Trump Yanks John Brennan’s Security Clearance and 12,000 U.S. Troops From Germany

Rejoice, citizens, for good news abounds!

This is what sensible people would refer to as “a good start.”– For starters, President Donald Trump (I still never tire of typing those three glorious words in that order) announced this morning that the United States of by-God America is pulling 12,000 troops out of Germany. For those keeping count, that is fully 3,000 more troops than Trump indicated he would be pulling out of that country when the topic was first raised a few weeks ago.

Even better is the reason the President gave for making the move:

Beautiful. Wonderful. Absolutely glorious.

More detail from a report at Politico:

The Pentagon on Wednesday laid out a plan to shift nearly 12,000 service members out of Germany after President Donald Trump repeatedly said the country was “delinquent” on defense spending.

Top defense leaders said the plan, which would bring 6,400 service members home and reposition nearly 5,600 to other countries in Europe, is part of the Pentagon’s broader effort to redistribute U.S. forces across the world to better compete with new threats from Russia and China. The move will leave 24,000 troops in Germany, where the United States has stationed a significant number of forces since the end of the Cold War.

Esper stressed that the plan will enhance NATO’s ability to deter Russian aggression and strengthen U.S. alliances in Europe, yet also reiterated the president’s criticism of Germany.

“Let’s be clear: I think Germany is the wealthiest country in Europe, Germany can and should pay more to its defense, It should certainly meet the 2 percent standard and I would argue go above and beyond that,” Esper said, noting that the plan has already received “very positive feedback” from several European countries.

The move will cost in the “single-digit” billions of dollars, Esper said, and will begin in the coming weeks.

German officials immediately trashed the plan. Norbert Röttgen, chair of the Bundestag’s foreign affairs committee, noted in a statement to POLITICO that the move would weaken the NATO alliance and reduce the effectiveness of the U.S. military against Russia and in the Middle East.

Thus in the end does Germany’s spokesman prove the President’s point: The country that is delinquent in its dues to NATO accusing the country that funds the preponderance of that out-dated alliance’s operations of moving to “weaken” it. Stunning hypocrisy that makes one question the wisdom of our country spending another dollar defending the German homeland.

Just as a reminder for those who have forgotten: NATO was created to defend Eastern Europe from the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union hasn’t existed for 30 years, and Russia is far less a threat to the free world than China, Iran or even North Korea.

Tell us again why NATO still exists, because the answer is truly no longer clear.

But…but…but the New York Times assured us a year ago that Brennan’s security clearance had never been revoked. – They wouldn’t lie to us, would they?

Apparently, they would. The Washington Examiner reports today that corrupt Obama CIA Director John Brennan discovered he no longer has access to classified information while he was working on a new book.

From the DC Examiner piece:

Former CIA Director John Brennan, a vocal critic of President Trump, found out he had been blocked from accessing his classified notes and records while working on his new memoir.

He writes in his forthcoming book, Undaunted: My Fight Against America’s Enemies, at Home and Abroad, that after months of “haggling” he discovered the CIA was abiding by the directive Trump gave in August 2018 “that purportedly forbids anyone in the intelligence community from sharing classified information with me.”

The White House confirmed the directive was being enforced, which is news considering the New York Times reported in May of last year that the president never revoked Brennan’s security clearance.

“The President has constitutional authority to control access to classified information, which he exercised here in view of Mr. Brennan’s erratic behavior and the President’s belief that access to classified information should be solely for the benefit of the government and the American people,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said.


Brennan, who has been clearly implicated in the Obamagate schemes to fix the 2016 election and spy on the Trump campaign and transition team, is currently a target of John Durham’s investigation and likely in jeopardy of spending many years in federal prison. Obviously, it would not be in any way appropriate for such a person to maintain a security clearance while the investigation is ongoing.

It is also pretty obvious that Brennan’s book is designed to build up a fund with which to pay his legal bills, which are no doubt already mounting up. There is no reason why the federal government that he betrayed should allow him continued access to classified information with which he has very clearly demonstrated he cannot be trusted.

President Trump should be celebrated for protecting the nation from a clear and present danger.

That is all.

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John C

John Brennan an avowed and admitted communist never should have had a security clearance.


This is great news! 12,000 more mostly Trump military voters who can be home to vote in November and not have their overseas ballots “lost” like before.


A-hole Brennan should never have had a security clearance in the first place.


Bet they move them to Poland. Where they should be anyway now that Poland is not a Communist state. That’s a better place to watch and defend from any Russian incursions. (which will most likely be invited by Frau Commissar Merkel. who if you didn’t know was actually one in East Germany.)

Pay up freeloaders. The rent is due.


fully agreed….


My guess is that it costs about 50 k per year extra, on average, to keep each soldier in Germany. 12 k x 50 k equals a cool 600 million dollars per year. Cha cha cha ching!

phineas gage

Now let’s see if Brennan pops up on Twitter to respond.

My guess is no. And that will be telling.


Sure will be telling Phineas whether JB opens up his pie hole…

As I said back in Aug of ’18 when we first heard his, and other’s, clearance was pulled:

How in the hell does anyone no longer working for the government have an active security clearance? Furthermore, what access to what SCIF does Brennan and the other former ’employees’ have? How stupid was this (to keep these people in the classified loop) when it is obvious they should never have been granted any type of clearance in the first place?

It is as stupid as opening up US military (Pensacola) bases and giving flight training to unvetted foreigners from less than faithful “allies”.


Regarding NATO and every other “ally” like Japan, South Korea, Germany and other EU countries (virtually all of whom are quite wealthy), where we base troops or other personnel FOR THEIR PROTECTION AND BENEFIT:

Rather than paying the host country to house our troops, we should be charging these countries for the protection and security our troops provide. During the Bush Jr. sandbox wars, the left ‘estimated’ it costs a million dollars a year to base a soldier overseas; that sounds like a fair fee to charge our allies for US Military protection.

phineas gage

Well, I was wrong. He did tweet, but it was fairly subdued–basically a plug for his book (which as DB points out is all about funding his legal defense).

phineas gage

NATO is an important alliance that still has an important purpose for projecting U.S. leadership in a dangerous world. The Cold War is over, but imminent threats never end.

The problem is that NATO has been distorted over the last 20 years, first by the lax Bush administration and later by the malign Obama administration, as yet another mechanism to undercut and dilute American power, and transfer it to global socialist entities.

Trump is reclaiming NATO’s purpose. And as part of that, he has signaled that yesterday was the last day for deadbeats and traitors. Germany is no longer an ally and it is past time to acknowledge that fact. The ball is now in their court.

Show me

Actually, NATO became a shadow government to European countries and the US, especially its financial relationships, which became similar if not identical to the financial relationships states have with the Federal government.
A big issue is states paying more into the Federal government than they get back in contracts on Federal projects such as roads, buildings and educational funds.
NATO became a funding stream for European countries, so they could spend less on NATO knowing America would make up their share.
This became even more of a funding stream when the US had a big force structure in Germany, Americans spending a lot of money in the local economies and then defending the country to boot.
Germany has been spending billions of dollars on social services and even more on it’s refugee program, Merkel calling for a million immigrants to Germany, which would need heavy funding, thousands of Euros for every immigrant.
So Germany has money coming in from the Americans, and the Americans defending Germany rather than the Germans having to spend money on the German military, and Germany ends up getting rich off of NATO and the generosity of the Americans.
It really is time for this all to stop.
NATO has sent forces to Afghanistan, actually boots on the ground, in response to America being attacked by terrorists on 9/11, but I think the NATO operation has been winding down and Trump is reducing American troop deployments in Afghanistan as well as garrisoned troops in Germany.
NATO is probably going to see further reductions.
The biggest threat now is to countries like Ukraine, which is not a NATO member, but has some letters of cooperation with NATO.
Russia is determined to keep Ukraine out of NATO and actually wants to incorporate Ukraine back into Russia as it has done with Crimea and is in process of doing in the Donbass region of Eastern Ukraine. Likely there will be further conflict until Donbass is incorporated back into Russia, since Putin has little to lose by pursuing this objective, that NATO prefers not to get involved, and Ukraine beset by corruption that makes it ineffective in any international structure, and actually probably makes it a liability to any international agreement.


Great synopsis on NATO Show me, But:

“NATO has sent forces to Afghanistan, actually boots on the ground, in response to America being attacked by terrorists on 9/11,…”

Please tell me how many German and European NATO troops actually left Europe proper to support our Afghanistan effort?

Go back thirteen years from that point.

In 1990-91 I remember after nearly six months of preparation and intense efforts of GHWB lobbying (kissing ass) our NATO and other “allies” and the UN to deal with Hussein in Kuwait, before the “coalition” finally engaged and evicted Iraq from Kuwait. It was a force of about 500,000 troops and personnel of which at least 95% were US. Great Brittan contributed well over half of the remainder and the other 2% were from the other 25+ “allied” countries.

I believe the Afghanistan “support” was even less in 2001, I know Spain bailed due to a terror attack on their subway in Madrid – so much for resolve.

And Jacque Iraq of Feckless France actively worked with Russia to blunt Bush the Jr.’ efforts in the UN in enforcing the UN’s own WMD inspection resolutions. Resolutions are supposed to display RESOLVE, aren’t they?

No, this obsolete ‘alliance’ is demonstrably ineffective and very costly only to the US. It is time we let Europe take care of itself and make it grow up, whether via the collectivist EU or by individual nations and regional alliances.


“The problem is that NATO has been distorted over the last 20 years, first by the lax Bush administration and later by the malign Obama administration, as yet another mechanism to undercut and dilute American power, and transfer it to global socialist entities.”

Very true Phineas, but the more I think about it, just who in Europe is a reliable ally the US can count on? Maybe Great Brittan? And even the shenanigans they pulled with their special IC alliance with the CIA before Boris Johnson made them dubious and easily corrupted by their actual alliances with our anti-Trump anti-America Deep State.

President Washington’s admonishments about foreign entanglements was was as true 220 years ago as it is today.

Please someone tell me which “ally” has helped us in the last 100 or more years? Virtually all of our alliances have, at best, been one-way streets. While it is nice to have friendly relations with the vast majority of the world’s nations, it is not imperative that we need to keep taking it in the shorts just to get some occasional cooperation.

The way I see it, if we didn’t have all these “alliances” we wouldn’t have spent the last seventy years fighting all these BS in wars in 3WSHs that have served no national purpose, and cost us dearly in blood , treasure, and prestige.

The first real beginning of “Political Correctness” was when the “War Department” was changed to the Department of Defense. Let’s have the DOD’s mission statement be its name: the defense of the US and ONLY the direct interest’s of the US. And IMO, that excludes every square mile of Asia, Europe and Africa, and even Australia. Kick the commies out of our country, and the rest of North, Central, and South America. I really don’t care if feckless France or Gutless Germany et al wants to live under socialism, communism, or Islam.

Eventually every country will benefit more by coming to us for trade and other benefits then we need them – especially now that we are energy independent thanks to President Trump.

And while we are at it, we need to get out of the UN and get the UN out of the US..


As far as security clearances go, everybody who got one while working for the government who
is no longer working for the government should have it yanked. Period! When I seperated from the Air Force and then the Air Guard later, they yanked mine. There would be a lot less leaked
information if these jokers couldn’t go into their former work places and chat up folks and then walk back out and write a book or go on cable and blather.

And I too say pull all the troops out of Germany. The cold war is over and Germany can afford to beef up their own defenses.There are no 60,000 Russian tanks sitting across the border now.

Vietnam Vet in Ohio

Let them draft the muslims in to the army- they love to fight and be rowdy.

phineas gage

I thought Knoller got laid off at CBS.


Shout out to criminal johhny b… better get a real job if you are going to pay for your defense or maybe a gofund me and all the communists will send you money. That’d be epic… its more helpful when the enemy is clearly defined.

As for Germany… Why would ANYONE defend this cesspool of marxism??? The communist politicals are giving the country away to the muslim invaders. Inviting them in, so why again would anyone defend them??? I’d say completely pull out all troops, why pay the communists to house troops?? After 70+ years Germany should be able to defend itself against Russia and China which they haven’t and HAVE been doing more business with these two ‘enemies’.

Its still a war…

Philly Smith

It’s about GD time this POS’s clearance was lifted. What took so long?
Transfer all US military assets to Poland.

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