“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. ~ Ancient American Indian Proverb
G.W. Bush went to war with Clinton's military and was only able to put 200,000 boots on the ground.
Bush's Generals warned Bush, we can defeat the Iraqi military and accomplish the mission of "regime change" but we have to have 400,000 troops to occupy Iraq after the mission is accomplished.
Sec. of Defense Rumsfeld says "You go to war with what you got."
Saddam Hussein believes G.W. Bush is bluffing, who would invade Iraq with only 200,000 troops ?
Bush wasn't bluffing.
Read the F.B.I. interrogation of Saddam Hussein and get back to me. -> Saddam Hussein Talks to the FBI
BTW: I knew it had nothing to do with WMD's or even oil. I knew back in 2001 that there was going to be a regime change in Iraq. Bush was going to take care of the problem that Clinton couldn't accomplish in eight years.
Systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department (the “Department”) resulted in a Special Mission security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place.
Security in Benghazi was not recognized and implemented as a “shared responsibility” by the bureaus in Washington charged with supporting the post, resulting in stove-piped discussions and decisions on policy and security. That said, Embassy Tripoli did not demonstrate strong and sustained advocacy with Washington for increased security for Special Mission Benghazi.
The short-term, transitory nature of Special Mission Benghazi’s staffing, with talented and committed, but relatively inexperienced, American personnel often on temporary assignments of 40 days or less, resulted in diminished institutional knowledge, continuity, and mission capacity.If a platoon of Soldiers is ambushed and destroyed by the enemy, you don't get the General in front of you and ask where he physically was and what he was doing while that was happening, you don't ask him why he didn't direct air support or take specific actions while this ambush was happening. Everyone knows and understands that there are several layers of command between that platoon and the general who's job it is to handle those kinds of things.The Board found that certain senior State Department officials within two bureaus in critical positions of authority and responsibility in Washington demonstrated a lack of proactive leadership and management ability appropriate for the State Department’s senior ranks in their responses to security concerns posed by Special Mission Benghazi, given the deteriorating threat environment and the lack of reliable host government protection. However, the Board did not find that any individual U.S. Government employee engaged in misconduct or willfully ignored his or her responsibilities, and, therefore did not find reasonable cause to believe that an individual breached his or her duty so as to be the subject of a recommendation for disciplinary action.
Likewise with Obama, its stupid to ask where he was and what was he doing, the system is designed to act without intervention by the President because you simply can't wait that long for him to personally be managing affairs nor is is effective at all from the since of time management and his own personal expertise. He has layers and layers of command beneath for very important reasons that should be obvious. What can be asked in regards to Libya are decisions that are directly related to decision making at the Presidential level. Was assisting the Libyan rebels a good idea? Or, "Why did we decide upon having a consulate in Benghazi, and what were our goals there." Those last two questions are also handled heavily by the Secretary of State mostly anyway, but I would say its fair to ask Obama what kind of accountability he keeps in house.
Questions about tactical decision making on the ground are NOT the President's lane and we don't want them to be in his lane.
Just glancing through this report you can come up with several questions that are relevant, things it mentions that you would want to know more about and would be in the Secretary of State's purview to oversee, gather information on, and correct.
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