Bill Gertz has a report out today that’s profoundly important and troubling but it’s getting lost in the hoopla surrounding the special election in Massachusetts.
The Obama administration has decided to lower China on the U.S.’s intelligence-gathering priority list. China had been classified as a “Priority-1,” along with North Korea and Iran. It has now been downgraded to a “Priority-2,” the same level has humanitarian crises. In other words, the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti now has the same intelligence-gathering priority level as China.
What does the Obama administration classify has a high intelligence-gathering priority? Answer: Climate Change. Global Warming. Global cooling–or whatever liberals are calling it now.
That’s right–Obama has tasked the CIA with gathering intelligence on climate change. Ready to break your computer yet? Wait, it gets more troubling.
Some in the intelligence community believe that Obama’s decision to reduce China’s priority was a response to the Chinese government’s criticism of a recent strategy report released by the Director of National Intelligence’s office that identified China as a main threat to America. If this is true, this is yet another example of Obama figuratively (though there are literal examples) bowing down to another world leader.
There is absolutely no justification for this move. In fact, I’l argue that China should be moved up the priority list. I’m not the only one who feels this way:
John Tkacik, a former State Department intelligence official, said the demotion of China to a second-tier priority reflects bias within the NSC staff.
“It means that the Obama administration doesn’t understand the profound challenge that China has become or, even more disturbing, it cannot understand that China’s challenges to America’s policies are becoming even more threatening with each passing week,” he said.
Adm. Robert Willard, the new commander of U.S. Pacific Command, indirectly criticized U.S. intelligence estimates on China last fall, telling reporters in November that during the past decade “China has exceeded most of our intelligence estimates of their military capability and capacity every year. They’ve grown at an unprecedented rate in those capabilities.”
Obama is getting bullied on the international stage and we need to figure out why. Is it because he’s naturally weak? Or is he doing this on purpose because he has a vested interest in a weakened America?
Either way, we’re in serious trouble.