"Donald Trump's original comments on the state of America's intelligence community was not as off-base as what we would be led to believe"
Last week's "anybody but Trump" mainstream media tirade was based on Trump's original statement that made it appear as though he trusted Vladimir Putin over America's vast and extremely powerful "intelligence" network.
While there are many examples of the failure of America's intelligence services, there is one that is particularly pertinent given the ongoing Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Here it is in all of its glory:
On February 11, 2003, Robert S. Mueller III, then Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, testified before the Select Committee on Intelligence of the United States Senate on the topic of the War on Terrorism.
Here are some excerpts from the official transcript of his testimony:
Although Iran remains a significant concern for its continued financial and logistical support of terrorism, Iraq has moved to the top of my list. As we previously briefed this Committee, Iraq's WMD program poses a clear threat to our national security, a threat that will certainly increase in the event of future military action against Iraq.
Baghdad has the capability and, we presume, the will to use biological, chemical, or radiological weapons against US domestic targets in the event of a US invasion. We are also concerned about terrorist organizations with direct ties to Iraq—such as the Iranian dissident group, Mujahidin-e Khalq, and the Palestinian Abu Nidal Organization.
1.) Groups like the Abu Nidal Organization may target US entities overseas but probably lack the military infrastructure to conduct organized terrorist attacks on US soil. A notable exception is the Mujahedin-e Khalq, which has a US presence and proven operational capability overseas and which cooperates with Baghdad.
2.) Secretary Powell presented evidence last week that Baghdad has failed to disarm its weapons of mass destruction, willfully attempting to evade and deceive the international community. Our particular concern is that Saddam may supply al-Qaeda with biological, chemical, or radiological material before or during a war with the US to avenge the fall of his regime.
Although divergent political goals limit al-Qaeda's cooperation with Iraq, northern Iraq has emerged as an increasingly important operational base for al-Qaeda associates, and a US-Iraq war could prompt Baghdad to more directly engage al-Qaeda." (my bolds)
He did, however, get at least something right:
"The terrorist enemy, however, is far from defeated...we face a long war whose end is difficult to foresee."
This is the man that America is trusting to head the Special Counsel Investigation into the Russian government's alleged attempts to interfere in the 2016 election and to look at any potential links between Donald Trump's campaign and the Russians, particularly Vladimir Putin.
I would suggest that, given his track record on a case which brought America even deeper into the unwinnable War on Terror, his work on the Russia file should be viewed with more than a bit of skepticism.
Perhaps Donald Trump's original comments on the state of America's intelligence community was not as off-base as what we would be led to believe by what passes as news media in the United States.
Source: Viable Opposition