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Latest Obama Gaffe is a Real Doozy

President Obama's woeful inexperience reared its ugly head again Thursday as he addressed the suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan's Khost Province that killed seven CIA officers and at least one other person. In a public letter to the CIA, the President made several comments:

I write to mark a sad occasion in the history of the CIA and our country. Yesterday, seven Americans in Afghanistan gave their lives in service to their country. Michelle and I have their families, friends and colleagues in our thoughts and prayers.

You have helped us understand the world as it is, and taken great risks to protect our country. You have served in the shadows, and your sacrifices have sometimes been unknown to your fellow citizens, your friends, and even your families.

The men and women who gave their lives in Afghanistan did their duty with courage, honor and excellence, and we must draw strength from the example of their sacrifice.

While the President's comments are seemingly heartfelt and sincere, he is painfully unaware that public acknowledgement of this successful attack against the CIA is perceived by Al Quaeda as an enormous victory. The President's validation that the attack on the CIA caused great sorrow to America serves as a powerful recruitment tool for Al Quaeda. Furthermore, the attack was a very difficult defeat for our CIA and overall intelligence community and Obama's comments focus an unwanted spotlight where it is not appreciated.

No President has ever issued public proclamations of public mourning over loss of life at the CIA specifically because they generally prefer not having any attention directed their way. Obama's incongizance of these facts reflects his inexperience and, more importantly, reveals a stunning disconnect with our intelligence community.


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...Or maybe he's doing exac... (Below threshold)

...Or maybe he's doing exactly what he planned. Perhaps he wants to shine light on the CIA because he wants to take them down. Perhaps he's seen one too many films where some CIA boss is trying to run the world or some crazy stuff like that.

Putin has a somewhat more d... (Below threshold)

Putin has a somewhat more direct approach to Islamic fundamentalism and appears unlikely to make the same mistake as Obama.

From a recent press conference (from Hot Air):

FRENCH JOURNALIST: ...Don't you think that by trying to eradicate terrorism in Chechnya you are going to eradicate the civilian population of Chechnya?

VLADIMIR PUTIN: If you want to become an Islamic fundamentalist and be circumcised, come to Moscow. We are multiconfessional. We have very good specialists. I can recommend one for the operation. He'll make sure nothing grows back.

Perhaps I am as naive as th... (Below threshold)

Perhaps I am as naive as the president on this matter but this particular letter seems sincere. I think the association of those who lost their lives in his incident are sufficiently well known to the public and so the letter to me does not seem out of place.

Tossing a bone to the CIA? ... (Below threshold)

Tossing a bone to the CIA? It is not like he has been very kind to them.

"Obama's incongizance of th... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"Obama's incongizance of these facts reflects his inexperience and, more importantly, reveals a stunning disconnect with our intelligence community"

And this suprised you???

DavedDo you know w... (Below threshold)
retired military:


Do you know why they have a wall with stars on it at the CIA ? One star for every agent lost in the field. Because they keep their names unknown. It is the way the CIA operates and it does so for a reason.

Their accolades and their losses are kept secret from the public for many reasons. Their losses shouldnt be used as a recruiting tool for terrorists.

Well it's not like Barry ca... (Below threshold)

Well it's not like Barry came into office with all that 'vast executive experience' that he claimed. He claims a lot of things. Sort of like that 'million jobs saved'. Or was it '3 million', I've lost track of all the permutations.

No President has ever is... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

No President has ever issued public proclamations of public mourning over loss of life at the CIA specifically because they generally prefer not having any attention directed their way.


52% of us wanted it, 100% of us got it; good and hard.

The problem with the left i... (Below threshold)
jim m:

The problem with the left is that they desire to advertise our failures to the world. To be certain in this case Obama does sound quite sincere in his remarks, but it is another example of the left highlighting our losses in a way that will boost the moral of the enemy.

It's funny how we were not allowed to talk about 9/11 after it happened because that would offend the muslims but we can wallow in the details of every military loss that we have.

While it's nice that Obama could share a note of sympathy with those who have lost loved ones, he manages yet again to do so in a manner which makes himself look good at the expense of the nation. But then, it's all about him anyway isn't it?

Par for the course, Barry s... (Below threshold)

Par for the course, Barry style.

A gaffe due to inexperience... (Below threshold)

A gaffe due to inexperience? I don't think so. I believe the man relishes every opportunity to stick a finger in the eye of Americas image.

Bobdog #2That's th... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Bobdog #2

That's the difference between a leader who wants to kill his country's enemies and Obama, who wants to befriend them.

Adding to #11, "the man" is... (Below threshold)

Adding to #11, "the man" is led by his nose (or big ears, like a rabbit) to do and say these things. Those unknown, repeat unknown financiers of his election script everything performed by B. Hussein - robotic like - speeches, bowing, golfing, czars, alliances (broken and entered) - nothing will deter their efforts to dismantle our system. Barbarians at the gates and within, welcomed by bho because he is one of them.

I made this comment yesterd... (Below threshold)

I made this comment yesterday morning over at Red State: Nothing like actually handing AQ recruiting PR on a silver platter just like the Democrats used to blame W of doing and having the CIA looking for a bit of payback for a monumental information blunder exposing them.

It makes me wonder just which team Obama really is playing for.

This decline is hard to hid... (Below threshold)

This decline is hard to hide.

I think its time to impeach.

Wow. That's a severe case o... (Below threshold)

Wow. That's a severe case of ODS ya got there.

Not to bring up a sore topi... (Below threshold)

Not to bring up a sore topic, but I used to work for Don Rumsfeld and heard him speak at the Chicago Press Club once (must have been around 1980).

What really caught my ears was a steely, no bullshit side of him I'd never seen while working with him, and I've admired him ever since. Rumsfeld was one of the authors of the term "asymemtrical warfare". While everybody else was talking about the niceties of diplomacy and the quest for effeminate enlightenment, he came right out and predicted what was going to happen and what it would take to defeat it: a willingness to hunt terrorists down and kill them first -- and it would take 50 years to do it. The one thing that terrorists understand is strength, and the one thing they despise is weakness.

He was proved right 20 years later, and he's still right. You don't Mirandize terrorists, put them up in the nicest prison in America until habeus corpus forces you to put them on trial in some dumb ass civilian court. You kill them, as is specifically permitted in the Geneva Conventions.

And when they kill some of us, you kill them back, immediately, with an extra zero on the casualty figures. You don't involve the Hague, beg the UN to issue a strongly worded resolution, or even ask the political fools in Congress, or wage a media campaign. You just kill them back.

Until Obama is finally forced to "get" that concept, he's going to continue to fight like a girl and we're simply waiting for the next civilian tragedy. Eventually, something horrible will happen and public opinion will become a roar of outrage.

When that happens, we'll see what he's made of. My guess is we'll be sorely disappointed.

Obama might get that concep... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Obama might get that concept, but I doubt he has the spine to actually take real action. He seems more the kind to call for military action to suppress dissent at home than to actually fight a war elsewhere.

jim m said, "He seems more ... (Below threshold)

jim m said, "He seems more the kind to call for military action to suppress dissent at home than to actually fight a war elsewhere."

Sad, but true. Perhaps the extraordinary power granted to INTERPOL to operate above the Constitution in the US is part of that. Turn INTERPOL loose on the doggone Tea Baggers! That would be a nicely nuanced intellectual approach.

This perhaps the most troub... (Below threshold)

This perhaps the most troubling part of that quote for me:

You have helped us understand the world as it is

VDHanson at PJM had an article recently about Obama's belief system's disconnect with reality. I don't believe Obama does understand the world as it is. Perhaps he thinks Chavez was kidding when he said he 'smelled sulfur'. Note to Obama: You may not like to think of yourself as American, but as her President there are those who will hate you for it, no matter how much you cower and capitulate and believe the world loves you as much as you love yourself.

Sorry for the OT - but his overall ignorance has ceased to be astounding and has now moved over into the always-terrifying-all=the=time category.

My Grandma always warned of... (Below threshold)

My Grandma always warned of the perils inherent in sending a little boy to do a Man's job!


I thought pluggs was suppos... (Below threshold)

I thought pluggs was supposed to be the Gaffe machine in this outfit?

Absolutely correct bobdog. ... (Below threshold)

Absolutely correct bobdog. As an Army "lifer" I am absolutely and totally disgusted with the politicians. We have not committed to a war since WWII, and I am not real sure about that one. The option of war should be a total committment, not "police actions", peacekeeping missions etc. If this nation wants to send ONE military person out to fight, he/she should be backed with EVERY BIT OF MIGHT OF THE US MILITARY. The politicians who commit us to war should then turn it over to the military and leave them the hell alone, and deny the press access to the battles. The CIA, FBI, Military know what they are supposed to do.
To hell with political correctness, and to hell with those countries who interfere or supply our enemies. Our troops are continually hampered in their missions by every politician who wants their 30 seconds on MSN. Being politically correct and letting the politicians put their fingers in does nothing other than cost MORE AMERICAN LIVES. Islamic extremests are laughing their butts off in contempt of cowardly politicians we continually elect.

Obama needs to resign since he so tired, I guess all that nite life and vacations to Hawaii are really draining.
We need to take back our country, one election at a time,

And if he says nothing, the... (Below threshold)

And if he says nothing, the racist instinct is to undermine him. You guys talk war, but all the rest of the world sees is American excess and depravity. The truth is, despite the illegality of the war and all the moral failures (torture and the rest of it), Americans have pumped money into a war machine that can't sustain a decent occupation. Vietnam all over again. But do you guys learn? No. The few decades are going to be telling of the decline of Americas Super-power. You guys need to learn to deal with that with a level head. All this ultra-nationalism and conservatism will just set more rot in.

The rest of humanity.






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