Gina Haspel, President Trump’s CIA director nominee, sat through her Senate confirmation hearing this morning; I watched most of it. Naturally, I support the most qualified candidate in the last 60 years to get nominated. Naturally, if this was a Clinton Administration she would sail through confirmation. And naturally the cabal of Democrats present were petty, petulant, confrontational, and hypocritical. Yeah, you knew all that anyway, I just saved you 3 hours.
If I’m around I like watching these hearings mostly for the comedic value. Typically you have eminently qualified folks who have to sit through questions from unqualified politicians who would rather mug it up for the camera and score cheap political points and know very little about the job description for which they assume they are the boss. Sometimes we see cringe worthy beat downs, like what she did with that dope Jack Reed comparing CIA agents to terrorists. Other times we marvel at the patience exhibited when the little terriers nip at their heels, like her question and answer session with Kamila Harris. It was like a toddler in a sand box trying to have a conversation with Albert Einstein. Harris is supposed to be the heir apparent for the Dems in 2020, such a simpleton.
Much like a debate, I heard the hypocritical nonsense thrown at her by the usual crew and was hoping someone would call them out on it. I didn’t have to wait long;
Naturally 99.9% of questions had to do with the interrogation program, a program that was not only legal but approved by every one of those hypocrites on the Congressional committees while it was in place. But, as we all know, they like to re write history to suit the needs of the present. Forget that in 2009 Obama declassified the Office of Legal Council memos and promised all the CIA members that they would be protected from future scrutiny because the actions taken at the time were legal and had backing of both the Executive and Legislative branches of the government. Clearly some (Brennan) got that special dispensation, while others (Haspel) did not.
Many of the Democrats were not happy that much of Haspel’s CIA career is classified. Unlike Plame, Haspel really was a spook, spending almost her whole career in the clandestine service, running covert ops against hard targets.
Many Dem. senators wanted assurances that she would stand up to Trump if he asked her to do something she felt was not moral. I don’t recall John Brennan ever being asked if he would stand up to Obama if asked to do anything morally questionable like maybe a Drone strike that killed civilians.
Haspel will get confirmed, despite having to suffer fools on national TV.