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Rising Threats: Shrinking Military. Three Former Secretaries of Defense Speak Out. by The Elephant's Child


“Bret Baier talks with Mr. Obama’s three former defense secretaries, who all agree: inexperienced paranoid Obama staffers tried to micromanage the war on terror from the White House, believing that the military had it in for Obama, and shade their views to please the president. Taken together, it’s quite a damning portrait of a president deeply in over his head, and a world out of control as a result:”

In an interview with the New Yorker in 2008, the new President Obama said confidently:

I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.

That’s a quote that will continue to haunt him. But he hasn’t done a very good job of hiring aides and advisors. He has ignored the advice of the most capable, and paid too much attention to the sycophants. It’s all to easy to lap up the flattery from those who want to please, but  when capable advisors tell you that you’re making a mistake — you’d better listen.



Obama Diverting CIA Resources Away From National Security to Propping-Up Global Warming Fraud by American Elephant

Because the CIA really hasn’t got enough on their plate, and because the Obama administration has so thoroughly demonstrated what a bang-up job they’re doing with national security, Obama thinks what our intelligence services really, really need, is a new hobby to occupy all that free-time they surely must have:

The nation’s top scientists and spies are collaborating on an effort to use the federal government’s intelligence assets — including spy satellites and other classified sensors — to assess the hidden complexities of environmental change. They seek insights from natural phenomena like clouds and glaciers, deserts and tropical forests.

The collaboration restarts an effort the Bush administration shut down and has the strong backing of the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In the last year, as part of the effort, the collaborators have scrutinized images of Arctic sea ice from reconnaissance satellites in an effort to distinguish things like summer melts from climate trends, and they have had images of the ice pack declassified to speed the scientific analysis. …

The monitoring program has little or no impact on regular intelligence gathering, federal officials said, but instead releases secret information already collected or takes advantage of opportunities to record environmental data when classified sensors are otherwise idle or passing over wilderness.

Secrecy cloaks the monitoring effort, as well as the nation’s intelligence work, because the United States wants to keep foes and potential enemies in the dark about the abilities of its spy satellites and other sensors. The images that the scientific group has had declassified, for instance, have had their sharpness reduced to hide the abilities of the reconnaissance satellites.

Controversy has often dogged the use of federal intelligence gear for environmental monitoring. In October, days after the C.I.A. opened a small unit to assess the security implications of climate change, Senator John Barrasso, Republican of Wyoming, said the agency should be fighting terrorists, “not spying on sea lions.”

Now, with the intelligence world under fire after the attempted airliner bombing on Christmas Day, and with the monitoring program becoming more widely known, such criticism seems likely to grow.

Notice how the Times so authoritatively states that the very Director of the Central Intelligence Agency himself approves! Strongly! That sounds so official! And important! Central! And intelligent!

What they fail to mention is that the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency is not some career intelligence expert, but a lifelong Democrat political hack by the name of Leon Panetta who has absolutely no experience with the intelligence community whatsoever and was appointed by the man whose policies he is defending. Nor do they mention that as Director, he is the bonehead who directed them to divert their time and attention in the first place.

The undie-bomber’s near success, despite the fact that the Obama administration was directly warned of such tactics months ago, should divest anyone of the mistaken impression that it is a good idea, or even appropriate, for the CIA to spend any time whatsoever searching for new polar bear pics for Al Gore’s next Power Point presentation.

(h/t Hot Air)




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