It seems that President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Dennis Blair, is on his way out. Maybe it’s the fact that under his command he has failed to stop three major terrorist attacks…
For several weeks President Obama has been holding serious conversations about whether to ask Blair to step down and has interviewed candidates to replace him. After a discussion this afternoon between the president and Blair on a secure phone line about the best way forward, Blair offered to resign and the president said he would accept, sources told ABC News.
I wonder though. Is it really his fault? When we have an administration that is hell bent on “sitting down at the table” with our enemies and refuses to even use the word “terrorist”, I can’t help but wonder if President Obama himself didn’t tie the Admiral’s hands behind his back.
Blair sealed his own fate in late April when he rebuked current Obama administration policy by admitting that harsh interrogation techniques actually produce results that help stop terrorist attacks.
Dennis Blair, the Director of National Intelligence, pointed out that most of what we know about al-Qaeda came from using those techniques on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah, countering leaks last week from the Obama administration that claimed the methods produced no data
It’s going to be tough for President Obama to name a new Director of National Intelligence when, for the past year and a half, he’s proven there hasn’t been any. Intelligence that is.
In summary… If you’re fighting a war you need the proper weapons in the field and when you’re facing an enemy in that war, you cannot win if you don’t step up and actually fight.