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DNI Admiral Blair Forced Out By Obama

From an always compliant Associated Press:

Intelligence director knew his days were numbered

By Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press Writer Fri May 21, 2010

WASHINGTON – For months, National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair has been a dead man walking — and he knew it. So constant and vicious were the leaks from the White House and Congress of his imminent departure that he opened a recent speech on intelligence reform with a joke that his replacement would be Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb.

The crowd’s laughter was just a little uncomfortable, as Blair himself spotlighted the elephant in the room by suggesting that even the just-traded NFL star was being mentioned to fill the job.

So Mr. Blair was able to ‘connect’ some ‘dots.’

Everyone seemed to know this just wasn’t working.

His 16-month tenure had been studded with public intelligence failures, turf wars and that uniquely inside-the-Beltway ritual humiliation via leaks to the press.

Of course the greatest “humiliation” was probably that nobody has ever heard of him before. Indeed, we are probably only hearing about him now because the Obama administration needs a fall guy.

And Dennis Blair is so outside the Obama circle, he didn’t even go to Harvard. He went to the Naval Academy instead, which is Harvard’s polar opposite.

And, weirdly, Admiral Blair actually had some background for his job. Which probably made him stick out like a sore thumb, as well.

Blair’s official decision to step down came Thursday after an Oval office meeting with President Barack Obama, according to two senior congressional staffers. They said it became clear by the end of the meeting that Blair had "lost the confidence of the president."

The good news is that Mr. Holder and Ms. Napolitano and Mr. Panetta – all still enjoy Mr. Obama’s full confidence.

Two other government officials said several candidates already had been interviewed for the DNI job, which is to oversee the nation’s 16 intelligence agencies

It’s a cinch they will pick a leftwing radical with little or no on-the-job experience, but who went to Harvard or near abouts.

Blair’s later testimony before Congress did not endear him to the White House, the officials said, when he acknowledged that an elite interrogation team known as the High-Value Interrogation Group had not been deployed to question Abdulmutallab. Blair may have further damaged himself by admitting that he had not been consulted on whether the HIG unit should have been used

In other words, Mr. Blair “damaged himself” by telling the truth. Actually, that makes sense. Since it is clear such a man would not fit in with the rest of Mr. Obama’s acolytes.

Blair was the first Obama administration official to describe the deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, last fall as an act of homegrown extremism. The administration had previously been reluctant to call the suspect, an Army psychiatrist, a homegrown terrorist or extremist

Again, Mr. Obama certainly cannot have people in his administration speaking the obvious truth. Or as Mr. Obama put it, “jumping to conclusions.”

Still, it is a little ironic that the administration and their media stenographers are claiming Mr. Blair was forced out because of his inability to “connect the dots.”

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 21st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “DNI Admiral Blair Forced Out By Obama”

  1. Right of the People says:

    I bet he wasn’t a tax cheat or a pedophile either, further disqualifying him.

    Hey Barry, how do you like that new set of duds you’re wearing?

  2. beautyofreason says:

    “Blair was the first Obama administration official to describe the deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, last fall as an act of homegrown extremism. ”

    Uh – oh. Can’t have someone who calls an Islamic terrorist an “extremist.” It’s nationalistic and insensitive.

    Leave the value judgments to the benevolent aristocrats. T-shirt vendors are prepared to step in when needed. America The multicultural open door of tolerance and harmony – is safe.

    How’s that overseas contingency operation going?

  3. proreason says:

    He was a military man. Strike 1.

    He didn’t suck up to the One. Strike 2.

    The Moron needs a fall guy to take the blame for his incompetance in keeping the country safe.

    Match, Set, Round.

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