August 25, 2009

Looking Back, Not Forward

Jen Rubin, on the decision to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate CIA operatives...

The decision, one of monumental significance to our intelligence community and national security, is announced while the president is closeted away in Martha’s Vineyard. This is political courage and transparency? Really, Obama is president—not Eric Holder—and should have the nerve to come forward, explain his decision, and tell us why we should not interpret his words to those assembled earlier at Langley as bald-faced lies. Then he pledged to the CIA employees that he intended to look forward, not back, and expressed that he would “need them more than ever.” Then he was vowing to have their backs. Now he and his attorney general have stabbed those same agents in the back.

As a colleague expressed to me yesterday, “this is a form of madness.” The Obama administration sees the CIA as the enemy, not the terrorists. It chooses to employ the full force of the federal government against our own protectors, not those who seek to murder Americans. This has long been the pathology of the Left, a conviction that efforts to defend ourselves are evil and that our enemies are figments of our imagination. The difference is that now this conviction is held by the president and his attorney general.

It is therefore not simply the CIA that should feel betrayed, but all Americans. We lack leaders who are serious and committed to defending us against implacable enemies. There is no greater failing for a president.

In another post, Rubin writes...

Well, we’ve come a long way. The war on terror has become the war on the CIA.

It does look that way.

More from Bret Stephens

Much more from Andy McCarthy, for folks interested in stuff like facts, law and history.

UPDATE 8/26: From Protein Wisdom

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Posted by dan at August 25, 2009 11:58 AM