Skip to comments.Exposure of CIA Station Chief Spotlights Administrationís Immaturity
Posted on 05/27/2014 3:24:10 PM PDT by jazusamo
Anybody can make a mistake, and that certainly appears to be what led to the Obama White Houses exposure of the top CIA official in Afghanistan this weekend. Unfortunately, as Roger Kimball details , this is not an isolated incident. In year six of the Obama administration, it speaks volumes about not just incompetence but immaturity and the skewed priorities that come with it.
Exactly because anyone can make a mistake, large organizations presidential administrations included build layers of vetting into the disclosure of information to the public. In this instance, because the commander-in-chief made a surprise visit to Afghanistan over Memorial Day weekend, the White House put out a list of government officials the president met with. Somehow, that list included the intelligence officials name with the designation chief of station.
This error is so basic that it grabbed the attention of Scott Wilson of the Washington Post, the pool reporter who received the list. Regrettably, hed already sent out the pool report by the time he noticed the station chief designation and thought to ask whether the White House press office had really intended to put out that information.
Thats how the administration learned about what it had done from a reporter. Think about that. In the composition and disclosure of this list, many people on both the military end and White House end have to have known that such information should never be circulated. Thats not only true as a matter of principle and common sense; its empirically true: Fox News reports that this administration has already had to remove a CIA station chief in Pakistan (in 2010) because of an exposure incident. It is astonishing that such an obvious error was not caught.
It is, moreover, tough to be sympathetic because Democrats never are when the shoe is on the other foot. When Valerie Plame was outed as a CIA operative apparently inadvertently, by senior State Department official Richard Armitage Democrats turned the error into a major controversy that damaged the Bush administration. Ms. Plame had a desk job at Langley and there are no indications that her exposure caused much harm. (There were reports at the time suggesting that she had been exposed long before through a bureaucratic screw-up.) By contrast, the official just exposed by the White House is the current top CIA official in a war zone that presents tremendous challenges to the United States, one where intelligence gathering is at a premium. The gravity of this error thus appears far more serious than the one over which Democrats spent years demanding a Bush administration scalp.
Finally, to take a longer view, consider (a) the way the Obama administration elevated politics over national security in leaking classified information after the bin Laden raid; (b) the administrations failure to provide adequate security for American personnel in Benghazi, four of whom were eventually killed; and (c) the irresponsible rules of engagement imposed on our troops in Afghanistan hampering their ability to conduct operations and defend themselves while under attack. A pattern emerges. This administration is cavalier when it comes to the security of people who put their lives on the line in order to serve our country. It is also cavalier when it comes to intelligence, which is exposed when politically expedient whether to depict the president as a brilliant commander-in-chief, to satisfy the demands of Obamas base, or to address other transient needs. Indeed, while I would not criticize a commander-in-chief for spending time with American troops overseas, it is impossible not to notice that this trip to Afghanistan was undertaken while the president is dogged by the VA scandal.
The administration did not mean to expose the CIA station chief in Afghanistan, potentially endangering the officer, his colleagues, and others who cooperated with them. But these errors happen for a reason. Some administrations make it a major priority to protect American personnel and intelligence assets. In this administration, these matters are less of a priority, and we cannot be surprised when errors caused by inattention to detail happen.
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Where is the screaming outrage to match the fraud valerie plame phony scandal?
That is true.
well, that's the understatement of the year!
How about stupidity?
This administration sets the record for pure dumbassedness.
And I thought that Carter bunch was stupid.
Time to move around some incompetent staff or find one that’s retiring soon
Amen...I’ll go with stupid, incompetent and inept.
BTW Did you see that Jimmah Carter came out and called 0bama incompetent over this fiasco?
Another possibility: Treason
Probability, I’d say.
This leak makes me physically ill. All the harm that will now be visited not only upon the CIA operation in Afghanistan, but anyone connected with it in any way. It will take a good long while to reestablish what this Chief (and his predecessors) had achieved in the world of intelligence. WHO is going to trust the USA after bodies and body parts are found? I really could just throw up.
SOUNDS NUTS, BUT:
Maybe this is cover for Bengazi?
Maybe they’re now trying to make these “huge embarrassing slip-ups” in order to convince us that a lllllllllll the Bengazi cr*p was all UNINTENTIONAL ?
Maybe this is smart scandal camouflage?
Someone getting the Scooter Libby memorial cell? /s
Bet no one gets any legal trouble over this.
I don’t know that it does sound so nuts.
0bama and his thugs have stooped awful low in the past to cover their rears, he and his thugs are capable of most anything.
I won’t hold my breath waiting for the appointment of a Special Prosecutor.
The author must have just been reading Miss Manners.
1. Another article posted yesterday indicates this was the 4th such incident, and this article itself gives details about one of those other instances.
2. Democrats were absolutely convinced (and their media attack dogs) that Pres. Bush absolutely had nefarious reasons for outing Plame, and that to get even with her husband for some uranium yellow cake report he wrote.
Let's suggest that it's entirely possible the Obama did this to wag the news away from something he thought worse.
Since he thinks politically, it could be that the democrats in the house voted today in favor of killing veterans.
Yeah, I did see that.
And I was gonna say something about the pot calling the kettle black, but I figured I'd get accused of making a racist remark and have to give up my basketball team.
“......Spotlights Administrations Immaturity”.
Not to mention their STUPIDITY! That was like putting out a “hit” on the man.
Immaturity? Try criminal. And intentional.
Yeah, my first thought was Scooter Libby, as well.
The people working anywhere sensitive are polishing up their escape routes from government service. It’s now a matter of life and death.
I agree it’s entirely possible 0bama and thugs purposely did this.
The Plame fiasco was childs play compared to this and had Armitage and Powell had any integrity they’d have come forward and admitted what took place. I lost all respect for Powell and Armitage over letting Libby and GWB swing in the wind for their silence.
Jimmah should know one when he sees one.
For sure and I’d bet he’s in hog heaven now that he’s got a prez worse than him.
A friend of mine son is in the Air Force he just got sent back to Afghanistan a couple of weeks ago.
He said everyone felt they were expendable.
His son said they were going in wearing full battle gear.
Before leaving they had to go through extensive training on how to escape handcuffs, zip ties, and escape from a room with one door.
This isn’t something Air Force mechanics do.
Someone is expecting an attack.
This SOB just blinded our intel community at the same time an attack is expected.
Accident my ass.
This regime never makes mistakes. Better check old emails . It’s not nice to cross Obama.
Afgan elections coming up soon.
I think we have to consider the real possibility that the Obama Administration is anti-American and all these faux pas are actually intentional.