Washington Post reporter, Josh Rogin, appears to have lost his mind. But it is not all of his fault. Where are his damn editors? Rogin does not get to unilaterally decide to publish whatever lie he decides to push for a day. He has to have permission from above.

The latest dust up came with Rogin’s account of a supposed brawl between Steve Bannon and General Kelly over green card holders:

“Two administration officials gave the following account of their exchange: Respectfully but firmly, the retired general told Bannon that despite his high position in the White House and close relationship with President Trump, the former Breitbart chief was not in Kelly’s chain of command.

If the president wanted Kelly to back off from issuing the waiver, Kelly would have to hear it from the president directly, he told Bannon. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Kelly and Bannon spoke on Jan. 27 and 29, but denied they had a confrontation over the green card waiver.”

Was that true? Why not go to one of the people supposedly involved in the dust up?

Are we clear? I said, “ARE WE CLEAR?” (I channeling Jack Nicholson from A FEW GOOD MEN.)

General Kelly was adamant that Rogin got the story completely wrong. But this is not an isolated mistake on Rogin’s part. He is not a reporter. He is a politicized advocate. He’s like me–a blogger with strong opinions.

Evidence? When senior foreign service officers with close ties to the Obama regime were essentially fired last week, Rogin “reported” The State Department’s entire senior administrative team just resigned:

The entire senior level of management officials resigned Wednesday, part of an ongoing mass exodus of senior Foreign Service officers who don’t want to stick around for the Trump era. . . .

“It’s the single biggest simultaneous departure of institutional memory that anyone can remember, and that’s incredibly difficult to replicate,” said David Wade, who served as State Department chief of staff under Secretary of State John Kerry. “Department expertise in security, management, administrative and consular positions in particular are very difficult to replicate and particularly difficult to find in the private sector.”

This too was bunk. The Foreign Service officers were fired. Moreover, this is normal during such transitions. But instead of reporting, Rogin opted for opinion. He claimed, without evidence, that this would make it very difficult to run the State Department with such a loss of top level managers. You may recall that I wrote a piece responding to Rogin’s nonsense and noted that there was a legion of Foreign Service officers ready and eager to fill the breach.

Rogin’s political agenda extends to foreign policy. He went after Tulsi Gabbard in a brutal fashion (How Tulsi Gabbard became Assad’s mouthpiece in Washington):

The Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria has had a quiet but well-funded lobbying effort in Washington since well before he began murdering his own people. But that influence campaign’s clearest triumph came only this month, when it succeeded in bringing Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) to Damascus and having her parrot Assad’s propaganda on her return.

Gabbard was not the first U.S. elected official to meet Assad. In the early years of Assad’s presidency, several senior U.S. lawmakers publicly traveled to see the young English-speaking optometrist-turned-ruler, in the hope that he might be a reformer, break with Iran and even make peace with Israel. Then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) visited Assad in 2007. Then-Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) led a delegation in 2009.

When the history of this sordid period in U.S. policy in the Middle East is written, Tulsi Gabbard will stand as a woman of courage and integrity. Rogin happily ignores the fact that it has been a U.S. covert program to arm radical Islamists fighting the government of Bashar al Assad. It is the United States that is playing a dangerous, behind the scenes role in promoting this civil war. And it is Tulsi Gabbard, a combat veteran, who understands that the insanity of this policy and the dangers it poses to America’s own security.

And what is her reward? She is attacked by Rogin as a tool of Assad. Future stories by Rogin should come with a warning, BEWARE, FAKE NEWS. He has demonstrated that he is putting politics above telling the truth. That is not a journalist. That is an activist.

 

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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.