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Obama Faces No Easy Debate

vietnamvet Wrote: Oct 22, 2012 10:54 AM
Obama had virtually nothing to do with the bin Laden raid. Panetta gave the 'go' order and Obama was brought in from the golf course after the helicopters were already airborne. They did it this way because Valerie Jarrett had made Obama say 'no' too many times.
ericynot Wrote: Oct 22, 2012 12:56 PM
vet,

That ain't what Bill McRaven says -- "At the end of the day, make no mistake about it, it was the president of the United States that shouldered the burden of this operation, that made the hard decision,"

McRaven also said, "The president of the United States is fantastic. I'm not a political guy. I've worked in both [administrations,] very much enjoyed working with President Bush and I very much enjoy working for President Obama. This isn't about politics. This is about a Commander in Chief who I have the opportunity to engage with on a routine basis."

As commander of the U.S. Special Ops Command, I don't think Bill McRaven is likely to be much of a gratuitous brown-noser.
ljackson Wrote: Oct 22, 2012 2:05 PM
Multiple insider reports to the contrary, have you ever heard of military commanders repeating what the commander-in-chief wants them to say? I don't know McRaven so I'm not saying this is what he did, but every general officer since the beginning of time knows his/her tenure is based on presidential pleasure.

It was Panetta and Clinton who bribed Obama into approving the raid after several stalls instigated by Jarrett. The duo warned that if he did not approve the mission, they would leak his heel-dragging to the American people and he would lose the election over this one issue. History will bear this out. Wait and see.
ericynot Wrote: Oct 22, 2012 2:53 PM
jackson,

McRaven's a four-star admiral who's been in the military for 35 years. And he runs one of the toughest outfits ever put together. Somehow I just don't see him feeling the need to kiss anybody's @ss.

And if you have any credible evidence for the rest of your post, let's see it.
Jay Wye Wrote: Oct 22, 2012 5:35 PM
Generals GET to that high position by kissing @ss,by not bucking the Party Line. They don't tell their superiors what they don't want to hear.
arpiem Wrote: Oct 22, 2012 11:01 AM
Jarrett was born in Iran, not necessarily a coincidence.
ericynot Wrote: Oct 22, 2012 1:31 PM
Yes, arpiem, she was born in Iran. To American parents with Jewish roots.

And you thought Obama’s economic policies were indefensible.

Wait until you hear him debate foreign policy.

His foreign policy is unique in the history of the American presidency in that it almost completely ignores American self-interest. It can only be described as the first anti-American foreign policy crafted by an American president.   

Our contributor, former Congressman Bob Beauprez summed it up in September: Only America’s enemies are better off than they were four years ago.

Wrote Beauprez:

The question comes up a lot these days, "Are you better off than you were four years ago?"  But, the...