Hillary Clinton has responded and thrown a grenade in the secret war. The war between Hillary Clinton, joined now by General McChrystal and others, against Barack Obama continues sub rosa. We wrote about this war and how Obama was “waging a secret war on Hillary Clinton” on January 7, 2010 and featured an interview by Sean Hannity of Andrew Breitbart:
“The fear of Hillary Clinton is growing. Hillary Clinton is increasingly viewed as a threat because she can be the 44th person to take the oath of office (Grover Cleveland had two non-consecutive terms, so Hillary can be the 44th person to take the oath of office and be 44 still). The secret war has begun.[snip]
Sean Hannity began with a tedious recitation of a Washington Post story published that very day. The Washington Post story was a hit piece against Bill and Hillary Clinton. Hannity saw the article as another opportunity to bash and beat the Clintons. Andrew Breitbart was not a fool however. Breitbart saw the hit for what it was.[snip]
BREITBART: That’s the answer, is that they all come from that basic orientation. I think that, quite frankly, Hillary Clinton, if she were in charge, would actually be a hell of a lot tougher than Barack Obama is. And perhaps that’s what this entire article in The Washington Post is about, is that she’s been standing off to the side and allowing for these people to hang themselves with their inept behavior.
Andrew Breitbart is right when he says “THAT’S WHAT THIS ENTIRE ARTICLE IN THE WASHINGTON POST IS ABOUT”. Someone, from Chicago, put a hit job out on Hillary Clinton and the Washington Post willingly published. It’s a secret war we are witnessing, not in Afghanistan or Iraq or Pakistan – but in Washington, D.C. as Obama thugs try to take down the qualified and experienced on Day 1 Hillary Clinton. [snip]
Sean Hannity, blinded by his Hillary hate missed a big story stinking up right under his nose. Andrew Breitbart provided an important story but Hannity is so prejudiced and blinded he can’t smell or see a big story when it bites him.
Sean Hannity ignored a big story in order to parrot an obvious hit piece authored at the White House and published in the Washington Post.
There is a secret war of attacks by Barack Obama against Hillary Clinton but Hannity is too busy hating to see it. The more Obama attacks, the more coy Hillary Clinton becomes. Her laughter can be heard throughout Washington.”
As we wrote then, “the secret war has begun”. Now the counterattack from Hillary Clinton and her allies.
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Think we’re nuts about “the secret war”? Bear with us a bit.
The day begins with a “Shock Poll” as Drudge calls it:
“Voters Say Hillary More Qualified To Be President Than Obama, Romney, Gingrich, Palin”
Indeed that is a shock poll and Obama knows it. But as more and more people question Obama’s qualification to be president, and more and more apparatchiks bail on him, and more and more jobs are lost (Barack Hoover Obama), and more and more people realize Obama is clueless and has no plan of action for the economy, alternative energy sources, jobs or the oil spill – the main story today is General McChrystal and the interview.
So what is this interview story? General McChrystal, you know, the guy in charge in Afghanistan gave an interview to Obama lover magazine Rolling Stone. General McChrystal told the truth and now he is in trouble (recall General Shinseki versus George W. Bush).
Here is a summary of what happened (keep eyes open for mentions of Hillary Clinton):
“The top U.S. war commander in Afghanistan is being called to the White House for a meeting with President Obama after issuing an apology Tuesday for an interview in which he took shots at top administration officials and his staff described the president as unprepared for their first one-on-one encounter.
In the article in this week’s issue of Rolling Stone, Gen. Stanley McChrystal also said he felt betrayed and blind-sided by his diplomatic partner, Ambassador Karl Eikenberry.[snip]
The article says that although McChrystal voted for Obama, the two failed to connect from the start. Obama called McChrystal on the carpet last fall for speaking too bluntly about his desire for more troops.
“I found that time painful,” McChrystal said in the article, on newsstands Friday. “I was selling an unsellable position.”
It quoted an adviser to McChrystal dismissing the early meeting with Obama as a “10-minute photo op.”[snip]
The profile, titled “The Runaway General,” emerged from several weeks of interviews and travel with McChrystal’s tight circle of aides this spring.
It includes a list of administration figures said to back McChrystal, including Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and puts Vice President Joe Biden at the top of a list of those who don’t.
The article claims McChrystal has seized control of the war “by never taking his eye off the real enemy: The wimps in the White House.”
General Shinseki was fired by George W. Bush for telling the truth and now General McChrystal is in trouble for telling the truth. But at least the truth is out. General McChrystal dared to give the interview to Rolling Stone magazine because he has protectors and people who know the truth must come out about Obama’s bumbling in Afghanistan. Those protectors in the great bureaucratic war are Secretary of Defense Gates and Secretary of State Clinton.
The less informed, the ones who want to protect Barack Obama’s bumbling and stumbling, will portray this situation as a President Truman versus Douglas MacArthur battle. But Shinseki is the model in this sub rosa war via the bureaucracy. The lances and maces of this bureaucratic war are reports, interviews, and hidden alliances.
Recently a bombshell in this war was dropped. The bombshell was a report called Warlord, Inc. – Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan. The report and the findings are “sobering and shocking” according to the cover letter to the report.
In testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that “…one of the major sources of funding for the Taliban is the protection money.” This is Hillary’s way of saying that the U.S. government itself is the one funding the Taliban in the war against the United States. Someone has to tell the truth about the Afghanistan war and Hillary Clinton told the truth.
Hillary Clinton told the truth about the bumbling and stumbling Obama and that costs American men and women their lives – but no one paid attention due to the many other disasters authored or perpetuated by Barack Obama. That report contained many horror stories in addition to the point Hillary made. Little attention was paid. Something else had to be done to call attention to the Afghanistan nightmare. General McChrystal stepped up.
The dense Marc Ambinder scratches his head at all this and does not see what is staring him in the face:
“What in the heck was Gen. Stanley McChrystal thinking? I mean, I know what he was thinking: he was tired of being the victim of what he believes is a concerted effort on behalf of Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry and others to undermine everything he was given 18 months to do. He was tired of being perceived in the press as a neoconservative killer, Dick Cheney’s hired assassin, or disloyal to President Obama and his staff. He was angry at being blamed for leaking the draft of his report to the President to Bob Woodward. (He did NOT leak the document). He was miffed that a large number of mid-ranking soldiers and battalion commanders and enlisted guys didn’t support his strategy. [snip]
During the strategy review, Eikenberry didn’t think McChrystal’s surge could work. He told the White House that contractors would have to pick up the slack for years to come. McChrystal insisted that he could execute his COIN strategy with a heavy presence of special operations forces … and be out in 18 months (i.e, troops would begin to be drawn down). The White House ultimately sided with McChrystal.
But there were tensions. Even though McChrystal voted for Obama and told him so during their first meeting, he sensed that a number of senior White House aides didn’t really believe that the former commander of the military’s special missions unit during the Bush-Cheney years was suddenly on their side. National Security Adviser James Jones, who is a bit of cipher to McChrystal’s team, may or may not have been one of these aides. No one in the West Wing bought all that liberal internet chatter about JSOC’s alleged crimes — but no one really didn’t buy it, either.”
Obama dithered for months, because of political concerns, and delayed a decision on Afghanistan. For months, American troops died and Obama dithered. When it was discovered Obama had not ever spoken with General McChrystal (just like Obama never spoke with the head of BP) a firestorm forced Obama to meet with the General. Obama came, as usual, unprepared to meet with the General and did not even know who McChrystal is, nor what his qualifications are to speak and be at least listened to on the Afghanistan issues.
“Part of the problem is structural: The Defense Department budget exceeds $600 billion a year, while the State Department receives only $50 billion. But part of the problem is personal: In private, Team McChrystal likes to talk shit about many of Obama’s top people on the diplomatic side. One aide calls Jim Jones, a retired four-star general and veteran of the Cold War, a “clown” who remains “stuck in 1985.” Politicians like McCain and Kerry, says another aide, “turn up, have a meeting with Karzai, criticize him at the airport press conference, then get back for the Sunday talk shows. Frankly, it’s not very helpful.” Only Hillary Clinton receives good reviews from McChrystal’s inner circle. “Hillary had Stan’s back during the strategic review,” says an adviser. “She said, ‘If Stan wants it, give him what he needs.’ ”
Hillary Clinton knows you either fight a war with the resources you need or you fail. McChrystal speaking out was required. Without doubt, insubordination from a top military officer is dangerous in a democracy. However, silence, when speaking up and telling the truth is required to change a failed policy, is sometimes necessary. McChrystal could have resigned and then let loose. However such additional chaos at the top, not only from bumbling Obama but then to be compounded by a replacement General, would hurt America’s timetable to reduce forces in Afghanistan.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai supports General McChrystal, probably because Karzai also knows Obama is a boob.
What congress should investigate is whether General McChrystal is accurate in his depictions. Obama’s performance on the BP oil gusher, his lack of meetings, his shady explanations for his boobery all require investigation as well and they echo Obama’s bumbling and stumbling in Afghanistan – which is costing American lives and the lives of many others.
General McChrystal has done the nation a service by exposing the boobery at the top. American Generals in Vietnam kept silent for too long. American Generals (not Shinseki) in Iraq kept silent for too long. When the boobery is at the very top, silence equals death.
The war in Iraq and Afghanistan will continue.
The war between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will continue. Boobery will be defeated.