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Douglas Andrews / May 4, 2021

Is Our Spy Agency a Woke Joke?

In a newly released recruiting video, the CIA outs itself as having woefully misplaced priorities.

At first glance, it looks like one of those cleverly produced SNL skits. Indeed, at the 0:49 mark, as the star of the video proudly proclaims, “I am a cisgender Millennial who has been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder,” we wonder: Is that Maya Rudolph? Maybe Rachel Dratch? And as the video nears its finish, we can’t help but brace ourselves for the whole SNL cast to bust in and start high-fiving their comedic colleague.

But they never do. Because what we’re watching is not a joke — at least not in the intended sense. No, what we’re watching is an actual CIA recruitment video — one that implores its viewers to “command your space” and “be unapologetically you.” Take a look:

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the video — aside from its utter lack of self-awareness — is the efficiency with which its producers rattle off one woke cliché after another: “I am perfectly made … I am a woman of color … I am intersectional … I am a walking declaration … I did not sneak into CIA … I am educated, qualified, and competent … I am proud of me … I am unapologetically me.” I, I, I, I, I, I, aye yi yiii.

And then our favorite: “I used to struggle with imposter syndrome, but at 36, I refuse to internalize misguided patriarchal ideas of what a woman can or should be.”

As Fox News reports, “Former CIA officer Bryan Dean Wright took issue with the video, tweeting: ‘The CIA used to be about mission to country. (I speak from experience). Now it’s now about demanding — and getting — accommodation to fix an emotional wound or advance a personal agenda. America is less safe with this new CIA, and dangerously more political.’”

Meghan McCain of “The View” offered this scathing and spot-on indictment: “This CIA recruitment video is a joke and truly embarrassing for our entire country. China, Russia and our enemies are laughing at us.”

Perhaps most glaring of all was Fox News contributor (and grandchild of Mexican immigrants) Rachel Campos-Duffy’s observation that the anonymous agent boasts about “all her identities … EXCEPT American. God help us.”

Independent journalist Glenn Greenwald saw it coming years ago, and he told us so. “Lots of people who pay no attention to the CIA and the security state seem to think this CIA video is the first time they’ve promoted, endorsed and embraced woke ideology,” he tweets. “They’ve been doing it for years. I wrote about [it] back in 2015.”

Sure enough, he did. “[The CIA] now issues press releases hailing LGBT Pride Month and its ‘Agency Network of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Officers and Allies (ANGLE),’ which ‘heralded the start of Pride Month by unveiling a photography exhibit at CIA Headquarters showcasing LGBT officers, allied employees, and their families.’”

Dude was prophetic.

Has the CIA jumped the shark? Inquiring Patriots want to know. In addition, we’d like to know that our spy agency, the agency that claims to be our nation’s “first line of defense” and boasts, “We accomplish what others cannot accomplish and go where others cannot go,” is on the job and firmly committed — above all else — to being the world’s best intelligence agency.

And if it’s not too much trouble, we’d like to know that our CIA is recruiting the best people for the job without regard to their race, color, creed, religion, or political persuasion.

To be clear, it’s great to have an agent who can, in her own words, “change a diaper in one hand and console a crying toddler with the other.”

We believe that. And we honor it. But we wonder: Can she also spy on our enemies?


Update: “When I was Director of the CIA,” said Mike Pompeo, “we valued individuals based on their talent and skill, not their race or sexuality. I’ll never forget what one female analyst said to me: ‘Thank you for valuing me for my work. I want my abilities and achievements to define me, not my sexuality.’ The collection of incredibly talented patriots serving America at the CIA is what makes it the best spy agency in the world — and we must continue to recruit the best and brightest. We can’t afford to risk our national security to appease some liberal, woke agenda.”

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