Who, in your opinion, can direct a cross-border operation?
Americans were being murdered and the president knew it. Why didn't he exercise any leadership whatsoever? Why didn't he bring in the SECSTATE since he already had the SECDEF with him? Where was the CJCS? What options was he asked about?
There are plenty of people who can move forces in preparation. Who, in your opinion, could have ordered the nearest fighter aircraft on strip alert to fly to Benghazi? Who, in your opinion should have been the one to make it all happen if it was not the One?
Why is the president missing in action when something important is happening?
This was not a dinner meal gone horribly wrong. This was an attack by Al Qaeda on US people and property.
I'm not a liberal or a neoconservative so I'm really not in to nation building. I would have fought the war the old fashion way. Go in, kick butt and as soon as Saddam was gone, I would do the same, get out of Dodge.
Despite the the volume having been really turned up on this "story" by the Rightwing squawkmachine, it still has no more legs than Gibson Guitars.....................
As for cross border operations, well obviously the President is not the only one who can direct those kinds of actions. Are you of the opinion that the only person who could order relief to into Benghazi and across international borders was Obama himself? I couldn't say who should be the the guy with the approving authority, but I know it should be the President for a situation like this and was not the President for this situation.
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
Man, that Chalabi and the INC sure did sucker a lot of people....
January 1996: CIA Ends Its Relationship with Chalabi
The CIA—concerned about Chalabi’s contacts with Iran and convinced that he is not capable of delivering on his promises—severs its ties with him and the Iraqi National Congress. [ABC, 2/7/1998; New Yorker, 6/7/2004; Christian Science Monitor, 6/15/2004] Former CIA base chief Robert Baer recalls in 2006 that “[t]he quality” of the INC’s intelligence “was very bad. There was a feeling that Chalabi was prepping defectors. We had no systematic way to vet the information, but it was obvious most of it was cooked.” [Mother Jones, 4/2006]
1997-1998: Ahmed Chalabi Befriends Neoconservatives, Advocates Overthrow of Iraqi Government
According to Middle East expert Judith Kipper, around this time, Ahmed Chalabi makes “a deliberate decision to turn to the right,” having realized that conservatives are more likely than liberals to support his plan to use force to topple Saddam Hussein’s government. Chalabi’s aide, Francis Brooke, later explains to the New Yorker: “We thought very carefully about this, and realized there were only a couple of hundred people” in Washington capable of influencing US policy toward Iraq. He also attends social functions with Richard Perle, whom he met in 1985 (see 1985) and who is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and Dick Cheney, the CEO of Halliburton.
According to Brooke, “from the beginning, Cheney was in philosophical agreement with this plan. Cheney has said, ‘Very seldom in life do you get a chance to fix something that went wrong.’” Paul Wolfowitz is said to be enamored with Chalabi. According to an American friend of Chalabi, “Chalabi really charmed him. He told me they are both intellectuals. Paul is a bit of a dreamer.” [New Yorker, 6/7/2004] He also becomes friends with L. Marc Zell and Douglas Feith of the Washington-Tel Aviv law, Feith and Zell. [Salon, 5/5/2004]
Ahmed Chalabi and Francis Brooke find allies in the US Senate’s Republican leadership.
They provide the Republicans with details about the events surrounding the INC-CIA’s 1995 failed plot against Saddam Hussein (see March 1995) and Iraq’s subsequent incursion into Kurdish territory (see August 1996) which the Republican senators use against the Clinton White House and the CIA. “Clinton gave us a huge opportunity,” Brooke later recalls. “We took a Republican Congress and pitted it against a Democratic White House. We really hurt and embarrassed the president.” The Republican leadership in Congress, he acknowledges, “didn’t care that much about the ammunition. They just wanted to beat up the president.” Senior Republican senators, according to Brooke, are “very receptive, right away” to Chalabi and Brooke’s information, and Chalabi is soon on a first-name basis with 30 members of Congress, including senators Trent Lott, Jesse Helms, and Newt Gingrich. [Alternet, 5/21/2004; New Yorker, 6/7/2004]
President Clinton signs the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 (ILA) into law. The act, which passed with overwhelming support from Democrats and Republicans in both the House and Senate, was written by Trent Lott (R-MS) and other Republicans with significant input from Ahmed Chalabi and his aide, Francis Brooke. [US Congress, 10/31/1998 ; Washington Post, 1/25/2002; New Yorker, 6/7/2004]
Events Leading Up to the 2003 Invasion of Iraq: Ahmed Chalabi and the Iraqi National Congress
Hey, looky here, McCain says he was a critic of the war....for four years...and if you believe that I got a bridge in Alaska to sell ya....
CHETRY: It seems you’ve been painted as being a huge supporter of the president’s Iraq strategy. Is that an inaccurate portrayal?
MCCAIN: It’s entertaining, in that I was the greatest critic of the initial four years, three and a half years. I came back from my first trip to Iraq and said, This is going to fail. We’ve got to change the strategy to the one we’re using now. But life isn’t fair.
But I do believe that this general, who will report back in the middle of September, as you know, and this strategy is succeeding...."
McCain: 'I Was The Greatest Critic' Of The Iraq War Over The Last Four Years | ThinkProgress
I am so glad he wasn't elected president or we'd still be quagmired in Iraq.
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