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  •  Interesting. (2+ / 0-)
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    G2geek, vets74

    Are you saying that the leaked report asking for more troops was just a smoke screen and not serious request?

    www.governmentisgood.com

    by Bush Bites on Sun Sep 27, 2009 at 04:33:54 PM PDT

    •  Headlines had the "more troops" meme. (1+ / 0-)
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      Gen. McChrystal makes no mention, whatsoever, of having to get more troops. Far as we can tell, he has never/ever mentioned such a change.

      I've read this report. McChrystal is in no way hiding his requirements.

      We've wargamed the on-the-ground situation in some detail. This AP3 program is brilliant.

      The beginning of an end to search-and-destroy, the end of aerial bombing savagery.

      McChrystal is on it.

      Angry White Males + Personality Disorder delusionals + sane Pro-Lifers =EQ= The GOPer Base

      by vets74 on Sun Sep 27, 2009 at 04:49:12 PM PDT

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      •  the headlines vs. the backstory. (1+ / 0-)
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        What we hear in the news is that the administration is just muddling through, plus or minus the occasional tidbit for commentators (including ourselves) to cluck over.  

        McChrystal releases report!  Insubordination!  Eeek!  etc.   (I recall diaries in the last couple of weeks saying that one of more of the Generals was pulling a MacArthur and Obama was letting him get away with it.)

        Obama's track record clearly shows that he has zero tolerance for anyone in his administration making themselves an issue, or having themselves be made an issue of by anyone.   If there was an issue around McChrystal or anyone else over there, it was part of the gameplan to keep everyone guessing.  

        So here you've spelled out the gameplan, and from what you said, it looks damn good.  

        I don't know much about the intricacies of ground warfare, so I can't really form an independent opinions of this stuff based on primary source reading.  But I know a decent amount about intel, and on that score, Obama gets an A+.   His handling of the Iran nuclear issue this week was a textbook case in how to do it right.  

        First of all, he kept the secrets airtight, that the US had information about another secret Iranian nuclear facility, until he could make use of that information for maximum impact.  Second, he talked to various world leaders in private and sought a consensus.  Once the consensus was in place, he pounced by making the annoucement at the UN, and the other world leaders who were in on it made their statements: a unified front.  

        So there was Ahmadinejad, caught with his pants down while the whole world was watching.  And he could do nothing about it except accede to having international inspections.   Perfect.

        Now of course Ahmadinejad will hem & haw, hedge & delay, and generally try to obstruct the inspections.  But the paradigm has shifted, so there is no backtracking from accepting inspections one way or another.

        And along the way, we also find out, or perhaps I just inferred it from a pretty obvious hint, that the US has been successfully decrypting Iran gov communications again.  For the past couple of years.  

        This is excellent news, since we left this story at the point where Admed Chalabi compromised our cryptanalysis of Iran in about 2004.  I was guessing it would take five years to get another good break in the system.   Turns out that NSA did the job in less than three years.  Ten points for them, and by now Ahmadinejad knows that if he doesn't want his mail read, he will have to start using carrier pigeons!

        All of these bits & pieces, taken together, demonstrate that we really are in damn good hands now.   It feels great to know that smart grownups are in charge.  

        •  Eisenhower, yes. (0+ / 0-)

          Kennedy, no. A child-man.
          Johnson, no. Lied to every day.
          Nixon, yes but not domestically. A pirate.
          Ford, yes.
          Carter, yes despite internal sabotage. Sullivan in Iran....
          Reagan, no except for Russia.
          Bush41, yes. A player.
          Clinton, yes.
          Bush43, LOL.
          Obama, yes.

          Angry White Males + Personality Disorder delusionals + sane Pro-Lifers =EQ= The GOPer Base

          by vets74 on Mon Sep 28, 2009 at 05:09:54 AM PDT

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