It appears Barack Obama inexperience and amateurishness has just started bonfires on the bridges connecting him to the American intelligence community and delivered a huge, HUGE psychological win to Al Qaeda.
People tell me the President’s rush to acknowledge the attack on the CIA in Afghanistan and mourn the deaths openly, publicly, and via press release is a huge no no. The CIA and greater intelligence community would prefer not to have the attention put on them. Additionally, because the President took the time to draft a blanket statement focused on the CIA in general instead of individually and more privately focusing on the families of the victims, it acknowledges the CIA’s work in Afghanistan, acknowledges that the attack has an impact on the CIA, and gives the terrorists a new recruiting tool — “you too can cause America to publicly mourn the loss of their spies.”
To you and me this may not seem like a big deal. But I’m told this is hugely significant and shows just how out of touch the Obama administration is with the intelligence community. I’m told that no other President has issued such blanket statements of public mourning directed toward an attack on the CIA and thereby having the White House itself confirming an attack on our intelligence community.
I agree wholeheartedly with Erick Erickson’s assessment, but I wouldn’t have given this administration credit for much of a bridge between itself and the intelligence community to begin with. The fervor which which the administration initially pursued photographs of alleged terrorist detainee treatment, the refusal by the administration to publicly rebuke or even acknowledge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s meritless claim that the agency had been systematically lying to Congress, the administration’s own advocacy of investigations into agency officials — well, it doesn’t bode well for a buddy-buddy relationship with people who give what they give to America not for the limelight but for a commitment to the safety and security of the American people.
The American left has never held much love or respect for our intelligence community. With the “blame America first” mentality garnering such a prominent position in their ideological platform, is it any wonder that those who get their fingernails dirty on behalf of America and in order to assure American security and greatness don’t quite sit well? And, of course, doing the right thing and doing the hard thing for love of country with no hope or want for recognition doesn’t well comport with people whose very political careers depend upon others knowing of anything which could be emotionally perceived as “good,” even if–like in the case of health care reform–that perception isn’t quite reality.
I can’t imagine that those who serve overseas in an intelligence capacity, or their families back here at home, have much love for this administration, either. The president has already said that he is uncomfortable with the concept of victory. The White House has already established that it is more comfortable with investigating and prosecuting intelligence officials than it is terrorists. This most recent revelation only makes matters worse.