President Obama’s nominations to three of the most important positions in government—Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense and the CIA chief—tell you everything you need to know about the dangerously warped and irresponsible attitude he has towards our national security.
John Kerry, the nominee for Secretary of State has a long history of disparaging U.S. service men and women. He’s accused them of everything from terrorizing civilians to habitually engaging in murder, rape and other crimes.
But it’s not just Kerry’s statements that prove worrisome. The President’s extreme proposal to unilaterally slash the U.S. nuclear deterrent, even while China, Russia, North Korea and Iran dramatically increase theirs, will now have an ally in our most important diplomatic post.
It is deeply troubling to think that both the president and his most important cabinet appointee are of the mindset that America is the world’s bad guy, not the regimes that continue to oppress their own citizens, support evildoers throughout the planet, and threaten international safety.
An even greater concern is the President’s penchant for secrecy from the American public when he negotiates with these disreputable regimes. It’s hard to forget the “whisper” incident, when he was accidentally caught on a supposedly closed microphone pledging further concessions to Moscow.
Chuck Hagel, the president’s pick for Secretary of Defense is known for hostility to the Pentagon budget requests, to the use of U.S. military power abroad, and to America’s friendly relations with Israel. Surely, an odd choice to lead the Department of Defense.
The White House’s nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA is also troubling. Mike Morrell, the current #2 at the CIA, and by all accounts a competent leader, was passed over in order to give Brennan the job. Brennan is in line with Obama’s beliefs that there is little danger—despite all evidence to the contrary—from nations like China or Iran. Like Obama, he refuses to acknowledge the large and growing threat that exists from aggressive regimes and considers the occasional drone attack on a terrorist leader and adequate defense.
None of the three appointees are inclined to question President Obama’s dangerously naïve goals of unilaterally slashing the U.S. nuclear arsenal, cutting our already depleted conventional forces, and distancing America from key allies.