Trump’s Cabinet: The Flip-flopping CIA Director

Rep. Mike Pompeo, Nominee for CIA Director, avoiding your gaze

Rep. Mike Pompeo, Nominee for CIA Director, avoiding your gaze

The president-elect does/doesn’t believe and support U.S. intelligence agencies, depending on whether or not he likes the information they provide. We already know he doesn’t listen to their briefings, because he’s smart.

So it’s not much of a surprise that the Trumpster picked a flip-flopper as his Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

“Need further proof that the fix was in from Pres. Obama on down? BUSTED: 19,252 emails from DNC leaked by WikiLeaks.”
— tweet from Rep. Mike Pompeo, July 24, 2016

“Do you think WikiLeaks is a reliable source of information?”
— Sen. Angus King, in hearing December 12, 2016

“I do not.”
— Mike Pompeo

Or how about this one: In December 2014, when Senator Dianne Feinstein (D, Calif.) released the Senate Intelligence Committee Torture Report then Rep. Mike Pompeo (R, Kans.) issued a press release savaging Senator Feinstein:

It is hard to imagine a sound reason that Senator Feinstein would put American operators and their families at risk—by demanding the release of details that are not in any way related to the legality or appropriateness of the programs.  The intelligence collection programs described in the report have been in the news and hot topics for discussion for years.  The sad conclusion left open is that her release of the report is the result of a narcissistic self-cleansing that is quintessentially at odds with her duty to the country.

Moreover, the release of this report makes our nation less secure.  Our friends and allies across the world, who have worked closely with us to crush the Islamic jihad that threatens every Kansan and every American, now know the United States government will not honor its commitments.  Their willingness to work with us in the future is now greatly diminished.

Harsh words, if unsurprising coming from a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence and Benghazi. On Thursday, we learned the nominee for CIA Director apologized to Senator Feinstein in a private meeting Monday for that 2014 press release. Senator Feinstein thanked Pompeo for his apology at the beginning of her remarks during the public portion of his confirmation hearing. Of course, the candidate wants Senator Feinstein’s vote, so we get another flip-flop.

Now you might argue that anyone involved in the Republicans’ Benghazi witch hunt should be disqualified from holding any executive position. And Rep. Pompeo was certainly a zealous witch hunter, spending millions of taxpayer dollars in an utterly futile attempt to burn a woman at the political stake.

But WC thinks it is even more alarming to nominate as head of an intelligence agency someone who tunes their response to what they think their boss, their audience, or the public wants to hear.

Most U.S. foreign policy disasters in recent years trace to intelligence failures, or cases where intelligence sources told the President what he wanted to hear, instead of the objective facts. 9/11 was an example of the former. The invasion of Iraq is an example of the latter. The United States can ill afford a CIA director who flip-flops, a CIA director who bases his opinions on what he thinks serves his purposes, a CIA director who reaches his conclusions based on whether or not he likes them.

Rep. Mike Pompeo is another disastrous nominee for any office higher than dog catcher. He is an extremely dangerous choice to Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.