He’s really damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. Libs damn President Trump for not picking enough women for his cabinet, but when he does pick one, both he and she get roundly slammed.Education Secretary candidate Betsy DeVos is now kryptonite in DC because two Republican senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, (does this mean they’re anti-women?) announced they plan to vote against confirmation.
And now, there will soon be another female to vilify.The Hill reports Senate Democrats and human rights activists are rallying against Donald Trump’s selection of an officer linked to the CIA’s controversial enhanced interrogation program to take the number-two seat at the agency.
As a clandestine officer, Gina Haspel oversaw the brutal interrogation of two terrorism suspects at a black site in Thailand — and then later played a role in the destruction of video tapes documenting the harsh treatment of the detainees, according to multiple reports.
In 2013, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) reportedly blocked her promotion to head the agency’s clandestine service over her role in the program.For Republicans — and some former CIA officers — her promotion is a signal that Director Mike Pompeo is wisely prioritizing career officials as he attempts to boost morale after months of disparaging comments about the agency from President Trump. Haspel is a 30-year veteran with a weighty resume and a ringing list of testimonials from former intelligence officials.
But for some Democrats, elevating Haspel to deputy director of the agency is a clear sign that the administration is weighing a return to the use of banned techniques now considered torture — such as waterboarding and sleep deprivation.
For human rights activists, Haspel’s promotion is a confirmation of their worst fears about the intentions of the new administration.And it should confirm our enemies’ worst fears as well.
Isn’t it interesting how the left and our enemies often end up on the same side? Makes you think…
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]