Posing With Enemies

One of the mysteries we of flyover country have yet to unravel is when our side’s representatives act as if they’re friends of or at least friendly with those who are otherwise mortal enemies. An example of this is appearing on a panel to discuss politics, and it usually involves those no longer holding office so they can offer honesty without consequence. On the surface, this seems like a good thing; dialogue is important, right? But what happens when you meet with the likes of former CIA Director John Brennan, as former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley did, pose for a picture with him, and praise the conversation on Twitter?

Great policy discussion on the future of our country with @CondoleezzaRice, @JohnBrennan, and Gen. Martin Dempsey, at the NBA All Stars  @NBAAllStar Newsmakers Breakfast. Thank you Commissioner Adam Silver for all of the good work the @NBA continues to do!

In response to the blowback, she said the following:

I can’t control who [sic] I sit on a panel with. I can control how I communicate America’s strengths and our path forward. That is what I did.

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We know you can’t control who sits on a panel, but did you have to be on that panel? Here are some of the things John Brennan has said about her former boss, President Trump.

9:10 AM – Mar 5, 2018

This tweet is a great example of your paranoia, constant misrepresentation of the facts, and increased anxiety and panic (rightly so) about the Mueller investigation. When will those in Congress and the 30 percent of Americans who still support you realize you are a charlatan?

5:00 AM – Mar 17, 2018

When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America…America will triumph over you.

8:47 PM – Apr 4, 2018

I served 6 Presidents, 3 Rs & 3Ds. I directly supported Clinton, Bush 43, and Obama. While I didn’t agree with all their policy choices, I admired and respected all of them, as they put country above their personal interests. Not so with you, as your self adoration is disgraceful

7:39 AM – Apr 13, 2018

Your kakistocracy is collapsing after its lamentable journey.  As the greatest Nation history has known, we have the opportunity to emerge from this nightmare stronger & more committed to ensuring a better life for all Americans, including those you have so tragically deceived.

12:36 PM – Apr 28, 2018

Mr. Trump: Your hypocrisy knows no bounds. Jim Clapper is a man of integrity, honesty, ethics, & morality. You are not. Jim Clapper served his country for over a half century, including in Vietnam. You did not. By your words & behavior, you diminish the Office of the Presidency.

Read all of the increasingly unhinged tweets. It’s like witnessing someone stumble their way into schizophrenia in real time.

Is Brennan the same degree of enemy as Kim Jung Un or the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei? No. But based on his multiples screeds and open communist ideology, why would any freedom-loving American participate in any type of discussion or gathering with him or anyone like him? If Haley is interested in running for president in 2024, you’d think declining such an invitation would gain her points with her already strong following. An argument could be made that she was taking the opportunity to engage in direct debate, but do you think this is a man capable of conversion? Oh, you didn’t know Brennan would rather have had a communist as president than Jimmy Carter?

As an example to the contrary, Tucker Carlson supports forcing Uber to give healthcare insurance to all of its contracted drivers. This is a bad position, and contrary to what free enterprise is about, but I would meet with Tucker Carlson any day.

Some conservatives who are big Nikki Haley fans chastised those who objected to her appearance, claiming any criticism is ludicrous and that it’s not like Haley met only with Brennan. This is irrelevant. On the off chance she committed to the event before knowing Brennan would appear, Haley could have at least gone to social media to explain. As it is, knowing their positions on the issues, how valuable was a discussion among enemies?

Or maybe they aren’t enemies.

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