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  • Jill Kelley's world: White House visits, meals with generals, and name-dropping emails

    11/17/2012 6:57:23 AM PST · by RummyChick · 68 replies
    tampa bay times ^ | 11/17 | levesque & leary
    TAMPA — Her business card is utterly ordinary. No big titles. No hint of connections with the military and political elite. It lists her address, her phone number and her name in elegant script: "Honorable Jill G. Kelley." But the outsized portrait of herself that Kelley presents to the world will fit on no card. It's seen in her emails to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and others. She drops names. She mentions lunch at the White House in a casual aside, one of three visits she has made there in the last six weeks. The top U.S. general in Afghanistan...
  • Former General Zinni

    12/14/2014 9:00:07 AM PST · by 7thson · 22 replies
    Good morning everyone. A short post to get Freeper opinion. I saw former General Zinni on Fox News this morning and he came out in favor of the report released this week by Diane Feinstein. What is the word on Zinni? Was he a good commander? Was he anti Bush, pro Obama?
  • Ex-CENTCOM leader blasts Obama's Iraq approach

    09/05/2014 6:37:55 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 12 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sep 5, 2014 | Howard Altman
    For years, Anthony Zinni, a retired Marine General who once ran U.S. Central Command, blistered the administration of George W. Bush for its handling of Iraq. Now Zinni is teeing up on President Barack Obama's approach in Iraq, saying he is "worried" by Obama's cautious approach to the current crisis and the Sunni insurgent group Islamic State. "My God, we are the most powerful nation in the world," says Zinni, who was widely reported to have been passed over for the ambassadorship to Iraq in 2009 by Obama. "This is a moment we have to act. How many Americans getting...
  • Ex-Officials Say They Were Paid To Attend Pro-MEK Events

    03/04/2011 5:17:30 PM PST · by nuconvert · 19 replies
    TPM ^ | Mar. 4, 2011
    Former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton (D) and former CENTCOM Commander Anthony Zinni told the Inter Press Service that they were paid to appear at recent events supporting the MEK, an Iranian opposition group currently considered a terrorist organization by the State Department. Hamilton and Zinni are among the many big time former government officials and military leaders who have appeared at recent pro-MEK events sponsored by a group called Executive Action, LLC. (The events true organizers remain unclear, Executive Action's CEO Neil Livingstone would only tell TPM they included Iranian American groups.) Speakers at the events have portrayed the MEK...
  • Zinni: Don't Delay Decision on Afghan War

    10/04/2009 5:53:39 PM PDT · by Lurkina.n.Learnin · 21 replies · 803+ views
    CBS' "Face the Nation" ^ | October 4, 2009 | Michelle Levi
    (CBS) The former U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General Anthony Zinni, warned that the deliberations over whether to send additional troops to Afghanistan - as many as 40,000, as suggested by General Stanley McChrystal - should not go on too much longer, lest the debate be viewed as indecision or weakness. On CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday, Zinni said it was positive to have a strategic debate and to take all opinions into account. "But I think we have to be careful how long this goes on," he told CBS News chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer. "It could be seen not...
  • Zinni: W.H. close to 'dithering' on troop request

    10/04/2009 11:09:06 AM PDT · by keepitreal · 24 replies · 1,466+ views
    Politico ^ | October 4, 2009 | Harry Siegel
    Former CENTCOM Commander Anthony Zinni said the Obama administration was dangerously close to “dithering” on Gen. McChrystal’s troop request ,saying “We’ve had a strategy since March… I don’t understand why we’re questioning his judgment at this point, and I just hope this doesn’t go on for much longer.”
  • Snubbing Zinni [Zero and Biden throw Gen. Zinni under the bus]

    02/05/2009 10:12:34 PM PST · by indcons · 13 replies · 879+ views
    Laura Rozen's The Washington Times' extraordinary report on just how badly Gen. Anthony Zinni feels he was treated by the Obama team is a mark of, above all, how close the foreign policy appointments -- hashed out between Clinton and Obama teams -- are being held. The upside of this, in theory, is relatively few leaks. The downside is lots of stress and uncertainty. And Zinni's not the only one in the dark. Former Ambassador to Israel Dan Kurtzer, a major Obama backer and key surrogate on the campaign, is, last I heard, back at Princeton and telling friends he...
  • General Zinni gets undiplomatic treatment from Obama team

    02/04/2009 6:39:14 PM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 25 replies · 1,272+ views
    The Cable ^ | 4 February 2009 | Laura Rozen
    General Zinni gets undiplomatic treatment from Obama team Wed, 02/04/2009 - 5:22pm When retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni told the Washington Times today that he was offered the job of U.S. ambassador to Iraq before being passed over in favor of diplomat Christopher Hill, he did not say that one of the outrages of the experience was that his friend of 30 years, fellow former Marine Corps commandant and now national security advisor James L. Jones had offered him the job, and then failed to tell him when the decision was changed. "Jones had called me before the inauguration and...
  • Wash. Times Exclusive: Obama Backs Out on Iraq Appointment

    02/04/2009 8:48:59 AM PST · by kristinn · 43 replies · 2,413+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, February 4, 2009 | Barbara Slavin
    The Obama administration asked retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni to be U.S. ambassador to Iraq but abruptly withdrew the appointment without explanation, Gen. Zinni said Tuesday. Gen. Zinni, a former commander of Central Command, told The Washington Times that he had been offered the job by the White House national security adviser, retired Marine Gen. James Jones, two weeks ago and that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton confirmed the offer on Jan. 26. "I started making arrangements," Gen. Zinni said, but became concerned because he heard nothing further from the State Department or White House. He called Gen. Jones...
  • Audio: NPR asks Petraeus, “How does this end?”

    07/28/2008 10:54:08 AM PDT · by flyfree · 9 replies · 118+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 7/28/08
    Answer: A hell of a lot better than it would have if the left had had its way last year, although naturally he’s prohibited from saying so. But couple his response to the question with his point that withdrawal has to be conditions-based and it’s clear what he thinks the consequences of a significant U.S. drawdown in the near term would be. Good thing Barack Obama no longer favors one. He says he’ll have further recommendations for withdrawal — again, conditions permitting — next month, which could be quite the monkey wrench in the two parties’ convention messages, needless...
  • The [Obana] Veepstakes [USMC GEN Zinni]

    06/11/2008 8:11:59 AM PDT · by PurpleMan · 15 replies · 78+ views
    HughHewitt ^ | 11June 08 | Hugh Hewitt
    "Mike Allen of just told me that indeed retired USMC General Anthony Zinni is near the top of the Obama list,..."
  • Obama possible VP Zinni has fundamental disagreement on Iraq

    MJ: You hear the Democratic candidates talking about withdrawal, but they don't give timetables. AZ: Yeah, but that's politics. Either it's based on political appeal or it's based on naiveté. We're not going to withdraw from the region. To pull out of Iraq would say we are inviting you to set up a sanctuary and a base of operations. The first time Al Qaeda in Iraq blows up our embassy in Amman, Jordan, guess what? We're back in. The first time the Iranian influence becomes so great that they begin to incite and meddle with the Shiites and start causing...
  • Zinni Gives Up On Arafat

    12/11/2001 6:54:58 AM PST · by veronica · 468 replies · 536+ views ^ | 12/11/01 | Staff Writer
    American mediator Gen. Anthony Zinni, who met with Yasser Arafat yesterday, said about him, "I have never encountered such lack of trustworthiness in my life." He said it was a "waste of time to try to reach a serious agreement with Arafat," and will concentrate on talking with other top figures in the PA - probably a reference to Muhammad Dahlan, Jibril Rajoub, and others. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon breakfasted today with the European Union's Javier Solana, expressing his satisfaction with the EU's call for the dismantling of Hamas and Islamic Jihad. The EU's statement of yesterday also called upon ...
  • US generals urge climate action

    04/15/2007 10:57:20 AM PDT · by jeepgal · 41 replies · 902+ views
    BBC News ^ | 4/15/07 | Staff
    Former US military leaders have called on the Bush administration to make major cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. In a report, they say global warming poses a serious threat to national security, as the US could be drawn into wars over water and other conflicts. They appear to criticise President George W Bush's refusal to join an international treaty to cut emissions. Among the 11 authors are ex-Army chief of staff Gordon Sullivan and Mr Bush's ex-Mid-East peace envoy Anthony Zinni. The report says the US "must become a more constructive partner" with other nations to fight global warming and...
  • Ex-generals: Global warming threatens U.S. security

    04/15/2007 6:00:56 PM PDT · by RDTF · 77 replies · 1,904+ views
    CNN.Com ^ | April 15, 2007 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Global warming poses a "serious threat to America's national security" and the U.S. likely will be dragged into fights over water and other shortages, top retired military leaders warn in a new report. The report says that in the next 30 to 40 years there will be wars over water, increased hunger instability from worsening disease and rising sea levels and global warming-induced refugees. "The chaos that results can be an incubator of civil strife, genocide and the growth of terrorism," the 35-page report predicts. "Climate change exacerbates already unstable situations," former U.S. Army chief of staff...
  • Time to Call Anthony Zinni

    11/09/2006 4:14:35 AM PST · by genefromjersey · 168+ views
    The Inside Straight ^ | 11/09/06 | vanity
    The elections were turned into a referendum (of sorts) on the war in Iraq - and the people have spoken. You and I -and the President might not like what was said - but it WAS said, and it's time to be practical-even if it means turning to someone in the opposition for advice.
  • Mark Goldblatt on Iraq: Containment & Context (answers General Anthony Zinni's recent spewage)

    05/15/2006 12:43:59 PM PDT · by NutCrackerBoy · 28 replies · 704+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 15, 2006 | Mark Goldblatt
    In a recent interview on Meet the Press, retired General Anthony Zinni recycled the tired argument that President Bush didn’t need to oust Saddam Hussein and his scummy regime in Iraq. “Containment,” Zinni told Tim Russert, “worked remarkably well.” Well, yes, the policy of containment worked remarkably well, if by “remarkably well” you mean: 1. Saddam was left free to violate the terms of the cease-fire agreement which kept him in power after the 1991 Gulf War—violations which included kicking out United Nations weapons inspectors and firing on American aircraft patrolling no-fly zones. 2. Saddam stood in defiance of 17...
  • Iraq: six ways to flub a war

    05/10/2006 7:23:22 PM PDT · by a_Turk · 32 replies · 775+ views
    Kurdish Media - United Kurdish Voice ^ | 5/8/2006 | Ahmad Faruqui
    Zinni made a radical proposal to end the violence in Iraq: legitimise the militias and co-opt them by converting them into Territorial Guards. Their job would be to restore law and order and carry out various humanitarian and developmental tasks, with the national army providing back-up support In late April, more than a thousand anti-war activists prevented President George Bush from visiting the conservative Hoover Institution at Stanford University, home campus of Condoleezza Rice, the secretary of state. This was quite a come down from three years earlier, when Bush had declared to thunderous applause from hundreds of US sailors...
  • Zinni's Plan

    05/09/2006 7:51:33 PM PDT · by SCHROLL · 19 replies · 517+ views
    just wondering if any one has a link to what his casualty projections were in his plan for Iraq. Any one know? Seems that it might be a way to challenge his version of things.
  • Rebellion of the Generals

    04/30/2006 3:50:40 PM PDT · by XR7 · 17 replies · 732+ views
    Gulf1 ^ | 4/30/06 | Col. Robert L. Pappas, USMC (ret.)
    First, if there is a rebellion of any active duty General, this writer has not heard about it, but if one believes the media, Generals are in full-scale revolt. As Colonel Sherman T. Potter of MASH fame said, “horse pucky.” Of course there are disagreements, and should be. On the other hand, if there was an actual rebellion, “Houston, we have a problem.” Second, disagreement is the fire that refines arguments and thinking. The decibel level may vary, but in the end, after the arguments have been heard, active duty Generals have a UCMJ and Constitutional obligation to “keep silent.”...