Douglas Andrews / August 23, 2021

Hayden Smears Trump Supporters

But the former “intelligence” leader isn’t as smart as he thinks he is.

Michael Hayden served our nation for more than four decades. But somewhere along the way, he turned into a soft, snarky, know-it-all pipsqueak. Or perhaps he’s been that way all along.

In any case, now that he’s retired, Hayden, the former Air Force general, NSA director, and CIA director, seems to think the American people need to hear what he thinks about a specific subset of us: namely, the 74 million Americans who presciently voted for Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

On Thursday, Hayden retweeted a split image in which the topmost photo showed a caravan of black-clad Islamist warriors waving guns and flags above a caption reading: “Their Taliban,” while the bottom image showed a line of pickup trucks adorned with American flags and “Trump 2020” flags above the caption, “Our Taliban.”

It sure sounds like Hayden is telling us he cast his vote for Joe Biden, but one wonders whether he gave any thought to what his deeply ill-informed decision says about him. Or perhaps, like a 12-year-old who just hopped onto daddy’s zero-turn mower for the first time, he simply doesn’t know how this Twitter thing works, or what it means to retweet something.

And so, while Hayden clearly thinks he’s the smartest guy in the room, the fact is he clearly isn’t. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have retweeted an image purporting to be of the Taliban when in fact the warriors it depicts aren’t Taliban at all. How do we know this? Because they’re clearly flying the ISIS flag, not the Taliban flag.

And this guy was the director of the NSA and the CIA? And was appointed to those posts by George W. Bush? No wonder our “intelligence” services are in such bad shape. No wonder they failed us on 9/11, failed us on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, failed us on the fallout from the Arab Spring, failed us on Russia invading Ukraine, and failed us on COVID-19. They’ve been infiltrated by pseudo-smart leftists like Hayden and John Brennan. (For what it’s worth, the title of Hayden’s most recent book is The Attack on Intelligence. You’re telling us, Mike.)

Lest you think Hayden’s Trump-derangement is limited to a single intemperate click of the “retweet” button, think again. He also replied to a Twitter suggestion that “we send the MAGA wearing unvaxxed to Afghanistan” by tweeting, “Good idea.”

Speaking of Donald Trump, he was in Alabama this weekend, trying hard not to think about ankle-biters like Hayden. Indeed, he had something of an “I told you so” moment on Saturday night — a moment that lasted for a couple of hours.

“One year ago this month in my nomination speech,” Trump told a massive crowd, despite the rain, at a “Save America” rally in Cullman, Alabama, “I warned the entire country of the disastrous consequences of a Biden presidency.”

That he did.

He went on to call Biden’s disastrous leadership in Afghanistan “the greatest foreign policy humiliation in the history of the United States of America,” and “the most astonishing display of gross incompetence by a nation’s leader, perhaps at any time that anybody has ever seen.” In fact, he added, “Vietnam looks like a masterclass in strategy compared to Joe Biden’s strategy.”

Judging from the incoherence of Joe Biden and his team this past week, it’s hard to argue against Trump’s point.

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