NEW YORK – The US political elite and life time politicians, Democrats and Republicans alike refuse to come to grips with the reality that President-elect Donald J. Trump has no plans to do business as usual in Washington.
President-Elect Trump’s recent dust-up with the Central Intelligence Agency demonstrates how he’s reducing the influence and power of government bureaucrats — and why they don’t like it.
In an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, Trump dared to criticize the CIA, by stating he didn’t believe the claim that the Russian government hacked the Democratic National Committee email system to help him win the election.
“I think it’s just another excuse. I don’t believe it,” Trump said.
Predictably, the liberal news media went bonkers. But the CIA, Democrat and Republican career politicians whose power and livelihood depends upon their influence also blew their stacks over Trump’s comments.
“It’s concerning that intelligence on Russian actions related to the U.S. election is being dismissed out of hand as false or politically partisan. The inclination to ignore such intelligence and impugn the integrity of the U.S intelligence officials is contrary to all that is sacred to national security professionals who work day and night to protect this country,” wrote the CIA in a statement to the Wall Street Journal.
Trump’s questioning the CIA’s conclusion isn’t impugning.
What the CIA is really mad about is Trump put the agency on notice that they’re fired from being the sacred cow on intelligence gathering, and he’s not going to rely solely on the CIA for information.
Let’s not forget that former President George W. Bush went to war with Iraq based on an intelligence assessment drafted by the CIA, just months prior to the March 2003 US invasion of Iraq, asserting that Saddam Hussein harbored an active weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) cache has been thoroughly debunked time and again
In a February 2003 appearance before the U.N. Security Council to make the case for confronting Iraq, Secretary of State Colin Powell declared that his accusations about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) were based on “solid intelligence” from the CIA.
Even after the deaths of more than 4,000 US soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians, CIA officials have never publicly taken responsibility for getting the pre-war intelligence so wrong.
When intelligence agencies fail to correctly interpret the information in their disposal, the consequences can be both dramatic and devastating.
Since when did the CIA become an agency above reproach? I thought the CIA, like all other agencies, serve the commander-in-chief?
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan praised the CIA and blasted Russia as America’s enemy. But neither gentleman asked why the CIA did nothing to predict the rise of ISIS in Syria in 2012.
Republican Senate Armed Services Chairman Senator John McCain joined with Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer and said the Senate would investigate Russia’s interference in the election. Senator Lindsay Graham was indignant over the idea that Trump and his secretary of state nominee, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, might have a good relationship with Putin.
Frankly, somebody needs to have a good working relationship with Putin since President Barack Obama abdicated American influence in Syria and the Middle East to Russia. Thanks to Obama’s inaction, ISIS is raging in Iraq and Syria, and threatening America’s safety at home. Iran has a nuclear weapon and Israel is a sitting duck. And Putin is best friends with all the bad guys: Iran, China and Syria.
Perhaps bureaucrats in Washington need to worry more about this instead of chasing down allegations and wishful thinking by Obama’s CIA that Russia stole the election from Hillary Clinton.
Official Washington’s hysteria over Trump’s doubting the CIA boils down to a loss of control and power. Trump will likely rely on his cabinet and competent foreign policy advisors and return decision making on fighting terrorism to the military, instead of Congress.
Trump is not a career politician nor is he influenced by the hundreds of lobby groups like many of the Republican and Democratic politicians in Washington.
He may not have the detailed understanding of some of the issues as of yet, however he certainly has a keen perspective on the BIG issues.
That’s the sign of a successful businessman. Don’t get bogged down in the details. Have a vision and a strategy.
In other words, Trump will lead and take responsibility for his actions. Imagine that: a strong leader representing America to the world!