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Trust your instincts, Mr. President

January 2, 2017

President-Elect Donald Trump has taken a lot of criticism for his reluctance to attend daily intelligence briefings, nor to accept what our intelligence agencies tell him and the American people. I’m in agreement with the President-Elect because these same intelligence agencies are staffed by intellectuals who share the view of American college teachers

In other words, they tend to be anti-American, anti-capitalism and anti-Christian.  Why would I say that?

On September 12, 2016, I came across a report that the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, has revealed that he was admitted to service as a young CIA research analyst even though he admitted that he had voted for Gus Hall, the Communist Party candidate for President, in 1976.

That was about the time that a colleague from graduate school at the University of Notre Dame was so upset by the views of his CIA colleagues, where he worked as an analyst, that he transferred to another agency because he simply did not fit in with other CIA officers who did not share his understanding of Marxism-Leninism. That is why on September 24 I posted an essay titled  Unreliable CIA.

That lack of understanding of Marxism-Leninism is endemic to our educated classes and signifies why Donald Trump is right to be extremely skeptical about what that daily intelligence briefing contains. My guess is that the President-Elect is waiting until he appoints his own Director of National Intelligence who will work with his National Security Advisor and the new Director of the CIA.  Even then, President Donald Trump will need to carefully assess what he’s told. No President can reform a government bureaucracy deeply rooted in beliefs shaped thirty or forty years ago. Our new President will simply have to trust his instincts.




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