The host of The Schnitt Show this past hour has called for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to resign or to be fired. I agree. John Boehner, are you listening?
James R. Clapper, Jr. (born March 14, 1941) is a retired lieutenant general in the United States Air Force and is currently the Director of National Intelligence. He was previously dual-hatted as the first Director of Defense Intelligence within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence alongside the position of Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. Clapper has held several key positions within the United States Intelligence Community. He served as the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) from September 2001 until June 2006. Previously, he served as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) from 1992 until 1995.
On June 5, 2010 President Barack Obama nominated Clapper to replace Dennis C. Blair as United States Director of National Intelligence. Clapper was unanimously confirmed by the Senate for the position on August 5, 2010.
In 2003 Clapper, then head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, attempted to explain the absence of WMDs in Iraq by asserting that the weapons materials were "unquestionably" shipped out of Iraq to Syria and other countries just before the American invasion, a "personal assessment" which Clapper's own agency head at the time, David Burpee, "could not provide further evidence to support." In an interview on December 20, 2010 with Diane Sawyer of ABC News, Clapper was unaware that twelve alleged would-be terrorists were arrested in Great Britain earlier in the day.
THE DIANE SAWYER INTERVIEW DEBACLE
Clapper should have been fired right after the Diane Sawyer interview debacle. Diane Sawyer wasn't out for blood and she wasn't asking "gotcha!" questions. She simply asked the Director of National Intelligence about the arrest of 12 suspected terrorists in London--a story that has been all over the news. Our Director of National Intelligence HAD NO IDEA WHAT SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT
Janet "from another planet" Napolitano tried to cover for him, as did the Obama administration. "I'm glad our Director of National Intelligence doesn't waste his time watching tv," we were told.
Are you satisfied that this clueless fellow is keeping us safe?
THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD IS LARGELY SECULAR?
White House Corrects DNI Clapper's Claim That Muslim Brotherhood Is 'Secular'
Published February 10, 2011
The Obama administration took the rare step Thursday of correcting its own intelligence chief after the official claimed Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is "largely secular."
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper discussed the Islamist group during a hearing on Capitol Hill earlier Thursday. He testified that the organization has "pursued social ends" and a "betterment of the political order," and downplayed its religious underpinnings.
"The term 'Muslim Brotherhood' ... is an umbrella term for a variety of movements, in the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried Al Qaeda as a perversion of Islam," Clapper said.
Ugh. The "Muslim Brotherhood" favors the genocide of the Jewish people! It has since Hitler's time! That's a "secular" organization that "eschews violence"?
But the DNI later issued a statement to "clarify" that claim.
"To clarify Director Clapper's point, in Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood makes efforts to work through a political system that has been, under Mubarak's rule, one that is largely secular in its orientation. He is well aware that the Muslim Brotherhood is not a secular organization," DNI spokesperson Jamie Smith said.
How many excuses are you going to give this guy?
AMERICAN SPECTATOR ALSO CALLS FOR CLAPPER TO GO
From The American Spectator:
James Clapper Must Resign
By Jeffrey Lord on 2.10.11 @ 5:44PM
So after making the spectacularly stupid statement that the Muslim Brotherhood is "largely secular" (!!!!!), Politico reports, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has begun "backing away" from his statement.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is backing away from comments he made Thursday calling Egypt's branch of the Muslim Brotherhood movement "largely secular."
"To clarify Director Clapper’s point -- in Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood makes efforts to work through a political system that has been, under Mubarak’s rule, one that is largely secular in its orientation -- he is well aware that the Muslim Brotherhood is not a secular organization," a spokesman for Clapper, Jamie Smith, said Thursday afternoon.
This is what's going on at the top of the intelligence community in the Obama Administration?
This guy should be fired before the sun rises.
From the Midwest Conservative Journal:
CLAPPER ON, CLAPPER OFF
Thursday, February 10th, 2011
The United States of America is the greatest country in the history of the world. Hands down, no debate. In what other country in the world can a person rise to one of the highest positions in the national government without having to actually know anything?
James Clapper must either resign or be fired.
If this does not happen with 24 hours, then John Boehner must call for an immediate vote of "no confidence" in the House of Representatives.
Our Director of National Intelligence should at least have some.