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Obama alone: This president does not need intel briefers
WaPo ^ | 9/13/2012 | Marc Thiessen

Posted on 09/13/2012 9:20:33 AM PDT by mojito

How long had it been since President Obama attended his daily intelligence meeting in the lead-up to the Sept. 11 attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Egypt and Libya? After all, our adversaries are known to use the anniversary of 9/11 to target the United States.

According to the public schedule of the president, the last time the Obama attended his daily intelligence meeting was Sept. 5 — a week before Islamist radicals stormed our embassy in Cairo and terrorists killed our ambassador to Tripoli. The president was scheduled to hold the intelligence meeting at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, the day after the attacks, but it was canceled so that he could comfort grieving employees at the State Department — as well he should. But instead of rescheduling the intelligence briefing for later in the day, Obama apparently chose to skip it altogether and attend a Las Vegas fundraiser for his re-election campaign. One day after a terrorist attack.

When I asked National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor if the president had attended any meetings to discuss the Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) since Sept. 5, he repeatedly refused to answer. He noted that Obama had attended a principals meeting of the National Security Council on Sept. 10 and reiterated that he reads the PDB....

Vietor’s reply is quite revealing. It is apparently a point of pride in the White House that Obama’s PDB is “not briefed to him.” In the eyes of this administration, it is a virtue that the president does not meet every day with senior intelligence officials. This president, you see, does not need briefers. He can forgo his daily intelligence meeting because he is, in Vietor’s words, “among the most sophisticated consumers of intelligence on the planet.”

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: egypt; libya; obama
He don't need no stinkin' briefin'.
1 posted on 09/13/2012 9:20:36 AM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

Boxer or Briefings?


2 posted on 09/13/2012 9:26:13 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1333 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: mojito
......he is, in Vietor’s words, “among the most sophisticated consumers of intelligence on the planet.”

Which statement confirms for me, yet again, that this president is dangerously ignorant, whatever his personal intelligence might be.

The PDB is just that, a brief summary.

3 posted on 09/13/2012 9:26:24 AM PDT by jimtorr
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To: mojito

But he does need to be stinkin’ unemployed


4 posted on 09/13/2012 9:26:44 AM PDT by cyclotic (People who live within their means are increasingly being forced to pay for people who didn't.)
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To: mojito
WHOAAA!! The author of this editorial is PISSED at Obama's hubris, and SLAMS him for it. THIS article needs to be widely disseminated--it is well-written and devastating to Obama!

WTG Mr. Thiessen! (And--it's in Compost!)

5 posted on 09/13/2012 9:28:55 AM PDT by milagro (There is no peace in appeasement.)
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To: mojito

"It is apparently a point of pride in the White House that Obama’s PDB is “not briefed to him.” In the eyes of this administration, it is a virtue that the president does not meet every day with senior intelligence officials. This president, you see, does not need briefers. He can forgo his daily intelligence meeting because he is, in Vietor’s words, “among the most sophisticated consumers of intelligence on the planet.”

So sophisticated and brilliant that 4 Americans are now dead...

6 posted on 09/13/2012 9:30:41 AM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: null and void
Boxer or Briefings?

I'll wager that my briefs are both smarter than Barbara Boxer and have less sh*t on them.

7 posted on 09/13/2012 9:31:39 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: mojito

The Obamadork does not like to be in the presence of intellectual superiors.

Which is why he spends so much time line.

He’s a vapid dork.

An inept vapid dork.

A Muslim inept vapid dork. (Which explains the inept vapid dork part.)

Period.


8 posted on 09/13/2012 9:32:07 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Da Coyote

Oops, an Obamadork moment.

That’s “spends so much time alone”.

My bad.


9 posted on 09/13/2012 9:33:03 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: mojito
A more relevant inquiry would involve Valerie Jarrett's attendance .
10 posted on 09/13/2012 9:33:52 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: mojito
Of course, this is an aspect to the story that must not be mentioned by the media.

Not saying that Obama being at meetings would have made any difference. It's the blatant double-standard being applied here. If a Republican were president this information would be the lead headline on the Yahoo entry page, the pundits on TV would be demanding answers, mainstream newspapers would be calling for his resignation, and the local chapter of Code Pink and others would be planning protests.

It's so blatant and yet so many people choose not to see it, because you'd have to be a total moron to not recognize this double-standard.

11 posted on 09/13/2012 9:35:39 AM PDT by GSWarrior (Businessmen are more trustworthy than professors, politicians and preachers.)
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To: Qbert

Qbert~” So sophisticated and brilliant that 4 Americans are now dead...”

Correction :
4 indiviuals at the embassy
2 soldiers during the rescue attempt

Zero is still an arrogant , narcissist who knows it all and doesn’t need a briefing. His first priority is reelection campaign money .
The Amateur !


12 posted on 09/13/2012 9:40:37 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Disclaimer - the opinions above merely reflect the writers restricted ability to observe reality)
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To: liberalh8ter
A more relevant inquiry would involve Valerie Jarrett's attendance .

What was she doing during the Carter administration?

I think that would explain why Obama is using Carter speaches.

13 posted on 09/13/2012 9:42:46 AM PDT by Dan(9698)
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To: GSWarrior
Earlier this week the New York Slimes was making a huge to do regarding renewed allegations that the Bush administration received more detailed information about an al Qaida attack from the CIA than has previously been reported.

I've read the accounts, and there doesn't seem to be much in them other than the usual hyperventilating of the liberal press. The CIA was clearly worried that a major attack was scheduled for the summer or fall of 2001, and there was a strong suspicion that the attackers might try to strike the US mainland, but there was nothing specific about an actual plot. As president, Bush continued to receive these CIA briefings, and kept pushing for more actionable intelligence.

How ironic that the same beacons of journalism who rush to smear Bush uphold an entirely different standard when the president is a Democrat, and not only fail to notice their utter hypocrisy, but become unhinged when its pointed out to them.

14 posted on 09/13/2012 9:47:25 AM PDT by mojito
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To: jimtorr

Oh, Mr. Vietor, I see what you mean

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAUZFMHXbD8


15 posted on 09/13/2012 10:04:57 AM PDT by annieokie
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To: Dan(9698)

You betcha!


16 posted on 09/13/2012 10:08:17 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: mojito

Obama is an ideologue, he doesn’t care about the fact because all they would do is interfere with his ideology. He’s going to do what he wants to do, regardless of the facts, so why bother with getting facts?


17 posted on 09/13/2012 10:09:00 AM PDT by Truthsearcher
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To: jimtorr

That’s the statement that hit me as well. They keep propping up this petty martinet as being so smart but he’s a moron.

He can’t speak extemporaneously and even screws up when he has the TOTUS (corpsman) comes to mind.

Everyone knew Bush’s grades, where are O’s 5.0 grades?, He’s so smart they needed a new classification. Where’s his SAT and LSAT results. If he had a 1600 on his SAT, you know they’d broadcast it endlessly so we know it’s average or as I suspect, worse than Bush’s.

Most people can tell relative intelligence and to give him the benefit of doubt, he’s at best, average.


18 posted on 09/13/2012 10:10:10 AM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: GSWarrior

You are 100% correct. This 9/11, the slimes again had to mention the august 16(?) presidential daily briefing (PDB) about Osama plans an attack on America and if Bush had just acted on that briefing, 9/11 would never had happened.

Over at the DUmpster, they actually think under algore’s leadership, 9/11 would not have happened.

The double standard is disgusting.


19 posted on 09/13/2012 10:14:36 AM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: mojito
among the most sophisticated consumers of intelligence on the planet

Not sure the late Ambassador would agree.....

20 posted on 09/13/2012 10:18:18 AM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: mojito
I didn't see it developing at the time, but the narrative surrounding Libya appears to have been sculpted as Obama's crowning foreign policy achievement.

It is circle-the-wagons time for the Obama camp.

There are people out there who desperately want to turn this into a Romney gaffe and who also want to blame this entirely on some lame youtube video. Obama is blameless.

21 posted on 09/13/2012 10:21:33 AM PDT by GSWarrior (Businessmen are more trustworthy than professors, politicians and preachers.)
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To: null and void
Vietor’s reply is quite revealing. It is apparently a point of pride in the White House that Obama’s PDB is “not briefed to him.” In the eyes of this administration, it is a virtue that the president does not meet every day with senior intelligence officials. This president, you see, does not need briefers. He can forgo his daily intelligence meeting because he is, in Vietor’s words, “among the most sophisticated consumers of intelligence on the planet.”

Why would Barry need to go to briefings from our government when he gets them from his puppet masters on his Blackberry?

22 posted on 09/13/2012 10:55:15 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (What Clint Said !!!)
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To: null and void
Vietor’s reply is quite revealing. It is apparently a point of pride in the White House that Obama’s PDB is “not briefed to him.” In the eyes of this administration, it is a virtue that the president does not meet every day with senior intelligence officials. This president, you see, does not need briefers. He can forgo his daily intelligence meeting because he is, in Vietor’s words, “among the most sophisticated consumers of intelligence on the planet.”

Why would Barry need to go to briefings from our government when he gets them from his puppet masters on his Blackberry?

23 posted on 09/13/2012 10:56:19 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (What Clint Said !!!)
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To: mojito

Maybe if we all join hands and chant “Obamaaaaaa...” the dead will come back to life.

There is nothing as ignorant as a Democrat voter...or as dangerous.


24 posted on 09/13/2012 11:08:01 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: GSWarrior
"It is circle-the-wagons time for the Obama camp."

They better have a lot of wagons. One does not have to be very bright to see that Obamas' embracing the Arab Spring was at best very dumb. The other possibilities are even more worrisome. How Obama reacts will be interesting. How the media reacts will be interesting. How the voters will react should make Romney happy.

25 posted on 09/13/2012 11:12:31 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: mojito
Fertile ground for a campaign commercial, if Romney has the guts.

I'm picturing stock footage of Obama at fundraisers and on the golf course, interspersed with pictures of an empty chair at various meetings - intelligence, job council, etc.

Finish it off with video of bedside table at the WH - clock on the table reads 3 AM, phone with presidential seal ringing, and ringing, and ringing...

26 posted on 09/13/2012 11:18:59 AM PDT by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: Qbert
This is the part that gets me:

(This new line of defense was echoed this morning by my Post colleague, Dana Milbank, who writes that Bush was briefed every day by his intelligence advisers because he “decided he would prefer to read less.”)

The reason Bush showed up in person is so that he could ask questions, give orders, and set policy. It's what a leader does. Obama chooses instead to vote 'Present'.

27 posted on 09/14/2012 10:18:52 AM PDT by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: mojito

Sit and listen to a briefing? It’s above his pay grade.


28 posted on 09/14/2012 10:21:00 AM PDT by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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