x close  
CIA Appointee's Statement on Iran Echoes Tenet on Iraq
NO ADVERTISING, GOVERNMENT OR CORPORATE FUNDING
DONATE TODAY


  February 12, 2013

CIA Appointee's Statement on Iran Echoes Tenet on Iraq


Lawrence Wilkerson: John Brennan claims Iran pushing towards a nuclear weapon; ignores National Intelligence Estimate which concluded Iran was not
Members don't see ads. If you are a member, and you're seeing this appeal, click here
   



audio

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter



What a hidden gem - Jack
Log in and tell us why you support TRNN


transcript

CIA Appointee's Statement on Iran Echoes Tenet on IraqPAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Paul Jay in Baltimore. And welcome to this week's edition of The Wilkerson Report with Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, who now joins us from Williamsburg, Virginia.

Larry was the former chief of staff for U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. He's currently an adjunct professor of government at the College of William & Mary. And he's a regular here.

Thanks for joining us, Larry.

COL. LAWRENCE WILKERSON, FMR. CHIEF OF STAFF TO COLIN POWELL: Thanks, Paul.

JAY: So what are you working on this week? What caught your attention?

WILKERSON: John Brennan's confirmation hearing, and in particular his comments, very short in his prepared testimony, more so throughout, but his comments about Iran. They strike me as being not unlike those comments made by those in the intelligence community who were more politicized, George Tenet prominently so, with regard to Iraq back in 2002. It seems like the intelligence community has changed its mind, according to John Brennan, who is not even the director yet and no longer believes Iran has not made a decision to weaponize; it has made that decision, at least the way I read his testimony.

JAY: And he doesn't give any evidence for it. But he's even contradictoring what Joe Biden said during the election campaign, who was very clear in saying that all the intelligence says that they have not made such a decision.

WILKERSON: I think that's true. I think probably it was advantageous on his part, because he knows that some of the more strident members of Congress, some of whom he has to depend on to confirm him, their views are pretty close-minded about this, and they are looking for, quote, regime change in Iran, unquote, by any means. And so he's appealing to them by stating it so apparently categorically.

JAY: So what does it tell us about his boss? President Obama appoints Hagel, Chuck Hagel, who clearly doesn't think that. Joe Biden doesn't think that. But then he appoints Brennan that talks this way. I mean, is he trying to get different voices around the table or all different forms of posturing?

WILKERSON: I hope that's the reason. You know, I could insinuate—and I will right now—that this is kind of like J. Edgar Hoover. You know, J. Edgar Hoover had so much on so many presidents and ministers of state that he could hardly be fired. Well, Brennan has accumulated quite a portfolio in that regard, particularly as regards Benghazi and as regards drone strikes and so forth. And so one can hardly have him on the outside pissing in, as Lyndon Johnson used to say. One wants him on the inside, regardless.

JAY: Now, most of the attention on Brennan was about drone strikes. He's been sitting with President Obama deciding who to kill, and his appointment there seems to be a sort of a—almost a codification of that policy. And I don't know whether Brennan will continue to sit with President Obama on that score or is he going to have some decision-making power himself at CIA.

WILKERSON: Could be. And I'm very alarmed by what I hear are sort of Iran–Contra-like, Bud McFarlane, Admiral Poindexter, Ollie North type operations out of the White House. The last time I checked, by law, the White House, the NSC staff in particular, or someone like John Brennan, is not supposed to be operationalized, that is, they're not supposed to be running operations in the field, regardless of presidential findings that might change that. I think what I'm hearing is probably accurate. And as I said, I think he probably had a lot to do with Benghazi, and maybe even some of the things he did might ought to be looked into quite closely by the oversight committees in the Congress, if not others.

JAY: In terms of developing even more of an imperial presidency, one of the Republican senators at his confirmation hearing asked him: is he going to be the CIA's representative to the White House, or the White House's representative to the CIA? What's the importance of that distinction?

WILKERSON: Well, that's an excellent question, because the CIA as it was conceived and as it has been when it operated in its best way should be distanced from the White House quite a bit. George Tenet, for example, got way too close to George W. Bush. You could say that Bill Clinton pushed the CIA director away too much.

But there has to be a happy balance. One can't be too close to the president, because one becomes then an acolyte and a disciple of what the president wants to do, and instead of giving him the real intelligence, such as it is, one gives him the things that feed his policy desires. And that's usually bad.

JAY: Alright. Thanks very much for joining us, Larry.

WILKERSON: Thank you for having me, Paul.

JAY: Thank you for joining us on The Real News Network.

End

DISCLAIMER: Please note that transcripts for The Real News Network are typed from a recording of the program. TRNN cannot guarantee their complete accuracy.



Comments

Our automatic spam filter blocks comments with multiple links and multiple users using the same IP address. Please make thoughtful comments with minimal links using only one user name. If you think your comment has been mistakenly removed please email us at contact@therealnews.com

latest stories

Police Kill Unarmed Mentally Ill Black Man As Report Finds Law Enforcement Shootings Reminiscent of Lynchings
Trump and the Social Basis of Fascism
Danny Glover: Upcoming Haitian Election an Opportunity for Self-Determination
Intelligence Agencies Are Gathering Information Against You in Case of Your Dissent
Mexicans Protest on Second Anniversary of Disappearance of 43 Students
Baltimore City Council Candidate: Gentrification is Not A Development Plan
Balochistan: India Opening the Pandora's Box
Clinton vs. Trump Debate: Is One Section of the Oligarchy More Dangerous?
Did America Dodge a Bullet?
24 Arrested Outside Hofstra University While Demanding An Open Presidential Debate
Trump's Position on Jerusalem Puts Him on the Side of the Settler Movement
Comply or Die: What the Shootings in Tulsa and Charlotte Reveal About Policing in America
BDS Town Hall with the Former Green Party of Canada Justice Critic
Corbyn Wins Leadership, But Can He Unite the Labour Party?
Danny Glover on the Struggle for Democracy in Haiti
Should Third Parties Be Included in Televised Debates?
Anti-BDS Campaign Aims to Undermine Academic Freedom and Free Speech on Palestine
Ecuador Proposes Worldwide Elimination of Tax Havens
Did America Dodge a Bullet?
Why the Federal Reserve Needs To Go Beyond Interest Rate Policy
'Hands Dripping with the Blood of the Afghan People': US Agrees to Pardon and Reward Warlord
Recall Referendum on Maduro Moves to Next Phase in spite of "Irregularities"
Gary Johnson Supporters: Privatize Everything, But Not the Commission on Presidential Debates
TPP Will Effectively Kill Climate Treaties
US National Security Policy for Climate Change Seeks Security for Corporate-Controlled Assets
U.S. Policy in Syria: Regime Change or Regime 'Facelift'?
Berlin Election Outcome Signals Merkel's Tenuous Grip on Chancellorship
Charlotte Protests Escalate as Police Refuse to Release Video
Dangers of the Proposed Bayer-Monsanto Merger
Police Killings from Charlotte to Tulsa Spark Calls for Boycotts and Justice

TheRealNewsNetwork.com, RealNewsNetwork.com, The Real News Network, Real News Network, The Real News, Real News, Real News For Real People, IWT are trademarks and service marks of Independent World Television inc. "The Real News" is the flagship show of IWT and The Real News Network.

All original content on this site is copyright of The Real News Network. Click here for more

Problems with this site? Please let us know

Linux VPS Hosting by Star Dot Hosting