A Canadian conservative is one who believes in limited government and that the government should stay out of our wallets and out of our bedrooms.
But while I agree with Gates' assessment, I fail to see why Gates' assessment is of any real consequence here.
The issue isn't thhat America didn't have a fighter wing on-call in the event a foreign service officer somewhere in MENA found him/her self in hot water.
The issue is that the Obama administration lied to the American people, doctored reports to keep American citizens in the dark, pretended that this wasn't a planned al Qaeda terror attack but rather a spontaneous uprising by a group of average people who got mad over the trailer to an Internet video, concocted a deliberately obfuscatory "investigation" into the incident where it failed to put pertinent administration officials in the hot seat and allowed others to lie with impunity, and in general handled this matter in the most unprofessional, immature, unpresidential way possible.
Yes Mr. Gates, I understand that there isn't a SEAL Team 6 hostage rescue team on 24/7 standby everywhere in the world.
Now please explain all the a$$clownery coming out of the Obama administration in terms of their dishonesty and efforts to "bury" this matter.
And it wouldn't take 20 hours to put jets over head, we have jets in Italy. Not 20 hours away. We are the ONLY country on Earth that keeps troops all around the world, especially scattered around Europe. They could have put boots on the ground in 2-4 hours.
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I can agree with some of the statements in that that was what applied at the time. My question is, why was that the conditions?
Why was there no "ready force"? Why were there no "go to hell" plans? What Mr. Gates is really saying is that because nobody planned for anything to happen, they were unable to do anything when it did. Any so called "leader" sending people into a potentially hostile situation that does not have a plan for when things "go to hell" or "drop in the pot" is a piss poor "leader" and undeserving of respect or loyalty. Why Gates feels that he owes anything to Obama/Clinton, I don't really know, but his statements clearly show that Obama and Clinton were, in this instance, piss poor "leaders".
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I think the Obama administration obviously majorly botched the level of security at the Embassy AND maybe is guilty of some kind of cover-up.
But Gates is about as un-partisan as you can get - he served for both GWB AND Obama. So I highly doubt he was a partisan agenda.
And if he says that all that could have been done, was done - I will take his word for it until I see evidence to the contrary.
I certainly agree that just sending an armed force into an extremely uncertain and violent area on short notice could have made a bad situation a whole lot worse in terms of American lives lost.
Remember the Battle of Mogadishu (Black Hawk Down).
Yes, different situation. But I am just sayin'.
Last edited by DA60; 05-13-13 at 11:18 AM.
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But who the @&$# cares what you call it, it wasn't protected as it should have been.
The jets in Italy are exactly what I heard the testimony on yesterday. They were not flight ready, they were sitting on the tarmac. The flight crew was somehere in italy on leave or liberty. They were not on standby, it would take hours after the crews got there to get one in the air. This is where the cartoonish thing comes in. Not all jets in the military are takeoff ready with a pilot in the ready room.
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