John Brennan Has Some 'Splainin' To Do
Obama's counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, will be appearing
before the Senate, Thursday, for his confirmation hearing as the next
AEI's Marc Thiessen has provided a list of the top ten national security leaks Brennan needs to explain
to the Senate.
The curious timing of most of these
disclosures is something the Senators should be focusing on, Thiessen noted:
With the exception of the bin Laden leaks (which began in May 2011)
and the exposure of the Israeli basing agreement with Azerbaijan (March
2012), every one of these leaks occurred over a three-month period
between May and August of 2012. Six of the most egregious ones took
place in just a 25-day period in May/June 2012. All came in the midst of
President Obama’s re-election campaign, when he was aggressively making
the case for his national security leadership in the war on terror.
Coincidence? Not likely.
Brennan should be asked explain this strange confluence of events. He
should be asked whether he has been questioned in the investigations
into any of these leaks. He should be asked to provide the intelligence
committee with a list of everyone who was “in the room” when the
presidential briefing on Stuxnet, which was quoted by the Times, took
place. He should be asked who else has been questioned, and whether any
senior Obama aides have been told they are the targets of an
investigation. He should be asked why so many of these leaks took place in a brief period in the midst of a presidential campaign.
Thiessen added an eleventh ObamaLeak Brennan needs to answer for in an update.
The Stuxnet leak to the New York Times was particularly egregious. A top Justice Department official told Thiessen, earlier this month, “if done for
political gain, rather than for a bona fide purpose advancing the public
interests of the United States, it could be grounds for impeachment.”
An item Republican Senators will most likely dare not broach is the role Brennan played in Obama’s 2008 campaign, specifically his potential involvement in the multiple breaches of the
presidential candidates’ passport records in March of 2008.