Clueless Clapper

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Nothing epitomizes more perfectly the Obama Administration’s abject failure to come to grips with the reality of the global jihad and a rapidly shifting international situation than the embarrassing tenure of James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence. Last week, Clapper again demonstrated how wholly unequipped he is for the job he holds, telling Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) that Russia and China represented the greatest “mortal threat” to the United States.

Russia and China? Not North Korea and Iran?

In an age when North Korea is testing to see how much bullying of South Korea it can get away with, and is aggressively pursuing a nuclear program, and while Iran’s leaders repeatedly make genocidal statements regarding Israel and triumphalist predictions that America and Israel will soon be destroyed, and is pursuing a nuclear program of its own, Clapper’s statement sounded like that of a Rip Van Winkle who had been asleep for twenty years, or maybe twenty-five, and hadn’t yet been clued in that the Cold War was over.

Has James Clapper, a retired lieutenant general in the Air Force and longtime intelligence professional, made any study in the area of national intelligence since 1985? Is he aware that the world situation has drastically changed since 1985? Has he had any kind of thought at all since 1985?

This wasn’t the first time the Director of National Intelligence showed his astonishing lack thereof, either. Late last December, British authorities arrested twelve jihadists who had been planning to set off bombs in a variety of locations; that same day, Clapper appeared on Diane Sawyer’s ABC show, on which Sawyer said to him that she expected he must be very busy with the London arrests. Clapper looked confused, and admitted that he had no idea what she was talking about. Arrests? A terror plot?

Had Sawyer been conducting a man-on-the-street interview, and Clapper was in reality the befuddled accountant he appears to be, he might be excused for having no idea that a large-scale anti-terror operation had just been carried out in London. But this was the Director of National Intelligence, and he was far less informed and up to speed on the situation than was Sawyer herself, or probably an entire legion of befuddled accountants. Nonetheless, Obama’s team ran interference for him, claiming essentially that Clapper had been so involved with the London arrests that he was too preoccupied to answer Sawyer’s question properly, but that his display of cluelessness was no indication of…cluelessness.

That might fly once, but then Clapper did it again last month, when he claimed at the height of the Egyptian uprising that the Muslim Brotherhood was “largely secular,” a claim as absurd as it was inaccurate. The Brotherhood is dedicated, of course, to establishing the rule of Islamic law not only in Egypt, but everywhere that it possibly can. And if that rather commonplace fact was too much for Clapper and his boss, he could have resorted to a much simpler indicator of the religious foundation of the Brotherhood’s political program: its name. It isn’t, after all, called the Arab Nationalist Brotherhood, or the Egyptian Brotherhood, but rather the Muslim Brotherhood. Its name itself shows that it is no more secular than the Christian Brothers religious order.

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  • GCF

    No suprise from here as I watched this man and his SIGINT based career only to learn of imagery later and no idea of all the other classes of intelligence.

  • geez

    Obama loves his useful idiots (like college students) and this guys at the top of the steaming pile. 2012 can't get here fast enough. Let's take out the garbage!

  • Red47

    CAn't these people even LOOK professional and authoritative? A little grey half-beard is better than some of these horrible long scrabbley beards on some officials, but in our country, serious people know how to shave.

  • USMCSniper

    Obama's incompetence has become so well attested, it's reached apocryphal status. No matter what kind of imbecility is attributed to Barack, the average American would tend to believe it. But how did this transition of perception occur? How did one so touted as a super-competent, "messianic" mega-genius fall so utterly, so quickly? According to Occam's Razor, the likeliest explanation is that, whatever his IQ, Barack is, on a practical, real-world level — a staggering cretin. For example, he's never taken note of the fact that socialism and Marxism always fail, and kill millions of the innocent along the way. How was one elected with all the fanfare of a Heisman winner, yet be such a zero? This can really only be explained by pointing out that Obama's instinct for incompetence was masked by his lack of real leadership experience.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    James Clapper is perhaps the most abysmally ignorant and unqualified individual ever to hold a position of such responsibility, although his boss Barack Obama may give him a run for his money.

    That is the exact reason Clapper has the job he has.

  • Paul of Alexandria

    I hate to say this, but Clapper is not necessarily wrong. Iran & Co can damage the U.S., but China and Russia both have to ability to pose existential threats to the U.S. and the willingness and long-term view to do so. Most of the cyber attacks on the U.S. originate in one of the two countries, and China especially has explicitly stated that they want us out of the eastern hemisphere. Indeed, if you look carefully you can detect the hand of China behind many of Iran's actions; certainly they get a lot of their weapons from China. Russia also, under Putin, would very much like the U.S. reduced in power so that they can exert their own hegemony, especially in Eastern Europe.

    • Herb

      Well…. strategically it's true that the nuclear capabilities of Russia and China could threaten the very existence of the United States, so I guess at least be glad that Russia is not ruled by Dear Leader and China's head of state is not some psychotic midget who can't even tie a necktie. But the issue is the cluelessness of those who are supposed to be the "eyes of the ship", our National Security Council. I'm still gagging at the very real title, "Lt. Gen. Clapper, USAF Retired" and the fact that this guy gets flummoxed by one reporter's question, that's not good. I know he ain't no Robin Olds or Chappie James, but come on, for Pete's sake!

  • Supreme_Galooty

    This brings to mind The Clapper Caper of yore.

  • MacDaddy31

    Of course an alternative theory is that Clapper did know of the London plot and understands deep down that the Muslim Brotherhood is a secular, Islamist group, but that this administration is at such pains to side step the problem of Islamic extremism that, in this person's case, he publicly thought to not acknowledge these things – as if that would somehow make them go away and not cloud his world. For whatever reason this administration does not want to confront this most significant problem, this guy may be displaying the epitome of it. Even if this theory is correct, it still shows incredible ignorance; albeit in a different, perhaps much more serious way.

  • dawning

    Islam is not a problem it is THE problem.

  • DrBukk

    You have to take an oath not to criticize Islamists to work for Obama and his Saudi overlords. Only Christian extremists are a named threat.

  • Stephen Rohaty

    "You said you were concerned or thought that in the long run the regime might actually prevail because of its superiority in logistics, weaponry, and the rest. Did I hear you correctly?" Lieberman said.
    "Yes, sir," Clapper responded.
    Does Clapper also believe America won in Vietnam, because of all our advantages, or does he believe the issue is still in doubt? Either way, he is a FOOL!