Which American president has been widely quoted as saying he planned to “splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds”?
The answer: John F. Kennedy, who was furious with the Agency’s mishandling of the Bay of Pigs invasion, among other things.
This quotation takes on an ominous aspect when you consider JFK’s tragic fate…
Many are hearkening back to this remark following Donald Trump’s recent comments about his plans for the Central Intelligence Agency once he officially becomes president:
Just in case the accusations that president-elect Donald Trump is a puppet of the Kremlin, intent on destabilizing and weakening the US weren’t loud enough, moments ago the WSJ assured these would hit an unprecedented level with a report that Trump, a harsh critic of U.S. intelligence agencies, is working with top advisers on a plan that would restructure and pare back the nation’s top spy agency, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, prompted by a belief that it has “become bloated and politicized.” (…)
Trump may have a point: after all it was the Democrats who accused the FBI of being so politicized that Comey’s reopening of the Clinton email server case is what cost her the presidency. (…)
In one of his Wednesday tweets, Trump referenced an interview that WikiLeaks editor in chief Julian Assange gave to Fox News in which he denied Russia had been his source for the thousands of hacked Podesta and DNC emails. As reported earlier, Trump tweeted: “Julian Assange said ‘a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta’—why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!”
Donald Trump has faced some formidable foes in his life but challenging the CIA is a daring step.
Ron Paul weighed in on Trump’s comments, and while Ron Paul is not always on Trump’s side, this time he definitely is:
However, liberals will now be faced with a tricky situation: The American left has spent generations painting the Central Intelligence Agency as villains, in both mainstream media reporting and in the realm of fiction and Hollywood blockbusters. Since the left reflexively sides with anyone Trump views as an enemy, this puts liberals in the awkward position of having to defend a group it has demonized.
It will be fun watching the left suddenly try to portray the powerful spy agency as some kind of poor unfortunate “victim” of “evil” Donald Trump.