Buchanan on Brennan: ‘If John Brennan did to Andrew Jackson what he did to Donald Trump, he would have been challenged to a duel and shot.’

By Patrick J. Buchanan

If ex-CIA Director John Brennan did to Andrew Jackson what he did to Donald Trump, he would have lost a lot more than his security clearance.

He would have been challenged to a duel and shot.

“Trump’s … performance in Helsinki,” Brennan had said, “exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes & misdemeanors.’ It was … treasonous.”

Why should the president not strip from a CIA director who calls him a traitor the honor and privilege of a security clearance? Or is a top-secret clearance an entitlement like Social Security?

CIA directors retain clearances because they are seen as national assets, individuals whose unique experience, knowledge and judgment may be called upon to assist a president in a national crisis.

Not so long ago, this was a bipartisan tradition.

Who trashed this tradition?

Was it not the former heads of the security agencies — CIA, FBI, director of national intelligence — who have been leveling the kind of savage attacks on the chief of state one might expect from antifa?

Are ex-security officials entitled to retain the high privileges of the offices they held, if they descend into cable-TV hatred and hostility?

Former CIA chief Mike Hayden, in attacking Trump for separating families of detained illegal immigrants at the border, tweeted a photo of the train tracks leading into Auschwitz.

“Other governments have separated mothers and children” was Hayden’s caption.

Is that fair criticism from an ex-CIA director?

Thursday, The New York Times decried Trump’s accusation that the media are “the enemy of the people.”

“Insisting that truths you don’t like are ‘fake news’ is dangerous to the lifeblood of democracy. And calling journalists ‘the enemy of the people’ is dangerous, period,” said the Times.

Fair enough, but is it not dangerous for a free press to be using First Amendment rights to endlessly bash a president as a racist, fascist, sexist, neo-Nazi, liar, tyrant and traitor?

The message of journalists who use such terms may be to convey their detestation of Trump. But what is the message received in the sick minds of people like that leftist who tried to massacre Republican congressmen practicing for their annual softball game with Democrats?

And does Trump not have a point when he says the Boston Globe-organized national attack on him, joined in by the Times and 300 other newspapers, was journalistic “collusion” against him?

If Trump believes that CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times and The Washington Post are mortal enemies who want to see him ousted or impeached, is he wrong?

We are an irreconcilable us-against-them nation today, and given the rancor across the ideological, social and cultural chasm that divides us, it is hard to see how, even post-Trump, we can ever come together again.

Speaking at a New York LGBT gala in 2016, Hillary Clinton said: “You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables … racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic … Some of those folks … are irredeemable, but … they are not America.”

When Clinton’s reflections on Middle America made it into print, she amended her remarks. Just as Gov. Andrew Cuomo rushed to amend his comments yesterday when he blurted at a bill-signing ceremony:

“We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great.” America was “never that great”?

Cuomo’s press secretary hastened to explain, “When the president speaks about making America great again … he ignores the pain so many endured and that we suffered from slavery, discrimination, segregation, sexism and marginalized women’s contributions.

Clinton and Cuomo committed gaffes of the kind Michael Kinsley described as the blurting out of truths the speaker believes but desperately does not want a wider audience to know.

In San Francisco in 2008, Barack Obama committed such a gaffe.

Asked why blue-collar workers in industrial towns decimated by job losses were not responding to his message, Obama trashed these folks as the unhappy losers of our emerging brave new world:

“They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

These clingers to their Bibles, bigotries and guns are the people the mainstream media, 10 years later, deride and dismiss as “Trump’s base.”

What Clinton, Cuomo and Obama spilled out reveals what is really behind the cultural and ideological wars of America today.

Most media elites accept the historic indictment — that before the Progressives came, this country was mired in racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia, and that its history had been a long catalog of crimes against indigenous peoples, Africans brought here in bondage, Mexicans whose lands we stole, migrants, and women and gays who were denied equality.

The people who cheer Trump believe the country they inherited from their fathers was a great, good and glorious country, and that the media who detest Trump also despise them.

For such as these, Trump cannot scourge the media often enough.

3 comments on “Buchanan on Brennan: ‘If John Brennan did to Andrew Jackson what he did to Donald Trump, he would have been challenged to a duel and shot.’
  1. ALL THESE HEROIC REAR ECHELON DOUBLE DIPPING LIFE TAKER HEART BREAKERS THAT ARE STANDING UP AND DARING TRUMP TO PULL THEIR TICKETS KNOW BETTER,,,,,,,,,this is grandstanding at its most wretched,,,,,if they were truly serious, they would put their BIG DARING CHIP ON THEIR SHOULDERS WORDS INTO written actions and formally request per DOD POLICIES AND PROCEDURES, to their COC liaison centers to have their clearances rescinded……..this is nothing more than political theater for brass hats and one “utterly disgraced brass hat” that can’t get off the stage…..this reminds me of the hells a poppin marx bothers movies finales when it all plays for laughs.

  2. Bravo!
    Unfortunately if you just scan “news” reports, it is obvious that there are so many who don’t know how our country works and they’ve swallowed the MSM’s slander of the president. There seems a lot of trolls out there, too, who apparently feel the same way as NY Governor, as his recent comment about America shows.
    In some ways, I see a return to the 1960s where the left had control of the press and the politicians. Perhaps one of the most significant differences today is that a number of former flag officers have joined the nay-sayers. McRaven, Hayden, Petraeus and I’m sure others feel entitled to tell everyone how smart they are, all evidence to the contrary. Perhaps being recalled to active duty might be in order?
    Unfortunately this doesn’t apply to the president’s other detractors – they were given an America by others who answered the call – they’re mouths run long and they don’t really say anything of merit.

  3. A FORTIORI…..of all the lawyers in all the world,,, ie. ALAN DERSHOWTIZ,,,, to be apprarently sympathetic to the WITCH HUNT CHARACTERIZATION OF TEAM MUELLER,,,which must be costing mainstreet tax payers ziilions of bux,,,,hellfire…i don’t need no harvard law degree to know that mueller’s stuff must be pretty weak to take this long…..a reasonable man would ask,,how much longer and how many more zillions……and of all people THE DERSHOWITZ oy vay i need a shvitz,,,,to question the muler’s motivation…..ALL I CAN SAY IS TRUMP,,like the proverbial stopped clock,,,,,,is right twice a day,,,,which is a better batting average than the two clowns before him…..res ipsa loquitor,,,,ergo sum opus dei…….deus vult!

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