June 29, 2022

Obama’s CIA chief just read Trump the writing on the wall in historic tweet

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President Trump’s outrage and accusations on Twitter blasting James Comey in the wake of the first publication of quotes from the former FBI Director’s new book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” has sparked a response from former CIA Director John O. Brennan so pointedly smart, sharply observed and literate it no doubt sent many people scurrying  to search their online dictionary for its meaning. 


Brennan’s message is both upbeat in its belief America will survive and recover post-Trump and darkly downbeat in predicting the end approaches for Trump’s reign. 

What those who searched learned is that a kakistocracy (/ˌkækɪsˈtɒkrəsi, -ˈstɒk-/) is a system of government run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous leaders.

It is a term that dates back to the 17th century when it was first coined by English author Thomas Love Peacock.

Brennan, who served as CIA Director under President Obama from 2013 until Trump arrived in 2017, has been a frequent Trump critic, and in this case, was reacting to the president’s two-part Tweet venting against Comey.

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Here is the second part of Trump’s tweet:

Brennan has Tweeted about his disgust with Trump before.

When Trump had Attorney General Jeff Sessions fire the long-serving, distinguished FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe one day before his pension was to vest, Brennan did not spare the president in his comment.

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Comey’s book comes out on Tuesday, and his first major TV interview airs on Sunday, after which he will be on a book tour across TV and America, so it is a given that there will be more Tweets in the Twitter war by Trump, Brennan and from others for and against Comey. 

In the weeks and months to come, Comey and how Trump fired him will also play a role in the ongoing investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which is where the biggest battles in this war of words will explode, as it becomes clear who is telling the truth and who is hiding misdeeds and malfeasance in office. 

To spare anyone who isn’t sure what malfeasance means, including the semi-literate president, here is the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition:  “the commission (as by a public official) of a wrongful or unlawful act involving or affecting the performance of one’s duties.”

And no doubt Brennan will also have more to say as his prediction about the inevitable collapse of the Trump administration plays out on the media and burns a place in history.

Benjamin Locke

Benjamin Locke is a retired college professor with an undergraduate degree in Industrial Labor and Relations from Cornell University and an MBA from the European School of Management.

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