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Obama's new national security advisor called a 'disaster' by Gates
american thinker ^ | 10/9/10 | rick moran

Posted on 10/10/2010 5:58:44 AM PDT by bestintxas

With the departure of General Jones from the White House, America is losing fine public servant and excellent military man. One of the few in Washington who eschewed the limelight, Jones did his job fairly competently and with a minimum of self promotion.

Will we get that lucky with his replacement?

The man picked to be President Obama's next national security advisor was sharply criticized by top officials in the administration, with the Secretary of Defense saying he would be a "disaster" in the job. According to the new book about the Obama administration's handling of Iraq and Afghanistan by Bob Woodward, Pentagon chief Robert Gates expressed deep reservations about Deputy National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, who has been tapped to be the successor to Gen. James Jones.

In the book "Obama's Wars," Woodward writes that, "Gates felt that Donilon did not understand the military or treat its senior leadership with sufficient respect."

"The secretary later told Jones that Donilon would be a ‘disaster' as Obama's national security adviser," Woodward wrote.

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bobwoodward; china; democrats; donilon; iran; israel; military; obama; obamaswars; palin; robertgates; tomdonilon; wot
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I sure would like to find the 29% of people in America who strongly approve of Obama's performance as per Gallup.

We need to round up these people and place them in places where they cannot hurt themselves. Their leader is trying to really hurt the rest of us, as this is a dangerous game he is playing with our lives.

1 posted on 10/10/2010 5:58:52 AM PDT by bestintxas
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To: bestintxas
disaster' as Obama's national security adviser

Makes him a perfect match for ZeroBama, who is a disaster as Pres__ent.

2 posted on 10/10/2010 6:02:37 AM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US Government to Kill Commies. Now ain't that irOnic?)
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To: bestintxas

“The secretary later told Jones that Donilon would be a ‘disaster’ as Obama’s national security adviser,” Woodward wrote.

As Obama has so far been a disaster as president, hayna?


3 posted on 10/10/2010 6:05:03 AM PDT by flowerplough (Thomas Sowell: Those who look only at Obama's deeds tend to become Obama's critics.)
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To: bestintxas

How could the Obamareich be any more of a disaster than it is already?

4 posted on 10/10/2010 6:05:42 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (King: "I have a dream"...Sharpton: "I want a check")
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To: bestintxas

The White House is in the hands of America-hating Marxists, from the top down. Jones was practically the only argument against this statement. With his departure, the real political nature of the President and those that surround him is painfully apparent.


5 posted on 10/10/2010 6:07:01 AM PDT by centurion316
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To: bestintxas
Confirmed "bachelor and cat lover"

code for another gay marxist

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6 posted on 10/10/2010 6:07:59 AM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: bestintxas

But, he has “good organizational skills”...so he’ll be able to keep his desktop neat and orderly.


7 posted on 10/10/2010 6:09:03 AM PDT by moovova (...he wasn't coming inside to have grits with me...)
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To: bestintxas

This appointment of this “military hater” just further proves how much POTUS Obama hates America. Any American voter that votes for any Democrat in the November election is voting to help Obama destroy America, its culture, its economy, its religions, its freedom, its greatness, its future!!! Barack Hussein Obama and his America hating wife, Michelle are enemies of the state and true enemies of the United States of America!!! American voters, turn out and vote to destroy the entire “traitor” Democrat Party on Election Day, November 2, 2010!!!


8 posted on 10/10/2010 6:10:53 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: Feckless

I just finished reading Dinesh D’Souza’s new book, The Roots of Obama’s Rage. It adds a lot of insight to the analysis he outlined in his Forbes article about Obama and anti-colonialism.

This appointment, including the fact that it is a “disaster” for those who understand and support the idea of America, is PERFECTLY consistent with Obama’s ideology. And it PERFECTLY capable of helping Obama further accomplish his anti-colonial mission.

I highly recommend D’Souza’s book.


9 posted on 10/10/2010 6:15:42 AM PDT by fightinJAG (Step away from the toilet. Let the housing market flush.)
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To: bestintxas

Looking forward: Despite her present tenure at State, the younger Hilary Clinton was also said to “detest” the military. It’s not just the Obama Dems.


10 posted on 10/10/2010 6:16:02 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine (/s, in case you need to ask)
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To: bestintxas

More on Donilon, see this thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2604341/posts


11 posted on 10/10/2010 6:22:24 AM PDT by maggief
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To: bestintxas
seems appropriate that a disaster would select a disaster.
12 posted on 10/10/2010 6:22:31 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: bestintxas
Donilon has never bothered to go to Iraq or Afghanistan, nor is he known for his breadth of knowledge with regard to other foreign policy issues.

As the father of a fine young American who is about to put boots on the ground in Iraq, this scares the hell out of me.

13 posted on 10/10/2010 6:24:19 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Armies that have and keep the initiative always win the battle.)
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To: bestintxas

Seems he is a Code Pink disciple.


14 posted on 10/10/2010 6:25:57 AM PDT by Carley (For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: bestintxas

New tagline...


15 posted on 10/10/2010 6:38:22 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Barack Obama: Worse than Jimmy Carter. 'Nuff said...)
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To: Fresh Wind

By totally surrenduring to Islam? Right now they have only partially surrendered..


16 posted on 10/10/2010 6:45:11 AM PDT by aces
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To: bestintxas

I’m about halfway through the book right now, and the one theme that is constant from the beginning is how marginalized General Jim Jones has been, and how his aide Donilon subverted him from the beginning because he had a special relationship, and the ear of the (P)resident.

Donilon is a political hack who was well known for spouting off in meetings about things he had absolutely no experience with. He had no problem spouting off about actual condition on the ground in Afghanistan even though he had never been there himself (he has since been there, but I’m not sure what if anything he accomplished other than to get a check in the box).

Same goes for his spontaneous remarks about career military officers whom he had never met personally and knew nothing about their qualifications to speak authoratively on military matters Donilon had no clue about.

Donilon is a left-wing political hack who has been involved with some of the biggest names in left-wing American politics from Jimmy Carter to Joe Biden, and many more in between. I think Jones finally had enough of being constantly cut out of the loop as National Security Adviser and pulled the plug. Two weeks notice is highly unusual for a position this high up the foodchain, and there is plenty of reason to worry about this.

Donilon is very much one of the “waterbugs” Woodward talks about, and his appointment demonstrates that the Regime has no intention of changing course on anything.


17 posted on 10/10/2010 7:10:16 AM PDT by Bean Counter (Now what kind of a geroo are you anyway?)
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To: Feckless

A disaster is what Obama wants.

It helps him in his destruction of America.


18 posted on 10/10/2010 7:12:21 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Fresh Wind

Because with this appointment we now have a lawyer political hack who hates the military advising a pres. who hates the country while we have American troops fighting in 2 theaters, while several other rogue countries either have nukes or are on the verge of obtaining them who would like nothing more than to see the US brought to our knees.


19 posted on 10/10/2010 7:16:17 AM PDT by panthermom
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To: Elle Bee

I know it is narrow minded on my part but there is something about a man that prefers a cat over a dog that gives me pause.


20 posted on 10/10/2010 7:18:57 AM PDT by panthermom
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To: EternalVigilance

The more you read about him the worse it gets. I feel your concern for your son, mine is on pre-deployment orders for Afghanistan. Jan. he goes to Fort Irwin for mountain, desert training, then comes home for pre-deployment leave.

Your son will be in my prayers.


21 posted on 10/10/2010 7:22:11 AM PDT by panthermom
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To: bestintxas

National Security has been the only area Obama was not FAILING.
He seems to be set on “fixing” that, to round out his agenda to destroy America.


22 posted on 10/10/2010 7:22:21 AM PDT by G Larry
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To: panthermom

Is there that much of a difference between an advisor that gives bad advice to the _resident, and an advisor that gives good advice that the _resident ignores?

And read the first sentence of post #17.


23 posted on 10/10/2010 7:35:52 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (King: "I have a dream"...Sharpton: "I want a check")
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To: bestintxas

round up these people and place them in places where they cannot hurt themselves

Great idea! Only need to insure the CAN only hurt themsleves.


24 posted on 10/10/2010 7:35:59 AM PDT by dusttoyou (Let the other side get all wee-wee'd up, Remember come November)
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To: Fresh Wind

There sure is. It is the perception to the troops. Who has their back? Who in this administration has been in their boots? A lawyer being the intermediary to the military? Especially one who is known for his disdain to those in uniform.


25 posted on 10/10/2010 7:45:26 AM PDT by panthermom
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To: bestintxas

The AnnointedIdiot’s political favors will be the ultimate ruin of this country.....


26 posted on 10/10/2010 7:47:51 AM PDT by cranked
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To: panthermom

Are the troops really that much in the dark about how bad this administration is for them and the country?

God, I hope not.


27 posted on 10/10/2010 8:13:31 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (King: "I have a dream"...Sharpton: "I want a check")
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To: panthermom
common knowledge inside the beltway and around the Dupont Circle area is not narrow minded

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28 posted on 10/10/2010 8:27:37 AM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


29 posted on 10/10/2010 8:34:23 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Fresh Wind

Watch this Video - - It will “blow your mind!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBzjLnO-e3o&feature=player_embedded


30 posted on 10/10/2010 8:39:19 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Conflict is inevitable; Combat is an option. Train for the fight.)
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To: TigersEye; SunkenCiv

Noteworthy [but no surprise].


31 posted on 10/10/2010 8:42:19 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (Economic reform without education reform and originalism is a penny in the fuse box.)
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To: flowerplough; Marine_Uncle

Donilon’s résumé: Policy, law and Fannie Mae
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2604341/posts
[Tom Donilon, national security adviser] “... the six years he spent as a top executive of Fannie Mae at the height of the housing boom ...”

10 reasons to be worried about Tom Donilon, Afghan war sceptic & desk-bound foe of US military
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2604119/posts

James Jones Out, Anti-Military Guy In [Tom Donilon]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2604380/posts


32 posted on 10/10/2010 8:44:14 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (Economic reform without education reform and originalism is a penny in the fuse box.)
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To: Fresh Wind

Give me a break, they know more than all of us what is going on. We can sit here and whine about healthcare and taxes etc. and they are following orders and sacrificing it all including their lives for an administration that is using them as tools.

With the ROE and obviously no real plan from this administration it most certainly does make a ton of difference as to who is in this position and a political hack lawyer just adds even more stress.


33 posted on 10/10/2010 8:45:45 AM PDT by panthermom
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To: Fresh Wind

My son’s unit had a picture of Obama hanging on the wall looking like OBL, so yes I would most definitely say they know what the deal is.


34 posted on 10/10/2010 8:55:40 AM PDT by panthermom
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To: bestintxas

Likes attract no?


35 posted on 10/10/2010 8:58:20 AM PDT by Danae (Analnathrach, orth' bhais's bethad, do che'l de'nmha.)
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To: Nachum

Duh, don’t ya know that Everyone associated with the Imam is a disaster for this country and a threat to our freedom? Anyone asking why no one in our country isn’t exposing them??? Surely, the truth is out there; enough to impeach the enemies within.


36 posted on 10/10/2010 8:59:49 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead (Take back our country on November 2, 2010. Let's Roll!!!)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

This appointment plus Obama saying the US could absorb another terror attack like 911, plus his shifting FBI assets at the direction of the Southern Law Poverty Center to hunt down white “domestic terrorists” like Oath Keepers...

It does not look good.


37 posted on 10/10/2010 9:05:34 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: panthermom
Give me a break, they know more than all of us what is going on.

That being the case, then they must know that the show is being run by a worthless political hack regardless of whether there's a figurehead above him. Have you heard from your son on this issue?

38 posted on 10/10/2010 9:22:20 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (King: "I have a dream"...Sharpton: "I want a check")
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To: Fresh Wind

To be honest with you, I tried to dissuade my son from joining until Obama was gone but he did anyway. My middle son is due to go to basic in June immediately after he graduates.

He knows the deal. They all know the deal. He is in the infantry. Like I said they hung a picture of Obama portrayed as OBL. Inspite of the odds they believe they are the best of the best.

Before he enlisted we talked about the oath he was about to take, it was to defend the Constitution, Presidents come and go but the Constitution is the bedrock of our country.


39 posted on 10/10/2010 9:51:58 AM PDT by panthermom
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To: panthermom
Inspite of the odds they believe they are the best of the best.

Indeed they are. God bless them all!

40 posted on 10/10/2010 10:35:49 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (King: "I have a dream"...Sharpton: "I want a check")
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To: panthermom
A big thank you to your sons for their service to our country.

What do the initials OBL stand for? I call obozo many names, but I can't place these initials.

I just call him jackass.

41 posted on 10/10/2010 10:54:32 AM PDT by itssme
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To: itssme

Osama Bin Laden. They had to take it down.


42 posted on 10/10/2010 11:01:29 AM PDT by panthermom
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To: panthermom

Obozo Bin Laden?


43 posted on 10/10/2010 11:22:16 AM PDT by Enchante ("Baghdad Bob" would be the ideal spokesflunky for the Demagogue Party in 2010)
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To: Elle Bee

So he’s another pervert.

Great.


44 posted on 10/10/2010 11:41:32 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.CSLewis)
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To: panthermom
I know it is narrow minded on my part but there is something about a man that prefers a cat over a dog that gives me pause.

:^)

=^.^=

45 posted on 10/10/2010 11:53:35 AM PDT by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenario at a time.)
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To: bestintxas
We need to round up these people and place them in places where they cannot hurt themselves.

You don't have to. They sequester themselves on college campuses, public schools, and bureaucratic offices. They're not hard to find because they're in charge.

46 posted on 10/10/2010 11:56:18 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (Grovelnator Schwarzenkaiser, fashionable fascism one charade at a time.)
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To: panthermom

My DH likes cats more than dogs and he is very, very masculine. He used to be a technical mountain climber, was a heavy equipment operator in a foundry, painted factory smokestacks, practiced Kyokushinkai karate and kung fu for years (needs to get back in training a bit), loves all kinds of weaponry and practices them, has a knife fixing/making hobby, has been a contractor all his life....

And likes cats, and doesn’t like dogs much.

:-)


47 posted on 10/10/2010 11:57:00 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.CSLewis)
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To: panthermom
I have wanted to know what the soldiers feel about obama. Would they defend us against obama, should he call a phony “crisis” and call out the military against the citizens of this country?

There is an organization by the name of Oath Keepers. “Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of currently serving military, reserves, National Guard, Veterans, Peace Officers, Fire Fighters who will fulfill the oath we swore, with the support of like minded citizens who took an oath to stand with us, to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic, so help us God.”

“Our oath is to the Constitution, not to the politicians, and not to any political party. In the long-standing tradition of the U.S. military, we are apolitical. We don't care if unlawful orders come from a Democrat or Republican, or if the violation is bi-partisan. We will not obey unconstitutional (and thus unlawful) and immoral orders, such as orders to disarm the American people or to place them under martial law. We won't “just follow orders.”

That's what Oath Keepers stands for, and it's also open to those without the backgrounds listed..just ordinary citizens...moms, dads and grandparents of those who serve.

www.oathkeepers.org

48 posted on 10/10/2010 11:57:13 AM PDT by itssme
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To: Fresh Wind

What kind of “special relationship” we wonders.


49 posted on 10/10/2010 11:58:17 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.CSLewis)
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To: little jeremiah

I am a dog person so I am biased, I have 4. I don’t hate cats and actually I really like other people’s cats. The whole litter box thing, it makes me want to heave. That and being on top of the countertops and tables just is not for me. I guess I also like predictability, you can get a cat that loves you or can’t be bothered with you....a dog, they love ya no matter what :)


50 posted on 10/10/2010 12:10:27 PM PDT by panthermom
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