The wise King Solomon once said in Proverbs 17:28 (NIV), “Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.” I think President Obama had a variation of this to describe his foreign policy: “don’t do stupid sh*t”…sadly, Obama did not heed his own words, nor those of Solomon.
And just recently we had an example of an Obama administration official who should glue King Solomon’s words to his head, so he may see them every time he looks in the mirror.
As reported by The Hill, “The head of the CIA offered stern warnings for President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday about sabotaging the nuclear deal with Iran, warming up to Russia and returning to brutal forms of interrogation widely considered to be torture. Those steps, which Trump has promised to pursue as president, would embolden foreign hard-liners and meet heavy resistance from within the CIA, Director John Brennan said in an interview with the BBC.
Tearing up the Iran deal, Brennan said, “would be disastrous.” “It would be the height of folly if the next administration were to tear up that agreement,” he claimed, warning that other governments would use the development to start pursuing nuclear weapons of their own.
Trump has repeatedly criticized the accord which sets limits on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. He has called it “the worst deal ever negotiated” and said that, as president, he would force Iran to return to the table or else risk the agreement falling apart.
In his interview with the BBC, Brennan also cautioned Trump against developing a close relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, about whom the president-elect has been remarkably complimentary. “I think President Trump and the new administration need to be wary of Russian promises,” Brennan said. Moscow has posed a consistent obstacle to the Obama administration’s plans to stem the civil war in Syria and has been “disingenuous” during efforts to work together, the CIA head claimed.”
First of all Mr. Brennan, you are on your way out in 50 days, 1 hour, 42 minutes, and 40 seconds as I type this. We don’t care what you have to say to the BBC. Please start clearing out your office and prepare a transition briefing book for Rep. Pompeo.
And as for the Iranian agreement, it was torn up by the Iranians themselves. And disastrous? I’ll define disastrous for you: giving $1.7 billion in laundered cash to the number one state sponsor of Islamic terrorism. Disastrous is enabling Iran to control four major capitols in the Middle East: Sanaa, Yemen; Beirut, Lebanon; Damascus, Syria and Baghdad, Iraq. Disastrous sir, is watching ten of our U.S. Sailors on their knees at gun point.
What is so perplexing to me — actually not — are the measures to which the Obama administration is going to try to coerce and intimidate the incoming Trump administration when it comes to foreign policy — any policy.
These chuckleheads were so very convinced it would be Hillary Clinton following them, they’re in full panic mode. The American people voted against your policies, Mr. Obama and Mr. Brennan, and no amount of whining to the BBC, or blaming Fox News is going to change the election results.
And Jill Stein is a cartoon character from Looney Tunes, so forget this recount fiasco.
As I said in Times Square Mr. President, you did something that was damn stupid with this Iranian agreement. Do not expect us to be similar to your mindless acolytes, like John Brennan, who will try and convince others that standing up to Iran is disastrous — REALLY?
Mr. President you are exiting the White House leaving the Middle East in a complete and utter meltdown — truly not what you inherited. That is disastrous. How many have endured the disaster of your failures in the Middle East? How offensive to us that Mr. Brennan considers us that ignorant. Other nations are already seeking out nuclear arms…because Iran will have them and that is a game changer in the region. We know Iran is colluding with North Korea. We know Iran has violated the agreement in securing conventional weapons and testing ballistic missiles. THAT is disastrous.
And what is Brennan talking about, giving advice to the incoming Trump administration about Russia? It was Barack Obama who confided in Dmitry Medvedev that he would have flexibility after his reelection.
That disastrous statement resulted in the overtaking of Crimea, eastern Ukraine, and the bolstering of Bashar Assad in Syria. It was the silly little yellow toy box with the red button that was labeled a “reset” with Russia. The disastrous result being Russia buzzing of our naval warships in international waters of the Baltic Sea, and our coastline being buzzed by Russian fighters and bombers on our own Independence Day — after Putin called to give his well wishes.
President-elect Trump has no relationship with Putin, and I’m quite sure he’ll get the right counsel and advice to know he shouldn’t get played by him, as he did you guys in the Obama administration. Trump will operate from a position of strength, not the cowardly weakness of announcements, pronouncements, declarations, strong condemnations, and speeches. And even better, the Trump national security team will have professionals, not literature majors like Ben Rhodes.
John Brennan’s interview with the BBC is nothing more than the cries of a group of people who are about to become very irrelevant. There will be nothing for which anyone will remember the eight years of Barack Obama, save for his failures. In speaking with the BBC, Brennan should have reminded them of a quote from Sir Winston Churchill: “You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing after they have tried everything else.”
We tried Barack Obama, and your fundamental transformation of hope and change and it was disastrous. So we did the right thing. And kicked your butts out of Washington DC. Have fun at your coastal elitist cocktail parties whining.