she even know where it is?

I guess mortal threat would that include A global Caliphate threatening the West and political Leaders to scared to face the threat?

MMMMM, I guess we need the experts to better define it.

PappyD61 on March 10, 2011 at 10:57 PM

And,fore seen,by Hot Airs commenters,prior to Jan 20 2009!!

canopfor on March 10, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Ahhhh yessssssss…….

http://www.fanpix.net/picture-gallery/johnny-carson-picture-10415160.htm

Baxter Greene on March 10, 2011 at 10:58 PM

The White House is scrambling to contain the political damage and Lindsey Graham is already calling for Clapper’s resignation.

Ms. Lindsey Graham belongs in a mental institution.

Murphy9 on March 10, 2011 at 10:59 PM

The chance of either Russia or China bringing us down in the foreseeable future is pretty slim.

China has too much invested, has too much to lose. Russia isn’t about to do anything, either.

amerpundit on March 10, 2011 at 10:42 PM

I agree; they aren’t going to attack us, for any number of reasons.

But if they did, they could certainly destroy us (albeit at the cost of their own existence.

JohnGalt23 on March 10, 2011 at 11:00 PM

Except that … without western intervention, it’s perfectly logical to believe that Qaddafi will win.

Yes intervene on the side of the Muslim Brotherhood. Brilliant. Hitler would approve.

Murphy9 on March 10, 2011 at 11:00 PM

Hmmm… it sounds like he just jeopardized another Democrat transfer of advanced technology to China for campaign cash.

I’m just sayin…

shorebird on March 10, 2011 at 11:02 PM

China would never strike. They just undermine us in other ways. Slow, non-violent takeover.
Russia-they’ve never been happy with us.
The cold war never ended.
It just entered a new phase.
I can’t see them nuking us, tho.
Now the middle E. countries-those people are nuts.

Badger40 on March 10, 2011 at 11:08 PM

China and Russia are mortal threats to U.S.

This month’s Imprimis tackles these subjects soberly & in detail:
https://www.hillsdale.edu/news/imprimis/archive/issue.asp?year=2011&month=01

itsnotaboutme on March 10, 2011 at 11:15 PM

The best part of this was the WTF?? looks on everyone’s faces when he was talking.

di butler on March 10, 2011 at 11:43 PM

China and Russia are mortal threats to U.S.

What I’ve learned in dealing with liberals is that you can’t assume they understand the obvious, if you don’t spell it out in clear un-misinterpret-able terms they will get it wrong even if not purposely.
The administration’s shock index shows how important this is. They just don’t get it, they speak a different language.

Except that … without western intervention, it’s perfectly logical to believe that Qaddafi will win.

Given that the western powers are in full pissy panties mode, Clapper is correct, and Qaddafi knows it, its why he’s shown a little less restraint the last couple of days and picking up steam. The Presidents tough talk has lost its threat power.

The real hard rock bottom line is, if this country doesn’t have the balls to stand up to Qaddafi and make him leave in a stand alone, if necessary, operation, we can expect a blood bath, with a retarded clown the winner.

Will we witness the return of mass murderous results of past cowardly liberalism, or will superior military hardware and skill, level the playing field?
With some covert guidance and supplies.

Speakup on March 11, 2011 at 12:25 AM

Clapper’s right, of course.

Iran and North Korea do not have the ability to deal us mortal harm. China and Russia do. That’s the only part of the equation that matters. Whether they have any intent of doing so, today, is immaterial.

As for Qaddafi, we have the ability to influence that outcome. Given his history any sensible President would love the opportunity to push the guy into the abyss. But we don’t have a sensible President.

JEM on March 11, 2011 at 12:26 AM

What, this did he get an early copy of the NYT?

drfredc on March 11, 2011 at 12:59 AM

I said Ghaddafi was going to win in my comment on this headline a week ago, back when everyone thought he was on the way out: http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2011/03/04/massive-explosion-destroys-rebels-arms-depot-near-benghazi-killing-dozens/

I explained my reasons back then, and they ended up being exactly what Clapper said today. I had 6 points, #5 was: “Logistically speaking, Ghaddafi’s mobilization will ramp up quicker than the rebels. It will take much longer for the rebels to organize themselves and fully develop their military potential. Ghaddafi’s forces, on the other hand, will recover their full potential in mere weeks. He has the existing treasury to spend, while the rebels will need many months to start to exploit any economic advantage they might have.”

My other points, briefly, were: 1. his troops are more mobile, 2. his troops have better training/equipment and are not greatly outnumbered, 3. Ghaddafi has already hit rock bottom, survived, and is on the rebound, 4. Ghaddafi has perception on his side, and as he gains momentum, fear of reprisals will cause rebel defections, and 6. Ghaddafi’s use of mercenaries is exaggerated and used for propaganda purposes: he doesnt NEED them to win. None of the people operating heavy equipment like aircraft and tanks are foreign mercenaries. The simple truth is that mercenaries are simply guys in pickup trucks with small arms who might be used in support roles, but who won’t be doing the heavy lifting.

Once Ghaddafi wins, there will be a massive upswing in interest in “praetorian guard” elite military units among the world’s dictators, since they are what saved his hide.

kaltes on March 11, 2011 at 2:09 AM

Bush said China is a “strategic competitor”, U don’t see this as totally a bad comment from Clapper.

Maybe it’s time to call a Spade a Spade.

scotash on March 11, 2011 at 2:37 AM

Clapper is correct. It’s China and Russia. Not just for nukes, but also cyber war abilities.

So if Clapper is asked the question………and answers it honestly and correctly………..then what the hell is Sen. Levin’s problem? Sen. Graham?

If Clapper is less impolitic and says Iran and N.Korea…………….and it’s not true……..who the hell benefits from that? Clapper knows it’s a lie. The politicians know it’s a lie. So who is the answer addressed to?

David2.0 on March 11, 2011 at 5:54 AM

Sen’s Levin and Graham just aren’t 2 dunces sitting up there. They see the reports and threat assessments. They get the intel briefings. They know who the real threats to America are.

David2.0 on March 11, 2011 at 6:01 AM

Clapper told the committee that Russia and China posed a mortal threat

And next week, he will include The Sith Empire, the Planet Mongo, and the Grand Duchy of Fenwick on the list of those places posing a mortal threat.

pilamaye on March 11, 2011 at 8:18 AM

This is what happens when the CEO doesn’t communicate with his staff.

They tell the truth, and that runs counter to what the CEO says.

Ooops. But, who is surprised that the CEO without any E experience would understand that?

BobMbx on March 11, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Clapper’s right, of course.

Iran and North Korea do not have the ability to deal us mortal harm. China and Russia do. That’s the only part of the equation that matters. Whether they have any intent of doing so, today, is immaterial.

JEM on March 11, 2011 at 12:26 AM

It’s NOT immaterial. Manchin asked about intent right now. China and Russia do not have the intent to do us serious damage NOW. Iran does and is doing so by arming, training and financing any who will fight against us.

Remember, Clapper thinks the Muslim Brotherhood is a less extreme version of the Rotarians. He seems to have the far left’s view of the world, the kind of view you’d read in “The Nation”. It has nothing to do with the world as it is.

theCork on March 11, 2011 at 9:35 AM

If he were being honest, he would have said that Obumba is the biggest mortal threat to the US.

Dingbat63 on March 11, 2011 at 9:46 AM

“You didn’t mention Iran or North Korea, which would have been the first two countries I would have thought of in response to that question,” Levin said. “I was really kind of taken aback almost by your answer.”…

Well, hasn’t this been the administration’s stance all along? America, Russia and China are really BIG, so they are dangerous. But Iran and North Korea are really SMALL, so it’s silly to worry about them having nuclear weapons and constantly saying that they intend to use them against us.

They’ve said this same thing a dozen different ways. Why is it still news? I suppose that’s how the media work nowadays: “Dog Bites Man,” “Actor Does Drugs,” and “Obama Administration Insane” are like the biggest stories going right now.

logis on March 11, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Antagonizing your nation’s creditor generally isn’t a good idea. Questioning whether Iran and North Korea even pose mortal threats to the United States? Even worse idea.

amerpundit on March 10, 2011 at 10:26 PM

So, a better course for you would be to roll over and play nice doggy for the Chinese? You do know they eat dogs in China, don’t you?

And “questioning” the popular wisdom on Iran and North korea is….what? Politically incorrect? At this time, neither country poses a direct, mortal threat to the US. Russia and China do. That may not be the popular ‘wisdom’, and it may be somewhat impolitic to say it in public – but it’s the truth.
And Clapper gets paid to tell the (sometimes unpleasent) truth.

Solaratov on March 11, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Here’s a ticket to think about:

Clapper/Bolton

couldn’t win but oh my what dreams…..

highninside on March 11, 2011 at 4:30 PM