It seems so long since Obama promised to remake the world, doesn’t it? Yes, I think there are still people who believe that, but unfortunately those people are radical Islamists.

Obama’s “Big World Makeover, Hope & Change Edition” was supposed to be implemented by filling his administration with the best and the brightest theoreticians from only the finest institutions of higher education in the world. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened.

A couple of examples from just this week…

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, the same one who had to be informed by Diane Sawyer about terrorist arrests in the UK, referred to the Muslim Brotherhood as a “largely secular organization,” leading me to believe that maybe Clapper should be replaced at least in the interim by Diane Sawyer.

The administration later “clarified” Clapper’s remarks. Why? Isn’t Clapper just doing what the boss requires by talking nicey-nice about radical Islam? Or even refusing to even say “radical Islam” in some instances?

Andrew McCarthy: There’s willful blindness and then there’s willful stupidity.

We’ve got Janet Napolitano lecturing Walmart shoppers on “if you see something say something” and yet she often sits in the same office with people who couldnt’ or wouldn’t recognize a predator if it were in the middle of devouring them whole. Instead let’s fill Obama’s “intelligence community” with Walmart shoppers and we’d probably have people with a far better ability to spot a threat than the “best and the brightest” PC-bots there now.

Prior to Clapper’s testimony, CIA Director Leon Panetta displayed the kind of information only a real insider could have access to:

The administration appeared as taken aback by Mr. Mubarak’s speech as the crowds in Tahrir Square. The director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Leon E. Panetta, testified before the House of Representatives on Thursday morning that there was a “strong likelihood” that Mr. Mubarak would step down by the end of the day.

American officials said Mr. Panetta was basing his statement not on secret intelligence but on media broadcasts, which began circulating before he sat down before the House Intelligence Committee.

So, for at least a day, the Director of the CIA was CNN and Al Jazeera. Nice.

A couple of years ago, I featured this prediction about Leon Panetta’s first day on the job, and he hasn’t disappointed:


To top it all off, the Obama administration said that their message on Egypt has been consistent (???), which is true, provided you’re the type of person who also considered Sybil to be well balanced.

Back to Clapper calling the Muslim Brotherhood “largely secular,” David Burgh of Iowahawk has the tweet of the day:



21 Responses to “Intelligence Takes a Holiday”

  1. sizemorew on February 11th, 2011 12:29 pm

    Nice to see that only the best and brightest fill this administration's seats. Obviously a secular organization would have list a religion in its name. Makes total sense.

  2. SignPainterGuy on February 11th, 2011 12:37 pm

    By this admin`s standards, sure, absolutely !

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  4. OK_Loyalist on February 11th, 2011 12:48 pm

    I'm sorry, I can only think of this when I think of Clapper ….

  5. OK_Loyalist on February 11th, 2011 1:12 pm
  6. SignPainterGuy on February 11th, 2011 1:26 pm

    My immediate second thought is of the inventor of the first practical indoor flushing toilet, a Mr Crapper !

  7. SignPainterGuy on February 11th, 2011 12:58 pm

    I`m reminded of a line from a James Bond movie; "M" states flatly, "Unlike the Americans, we prefer not to get our intelligence from CNN !" It seems we did exactly that for a period of time during Gulf War 1….

    Walmart shoppers have been "seeing things" and "saying something" for a long time now – with their cameras, and posting what they saw online for all to see, perhaps knowing DHS would mis-handle the intel ! In so many cases, Doug is correct, what is once seen cannot be un-seen ! (violent shudders)

    Gary Larson`s work was meant to be comical; in that he was immensely successful, and contrary to that of the CIA, his was brilliant !

    Our local Shriners no longer use gokarts (they must have shrunk in the wash), they now use scooters and mini-bikes !

  8. CDL on February 11th, 2011 1:34 pm

    The Shriners around here have a car that does a wheely and backfires loud enough to scare the buhjeezus out of you.

  9. SignPainterGuy on February 11th, 2011 1:57 pm

    Sometime in the early `70s, our local Shriners paid a tremendous sum for one of those way over-decorated Philippino Jeeps (can`t remember the real name for the "art") that would do wheelies if mis-loaded ! Haven`t seen it for a while !

  10. Marshall_Will on February 11th, 2011 2:16 pm

    Why.. ( I stole my first kiss from Mrs. Will in the back of one of these! ) JFTR, Filipinos -really- frown on PDA's but young sailors assume that it didn't 'apply' to them? Both, works of art.

  11. SignPainterGuy on February 11th, 2011 3:47 pm

    Yeah, Jeepney, that`s it ! I`m not sure if the builder stretched the wheelbase, but it had a tremendous rear overhang…someone installed a mini-beer keg "dragster fuel tank" filled w/ lead or steel shot on the front frame to prevent the wheelies !

    Thanks M_W !

  12. Marshall_Will on February 11th, 2011 4:07 pm

    Sadly, they are becoming part of their past. The little 4-cyl. diesels -belched- smoke constantly. Many cities elected not to renew the driver's permit. Same w/ those equally colorful "tricycles". ( Wing… ning-ning-ning! )

    The smog was so thick during the Dry Season, you felt you could almost 'walk' on it! Rural areas still use them but they're going the way of running boards I'm afraid.

    It was a social thing. You'd board as strangers and leave as friends. I got to know everyone on the route to the Base. Pvt. vehicles were few and far between. Even millionaires rode these contraptions!

  13. Marshall_Will on February 11th, 2011 1:38 pm

    It's fairly obvious why the Hope & Change Holiday Edition rolls on. The radical Left firmly believes -any- support of Israel is a waste of foreign aid and only further entagles us in Mid-Eastern conflicts. Installing a hostile gov't next door places the Jews very existence in peril.

    ( Like, wouldn't life be so much simpler if the Jews just… "went away"? ) Then we could focus on more important Social Justice Agenda issues like gay marriage and free abortion-on-demand!

    In reverse.., I've unfortunately found myself in MM's very situation. You're reluctant to speak up in defense of your spouse's own people for fear of being labeled "blinded by bias"/pillow talk etc. I can't TELL you how many times I've had to sit thru down-dressings of Filipinos. But at some point, enough is enough, time to come out swinging!

  14. CDL on February 11th, 2011 1:47 pm

    Note to J-Nap: I saw an illegal alien at Wal-Mart, does that count?

    Remember when you could read a spy novel and actually believe those guys could do those amazing things?

    Most of them probably still can if they could ever get past all the paperwork you know they have to file now.

    I'm sure they have to get pre-approved for everything they do.

    Some bureaucrat probably has to sign off beforehand to make sure the "action" of the spy doesn't hurt some endangered species or violate the almight PC.

  15. CDL on February 11th, 2011 1:50 pm


  16. nannykins on February 11th, 2011 2:01 pm

    All I keep thinking about is the question that was posed during the presidential debates "it's 3 am and the hot phone rings – who do you want to answer that call"? Well it seems that no one in this administration, including the two democrats who were vying for the office, Zero and Shillary, picked up the 3 am phone call. They slept thru it, didn't bother to listen to the voice message and then all went out and commented on the Egypt situation – making the US look like complete f&%king fools and idiots.

  17. SignPainterGuy on February 11th, 2011 2:05 pm

    nannykins for Nat`l Intel. Dir. – 2013 !! Your obviously paying better attn. and comprehending what you see / hear than anyone currently tasked with the job !!

  18. Marshall_Will on February 11th, 2011 2:19 pm


    ( That's what the Delete button is FOR! )

    Sheesh, yes, if that's who is picking up then we'd rather it go to voicemail.

  19. nannykins on February 11th, 2011 4:28 pm

    If I could hit a delete button and O'Dumbo, Bite Me and Shillary and Company go away – I would!!! If only it was that easy!

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  21. archer52 on February 12th, 2011 11:55 pm

    The MB in Egypt was secular for ONE REASON- Mubarak's people exiled or killed the radical element in the MB. As soon as he is gone, those still alive will return.

    It's like saying the kitchen has no roaches not because its dirty but because we've sprayed. As soon as the spraying stops that garbage filled area will teem with radical roaches. You watch.

    Remember, Sadat was murdered by MB's who were Egyptians.


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