Friday, August 5, 2016

Former CIA Chief Calls Donald Trump A 'Threat To National Security' And An 'Unwitting Agent' Of Russia

Michael Morell, New York Times: I Ran the C.I.A. Now I’m Endorsing Hillary Clinton

During a 33-year career at the Central Intelligence Agency, I served presidents of both parties — three Republicans and three Democrats. I was at President George W. Bush’s side when we were attacked on Sept. 11; as deputy director of the agency, I was with President Obama when we killed Osama bin Laden in 2011.

I am neither a registered Democrat nor a registered Republican. In my 40 years of voting, I have pulled the lever for candidates of both parties. As a government official, I have always been silent about my preference for president.

No longer. On Nov. 8, I will vote for Hillary Clinton. Between now and then, I will do everything I can to ensure that she is elected as our 45th president.

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WNU Editor: So Donald Trump is a foreign agent for Russia .... this election is becoming bizarre. Putin's priorities right now are fears of a new Cold War, sanctions, his own election, the Russian economy, Ukraine, Syria, and .... probably #20 on his list .... the U.S. Presidential election

Update: Trump dismisses ex-CIA chief as 'Obama-Clinton pawn' (The Hill). More here .... Pence says 'standing up to Russian aggression is going to be really different' under Trump and disputes CIA boss claim that Trump is an 'unwitting agent' of Putin (Daily Mail).

More News On Former CIA director Michael Morell Endorsing Hillary Clinton

Former CIA chief: Putin recruited Trump as an 'unwitting agent' of Russia -- Politico
In endorsing Clinton, ex-CIA chief says Putin made Trump his ‘unwitting agent’ -- Washington Post
Ex-CIA chief endorses Clinton, bashes Trump -- USA Today
Ex-CIA Chief Calls Trump ‘Unwitting Agent’ Of Russia In Clinton Endorsement -- TPM
A former CIA chief is calling Trump a foreign agent. This is how absurd the election is. -- Zack Beauchamp, VOX
Why a Former CIA Chief Says Trump Is a 'Threat' to National Security -- Priscilla Alvarez, The Atlantic
Michael Morell Endorses Hillary: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know -- Heavy


Anonymous said...

'I suppose this is the same CIA that told the president that ISIS was the JV team'

-says it all, Morell is just another useful idiot for the Dems

Anonymous said...

So what if the Russians are trying to influence the election in favor of Trump....the US media is doing the same thing for Clinton and has been for Democrats in general for the last decade or more

Anonymous said...

The charge that Trump is an agent of Putin is utterly ridiculous. The Democrats are playing a game that could end in mushroom clouds if they aren't stopped.

jimbrown said...

The only threat Trump represents is to the natural security military industrial complex of which Morell is a member.

B.Poster said...

This has indeed become bizarre. When I initially predicted a Trump presidency, I assumed the candidate would learn how to control his tongue. Getting into some of the word fights with some of the people he's allowed himself to be pulled into is among he dumbest blunders someone seeking political office has ever made. With that said my prediction remains unchanged as Mrs. Clinton really is that atrocious and, in spite of his missteps, Mr. Trump has not fallen that far behind. As such, this is easily recoverable once he gets back on message.

Anon 1: This would also be the same CIA that told us Iraq's WMD would be a "slam dunk", the same CIA that failed to anticipate the Iraqi insurgency, and the one failed to properly warn POTUS of the problems that would befall a post Quadaffi Libya. All of these people need to be purged.

Anon 2: This does seem quite correct. So what if the Russians are trying to influence our elections. Doesn't everyone else try to do this? What if the Russians are trying to extend us an olive branch? If so, we would be wise to take it.

Anon 3: This is a point I've been trying to make here and elsewhere for quite some time. The Democrat leadership has either gone utterly insane or they are like vindictive little children. If it's the former, they belong in a mental institution where they cannot hurt themselves or anyone else. If it's the latter, they need adult supervision until such time as they can prove they are mature enough to handle their own affairs as adults. It's a sad state of affairs, when the brash, arrogant, and often clueless Donald Trump is the sane one.

There are approximately 200 and some odd countries on earth. When things go south in these countries, 90+% make the US out a the "foreign devil" that is causing their problems. Since the US is infected by "Cultural Stockholm Syndrone", there is little to no downside for these countries in doing this. In the case of Russia, a country who is NOT infected by this, making them out to as a "foreign devil" for someone's short term political benefits is not a proposition that is going to have a good ending. In other words, jerking the chain of the country who may be the world's greatest military for no good reason is, to vastly understate things, a terrible idea. As stated, these people are pathologically insane.

In contrast, team Trump appears to recognize the importance of improving relations with this great power. As such, he has put together a team that has close relations with powerful people in Russia. Huge trust issues on both sides are going to need to be addressed. As such, experiential common sense would suggest a leader would want people on their team that people on the other side will trust.

SA said...

Stock obfuscation from the Trump lovers(lemmings) and the Russia/Putin can do no wrong crowd.

The bottom line and the only thing to be taken from this article is; 1 the intelligence agencies in this country recognize what a threat Mr. trump would be, and 2 Hillary Clinton is a tested former member of the inner circle of national security, therefore a known entity capable carrying the laws, treaties and established foreign policy of this nation.

Spin what you will. Donald Trump is not a tested or reliable defender of peace and security. He is a loose cannon, intellectually, emotionally and a weak link in general.

These attributes make for an easy coopting of him and by extension, also the Republican Establishment, in useful manipulation by our avowed enemies and those within who are itching to bring down a delicate World Order.

B.Poster said...

JB: I think you may be spot on here. While I don't hold the military industrial complex in the same contempt that many do, they do represent the old way of doing things which has been failing us miserably. As such, it needs to be changed. President Trump will change it.

Will it be for the better? We do not know at this time. Let's hope and pray so. What is clear is the world has changed and the old ways of doing things no longer and need to be changed. In business, those who do not properly adjust to changes lose business. A nation state that cannot adjust would face an even worse fate.

SA: There are no leaders or people who can do "no wrong." I'm not aware anyone suggested this. Mrs. Clinton is such a tested and known entity that not only did she play a big role in the Libya debacle, was an enthusiastic backer of the Iraq war (any support Mr. Trump showed was tepid at best and quickly changed once more facts became known), can't properly secure her email endangering national security by recklessly handling classified information, likens the leader of a major country, Russia, to Adolph Hitler (given the Russian experience in WW2, I cannot begin to fathom the depths of stupidity that would be required to make such a statement, then she foments even more animosity with Russia by blaming them for the DNC email hack which is a bit like dumping gasoline on an already raging forest fire, and I think I could go on.

As such, it is Mrs. Clinton who is the loose cannon in all the ways you mention, not Mr. Trump. If these people truly support her, they are either in 1.)complete denial, 2.)are pathologically insane, or 3.) have the minds of vindictive children who need adult supervision. Regardless the need to GO AWAY.

In contrast, Mr. Trump has surrounded himself with advisors who have close relations with some top Russian officials. We are going to need Russian assistance in a number of areas in the coming years. Both sides have good reason not to trust each other. As such, part of the first steps to establishing better relations is to use go between personnel that the other side will feel they can trust. This is a very sober minded approach to a very real problem, certainly a better option than pouring more gasoline on the fire.

"Bring down a delicate world order..." Surely you don't approve of a situation where America serves as Western Europe's b!tch boy, Americans suffer under horrific trade agreements, Islamic terrorists run amok, America is locked into various ridiculous defense agreements that it not only cannot keep but place it's own defense in peril, relations with major powers such as Russia and China are badly frayed, and decisions are being made based upon ideology (Iraq, Syria, Ukraine) etc without a thought for how this might affect America's economic, security, or cultural wellbeing. This particular "order" needs to be brought down.

Furthermore I'm pretty sure foreign nations including the Russians hacked into her unsecured private server. As such, she should be easier to coopt than a business person who did not have any hands on this.

This being an election cycle unlike any other where people are relying less on the main stream will mean all of this should become more apparent over time. I also think the debates will be telling and will be where Mr. Trump begins to open up a big lead.

I will reiterate what I've stated before. Mr. Trump was not and is not my first choice for POTUS. It's truly a sad state of affairs that we got to this point.