I can’t even keep count anymore, can you? Meet the newest left-wing journalist rescued from the ailing newspaper industry by the Obama administration: former LA Times columnist Rosa Brooks. She’s the daughter of liberal writer Barbara Ehrenreich and an acolyte of George Soros. And she’s working in the…Pentagon. Not a joke.
Nile Gardiner gives you the rundown:
In what has to be one of the most extreme appointments yet by the Obama Administration, ex-Los Angeles Times columnist and Georgetown law professor Rosa Brooks has just been made an adviser to Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michelle Fluornoy – a move Brooks describes as “my personal government bailout.”
Bailout is certainly the right word for someone who appears to have no relevant national security qualifications for the position. She does though have experience working as Special Counsel for George Soros’s Open Society Institute in New York, and as a former adviser to Harold Koh, the hugely controversial nominee for Legal Adviser to the State Department.
Brooks’ new boss Fluornoy holds one of the most powerful posts in the Pentagon, and is already playing a key role in shaping the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan as well as the wider war against al-Qaeda. She will also be a central figure in shaping U.S.-UK defence cooperation and Washington’s policy towards NATO. As an adviser to Fluornoy, Brooks will wield an extraordinary degree of influence in helping shape U.S. policy. Her extreme views should therefore be closely scrutinized.
Brooks’ description of the previous occupant of the White House as “our torturer in chief” is hard to square with President Obama’s call for bipartisanship. Nor is her ludicrous comparison of the Bush Administration’s legal arguments on the war on terror with Adolf Hitler’s use of political propaganda.
She has also accused civilian White House and Pentagon officials from the last administration of being “eager to embrace the values normally exemplified by military juntas,” while urging “military personnel to speak out, regardless of the cost, when they think our civilian leaders have gone beyond the pale” – little more than an open-ended call for the politicization of the armed forces.
Rowan Scarborough at Human Events has more:
Some in the Pentagon, normally a conservative and patriotic enclave, are reacting with alarm at Brooks’ appointment. One Gates staffer told Human Events that Brooks is an “extremist.” The source emphasized she was Flournoy’s appointment, not Gates’. “Gates did not hire her,” the official said.
“Any time you have people with extreme views on the right or left it makes people nervous here,” said a senior official.
In response to a query from Human Events, the Defense Department provided Brooks’ job description. She is a “principal adviser” to Flournoy to “develop cross regional planning.” In other words, Brooks will help shape the Pentagon’s relations with foreign governments and militaries.
Later, the department amended her job description. “Ms. Brooks was hired as a Special Advisor to the USDP to address a range of issues of interest to the Undersecretary, including speechwriting and special projects,” the statement said.