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CIA Counterterror Chief Suggests Going To War Against ‘Domestic Insurgents’

Compares dissenting Americans to Taliban, Al Qaeda; Compares President Trump to Saddam Hussein.

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The former head of the CIA Counterterrorism Center has suggested that counterinsurgency tactics used by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan should be applied to ‘domestic extremists’ inside the US.

NPR reports that Robert Grenier, who directed the CIA’s Counterterrorism program from 2004 to 2006, declared “We may be witnessing the dawn of a sustained wave of violent insurgency within our own country, perpetrated by our own countrymen.”

In an op-ed for The New York Times last week, Grenier suggested that “extremists who seek a social apocalypse … are capable of producing endemic political violence of a sort not seen in this country since Reconstruction.”

Grenier, also a former CIA station chief in Pakistan and Afghanistan, grouped together “the Proud Boys, the Three Percenters, the Oath Keepers, ‘Christian’ national chauvinists, white supremacists and QAnon fantasists” and claimed they are all “committed to violent extremism.”

Grenier labeled dissenters an “insurgency” and called for them to be “defeated” like an enemy army.

In further comments to NPR, Grenier stated that “as in any insurgency situation, you have committed insurgents who are typically a relatively small proportion of the affected population. But what enables them to carry forward their program is a large number of people from whom they can draw tacit support.”

Grenier also stated that insurgents may emerge from groups who “believe that the election was stolen,” or those “who don’t trust NPR or The New York Times.”

“The most violent elements that we are concerned about right now see former President Trump as a broadly popular and charismatic symbol,” the CIA spook added, before comparing Trump to Saddam Hussein.

“You know, just as I saw in the Middle East that the air went out of violent demonstrations when [Iraqi leader] Saddam Hussein was defeated and seen to be defeated, I think the same situation applies here,” he proclaimed.

Grenier suggested that Trump should be convicted at the upcoming impeachment trial as a ‘national security imperative’ because “So long as he is there and leading the resistance, if you will, which he shows every sign of intending to do, he is going to be an inspiration to very violent people.”

Grenier then compared Americans to Al Qaeda and the Taliban, noting that in Afghanistan “the thrust of our campaign there was, yes, to hunt down al-Qaida, but primarily to remove the supportive environment in which they were able to live and to flourish. And that meant fighting the Taliban.”

“I think that is the heart of what we need to deal with here,” he added.

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Linking to Grenier’s comments, journalist Glenn Greenwald quipped that wedding guests throughout America should watch out for drone missiles:

The call to treat Americans as terrorist insurgents comes on the heels of a Department of Homeland Security warning that those dissatisfied with the election result may rise up and commit acts of terrorism in the coming weeks.

“Information suggests that some ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence,” stated the bulletin issued last week through the DHS National Terrorist Advisory System — or NTAS.

The bulletin added that ‘extremists’ may be “motivated by a range of issues, including anger over COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 election results, and police use of force.”

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Poll: Only 37% Of Democrats Want Biden To Run In 2024

Americans have had enough

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Close to two thirds of Democrats don’t want to see a second Joe Biden term, a massive decline of 15 percent in just three months, according to a new poll.

The survey by Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that just 37 percent of Democrats want Biden to run again, a figure that is down from 52 percent since the midterms.

Among Democrats under the age of 45 just 23 percent want another Biden term.

In total, 78 percent of voters don’t want Biden in office beyond 2024, with many citing his old age and deteriorating mental health.

An NBC News poll registered similar results, noting that only a third of voters are comfortable with Biden running again:

Meanwhile, a Washington Post/ABC News poll found that almost two thirds believe Biden has accomplished “little or nothing” so far:

A CNN poll found that a record number of voters say they are worse off under Biden:

A CBS News/YouGov poll found that 61 percent think the state of the economy is “bad,” with 76 percent calling for lowering runaway inflation:

As we highlighted a week ago, a recent Harvard/ Harris survey revealed that six in ten Americans have reservations over Joe Biden’s mentally capacity to run again in 2024, with 65 percent agreeing that at 80-years-old, Biden is “too old” to continue as President.

Enough is enough.

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    Videos: GOP Senators Slam “Paralyzed” Biden For “Telegraphing Weakness” To China

    “It’s not just the balloon. It’s the message… we can do whatever we want, and America can’t stop us.”

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    Republican Senators Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz all blasted the Biden administration Sunday over its weakness in responding to China’s brazen efforts to encroach into U.S. airspace.

    “I think the only reason they shot [the balloon] down is because it made it into the news, and they felt it forced to as a matter of politics rather than national security,” Cruz told CBS News, adding “That’s a bad message for the Chinese government to hear.”

    Cruz accused Biden of having “telegraphed weakness”:

    Senator Cotton slammed Biden for being “paralyzed for entire week by a balloon,” noting that “What began as spy balloon has become a trial balloon, testing President Biden’s strength and resolve. And unfortunately, the president failed that test. And that’s dangerous for the American people.”

    Cotton further criticised “the president’s reluctance to take any action that will be viewed as provocative or confrontational towards the Chinese communists,” adding “I would say what’s provocative and confrontation is sending spy balloon all across America.”

    Senator Rubio declared “I think what’s embedded here is a clear message,” adding “The Chinese knew that this was going to be spotted. They knew that we were going to have to react to it. They flew it over military installations and sensitive sites across — right across the middle. I mean, look at the flight path of this thing. It’s a diagonal shot right through the middle of the continental United States.”

    “And the message embedded in this to the world is, we can fly a balloon over airspace of the United States of America, and you won’t be able to do anything about it to stop us,” Rubio further urged, noting “They calculated this carefully.”

    Earlier, Senator Rand Paul slammed Biden’s “dithering” and “ineptitude” over the balloon:

    Meanwhile, the leftist media has amplified claims by Biden officials that several of the same Chinese balloons flew over the U.S. under Donald Trump’s presidency.

    Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe dismissed the reports Sunday.

    “Do you remember during the Trump administration, when photographers on the ground and commercial airline pilots were talking about a spy balloon over the United States that people could look up and see even with the naked eye, and that a media that hated Donald Trump wasn’t reporting?” Ratcliffe noted during a Fox News interview, adding “I don’t remember that either, because it didn’t happen.”

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    Video: Rand Paul Slams “Very Very Weak” Biden For “Dithering For Days” Over Chinese Balloon

    Senator warns “ineptitude” of administration is a major threat to national security

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    Senator Rand Paul tore into the Biden administration Sunday for “dithering for days” over the Chinese balloon and allowing it float the entire width of the country before shooting it down.

    Appearing on Fox News, Paul urged that “This looks very, very weak in the eyes of our enemy, and I think it was a huge mistake.”

    “We need a commander in chief and a national defense who is able to respond within seconds to minutes to penetration of our airspace,” Paul further asserted.

    “This is probing our defenses even if there was no surveillance on board. They’ve gotten a great deal of information as to how sluggish the Biden administration is in their response,” the Senator added.

    Paul continued, “I think more damaging than any surveillance is assessing our response. Since we’ve entered into a nuclear age, there are responses that have to occur in seconds to minutes, and the fact that this administration would dither for days over a balloon I think gives pause to us about how well we’re protected and whether or not they have the ability to make decisions that would have to be made in seconds or minutes.”

    “Moving forward, what they [the Biden administration] need to do is they need to demand a full apology and explanation. If it was supposedly civilian, they should feed us all the data they took in and show us what the balloon was absorbing,” Paul further noted, calling for the Chinese ambassador to be grilled by the State Department.

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    Paul stated that the balloon could have been dealt with days earlier over a remote area such as Alaska.

    The same point was made earlier by Retired four-star Army General Jack Keane, who said “Remember, this was approaching the United States over water. It was approaching the Aleutian Islands over water. And we had plenty of opportunity to take it down then. And that’s when it should have happened.”

    “We had to be tracking it from mainland China across the Pacific Ocean, and we had plenty of warning to put together an operation that we are conducting now on the east coast that should have been done there,” Keane added.

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    Biden has claimed that he ordered the balloon to be downed “days ago” but that the Pentagon waited til it had flown over the country.

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