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Obama Would Make a Good CIA Director in a Perry Administration

posted at 8:50 pm on August 28, 2011 by

Now I’ll grant that the idea of progressive hope and change candidate Obama as head of the nation’s spy agency sounds strange to the ear, but news of another Al Qaeda leader’s death in Pakistan has me thinking that–whatever his failures in other important areas like the economy, foreign policy, etc.–Barack Obama has a knack for killing people abroad who threaten the US. A few highlights:

  • April 2009 – In the first few months of his administration, Obama sent a team of SEALs to kill Somali pirates who’d taken a ship’s captain hostage. Three pirates were shot in the head, one was captured alive.
  • August 2009 – Drones kill militant Baitullah Mehsud along with his wife and family.
  • October 2009 – Abu Ayyub al-Masri an Al Qaeda explosives expert is killed in Pakistan.
  • March 2010 – Hussein al-Yemeni an Al Qaeda planner is killed by a drone strike.
  • May 2010 – Saeed al-Masri, Al Qaeda’s 3rd in command is killed by drone strikes.
  • June 2010 – Al Qaeda leader Abu Ahmed Tarkash is killed in a drone strike.
  • April 2011 – Obama authorizes a SEAL mission that kills Osama bin Laden.
  • June 2011 – Suspected senior Al Qaeda operative Ilyas Kashmiri is killed in a drone strike in Pakistan.
  • August 2011 – Drones kill the aforementioned Atiyah Abd al-Rahman.

Since taking office Obama’s drone strikes have reportedly killed at least 1,300 in Pakistan, most of them terrorists. This is up substantially from the number of drone strikes under President Bush. And of course the death of Osama bin Laden is all the qualification he needs. The fact that Obama is a progressive won’t make much difference running drone strikes from Langley. It hasn’t seemed to in the last three years and that’s too his credit.

There would be political advantages to having Obama in a position like this as well. Under Bush, the left threw fits over the legality of the CIA’s attempts to keep us safe. No doubt Obama’s increased drone strikes would have been seen as the work of a lawless, imperial presidency had they been undertaken by Bush. But Obama, for the most part has been given a pass because of his domestic politics. (Another case in point, the invasion of Libya which would have caused liberal heads to explode if Bush had tried it.) Rick Perry, should he win the White House, will certainly face a resurgent, anti-war left. Placing Obama in the driver’s seat of our covert military response to terrorism would help insulate Perry from those attacks.

Whatever his failings, and they are legion when it comes to getting America back to work, Barack Obama has given the CIA the kind of free reign abroad that Dick Cheney only dreamed about. Should Obama lose the 2012 election, there’s no reason he can’t continue to serve where his service will do the nation the most good.

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But he would have to work, and not golf. So this is a non-starter.

NaCly dog on August 28, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Should Obama lose the 2012 election, there’s no reason he can’t continue to serve where his service will do the nation the most good.

Yeah, why shouldn’t he be allowed to serve as a landmine tester?

;-}

Uncle Sams Nephew on August 28, 2011 at 9:48 PM

How about something in the federal prison system?

justltl on August 28, 2011 at 10:37 PM

I would prefer him not having anything to do with the government at all. Unless it has to do with justltl’s suggestion.

JohnTheBuilder on August 28, 2011 at 10:52 PM

NaCly dog on August 28, 2011 at 9:01 PM

ding ding ding….

cmsinaz on August 28, 2011 at 11:05 PM

You’re giving Obama the credit for other people’s work.

single stack on August 29, 2011 at 4:16 AM

Kinda thinking along the same lines, just a bit more up front and personal, say, Lone Wolf Sniper in Warziristan. Just take away his mom-jeans.

Robert17 on August 29, 2011 at 6:57 AM

October 2009 – Abu Ayyub al-Masri an Al Qaeda explosives expert is killed in Pakistan.

Abuayyub al-Masri or AAM was leader of AQI, killed in Iraq not Pakistan

joe99jpn on August 29, 2011 at 8:38 AM

What the hell is wrong with you?

This guy needs to be sent packing back to Chicago ASAP.

Get him the hell away from national power of any sort whatsoever.

Retirement. It’s the only answer to this problem.

Brian1972 on August 29, 2011 at 9:32 AM

He couldn’t direct someone to the john.

Kissmygrits on August 29, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Barack Obama has given the CIA the kind of free reign abroad that Dick Cheney only dreamed about.

So…. you want want him to be more involved? If the reason for the CIA’s success is because he allowed them to proceed without his interference, why ruin it by dumping him there giving him second only real job? Sheesh.

Should Obama lose the 2012 election, there’s no reason he can’t continue to serve where his service will do the nation the most good.

There are plenty of reasons why he needs to be out of government, and they far outweigh any positives. He’s better suited for complete retirement. Barring that the UN looks like an appropriate place for him – after we finally come to our senses and pull out.

Cody1991 on August 29, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Wouldn’t the director of the CIA need something..um… like intelligence? Anyone? Anyone?.. Bueller?

Zorg on August 29, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Brian1972 on August 29, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Cody1991 on August 29, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Shh… I think it’s satire. ;-)

But actually, it’s a brilliant idea. Consider this: What’s Obama going to do with himself after January 2013? Go back to Chicago and be a humble professor lecturer again? No way. Be a (non-practicing) lawyer again? Don’t think so — IIRC, he was disbarred.

So will he retire? Not a chance. He (and particularly Me-me-me-chelle), having tasted the highest of high life, aren’t going to want to go back to their original lifestyle, even as posh as that was. So that means he’ll have to find every possible way to continue to get in our faces and stay there. And you know what that means: Every talk show. Every lecture circuit. Millions of acres of rainforest chopped down to publish rafts of ghost-ridden books criticizing every successor administration.

In other words, he will never, never, never shut up. Never. And if he does pause to draw breath, Me-me-me-chelle will jump into the breach — and, eventually, those dear little girls, who never asked for any of this, will probably grow up to be exactly like mom and dad (heavy sigh).

So how is the country going to deal with this battery of loose cannons? Since we can’t drop them in an oubliette, for our own good, we’ll have to suck it up and pension them all off with high-paying but low-visibility jobs. The directorate of the CIA is no sinecure, but it does come with beaucoup restrictions on one’s ability to address the public.

Mary in LA on August 29, 2011 at 3:29 PM

ghost-ridden ghost-written, I mean. Though that’s an interesting Freudian slip: Obama as “ghost in the machine.”

Mary in LA on August 29, 2011 at 3:33 PM