America’s top spy needs to be a steely-eyed realist, sensitive to emerging threats and keen sense about our foes’ intent to deceive us.

Yes, of course. But why would President Obama select such an advisor? He apparently sees no need for anyone intent upon persuading him to do what is best for the nation and deems himself more knowledgeable about that (evidently identical to what is best for himself) than any possible advisor.

President Obama is a “steely-eyed realist” only when generating opposition to “obstructionist” Republicans, who have not learned to fight back. Our foreign enemies? It seems unlikely that many are as inept as our Republican “leadership.” Might it be President Obama’s view that our foreign “peace partners” will fall into line just as have many Republicans? Whatever may be his view, it seems highly unlikely that many will do so.

President Obama’s views on international matters are probably consistent with Mr. Brennan’s. President Obama apparently wants an advisor who will feed him the sort of pablum he most enjoys – support for his views rather than attempts to convince him (privately) that they are wrong. That is the opposite of what a competent President who honors his oath of office needs or would want; but then we are dealing with President Obama.


About danmillerinpanama

I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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