Two senior intelligence analysts at US Central Command say the military has forced them out of their jobs because of their skeptical reporting on US-backed rebel groups in Syria.
The Daily Beast reports that it's the first known instance of possible reprisals against CENTCOM personnel after analysts accused their bosses of manipulating intelligence reports about the US-led campaign against ISIS in order to paint a rosier picture of progress in the war.
One of the analysts alleging reprisals is the top analyst in charge of Syria issues at CENTCOM. He and a colleague doubted the US sponsored rebels' capabilities and their commitment to US objectives in the region. The analysts have been effectively sidelined from their positions and will no longer be working at CENTCOM.
The truth has a perfume all its own, but unfortunately that can be (and often is) in the age of ObamaNation where the preeminent role of the military is to control the weather and provide trans-gender equality.
The analysts' skeptical views put them at odds with military brass, who last year had predicted that a so-called moderate opposition would make up a 15,000-man ground force to take on ISIS in its self-declared caliphate. An initial $500 million program to train and arm those fighters failed spectacularly. And until the very end, Pentagon leaders claimed the operation was more or less on track.
Gen. Lloyd Austin, the CENTCOM commander, finally testified last September that there were just "four or five" American-trained fighters in Syria.
The current administration's bungling (see Hillary Clinton) of so many thing has created systemic rifts in US capacities to deal with situations honestly. We become a bit like the North Koreans, working full time to assure the emperor that he is indeed wearing new clothes --- while everyone else sees things very clearly through a different lens.
The US has become ground zero for foreign intelligence operatives who wish to steal what it is we've built and the Obama Administration has a very indifferent approach to that. (yes, I know, the concept of "all enemies foreign and domestic" have a different flavor in the White House since Obama took office)
(The Hill) There are currently more foreign intelligence operatives in the United States than at any point in the country's history, the former head of the House Intelligence Committee claimed on Wednesday.
"There are more spies in the United States today from foreign nation states that at any time in our history " including the Cold War," former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said in an address at the Heritage Foundation.
"And they're stealing everything. If it's not bolted down, it's gone," Rogers added. "And if it's bolted down, give them about an hour - they'll figure out how to get that, too."
The array of potential new American leaders on both sides of the aisle are depressingly anemic. From the felon, Hillary Clinton and the old communist, Comrade Colonel Sanders to the Bombastic Trump and Slimy Lying Ted, there's not much to be optimistic about.
But I'm at "The Compound" in Texas today and feel a bit far from all of that drama.