You can bomb a country into submission and chaos, leaving dead and wounded from shore to shore, and that might be counted as a “mistake in judgment”; but using a few loaded words—or in this case—criticizing an intelligence agency—is an earthshaking event that could make the planet spin off-course…
Case in point…
The lame-duck outgoing CIA director, John Brennan, lectured Donald Trump Sunday, on FOX.
Trump has repeatedly called for a better relationship between the U.S. and Putin’s government. He suggested in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Friday that he’d consider easing the latest sanctions on Russia.”
“I think he has to be mindful that he does not have a full appreciation and understanding of what the implications are of going down that road,” Brennan said.
The CIA chief roundly denounced Trump’s approach to Russia and other national security threats, suggesting the president-elect has much to understand before he can make informed decisions on such matters.
“The world is watching now what Trump says and listening very carefully. If he doesn’t have confidence in the [US] intelligence community, what signal does that send to our partners and allies as well as our adversaries?” Brennan said.
Mr. Brennan, the signal was sent to our partners, allies, and adversaries decades ago:
The CIA is a criminal agency.
Is that clear enough?
Long ago, the CIA criminally stepped outside its mandate, in order to shape world events it had no business participating in. Is that clear enough?
In that regard, do these names and phrases mean anything to you, Mr. Brennan?
(Note to readers: if this list of names and phrases doesn’t ring any CIA bells, a refresher course is in order.)
* The Gehlen Org.
* Operation Gladio.
* Operation CHAOS.
* Nugan Hand Bank.
* BCCI Bank.
* Golden Triangle. Asian heroin.
* Air America.
* Central American cocaine. Mena.
* The Contras.
* Henry Luce. William Paley. Arthur Sulzberger. Operation Mockingbird.
* Overthrow of Mohammed Mossadegh (Iran).
* Overthrow of Jacobo Arbenz (Guatemala).
* Murder of Patrice Lumumba (Congo).
* Bay of Pigs.
* Diem assassination.
* Rafael Trujillo assassination.
* Sukarno. Suharto.
* East Timor genocide.
* Military coup—Greece.
* Gulf of Tonkin.
* Operation Phoenix.
* Laos bombing.
* The Khmer Rouge.
* El Salvador death squads.
On and on it goes…
See Mark Zepezauer’s book. The CIA’s Greatest Hits.
Overthrow, assassination, regime change, mind control, covert war, mass destruction, drugs, financial theft, co-opting the press…
Do you recall any of this, Mr. Brennan?
Trump (or any president) is sending a negative signal about the US intelligence community to our friends, allies, and adversaries? Are you kidding, Mr. Brennan? Are you telling some kind of inside joke?
People all over the world have known, for decades, what the CIA has been doing.
And you’re worried about the effect of a little tweak from Trump?
The murderous history of the CIA has been a cat out of the bag for a long, long time.
Professional amnesia may be your friend, Mr. Brennan, but it doesn’t convince the victims and targets of your agency’s actions since 1948.