CIA Director: Blowback is Real

by | Jun 8, 2015


CIA Director John Brennan is not known as a big defender of the Constitution. He is regarded as a chief proponent of the CIA’s torture program and as “Obama’s drone warrior.” He also lied to the American people with claims that not “a single collateral death” occurred in the CIA’s drone program because of the “exceptional proficiency [and] precision” of the targeting.

However even a professional obfuscator can sometimes inadvertently reveal some of the truth. As reported in the Intercept, in a recent appearance on “Face the Nation” the CIA boss admitted that US foreign policy can feed terrorism.

Of course it needs to be run through a newspeak filter, but this is what Brennan said on the program:

BRENNAN: I think the president has tried to make sure that we’re able to push the envelope when we can to protect this country. But we have to recognize that sometimes our engagement and direct involvement will stimulate and spur additional threats to our national security interests.

Translation: US foreign policy, being the policeman of the world, acting as the hegemon, actually fuels terrorism and specifically energizes terrorist impulses against the United States!

As someone else once put it:

They hate us because we continue to intervene over there.

But if US interventionism fuels more terrorism against the United States, what is the interventionist solution? More interventionism! Troops to Iraq and Syria, nuclear weapons to the border of Russia.

The interventionist narrative is falling apart, yet they busily construct another narrative to conceal their failures. It is up to us to call them on it and to work out a real alternative.


  • Daniel McAdams

    Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity and co-Producer/co-Host, Ron Paul Liberty Report. Daniel served as the foreign affairs, civil liberties, and defense/intel policy advisor to U.S. Congressman Ron Paul, MD (R-Texas) from 2001 until Dr. Paul’s retirement at the end of 2012. From 1993-1999 he worked as a journalist based in Budapest, Hungary, and traveled through the former communist bloc as a human rights monitor and election observer.

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