To date, most of the opposition to President Obama's nomination of John Brennan to serve as the next director of the CIA has come from liberals, who argue that Brennan's defense of arbitrary detention and unlimited drone warfare should disqualify him from such a post. They see him as another David Petraeus, but with a face that says, "I will definitely not be the subject of a sex scandal."
Nevertheless, it wouldn't be an Obama nomination without some opposition from the right. Writing in the Washington Times — the newspaper whose sole positive purpose is to remind the Atlantic of what can happen when you get bought out by a cult — Frank Gaffney comes up with the most creative reason to oppose Brennan…
Mr. Brennan is a textbook example of a U.S. official who has "gone native." He speaks Arabic and was formerly the top CIA officer in Saudi Arabia. He has shown himself to be deeply sympathetic to Islamists — for example, excusing and dissembling about their commitment to jihad and the necessity of not offending them.
Yes, knowing anything at all about your subject brief is now grounds for suspicion. Of course, Gaffney's theory explains how the Bush administration selected its cabinet-level officials. They had to pick horse expert Michael "heckuva job" Brown to lead FEMA because if Bush had selected someone with actual experience in disaster management, that would have suggested the nominee was pro-hurricane.
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Tags: CIA, Islam, John Brennan, Washington Times
This Petraeus scandal is becoming a real "Who-done-her"
— Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead) November 13, 2012
This could be the first time in hundreds of years that two generals have crossed swords.
— Brendan McLaughlin (@btmclaughlin) November 13, 2012
Tags: CIA, David Petraeus, FBI, Lizz Winstead
Hold on. On the same day that Skyfall – the coolest-looking James Bond movie in a while — is opening in U.S. theaters, the head of the C.I.A. is stepping down because he had some sex? Is he also guilty of walking away from too many explosions in slow motion?
I'm sorry, but these are some serious mixed messages, spy people…
David H. Petraeus, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, resigned on Friday after issuing a statement saying that he had engaged in an extramarital affair…
"After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair," Mr. Petraeus wrote. "Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. This afternoon, the president graciously accepted my resignation."…
Tags: CIA, David Petraeus, Sex, Spying