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Wash. Times Exclusive: Obama Backs Out on Iraq Appointment
The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, February 4, 2009 | Barbara Slavin

Posted on 02/04/2009 8:48:59 AM PST by kristinn

The Obama administration asked retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni to be U.S. ambassador to Iraq but abruptly withdrew the appointment without explanation, Gen. Zinni said Tuesday.

Gen. Zinni, a former commander of Central Command, told The Washington Times that he had been offered the job by the White House national security adviser, retired Marine Gen. James Jones, two weeks ago and that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton confirmed the offer on Jan. 26.

"I started making arrangements," Gen. Zinni said, but became concerned because he heard nothing further from the State Department or White House. He called Gen. Jones Monday night and was told that Christopher Hill, the outgoing assistant secretary of State for East Asia, was getting the job.

Gen. Zinni said no explanation was given. "That kind of bothered me," he said. "I was told that I had it."

Tommy Vietor, a White House spokesman, said, "We have spoken to a number of extraordinarily talented individuals about serving in this important role, and have made no announcement about who will be the U.S. ambassador to Iraq.

"Obviously, the president has enormous respect for Gen. Zinni, and believes he would be on anybody's short list for a number of critical national security roles."

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bho2009; bho44; democrats; iraq; jamesjones; nevermind; obama; soshillary; wot; zinni
Smoothest transition in history......
1 posted on 02/04/2009 8:49:00 AM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Will there be a posistion for Wesley Clark in Obamahland?


2 posted on 02/04/2009 8:52:02 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: kristinn

Anybody checked his taxes?


3 posted on 02/04/2009 8:52:22 AM PST by erkyl (The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a period of moral crisis, stay neutral)
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To: kristinn

And it continues......

This guy is in way over his head.


4 posted on 02/04/2009 8:52:45 AM PST by proud American in Canada ("We can, and we will prevail.")
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To: kristinn
A punk kid's payback for Tommy Daschle? A shot across the bow of the discontented Pentagon brass?

What a classy transition!

5 posted on 02/04/2009 8:53:34 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Play the new "rehab" card: apologize for cheating on your taxes)
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To: kristinn

Hitlary doesn’t like the military in “General”.....


6 posted on 02/04/2009 8:53:43 AM PST by G Larry (Barack's character has been molded by extremists)
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To: kristinn

He must be current on his taxes.


7 posted on 02/04/2009 8:53:43 AM PST by armymarinedad (Support, v., To take the side of; to uphold or help.)
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To: kristinn
Indecision ... indecisiveness is not a good trait to demonstrate, before getting all your ducks in a row.
8 posted on 02/04/2009 8:54:34 AM PST by geologist (The only answer to the troubles of this life is Jesus. A decision we all must make.)
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To: TexasCajun

Zinni is a ninnie. He gave his name and reputation to a Investment Co. that conned GI’s by selling overpriced investment plans with big commissions.
It is largely out of the news now, but it would be dug up and make him look like a greedy wall streeter.


9 posted on 02/04/2009 8:54:43 AM PST by Oldexpat (Drill Here, Drill There..we must drill everywhere.)
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To: kristinn
You know what they say about Communist collaborators. They are the firs executed.
10 posted on 02/04/2009 8:54:54 AM PST by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: kristinn

Pretty shaby way to treat a retired General. I am beginning to think this Administration is filled with a bunch of rank amateurs, starting with the top guy.


11 posted on 02/04/2009 8:55:44 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: kristinn

Hope n Change ping.

Man, Its Amateur hour over at the White House. Golly, you think Al-Qaida has noticed yet?


12 posted on 02/04/2009 8:55:52 AM PST by Danae (Amerikan Unity My Ass)
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To: kristinn

I think Zinni was an early supporter of the messiah. That pissed off the Clintonistas and I am sure when the shrew Hillary got into the State Dept, she deep sixed him for the job in Iraq. Look to see more of this from State Dept., I feel under Hillary they will go off the Obama reservation many times. No way Barry is going to able to reign in the Hildabeast.

The Clinton’s have their eyes on the White House, and Barry was too dumb to know you can never trust them. His lack of executive experience is already painfully obvious, just now he came on tv whining about the stimulus package and in his usual arrogant fashion, declared the Ameerican voters elected change in November, so everyone needs to get on board his stimulus version ,no matter how stupid it is.


13 posted on 02/04/2009 8:56:05 AM PST by milwguy (........)
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To: NonValueAdded

“A shot across the bow of the discontented Pentagon brass?”

Bingo. He’ll put some civil rights lawyer or community activist in charge instead. Why? Because zero is an arrogant MORON.


14 posted on 02/04/2009 8:57:20 AM PST by piytar (Atlas is Shrugging. I am Atlas.)
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To: Oldexpat

Zinni was a board member of First Command Financial which was selling overpriced insurance and investments to young GI’s. The NYT had an article critical.


15 posted on 02/04/2009 8:59:01 AM PST by Oldexpat (Drill Here, Drill There..we must drill everywhere.)
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To: milwguy

I wonder if this has anything to do with the rumors about current and former military opposing Obama in some sort of organized plan..it was in a thread yesterday.


16 posted on 02/04/2009 9:00:14 AM PST by RummyChick
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To: armymarinedad
He must be current on his taxes.

LOL!

17 posted on 02/04/2009 9:00:37 AM PST by proud American in Canada ("We can, and we will prevail.")
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To: armymarinedad

LOL!


18 posted on 02/04/2009 9:02:23 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective.)
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To: RummyChick

Zinni was against the Iraq war from the beginning so I am not sure he would be part of that, but it is possible. I think Barry is going to have increasing problems with his generals, especially Petraeus. Petraeus knows his surge strategy worked and Obama opposed it, so when Barry tries to tell him how to get out of Iraq in 16 months, Petraeus knows the novice doesn’t have a clue. If Obama does not listen to the professional advice of generals like Petraeus, they will not sit idly by and watch him ruin what they have accomplished.


19 posted on 02/04/2009 9:05:07 AM PST by milwguy (........)
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To: Oldexpat

That makes me see red, just to cross paths with Zinni face to face...well, I’d better not say.


20 posted on 02/04/2009 9:05:20 AM PST by brushcop (SFC Sallie, CPL Long, LTHarris, SSG Brown, PVT Simmons KIA OIF lll&V, they died for you, honor them)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

I’ve always referred to him as a rookie. And might I add, “clueless”.


21 posted on 02/04/2009 9:06:07 AM PST by sarasota
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To: milwguy

Couldn’t agree more. When I saw her and the BentOne at her swearing in it occured to me that they believe she is now President for Foriegn Affairs......deep sixing Zini is just the first sip of the bitter cup she will serve BO.........serves the fool right.


22 posted on 02/04/2009 9:06:48 AM PST by mick
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To: erkyl

He has probably paid his taxes in full and ahead of time ...

This, of course, makes him ineligible for a position in the 0bama regime.


23 posted on 02/04/2009 9:08:23 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: kristinn

The do nothing Senator has become the President that does something but everything he does is wrong. Obama is a disaster for our country and it’ll only get worse.


24 posted on 02/04/2009 9:09:24 AM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: kristinn
Zinni should fit right in.....he did some leaking to his press buddies with boots on the ground in Iraq.

Creepy...why would anyone hang out the the UnAmerican Democrat Party anyway?

25 posted on 02/04/2009 9:12:56 AM PST by roses of sharon (Pray Hussein fails!)
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To: kristinn

Amateur hour at Pennsylvania Avenue.

Obama and his people better get up to speed, they’ve been in office two weeks and the guy is already on TV saying he ‘blew it’ on an issue, something a President should never do.

The despots and dictators are licking their chops, and every country out there is measuring Obama up, and so far he’s looking pretty green.

The only fool out there happy about this is Jimmy Carter... He’s currently the worst President in history ranking below Clinton who was impeached, but if Barry O can blow it big time, Jimmy will get that second last spot. It will be difficult to do but if Barry O is worse than Jimmy Malaise Carter, the world is in for a world of hurt.


26 posted on 02/04/2009 9:14:12 AM PST by jerod (They were pro-abortion, for gun control & wanted a cleaner environment at all cost - The NAZI party)
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To: armymarinedad

LOL


27 posted on 02/04/2009 9:15:26 AM PST by dforest (life is now good again....he has been inaugurated)
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To: jerod

Bumper sticker I saw on CafePress:

“It’s takes a Jimmy Carter to create a Ronald Reagan

Come on 2012!”


28 posted on 02/04/2009 9:20:08 AM PST by mom4melody
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To: TexasCajun
Will there be a position for Wesley Clark in Obamahland?

Good question.
Washington DC should be renamed Obamastan pronounce "OH BAH MAH STAHN". You heard it here first....

29 posted on 02/04/2009 9:22:40 AM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: jerod

I’m not sure who was the worst president in history. If you are talking about the ones who did the most damage to our country in the long run, then Woodrow Wilson, FDR, and LBJ are way up there. And let’s not forget Bill Clinton.

Certainly Jimmy was a terrible president, and his screwups in Iran were serious errors. The court is still out on his giveaway of the Canal Zone. So far it’s been OK, despite the Chinese involvement, but it remains to be seen what happens if trouble strikes.

Obama has a good chance to beat all of them at the worst of the worst game, with that we can all agree.


30 posted on 02/04/2009 9:23:18 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: kristinn

November people. He has had since NOVEMBER to get his crap together.


31 posted on 02/04/2009 9:25:23 AM PST by autumnraine
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To: Oldexpat

I never knew about. I can see how that issue would be another scandal for Obama. That said, you’d think the idiot should have know that before he nominated him.


32 posted on 02/04/2009 9:26:02 AM PST by DogBarkTree (Sometimes you have to let it go in order to get a Grip.)
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To: jazusamo
everything he does is wrong

It seems we hear about at least one dumb idea every day. Our mayor is in DC lobbying for Porkulus dollars and we hear tens of millions will be dropped on our school districts. None of that will do a darn thing to get us out of a recession.

33 posted on 02/04/2009 9:28:40 AM PST by colorado tanker ("I just LOVE clinging to my guns and my religion!!!!" - Sarah Palin)
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To: kristinn
The naivete (a French loanword (adjective, form of naïf) indicating having or showing a lack of experience, understanding or sophistication) of this administration is breathtaking. It seems they are unable to handle the simplist of appointments without controversy.

Perhaps, since he spent his life "stirring up trouble" as a community organizer, that is all he knows how to do.

We will get the "trouble" he is stirring up, no doubt.

34 posted on 02/04/2009 10:06:52 AM PST by Grammy
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To: kristinn

Now, remember when the left screamed about Zinni being “fired” by the Bush administration, when he was a normal retirement?

It will be interesting to see if any of the same lefties will scream about Obama hiring and then firing him.


35 posted on 02/04/2009 10:10:30 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: kristinn

Heh-heh. Notice it was only smooth when Bush was taking care of things.


36 posted on 02/04/2009 10:18:24 AM PST by jackv (Just shakin' my head!!)
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To: kristinn
"Obviously, the president has enormous respect for Gen. Zinni...

... even though he wasted his life in the military rather than do something honorable like Community Organizing." /sarc

37 posted on 02/04/2009 12:39:10 PM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll)
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To: TexasCajun
I think Clark would be perfect as Ambassador to Iraq. It is an insult, right?
38 posted on 02/04/2009 12:42:52 PM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: kristinn
Like Sen. Jim Webb, Zinni is a genuine hero who soiled himself for life by entering the American political cesspool.
39 posted on 02/04/2009 1:46:51 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: erkyl
Anybody checked his taxes?

Yes, his taxes were clean, and so he couldn't be considered for the Obama administration.

40 posted on 02/04/2009 2:51:29 PM PST by Smedley (It's a sad day for American capitalism when a man can't fly a midget on a kite over Central Park)
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To: kristinn; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 68 grunt; A.A. Cunningham; ASOC; AirForceBrat23; ...

Ping


41 posted on 02/08/2009 1:48:00 AM PST by freema (MarineNiece,Daughter,Wife,Friend,Sister,Friend,Aunt,Friend,Mother,Friend,Cousin, FRiend)
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To: kristinn
Tommy Vietor, a White House spokesman, said, "We have spoken to a number of extraordinarily talented individuals about serving in this important role...
Dude, there's a huge difference between speaking to people and having the National Security Advisor make the offer and then having the Secretary of State confirm that offer. Sheesh, what a bunch of morons.
42 posted on 02/08/2009 2:18:31 AM PST by Bob
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To: freema

I could ask the question why Zinni would want to work for Clinton anyway, knowing full well how she and Bubba treated the military for eight years.


43 posted on 02/08/2009 4:24:37 PM PST by Marine_Uncle
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To: kristinn
I'm getting the distinct impression that this administration doesn't have the slightest idea what it's doing.

"Hope" has been transmuted to "Fear".

And "Change" seems to apply to every decision.

44 posted on 02/08/2009 4:37:22 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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