Leon Panetta is the least of this administration’s problems.
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Turkey’s descent into Islamic radicalism is slowed only by its once-secular military and by the cultural separation between Turkish and Arab peoples.
In Egypt, that cultural separation doesn’t exist. Its military could prevent an Islamist government from taking hold. But that task is made immensely more difficult by Obama’s efforts to legitimize the Brotherhood and by Clapper’s bizarre statement.
Facts are all that matter in intelligence and analysis. Digging for facts, stealing them whenever possible, is the job of Clapper, Panetta and everyone working for them. An intelligence agency’s job is done when it produces timely, accurate and well-analyzed facts to policy makers.
If an intelligence analyst or his boss imposes a political judgment on the facts before they are passed on to the policymaker, he is betraying his duty. And when an intelligence boss embraces his boss’s political goals in disregard of the facts, as Clapper did, he is betraying the people who work for him.
Spies and intelligence analysts are people. They must believe that their hard work — some working at great personal risk — is valued by their bosses. To them, it matters little what the policymakers decide based on the intelligence they produce. When they hear a Director of National Intelligence speaking as if he were a White House spinmeister, they cannot trust that their work is taken seriously.
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mi) is the new chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He’s a former FBI agent, which means he’s fact-oriented and methodical. Rogers should convene a series of hearings to determine how deep the political rot has penetrated our intelligence agencies.
There are a lot of problems besetting our intelligence community but none of them can be fixed without first curing the political infection that prevents them from functioning effectively. For Rogers, that must be Job #1.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?