John Brennan is not an analyst, he is a conspiracy theorist
Former CIA Director John Brennan has become the sleaziest man on cable news — and that, my friends, is saying something. He continually peddles wholly unsubstantiated horror stories about the president of the United States, stories which the insanely anti-Trump press is only too happy to echo and magnify. It's time to wonder just what this guy is trying to accomplish and why.I think the US dodged a bullet by having someone like Brennan head up the CIA. His actions suggest he is part of the coup attempt against the President based more on his animus than any facts. His emotional reaction to the firing of McCabe suggests he thinks he may be next if a special counsel if put in place to investigate the coup attempt. It is clear from what he says that he would support the President's removal by any means possible.
Let's begin with a couple of cases in point.
An Obama-appointed Department of Justice inspector general finds that former FBI Director Andrew McCabe lacked candor while testifying under oath about stories he leaked to the press. The IG report goes to the FBI-run Office of Professional Responsibility, which recommends McCabe's firing. Attorney Jeff Sessions fires McCabe. It's true the president taunted McCabe relentlessly on Twitter, but it's pretty clear he had nothing to do with the firing.
After accusing the president of "venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption" for making McCabe a "scapegoat," Brennan rose up out of the MSNBC cesspit called Morning Joe to deliver this completely fanciful scenario about what might happen next. Calling Trump a "cornered animal," he said he feared Trump might try to distract us from his own wrongdoing by starting a war.
"On the international front, I'm hoping we're not going to see a wag the dog scenario whereby he is going to try to distract the attention here domestically and politically on him and engage in some type of international initiative that is going to really put our nation at risk. Military action against North Korea, maybe doing something vis-a-vis Iran, tearing up the Iranian nuclear agreement and provoking and pushing for some type of confrontation in the Gulf."When, a few days later, Trump congratulated Russian tyrant Vladimir Putin on Putin's phony re-election win, I could've understood a bit of harrumphing and disapproval. But that was not enough for a full-fledged fantasist like Brennan. Brennan speculated to Morning Joe's Willie Geist that the president was being blackmailed by Putin: "The Russians may have something on him personally that they could always roll out and make his life more difficult.” Geist pressed, "Something personal?" And Brennan, smiling smugly, replied, "Perhaps, perhaps." According to the New York Times, Brennan later admitted he had no inside information suggesting this was true.
All this is nothing new for Brennan. Michael Doran of the Hudson Institute has assembled a timeline from mainstream news stories which he believes shows that it was Brennan (probably with Barack Obama's approval) who began the whole Trump-Russia collusion fantasy. It was Brennan who used Democrat senators like the truth-challenged Harry Reid as "ventriloquist's dummies" to spread Hillary Clinton's anti-Trump propaganda to the public and Brennan who pressured the FBI to investigate the Trump campaign using Clinton materials like the scurrilous Steele Dossier.
This is incredibly low and smarmy stuff. And since Brennan feels comfortable sitting on television and suggesting, without any evidence whatsoever, that the president of the United States is being blackmailed by our enemies, I think it's perfectly fair for the rest of us to speculate in turn about why a former spook would spin such fantasies.