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Why Did Blair Resign? Because It’s a War, not a Criminal Conspiracy

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Posted on May 21 2010 4:00 pm
David Swindle is the Managing Editor of NewsReal Blog and the Associate Editor of FrontPage Magazine. Follow him on Twitter here
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NewsMax reports some striking remarks from Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI):

“Dennis Blair was the consummate public servant who dedicated much of his professional life to the safety and defense of our great nation. He pushed for openness, transparency and the participation of the congressional intelligence committees in conducting intelligence oversight. I had high hopes for his willingness to work with Congress on a bipartisan basis to ensure that America’s intelligence professional had the tools, resources and authorities they need to help protect our homeland.

“That a man who has willingly dedicated himself to the cause of our nation’s freedom would rather step down than continue to serve as America’s top intelligence officer is a disturbing sign of the stranglehold the Obama White House has placed on America’s intelligence agencies. Clearly, and understandably, Director Blair was frustrated by the White House’s micromanagement and sidelining of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on national security issues.

“Blair’s resignation is the result of the Obama administration’s rampant politicization of national security and outright disregard for congressional intelligence oversight. Blair’s resignation is disturbing and unfortunate. The concerns I have come from how the Obama administration conducts national security, not over the director of national intelligence, who they never allowed to do it.

Relevant fact: Blair opposed the mirandizing of the Underwear Bomber.

The problem of Islamofascist terrorism can either be regarded as acts of war or criminal acts.  Blair is gone because he rightfully viewed it as the former while the Obama administration uniformly embraced the latter. That needs to be pointed out clearly and this event taken to again make the case for understanding the threat of Radical Islam as a war against free societies, not a mere criminal nuisance that we should just learn to live with.

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