Trump's latest betrayal of America sends a clear message to foreign adversaries
Category: News & PoliticsVia: krishna • 2 weeks ago • 10 comments
By: By Frank Figliuzzi
What foreign nations are seeing right now is bigger than the breach of the Capitol. Anjali Nair / MSNBC; Getty Images
In the aftermath of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, there will be resignations, hearings and inquiries at the Capitol Police department, the respective House and Senate sergeant-at-arms offices and other law enforcement or military entities.
But let’s be clear: What happened to our democracy that day was not an intelligence failure; it was a failure to act upon available intelligence.
We all saw this coming. Anyone who spends any time assessing the social media threads of violent domestic extremists knew that the Proud Boys, violent militia groups, QAnon quacks and others more loyal to the president than to our nation were planning travel logistics, talking about “overwhelming the Capitol Police” and attaching the hashtag to their planning posts.
While we ponder the vulnerability that followed from a failure to act on clear warning signs, there’s an even more serious concern to consider: Our adversaries are pondering the same thing — on a far grander scale.
This certainly isn’t the first time our nation’s leadership failed to act on clearly articulated intelligence pointing to security vulnerabilities. Ever since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, there has been debate as to how and why our country was caught unaware and who knew what, and when, regarding Japanese plans to attack. But the U.S. wasn’t caught unaware.
The warning signs and intelligence were there — they were just ignored. In 1925, Gen. Billy Mitchell published a report warning of an attack like that on Pearl Harbor. Two war exercises involving simulated air attacks on Pearl Harbor in the 1930s were assessed as devastating and successful.
In the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks, we learned of the failures to act upon the signals that were sent for months prior to that tragedy. FBI field offices told FBI headquarters of suspicious men from abroad taking flying lessons. Other U.S. intelligence agencies intercepted “chatter” clearly indicating an impending large-scale Al Qaeda attack. Then-CIA Director George Tenet explained in subsequent testimony that in the summer just before the attacks, “The system was blinking red.
Our system is “blinking red” again. While our current president and his cadre of acting and interim henchmen at the top of the departments of Justice, Defense and Homeland Security may not see it or care about it, adversaries like Russia, Iran, North Korea and China surely do.( Cont'd in article )