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Book Claims Obama’s ‘Political Correctness’ Annoyed Top CIA Employees

Book Claims Obama’s ‘Political Correctness’ Annoyed Top CIA Employees

“Was there something the Trump folks could be doing better? One answer given was that in the last administration, everything was being run from the White House.”

Commentator Doug Wead’s new book Inside Trump’s White House: The Real Story of His Presidency claims that top CIA employees did not like how “President Barack Obama’s administration micromanaged intelligence matters” and showed too much concern “with political correctness.”

From Fox News:

Wead cites an unnamed White House source who claims CIA officials leveled complaints against the Obama administration during a meeting with then-CIA director Mike Pompeo.

“They met with the agency’s top five staff members. Someone from the White House asked about the major differences between the Trump administration and that of its predecessor,” Wead wrote. “Was there something the Trump folks could be doing better? One answer given was that in the last administration, everything was being run from the White House.

The president’s staff was very operationally involved. If the CIA wanted to buy furniture in one of its foreign stations, it might require the White House to sign off on the purchase.”

The employees also complained about Obama’s “nonstop PC [political correctness] meetings” at the White House.

A meeting would happen every week, but at the end, the administration would tell the intelligence officials to meet with them “again in two weeks.”

This meant “[N]othing was ever resolved” nor was anything “ever good enough.”

On the other hand, Trump wants to give the intelligence community “more freedom” and the ability “to let them make choices.” The only time his administration steps in is when “they’re not making those decisions themselves.”

Trump has made it known he cannot stand political correctness. He has appointed people who agree with his viewpoint:

“We have to straighten out our country, we have to make our country great again, and we need energy and enthusiasm,” he said back in 2015. “And this political correctness is just absolutely killing us as a country. You can’t say anything. Anything you say today, they’ll find a reason why it’s not good.”

The Trump administration has embraced that sentiment, with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson saying last month, “I think this whole concept of political correctness — you can say this, you can’t say that, you can’t repeat what someone said — is total foolishness, and it’s going to destroy our nation.”


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legacyrepublican | November 6, 2019 at 2:10 pm

Given that level of freedom from a PC culture, there would be no need for a whistleblower, would there?

That is, unless they wanted to protect their job because they were an Obama enforcer in the last administration. Think about it.

JusticeDelivered | November 6, 2019 at 2:38 pm

Perhaps the best way to bring PC crashing down would be to charge and prosecute Obama for his crimes.

Interesting that recent comments from Ukrainian diplomats who served in the Obama era indicate they were just as micromanaged from the Bidens. Wonder how they’d react if a few of those Quid Pro Quo conversations were released by the President?

American Human | November 6, 2019 at 3:07 pm

I’ve had that opinion for decades. Political Correctness will ruin, not just this country, but any country where it takes hold. Look at what it has done in England/Britain.
Remember when we all laughed at PC stuff!

    legacyrepublican in reply to American Human. | November 7, 2019 at 6:11 am

    My teenage sons and I have been watching classic 70s and 80s movies on our nice high tech widescreen TV.

    I can’t tell you how often we comment during the viewing of these films that a scene, a comment, or a visual is so politically incorrect these days that the movie simply could not be made in Hollywood since the turn of the century.

    Blazing Saddles comes to mind.

    Yet, I can show them a French made film made in 2010 called “OSS 117 Lost in Rio” and, at about the 28 minute mark, show them the most hilariously politically incorrect scene where the spy OSS 117 uses vulgar ethnic slurs to convince four men holding guns to shoot and kill each other while he escapes.

    How is it that I can watch a French film and see good comedy that includes hilarious ethnic parody and not be able to see the same thing coming out of Hollywood?

One answer given was that in the last administration, everything was being run from the White House.

And in those days, CIA wasn’t a participant in any coup attempts against the President.


    Edward in reply to tom_swift. | November 6, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Are you really alleging that the CIA, or at least some personnel of the Agency, was NOT a participant in the efforts to remove the duly elected President?

    John Brennan
    Eric Ciaramella
    Who knows how many others might have also been involved, not to mention CIA and/or MI-5 “assets” like Josef Mifsud and Stefan Halper (who may have been a State Department asset instead of, or in addition to, CIA).

      I am guessing the commenter was saying that there was no coup attempt on 0.

      I find it interesting that if the 0 WH was micromanaging intelligence, 0 himself certainly knew of (orchestrated perhaps) the coup attempt against Trump. Lisa Page mentioned in her texts that he wanted to know “everything”.
      Will Durham/Horowitz/Barr get everyone?

is total foolishness, and it’s going to destroy our nation.

It’s not foolishness at all. It’s a deliberate assault. The old polity must be corroded, pummeled, destroyed before it can be replaced by a new one. This was the dream of National Socialism—and a good hint about why the Nazis were so extraordinarily destructive—and it’s the goal of today’s left.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but indulge me—

PC is the practice, by extra-legal means, of shutting up anyone saying anything you don’t want said.

What’s not said won’t be discussed.

What’s not discussed won’t be thought about. (Well, not as much as it would be otherwise.)

And that’s as close as our would-be masters can get to that totalitarian dream, mind control.

    The Woke left want to align with People of Color – not Europeans and Russians. Nazism, Maoism and Stalinism are just variants of totalitarianism.

    It’s rebooted Maoism. The Four Olds campaign destroyed old customs, culture, habits, and ideas. The Woke movement shadow Jiang Qing’s Red Guard campaign.

    Big-character posters (dazibao) are twitter/facebook/social media controlled by silicon valley oligarchs and their red guard employees.

    Struggle Meetings are twitter mobbing, media/mob false accusations, denunciations, deplatforming, demonetizing, shaming – and attacking the bourgeois left by exacting false confessions and directing recriminations.

Top CIA employees did not like how “Valerie Jarrett’s” administration micromanaged intelligence matters.