Sympathy for the Devil

Liberals Make Friends With Their Greatest Enemy: The CIA

In his article, “The Deep State Goes to War With President-Elect, as Democrats Cheer,” Glenn Greenwald warns the Democrats may come to regret their alliance with the CIA.

But cheering for the CIA and its shadowy allies to unilaterally subvert the U.S. election and impose its own policy dictates on the elected president is both warped and self-destructive. Empowering the very entities that have produced the most shameful atrocities and systemic deceit over the last six decades is desperation of the worst kind. Demanding that evidence-free, anonymous assertions be instantly venerated as Truth — despite emanating from the very precincts designed to propagandize and lie — is an assault on journalism, democracy, and basic human rationality. And casually branding domestic adversaries who refuse to go along as traitors and disloyal foreign operatives is morally bankrupt and certain to backfire on those doing it.

 

Greenwald points out that the Democrats are joining the very same organization that suggested a meeting between Iraqi intelligence officials and the 9-11 hijackers occurred prior to 9-11, the very same organization that claimed irrefutable proof that the Iraqi regime held weapons of mass destruction. No proof has ever been found for either of these claims.

During the 2016 election the CIA backed Clinton over Trump. In August 2016 former CIA Director Michael Morell announced his support of Hillary Clinton in a New York Times Op-Ed piece. Gen Michael Hayden, former NSA and CIA Director under George W. Bush, posted an Op-Ed in the Washington Post just days before the election in which he criticized Trump for being critical of US intelligence, writing “Rejecting a fact-based intelligence assessment — not because of compelling contrarian data, but because it is inconsistent with a preexisting worldview — that’s the stuff of ideological authoritarianism, not pragmatic democracy. And it is frightening.” This comes from the same guy who in a February 2016 interview with NPR blamed the Intelligence Community for the existence of WMD in Iraq. “It was our intelligence estimates” that were incorrect, “We were wrong. It was a clean swing and a miss. It was our fault.”

Wow talk about tactless. Is it too late to nominate Hayden for Worst Quote of 2016? “It was a clean swing and a miss,” as if invading and occupying Iraq was a baseball game that the CIA blew. Tell that to the 4,497 killed and 32,000 wounded US servicemen and women in Iraq and their families, not to mention the countless civilians killed in the war.

Dems Welcome Their Deep State Overlords

Greenwald believes the CIA supported Hillary Clinton’s nomination because she had plans to intensify the CIA-backed war in Syria that the Obama administration had opposed. “It is not hard to understand why the CIA preferred Clinton over Trump. Clinton was critical of Obama for restraining the CIA’s proxy war in Syria and was eager to expand that war, while Trump denounced it. Clinton clearly wanted a harder line than Obama took against the CIA’s long-standing foes in Moscow, while Trump wanted improved relations and greater cooperation. In general, Clinton defended and intended to extend the decadeslong international military order on which the CIA and Pentagon’s preeminence depends, while Trump — through a still-uncertain mix of instability and extremist conviction — posed a threat to it.”

Greenwald makes the case that whatever his faults, Trump won a free election. “Whatever one’s views are on those debates, it is the democratic framework — the presidential election, the confirmation process, congressional leaders, judicial proceedings, citizen activism and protest, civil disobedience — that should determine how they are resolved. All of those policy disputes were debated out in the open; the public heard them; and Trump won. Nobody should crave the rule of Deep State overlords.”

But that’s exactly what liberals are doing now by avidly courting the CIA. In a Jan 3 interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Senator Charles Schumer warned Trump there would be consequences for his daring to take on the intelligence establishment. “Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.” Greenwald  adds, “And last night, many Democrats openly embraced and celebrated what was, so plainly, an attempt by the Deep State to sabotage an elected official who had defied it: ironically, its own form of blackmail.”

Greenwald counsels, “The threat of being ruled by unaccountable and unelected entities is self-evident and grave. That’s especially true when the entity behind which so many are rallying is one with a long and deliberate history of lying, propaganda, war crimes, torture, and the worst atrocities imaginable.”

We’ve come a long way from the sit-ins and protests against CIA recruitment on college campuses, and it’s rather amazing watching liberals celebrate today the very same institution they vilified for war crimes and atrocities just yesterday. But the Right must heed Greenwald’s warnings too. 13 years ago we were ready to believe anything and everything our spooks cooked up about Iraq, all of which turned out to be false. The organization then leaked like a sieve to undermine the Bush administration to deflect blame for its failure in order to protect itself.

The CIA is attempting to overthrow a free election all because it didn’t get what it wanted: support for a proxy war in Syria. Evidently the Agency has a very short memory. 30 years ago it had funding and complete support for a proxy war in another Islamic country: Afghanistan. There it showered money and weapons on “our guys” the Mujahadin, one of whom would in less than a decade become infamous: Osama Bin Laden.

Trump should withdraw his nominee to head it and instead set about dismantling the agency.

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