Missing the warning signs of the Egyptian revolution is certain to subject the Obama administration to some criticism, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s public comments aren’t helping the president.
On Friday’s “America Live with Megyn Kelly,” columnist Mark Steyn had some harsh words for Clapper, not only for the intelligence failures surrounding the Egyptian turmoil, but also for his comments that the Muslim Brotherhood as a “secular” organization.
“This is the director of intelligence of the global superpower and he is going on one of the most historic days in the Middle East – he is going around the world announcing that the guy in charge of U.S. intelligence is an idiot,” Steyn said. “A few weeks ago just before Christmas, he was oblivious to the biggest terror bust of the day.”
That terror bust he was referring to was in an interview Clapper conducted with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, which he said he was unaware of a London terror bust.
“He had no idea,” he continued. “And he looked like the deer in the [headlights]. And the trouble is, that’s the image of the United States as blundering tourists in a very dangerous region. They don’t know what’s going on. This guy has one of the most bloated, lavishly funded intelligence bureaucracies on the planet – the most bloated and lavishly funded and he’s an idiot. He can’t be allowed out in public. I mean, this is embarrassing for the superpower.”
And as Steyn explained, the same sort of aloofness seems to be at play here with not foreseeing the Egyptian and Tunisian situations.
“The way to look at it — you mentioned the CIA station chiefs a couple minutes ago, Megyn,” Steyn said. “Look at it this way — what do you think the CIA station chiefs were telling Washington, the CIA station chiefs in Cairo and Tunis?”