Make no mistake: Ignatius’ column is more than a suggestion- it’s a marching order. When American intelligence wants to put out a hit, they feed it to David Ignatius and today, Ignatius pulled the pin on Joe Biden’s 2024 run. He’s turning Washington’s whispers into a rallying cry. The American intelligence community has to tie up their loose ends. Even the media is falling in line: admitting the Democratic party is a dishonest monolith. A mob that can’t function when it’s fractured. The Biden-Kamala ticket is being cancelled in its entirety and the intelligence community is making a calculation.
He’s talking about Ignatius’ column in Tuesday’s Washington Post and his appearance yesterday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Is Watters exaggerating to suggest that Ignatius is more or less the official voice of the U.S. intelligence community? Hardly, according to Mollie Hemingway, writing in 2021 in The Federalist:
David Ignatius has been used for decades as a conduit for anonymous intelligence officials to spew their claims, no matter how erroneous, partial, or unsubstantiated those claims are. And he doesn’t mind being so used. For example, after the anonymously sourced claims he helped peddle to launch the Iraq War were found to be false, he said, “Personally I don’t much care if the U.S. reports about weapons of mass destruction prove to be imaginary.”
In the last year alone, he pushed the fake news about Russia paying bounties for American soldiers in Afghanistan. He pushed the anonymously sourced Atlantic claim — disputed by more than a dozen on-the-record and first-hand sources, contemporary weather reports, government documents, and other sourced information — that Trump avoided paying respects at Aisne-Marne cemetery in France because he hated soldiers.
Hemingway’s article is tellingly entitled, “Deep State Mouthpiece Retaliates Against Staffer Who Uncovered Russia Collusion Hoax.” We learn from her that not only is Ignatius a reliable conduit of information and opinion from our increasingly rotten intelligence community, but he’s also a thoroughgoing stinker himself.
“As one former intelligence official told me, ‘Like everything that David Ignatius writes, it’s so false it seems intentionally false. It’s hard to tell if he’s a bad reporter or a bad person or both.’”
Reading the conclusion of her article, one should not find it hard to reach his own conclusion about that:
Ignatius writes of the concerted effort to keep Americans from learning about the origins of the Russia probe and other problems with the intelligence community’s Russia collusion hoax, that “[CIA Director Gina] Haspel’s apparent crime was that for months she had been resisting efforts by Trump and [Kash] Patel to declassify the information he had gathered for [Rep. Devin] Nunes back in the 2018 report.” In fact, resisting orders from the president is a perfectly legitimate reason for a president to want to replace her.
After beginning the column by mocking the idea of a deep state, then writing an entire column about how awesome the deep state is, Ignatius concludes:
“The truth is that for all the roadblocks these aides put in Trump’s way, he had the authority as commander in chief to do what he wanted in national security: declassify and release documents, hire and fire people, direct agencies to take actions he wanted. Facing resistance from courageous officials who sought to protect the government, Trump in many cases simply backed down. As bad as this story was, in other words, it could have been much worse.”
Ignatius ends by unambiguously praising appointees and bureaucrats for thwarting the elected president’s will. That’s a story that doesn’t just sound bad, but worse than many feared.
We can learn more about the super-connected Ignatius from William F. Jasper, writing in The New American in 2017:
David Ignatius is not only a longtime member of the CFR [Council on Foreign Relations], he is one of the most trusted operatives of this private club of globalists that has become our de facto government, with its members holding key positions and wielding incredible influence in the legislative, judicial, and executive branches, including the military and intelligence agencies — for at least the past three generations. The aforementioned CIA Director George Tenet, the ardent Ignatius admirer, is also a CFR member, as have been 13 of his predecessors in that post, going all the way back to the agency’s first civilian director (and longest serving chief), the “legendary” Allen Dulles, who was a founding member of the CFR and a genuine globalist insider. Likewise, the CFR virtually has owned the top rungs of power in the federal government going back many decades: 24 secretaries of state, 20 national security advisors, 20 secretaries of defense, 22 secretaries of the treasury — and thousands of additional Cabinet secretaries, under-secretaries, deputy secretaries, assistant secretaries, etc.
But back to Ignatius, whose columns are regularly featured as “Must Read” pieces on the CFR’s website. He has served alongside top-tier CFR members such as Madeleine Albright, Stephen Hadley, and Robert Blackwill as a host and moderator for the council’s panel discussions and CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force reports. Ignatius also co-hosts PostGlobal, an online discussion of international issues, with Fareed Zakaria (CFR), and is a regularly featured “expert” on television programs such as MSNBC’s Morning Joe with hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski (a CFR member and daughter of Zbigniew Brzezinski, CFR), which competes with CNN’s programming lineup for the most hysterical anti-Trump commentary and vitriolic insults.
It really does sound like Ignatius is right in the heart of our ruling establishment, which would mean that Joe Biden’s political goose is now thoroughly cooked.
But there’s more on the Ignatius intelligence connections and his involvement in the wielding of corrupt power. This is the beginning of Margot Cleveland’s 2019 article in The Federalist entitled “SCOOP: CIA, FBI Informant Was Washington Post Source for Russiagate Smears.”
The Federalist has learned that the now-outed CIA and FBI informant Stefan Halper served as a source for Washington Post reporter David Ignatius, providing more evidence that the intelligence community has co-opted the press to push anti-Trump conspiracy theories. In addition, an email recently obtained by The Federalist from the MI5-connected Christopher Andrew bragging that his long-time friend Ignatius has the “‘inside track’ on Flynn” adds further confirmation of this conclusion.
Halper happens to be the central character in my 2021 article, “CIA Election Meddling.” We’re talking about him here:
One man’s nefarious career exemplifies the Deep State bipartisanship of which we speak. We know him most recently from the Russiagate scandal. He’s the American Cambridge University professor with known deep ties to the United States intelligence community who, apparently on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign, tried to worm his way into the Trump 2016 campaign for president and to set up the low-level foreign policy adviser to that campaign, George Papadopolous, intending to make it appear that Trump was colluding with the Russians, with Papadopolous serving as the initial link. But when the Democrat Jimmy Carter was president, Halper worked with the Republicans to get him out.
And speaking of my articles, the following passage is from my 2016 review The Money and the Power: The Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America by Sally Denton and Roger Morris:
I have an acquaintance who lives in the Washington, DC, area who is fond of talking about the achievements of one of his sons. This son has an undergraduate degree from one Ivy League university and a Ph.D. from another. Knowing how heavily the CIA recruits in the Ivy League, particularly Yale, and considering the son’s major and background, I casually asked the acquaintance one day if anyone at his college had tried to get him to join the agency. “No,” he responded, “not at college, but when he was working at his summer job writing for The Washington Post.” One of the editors, whom he named and whose name I clearly remember but will not repeat here, had, over lunch, told him that if he wanted his career to flourish at the newspaper he should join the CIA. The son took it as an invitation, which he declined, not over any matter of principle but because his career aspirations were in academia instead of journalism. The acquaintance told me all this in a very matter-of-fact manner as if he didn’t see anything wrong with it.
Since it looks like lots of people have outed him by now, I think it’s time for me to name the Post guy who made the suggestion to my friend’s son. It was David Ignatius.