President Trump’s Visit & Real Message at CIA

While much of the mainstream media, including Fox News, once again misinterpreted the purpose and intent, saying President Trump’s visit to Central Intelligence Agency Headquarters on Saturday was an effort to offer a conciliatory bid to end a feud with the Intelligence Community — a dispute he suggested was overblown by the media — while making also clear one of his top priorities will be to destroy Islamic State terror groups. It must be thoroughly understood what the real reason for the visit to Langley, Virginia was.

In actuality, it was to reaffirm his support and commitment to both the agency, and to the Intelligence Community — and to the career professionals who make up those institutions. President Trump NEVER had a feud with the Intelligence Community and the thousands of staff members including those of the CIA. To the contrary, President Trump contention was never with them, but more so with to the senior political appointees — whose intentions were political from the very day arrived, had already harbored such positions that came with the territory of being hired and appointed by former President Obama. And whose purpose for being in the positions they were, were to both foster and implement Obama’s international agenda for America, and to use their positions of authority to oversee the politicization of intelligence to satisfy and be in-line with those of the administration, and to ensure, validate, and integrate Mr. Obama’s alternative ideologically-driven national security agenda for America were being met.

That said, let first me take a minute to clarify and simplify President Trump’s position and reassurance of support to the CIA and the Intelligence Community as an institution, and more specifically to the members of the agency and the community. His intent in showing his support and commitment on his first full day in office was and is to reassert the long standing goals, principles and vision for their organizations purpose and mission, in accordance with America’s refocused national security policy and priorities, and to ensure to them that he has their back.

The President’s effort and action was critical and necessary to be done so immediately after on the day following his Inauguration in order to justify fully his support for the role and mission of the CIA, and all of the Intelligence Community as a whole, as part of his forthcoming national security strategy and priorities. At the same time, his nominee for CIA Director Congressman Mike Pompeo sits in hope of confirmation early this coming week. Secondly, President Trump needed to show that he understands fully, just as the military the institution’s allegiance and mission is to the nation and the Constitutions, that of the Intelligence Community is equally important and on par with the Armed Forces and in many ways parallel and integrated in integrity, honor and sacrifice – to that end its members take the Oath of Office to protect and defend the nation and the Constitution, period. Their role and allegiance is not to directly support the Commander-in-Chief under his or her volition, but to first support and defend the Constitution and within the responsibilities of their jobs to protect and defend the United States, to protect and defend the citizens of the United States, and to protect and defend America’s interests. They like the Armed Forces in the conduct of carrying out their mission never will they seek to violate their trust or to degrade, subvert, or sell-out their mission and goals and those of the Intelligence Community. Nor will they intentionally and deliberately politicize their work for political reasons and to undermine the United States as a nation.

Third, President Trump’s trip across the Potomac River to the agency’s headquarters in northern Virginia follows a tumultuous past couple of months exacerbated by the media and Democrats, in which the CIA and elements of the Intelligence Community had suggested Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 campaign was meant to help Trump beat the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. This was of course was totally false. In fact, many saw it as a reverse psychological campaign effort in support of the Democrats and the Clinton campaign to tie the Republican nominee to Russia, and was explicitly designed to damage his strong support of American ideals, purposely to uplift Hillary Clinton’s failing campaign.

Over the last several months, the men and women of the CIA watched as their name, by way of, and in reference to as an organization (in general terms) was used in vain by the media and the political leadership of the Intelligence Community, specifically the CIA — in tone and message, implied it was real intelligence. Of course, to avid career professionals, it was obviously a scam disinformation campaign, more than likely directed by the White House and President Obama himself, similar to that of the Benghazi video.

The most egregious abuse was that by way of the political appointees who sit in the senior leadership positions across the Intelligence Community and specifically in this case, namely that of John Brennan, President Obama’s personally-selected and politically appointed Director of the CIA (DCIA), who was most abusive and political, albeit deliberate words and actions. From his powerful perch as DCIA, he was most direct, vocal, and condescending in his politicization, despite the fact he, as did the members of the Intelligence Community know full well it was a fabricated and manufacturer lie that President-Elect Donald Trump was in cahoots with Putin. Further, past evidence of his tinkering and or lack of dishonesty, have been well noted and documented — certainly in the classified leaks from the upper echelon of the agency regarding the Bin Laden Raid, the lack of urgency and wherewithal from his agency to respond to the Benghazi attack on his on agency’s people and compound, or the failure provide warning and to tell the truth on who was behind the Benghazi attack, while at the time, he stood by silent while his own Deputy Director was corroborating with Hillary Clinton and Susan Price to fabricate the cover-up story of the little known video that spurred and incited the attack. Likewise, both Brennan and other senior political appointees both in the White House and National Security Council and upper-levels of the Intelligence Community, exercised undue pressure to intentionally water-down and degrade the strength and capability of ISIS, and the politicization of intelligence reports and assessments coming out of U.S. Central Command. Again, as has been so apparent, the practice of manipulation of intelligence designed to influence, and put forth, i.e.; “fake intelligence” came to a head, in the effort to confuse, convince, and drive voter’s beliefs and intentions during the 2016 Election campaign period away from Donald Trump. This level and degree of manipulation, fabrication, and politicization all starts at the highest levels and is agenda driven – it does not happen by accident or mistake.

Under Mr. Brennan, Obama used the CIA as the moniker to drive a disinformation campaign to disparage and delegitimize Mr. Trump, under written and under the guise of the agencies politico’s. Initially, the vast number of Brennan’s subordinate officials and stooges were hired to implement and manipulate intelligence policy, designed to destroy the agencies credibility and capabilities. At the same time, Brennan and Obama falsely used the credibility, status, and honorable position of the CIA and the Intelligence Community as a tool to deliberately affect, impact, guide, control, and shape both the media, already in the business of propping up Obama’s foreign policy failures and the mindset of undecided voters, and the general public. That message’s effort and trust was steadily maintained from mid-September-through the Election and continued until January 20th. So President’s urgency to step in was necessary and justified.

Looking back on the last three months or so, through Saturday, Mr. Brennan’s indictment of President Trump and his corroborated efforts, again using rumor and innuendo of Trump’s ties to Putin and Russia in an attempt to delegitimize him continued over this past weekend during President Trump’s visit to CIA Headquarters to first talk with the non-political career professional leadership and then to address the agency’s men and women. Mr. Brennan on Saturday criticized Mr. Trump for delivering an upbeat speech in front of the CIA’s Memorial Wall of hero, in the agencies front lobby. To that end, Brennan, using his former aide Nick Shapiro, released a statement saying “Mr. Brennan is deeply saddened and angered at President Donald Trump’s despicable display of self-aggrandizement in front of CIA’s Memorial Wall of Agency heroes. Brennan says that Trump should be ashamed of himself.”

Of course, it was during Brennan’s leadership that the memory and sacrifice of those (each represented by a single star) on that Wall were besmirched, dishonored, and forgotten by Brennan’s front office politically-appointed officers and a certain President, when they failed to respond in-kind to the urgent demands for help in Benghazi while simultaneously corroborating with Hillary Clinton to fabricate and craft another false-narrative and “fake news” story about a little known, never seen video as being the cause of the Benghazi attacks. During which I didn’t see Director Brennan come out, throw his credentials on the table and resign, announcing to Mr. Obama and to the nation that he wasn’t going to stand for such dishonesty and bullshit – instead, he went right along with the ruse. For now, that episode is for the record books and for history and its historians to analyze and debate.

So why was Mr. Brennan so immediately critical of the President’s visit? Perhaps, Mr. Brennan was bitter because he was not asked to be held over as Director, in the new administration, similar to that of Director of the Office of National Intelligence, General James Clapper. Of course, his out-right loyalty, political stance, and unwavering acquiescent support and allegiance to Obama, rather than to the Oath of Office and the Constitution, as well as his lessor than assured performance of integrity and honesty during the course of his tenor at CIA came into question I’m sure by the Trump transition leadership team and certainly President Trump.

In response new White House Chief of Staff Renice Priebus said; “he found the whole thing despicable.” Priebus, on Fox News Sunday, further noted; “I think that it’s unprofessional, I think perhaps he’s bitter — you know, he was replaced the day before, he was not asked to hold over like again former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper was. I don’t know what’s in his head” said Priebus. He said Mr. Brennan has “a lot of things that he should answer for,” again with regard to a leaked dossier containing unsubstantiated and embarrassing allegations against Mr. Trump, Putin and Russia.

Many of, if not most within the agency did not trust Brennan because of his positions and propensity to manipulated and manufactured the positions and critical intelligence assessments, estimates, and analysis that went to the former President Obama, mainly to satisfy his ideological beliefs and to prove such beliefs and premises as true. Much of such politicization and politicalized intelligence, is the foundation and can be found in the unfortunate failed foreign policy(s) implemented by Hillary Clinton, and as mandated by Mr. Obama in his effort to reduce America’s stance and role on the international stage — from superpower to co-equal, which was manifested by his initial first foreign policy speech in Egypt in June 2009 and whose evince and substantiated over the course of his presidency.

Finally, Present Trump’s resolve and strategy behind his meeting and address at CIA on Saturday was three-fold:

1.) First to group hold of national security short-falls and to stop the hemorrhaging, by bolstering America’s support and confidence in the role and mission of the CIA and the Intelligence Community in the eye’s American’s, our allies and friends around the world, and to send a message to our adversaries and enemies that this President takes mission of the Intelligence Community and national security seriously.

2.)  Secondly, that he will ensure that the integrity and credibility of America’s intelligence apparatus and process is paramount. It was in particular, a message to those who seek to usurp, dismantle, and destroy our intelligence capability, particularly those on and in support of the political Left — who have always hated “intelligence.” Regardless if it is focus of our foreign intelligence effort by under the guise of the CIA and the Intelligence Community, or domestic intelligence, overseen and implemented by the FBI and our state and local law enforcement agencies. Domestic agencies and organizations designed to protect us domestically from internal threats and dangers — from criminals, anarchists, homegrown extremists or radical Islamist inspired terrorists.

3.) The third reason, is because President Trump perceived the need to reassert leadership, authority, and trust, and because he understands that the both our international adversaries and the domestic political-left sees the Intelligence Community as a threat to ‘their own cause’ — a cause which is the further subversion of America and the Constitution. As such, they know that ‘sound intelligence’ and capable intelligence processes have and will continue to reveal their ties to the elements of radical Socialism, Communism, and the ideals and ideology of totalitarianism, and the false-narratives of anarchy and other radical beliefs and doctrine. It is the thorn in the side of all enemies foreign and domestic.

Yes, this was a necessary and critically important undertaking within his first 24-hours in office for President Trump. It could not wait. It set the tone and the new narrative, to begin to make America Great Again. In the coming weeks, we will see President Trump make similar visits to the State Department, The Pentagon, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, and other, departments, bureaus, and agencies under the national security umbrella to reassure his trust, confidence, and commitment to them, their mission, and most of importantly to the men and women and their career professional leadership, that their work is critical, their sacrifices are not in vain, and their dedication to America is equal and on par with his.

President Donald Trump understands the job as President and Commander-in-Chief have always been to help America survive as a nation and prosper as a people. That has been his theme through his campaign from day one. But it has never been only about us. President Trump also understands that despite what our former president has said, the rest of the world recognizes that the United States has always been the world’s hope for a better future and a world. Despite what the political left and media has led us to believe, we are the nation that led the fight against fascism and communism, the fight against poverty and oppression, and will be in deed the leader the world will look to fight and guard again future evils, impending danger, and illogical and ideological foes. The responsibility is great and our record imperfect, but when it matters most we have been up to the task. There is no reason to think we will not be in the years ahead. That resolve and will started on Saturday with President Trump affirming his commitment to American’s ‘eyes and ears,’ in Langley, Virginia.

Jim Waurishuk is a retired USAF Colonel, serving nearly 30-years as a career senior intelligence and political-military affairs officer and special mission intelligence officer with expertise in strategic intelligence, international strategic studies and policy, and asymmetric warfare. He served combat and combat-support tours in Grenada, Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan, as well as on numerous special operations and special mission intelligence contingencies in Central America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. He served as a special mission intelligence officer assigned to multiple Joint Special Operations units, and with the CIA’s Asymmetric Warfare Task Force, as well as in international and foreign advisory positions. He served as Deputy Director for Intelligence for U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) during the peak years of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Global War on Terrorism. He is a former White House National Security Council staffer and a former Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C. He served as a senior advisor to the Commander U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and is Vice President of the Special Ops-OPSEC -- which provides strategic and operational security analysis and assessments to governmental and private entities, as well as media organizations on national security issues, policy, and processes. He currently provides advisory and consulting services on national security, international strategic policy, and strategy assessments for the U.S. and foreign private sector and governments entities, media groups and outlets, and to political groups, forums, and political candidates. He is an author and writer providing regular commentary and opinion to national and local TV, radio networks, and for both print and online publications, as well as speaking engagements to business, political, civic and private groups on national security matters – focusing on international strategic policy and engagement, and strategic intelligence, and subject matter expertise on special mission intelligence and operations, counter-terrorism, and asymmetric warfare and conflict.