|To the editor:
President Obama damaged the CIA when he released memos describing the “enhanced interrogation techniques” used on high level terrorists. He weakened the CIA when he said he would release photographs showing abuse of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan, but then under pressure he decided not to release the photos.
This is typical flip flop behavior by the Administration – Hold a press conference, berate and expose people for political purposes, profess it is about change and transparency, and then back off and shift positions when called to task for inept decisions that hurt the country.
The weakening of the CIA will have serious adverse consequences for the gathering, analysis and dissemination of intelligence. CIA officers will be looking over their shoulders at blabbermouth Administration officials and Congress, will not trust them, and will be more concerned with covering themselves than doing their jobs. Plus, rogue countries and terrorist organizations have gained valuable information from the release of the memos.
President Obama’s lack of national security experience, poor judgment, and appeasement philosophy are hurting us. He is undermining our intelligence apparatus and enabling our adversaries, and our country is less safe under his watch.
Donald A. Moskowitz