If there was any doubt at all that the incoming House Speaker doesn’t think much at all of the House Intelligence Committee, it was erased this week:
The new members [appointed by Boehner to the committee] are Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota; Representative Joe Heck of Nevada; Representative Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey; Representative Devin Nunes of California; Representative Tom Rooney of Florida and Representative Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia.
I’m glad I’m not prone to the temptations of strong drink, because if anything could get me to pound Jell-O shots at five-thirty in the morning, this would do it. The Republican contingent of the committee was already not exactly a monument to intellect or integrity, not with Mike Rogers and Pete King in it, and Bachmann and Westmoreland in particular won’t be improving the GOP’s sides average scores in those areas. If America’s enemies follow US politics as assiduously as do the NMA World Edition animators in Taiwan, they’ve got to know what an unbelievably fortuitous gift it is they’ve just been given.
In fact, it’s long been known among foreign intelligence operations that Republicans and their allies are the best friends our enemies could possibly have — the more xenophobic, the better. During World War Two, lifelong Republican and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover gave British intelligence figures headaches with his constant need to boost his own image at the expense of intelligence work; he was notorious for ordering the arrest — often with him specially brought in for the occasion with photographers in tow — of various Nazi spies, rather than leaving them in place and feeding them bad information to transmit to Berlin, as was the UK’s practice. His distrust and dislike of the British way of running spy networks led him in 1941 to ignore the evidence provided by Dusan “Dusko” Popov, a Serbian Yugoslav double agent, of a planned and imminent attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor. More recently, James J. Smith, one of the FBI’s lead agents in the creation of the ginned-up “Chinagate” scandal directed by the GOP against Bill Clinton and Al Gore, was found to have been the longtime lover of California Republican Party stalwart Katrina Leung, who just happened to be a spy for the Red Chinese: . . . Read the rest of this entry →