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Thanks For Your Help – Now Under The Bus With You

This circus needs a couple of more clowns:

When retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni told the Washington Times that he was offered the job of U.S. ambassador to Iraq before being passed over in favor of diplomat Christopher Hill, he did not say that one of the outrages of the experience was that his friend of 30 years, fellow former Marine Corps commandant and now national security advisor James L. Jones, had offered him the job, and then failed to tell him when the decision was changed.

“Jones had called me before the inauguration and asked if I would be willing to serve as ambassador to Iraq or in one of the envoy jobs, on the Middle East peace process,” Zinni told Foreign Policy. “I said yes.”

“Then two weeks ago, Jones called,” Zinni continued, “and said, ‘We talked to the secretary of state, and everybody would like to offer you the Iraq job.’ I said yes.

“The president called and congratulated me,” Zinni said.

Sounds like a done deal, doesn’t it? And Zinni, who was a staunch Obama supporter and harsh critic of the Bush administration’s conduct of the Iraq war thought it was too. In fact, he even met with Hillary Clinton, and again, everything seemed on track.

Anthony Zinni - Kicked to the curb without so much as a "thanks"

Anthony Zinni - Kicked to the curb without so much as a "thanks"

Then he didn’t hear from anyone for a week.  He finally reached Jones one night and Jones told him, ‘We decided on Chris Hill.'”

Needless to say, Zinni was less than pleased and, when offered the ambasadorship to Saudi Arabia, told Jones to stick it where the sun doesn’t shine.

So trying to figure out who the “we” is in “we decided on Chris Hill” I happened to read a piece by Michael Goldfarb at the Weekly Standard.

Says Goldfarb:

I just had a conversation with one Republican who speculated that Richard Holbrooke may have been at the center of the current mess over who will serve as U.S. ambassador in Iraq. According to the scenario he laid out, despite Jones having offered the job to Zinni — an offer from one retired four-star to another — and Clinton having confirmed the offer, Holbrooke interceded on behalf of his protege, Chris Hill, urging Clinton to reserve the Iraq post for someone who had spent a career in the foreign service.

You just knew Clinton was at the bottom of this somewhere. And no surprise that Holbrooke is in the middle of it too. Nice. Essentially tell a guy he has the job and then avoid him for a week. Real class.

If you’re wondering what the excuse is going to be when they’re finally asked to explain it, well, here it is:

[T]he former senior official said, it might also have been problematic that until the end of 2008, Zinni had been executive vice president of defense contractor Dyncorp, which has hundreds of millions of dollars worth of business in Iraq. “If I was a responsible senator, I would scream about having the number two Dyncorp official” as ambassador to the country where it’s making so much money, the former official said.

How could a ‘responsible Senator’ scream about anything after putting a tax cheat in the Treasury post? They were also on the verge of puttin one into HHS had he not withdrawn.

Another embarrassment for the Obama administration (created by Hillary Clinton – and mark my word, this won’t be the last), which is becoming quite adept lately at creating them.

Hope and change.

~McQ

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13 Responses to Thanks For Your Help – Now Under The Bus With You

  • An embarrassment for the Obama Administration created by Hillary Clinton?  Could someone please remind me just who exactly won in November?

  • The sad thing is to see two Marines tainted by associating with democrat trash.  If you lie down with pigs… It would be interesting to know what GEN Jones’ role / reaction was.  Was it:

    (A) “Oh, you changed your mind?  Cool with me.  I’ll have to remember to call Tony and tell him.”

    or

    (B) “What???  I already told the guy he had the job!  How could you put me in such a position???  You’ve made me out to be a fool or a liar!  Or both… Man, I don’t know how I’ll face Tony on this thing.”

  • Wwell, he supported a scammer and was scammed in turn.  No sympathy from me.  :)

  • “Another embarrassment for the Obama Administration…”

    Another? Has there been one thing that The Clown™ has done since he was elected that has not been an embarrassment?

    I was out with a friend last night for dinner, and he asked me why Obama looks so, well, “out of place,” in the White House. Here was what I said:

    You have to remember that The Clown™ went in four short years from being a rather uninspiring state Senator in Illinois, involved in shady land deals with his good buddy Antoin “Tony” Rezko, to President of the United States. During that time, he served for a rather short period in the US Senate where, again, he was a rather uninspiring figure, with no legislation – minor or otherwise – bearing his name, or any major initiative in which he backed. In short, from 2004-2008, he was involved in one speech at the 2004 DNC and then he decided to run for President. By sheer luck he got elected against a war hero.

    So, with that in mind, considering that his experience is slight at best, considering that he has no leadership experience that a governor, for instance, would have, and considering that he was a rather polarizing figure in the Senate when he was actually there (serving a total of 190+ days, perhaps the lowest number for anyone ever elected President in history), is it any wonder that the man is out of his element? He has no leadership abilities, no national legislative experience, no experience in running anything other than a year long campaign. He has fugged up naming people to his cabinet, he had fugged up pushing his so-called “stimulus” package, and he had already fugged up national security by planning the mass release of terrorists held at Gitmo, all to please the left-leaning loons in his own party at the expence of the security of this country and the American people. And all this in just two short weeks!

    What was we expect in the months ahead? The economy will continue to tank, as will The Clown’s™ job approval numbers. He is awful at selling this, and awful at naming people to sell it. For those of us who will oppose his plans to hijack health care and to undo the gays in the military order, this is a bright spot, because if he fuggs up this bad in two weeks one can see how bad he will be as his numbers drop and confidence in him as President goes the same way.

    It is almost as if you are on the Titanic, you have just hit an iceberg, and you run to the captain’s wheelhouse to get a read on what is happening and to reassure yourself that the ship is being run by someone with some knowledge. You get there and find that Howdy Doody has been running things all along, and he had not one iota of an idea what to do.

    That is the situation we are in now. Howdy Doody is running the show, and things are out of control and demand someone who is good at what he does. The Clown™ is not good at those things. He can give a nice speech – most or all of which is full of crappola – but otherwise he is just way, way out of his league.

    And now we as a people will suffer for electing a simpleton and neophyte to the Presidency of the United States.

    • James MarsdenYou have to remember that The Clown™ went in four short years from being a rather uninspiring state Senator in Illinois, involved in shady land deals with his good buddy Antoin “Tony” Rezko, to President of the United States. During that time, he served for a rather short period in the US Senate where, again, he was a rather uninspiring figure, with no legislation – minor or otherwise – bearing his name, or any major initiative in which he backed. In short, from 2004-2008, he was involved in one speech at the 2004 DNC and then he decided to run for President. By sheer luck he got elected against a war hero.

      While I agree that TAO’s lack of experience plays a role in the foul-ups he’s had so far, I suggest that the principle reason is attitude: he simply can’t grasp that he has to try to behave like an adult who will be held accountable for his actions (something that apparently has never happened to him before).  This seems to be common among politicians in general and democrats (spit) in particular.  Look at the host of dems (spit) who “forgot” to pay their taxes or “didn’t realize” that they were getting sweetheart deals from corporate fatcats.  “Forgot” and “didn’t realize” my foot: they just thought that the rules don’t apply to them.  Why should they?  Nobody will really hold them accountable.  Had any of us done what Rangle, Daschle, and Geithner did, we’d be looking at a long stretch in prison.  Them?  A little public embarassment, but otherwise business as usual.   And let’s recall that Slick Willie had his embarrassments, too: Zoe Baird, for example.  Yet, he had experience as the AG and governor of Arkansas.  It’s not a lack of experience that tripped him up: it’s a belief that little things like paying taxes aren’t required of the “right” people.
      I would also suggest that TAO is working with a bunch of crooks (i.e. other democrats) and is simply surprised that some many of them have shady backgrounds, but he IS a product of the Chicago political machine and should have assumed a priori that anybody he tapped would have been engaged in some sort of criminal activity that might come to light.  But, then again, when everybody he knows is a crook, I guess his standards get lowered!

      “OK, I want you to be my Secretary of _____.  Now, what sort of things have you done?  You didn’t pay your taxes?  No big deal.  Just quietly write the IRS a big enough check and we’ll claim you caught your error because you’re a simple man who doesn’t understand the laws, have paid up, blah-blah-blah.  I assure you that the IRS won’t pursue any charges; I’m in charge of those mother f***ers now.  When I ask if you’ve done something, I’m talking about REALLY bad things.  For example, have you actually killed anybody?  Ooops… damned Kennedy rule… I mean, have you murdered anybody?  Ooops… Clinton rule… Have you been CONVICTED of murdering anybody?  No?  Cool!  Your name will go to the Senate tomorrow morning.  Unless some FOB wants the job, in which case you’ll find out in the morning paper that I’ve changed my mind.”

  • Oh, please. It sounds like someone is coming down with CDS. All that based on a conversation with some anonymous Republican (who seems to have an astonishing access to the inner workings of the Obama administration) who SPECULATES as to the reasons behind  this mess.

    JM is probably nearer the truth; simple incompetence compounded by the inevitable (and nonpartisan) screwups that happen in any new organization, including government administrations. Obama has been in office less than a month, barely time to learn the location of the mens/ladies rooms. 

  • Regardless of what happened, there’s some sort of smoke here….now, what kind of fire do we have?

  • timactual, Your explanation of  this fiasco could well be correct.  However, the pattern suggests a man not up to the job. 

    I don’t know about you, but anyone who wants to put my family on the hook for $10K and wants me to sign now, will be told no. 

    I am less impressed by the day.

  • and Brian Williams thought that the “grown ups” had returned to the governement.   LOL

  • “…the pattern  suggests a man not up to the job.”

    Perhaps. But, as has been pointed out, he has not had enough actual experience to determine whether he is or not. Even if he does have the ability, the learning curve for someone with his lack of experience is pretty steep.  An able person with no experience or knowledge can be just as incompetent as someone with no ability. The results may be the same. 

    The point of my comment was that relying on dubious or downright ridiculous evidence to draw a conclusion is not very accurate, and reflects poorly on those who do so.

    • Oh. Well tell me timactual, who does the ambassador to Iraq answer too and who would have the last say?  IOW, who does the hiring and firing for that job?

  • I just had a conversation with one Republican who speculated that Richard Holbrooke may have been at the center of the current mess over who will serve as U.S. ambassador in Iraq. According to the scenario he laid out, despite Jones having offered the job to Zinni — an offer from one retired four-star to another — and Clinton having confirmed the offer, Holbrooke interceded on behalf of his protege, Chris Hill, urging Clinton to reserve the Iraq post for someone who had spent a career in the foreign service.

    Um…..so who’s President? What happened to Mr. “I will trump you on that”???

  • “Who does the hiring and firing for that job?”

    I don’t know, why not get some anonymous, unbiased Republican to speculate on that? Myself, I always thought ambassadors represented and were appointed by the President.