Saturday, April 11, 2009

Obama Transparency at work 
Hmmm. We're considering a surprise military strike against some possibly Al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist training camps in Somalia.

You know the kind. The ones that take 10 minutes to evacuate.

I have an idea. While we're mulling over the decision, how about we leak the entire frigging debate to the Washington Post?

If you're going to do it, do it.

If you're not going to do it, but want to preserve your options later, and maintain your ability to collect intel on the sites, then shut the fuck up about it.

Senior Obama administration officials are debating how to address a potential terrorist threat to U.S. interests from a Somali extremist group, with some in the military advocating strikes against its training camps. But many officials maintain that uncertainty about the intentions of the al-Shabab organization dictates a more patient, nonmilitary approach.

Al-Shabab, whose fighters have battled Ethiopian occupiers and the tenuous Somali government, poses a dilemma for the administration, according to several senior national security officials who outlined the debate only on the condition of anonymity.

There's another OPSEC violation embedded in the story so grievous I won't even spell it out, except to say that the WaPo has exposed itself to some possible criminal liability, as have these anonymous officials.

But many on the national security team insist that it is their caution and willingness to consider all aspects of the situation that differentiate them from the overly aggressive posture of the Bush administration that they say exacerbated the terrorist threat.

These are the kinds of kids that used to get beat up in the parking lot in high school. What is it about these blue-falcon assholes that compells them to slam their predecessors at every turn? Must come from the top, I guess.

Utterly classless. Amateur night at the arena.

Think the 'players' involved in the debate can't figure out who these sources are?

Splash, out


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