Tuesday, February 9, 2010

National Insecurity: John Brennan and “serving the goals of Al Qaeda”

Today Assistant National Security Advisor John Brennan penned a ridiculous Op-Ed in USA Today.  In it he charges that those opposing the administration’s foolish handing of the Panty Bomber are “serving the goals of Al Qaeda” and that they are doing so strictly for political reasons.

Here are the highlights (or lowlights if you will) from the Op-Ed: 
Politics should never get in the way of national security. But too many in Washington are now misrepresenting the facts to score political points, instead of coming together to keep us safe.
It's naive to think that transferring Abdulmutallab to military custody would have caused an outpouring of information. There is little difference between military and civilian custody, other than an interrogator with a uniform. The suspect gets access to a lawyer, and interrogation rules are nearly identical.
Politically motivated criticism and unfounded fear-mongering only serve the goals of al-Qaeda. Terrorists are not 100-feet tall. Nor do they deserve the abject fear they seek to instill. They will, however, be dismantled and destroyed, by our military, our intelligence services and our law enforcement community. And the notion that America's counterterrorism professionals and America's system of justice are unable to handle these murderous miscreants is absurd. [MORE] 
Lets start with the first quote. I am surprised that Brennan would bring up playing politics with national security when he himself has been play “cover your ass” from the get go. Americans would feel far safer under Brennan’s leadership if he was as diligent fighting Al Qaeda as he was playing CYA.

Brennan’s notion that the only difference between trying terrorists in criminal court vs. a military tribunal is an interrogator, shows that he does not have a full understanding of the issue at hand. Isn’t cost one of the reasons why NYC officials do not want the KSM trial in Manhattan? It is way cheaper to hold a military tribunal at Gitmo than to have a show trial in New York. Given our alarming debt, one would think that saving pennies would be a chief concern for all administration officials. 

What is absurd about Bennan’s closing remarks is that he thinks the administration’s security team is up to snuff. The only reason why Brennan wrote this piece is because people on both sides of the aisle are starting to question the competence of these so-called security professionals.

Obama would do well to clean house with his security team. Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano and John Brennan have repeatedly shown themselves to incompetent clowns of the first order.

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