Former director of the Central Intelligence Agency Michael J Morell is the latest in a phalanx of senior US military-intelligence figures who are shedding any pretense of political neutrality and giving their full-throated endorsement to Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
In a New York Times opinion piece, Morell starkly backed Clinton as the most «highly qualified to be commander-in-chief… keeping our nation safe».
Here is the key exchange:
Morell: We need to make the Iranians pay the price in Syria; we need to make the Russians pay the price.
Rose: We make them pay the price by killing Russians and killing Iranians?
Morell: Yes. Covertly. You don’t tell the world about it. You don’t stand at the Pentagon and say we did this. But you make sure they know it in Moscow and Tehran.I want to go after those things that Assad sees as his personal power base. I want to scare Assad. I want to go after his presidential car. I want to bomb his offices in the middle of the night. I want to destroy his presidential aircraft. I want to destroy his presidential helicopters. I want to make him think we are coming after him.
And what could possibly go wrong? Oh, wait …
Last Friday, former deputy and acting director of the CIA, Mike Morell became the latest neocon to join the Hillary bandwagon with a NYT Op-Ed titled “I Ran the C.I.A. Now I’m Endorsing Hillary Clinton” in which he not only praised Hillary but slammed Donald Trump, as follows: “Mrs. Clinton is highly qualified to be commander in chief. I trust she will deliver on the most important duty of a president — keeping our nation safe. Second, Donald J. Trump is not only unqualified for the job, but he may well pose a threat to our national security…. In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.”
In other news:
– FBI Investigation Led to Petraeus Resignation (Newsmax, Nov 9, 2012)
More on Paula Broadwell HERE
– CIA director David Petraeus resigns after FBI investigation uncovers affair with high-profile journalist (National Post, Nov 10, 2012):
David Petraeus resigned abruptly Friday as CIA director after an FBI investigation discovered his affair with biographer Paula Broadwell.
Broadwell, who released All In: The Education of General David Petraeus earlier this year, is now under investigation for trying to access Petraeus’ email, which may have exposed classified documents, sources told NBC News.
The FBI probe is unlikely to result in charges, NBC’s source noted.
Broadwell did not respond to voice mail or email messages seeking comment.
Broadwell, a research associate at Harvard University’s Center for Public Leadership, is married with two kids, according to her website.
The president said that CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell would serve as acting director. Morell was the key CIA aide in the White House to President George W. Bush during the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
Morell had served as deputy director since May 2010, after holding a number of top roles, including director for the agency’s analytical arm, which helps feed intelligence into the president’s daily brief. He also worked as an aide to former CIA director George Tenet.