Skip to comments.President Obama's "Transparency" Applies mainly to National Intelligence.
Posted on 08/17/2012 7:21:46 AM PDT by DanMiller
Anyone interested in the security of our nation should spend twenty-two minutes watching this You Tube presentation. It's excellent. Inadvertent leaks of sources and methods are bad. They are vile and beneath contempt when for political purposes. The Administration's leaks could have had no non-political purpose.
This You Tube video entitled Dishonorable Disclosures takes twenty-two minutes to watch, not counting loading time. As noted on Power Line yesterday,
It is dynamite: the production values are excellent, and the message is overpowering. The video is 22 minutes long, but trust me: it is riveting, and goes fast. You should watch the whole thing, to appreciate how dishonorable the Obama administration is when it comes to national security.
It should be watched to its conclusion. It will probably load more quickly if the "You Tube" icon at the bottom of the frame is clicked, rather than the white triangle at the center of the embedded version presented here.
A link is here.
President Obama has neither worn a military uniform nor had any personal acquaintance with military intelligence gathering. He has no first hand knowledge of what our troops or intelligence operatives do or the prices they pay for doing it. I have no idea what he may have been thinking beyond personal political gain. Had he consulted any non-political advisor knowledgeable as to military intelligence and the national security implications of what he was about to do -- about how difficult it is to get sources and how necessary it is to conceal their identities -- even he might not have proceeded as he did. As it was, he apparently felt an overwhelming need to be portrayed as the strong leader he is not. In consequence, the Pakistani physician who revealed the location of Osama bin Laden is now rotting in a Pakistani jail for a term of more than three decades. Recruiting intelligence sources willing to take risks of such betrayal by the Commander in Chief or those working directly for him, in addition to the normal risks inherent in telling our intelligence people what they need to know, will be far more difficult than before. Our own operatives and their families have also been put in danger.
Has President Obama no decency? Think for a moment of Kipling's poem Tommy.
I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o' beer,
The publican 'e up an' sez, "We serve no red-coats here."
The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an' to myself sez I:
O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away";
But it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play.
I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
They gave a drunk civilian room, but 'adn't none for me;
They sent me to the gallery or round the music-'alls,
But when it comes to fightin', Lord! they'll shove me in the stalls!
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, wait outside";
But it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide,
The troopship's on the tide, my boys, the troopship's on the tide,
O it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide.
Yes, makin' mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an' they're starvation cheap;
An' hustlin' drunken soldiers when they're goin' large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin' in full kit.
Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, 'ow's yer soul?"
But it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll,
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
O it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll.
We aren't no thin red 'eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too,
But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
An' if sometimes our conduck isn't all your fancy paints,
Why, single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints;
While it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, fall be'ind",
But it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind,
There's trouble in the wind, my boys, there's trouble in the wind,
O it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind.
You talk o' better food for us, an' schools, an' fires, an' all:
We'll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
Don't mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
The Widow's Uniform is not the soldier-man's disgrace.
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck him out, the brute!"
But it's "Saviour of 'is country" when the guns begin to shoot;
An' it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' anything you please;
An' Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool -- you bet that Tommy sees!
In the situation he has created, would President Obama agree with this suggestion: "Please to walk in front, sir" when we next go into battle? Into a situation such as the killing of Osama bin Laden? I doubt it.
There is hardly any excuse for such behavior by an Army private. For the Commander in Chief to engage in it for any purpose is inexcusable. For him to do it for his own political advantage is vile and beneath contempt.
I watched it last night.. and I was impressed at how this is all working out...
More power to them!
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