In an opinion piece that appears on the Breitbart site, the very courageous Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is calling for the Senate to reject Barack Obama’s nominee to head the CIA – John Brennan. Though the congresswoman from Minnesota doesn’t make mention of claims by John Guandolo, that the former FBI Agent has sources who witnessed Brennan’s conversion to Islam while stationed in Saudi Arabia, she is rightfully concerned about other, tangentially related areas.
From Bachmann, via Breitbart:
Brennan said as a matter of national policy we needed to reach out to the ‘moderates’ in the Hezbollah terrorist organization, a view he apparently has held for a while as evidenced by a 2006 CSPAN interview where he said that “you can’t divide the world into good and evil.” “Moderate” terrorists?
It bears mentioning that prior to 9/11, Hezbollah had killed more Americans than any other terrorist group in the world, not only the 238 Americans killed in the 1983 suicide bombing of the US Marine barracks in Beirut, but the kidnapping and death of U.S. Embassy CIA Station Chief William Buckley.
In addition to Brennan’s dangerous worldview, three developments under his tenure as counterterrorism adviser are deeply troubling.
The first is the Obama administration’s controversial drone policy, which was covered extensively during last week’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Brennan’s office was the epicenter for “kill decisions.” Decisions made outside of either Congressional review or public scrutiny.
The second is the newly released e-book Benghazi: The Definitive Report where two former special operations personnel report that President Obama gave Brennan unilateral authority to conduct secret operations in Northern Africa. According to the information provided in the e-book, former Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was tragically killed in the attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, and CIA Director David Petraeus were left out of the loop. These serious allegations need to be addressed.
That second concern enumerated by Bachmann is extremely disconcerting indeed. In fact, it makes Guandolo’s claims even more relevant.
On a semi-related note, House Speaker John Boehner accused Barack Obama of not having any ‘guts’. Well, once again, Bachmann has demonstrated that she has far more ‘guts’ than Boehner.