Intelligence Takes a Holiday

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:


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