The Obama administration’s counter-terrorism czar, John Brennan, took to the pages of USA Today’s Op-Ed section to scold critics of the administration’s handling of the war on terror and specifically the mirandizing of alleged terrorists. In the piece, he closes with this money paragraph
Politically motivated criticism and unfounded fear-mongering only serve the goals of al-Qaeda. Terrorists are not 100-feet tall. Nor do they deserve the abject fear they seek to instill. They will, however, be dismantled and destroyed, by our military, our intelligence services and our law enforcement community. And the notion that America's counterterrorism professionals and America's system of justice are unable to handle these murderous miscreants is absurd.
Never mind the self-serving nature of that first line, what it is that serves the goals of al-Qaeda is the out-of-the-blocks bumbling of the administration in the immediate wake of the Christmas crotch bomber where the President waited a whole three days to address the incident and where the director of the National Counterterrorism Center decided to stay on the ski slopes rather than return to D.C. in what was an obvious all-hands on deck situation.
What it is that serves the goals of al-Qaeda is that miserable hack that runs the Justic Dept. giving stuttering and incoherent answers to whether or not or troops would be expected to mirandize enemy combatants and known terrorists, including Osama bin Laden on the field of battle.
And 100-ft. tall terrorists? Just what is it about asymmetrical warfare does this counter-terrorism expert not understand. One snot nose punk barely out of his teens nearly ruined Christmas for this entire country. These idiots don’t have to be smart, strong, cunning or courageous, they need only be willing. That this appears lost on Brennan does not exactly inspire confidence in us that he knows what the hell he is doing.
And as for his overall whine about partisan politics injecting itself into the matters of national security, let’s take a little walk down memory lane, shall we. Here’s Brennan in August of 2009:
"The fight against terrorists and violent extremists has been returned to its right and proper place: no longer defining — indeed, distorting — our entire national security and foreign policy, but rather serving as a vital part of those larger policies."
Nope. Nothing partisan about that. Hell, Bush-bashing hardly qualifies anymore. Don’t know about you all, but all that “distorting” seemed to work quite nicely.