Pompeo and Circumstance
The coming battle inside the CIA.
As David Horowitz warned in Big Agenda, despite the election of Donald Trump “there are many battles to come.” One of the most important will take place in the CIA, now headed by Kansas Republican Mike Pompeo. He faces damage left by outgoing CIA boss John Brennan, who never should have had that job or any intelligence post, not even to make coffee.
In 1976, year of the American Bicentennial, the Communist Party USA ticket of Gus Hall and Jarvis Tyner got 58,992 votes. One of them came from college student John Brennan and that requires some context. The CPUSA has always been a wholly owned subsidiary of the Soviet Union, and in 1976 that was evident to all but the willfully blind.
The year 1976 marked more than a quarter century since Richard Wright, Arthur Koestler, Andre Gide, other former partisans of the USSR wrote The God That Failed, a powerful indictment of Communism. The year 1976 marked twenty years since Nikita Khrushchev denounced the crimes of Stalin, and many fled the Party.
The year 1976 marked six years since Alexander Solzhenitsyn won the Nobel Prize for literature. The great writer had been imprisoned for criticizing Stalin, and his Gulag Archipelago charted the prison camp system of the USSR.
The Communist Party USA candidate in 1976 was Gus Hall, a slobbering Stalinist who defended the USSR during the worst of its atrocities and remained faithful to the end. So it took a special kind of person to vote for Gus Hall and the Communist Party USA in 1976, but John Brennan was up to the task.
Brennan said he voted Communist because he was unhappy “with the system” and saw “the need for change.” As Commies author Ron Radosh pointed out “a lot of people wanted change—but very few of them, perhaps 1/10th of 1 percent, supported the presidential candidate of the American Communist Party, Gus Hall. Indeed, the CPUSA at that time was dedicated to gaining support for Soviet foreign policy, with the intent of defeating the United States in the Cold War.”
Radosh also noted that former Clinton National Security Adviser Anthony Lake failed to become CIA director because he thought Alger Hiss might be innocent. Brennan touted his vote for the CPUSA and as Radosh noted, “in a sane world, he would have been turned down.” Brennan got the job, which makes sense, given the person who chose him.
Occidental College student Barry Soetoro described as his “Pop” the Stalinist pornographer Frank Marshall Davis, a security risk with an FBI file 600 pages long. Barry knew he was not electable with that pedigree, so he claimed in Dreams from My Father that dead Kenyan Barack H. Obama “bequeathed” his name to him.
Rebadged as the son of a Kenyan goatherd, Barry Soetoro duly gained election as the 44th President of the United States and served two terms. As Paul Kengor noted in The Communist, his policies bore remarkable similarities to the writings of Davis. So it makes sense that the President Formerly Known as Barry Soetoro (PFKBS) would have no problem with a CIA boss who voted Communist in 1976. On the other hand, there was more to it.
While living in Indonesia, Barry Soetoro attended a “predominantly Muslim school,” as The Audacity of Hope explains. So PFKBS would welcome a CIA boss who served as his campaign adviser in 2008 and publicly praised “the goodness and beauty of Islam,” in his view “a faith of peace and tolerance.”
In 2012, Brennan played a role in fabricating the false narrative that Benghazi was a spontaneous protest of a video. After Brennan became CIA boss in 2013, he transformed the agency into a partisan propaganda service for PFKBS and his designated successor Hillary Clinton. She was the Secretary of State who dismissed the four American dead in Benghazi with: “what difference, at this point, does it make?”
Mike Pompeo, by all indications a capable man, understands that the Central Intelligence Agency is the eyes and ears of the United States against all enemies, radical Islamic terrorists prominent among them. The CIA does not exist to function as a private Comintern for any politician.
Stalinist-voting John Brennan, who believes Islam is a “faith of peace and tolerance,” is out but questions remain. What did he destroy or conceal about the President Formerly Known as Barry Soetoro? And of course, Brennan’s moles remain in place. As with corrupt Justice Department and IRS officials, they need to be exposed, fired, and prosecuted.
Director Pompeo should also take a hard look at anyone hired on the watch of John Brennan and PFKBS. Neither was properly vetted, so check out who they let slip in. And by all means, apply extreme vetting to all now seeking to enter the CIA. And as inspector Claude Lebel told Madame de Montepellier in The Day of the Jackal, “be in no doubt as to the seriousness of your position.”
In the war for the nation’s future, this will be a crucial battle. If the Trump administration can’t pull it off, they might consider scrapping the CIA and starting afresh with a new agency. As President Trump says, the nation has deep needs in infrastructure.