Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Whose Side Is Dianne Feinstein On?

Yesterday, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairperson, threw the CIA under the bus when she released a report of all of the things she and other Democrats believe the CIA did wrong concerning the enhanced interrogation of Muslim prisoners, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Feinstein, along with the Obama administration, admitted that the release of the report could endanger Americans at home and abroad, with the Obama administration putting military members around the world on high alert, yet they released this report to the public anyway. Obama, as Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, just put the entire military in increased harm's way for political reasons. There was absolutely no good reason for releasing this report now, while we're still at war with radical Islam.

In an appearance on CNN's "The Situation Room," Feinstein attempted to justify the release of the report saying that although Americans around the world could face increased threats because of the report that doesn't mean America "shouldn't clean our house," she he said. "We admit our mistakes."

In an unusual move for CNN, Wolf Blitzer pressed Feinstein about the possibility of Americans dying because of the report.

"I assume you would feel guilty about that," he said.

"I would feel very badly, of course," Feinstein responded testily. "I mean, what do you think, Wolf Blitzer? But we lose control at the end of this year. The Republicans take control, and there's some evidence that this report would never see the light of day."

And there you have the reason the report was released. The Democrats lose control of the Senate in January and this is their last opportunity to take a shot at the Bush administration for its perceived wrongdoings - the safety of Americans worldwide be damned.

In a statement that was completely non-surprising, Senator John RINO McCain said "Mr. President, I rise in support of the release – the long-delayed release – of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s summarized, unclassified review of the so-called ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ that were employed by the previous administration to extract information from captured terrorists. It is a thorough and thoughtful study of practices that I believe not only failed their purpose – to secure actionable intelligence to prevent further attacks on the U.S. and our allies – but actually damaged our security interests, as well as our reputation as a force for good in the world.

“I believe the American people have a right – indeed, a responsibility – to know what was done in their name; how these practices did or did not serve our interests; and how they comported with our most important values.

“I commend Chairman Feinstein and her staff for their diligence in seeking a truthful accounting of policies I hope we will never resort to again. I thank them for persevering against persistent opposition from many members of the intelligence community, from officials in two administrations, and from some of our colleagues."

He went on but you get the gist of it.

In a statement that was completely surprising, Senator Lindsey Graham, normally John McCain's strongest ally and supporter, said “The timing of the release is problematic given the growing threats we face. Terrorism is on the rise, and our enemies will seize upon this report at a critical time. Simply put, this is not the time to release the report.

“I believe its release at this time is politically motivated. I have no doubts that it will create problems for our country and the men and women serving our nation around the globe.”

President Obama weighed in, not on the report but on its contents. "These techniques did significant damage to America's standing in the world and made it harder to pursue our interests with allies and partners," Obama said.

From what I've seen over the last six years the main reason we've had difficulties pursuing our interest with allies and partners is Barack Obama. From his first day in office he has been alienating our strongest allies, from Great Britain to Israel. And now he's trying to make friends with Iran and helping them become a nuclear power.

Yeah, the Democrats are doing a great job maintaining the strength and sovereignty of the United States. Absolutely. And Al Gore hasn't made a dime from the global warming myth.

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