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  • Senior Trump appointee fired after critical comments

    02/19/2017 8:57:22 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 70 replies
    AP ^ | 2/19/2017 | VIVIAN SALAMA
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior Trump administration official was fired following criticism in a private speech of President Donald Trump's policies and his inner circle of advisers.</p> <p>Craig Deare, whom Trump appointed a month ago to head the National Security Council's Western Hemisphere division, was on Friday escorted out of the Executive Office Building, where he worked in Washington.</p>
  • Senior Trump appointee fired after critical comments (Craig Deare)

    02/19/2017 3:05:34 PM PST · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    Fox news ^ | February 19, 2017
    Craig Deare, whom Trump appointed a month ago to head the National Security Council's Western Hemisphere division, was on Friday escorted out of the Executive Office Building, where he worked in Washington. A senior White House official confirmed that Deare is no longer working at the NSC and has returned to the position he previously held at the National Defense University. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an incident not otherwise made public, and provided no further details. But current and former administration officials say Deare's termination was linked to remarks he made Thursday at a private...
  • David Petraeus says he will NOT be Trump's new national security adviser

    02/18/2017 7:59:51 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 69 replies
    David Petraeus will not be replacing Michael Flynn as Donald Trump's next national security adviser. Trump ousted Flynn on Monday in a controversy over the retired lieutenant general's contacts with Russia. Petraeus, a retired general and former CIA director, expressed concern about Trump's reluctance to grant the new adviser full discretion over policy and staffing. On Friday, Petraeus told the Munich Security Conference: 'Whoever it is that would agree to take that position certainly should do so with some very, very significant assurances that he or she would have authorities over the personnel of the organization. 'That there would be...
  • Next Executive Order to list Iranian military as a terrorist organization?

    02/08/2017 1:39:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/08/2017 | Ed Morrissey
    Donald Trump promised during the campaign to get tough on radical Islamic terror groups as well as force Iran to renegotiate terms on Barack Obama’s nuclear deal. The next executive orders from the president may address both pledges — and create more controversy. According to Reuters, Trump will designate the entire Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO), expanding current sanctions applied at the moment to only its Quds Force: A designation of the entire IRGC as a terrorist group would potentially have much broader implications, including for the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated between Iran and...
  • Flynn out at NSA, Petraeus could be all in

    02/14/2017 7:21:09 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 80 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 02/14/2017 | Robert Spencer
    Petraeus would be a disaster a stalwart of the old establishment in an administration that said it would drain the swamp. In May 2016, he published what was essentially an anti Trump screed, saying that proposals to restrict immigration from Muslim countries that are hotspots of jihad terror shouldnt even be made, so as to avoid offending Muslims. He was in favor of using al Qaeda jihadis to defeat the Islamic State, which would give us a region full of al-Qaeda jihadis with American weapons and materiel who hate the United States and want to destroy it. (This is...
  • Massive shakeup expected for NSC after Flynns resignation

    02/14/2017 7:37:38 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 31 replies
    NY POST ^ | February 14, 2017 | Daniel Halper
    The turnover in the National Security Council is far from over, as more shuffling is expected in the wake of the resignation of the agencys top boss, Michael Flynn, according to a report. KT McFarland Flynns deputy, a former Republican Senate candidate in New York and former Fox News commentator is not expected to remain in her perch as the No. 2 on the NSC, the New York Times reports. But its not clear whether McFarland will leave the administration entirely.
  • Who should Trump select to replace Mike Flynn as the National Security Advisor? (Vanity)

    02/14/2017 8:43:43 AM PST · by amorphous · 66 replies
    NA | 14 Feb 2013 | meh
    One individual who should be at the top of Trump's list as a replacement for Mike Flynn, is former Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, currently Executive Vice President at Family Research Council. Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin on Fox News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCbkaxC-Hj8Wikipedia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCbkaxC-Hj8
  • Three candidates emerge to replace Flynn as national security adviser

    02/14/2017 3:51:22 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 53 replies
    Vice Adm. Bob Harward is one name that has come up to replace Flynn as national security adviser, and the leading candidate to get the job, a senior official told Fox News. Harward is a U.S. Navy SEAL, but also has a previous relationship with Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Harward was the deputy commander of the U.S. Central Command under Mattis and was also the deputy commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command. He also served on the National Security Council for President George W. Bush and commissioned the National Counter Terrorism Center. White House sources described Harward as the...
  • High Fives At the WaPo As They Claim A Scalp

    02/14/2017 3:15:41 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 68 replies
    Donald Trump For President Blog ^ | February 14, 2017 | Pinkbell
    ...and I don't think Donald Trump should let them. Here's why... High fives abound at the Washington Post Bureau in DC. They got the scalp of a man that they had beenafter for months. General Michael Flynn has resigned as head of Trump's National Security Committee. A brief summary: The Washington Post reported on February 9, 2017 that General Flynn discussed with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyaksanctions imposed on Russia on December 29, 2016by the Obama Administration. The sanctions were imposed for the alleged Russian hacking of theDNC and John Podesta emails, which while authentic, contained negative contentthat the Democrats and...
  • Trump Says White House Leaks Coming From Obama Admin Holdovers

    02/06/2017 9:15:19 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 71 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Kerry Picket
    President Donald Trump pointed the finger at Obama administration holdovers at the White House and National Security Council for leaking information about private phone conversations he had with leaders of Australia and Mexico. Its a disgrace that they leaked because its very much against our country, Trump told Fox News Sunday, accusing Obama people in civil service positions for the leaks. Its a very dangerous thing for this country, he added noting that these individuals were still being sought out and replaced. Trump described the media stories of what seemed to be contentious interactions between him and the two foreign...
  • The Anti-Trump Medias Attack on Monica Crowley

    02/03/2017 9:38:58 PM PST · by detective · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | February 3, 2017 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    My friend Monica Crowley was the subject of a major hit job by CNN a few weeks back. She is a serious scholar, but she was portrayed as a serial plagiarist who never had an original idea in her head. The emotional toll of the uproar caused her to withdraw from her appointment by President Trump to be the senior director of communications at the National Security Council. It is the countrys loss. Over the last two decades, Monica has been one of the most effective commentators on the national scene regarding the geopolitical challenges confronting the United States, and...
  • Scarborough: Stephen Miller a very young person on power trip in White House

    01/30/2017 6:14:46 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 48 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Over the weekend, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were given extraordinary access to President Trump and his foreign policy team. On todays Morning Joe, they gave their takeaways from their interview of the president and a number of his senior advisors. Scarborough painted a picture of White House staffers in a battle with the senior foreign policy team. Scarborough singled out Stephen Miller, saying youve got a very young person in the White House on a power trip thinking that you can just write executive orders and tell all of your cabinet agencies to go to hell. View the video...
  • Honeymoons over: Ex-Obama official Susan Rice calls Trump NSC reshuffling stone cold crazy

    01/29/2017 12:35:45 PM PST · by jazusamo · 64 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 29, 2017 | Valerie Richardson
    It didnt take long for the old administration to attack the new administration. Former national security advisor Susan Rice ignited a feud Sunday with the Trump White House by ripping the recent reshuffling of the National Security Council as stone cold crazy. White House spokesman Sean Spicer fired back by calling Ms. Rices comments clearly inappropriate language from a former ambassador and took a swipe at the Obama administrations track record on national security. And when you talk about the missteps made by the last administration, with all due respect, I think Ambassador Rice might want to wait and see...
  • Steve Bannon Gets National Security Role

    01/28/2017 9:57:42 PM PST · by Syncro · 44 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11:25 PM 01/28/2017 | Alex Pfeiffer
    Former Breitbart executive and current White House chief strategist Steve Bannon will be ablesit in on any National Security Council or Homeland Security Council meeting thanks to an executive order signed byPresident Donald Trump on Saturday.President Trumps executive order reorganized the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council. The National Security Council was founded in 1947 and is aforum where top officials meet to discuss matters of national security and foreign policy.Bannon is not only invited to every attend every NSC and HSC meeting now, but also is designated as a regular attendee to the NSC Principals Committee. This...
  • Fear of Muslims is rational: What Trumps new national security adviser has said online (November)

    01/13/2017 2:54:02 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 34 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | November 13, 2016 | Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    President-elect Donald Trumps pick for national security adviser, among the most important jobs in the still-forming Trump administration, has said some pretty incendiary things on the Internet. Before being tapped to advise Trump on national security issues, retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn was an intelligence officer and head of the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Obama until he was removed from his command in 2014 over his leadership style. Flynn went on to criticize some of his superiors, including Obama, regarding their stances on Islamist extremism. He also traveled to Russia on a trip paid for by state-run media...
  • Trump Transition Team on Reports of Chaos: We Got This

    01/19/2017 4:13:36 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 10 replies
    thedailybeast.com ^ | Kimberly Dozier
    Trump officials say theyve got it all in hand, or will soon. I want to personally again thank Ambassador Rice and her entire team for their preparation: the transition materials that theyve provided to us, the initiation of various NSC reform measures that she has already undertaken, and the time that she and her team took to help guide us and to help us be as well prepared as we can be prior to inauguration day, said incoming National Security Adviser Mike Flynn, sharing the stage with Rice on Jan. 10 at the U.S. Institute of Peaces Passing the Baton...
  • Samantha Power Watched Half a Million Arabs Die Then Slammed Israel

    12/25/2016 6:17:13 PM PST · by Dave346 · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Dec 2016 | Shmuley Boteach
    All our Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, is missing is a fiddle. For the duration of the seemingly endless Syrian civil war, she has figuratively fiddled while that country burns. Now, with one foot out the door from a tenure that has all but obliterated her once formidable reputation as an anti-genocide activist, shes decided to kick Israel in the teeth. What most amazes me about this past Fridays anti-Israel resolution that was cooked up by Barack Obama, John Kerry, Susan Rice, and Power is not that it took place. We have long known that the quartet had...
  • Trump names retired Lt. Gen. Kellogg and Crowley to national security posts

    12/15/2016 12:02:43 PM PST · by GonzoII · 36 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/15/16 | Alex Pappas
    President-elect Trump has chosen retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg as chief of staff and executive secretary of the National Security Council and Monica Crowley as senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council, a transition source tells Washington Examiner. Trump's transition officially announced the appointments Thursday afternoon.
  • Poor Decisions Haunting In Al-Awlaki Case

    03/26/2010 5:48:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 373+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 26, 2010 | DAVID IGNATIUS
    Last October, the Yemeni government came to the CIA with a request: Could the agency collect intelligence that might help target the network of a U.S.-born al-Qaida recruiter named Anwar al-Awlaki? What happened next is haunting, in light of subsequent events. The CIA concluded that it could not assist the Yemenis in locating al-Awlaki for a possible capture operation. The primary reason was that the agency lacked specific evidence that he threatened the lives of Americans which is the threshold for any capture-or-kill operation against a U.S. citizen. The Yemenis also wanted U.S. Special Forces' help in pursuing al-Awlaki;...
  • Brutal: Former Defense Secretaries Openly Slam 'Inexperienced' Obama White House War Micromanagement

    04/07/2016 11:00:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2016 | Katie Pavlich
    For years the Obama administration has been accused of micromanaging the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from inside the White House. Now in an astonishing report from Fox News anchor Bret Baier, three former Obama Defense Secretaries are openly slamming him for his distrust of the military, his failure to lead and they're exposing his inexperienced and closest advisors for second guessing senior field commanders with phone calls to the battlefield. "President Obama, he's one of the youngest presidents we've ever had. One of the most inexperienced presidents we've ever had. He has a staff around him that is very...
  • Blumenthal Emailed Hillary About ‘Setting Up Secret Channels Between Insurgents And Governments’

    10/31/2015 5:58:53 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 26 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Oct 30 2015 | Chuck Ross
    Emails released by the State Department on Friday show that Hillary Clintons longtime friend Sidney Blumenthal reached out to her on behalf of a former United Kingdom diplomat who was interested in setting up secret channels between insurgents and governments. Clinton was receptive to the idea which came via Blumenthal from Jonathan Powell, former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blairs chief of staff. (Quote) Hillary, Jonathan Powell has launched a new NGO that has already initiated some very interesting work below the radar, (Unquote) Blumenthal wrote in the March 18, 2012 email. (Quote)Sid We are trying to replicate what we did...
  • Former NSC official: 'Most pro-Israel administration evah' conducted whisper campaign to smear

    05/24/2016 7:11:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 5/24/16 | Carl in Jerusalem
    A former National Security Council official has told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that the Obama administration conducted a whisper campaign to smear Prime Minister Netanyahu and get the sellout to a nuclear Iran through Congress. According to the congressional testimony of Michael Doran Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute and a former senior director in the National Security Council (NSC) in the administration of President George W. Bush the White House initiated a whisper campaign against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cast him as the villain of the Middle East peace process, an arch-nationalist with...
  • Obama secretly backing Muslim Brotherhood

    06/04/2015 11:12:12 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 61 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 3, 2015 | Bill Gertz
    President Obama and his administration continue to support the global Islamist militant group known the Muslim Brotherhood. A White House strategy document regards the group as a moderate alternative to more violent Islamist groups like al Qaeda and the Islamic State. The policy of backing the Muslim Brotherhood is outlined in a secret directive called Presidential Study Directive-11, or PSD-11. The directive was produced in 2011 and outlines administration support for political reform in the Middle East and North Africa, according to officials familiar with the classified study. Efforts to force the administration to release the directive or portions of...
  • Directive 11: Obama's Secret Islamist Plan

    12/20/2015 8:41:50 PM PST · by Ray76 · 64 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | Jun 7, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Behind the rise of ISIS, the Libyan Civil War, the unrest in Egypt, Yemen and across the region may be a single classified document.That document is Presidential Study Directive 11.You can download Presidential Study Directive 10 on “Preventing Mass Atrocities” from the White House website, but as of yet no one has been able to properly pry number 11 out of Obama Inc.Presidential Study Directive 10, in which Obama asked for non-military options for stopping genocide, proved to be a miserable failure. The Atrocities Prevention Board’s only use was as a fig leaf for a policy that had caused the...
  • Hagel: I greenlit strikes on Syria after “red line” crossed, but Obama overrode me

    12/18/2015 11:37:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/18/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Many questioned Barack Obama’s judgment when he backed away from his own “red line” in Syria, but Chuck Hagel tells Foreign Policy in an exclusive interview that it was actually worse than that. Obama lost his nerve, Hagel alleges, calling off promised strikes on Syria after Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons. Hagel also says that Obama’s team then stabbed him in the back as he was heading for the exits, and tried to “destroy me”: Jet-lagged from a long overseas trip, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had just sat down with his wife for a quiet dinner at an...
  • Report: Obama Told NSC And FBI To ‘Downplay’ Terrorist Angle Of San Bernardino

    12/11/2015 8:49:34 AM PST · by markomalley · 64 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12-10-15 | Jonah Bennett
    The FBI has taken heat for failing to immediately classify the San Bernardino shootings as terrorism, but a new report shows that FBI reluctance could have been due to external pressure from the White House. A source told Jack Murphy of SOFREP that the FBI instantly believed the shooting, which left 14 dead, to be a clear act of terrorism. The White House, however, didn't feel the same way and quickly moved in to squash the terror classification. This source added that as soon as the shooting took place, Obama convened a meeting with the National Security Council and the...
  • Report: Obama Told NSC And FBI To ‘Downplay’ Terrorist Angle Of San Bernadino

    12/10/2015 3:25:27 PM PST · by amorphous · 102 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10 Dec 2015 | Jonah Bennett
    The FBI has taken heat for failing to immediately classify the San Bernardino shootings as terrorism, but a new report shows that FBI reluctance could have been due to external pressure from the White House. A source told Jack Murphy of SOFREP that the FBI instantly believed the shooting, which left 14 dead, to be a clear act of terrorism. The White House, however, didn't feel the same way and quickly moved in to squash the terror classification. This source added that as soon as the shooting took place, Obama convened a meeting with the National Security Council and the...
  • Fox: White House confirms meeting with deputy of banned Muslim Brotherhood cleric

    06/28/2013 12:50:44 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10:41 am on June 28, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    The White House confirmed to Fox News what the Investigative Project on Terrorism reported two days ago that the administration met with the deputy of a radical cleric who is barred from entering the United States, and whose organization supports Hamas. Sheik Abdullah bin Bayyah served as vice president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, a group headed by Egyptian cleric Yusuf Qaradawi, who has urged Muslim nations to acquire nuclear weapons, demanded the death of American soldiers in Iraq, and defended Hitler. So what did the White House want to discuss with bin Bayyah? Moderation: A senior...
  • Muslim cleric who backed fatwa on killing of U.S. soldiers promoted by State Dept.

    05/26/2014 6:24:47 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 39 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 24, 2014 | By Adam Kredo
    The State Departments Counter Terrorism (CT) Bureau promoted on Friday a controversial Muslim scholar whose organization has reportedly backed Hamas and endorsed a fatwa authorizing the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. The CT bureau on Friday tweeted out a link to the official website of Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, the vice president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), a controversial organization founded by a Muslim Brotherhood leader who has called for the death of Jews and Americans and himself is banned from visiting the U.S., according to Fox News. Bin Bayyah is reported to have been one...
  • Teen beaten by Israeli police meets at White House as he prepares to return to Jerusalem

    05/12/2015 6:00:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | May 11, 2015 | By Jake Tapper
    As the debate about excessive police force against unarmed civilians rages throughout the U.S., the Obama administration is involving itself again in the case of an American teen severely beaten by members of the police force of Israel, a U.S. ally with whom there already exist increased tension. CNN has learned that White House National Security Council staffers recently took the unusual step of meeting in the West Wing with Tariq Khdeir, the Tampa teenager of Palestinian descent beaten unconscious by Israeli police last summer during a protest in East Jerusalem. According to cell phone video, after Tariq was in...
  • Secret White House Twitter Troll Unmasked and Fired: (Director, nonproliferation at the NSC)

    10/22/2013 7:57:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | October 22, 2013 | Adam Martin
    Life in the White House imitated Parks and Rec recently, as the identity of a staffer who ran an anonymous Twitter account critical of the administration emerged. But the real-life plot diverged from the show when the White House staffer, Jofi Joseph, was promptly fired instead of having a warm moment with Amy Poehler. Joseph, a director in the White House's National Security Staff, ran the @NatSecWonk stream, popular in foreign policy circles for its unabashed trolling of the administration, its allies, and various other political types. "I'm a fan of Obama, but his continuing reliance and dependence upon a...
  • Robert Malley, diplomat who met with Hamas, named White Houses Mideast coordinator

    03/09/2015 10:09:43 AM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    JNS ^ | 3/9/2015 | Unattributed
    Senior director at the National Security Council (NSC) Robert Malley, who was dismissed from President Barack Obamas 2008 presidential campaign team when it was revealed that he met with the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, has been named Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region. A former Middle East advisor for President Bill Clinton, Malley has a history of controversial statements that have criticized Israel.
  • Military Hates White House Micromanagement of ISIS War

    11/01/2014 7:36:15 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 46 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 31 Oct 14 | Josh Rogin and Eli Lake
    The Pentagon brass placed in charge of implementing Obamas war against ISIS are getting fed up with the short leash the White House put them on. Top military leaders in the Pentagon and in the field are growing increasingly frustrated by the tight constraints the White House has placed on the plans to fight ISIS and train a new Syrian rebel army. As the American-led battle against ISIS stretches into its fourth month, the generals and Pentagon officials leading the air campaign and preparing to train Syrian rebels are working under strict White House orders to keep the war contained...
  • Military Upset with White House 'Micromanagement' of ISIS War

    10/31/2014 6:47:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 31, 2014 | Josh Rogin and Eli Lake
    Top military leaders in the Pentagon and in the field are growing increasingly frustrated by the tight constraints the White House has placed on the plans to fight ISIS and train a new Syrian rebel army. As the American-led battle against ISIS stretches into its fourth month, the generals and Pentagon officials leading the air campaign and preparing to train Syrian rebels are working under strict White House orders to keep the war contained within policy limits. The National Security Council has given precise instructions on which rebels can be engaged, who can be trained, and what exactly those fighters...
  • Iraq Asked U.S. for Strikes, Officials Say

    06/11/2014 5:13:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 130 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 11, 2014 | By MICHAEL R. GORDON and ERIC SCHMITT
    As the threat from Sunni militants in western Iraq escalated last month, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki secretly asked the Obama administration to consider carrying out airstrikes against extremist staging areas, according to Iraqi and American officials. But Iraqs appeals for military assistance have so far been rebuffed by the White House, which has been reluctant to open a new chapter in a conflict that President Obama has insisted was closed when the United States withdrew the last of its forces from Iraq in 2011. A spokeswoman for the National Security Council, Bernadette Meehan, declined to comment on Mr. Malikis...
  • Meanwhile, Obama Promotes Death-To-U.S.-Troops Cleric

    06/04/2014 4:16:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Investors.com ^ | June 4, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Quislings: At the same time our president springs dangerous terrorists from prison, he has quietly promoted an Islamic cleric who has issued fatwas calling for the death of U.S. troops with "child bombs." The State Department last week had to apologize for singing the praises of the creep Sheik Abdallah Bin Bayyah in a Tweeted message promoting his Muslim Brotherhood organization. But officials there are only sorry they got caught. The same bunch last year issued a visa for the radical cleric so he could visit, of all places, the White House. That's right, the administration knew full...
  • Meet Obama's Kissingers

    06/06/2014 8:35:31 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 6, 2014 | Kimberley Strassel
    If the Bergdahl uproar feels creepily reminiscent of the Benghazi uproar, or the Syrian "red line" uproar, or the choose-your-own- Obama -foreign-adventure uproar, it's because they all have a common denominator. This is what happens when political hacks formally take over foreign policy. It's the "formal" point that bears some meditation. Barack Obama isn't the first president to make foreign-policy decisions on the basis of domestic political calculations. He does, however, win the distinction of being the first president to utterly disregardto treat with contemptthe institutions and procedures that were designed to help the commander in chief insulate the serious...
  • White House Overrode Internal Objections To Taliban Prisoner Release

    06/03/2014 3:29:26 PM PDT · by mojito · 29 replies
    Time ^ | 6/3/2014 | Massimo Calabresi
    To pull off the prisoner swap of five Taliban leaders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the White House overrode an existing interagency process charged with debating the transfer of Guantanamo Bay prisoners and dismissed long-standing Pentagon and intelligence community concerns based on Top Secret intelligence about the dangers of releasing the five men, sources familiar with the debate tell TIME. National Security Council officials at the White House decline to describe the work of the ad hoc process they established to trade the prisoners, or to detail the measures they have taken to limit the threat the Taliban officials may pose....
  • Tommy Vietors journey with Obama: From van driver to National Security Council spokesman

    05/03/2014 4:38:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Yahoo! News' Power Players ^ | March 6, 2013 | Jonathan Karl, Richard Coolidge, and Jordyn Phelps
    Tommy Vietor started working for Barack Obama when he was still Senator Obama--well before he became a presidential candidate--and until Friday, the 32-year-old Vietor hadn't stopped. His first job for Obama was as the driver of a press van, and he rose up the ranks through the 2008 campaign, and then the White House press office, to become the National Security Council spokesman. Now leaving the White House to open a political communications firm with the president's departing speechwriter Jon Favreau, Vietor says it's been the privilege of a lifetime to work for the president. "It's been kind of a...
  • Americas National Security Team

    05/02/2014 3:42:01 PM PDT · by mojito · 7 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 5/2/2014 | Richard Fernandez
    For some reason Tommy Vietors interview with Brett Baier on what happened the night of the attack on Benghazi has aroused strong reactions....Its not an overstatement to say that skeptics have been creeped out by the manner of these White House responses in a way that goes beyond their factual implausibility. Its like they are putting you on and not even bothering to conceal it. Is that whats so disturbing about it? [....] The trademark of the Obama years has been the strange reticence to disclose information that we would not normally regard as sensitive or even private. Information on...
  • White House official fired for caustic tweets. What was he thinking?

    10/23/2013 11:01:34 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 19 replies
    The White House has fired National Security Council official Jofi Joseph for running an anonymous Twitter account that harshly criticized Obama administration policies and members, sometimes in scathingly personal terms. Mr. Joseph was nonproliferation director at the NSC, and was involved in preparing for nuclear negotiations with Iran. He was also poised to move to a top Pentagon job before his abrupt dismissal
  • Daily Beast Exclusive: White House Official Fired for Tweeting Under Fake Name

    10/22/2013 6:00:46 PM PDT · by kristinn · 20 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Tuesday, October 22, 2013 | Josh Rogin
    A White House national security official was fired last week after being caught as the mystery Tweeter who has been tormenting the foreign policy community with insulting comments and revealing internal Obama administration information for over two years. Jofi Joseph, a director in the non-proliferation section of the National Security Staff at the White House, has been surreptitiously tweeting under the moniker @natsecwonk, a Twitter feed famous inside Washington policy circles since it began in February, 2011 until it was shut down last week. Two administration officials confirmed that the mystery tweeter was Joseph, who has also worked at the...
  • Obamas Benghazi Propagandist

    05/08/2013 5:35:25 AM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 8, 2013 | Matthew Vadum
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Obama’s Benghazi PropagandistPosted By Matthew Vadum On May 8, 2013 @ 12:56 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments A young White House speechwriter may be responsible for concocting the official lies about last September’s deadly terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.The Obama administration’s rapidly unravelling narrative about what happened at the U.S. consulate in Libya’s second-largest city may have been cooked up by creative writer Ben Rhodes, the president’s 30-something Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting.The origin of the administration’s desperate election-season fabrications may come up today as a congressional committee...
  • Benghazi Smoking Gun Exposed--Obama lied, people died.

    05/06/2013 5:24:05 AM PDT · by SJackson · 59 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 6, 2013 | Arnold Ahlert
    New evidence reveals the Obama administrations version of the events that took place in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 was based on a tissue of lies. The Weekly Standards Steven Hayes has obtained a timeline and a series of emails revealing the self-serving efforts made by administration officials, who heavily edited CIA talking points about the attack that cost four Americans, including ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, their lives. Also revealed is who made the changes and why they made them. The revelations are part of a report published by the five Republican Committee chairmen that has been largely dismissed...
  • DEVASTATING! CBS Publishes Benghazi Investigation Pummels Administration

    05/05/2013 5:24:41 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 291 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 5-5-2013 | Jim Hoft
    CBS released information on the Benghazi 9-11 massacre today that could potentially bring down the Obama Administration. Buried in their report (down in paragraph eight) CBS reported, Throughout the night, sources say Americans on the ground in Libya at times felt helpless and abandoned But they were told immediate help wasnt available. But, counterterrorism sources and internal emails reviewed by CBS News express frustration that key responders were ready to deploy, but were not called upon to help. CBS reported: Throughout the night, sources say Americans on the ground in Libya at times felt helpless and abandoned. We relied on...
  • Bombing the Syrian Reactor: The Untold Story

    02/23/2013 8:09:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 61 replies
    Commentary ^ | February 2013 | Elliott Abrams
    As the civil war in Syria enters its third year, there is much discussion of the regime’s chemical weapons and whether Syria’s Bashar al-Assad will unleash them against Syrian rebels, or whether a power vacuum after Assad’s fall might make those horrific tools available to the highest bidder. The conversation centers on Syria’s chemical weaponry, not on something vastly more serious: its nuclear weaponry. It well might have. This is the inside story of why it does not. Relations between the United States and Israel had grown rocky after Israel’s incursion into Lebanon in 2006, for Secretary of State Condoleezza...
  • What Is Samantha Power Thinking? The charismatic Obama adviser believes that stopping genocide...

    03/31/2011 1:26:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 53 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | March 29, 2011 | Matthew Shaffer
    What Is Samantha Power Thinking?The charismatic Obama adviser believes that stopping "genocide" is the United States' top foreign-policy priority. On March 18, President Obama explained his decision to mobilize the United States military for international intervention in Libya. “Left unchecked,” he said, “we have every reason to believe that Qaddafi would commit atrocities against his people. Many thousands could die. A humanitarian crisis would ensue. The entire region could be destabilized, endangering many of our allies and partners.” (As if it hasn’t been already?) That last sentence was a Realpolitik, national-interest justification for the U.S. intervention. But it rang hollow....
  • Samantha Powers Power

    04/05/2011 8:25:47 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | April 5, 2011 | Stanley Kurtz
    A member of the presidents National Security Council who shares Noam Chomskys foreign-policy goals? An influential presidential adviser whom 1960s revolutionary Tom Hayden treats as a fellow radical? ... Samantha Power, senior director of multilateral affairs for the National Security Council and perhaps the principal architect of our current intervention in Libya, is all of these things. These scary-sounding tidbits might be dismissed as isolated gotchas. Unfortunately, when we view these radical outcroppings in the full sweep of her lifes work, Samantha Power emerges as a patriots nightmare a woman determined to subordinate Americas national sovereignty to an international...
  • Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates: Israel an ungrateful ally

    09/06/2011 7:53:06 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 86 replies
    Christians United for Israel ^ | September 6, 2011
    Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates blasted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying that his policies were ungrateful towards the US and were isolating Israel on a global level. Gates harsh words were said during a meeting of the National Security Council Principals Committee, Bloombergs Jeffrey Goldber reported Tuesday. Gates believes Netanyahus government has offered the Obama administration nothing in return for its generous security aid, which includes access to top-quality weapons, assistance in developing missile-defense systems and high-level intelligence sharing. The former defense secretary said that not only is Netanyahu ungrateful, but his polices were endangering his country by...
  • The Naysayer

    11/21/2005 2:15:32 AM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 6 replies · 393+ views
    WeeklyStandard.com ^ | November 21, 2005 | Thomas Joscelyn
    N THE AFTERMATH of September 11, more than several former national security and intelligence officials fashioned new careers as critics of the Bush administration's war on terror. Among the more prominent of these former officials is Daniel Benjamin, who worked for the National Security Council from 1994 to 1999. Benjamin's criticism flows from his belief that prior to the war in Iraq, as he wrote in Time magazine earlier this year, "there was no pre-existing relationship between Baghdad and al-Qaeda." Still worse, the invasion of Iraq has made us "less safe" and "above all, the invasion and occupation of Iraq--have...