Political compromise of our security / Team Obama suspected of leaking to undermine operations against Iran (WASHINGTON TIMES COMMENTARY) By Frank J. Gaffney Jr. 04/10/12)
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A troubling pattern of putting U.S. and allied security interests
second to the Obama administration’s political priorities is now well
established. If allowed to continue, it not only will make the world
more dangerous, it is going to get people killed - probably in large
numbers and some of them may be Americans.
A prime example of the phenomenon was the disclosure of minute
details of the 2011 raid by SEAL Team 6 within hours of its
successful liquidation of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in
Pakistan. The revelation of special operations tradecraft horrified
those in and out of the U.S. military who appreciate that
safeguarding the secrecy of such techniques is essential to ensuring
their future utility and the safety of those who employ them.
The really galling thing, though, was that such secrets were
compromised for the transparent purpose of touting Mr. Obama’s
decisiveness and competency as commander in chief. Regrettably, such
qualities have not been much in evidence, either before or after that
raid. For that matter, notwithstanding Vice President Joseph R.
Biden’s characteristically preposterous description of the operation
as “the most audacious plan in 500 years,” it is not entirely clear
what his boss’ role was in the execution, let alone the conception.
Still, given the importance now being attached to this narrative of
vision and courage in the Obama re-election campaign, it is clear
that the serial disclosure of state secrets by, most notably, the
president’s counterterrorism guru, Deputy National Security Adviser
John Brennan, was in the service of a political cause. Call it the
ends justifying the means.
More recently, “four senior diplomats and military intelligence
officers” reportedly fed Foreign Policy magazine contributor Mark
Perry a salacious story about Israel enlisting Azerbaijan in its
plans for staging aircraft in an attack on Iran. Mr. Perry claims
that “a senior administration official told [him] in early
February, ‘The Israelis have bought an airfield, and the airfield is
called Azerbaijan.’ “
If true, such a disclosure would fit the pattern of deliberate,
concerted and damaging leaks of exceedingly sensitive information in
order to advance Team Obama’s political agenda. In this instance,
that agenda would be to prevent any strike on Iranian nuclear and
perhaps other targets by the Jewish state before the November
True or not, the revelation has had the desired effect: It put the
Azeri government of President Ilham Aliyev on the spot and forced it
to disavow any such collaboration with Israel. While some have
questioned the integrity of the author and the logic of his thesis,
the trouble is, it certainly sounds like the Obama administration to
see such a stunt as a highly desirable twofer: an opportunity to
undermine Israel’s security while effectively protecting Iran.
It seems that a similar calculation moved the Obama administration to
divulge what appeared on the front page of The Washington Post’s
Sunday edition: An article citing unnamed White House and
intelligence sources, including “a senior U.S. official involved in
high-level discussions about Iran policy,” that revealed details
about the intelligence operations and capabilities the United States
is said to have brought to bear lately against Iran.
The ostensible purpose of these initiatives has been the monitoring
and disabling of the Iranian nuclear weapons program. Among the
insights: the CIA has stood up and greatly expanded a unit
dubbed “Persia House” for the purpose of monitoring and running
covert actions against Iran.
In the article, much was made of the growth of this organization, its
use of stealthy unmanned drones to collect signals and other
intelligence deep in Iran and U.S. involvement in computer worms,
assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists and explosions in
certain sensitive facilities involved in Iran’s weapons program.
The point of these leaks of exceedingly sensitive activities - at
least some of which could constitute acts of war, however, seemed
once again to be cynically manipulative: It appears designed to show
the American people that everything is under control. Team Obama is
working the problem, skillfully employing intelligence assets to
prevent Iran’s nuclear ambitions from being realized without using
The Post story also served as a vehicle for reiterating the
administration’s party line: The mullahs have not decided to acquire
an actual weapon and are at least a year away from getting one.
What’s more, we will know should that decision be taken in plenty of
time to do something about it.
We would all wish these assurances to be accurate. Unfortunately, the
problem with the Obama administration’s practice of playing fast and
loose with information that is secret for a reason - it might be
called “political compromise,” but that would be the only sense of
the term this president seems to favor - is that it almost certainly
will jeopardize our security and the security of other freedom-loving
people. (© 2012 The Washington Times, LLC. 04/10/12)
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