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Gina Haspel: Punished for Loyal Service

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CIA director nominee and acting CIA Director Gina Haspel is sworn in by U.S Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr to testify at her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2018. Chip Somodevilla/Pool via REUTERS

Gina Haspel has been selected by President Trump as the new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency after serving the agency effectively for 32 years, under two Democratic and four Republican presidents.

But Democrats still oppose her confirmation because CIA policy after 9/11 called for enhanced interrogation techniques and she followed her orders in executing that policy. After Congress pressed to eliminate tactics like water-boarding, she accepted that decision too, and executed it without complaint.

For Democrats, in other words, it’s her loyal service to the agency, under both Republican and Democratic leadership, that disqualifies Haspel. If they oppose her confirmation, they are saying we can’t accept anyone with long and varied experience at the agency who has followed legal orders through the chain of command.

In fighting this patriotic, richly qualified nominee the Democrats are placing political gamesmanship ahead of national security.

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  1. Ty  •  May 10, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    And McCain too Michael. He does not want to support her. Turns out some people draw lines against support for torture and having the evidence destroyed.

  2. Rizzo  •  May 11, 2018 at 4:42 am

    Oh yes, and don’t forget how much the left just loves women. Promote all women. Put them in positions of power. Treat them with respect, and blah, blah, blah.
    #metoo are total hypocrites!

    And BTW, I am all for water boarding the shit out of these terrorist scumbags. That’s the least worst thing they deserve!

    • Nani Tavares  •  May 11, 2018 at 6:18 am

      Amen Rizzo! The Left probably believes we were wrong to end WWII with nukes and any action taken to defend ourselves. The funny thing is these are people who were probably bullied in school and/or refused to serve. They believed then and now that if you just kiss the butt of those trying to hurt you, you’d be ok. The part that has an instinct to fight back know what cowards they are and so they try to rewrite the narrative so that those who stand firm and are willing to fight are the bad guys.

      They’ve said it so often and so convincingly that many just accept it. I, like you, are for any means to break someone who would hurt this nation.

      • Ty  •  May 11, 2018 at 7:24 am

        Oh yes Nani, much better to Trust the judgment of President Bone Spurs over McCain that was actually tortured. You're so big and strong there playing chicken hawk. To elevate that woman with that blight on her record is not something to cheer for… unless you are just another supplicant for Party and Trump.

  3. Rizzo  •  May 11, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Ty… did you vote for McCain?
    No, no you didn’t. So quit upholding McCain
    like his word is golden.
    McCain was tortured, but I bet he would trade
    in a heartbeat what he endured for waterboarding.

    • Ty  •  May 11, 2018 at 2:10 pm

      I voted for McCain over Obama in 2008. That was when I was more of a neocon and bought into arguments of people like David Frum and Christopher Hitchens about the value of using military force to topple dictatorships and allow more freedom and democracy and self determination to spread. Turns out, that had the unintended consequence of unleashing a centuries long blood feud that was barely contained by the steel cleated boot of Sadaam. Now I am more wary of intervention, not because I think they are never justified, but because the aftermath weighs more heavily in my mind now.

      When you have people where there is little to no self reflection, you get people like John Bolton.

      • Rizzo  •  May 11, 2018 at 3:03 pm

        John Bolton, who has served 4 or 5 Presidents, has no self reflection.

        Ty… Do yourself a favor, think before you type.
        Otherwise, you come off as a person who has no "self reflection", and a real moron.

      • Rizzo  •  May 14, 2018 at 7:52 am

        You voted for McCain?
        Did you just happen to have what alcoholics refer to as a MOMENT OF CLARITY?

  4. Harvey Homan  •  May 11, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    McCain's a rhino hypocrite and has been for years. I'm truly sick of the man. He voted for CIA Director Brennan (Obama's pick), who was Ms. Haspel's boss during the waterboarding of the 9-11 mastermind. How soon we forget. Trump's had McCain's number for years. I suspect a lot of us do. Drain the swamp!

  5. Nani Tavares  •  May 11, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Ty, I feel I must break this to you: most people aren't buying the Liberal moral high ground you and yours claim. Honestly, you've proven to be hypocritical so often that it's hard to swallow the bull. I can't get how you can say it with a straight face as if America never did what it must to protect herself, as if people weren't trying to destroy us, as if 9/11 never happened. I'll be the first to admit that I sat in my own bubble of unconcern of foreign affairs and had little or no time for self examination of motives and theories. 9/11 changed all that.

    It should have for you and all those who live in this nation. Honestly, the ingratitude is nauseating as is the flagellation of our nation. Enough Ty. We ain't buying.

    • Ty  •  May 11, 2018 at 5:33 pm

      No need to break anything to me Nani, I knew the bottom fell out of any moral ground for the base of modern conservatism years ago. Remember, I used to listen to a lot of talk radio and heard first hand how deep the rot had spread.

      • Rizzo  •  May 12, 2018 at 10:23 am

        Moral High Ground?
        Who is it that supports illegal aliens over US Citizens?
        Who is it that protects terrorists and their rights over the safety of US Citizens?
        Who is that supports stealing money from hardworking citizens and giving it to those who did not earn it?
        Who is that supports killing innocent babies and protecting criminals?

        Libtards should NEVER talk about "Moral High Ground". You people are lunatics.

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