Two senior intelligence analysts at US Central Command say the military has forced them out of their jobs because of their skeptical reporting on US-backed rebel groups in Syria.
The Daily Beast
reports that it’s the first known instance of possible reprisals against CENTCOM personnel after analysts accused their bosses of manipulating intelligence reports about the US-led campaign against ISIS in order to paint a rosier picture of progress in the war.
One of the analysts alleging reprisals is the top analyst in charge of Syria issues at CENTCOM. He and a colleague doubted the US sponsored rebels’ capabilities and their commitment to US objectives in the region. The analysts have been effectively sidelined from their positions and will no longer be working at CENTCOM.
The truth has a perfume all its own, but unfortunately that can be (and often is) in the age of ObamaNation where the preeminent role of the military is to control the weather and provide trans-gender equality.
The analysts’ skeptical views put them at odds with military brass, who last year had predicted that a so-called moderate opposition would make up a 15,000-man ground force to take on ISIS in its self-declared caliphate. An initial $500 million program to train and arm those fighters failed spectacularly. And until the very end, Pentagon leaders claimed the operation was more or less on track.
Gen. Lloyd Austin, the CENTCOM commander, finally testified last September that there were just “four or five” American-trained fighters in Syria.
The current administration’s bungling (see Hillary Clinton) of so many thing has created systemic rifts in US capacities to deal with situations honestly. We become a bit like the North Koreans, working full time to assure the emperor that he is indeed wearing new clothes — while everyone else sees things very clearly through a different lens.
The US has become ground zero for foreign intelligence operatives who wish to steal what it is we’ve built and the Obama Administration has a very indifferent approach to that. (yes, I know, the concept of “all enemies foreign and domestic” have a different flavor in the White House since Obama took office)
) There are currently more foreign intelligence operatives in the United States than at any point in the country’s history, the former head of the House Intelligence Committee claimed on Wednesday.
“There are more spies in the United States today from foreign nation states that at any time in our history ” including the Cold War,” former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said in an address at the Heritage Foundation.
“And they’re stealing everything. If it’s not bolted down, it’s gone,” Rogers added. “And if it’s bolted down, give them about an hour – they’ll figure out how to get that, too.”
The array of potential new American leaders on both sides of the aisle are depressingly anemic. From the felon, Hillary Clinton and the old communist, Comrade Colonel Sanders to the Bombastic Trump and Slimy Lying Ted, there’s not much to be optimistic about.
But I’m at “The Compound” in Texas today and feel a bit far from all of that drama.
It will take years and ruffling many feathers to get the country back on track after the damage the Obama years have brought upon us.
Coffeepot: regarding the intel community, Obama is just the Johnny-come-lately in rendering what was once the best intel service in the world to nothing more than a political cesspool of mediocrity.
Clinton started the flight of top notch agents when he appointed Jamie Gorelick to construct 'the wall.' And other political butchering of the services, Bubba threw a monkey wrench into the works big time, and by the time Dubya moved into the Oval Office, things were bad. And then Dubya doubled-down on the mess by keeping in place a ton of Clinton people, who loathed Dubya and his ilk. That didn't help things at all, and it got worse.
And now Barry. He just tossed a match on the whole intel community and walked away. It's a tota mess, with nothing but the dumbest left. But we can't lay the whole mess on Barry's doorstep, not by a longshot.
I was around in the Reagan Years (halcyon days) and it was more or less the same during Bush-the-Elder. After that then things became worse, more politically correct and now, given years of neglect, it's a serious mess.
These are sad days in America.
I don't see much sign for hope in a "bright and positive change".
I began my army intel career when Jerry Ford was in office. Very low level SIGINT stuff, and I was more interested in German bier fests than keeping an eye on the commies, but I was paying enough attention back then to know that it was run by professionals (myself not included).
Now it's run by political hacks and apparatchiks. I'm surprised anybody can take the product they pump out seriously anymore. It's garbage.
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