After President Trump chose former CIA Director Mike Pompeo as his next Secretary of State he nominated longtime CIA employee, Gina Haspel to be the next director of the agency.
Republicans cheered the choice because Haspel is well-respected in the intelligence community and her selection proves that the Trump administration is serious about filling these positions with the best available candidates. Democrats jeered the choice because… well, because President Trump made it. They’ve used Haspel’s experience as a cudgel to criticize her, even though they heaped praises upon her old boss, John Brennan, who mandated the orders that they criticize Haspel for carrying out.
There is a third group of folks who sincerely worry about Haspel’s past and the connection she had with the policies of the Bush and Obama administrations. Unlike the Democrats, these folks actually worry about Haspel’s moral compass and her ideas on torture and enhanced interrogation.
Former Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) asks the question and then gives his answer:
Will the Senate confirm career CIA officer Gina Haspel to be the Agency’s next director?
Sens. McCain and Paul, who don’t often agree, have both vowed to oppose Haspel due to her past involvement in torture and cover-up of torture. They have a good point. But is there a bigger issue in play here?
If we are going to have the kind of government agency that the CIA has become — fomenting coups, arming jihadists, paramilitary activities, etc. — maybe, and sadly, she’s just the right person for the job!