Bush-Era Intel Chief Blasts Trump: "If This Is What We Are, Then I've Wasted 40 Years"

President Donald Trump stirred up yet another twitter shitstorm over the weekend when he once again slammed his favorite fake news network – CNN – for using its international arm, CNN International, to spread fake news across the world.

At the same time, the president praised Fox News, claiming his favorite news network is “much more important” in the US.

The exasperation this tweet provoked cannot be understated, as liberals and anti-Trump conservatives joined forces to blast the president for his blatant disregard for the first amendment (to be fair, Trump said nothing about shuttering CNN or revoking its license to operate). But one voice that cut through the noise was that of Michael Hayden, a former general who ran the NSA and then the CIA under President George W Bush and has directed national intelligence agencies under the previous three presidents, as the Hill pointed out.

Hayden blasted Trump for his “outrageous assault” on the first amendment, saying “if this is who we are or who we are becoming, I have wasted 40 years of my life."

 

 

Of course, the hypocrisy embedded in Hayden’s rebuttal is nothing short of galling: He served in the Bush administration and was complicit in deceiving the American people to justify invading Iraq, a decision that has cost hundreds of thousands of lives and down chaos in a region that persists to this day.

 

 

Of course, the criticism didn’t stop Trump from bashing CNN again this morning.

 

 

He also criticized MSNBC’s Morning Joe, a perennial target of the president's ire (remember the infamous Mika Brzezinski facelift tweet?).

 

 

Of course, Trump also took time out from his holiday vacation to blast the Democrats and their single-minded focus on the Russia collusion narrative, which elicited this entertaining response from former US Attorney Preet Bharara.

 

 

Comments

MillionDollarButter TahoeBilly2012 Mon, 11/27/2017 - 21:13 Permalink

Hayden blasted Trump for his “outrageous assault” on the first amendment

Ok, this is the a$$hole who led the NSA to its current state of being able to monitor every keystroke of the American people, and then lied about it and lied about Snowden in an attempt to smear him in the press, all to suppress Snowden's protected whistleblower free speech and the American people's right to be informed?Day of the rope when?

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booboo DeadFred Mon, 11/27/2017 - 21:27 Permalink

War is our biggest export and it will not subside until we are driven back to our own shores as the american version of the Volkssturm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkssturm is implemented where conscripted 60 year olds will become the last stand for Freedumb in the home of the office chair warrior and all watchful eye of what Propaganda Ministers Hayden and Clapper set up.Goodbye America, lights out if this con artist gets more than a blip of positive responses on his tweet.

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dirty fingernails Whoa Dammit Mon, 11/27/2017 - 20:08 Permalink

I'd  rather our president actually do something substantial rather than constantly act like an insecure 13 yr old.  How about *actually* pulling our troops out of Syria?  How about real tax reform instead of a bad rendition of Trickle Down 2.0. How about that awesome healthcare he bragged about. How about some fucking JOBS that pay living wages. How about dismantelling the goddamned surveillance  state. How about *NOT* resigning the emergency powers act for the 15th year.  How about legalizing medical marijuana. How about trying to bridge the political divide. How about anything real. JFC, I'm  sick of the pussyfooting around. I don't  expect him to solve all our problems, but how about a new idea instead of doubling down on failed ideas. How about NOT pulling the same fucking BS as Obama and blaming everything on his predecessor.

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AViewFromDublin peddling-fiction Mon, 11/27/2017 - 20:13 Permalink

"The further a society drifts from the truth the more it will hate those who speak it"  George Orwell CNN and all the other Zio owned media organisations hate Trump because he speaks the truth usually with only 140 characters via Twitter - using their very own propaganda instruments against  America's enemies: the zio/neo conservative Bolsheviks who hate the American people.

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The Chief ReturnOfDaMac Mon, 11/27/2017 - 22:51 Permalink

This trans-national traitor should be ripped/dragged from his spider hole in Herndon or Arlington or where ever he is cowering and (in a just world) flailed and quartered.Hayden, you fucking monster, you are a disgrace to this nation. You should be hanged. You PERSONALLY are responsible for the murders of thousands of men...any one of which was a better man than you, regardless of what nation he fought for.Yes, you wasted 40 years. You had the affrontery to spit that out as if to slap our great President's face. You puke. You aren't fit to shine the shoes of our great leader. You are a petty criminal with no meaning and -thankfully- we won't have you milking us for much longer. The sooner you shuffle off this Earth, the better.  You are a petty little errand boy for a non-American elitist cabal. A servant of Soros and the like, as your actions serve to achieve their ends. Our President will be YOUR end. I truly hope that your name is on one of those sealed indictments. If you aren't a murderous pedophile, it's reasonable to assume that you know who they are and covered for them by way of your positions at NSA and CIA. If proven to be the case, that would place you on the same child-raping and murdering team. You should meet the righteous justice of the very human citizenry, as should the underlings that you hand-picked to keep the cult's secrets. A military tribunal will be convened and (when found guilty) a swift and (hopefully) painful execution should be conducted.This, by the way, is more than the countless children that have been raped and murdered received. I suspect that the People will show that you helped murder them with your deliberate acquiesence or direct support.This, by the way, is more than the thousands of servicemen received as they died in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere...as they were murdered (painfully in most cases)...ALL due to your construct, your lies, the narrative that YOU helped to create. You beast. History and posterity will show YOU to be one of this nation's greatest traitors. You aren't fit to change a latrine pot, fucker. Your name will be stricken from every record on Earth and even whispering it will be a crime.You're also an idiot. Most Americans had forgotten who you are. You almost got away but your childish tweet has reminded them. Now the "great unwashed" are saying, "Oh yes, I remember that traitorous fuck. Make sure he gets HIS day during the tribunals."Oh just God, administer Thy justice to this fiend!.

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