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To: Carl/NewsMax
Zinni, no stupid man whatever you may think of him had clearly grasped the big lesson of the Somalia Ranger debacle. After that unfortunate event the GO's on site all took responsibility for any downside. (Considering the tactically flawed nature of the operational plan that was well and good.) The real goal was to provide cover for the White House over signing up for a problematic operation such as UNOSOM II. The White House had transmitted the desired message to the field and in return for the truncated candor no heads rolled.

After the USS Cole incident our hero
"testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee in October 2000, a week after the Cole attack, the then-recently retired Zinni said: "I pass that buck on to nobody."

The real reason for this dopey arrangement involving bunkering operations was a State Department feel good initiative for the US to show its positive feelings towards the Yemeni regime and pump a few bucks into Aden ports flat tired economy. Zinni steps up to the plate ans says 'Yep I screwed up.' Knowing full well the Slimemaster in Chief would smile upon him.
12 posted on 04/18/2006 10:51:25 AM PDT by robowombat
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To: robowombat
Good evening.
"I pass that buck on to nobody."

Didn't we hear something similar from Janet 'BBQ' Reno?

Michael Frazier
66 posted on 04/18/2006 5:04:57 PM PDT by brazzaville (no surrender no retreat, well, maybe retreat's ok)
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To: robowombat
Good evening.
"I pass that buck on to nobody."

Didn't we hear something similar from Janet 'BBQ' Reno?

Michael Frazier
67 posted on 04/18/2006 5:07:00 PM PDT by brazzaville (no surrender no retreat, well, maybe retreat's ok)
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To: robowombat

Sounds like Zinni 'retired' right after the Cole/Yemen thing. No coincidence, I suspect.


78 posted on 04/19/2006 6:09:31 AM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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