Raking Brennan Over the Coals

Matthew Vadum is an award-winning investigative reporter and the author of the book, "Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts Are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers."


CIA director nominee John O. Brennan took heat during a confirmation hearing yesterday but not on the issues that matter most to America’s survival.

The nature of the struggle between the United States and the rest of Western civilization with totalitarian, irredentist Islam, was barely touched upon during Brennan’s confirmation hearing. Distressingly, Brennan is an intellectually vapid, double-talking bureaucrat and leading Obama administration apologist for Islamic terrorism who has exonerated radical Islamists again and again.

But instead of asking Brennan about his softness on terrorism, senators focused on the U.S. use of drone strikes abroad against terrorist targets. Despite his apparent inability to comprehend the nature of our Islamist enemies and the threat they pose to America’s democratic values, Brennan now serves as the Obama White House counter-terrorism and “assassination czar.”

Brennan is regarded as the architect of the administration’s overseas drone program that targets terrorists. President Obama has bragged about personally designating targets for assassination on his so-called kill list.

Although the drone program has scored some major successes, including the instant cremation of senior al-Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki, squeamish senators raked Brennan over the coals regarding the controversial program. Although an enemy combatant, al-Awlaki was a U.S. citizen.

“It’s the idea of giving any president unfettered power to kill an American without checks and balances that’s so troubling,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore). “Every American has the right to know when their government believes it’s allowed to kill them.”

Wyden said he’s worried that Obama’s Department of Justice is “not following through” on making available “any and all” opinions on the legality of the drone-enabled killings. The Obama administration allowed senators to view classified papers explaining the legal rationale for the assassinations but the lawmakers said they wanted more. Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) complained about the limited access, saying “our staff was banned from seeing it.”

Brennan defended the drone strikes. “We only take such actions as a last resort to save lives when there’s no other alternative,” he said, adding that drone attacks are ordered to save lives, not to punish terrorists for past misdeeds.

During the Bush administration Brennan defended the use of water-boarding against terrorists. In the Obama era Brennan has flip-flopped, repeatedly calling water-boarding “reprehensible” and claiming that he previously raised “personal objections” to it.

At yesterday’s hearing he again characterized the practice as “reprehensible” and said, despite growing evidence to the contrary, that it is “not clear” whether water-boarding has yielded useful information.

When questioned, Brennan robotically regurgitated what he was said many times before. “We are at war with al-Qaeda,” he said.

But Brennan wasn’t challenged on various statements that suggest he is so rabidly politically correct that he doesn’t grasp the true nature of America’s Islamist enemies. Indeed the CIA nominee is part of the same crowd that accuses Americans of being bigoted “Islamophobes” for not obediently adhering to the Left’s party line on Islam.

In a 2010 speech to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Brennan said it was incorrect to use the words “jihad” or “jihadists” to refer to the war that al-Qaeda and its allies are waging against the U.S.

In the Obama administration, officials refuse to “describe our enemy as ‘jihadists’ or ‘Islamists’ because jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one’s community….”

Brennan’s intellectual contortions aimed at reinforcing the PC myth of moderate Islam didn’t end there.

He said it would be “counterproductive” to use the term jihad because doing so “play[s] into the false perception” that the “murderers” leading war against the West do so to on behalf of a “holy cause.” Calling it jihad, in other words, validates the terrorists’ justification for terrorism and propagates “the lie” that “the United States is somehow at war against Islam,” he said.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s front group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), has applauded Brennan and Obama for following its recommendations by avoiding the word Islamist. “Islamist is a stealth slur,” according to CAIR. “It exists as a piece of coded language.”

Brennan is also friendly to Iran and in 2008 called on U.S. officials to “cease public Iran-bashing.” (Investigative reporter Patrick Poole has compiled an excellent partial list of Brennan’s outrageous comments.)

Yesterday’s hearing was repeatedly interrupted by screaming protesters, including activists from Code Pink, who must deem Brennan insufficiently friendly to America’s enemies. Student interns from the group receive college credit for disrupting congressional hearings.

Brennan is part of President Obama’s Islamist-appeasement dream team, alongside defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel with his suspicious ties to Islamist Iran, and pathological anti-American John Kerry as secretary of state. None of this is a great surprise coming from an administration that has been   infiltrated by Islamist operatives.

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Brennan’s nomination is yet more confirmation of the Obama administration’s suicidal approach to the Global War on Terror, which the Obama administration rhetorically downgraded to the empty euphemism “Overseas Contingency Operations.”

Brennan embraces the Obama administration’s view on Islamist groups worldwide. The administration’s counter-terrorism strategy consists of rolling the dice and backing allegedly “moderate” Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood in the blind hope of reducing the appeal of groups such as al-Qaeda that work outside normal political processes.

Somehow these “moderate” groups and some formerly extremist groups, once they grab the reins of governmental power, will change their beliefs and begin to act more responsibly, doing things that redound to the benefit of America and its allies.

Obama officials refuse to recognize the obvious fact that radical Islam is at war with the United States. They stubbornly insist that only al-Qaeda and its affiliates are waging war against America, while refusing to acknowledge that al-Qaeda is just one player in a larger ideological conflict with totalitarian Islam. Domestically, the administration routinely refuses to label obvious Islamic terrorist attacks as such, preferring to call incidents such as the mass shooting by Nidal Hasan at Fort Hood as incidents of workplace violence.

As Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy, has written:

[D]uring John Brennan’s tenure at the White House, the Obama administration actually promulgated guidelines ensuring that, henceforth, “countering violent extremism” training materials and trainers paid for by the Homeland Security Department and used by any government agency – federal, state or local – must effectively be approved by these “community partners.” That means we are now allowing agents of the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization sworn to our destruction, to determine our understanding and awareness of the threat they and their fellow Islamists pose to the rest of us.

And Brennan is fine with that.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Oh dear…where oh where to begin…if not here…then where…if not now, when….

    As to Brennan, he too has his own skeletons – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/01/13/the-intersect
    http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/01/18/the-patch-qui

    Adding to the above incendiary mix, shouldn't the head of the CIA be intimately familiar with the biggest threat of all, the infiltration/penetration of the Muslim Brotherhood Mafia? – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/25/the-muslim-ma

    Alas, their penetration is near complete – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/11/22/what-happens-

    Only an Islamist-in-Chief would NOMINATE the most anti-American trio – Brennan, Hagel & Kerry – to head America's most important offices. Birds of a radical, revolutionary feather!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

    • JacksonPearson

      Thanks for contributing Adina…. :o)

  • pierce

    This confirmation hearing is sort of funny as a contrast in objectives. George W used water boarding as a way to get at the truth. It was effective, and in my eyes there is nothing wrong with it. I wish some one would explain why it is wrong, after all we need to be protected from what is in harms way.
    Now of course we need to have drones, drones to kill dangerous el qaida operatives, and drones to spy on we the people. I see nothing wrong with drones as long as they are used in the right way.
    If George W was wrong for water boarding, then Obama is wrong for using drones in the way he intends to. Hypocrisy at it's utmost. He, Obama, is making himself look like a fool.

  • Asher

    Both Hagel and Brennan are clueless…Both are a real embarassment to National Security, and The future is bleak because of clueless people who underestimate their Islamic enemies, or side with their ideologies for a One World Government.

    • JacksonPearson

      Well stated…. :o)

  • Chezwick

    CAIR: “Islamist is a stealth slur, It exists as a piece of coded language.”

    This is one occasion when CAIR is absolutely correct. "Islamist" is code for devout Muslim.

  • JacksonPearson

    John Brennan is just another in a long line of slugs, that are in, and occupy the Obama administration.

    CAIR needs to be permanently identified as a terrorist support organization, disbanded,and likewise, people that come within their support need to be under USDOJ or FBI surveillance.

    From evil seeds grow evil weeds

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Amazing how the weeds are growing all over the White House, inside and out……….William

      • JacksonPearson

        White house weeds, are in more ways than one, "Round Up" resistant.

  • Ghostwriter

    What a fool Brennan is.

    • JacksonPearson

      He's exactly Obama's kind of speed.

  • BayouCoyote

    "Two years ago, Sen. Bob Graham, who has tirelessly been fighting against the suppression of information on the Saudi role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, put John Brennan in the middle of the ongoing cover-up by the Obama White House. On Sept. 12, 2011, Graham was interviewed by host Dylan Ratigan on MSNBC, concerning the Saudi-supported "support network" for the 9/ll hijackers, which extended from San Diego, California, to Sarasota, Florida, with other centers in New Jersey, Virginia, and Arizona. Graham described his efforts to obtain release of the suppressed 28 pages from the Congressional 9/11 report concerning the Saudi role, and Graham said that he had talked to the White House and to Obama's counter-terrorism advisor, John Brennan, asking him to get the 28 pages released. To this day, Brennan, who has documented close connections to the Saudis, has failed to do so."
    ~~
    Why wasn't this brought up? Pray tell, why?

    • JacksonPearson

      Obama and his ilk use the Cloward/Piven strategy of chaos, coupled with a constant backlog of unanswered and ignored questions. Because of endless upon heaped on loose ends, nothing ever gets solved.

      • BayouCoyote

        That doesn't answer the Q. Brennen is part of the problem that has led to too many deaths of our troops for the filthy saudis. Our war will be won once we annihilate the so-called "royal" house of fraud.

        Find out who has accepted the bribes from the house of fraud, isolate them, incarcerate them, water board them & then engage the filthy koranimals in the same manner. Otherwise, we're F'd.

        I, will always, destroy them.

        • JacksonPearson

          Lots of luck if you can get any of Obama's picks to answer a straight question.

          ALL who are close to Obama when questioned deviate, obfuscate, and mislead for him, because they're pros at what they do. ALL of his cabinet and military choices are hard core defendants of Islam, and his Middle East policies. ALL of upper government, including the Pentagon have been allowed to be infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood. In short, treason at the highest level.

          See, and read "Key Findings" here: http://muslimbrotherhoodinamerica.com/

          Sadly, our benevolent congress have their heads stuffed.

          • BayouCoyote

            No worries.

  • Rocco

    Matthew, Great article. You're a fantastic writer. Good job on Stone's mocumentary as well. Keep up the great work!

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Brennan should have been waterboarded at the interview, maybe then some light might
    have been shed on Obama's regeme secrets, add Kerry and Hagel to the interview
    after all water is still cheap, could also be entertaining………………….William

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  • Lucy

    John Brennan is a Muslim convert! http://www.barenakedislam.com/

    • JacksonPearson

      Yep…:
      "On Tom Trento’s radio show today, former FBI agent, John Guandolo, who wrote the first Muslim Brotherhood training manual for the FBI, outs John Brennan, Obama’s nominee for CIA Director, as having converted to Islam while working in Saudi Arabia."

      John Brennan,along with Barack Obama, are the enemy within.

  • logdon

    As a Brit, after reading Mark Stein's America Alone I despaired.

    Now? The disease has crossed the Atlantic and in many ways as more and more is revealed the worse it gets.

    How this will end will not be pretty, it's just too far gone and Obama's polarisation too deep.

    The First Amendment was designed to ensure equality of free speech yet with the event of one way hate speech law is sadly compromised.

    The Second Amendment was the Framers logical method of keeping big government in check and look what Obama is doing to that.

    Those planks are the bedrock and Obama treats them as mere obstacles.

    Back here, thanks to public horror of Muslim grooming and rape and the revelation that halal meat is being foisted upon us with no labelling has created a pushback. Whether it's a passing storm or a sign of genuine revulsion is anyones guess but at least people are becoming aware that all is not well.

    But will America emerge intact fom the 'One's' reign of terror? I feel it will never be the same and all we (I use the 'we' as an ardent Americaphile) can hope for is a lesser degree of destruction.

  • cathy

    It all makes sense ….

    John Brennan is wrong man for CIA
    By Steven Emerson
    Published February 07, 2013
    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/02/07/john-br

    Shocking New Claim: John Brennan Converted To Islam
    911Infidel
    February 9th, 2013
    http://www.therightscoop.com/shocking-new-claim-j

    • cathy

      Video: Former FBI Agent Confirms CIA Nominee John Brennan a Convert to Islam
      Posted on February 9, 2013
      http://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2013/02/09/vi

      • JacksonPearson

        And everyone in Washington that's questioning this slug know it….

        • Gabrielle

          They know it, yes they do but not one of them will have the courage to bring the subject up. The left has arranged things in such a way that even asking Brennan the question will be called religious bigotry and the left will be puffed up with moral "outraged" at such a suggestion.

          We need to know where this man's loyalties lay, is he an American or a Muslim first?

          • JacksonPearson

            If Brennan is in fact a Muslim, than he can't have allegiance to the United States. He can swear all he wants, but his first loyalties are to Allah and his faux messenger and not to this country. Otherwise, he be considered an apostate. That's the Qur'an talking and not me.

            Recall, Rep. Keith Ellison took his oath of office on the Qur'an. I believe I recently read where Rep. Carson, another Muslim convert did likewise. None of these so-called congressmen are loyal to America.

  • Arlie

    The world is devolving more rapidly everyday. Time even seems to be speeding up. Maybe it's an illusion because everything is so TENSE. It's as if the very thing holding everything together is going to pull everything apart. 0 is the worst element ever in U.S. in my lifetime. Agenda 21 and Islamists are terror against the public and peaceful existence. This is all being done on purpose by the CLUB OF ROME and/or Trilateral Commission. The Elite and Banksters deciding how to run the world. Australia is in it's grip too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrdmjBAX0E0
    Ann Bressington

  • Arlie

    Here is info I found revealing about Brennan: http://www.barenakedislam.com/2013/02/08/did-you-know-th...

  • JacksonPearson

    Allah be praised….
    One important thingy not mentioned or asked about John Brennan…He's a Muslim convert.

  • Gabrielle

    I can't imagine being an undercover CIA agent in the Middle East knowing that this person (if he is confirmed and I see no reason why he won't be), is now in charge and my life depends on his patriotism.