Skip to comments.Wash. Times Exclusive: Obama Backs Out on Iraq Appointment
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."
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Will there be a posistion for Wesley Clark in Obamahland?
Anybody checked his taxes?
And it continues......
This guy is in way over his head.
What a classy transition!
Hitlary doesn’t like the military in “General”.....
He must be current on his taxes.
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.
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.
Hope n Change ping.
Man, Its Amateur hour over at the White House. Golly, you think Al-Qaida has noticed yet?
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
That makes me see red, just to cross paths with Zinni face to face...well, I’d better not say.
I’ve always referred to him as a rookie. And might I add, “clueless”.
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.
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.
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.
Creepy...why would anyone hang out the the UnAmerican Democrat Party anyway?
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.
Bumper sticker I saw on CafePress:
“It’s takes a Jimmy Carter to create a Ronald Reagan
Come on 2012!”
Washington DC should be renamed Obamastan pronounce "OH BAH MAH STAHN". You heard it here first....
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.
November people. He has had since NOVEMBER to get his crap together.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Heh-heh. Notice it was only smooth when Bush was taking care of things.
... even though he wasted his life in the military rather than do something honorable like Community Organizing." /sarc
Yes, his taxes were clean, and so he couldn't be considered for the Obama administration.
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.
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.
"Hope" has been transmuted to "Fear".
And "Change" seems to apply to every decision.