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.