The Aide Who Went to War
Jul 18, 2008 8:00 PM EDT
"Back when Obama and Lippert had more free time, they liked to play basketball together. "
"As a kid, Lippert wanted to be an armed forces officer. He never outgrew that ambition, even after earning an international-relations degree at Stanford and taking a job on Capitol Hill. Joining the Navy Reserves as an intelligence officer and going to Iraq helped to reconcile the old dream with his career as a congressional staffer. "I was proud to do it, in a very cornball way," Lippert says, although he hated to go just when Obama's campaign was taking off. "It's tough," says Lippert. "You have to leave him right at the time when you kind of want to rally around him.""
"He won't say where he went in Iraq or precisely what he did there, except that he worked with Navy SEALs. But he readily admits he faced little physical danger: "I had no mishaps, other than cutting my hand on a cracked crab in the dining hall." Still, he believes the experience has changed his approach to policy. "I think you recognize that when you work in the Senate, you work at the strategic level. And I was [in Iraq] at a very tactical level," he says. "It would be naive if I came back and said I have the answer. But what it did do was give me a sense of more personal investment in the place. I'm still very much grappling with it.""
"President Barack Obama shares a lighter moment with Mark Lippert, the National Security Council chief of staff, in the Oval Office prior to a phone call with President-elect Jacob Zuma of South Africa."
Date 8 May 2009, 10:50
"Don't ask, don't tell."
(Yeah, I said it.)
You can bet your bottom dollar that Obama handpicked this sodomite to be Bagel’s second in command. What a joke. No experience whatsover in running a billionare dollar defense organization. Not for Bagel, not for this fag.
That’s the guy? Holy smokes...