Kent Harrington, a former senior CIA analyst, served as National Intelligence Officer for East Asia, Chief of Station in Asia and the CIA's Director of Public Affairs.
President Trump’s attack on his intelligence chiefs following their worldwide threat briefing to Congress last month wasn’t supposed to be a comedy skit. Intended or not, the performance ranks among the best Laurel and Hardy impersonations in years. As National Intelligence Director, Dan Coats, playing the guileless Laurel, briefed Capitol Hill, Trump, the mercurial Hardy, lambasted the spies as naïve, passive and seriously under-trained. The only thing missing was Hardy’s classic line: “Well, Coats, here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten me in.”
The testimony by U.S. intelligence chiefs before Congress in their worldwide threat briefing last month made no bones about it: Following its successful covert political attack on the 2016 election, Moscow's effort to subvert American democracy is continuing full steam. The threat assessment was unambiguous. Social media is in Russia's bulls-eye. It's hardly a surprise.
Survivor, The Bachelor, Real Housewives, Keeping up with the Kardashians, Jersey Shore. Cringe-worthy or not, reality TV hits continue to pull in viewers. So does White House in Chaos, President Trump's latest show. It's available on every news network 24/7. What's more, Americans don't need to buy a premium subscription to watch, although at this point it should be clear the price the country is paying.