Could you imagine an even more dangerous pick than Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense? Under Obama, yes. Worse is always what’s next.
President Barack Obama said Monday that he would nominate former Nebraska Sen. Hagel, a Republican, to be secretary of defense, and his top counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, to head the Central Intelligence Agency. Astonishing. Obama is doing the full monty.
The president’s CIA pick has called jihad a “legitimate tenet of Islam,” arguing that the term “jihadists” should not be used to describe America’s enemies. During a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, John Brennan described violent extremists as victims of “political, economic and social forces,” but said that those plotting attacks on the United States should not be described in “religious terms.”
Brennan speechifies in Arabic and has equated Muslim terrorists with shoplifters. Lawmakers have called for his firing.
Readers of my website AtlasShrugs.com are long familiar with the pro-jihadi thug Brennan. If you recall, during the 2008 presidential election, I ran a number of stories on the breach of Obama’s passport at the Department of State. It bears noting that Brennan – whom Obama first appointed to be assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism, in which capacity he made his notorious and incredible pro-terror remarks, some in Arabic no less, about the beauty of jihad – was connected with the tampering with Obama’s passport. He led the investigation into the breach of Obama’s passport records – the mysterious passport Obama traveled to Pakistan on in 1981.
Quid pro quo?
Back in March 2008, State Department employees were found to have tampered with the passport files of Barack Hussein Obama. The State Department launched an investigation into allegations of improper computer access to Obama’s passport records. The investigation was focusing on one employee – a contract worker with a company headed by an adviser to Obama’s presidential campaign (see details here). We don’t know what was done with the passport information once it was accessed: Was it changed? Was information removed altogether? Almost five years later, we still don’t have any answers.
You will also recall that the key witness in the presidential passport-tampering case was murdered. Shot in the head, in his car, in front of his church.
Obama said at the time that these attempts to “tap into people’s personal records” were “a problem not just for me but for how our government functions.” Laughable, considering how intrusive his administration has been and continues to be in accessing private information.
The one-two punch of Brennan and Hagel is an insult to all free people. In the Senate, Hagel amassed a significant track record as one of a hardline hater of Israel who would not affix his name even to the most innocuous pro-Israel initiative. When all but four senators signed a pro-Israel statement in 2000, Hagel was one of the holdouts. The next year, he was again among the few senators – 11 this time – who refused to add their names to a statement urging George W. Bush not to meet with Yasser Arafat as long as the Palestinian groups under his control continued to pursue violence against Israel. In 2005, Hagel, along with 26 other senators, opposed a call to the Palestinian Authority to disqualify terror groups from participating in elections. And when 12 senators wrote to the European Union in 2006 asking that the EU join the U.S. in classifying Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, Hagel was once again one of the few.
Hagel wasn’t intimidated, and Barack Hussein Obama wasn’t either. In late October 2009, Obama appointed Hagel co-chair of his Intelligence Advisory Board. And in a particularly piquant symbolic move, the appointment was announced at J Street’s first annual conference – by Steve Clemons of George Soros’ New America Foundation. And now Hagel is getting a promotion from his grateful anti-Israel boss.
How is it possible in the 21st century that a Jew-hater like Chuck Hagel would be named secretary of defense and a jihad enthusiast like John Brennan would be tabbed to head up the CIA? One word: Obama.