The Brennan post-mortem
As we mentioned, the Senate confirmed John Brennan as CIA director, and Senator Rand Paul got his answer about the drone strikes.
As we have seen, Rand Paul’s filibuster was ONLY about the drone strikes and about the corrupt and tyrannical Justice Department under Eric Holder – and not truly about the ill-advised appointment of John Brennan.
Rand Paul believes that a president has the right to his nominees. I wholeheartedly disagree.
By nature, I take a much harder line than Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, or anybody else I know. Maybe that’s why I’m not in politics. The compromises that every politician makes to move up the political ladder in a deeply corrupt system only make the system even more corrupt. You can’t touch tar without getting your hands dirty, and that’s not for me.
I can see a few good reasons why Sen. Rand Paul chose not to incorporate John Brennan’s obvious unsuitability for the CIA post into his filibuster. He was carrying on the filibuster nearly alone, with some assistance from Sen. Ted Cruz, so there was only so much he could accomplish.
Both the Senate and the public would have been confused, had Sen. Paul filibustered about two contentious issue at the same time. It would have diluted his message. Both the drone strikes and the Brennan appointment were important issues; he had to focus on one if he hoped to win anything at all.
In his assertion that a president has the right to his nominees, Sen. Paul may have been thinking ahead to the day when he runs for president himself, when he will want to have his nominees confirmed without endless political battles. Or he may simply have wanted to put a good face on the fact that it would have been very difficult to get enough votes in the Senate to reject the Brennan nomination.
Any, and every, Obama appointee is guaranteed to be flat-out EVIL. That means if the Senate rejects an appointee or pressures the Obama administration into withdrawing the appointment, he will simply put forth someone else who will be no better.
With that in mind, NONE of Obama’s appointees should be confirmed. If that means those federal agencies can’t do much for the next four years, that’s all to the good, compared to what will happen when Obama gets his way.
Why did we even have this conversation? It was a bad idea from the get-go to set up the CIA under civilian control. The CIA has not been very successful in collecting and interpreting foreign intelligence and delivering what is vitally important in a timely manner. Its counterintelligence is full of holes; there are Muslim Brotherhood moles all over the place, and our computer networks are subject to foreign hacking and espionage. Its covert operations have resulted in any number of high-profile failures. EPIC FAIL. It’s time to put foreign intelligence, counterintelligence, and covert ops back under the control of the armed services, where they originally were.
Says one of my correspondents:
Kerry, Hagel & Brennan are all unmitigated disasters who should not have been confirmed under any circumstances by the Senate. The drone issue was not the only one for Brennan … he is apparently a closet convert to Islam who fully admires our sworn enemies, the Muslim Brotherhood, and who thinks that “jihad is a legitimate tenet of Islam.” This is worse than the wolf guarding the sheep. This is the shepherd betraying the sheep and abandoning them to the ravenous wolves.
When Obama security adviser John Brennan was sworn into office as chief of the Central Intelligence Agency, he put his hand not on a Bible or a Torah or a Quran, but on a copy of the Constitution – before it included the Bill of Rights…
Caitlin Halligan, general counsel for Manhattan’s district attorney’s office, was nominated in 2010 to fill a vacancy on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and has been re-nominated four times since then. A cloture vote to move forward with her nomination failed 54-45 in 2011. The presidential judicial appointments – by custom – should be taken under consideration by the Senate, but not this one. For starters, Halligan is a pro-abortion, anti-gun zealot, who just received the support of Sen. Lindsey Graham.
As Paul Mirengoff of PowerLine wrote yesterday, Halligan would be more of an activist, than a judge…
John Guandolo is the former FBI agent who broke the story that Obama’s nominee for CIA director, John Brennan, converted to Islam while in Saudi Arabia — which would explain why he is so hospitable to the Muslim Brotherhood. Last Wednesday on my ABN show, I interviewed John Guandolo. [Video at the link.]