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Obama Buckles to the Far Left December 23, 2008

Posted by neoavatara in Politics, World Politics.
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Barack Obama showed that he is susceptible to the far left in his pick of his pick from the Chief of Central Intelligence.   John Brennan, Obama’s chief intelligence adviser and anticipated CIA chief, was recently forced to withdraw his name. There was no drumbeat of opposition to Brennan from the front pages or on cable. Rather, the pick was torpedoed by the blogosphere. 

“Apparently there is a lot of pressure on the Obama team from a blog saying that Brennan couldn’t be made the director of the CIA because he was involved in torture and renditions, which he wasn’t,” said Mark Lowenthal, former assistant CIA director. 

The turn of events only emphasizes the influence of the Internet on the operation of a president-elect whose campaign was powered in large part by the Web. 

The turn of events only emphasizes the influence of the Internet on the operation of a president-elect whose campaign was powered in large part by the Web. 

“Blogs do have significant influence,” said blogger Glenn Greenwald, one of those critical of Brennan. “I think the Obama team would be foolish if they just ignored what happened on blogs, and I know for a fact that there are people high up in the Obama campaign and now the transition team who read blogs regularly.” 

As a result, say knowledgeable sources, the Obama transition team pushed Brennan to withdraw his name. “Their knees buckled,” one intelligence veteran said. 

Brennan, amazingly enough, was a Bush policy critic.    Brennan wrote to Obama, in his letter to Barack Obama, “It has been immaterial to the critics that I have been a strong opponent of many of the policies of the Bush administration such as the preemptive war in Iraq and coercive interrogation tactics, to include waterboarding”  And Brennan said that as a result of his opposition to Bush policies, he was “twice considered for more senior-level positions in the current administration only to be rebuffed by the White House.”   In that sense, it would seem Brennan was the perfect man for a job with Obama — but not good enough for the critics.

Others in opposition Brennan’s support for rendition and “all of the other enhanced interrogation techniques beyond waterboarding” makes him “unqualified” for the job.  Intelligence veterans, however, say that sets an impossible standard. 

“If you were involved in a senior position in the intelligence community during the war on terror, you can’t be nominated for another senior position,” Lowenthal said.

It is sad to see Mr. Obama cave to the ridiculousness of the far left.  Instead, it is likely he will pick an outsider to run the C.I.A., at a time when expertise is needed.

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