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Jewish World Review
July 16, 2009
/ 24 Tamuz 5769
Consequences of the Libs' Death Wish
Witnessing the current attempt by liberal
Democrats in Congress to investigate CIA officers and possibly prosecute
them for a covert initiative allegedly undertaken in time of war (a war that
still is going on) inspires a happy thought. Perhaps these liberals have a
death wish. The American people do not want another 9/11 attack on our
shores. They approve of operations against al-Qaida, covert or otherwise. If
the liberals continue in their harassment of the CIA for its efforts to
protect American national security, for a certitude the electorate will turn
these liberals out. Sayonara , my liberal friends!
If the liberals' death wish only extends to themselves, they
have my full support. Yet it is conceivable that their death wish extends to
the country itself. They rarely have anything very complimentary to say
about their homeland. President Barack Obama talks about the United States
as though it were a failed state. Liberals in general talk about the United
States as though it were the provenance of slavery, bigotry, male chauvinism
and oh, yes cowboy diplomacy. The only favorable thing about America
that I have heard from the liberals recently is that America was the
birthplace of Michael Jackson. In Congress, they observed a moment of
silence to commemorate his assuming room temperature.
The liberals' present furor over the CIA's covert operations
against al-Qaida suggests that they harbor a death wish not only for
themselves but also for the whole country. Nations at war are not supposed
to divulge military or intelligence operations. Often they keep them
confidential for generations. British historian David Reynolds, in his
superb book about Winston Churchill's World War II memoirs, tells us that
both Churchill and the Labour government kept state secrets hidden from the
British public and from the world years after the war had ended. Reynolds
relates in "In Command of History" how Churchill's famous Nobel
Prize-winning memoirs abound with evasions and inaccuracies, for instance,
Churchill's silence about cracking the Nazi code (Enigma) and Churchill's
true assessments of Dwight Eisenhower and Josef Stalin. Had Churchill been
forthright on those matters, the Labour government might never have allowed
the volumes to be published.
Today's liberals in Congress are demanding the investigation and
threatening the prosecution of intelligence officers who are rumored to have
undertaken a secret initiative to assassinate al-Qaida leaders. The
initiative supposedly was authorized by President George W. Bush immediately
after 9/11. It is not clear whether the initiative ever got beyond the
planning stages. Reportedly, it envisaged sending hit teams into al-Qaida
territory to do what our Predator and Reaper drones are doing now: kill our
enemies. Naturally, much about the initiative is shrouded in secrecy. Yet by
charging that Congress should have been informed of the initiative, liberals
are making a colossal fuss. They claim that the diabolical Dick Cheney
ordered the CIA to keep Congress in the dark and that the initiative was
illegal. They want the whole shocking scheme out in the open. Doubtless,
al-Qaida does, too.
There are serious consequences to this sort of harassment of
intelligence operations. Over at the CIA, there are professionals today who
are fearful that they may be forced to hire lawyers soon to defend them
against the politicians' investigations. Uncertain as to whether the Obama
administration will protect them, they are distracted and hunkering down.
Ongoing operations are being affected.
Right now, very reliable sources tell me that the CIA is aware
of the presence of al-Qaida leaders in Somalia and possibly Yemen. The
terrorists have moved operations there from Pakistan, but the CIA is
reluctant to take action against these brutes out of fear that they will not
be supported by the government and may be exposed on Capitol Hill.
Such are the consequences of our liberals' death wish. As I say,
I do not mind them imperiling their own existence. But when they imperil our
intelligence community's ability to prevent another 9/11, it is no joke.
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