On May 17, 2018, the senate confirmed Trump nominee for CIA director Gina Haspel by a margin of 54-45. With that vote, she became the first woman to ever assume the top office in that agency. Those on the side of good came out emphatically against her nomination and confirmation for good reason. This sent her supporters into a panicked frenzy.
Numb skulls like the founder of the Islamophobic organization ACT for America Brigitte Gabriel claimed that opposition to Haspel was a part of the left’s greater “War on Women." Only some completely devoid of sense and rationality could believe this. To assert that those who came out against Haspel did so because of her gender is nothing short of lunacy.
For those of you who do not know, Gina Haspel oversaw illegal torture outposts known as “black sites." Her supporters have attempted to defend her by saying that waterboarding is not actually torture. Not only are they wrong, but the torture Haspel oversaw went way beyond even that.
Some of the savage acts committed at the “black site” in Thailand she oversaw include the beating of an innocent pregnant woman’s stomach and anal rape. And just when you thought it could not get any worse, Haspel was not a begrudging actor in all of this. In fact, many accounts report ‘Bloody Gina’ taking joy in and even laughing as she watched innocent people being brutalized.
During Donald Trump’s announcement of her confirmation, he made many references to her being the first woman head of the CIA, yet made no specific reference to her record or qualifications. This is coming from the same man who decried Hillary Clinton’s playing of “the woman card” during the 2016 presidential race.
Haspel herself gave a short speech in which she kept on making note of what was already apparent to everyone—her womanness. Once again, no mention of her deeply evil record. The simple fact is that Gina Haspel and her cohorts have played the woman card far more than the Hillary Clinton campaign ever did.
I see the strategic reason for doing this. Advocating for Gina Haspel based on her record would be seen as grossly unpalatable to any reasonable human being. Bending over backward to try to turn her into a symbol of female empowerment is the only way to make her seem palatable to the broader public. But was she empowering women when she ordered the torture of an innocent, pregnant one?
What this whole ordeal reveals is that, not only will the current administration place consciousness criminals into positions of great power—we already knew that, any claimed opposition by the right to identity politics is nothing but lips service. They will pull “the woman card” like they did with ‘Bloody Gina,' “the race card” like they did with Ben Carson, and “the gay card” like they did with Trump backer and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel the minute it is politically expedient for them to do so.
While we still have significant gains that still need to be made in order to achieve true gender and racial equality, it is important that we recognize that this is a battle between good and evil. Those who do the unjustifiable should be rightfully condemned and opposed regardless of their identity. Gina Haspel should not get a pass for barbarically victimizing people just because she happens to have two X chromosomes.
I, like so many others who ardently condemn the horrific actions of ‘Bloody Gina’ would like to see more women represented within our government. But, that does not mean that I would support someone so deeply corrupted and sinister just to make that happen. Stop trying to make this about gender—find the right woman and we will support her.