This is about as transparent as it gets. Obama’s health care plan is self-destructing, his own liberal base is falling away, and all of a sudden the Obama White House and a following-like-a-puppy mainline media is redirecting our attention to why we should supposedly be angry at the CIA so we won’t think about why we should be angry at Obama’s attempt to take over our health care. As reported:
The US attorney general, Eric Holder, is poised to order a special criminal investigation into CIA agents who may have gone too far in the interrogation of al-Qaida and other suspects taken after the 9/11 attacks, it emerged today.
Holder’s intention to push ahead with an investigation came on the day that the CIA was ordered by the court to release hundreds of pages of previously hidden documents detailing how interrogations were conducted.
The attorney general’s imminent decision to order the investigation runs counter to the wishes of the CIA director, Leon Panetta, who was appointed by Barack Obama, and has argued in favour of looking forward rather than back.
Leon Panetta apparently didn’t react well to the Democrats’ ideological and politically timed demonization of his agency:
Obama White House v. CIA; Panetta Threatened to Quit
Tensions Lead to CIA Director’s “Screaming Match” at the White House
By MATTHEW COLE, RICHARD ESPOSITO and BRIAN ROSS
August 24, 2009
A “profanity-laced screaming match” at the White House involving CIA Director Leon Panetta, and the expected release today of another damning internal investigation, has administration officials worrying about the direction of its newly-appoint intelligence team, current and former senior intelligence officials tell ABC News.com.
Amid reports that Panetta had threatened to quit just seven months after taking over at the spy agency, other insiders tell ABCNews.com that senior White House staff members are already discussing a possible shake-up of top national security officials.
“You can expect a larger than normal turnover in the next year,” a senior adviser to Obama on intelligence matters told ABCNews.com.
It is fitting that Obama would decide to unleash this show-trial investigation just days after this tearjerker of a moment when Libyan leader Gaddafi treated a terrorist bomber to a hero’s welcome and embraced him:
Come on, America! THAT’S how to treat a terrorist!!!
Rather than ask tough questions of terrorists, like Obama now wants to criminalize, it is apparently far better to just let them go, like Scotland did with the Lockerbie Pan Am Flight 103 bomber. He murdered 270 people, including 189 Americans. Eleven days per murdered victim seems perfectly appropriate.
Don’t you dare be tough on these poor, poor terrorists. Come on, demonstrate your liberalism by showing that famous brand of misplaced egalitarian compassion for the terrorist.
It doesn’t matter if waterboarding saved lives. It doesn’t matter if Khalid Sheik Mohammed – who had previously refused to cooperate – turned into a human Rolodex of terrorists after a few sessions on the waterboard. It doesn’t matter if the very memo that Eric Holder claims to be basing his “investigation” on said that “the program was considered an ‘absolute success.’”
Right now, Obama intelligence officials are engaging in shouting matches, and the morale at the CIA is at a thirty year low according to at least six agency insiders. As one retired case officer says, “We’ve gone from chasing the bad guys to being portrayed as the bad guys ourselves.”
The CIA is no longer trusted to interrogate terrorists. Now, the White House will be taking over:
WASHINGTON — The White House says it will directly supervise a new unit that is being set up to interrogate high value terror detainees. The announcement came Monday as the Obama administration named a federal prosecutor who will investigate past cases of detainee mistreatment.
For years, the Central Intelligence Agency stood at the forefront of U.S. efforts to extract information from terror suspects in the post-9/11 era. That role is changing, according to White House spokesman Bill Burton.
But oh, happy, happy day for jihadist murderers the world over who may chance to hear from Samantha Power’s own lovely lips: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney present during questioning. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you. Do you understand these rights?”
Obama might as well just abolish the CIA and be done with it. He’s gutted their effectiveness as an organization by now.
[Michael] Steele also suggested that the timing was suspicious. “Now this becomes a part of the national focus and debate while we try to deal with their failure to address sufficiently, and I think smartly, the health care issue that the nation is currently confronted with,” he said, adding that “every time they find themselves up against the wall…they find a boogey man.”
“They want to make George Bush and his administration a continual boogey man and at this point I say. ‘Get over it, move on.’ ”
But what Michael Steele doesn’t realize is that Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats are one-trick ponies. All they’ve GOT is demagoguery; and if that fails, they’re left with pumping sunshine. They have to keep demagoguing and demonizing every single scapegoat they can find, because otherwise the American people will see how incompetent Democrats actually are.
Obama is desperate, and he’s flailing around for anything that might change the downward-spiralling dynamic. He’s hoping that he can convince his base that he isn’t the sellout they increasingly sense he is so that they’ll put their weight behind him, and he’s closing his eyes and rolling the dice.
Let’s just hope that the dice don’t turn up the snake eyes of a major terrorist attack.
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