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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.”...
  • The Generals and CDI

    04/26/2006 3:26:53 PM PDT · by Renfield · 23 replies · 498+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 4-26-06 | J.R. Dunn
    A critical element of the “General’s Revolt” that has not received enough attention is the involvement of the Center for Defense Information (CDI). The CDI is a Washington-based advocacy group that, like the Institute of Policy Studies or the National Resources Defense Council, is usually described with a bland, harmless-sounding tagline that hides more than it reveals. The CDI claims to be an organization making available continuing, objective information and analyses of our national defense when in fact for the past three decades it has been the Left’s point organization for attacking military and defense policy. The CDI was founded...
  • Could USS Cole tragedy have been avoided?

    04/26/2006 10:49:25 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 45 replies · 958+ views
    World Tribune ^ | October 18, 2000 | John Metzler
    General Anthony Zinni, recently retired Pentagon Chief for Middle East operations defended his original decision to use Aden as a refueling port and the desirability of bringing Yemen closer to American interests. General Zinni told the New York Times that several ship visits had been vetoed by the American Ambassador to Yemen, Barbara Bodine, who worried about the threat of terrorism.
  • Jed Babbin: Keep the Big Dog running

    04/25/2006 12:50:15 PM PDT · by libstripper · 25 replies · 3,132+ views
    The Baltimore Examiner ^ | April 25, 2006 | Jed Babin
    WASHINGTON - Everyone is saying that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s days are numbered, thanks in part to increasing calls by some former generals for Rumsfeld’s resignation. But Rumsfeld was hired by George W. Bush to do precisely what he has done to the consternation of the generals who are now coming out to complain about him. When President Bush brought Rumsfeld back to the Pentagon, the president told him to shake up the Pentagon, to transform it from the Cold War structure and culture that it was stuck in to a new force with strategies that could respond to...
  • Attack Stalls ex-Cole Skipper's Career

    04/24/2006 9:16:20 AM PDT · by Diver Dave · 63 replies · 2,629+ views
    The Modesto Bee ^ | 24 April 2006 | James Rosen - Bee Washington Bureau
    Once on fast track to be captain, Kirk Lippold now works at a desk. Last in a two-part series. WASHINGTON -- For 5˝ years, the Washington military and political establishment has not known quite what to do with Kirk Lippold. Cmdr. Lippold was the skipper of the USS Cole when al-Qaida terrorists committed a suicide bombing in the Yemen port of Aden on Oct. 12, 2000. The attack, from a small barge that pulled alongside the Cole, blew a 40-by-40-foot hole in the guided-missile destroyer. Seventeen sailors died and 42 were wounded. After he led an intense three-week effort to...
  • Gen. Anthony Zinni: USS Cole Blunder Is My Fault [Rumsfeld Critic a Clinton-Hack ]

    04/19/2006 6:55:34 AM PDT · by Paul Ross · 38 replies · 1,413+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 4/18/2006 | Carl Limbacher
    Reprinted from Tuesday, April 18, 2006 12:09 p.m. EDTGen. Anthony Zinni: USS Cole Blunder Is My Fault Former CENTCOM Commander, Gen. Anthony Zinni - who has called for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to resign because of Rumsfeld's alleged incompetence in running the Iraq war - admitted six years ago that he made the disastrous decision to have the USS Cole use the port of Aden, Yemen for refueling, where the ship was blown up by al-Qaida terrorists. Worse still, at least one report indicates that Gen. Zinni may have played a role in an August 1998 leak that tipped...
  • Farewell remarks at the U.S. Naval Institute-General Anthony C. Zinni (Long read)

    04/18/2006 1:00:51 PM PDT · by managusta · 36 replies · 950+ views
    RCACA ^ | March 2000 | Anthony C. Zinni
    I joined the Marines in 1961, so it's been 39 years. My retirement date is 1 September, but I plan to step down and go on terminal leave in July. I'd like to talk about who we were--the military generations who went through the past four decades, from the 1960s up to the new millennium. If you looked at a snapshot taken when I first came into the service, all the generals looked the same--older white males with Anglo-Saxon names and Southern drawls--despite the fact that the troops they led came from lots of different places. Let's just say that...
  • Rumsfeld Critic Zinni: USS Cole Blunder My Fault

    04/18/2006 10:38:57 AM PDT · by Carl/NewsMax · 87 replies · 3,550+ views ^ | April 18, 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    Former CENTCOM Commander, Gen. Anthony Zinni - who has called for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to resign because of his alleged incompetence in running the Iraq war - admitted six years ago that he made the disastrous decision to have the U.S.S. Cole use the port of Aden, Yemen for refueling, where the ship was blown up by al Qaeda terrorists. Worse still, at least one report indicates that Gen. Zinni may have played a role in an August 1998 leak that tipped off Osama bin Laden to an impending U.S. cruise missile attack - allowing the top terrorist to...
  • Zinni's Zinger?

    04/17/2006 7:57:33 PM PDT · by Laverne · 83 replies · 2,729+ views
    Fox News ^ | Monday, April 17, 2006 | Britt Hume
    Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine: Former Clinton CENTCOM commander, Anthony Zinni — the most prominent of the retired generals attacking Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld — now says that, in the run-up to the war in Iraq, "What bothered me ... [was that] I was hearing a depiction of the intelligence that didn't fit what I knew. There was no solid proof, that I ever saw, that Saddam had WMD." But in early 2000, Zinni told Congress ...
  • The Protocols of the Elders of Zinni (Worthy of Re-runs given Zinni's Recent Antics)

    04/17/2006 10:27:45 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 17 replies · 839+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | May 25th, 2004 | Richard Baehr
    A few months back, leftist Jewish critics, such as Frank Rich, Abraham Foxman and Leon Wieseltier, trashed Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion of the Christ, for what they called its blatant anti-Semitism, warning of the danger the movie could create for Jews wherever the movie was shown. So far, 50 million people have seen the movie in America, and nobody has been seen running out of a cineplex calling for Jewish blood. They are yelling for Jewish blood however, in many countries around the world, especially Muslims leaving their mosques after furious incitement by their Wahhabi-trained imams. On this subject,...
  • Alpha Dogs (Rumsfeld and the Generals)

    04/17/2006 7:54:58 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 17 replies · 743+ views
    Geoff ^ | 4-16-06 | Geoff Metcalf
    “Men of strenuous minds and high ideals come forward.... The attacks they sustain are more cruel than the collision of arms.... Friends desert and despise them.... They stand alone....” --Woodrow Wilson Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is a strong personality, tasked (among other things greater and lesser) with managing a puzzle palace full of strong personalities and huge egos. ‘No plan survives first contact.’ And hindsight is always 20/20. Currently an excrement storm is swirling around the SecDef as a few retired General officers are grousing that their former boss should be pink slipped. President Bush is standing fast with...
  • Holt Plays Down Middle, Downing Suggests Critical Generals Have Axes to Grind

    04/15/2006 5:27:53 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 63 replies · 1,453+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein April 15, 2006 Different day, different Today show anchor, different attitude. As we documented here yesterday, when Katie Couric hosted a segment on the matter of the retired generals calling for Donald Rumsfeld's ouster, she chose as her guest one of the generals calling for Rumsfeld's head. Her most notable contributions to the discussion were to invite her guest to take a shot at Pres. Bush as long as he was at it, and to ask why he didn't come out sooner with his criticism so he could have 'shaped public opinion far earlier.' This morning it...
  • Anthony Zinni Flashback: Saddam the Biggest Threat

    04/15/2006 9:41:25 AM PDT · by Gomez · 27 replies · 779+ views
    NewsMax ^ | April 15, 2006
    Retired Gen. Anthony Zinni, who now complains that President Bush cherry-picked pre-war Iraq weapons intelligence and misled the country into going to war, warned six years ago that Saddam Hussein's WMD program was the biggest threat to U.S. interests in the Middle East. "Iraq remains the most significant near-term threat to U.S. interests in the Arabian Gulf region," Zinni told Congress on March 15, 2000. "Despite claims that WMD efforts have ceased," the general-turned-war critic said, "Iraq probably is continuing clandestine nuclear research, retains stocks of chemical and biological munitions, and is concealing extended-range SCUD missiles, possibly equipped with CBW...
  • Can Rumsfeld withstand backtalk of former commanders? - Rumsfeld flunking, ex-generals charge

    04/13/2006 4:24:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 109 replies · 2,158+ views
    ap on San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 4/13/06 | Tom Raum - ap
    WASHINGTON – Crusty and unapologetic, Donald H. Rumsfeld is the public face of an unpopular war and a target of unrelenting criticism. A growing number of commanders who served under him say he has botched the Iraq operation, ignored the advice of his generals and should be replaced. The White House insists the defense secretary retains President Bush's confidence. Few close to the administration expect him to be shown the door. “The president believes Secretary Rumsfeld is doing a very fine job during a challenging period in our nation's history,” Bush spokesman Scott McClellan said Thursday as the administration circled...
  • 2nd U.S. general tells Rumsfeld to quit

    04/03/2006 5:44:53 PM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 66 replies · 1,736+ views
    The New York Times ^ | APRIL 3, 2006 | Michael Janofsky
    WASHINGTON For the second time in two weeks, a former general has called for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld over what both generals described as serious mistakes made in the war in Iraq. In remarks Sunday on NBC, General Anthony Zinni of the U.S. Marine Corps, a former commander of the Central Command who retired in 2000, said that Rumsfeld, among others, should be held accountable for tactical mistakes in Iraq. Asked who should resign, Zinni said, "Secretary of defense, to begin with," adding that resignations should also come from others responsible for planning the war effort and...
  • Former US general says Rumsfeld should quit over Iraq

    04/02/2006 9:38:54 PM PDT · by Prost1 · 48 replies · 1,865+ views
    Yahoo News & AFP ^ | April 2, 2006
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - A former senior US military commander, Anthony Zinni, called for the dismissal of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld over critical mistakes made in the Iraq war. Zinni, who headed the US Central Command from 1997 to 2000, was asked if anyone should lose their job over how Washington has managed its Iraq policy. "Secretary of defense to begin with," he told NBC's "Meet the Press" program. "Integrity and getting on with the mission and doing it right is more important than loyalty. Both are great traits, but integrity, honesty and performance and competence have to outweigh, in this...
  • THE BATTLE FOR PEACE by General Tony Zinni (Ret.)-Book/Interview Meet the Press 4/2/2006

    04/02/2006 10:14:38 AM PDT · by Jonah Johansen · 21 replies · 1,263+ views
    Meet the Press ^ | April 2006 | General Tony Zinni (Ret.)
    MEET THE PRESS 4/2/2006... Gen. Tony Zinni (Ret.), the former Commander of U.S. Central Command, has written a new book: "The Battle for Peace: A Frontline Vision of America's Power and Purpose." He calls the war in Iraq "ill-conceived" with "no end in sight" and outlines his strategy for "repairing America's international relations and Washington's response to domestic and foreign crises." "Meet the Press" has the exclusive first interview. Description THE BATTLE FOR PEACE Tony Zinni has served on the frontlines of war and peace--as a Marine in Vietnam, commander of troops in the Middle East, and diplomatic envoy. His...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 2 April 2006

    04/02/2006 5:20:30 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 1,100 replies · 15,528+ views
    Various big media television networks ^ | 2 April 2006 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, April 2nd, 2006 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Philip Mudd, associate executive assistant director of the FBI's National Security Branch.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis. THIS WEEK (ABC): Sens. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and George Allen, R-Va.; Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins. LATE EDITION (CNN) : Mexican President Vicente Fox; Sens. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., and Evan Bayh,...
  • Previous Comments From General Anthony Zinni (Ret)

    03/19/2005 7:11:09 AM PST · by Neal_Lineberry · 18 replies · 593+ views
    Likewise, he says, the goal of transforming the Middle East by imposing democracy by force reminds him of the "domino theory" in the 1960s that the United States had to win in Vietnam to prevent the rest of Southeast Asia from falling into communist hands. ******************************************* Feel free to post others, how wrong he is.
  • CIA's private jet an open secret in terror war (Another MSM Critique of CIA Prisoner Treatment)

    12/27/2004 2:34:00 AM PST · by drt1 · 62 replies · 1,869+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/27/2004 | Dana Priest
    The airplane is a Gulfstream V turbojet, the sort favored by CEOs and celebrities. But since 2001 it has been seen at military airports from Pakistan to Indonesia to Jordan, sometimes being boarded by hooded and handcuffed passengers....In this case, the agency is flying captured terrorist suspects from one country to another for detention and interrogation....
  • The Generals Speak

    11/19/2004 10:02:57 AM PST · by Former Military Chick · 84 replies · 1,727+ views
    Rolling Stone ^ | November 25, 2004 | Paul Alexander
    In the nineteen months since the war in Iraq began, some of the most outspoken critics of President Bush's plan of attack have come from a group that should have been the most supportive: retired senior military leaders. We spoke with a group of generals and admirals that included a former supreme Allied commander and a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and they all agreed on one thing: Bush screwed up. Gen. Merrill "Tony" McPeak, Air Force chief of staff, 1990-94 We have a force in Iraq that's much too small to stabilize the situation. It's about half the...

    10/25/2004 6:21:44 AM PDT · by OESY · 3 replies · 448+ views
    New York Post ^ | October 24, 2004 | ANDREW APOSTOLOU
    Michael DeLong's memoir of his three years as deputy commander of Central Command (CentCom) is fascinating and frustrating. Fascinating, because CentCom ran the Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns, putting DeLong in the thick of events. Frustrating, because this memoir is too brief. Unlike Bob Woodward, who fires vast, ill-focused barrages, DeLong writes briskly and pointedly. DeLong firmly rejects that the Iraq war jeopardized the War on Terror. No resources were taken away from counterterrorism. Indeed, the United States began a major operation in Afghanistan on the same day it launched the liberation of Iraq. DeLong's argument is all the more compelling...
  • Zinni Says U.S. to Be in Iraq for Years

    10/07/2004 10:24:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 437+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/07/04 | Sam Dolnick - AP
    NEW YORK - Retired Marine Gen. Anthony C. Zinni criticized the Bush administration's run-up to war but said now that U.S. forces are in Iraq (news - web sites) "we can't afford failure." Zinni said in a speech Thursday he expects American troops to be in Iraq for five to 10 years, facing a "witch's brew" of insurgents, criminals and "al-Qaida wannabes." The Bush administration has said it intends to keep troops in Iraq for as long as it takes the country to achieve stability, but it has not been more specific. Zinni served as commander in chief of the...
  • Bush Eyes Former Marine General As New Mideast Envoy

    11/01/2001 11:12:30 AM PST · by LavaDog · 3 replies · 190+ views | October 31, 2001 | Elaine M. Grossman
    President Bush may name retired Marine Corps Gen. Anthony Zinni as an envoy to the Middle East for security issues, according to informed sources. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage quietly tapped Zinni for the new diplomatic post several weeks ago, officials tell Inside the Pentagon. But the selection has not been announced and Zinni's work has been on hold as the administration struggles to balance its desire for peace between Israel and the Palestinians on one hand with its growing war against terrorism on the other. Before retiring from the Marine Corps last year, Zinni led military operations ...
  • Tom Clancy new book criticises Iraq war

    05/25/2004 12:38:07 PM PDT · by Rams82 · 53 replies · 873+ views
    Tom Clancy new book criticises Iraq war May 26, 2004 A celebrated author with many admirers in the military has criticised the US-led invasion of Iraq, citing it as proof that "good men make mistakes". Tom Clancy also said he almost "came to blows" with a leading war supporter, former Pentagon adviser Richard Perle. The hawkish master of such million-selling thrillers as Patriot Games and The Hunt for Red October has added his own name to critics of the Iraq war, and not only through his own comments. His latest book, Battle Ready, is a collaboration with another war critic,...
  • Let's Play "It's the Jews!"

    06/06/2004 10:10:30 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies · 170+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Jun 06, '04 | Joel Katzman, Ph.D.
    Ex-general Anthony Zinni joined the growing contestants seeking fame and fortune on the new "game show" called "It's the Jews!" Zinni hopes to be a star and the winning contestant by blaming the Jews or Israel for whatever mess he and others perceive in Iraq and the Arab world. No doubt, Zinni's new "fish bait" will catch a few more book offers and speaking engagements. One too many Israelis, and some of their leaders, refuse to respond to their alarm clocks. They just continue to snooze comfortably while dreaming securely about the promises made by their "dear friends", if only...
  • Iraq strategy casting call

    05/28/2004 12:52:24 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 13 replies · 165+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, May 28, 2004 | By Arnaud de Borchgrave
    <p>The portrayals of Uncle Sam were not getting any better. The Financial Times captioned its editorial page cartoon "Security and Stability." President Bush and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon sit in their tanks each atop separate piles of bombed-out houses in Gaza and Iraq.</p>
  • Zinni: U.S. Viewed As "Modern Crusaders"

    05/26/2004 8:33:09 AM PDT · by SJackson · 51 replies · 148+ views
    Islam Online ^ | 5-26-04
    Zinni: U.S. Viewed As "Modern Crusaders" "What's the difference between a faulty plan and strategy that's getting just as many troops killed?" Zinni wondered WASHINGTON , May 25 ( – Former commander-in-chief of the U.S. Central Command Gen. Anthony Zinni cautioned Monday, May 24, that the "aggressive” U.S. intervention in Iraq and the Middle East prompted the people in the region to view the U.S. as "modern crusaders”and "modern colonial power". In an exclusive interview with CBS’ "60 Minutes", Zinni heaped blame on the administration's "neo-conservatives”for tarnishing the image of the U.S. in the eyes of the Middle Easterners. "What...
  • The Low-Down On Zinni (Unsavory Associations, Background Revealed! BUSTED!)

    05/26/2004 5:06:36 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 148 replies · 1,208+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 5/26/04 | Douglas Hanson
    The latest retired general to voice his concerns over the strategy to topple Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq has been Anthony Zinni.  Naturally, the good general has co-authored a book with (surprise!) Tom Clancy, criticizing the war with Iraq.  The anti-Semitic undercurrent of the general’s interview on 60 minutes is discussed at length in Richard Baehr’s excellent piece  in The American Thinker.  Most Americans know that Gen. Zinni was the former Commanding General of CENTCOM, but few know his previous military background in that theater of operations, nor do they completely understand his current political leanings on the subject of...
  • The Protocols of the Elders of Zinni

    05/25/2004 6:17:37 AM PDT · by veronica · 166 replies · 270+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 05-25-04 | Richard Baehr
    A few months back, leftist Jewish critics, such as Frank Rich, Abraham Foxman and Leon Wieseltier, trashed Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion of the Christ, for what they called its blatant anti-Semitism, warning of the danger the movie could create for Jews wherever the movie was shown. So far, 50 million people have seen the movie in America, and nobody has been seen running out of a cineplex calling for Jewish blood.   They are yelling for Jewish blood however, in many countries around the world, especially Muslims leaving their mosques after furious incitement by their Wahhabi-trained imams.  On this subject,...
  • Straight Talk from General Anthony Zinni

    05/25/2004 12:01:18 PM PDT · by SJackson · 125 replies · 794+ views
    UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations ^ | 5-14-04 | General Anthony Zinni
    Straight Talk from General Anthony Zinni General Anthony Zinni, former commander of Middle East Central Command, says the Iraq war was "a big mistake" and there was no plan for the reconstruction. "We have gone in with no plan, not even a less-than-viable plan."The U.S. should not have invaded Iraq without UN backing, there was no imminent threat from Saddam Hussein, and the invasion was done without any real plan for rebuilding and stabilizing Iraq after the war. If the speaker was a liberal columnist the assessment would not be surprising, but these were the views of recently retired Marine...