“Michael Morell is not a person to be taken seriously for, by trying to act tough, he is simply taking the same line as Hillary Clinton, while angling for a high position under her administration.”
Ray McGovern — Retired CIA analyst
Mike Morell, former deputy director of the CIA, discusses the need to put pressure on Syria and Russia. The full conversation aired on PBS on August 8th, 2016. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
UPDATE — In a recent opinion piece, American journalist David R. Ignatius sent a clear warning message to CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Ignatius suggests that a CIA Director should reflect on his institutional and constitutional obligations, as well as presidential ones.
Richard Helms, perhaps the most astute director in the CIA’s history, was so wary of getting involved in policy debates that it’s said he excused himself from presidential briefings once he had delivered the intelligence. (…) I hope Pompeo takes a moment to consult his predecessor.
“Intelligence today is politicized, perhaps more than at any time in our history”. That is true. But, with Michael Morell at the helm, it could have been worse. Much worse.
END of UPDATE
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“What they need is to have the Russians and Iranians pay a little price,” Morell said.
“When we were in Iraq, the Iranians were giving weapons to the Shia militia, who were killing American soldiers, right? The Iranians were making us pay a price. We need to make the Iranians pay a price in Syria. We need to make the Russians pay a price.”
“The killing of Russians and Iranians should be undertaken covertly, so you don’t tell the world about it, you don’t stand up at the Pentagon and say ‘we did this.’ But you make sure they know it in Moscow and Tehran.”
Morell also proposed that U.S. forces begin bombing Syrian government installations, including government offices, aircraft and presidential guard positions.
The former acting CIA director said that he wanted to “scare Assad”. But he wasn’t actually — of course — calling for Assad’s assassination.
Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern reacts to Morell’s comments
“Morell is not a serious person. He has shown himself willing to do the bidding of those who lied about the intelligence before the Iraq war, bear in mind that intelligence was not mistaken, it was fraud, and he supervised much of it.
But the notion that he can be so childish, so adolescent, so much upfront about how tough he is, how he is going to kill Russians and kill Iranians…predicts a continuation of this feckless policy from which there is no exit and which really is a fool’s errand.”
According to McGovern:
“Only people like Clinton and Morell have been in favor of what the CIA has been doing, not the Pentagon.”
PS: There is actually a “word” to describe a psychopath sucking up to his boss: PSYCHOPHANT.
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