News breaking everywhere. Perhaps we should take time to catch our breaths and celebrate the departure of several people who probably would have been part of a Hillary Clinton regime. I was to start with Mike Morell, the former acting Director of the CIA. He was doing some major league pandering in the weeks prior to the election and did everything but offer to was Hillary’s Granny panties with his tongue. Phil Giraldi provides an outstanding overview of his sins:

Another prominent former CIA officer who has also been aggressively pushing the anti-Russian button is retired Acting Director Michael Morell. He is best known for his recent recommendation that the United States begin to assassinate Iranians and Russians to send a “serious” message that they are interfering in Syria—and that we are really angry about what they are doing. (Morell somehow missed the fact that we are the ones who are interfering, as Syria has an internationally recognized government that has sought assistance from Tehran and Moscow while excluding us.)

Morell is currently calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to return whistleblower Edward Snowden to the U.S. so he can be tried and punished as an inaugural “gift” to President Trump. If the proposal is being made in all seriousness, it suggests that Morell has completely lost touch with what most would regard as reality.

Morell is inevitably a passionate Clinton supporter who might have been aspiring to be named as her CIA director. During the campaign, he described Trump as an “unwitting agent” of Russia even though his own career through the CIA bureaucracy rather suggests that “unwitting” might well apply to several of his stops along the way.

  • Morell, as White House briefer, delivered the false report that 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta had met with an Iraqi intelligence officer in Prague.
  • He also presented to George W. Bush the August 2001 CIA report suggesting that a major terrorist strike on the U.S. was about to take place but added his own view that “there was no need to worry about an Al Qaida attack on the homeland.”
  • Morell also led the team of analysts that prepared the infamous Colin Powell UN speech that falsely claimed Iraq possessed “biological weapons and the capability to rapidly produce more, many more.”

Good Lord!! Phil had some info about Morell I never knew. His roles with respect to downplaying the threat of Bin Laden and hyping the threat of Saddam Hussein makes Morell the poster boy for bad intelligence work and incompetence. I would love to send his sorry soul to Syria to reap some of the carnage he helped sow.

Then we have my other old stomping ground, the Department of State. The Washington Post’s Josh Rogin almost had a total meltdown today lamenting the “sudden” resignations of a bevy of Foreign Service Officers:

Tillerson was actually inside the State Department’s headquarters in Foggy Bottom on Wednesday, taking meetings and getting the lay of the land. . . .

Then suddenly on Wednesday afternoon, Kennedy and three of his top officials resigned unexpectedly, four State Department officials confirmed. Assistant Secretary of State for Administration Joyce Anne Barr, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Michele Bond and Ambassador Gentry O. Smith, director of the Office of Foreign Missions, followed him out the door. All are career Foreign Service officers who have served under both Republican and Democratic administrations.

Poor Josh. His sources are no longer in place. He will actually have to try to do some work. But those were not the only ones going out the door. ZeroHedge also reported that:

Additionally, “Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Gregory Starr retired Jan. 20, and the director of the Bureau of Overseas Building Operations, Lydia Muniz, departed the same day. That amounts to a near-complete housecleaning of all the senior officials that deal with managing the State Department, its overseas posts and its people.”

The case of Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Gregory Starr is a symbol of the problems at State. He’s a guy that had an accidental discharge with his weapon overseas. That should not go on one’s record as an accomplishment. He should have been punished and never promoted. Nope. Got rewarded. Putting a guy with a record of sloppiness like this at the top of Diplomatic Security sends a very clear message–if you are a fuck up but kiss the right ass you can get ahead.

What Rogin and most Americans don’t understand is that there are champagne corks popping tonight in the homes of Foreign Service Officers eager to climb the ladder. Your average Foreign Service Officer would run his or her mother over (and back up in reverse for good measure to ensure the old gal was properly flattened) to get promoted and snatch the glorious title of Ambassador. All these resignations mean only one thing. Can you smell it? It is opportunity.

Let me give you a test. Can you name the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State when Colin Powell was Secretary of State? Probably not. That tells you everything you need to know. The position is not that important not consequential to the security of our nation. But it is a great tick to have on your resume and there is a legion of Foreign Service Officers eager to take the places of the clowns who just were sent out the door. Bon voyage.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.