National Security

The Demo Hypocrites Blocking Haspel

Leftists insist Haspel isn't qualified to run the CIA due to "enhanced interrogation."

Political Editors · May 9, 2018

Senate Democrats, so blinded by their determination to resist President Donald Trump at every conceivable opportunity, can’t see that they are actually actively working against the very ideal of equality they so regularly espouse. But, honestly, should we expect any different?

Democrats’ latest obstructionist play is to stand against Trump’s nominee for CIA director, Gina Haspel, a 33-year career veteran of the agency. The Democrats’ objection is that Haspel worked at the agency during those days after the 9/11 terror attacks when the CIA employed “enhanced interrogation” techniques, specifically waterboarding, to extract information out of three prominent al-Qaida terrorist leaders. It was a practice members of both parties supported at the time. The objections to the practice came only years later, after the history and nature of the individuals and threats they presented had long since been forgotten, and when political advantage for Democrats took precedence over national security.

Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, pleaded to be able to speak at Haspel’s Senate hearing about his waterboarding experience. The Times writes, “Mr. Mohammed’s request to provide unspecified information to the panel adds a new twist to that debate. It was described by one of his lawyers, Marine Lt. Col. Derek A. Poteet, who is helping to defend him from death penalty charges before the military commissions system at the Guantanamo Bay naval station.” It should go without saying that this request should be denied.

Another interesting aspect to the Democrat resistance to Haspel is the fact that she would be the first woman to ever head the CIA. National Review’s Deroy Murdock pointedly calls out the Democrats’ hypocrisy, writing, “One might expect that Senate Democrats, reputedly the vanguard of ‘the Party of Women,’ would help Haspel shatter the glass ceiling at the CIA, an historically male-dominated institution in an historically male-dominated profession. But Democrats are all too eager to lock arms and block this highly qualified and widely praised woman so that they can high-kick President Donald J. Trump in the teeth. So, high-kick the donkeys do. If that means that the first woman nominated to run the CIA never does so, then too bad for Gina.”

As things stand now, her confirmation hangs in the balance. Sen. John McCain, who was actually tortured in Vietnam as opposed to waterboarded (a distinction we believe is critically important), opposes her nomination, though he will be absent for the vote due to treatment for brain cancer. Sen. Rand Paul is also a “no,” while Joe Manchin is the only Democrat senator so far to voice his support. If any more Republicans defect, she may need at least one more Democrat to win confirmation.

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Democrats are even dishonest in their attacks.

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