Over at National Review, Jim Geraghty has stated that “all statements made by Barack Obama have an expiration date. All of them”. He’s since started a cottage industry of cataloging each statement and its expiration date. I don’t know if he’s gotten to this one yet, but it’s a doozy.

I should first state for the record that I have always had a great respect for this nation’s shadow warriors. They are always at the tip of America’s spear – called upon to go places and engage in activities some people find reprehensible and most only wish they could do.

In April of this year, The One condescended to visit CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. He availed himself of the opportunity to address the assembled masses and in his TelePrompTer’d speech are found the following paragraphs:

The CIA is unique in the capabilities of collection, analysis and operation that you bring to bear. So you are an indispensable tool, the tip of the spear in America’s intelligence mission and our national security.

It is because of you that I can make good decisions. You prove that the key to good intelligence is not simply technology. It’s the quality of the men and women who have signed up to serve.

You’re on the front lines against unconventional challenges.

You help us understand the world as it is. You support the work of our troops and our diplomats and law enforcement officers. You disrupt terrorist plots, and you’re critical to our efforts to destroy terrorist networks. You serve capably, courageously, and from here in Virginia to dangerous outposts around the globe, you make enormous sacrifices on our behalf.

So you should be proud of what you do.

Second, you need to know that you’ve got my full support. For decades, the American people have counted on you to protect them. I know that I’ve come to personally count on your services. I rely on your reporting and your analysis, which finds its way onto my desk every single day.

And I know you’ve got a tough job. I know there’s no margin for error. And I know there are endless demands for intelligence. There is an urgent necessity to collect and analyze information and to work seamlessly with other agencies to act on it.

And — and what makes it tougher is when you succeed, as you so often do, that success usually has to stay secret. So you don’t get credit when things go good, but you sure get some blame when things don’t.

The One ended with this forward-looking statement:

Now we must look forward to the future with confidence. All that you’ve achieved, I believe that the CIA’s best days are still yet to come. And you will have my support and appreciation as you carry on this critical work.

We live in dangerous times. I am going to need you more than ever, precisely because we’re seeing changes in our foreign policy, and we want to send a new message to the world. That requires better intelligence, not less of it. That means that we’re going to have to operate smarter and more effectively than ever.

So I’m going to be relying on you, and the American people are going to rely on you. And I hope that you will continue to take extraordinary pride in the challenges that come with the job.

Well, this week all those rhetorical flourishes reached their collective expiration date. The Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, announced on Monday that he has appointed a Special Prosecutor to investigate the treatment of “detainees” at the hands of CIA interrogators during the W Administration. Never mind the fact he told Missouri Senator Kit Bond he would not engage in such activities. Times have changed.

I’ve read the unclassified reports of what methods were used on these Islamofascist Murdering Thugs in order to pump them for any and all useful information. Forgive me if the fact that CIA interrogators threatened to kill Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s children. You don’t know who KSM is? He’s the guy who masterminded the September 11 attacks. How many children lost their parents on that Tuesday morning? We’re worried about the effect of that threat on KSM’s mental health? Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot. Over. Spare me.

I also don’t give a rat’s hindquarters if “detainees” were subjected to mock executions in order to make them talk. Contrary to the practice of our enemies, nobody was actually executed in the process.

I’d like to say I don’t know why Eric Holder has decided to tilt at this particular windmill. I can hazard a pretty educated guess that the DailyKos and Moveon.org crowd are foaming at the mouth demanding endless investigations of the W crowd. The One, wanting any headline to distract from his flailings, has decided to offer up those shadow warriors charged with discerning the plans of this nation’s enemies as a sacrifice to appease the leftist nutball caucus of his followers.

Over the course of my professional career I have had the priviledge of interacting with some of this nation’s shadow warriors. No, I will not tell you when, where, or why. All I will tell you is that I have found these people – to a man and woman – to be consummate professionals who take their sworn duty very seriously. They take no joy in the suffering of others – they only wish to prevent this same suffering from being visited upon their countrymen. Yet these same people are the ones Team Obama seeks to punish and publicly humiliate.

In the days and months following September 11, these warriors were charged with hunting down and killing the enemy in addition to preventing that same enemy from realizing further attacks on this nation. Everybody wanted this job done. Few people were concerned with the actual mechanics behind the operation.

If President Obama truly understood the conflict in which this nation is currently engaged, he would not allow the legal system to emasculate the very agency at the tip of the spear. The battlefield is no place for lawyers. Holder’s special prosecutor will instill in every single field operative the requirement that he or she second guess themselves in every action they take out of fear that instead of getting a medal for their heroic actions they will instead be rewarded with mountains of legal bills and quite possible a six by nine foot cell at Ft. Leavenworth.

This kind of Hope and Change puts the national security of the United States at risk. Tell me, America, is this what you signed up for?
As a resident of Northern Virginia, I could quite possibly find myself called to serve on a jury judging the fate of one of these operatives. For the record, I will not convict.

Comments

  • http://twitter.com/theatomicmom East of Eden

    …and then there is the part where they are setting a very dangerous precedent by going after the previous administration…I wonder, when the next attack happens, and it will happen, if Eric Holder will mind being prosecuted for being an complete idiot with his head in the sand.

  • Troy La Mana

    When all this causes another attack on American soil The One will blame Bush.

  • Gil Rice

    Fantastic post,Cord. I have always stated, that in the interest of national security, there is so many things that happens that the average layman does not need to know nor have a right to know. When the Commander-in-Chief has a military background, these problems never arise, but with community organizers, they have no sense of what is out there in the big, nasty old world.