Barack Obama and the CIA: why does President Pantywaist hate America
By Gerald Warner* April 24th, 2009
If al-Qaeda, the Taliban and the rest of the Looney Tunes brigade want
to kick America to death, they had better move in quickly and grab a
piece of the action before Barack Obama finishes the job himself. Never
in the history of the United States has a president worked so actively
against the interests of his own people – not even Jimmy Carter.
Obama’s problem is that he does not know who the enemy is. To him, the
enemy does not squat in caves in Waziristan, clutching automatic weapons
and reciting the more militant verses from the Koran: instead, it sits
around at tea parties in Kentucky quoting from the US Constitution.
Obama is not at war with terrorists, but with his Republican fellow
citizens. He has never abandoned the campaign trail.
That is why he opened Pandora’s Box by publishing the Justice
Department’s legal opinions on waterboarding and other hardline
interrogation techniques. He cynically subordinated the national
interest to his partisan desire to embarrass the Republicans. Then he
had to rush to Langley, Virginia to try to reassure a demoralised CIA
that had just discovered the President of the United States was an even
more formidable foe than al-Qaeda.
“Don’t be discouraged by what’s happened the last few weeks,” he told
intelligence officers. Is he kidding? Thanks to him, al-Qaeda knows the
private interrogation techniques available to the US intelligence
agencies and can train its operatives to withstand them – or would do
so, if they had not already been outlawed.
So, next time a senior al-Qaeda hood is captured, all the CIA can do is
ask him nicely if he would care to reveal when a major population centre
is due to be hit by a terror spectacular, or which American city is
about to be irradiated by a dirty bomb. Your view of this situation will
be dictated by one simple criterion: whether or not you watched the
people jumping from the twin towers.
Obama promised his CIA audience that nobody would be prosecuted for past
actions. That has already been contradicted by leftist groups with a
revanchist ambition to put Republicans, headed if possible by
Condoleezza Rice, in the dock. Talk about playing party politics with
national security. Martin Scheinin, the United Nations special
investigator for human rights, claims that senior figures, including
former vice president Dick Cheney, could face prosecution overseas.
Ponder that – once you have got over the difficulty of locating the
United Nations and human rights within the same dimension.
President Pantywaist Obama should have thought twice before sitting down
to play poker with Dick Cheney. The former vice president believes
documents have been selectively published and that releasing more will
prove how effective the interrogation techniques were. Under Dubya’s
administration, there was no further atrocity on American soil after
President Pantywaist’s recent world tour, cosying up to all the bad
guys, excited the ambitions of America’s enemies. Here, they realised,
is a sucker they can really take to the cleaners. His only enemies are
fellow Americans. Which prompts the question: why does President
Pantywaist hate America so badly?
*Gerald Warner is an author,
broadcaster, columnist and polemical commentator who writes about
politics, religion, history, culture and society in general.