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Postre: General McChrystal Replaced; Obama Administration Troubles (Bienvenido Macario, Philippines/US) (John Eipper, USA, 06/26/10 4:45 am)
Bienvenido Macario writes:
Speaking, like Robert McCabe, as another "Mac"--Macario--I'd say that Pres. Obama and Gen. McChrystal were headed on a collision course the moment Obama won the presidency. Gen. McChrystal advocated and got the troop surge which is against the campaign promise Pres. Obama made. Defense Secretary Robert Gates was not in favor of the troop surge, however US State Secretary Hillary Clinton supported Gen. McChrystal's request for more troops.
In the meantime, on June 21, 2010 Budget Chief Peter Orszag announced his plan to step down.
On May 20 , 2010 Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair was asked to resign. He was not happy with the way the Obama administration denied his office access to the underwear bomber which some say could have prevented the Dec. 30 suicide bombing in Afghanistan, which claimed seven CIA officers, including the station chief, a mother of three and former police officer of Libertyville, Illinois, Darren James LaBonte.
Pres. Obama's administration, however blamed DNI Chief Dennis Blair for failing to prevent the underwear bomber.
As of June 24, 2010 Obama's approval rating is at an all-time low.
But I don't think Pres. Obama and the Democrats should worry, as voters will forget all of this by November.
JE comments: But the Underwear Bomber (should we capitalize this?) was prevented from causing any actual harm. I've never understood the "what went wrong with security" second-guessing of the episode.