BEN WEINGARTEN

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Disturbing Admission of Former CIA Director Inadvertently Illustrates Disastrous Politicization

Gen. Michael Hayden, the former NSA and CIA director, has inadvertently revealed the ultimate subtext for the political establishment’s antagonism towards President Trump.

He writes in a recent New York Times editorial:

When asked for counsel these days by officers who are already in government, especially more junior ones, I remind them of their duty to help the president succeed. But then I add: ‘Protect yourself. Take notes and save them. And above all, protect the institution. America still needs it. [Emphasis mine]

This is the buried lede in an essay adapted from Gen. Hayden’s forthcoming book The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies.

The focus of his piece is that we are moving into a new “post-truth era,” making it impossible for intelligence agencies to do their job.

But as I show in a new piece at The Federalist, this premise masks the true animating factor behind the words and deeds of the national security and foreign policy establishment in relation to President Trump from the 2016 campaign on.

The establishment has served under presidents before who have not been, to put it politely, paragons of truth and virtue — sometimes to the great detriment of our national security.

What really differentiates the current president from his predecessors is his willingness to speak one major inconvenient truth: The world has gotten progressively more dangerous and chaotic under establishment leadership in the post-Cold War era, in particular under the Obama-Clinton administration.

Calling out this failure, and challenging the worldview that has led to the actions that caused it, is what these individuals cannot abide because it represents an attack on their power, influence and credibility.

“[A]bove all, protect[ing the institution” is a sentiment that would suggest those in our bureaucracies would condone all manner of actions that undermine our constitutional order.

And what have we seen over the last two years in the national security and foreign policy establishment, as well as our justice system?

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My Appearance on Newsmax TV’s ‘The Daily Wrap’: Democratic Knives Come Out for Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and More!

On Friday 10/19 I again sat in as a guest on Newsmax TV’s “The Daily Wrap.”

During the episode, I had the chance to discuss President Obama’s comments regarding the national security implications of the Hillary Clinton email scandal and the FBI’s reportedly angered reaction to said comments, the Dems’ disparaging of Debbie Wasserman Schultz over her DNC “dictatorship” and alleged favoritism towards Hillary, RNC Chair Reince Priebus’ comments about the Republican Party being “cooked” if the GOP loses the presidency in 2016, Ben Carson, Donald Trump and more.

You can watch some particularly pertinent clips below:

Dems With Knives Out for Debbie

Reince Priebus on the GOP Potentially Being “Cooked”

Trump and Carson

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