Skip to comments.Woodward Book Portrays Obama Aides’ Battles
Posted on 09/21/2010 7:21:56 PM PDT by RummyChick
Some of the critical players in President Obamas national security team doubt his strategy in Afghanistan will succeed and have spent much of the last 20 months quarreling with one another over policy, personalities and turf, according to a new book.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
Oy! The Boy-Queen at war. (With his aides and everyone else.)
Prickly little guy, isn’t he?
“Although the internal divisions described have become public, the book suggests that they were even more intense and disparate than previously known and offers new details. Mr. Biden called Mr. Holbrooke the most egotistical bastard Ive ever met.”
They forgot that they’d actually have to...ummm...govern. “What, me work?!”
Of course they fought each other. They couldn’t get healthcare passed for a year, even with a Democratic super-majority (and when they did get it, it was awful).
this is a very interesting read.
The bit about Blair warning them about terrorists being trained is interesting...and shows how the White House is ignoring the issue.
“As for Mr. Obama himself, the book describes a professorial president who assigned homework to advisers but bristled at what he saw as military commanders attempts to force him into a decision he was not yet comfortable with. Even after he agreed to send another 30,000 troops last winter, the Pentagon asked for another 4,500 enablers to support them.
The president lost his poise, according to the book. Im done doing this! he erupted.”
Kids! I knew putting them in charge was a bad idea.
Mmmmm Might have to fork over some money for this book.
Liberal Bob Woodward writes a book about political aides?
Does Obama have nothing to do with this? Is he not the President?
Just what we need.
A bunch of hardcore liberal marxists in power, debating how to pull or not pull the levers of power controlling the military they detest.
One thing you can say about Woodward. Although he is probably a liberal, his political insider reporting seems balanced.He tries to stay with the facts without editorializing.
No wonder it took him so long to make a decision about whether or not to send more troops to Afghanistan.
“Does Obama have nothing to do with this? Is he not the President?”
That’s one thought I like to push far far far out of my mind before I attempt to sleep.
NO. He isn’t. The Politburo is comprised of every hack with an agenda in the Democrat National Committee hierarchy.
Now I won’t be able to sleep.
I can take Ambian. The nightmares from THAT are not half as disturbing as the thought of that bunch of loony half-*ssed Marxists and nutcases in power until 2012.
Consider just how bad that really turned out to be. The National Security Advisor terms this gaggle of fools a Politburo, and he's supposed to be on their side. Our military efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq are in the hands of Chicago ward-heelers and political hacks that make Robert McNamara look like Patton. The Commander in Chief is a feckless academic fool who wants the whole thing to disappear at the end of Fall Term so he can get back to preening as the figurehead for the Titanic.
It's what happens when celebrity trumps competence as a criterion of office. To be perfectly honest, a cardboard cutout could do the same job and cost us a whole lot less.
I am bumping this because it is important. I cannot believe more people haven’t responded to this.
THIS STORY AND THE BOOK IS A BIG DEAL.
I think Woodward was just a spoiled rich kid. I grew up in the same town he did, and it is very conservative. Knew his father, who seemed to be a nice person. And, by the way, Bill Ayers grew up in the suburb directly east of us, and he was also a spoiled rich kid.
But here’s what’s funny. The whole county is very conservative. Go figure. Is that what happens when kids have everything?
What I hear is a commander-in-chief who is subordinating the lives of his troops to petty political concerns and the Democrat party; he is not fit to lead either, and should be impeached.
In the meantime, the book will get more soldiers killed and make the world more dangerous for America and Americans...
“Beyond the internal battles, the book offers fresh disclosures on the nations continuing battle with terrorists. It reports that the C.I.A. has a 3,000-man covert army in Afghanistan called the Counterterrorism Pursuit Teams, or C.T.P.T., mostly Afghans who capture and kill Taliban fighters and seek support in tribal areas. Past news accounts have reported that the C.I.A. has a number of militias, including one trained on one of its compounds, but nothing the size of the covert army. “
I have nothing fresh except to pretend that “a number of militias” is somehow different than an “army” and will call it “covert” to make it sound like news to conspiricists and lefties.
Yep. It's clear he's more concerned with his party's political future than he is our troops, and because they've put our military in the middle of their power struggles, more of them have have lost their lives since Obama took office.
One objective of Alinsky's Rules For Spoiled Brats was to takeover the Dem Party.. Obama doesn't want to be the one who lost it.
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So Bob’s strategy is to absolve Obambi the Deer Leader, by blaming his advisors for the policy disasters. Typical
Hmmmmm. Stopped clock syndrome. Way to go, Bite-me.
Let’s remember that Bob Woodward is the same a**wipe who claimed to have gotten in to see former DCI Bill Casey on his deathbed who ‘confessed’ that he knew all about Iran-Contra, Casey’s widow stated unequivocally that such an ‘interview’ never happened.
Take everything Woodward says not with a grain of salt, but a whole freakin BOX of Morton’s best.
When this gets out through Rush, Hannity, Levin, etc., 0bama's going to have to explain his actions. Putting American Soldier's lives at greater risk for the sole reason being 100% politicking sounds like grounds for impeachment.
I suppose this will make yet another issue to investigate beginning in January.
A variety of administration officials expressed scorn for James L. Jones, the retired Marine general who is national security adviser, while he referred to some of the presidents other aides as the water bugs or the Politburo.
Related insult below?
HORATIO Peace! who comes here?
OSRIC Your lordship is right welcome back to Denmark.
HAMLET I humbly thank you, sir. Dost know this water-fly?
HORATIO No, my good lord.
(Act V, Scene II, Hamlet)
Alas, poor Woodward! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest...
If this book had been written by a credible author, it would help to bring down this clownish administration. But Woodward has a reputation of fabricating conversations and interviews. I’m sure there’s a lot of truth in what he reports, but sorting out what is true and what is Woodward’s “literary license” is an impossible task.
0bama is sooo in love with himself in that photo.
What’s with the extremely long fingernail on his left thumb?
a manikin in a suit , a prissy mouthpiece,is not a leader,he’s too busy posing,playing golf,they need a big sign on white house lawn “on vacation”
"Obama campaigned on a promise to extract U.S. forces from Iraq and focus on Afghanistan and Pakistan, which he described as the greater threat to American security"
That's because George W Bush eliminated the Iraqi regime as a threat to American and international security.
What is the upside to this book coming out before the elections??? Is it to blame the aides and not Obama???
:’) Thanks Nick!
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