I hope General McChrystal doesn’t lose his job over this, but he knows Obama doesn’t have the mettle to stick it out in AfPak as long as we need to. God Bless the troops and the people of Afghanistan, especially the women.
The General revealed all we feared about Obama was true, he is over his head. One person got compliments in the Rolling Stone piece and it must have BURNED Rolling Stones’ axxes to have to print even a blurb:
Only Hillary Clinton receives good reviews from McChrystal’s inner circle. “Hillary had Stan’s back during the strategic review,” says an adviser. “She said, ‘If Stan wants it, give him what he needs.’ ”
TOTUS is over his head, out of his league and it shows:
The general first encountered Obama a week after he took office, when the president met with a dozen senior military officials in a room at the Pentagon known as the Tank. According to sources familiar with the meeting, McChrystal thought Obama looked “uncomfortable and intimidated” by the roomful of military brass. Their first one-on-one meeting took place in the Oval Office four months later, after McChrystal got the Afghanistan job, and it didn’t go much better. “It was a 10-minute photo op,” says an adviser to McChrystal. “Obama clearly didn’t know anything about him, who he was. Here’s the guy who’s going to run his fucking war, but he didn’t seem very engaged. The Boss was pretty disappointed.”
Is Susan Rice trying to back a UN led investigation of Israel while Hillary is in S America and the Caribbean??
Update 2: From The Times UK we hear Israel has permission from the Saudis to use their airspace to hit Iran as needed:
…“The Saudis have given their permission for the Israelis to pass over and they will look the other way,” said a US defence source in the area. “They have already done tests to make sure their own jets aren’t scrambled and no one gets shot down. This has all been done with the agreement of the [US] State Department.”
Sources in Saudi Arabia say it is common knowledge within defence circles in the kingdom that an arrangement is in place if Israel decides to launch the raid. Despite the tension between the two governments, they share a mutual loathing of the regime in Tehran and a common fear of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. “We all know this. We will let them [the Israelis] through and see nothing,” said one. …
Update 1 from Powerline we learn Congress is pushing back on this:
UPDATE: The Standard has posted the White House response to Kristol’s report here. Senators Reid and McConnell have in addition circulated a joint letter to Obama for signature by their colleagues. The letter raises the role of the IHH in the incident and recommends investigation of the IHH for inclusion among the designated state sponsors of terror. The letter further states: “[W]e ask you to stand firm in the future at the United Nations Security Council and to use your veto power, if necessary, to prevent any similar biased or one-sided resolutions [such as the UN Human Rights Council's] from passing.”
…While UN Ambassador Susan Rice is reported to have played an important role in pushing for U.S. support of a UN investigation, the decision is, one official stressed, of course the president’s….
Hillary has been in South America this entire week, no doubt Rice and Power are trying to make a move on Israel while she is gone…
…THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that senior Obama administration officials have been telling foreign governments that the administration intends to support an effort next week at the United Nations to set up an independent commission, under UN auspices, to investigate Israel’s behavior in the Gaza flotilla incident….
The White House is sharply denying a claim by Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol that “the administration intends to support an effort next week at the United Nations to set up an independent commission, under UN auspices, to investigate Israel’s behavior in the Gaza flotilla incident.”
The White House has suggested in the past that it supported international participation in an Israeli investigation, but a shift to the kind of international inquiry supported by many of Israel’s critics would be a dramatic one, and a White House official brushed off Kristol’s flotation.
Next you’ll tell me Samantha Power is rubber stamping stuff at State while Hill is in Colombia…NO WAY this goes down with Hillary as SoS, no way. She would step down first. God willing it will not be necessary and someone will ‘explain’ to Obama he cannot run wild with things Rice and Powers whisper into his ear while the grownups Hillary and Gates are away….
…The White House official said the administration continues to support “an Israeli-led investigation into the flotilla incident that is prompt, credible, impartial, and transparent.”
“We are open to different ways of ensuring the credibility of this Israeli-led investigation, including international participation, and have been in intensive talks with our Israeli partners in the past few days on how to move forward,” said the official. “We know of no resolution that will be debated at the UN on the flotilla investigation next week.”
Hillary come home, stat!!!
Thank God. God Bless Israel. MiM supports Israel, unconditionally. We believe they face an existential threat. All they want is to live in peace. They must be able to protect themselves.
via NRO Corner:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been privately asking foreign leaders to “dial down” criticism of Israel until all the facts of the flotilla attack are known, according to a source who personally discussed the matter with her.
“She says she’s been working the phones for last 24 hours trying to get people to cool off a little bit, to see what the facts are,” the source tells me, adding that she said she was trying to “dial down some of the rhetoric of the inernational community.”
Foreign Policy blog has more pics of the Iranian anti Israel, anti Hillary demonstrations.
Now that NASA is out of the manned space business I was THRILLED to hear about this launch today. Jeebus through the looking glass again. I used to bxtch about 1000 points of light and now I want the Electric Eye in the sky protecting us. Maybe that’s just turning 40, maybe it’s the occupant of the WH…
…is this part of slowly turning conservative? Does it begin with fiscal conservatism which is how I started down this path? Our first Tea Party sign said ‘CONGRESS STOP SPENDING’ and that was April of ’09 when they kicked off with Spendulus…Now I’m all hawkish on national defense and I did a happy dance when I heard we launched this awesome X51 today.
I have been a mom since I was 20 so it isn’t ‘motherhood fear’ which some of my lib friends have the bxlls to suggest is the cause of my voting GOP now…well whatever it is if the GOP keeps putting up candidates like Rubio, Scott Brown, Bachmann, Lowden I will keep sending them money and on another whole level I will keep voting downticket GOP until I see any signs of sanity in the Democratic party…and cap and trade and amnesty is further signs of the Fall of the House of Democrats who seem to be mentally deteriorating…
…But eventually, Prompt Global Strike could encompass new generations of aircraft and armaments five times faster than anything in the current American arsenal. One candidate: the X-51 hypersonic cruise missile, which is designed to hit Mach 5 — roughly 3600 mph. The goal, according to the U.S. Strategic Command’s deputy commander Lt. Gen. C. Robert Kehler, is “to strike virtually anywhere on the face of the Earth within 60 minutes.”…
Hillary demonstrates her command of the most important issues facing us on national security. FF to 35 mins in for Q/A from the audience.
HRC answers how we will maintain our nuclear arms in START, how we are dealing with Iran, NOKO, how they kept the Dubyah NoKo method of dealing with them b/c it makes sense, Iran, China working with them on sanctions now that Russia is on board, how other diplomats abroad were not even considering sanctions as diplomacy and we pushed them on that.
She says she is a realist and we will always have nuclear weapons and we must maintain and upgrade the existing weapons to ensure their use as a deterrent is effective.
She discusses normalization of relations with Cuba and the Castro Brothers resistance to this as well. She says it is her personal belief the Castro brothers do not want to normalize relations b/c it would end their excuses for the hold they have over their people. She says democracy will come to Cuba, it is coming. She discussed how an American was arrested in Cuba recently and a Cuban prisoner who died of a hunger strike recently. She says for the first time a lot of countries realize it is not the USA preventing Cuba from normalizing and expanding its economy and international relations.
Love this woman.
I know this is sacrilege for a lot of Dems, but at this point I am supporting Scott Brown and Sue Lowden. Ask yourself something Democrats, who the hell are we supporting and why?! These Democratic Senators killed prescription drug reimportation, they are gutting Medicare, they are rolling over on the main issues that the party platform espouses in re women and progressive taxation.
Courtesy of therightscoop
Completely unacceptable in the post 9/11 world. I thought we tore down the walls between intelligence and the military?
The Pentagon said it wasn’t notified that U.S. intelligence agencies had intercepted emails between suspected Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan and an extremist imam until after last week’s bloody assault, fueling new questions about whether the government missed warning signs that could have helped prevent the incident. A senior defense official said that federal investigators didn’t tell the Pentagon that they were investigating months of communication between Maj. Hasan and Anwar al-Awlaki, who knew three of the Sept. 11 hijackers and hailed Maj. Hasan as a “hero” after the Army officer allegedly killed 13 people and wounded 29 others at Fort Hood.
“Based on what we know now, neither the United States Army nor any other organization within the Department of Defense knew of Maj. Hasan’s contacts with any Muslim extremists,” the official said. “Not until after the tragic shooting at Fort Hood last week were Maj. Hasan’s email communications first brought to our attention by federal investigators.”…
God Bless the troops and their families.