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Who believes Rahm and the others in the BO Admin?

On October 18, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel appeared on the Sunday morning talk shows and, in the process of answering questions about Barack Obama's strategy on Afghanistan, accused the Bush administration of failing to ask the most basic questions about that country and our war there.

HOWEVER~From mid-September to mid-November 2008, a National Security Council team, under the direction of General Doug Lute, conducted an exhaustive review of Afghanistan policy. The interagency group included high-ranking officials from the State Department, the National Security Council, the CIA, the office of the director of national intelligence, the office of the vice president, the Pentagon, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Its objective was to assess U.S. -policy on Afghanistan, integrating a simultaneous military review being conducted by CENTCOM, so as to present President Bush with a series of recommendations.

 
grlygrlz2

Asked by grlygrlz2 at 7:32 PM on Oct. 24, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Obama has zero experiance..he has no damn idea wth to do and he is too focused on FOX news and what anyone else has to say about him..he is so arrogant head soo damn big from all of the fawning from the media and his supporters..and of course his past thug style chicago politics...that he cannot handle any opossition..it get his undies all in a wad..obviously..this might be his downfall..
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 10:44 PM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • "Mr. Emanuel either did not know about our review or chose to lie about it," says Eliot Cohen, who served as counselor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and was one of the principal participants in the Lute review. Virtually nobody believes Emanuel is clueless. In any case, the author of the review, Doug Lute, remains a senior Afghanistan adviser in the Obama White House.
    ...Perhaps more infuriating for Bush veterans was the suggestion by


    Gibbs that the Bush administration ignored requests for more troops. It's nonsense, they say. McKiernan wanted more troops--he asked for three additional brigades in the summer of 2008--but he understood that he could have them only when they became available. "McKiernan was making requests down the line," says a Pentagon official, "and late in 2008 we did have the ability to commit more forces.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 7:33 PM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • So we did." Indeed, Bush sent nearly 7,000 additional troops to Afghanistan before he left office, including one brigade that had been repurposed from Iraq. One Bush veteran asks, "If it's true that the Bush administration sat on these troop requests for eight months, is the White House suggesting that the Pentagon was incompetent or negligent or both? That would be a good question to put to the defense secretary--and President Obama is in a position to make him talk."

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 7:34 PM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • Honestly, the Obama administration needs to get over pointing backward to the Bush admin.
    What are they doing NOW about the situation. That is what matters.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:37 PM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • I dont believe much of anything either of them say as well as most other libs in congress.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 7:39 PM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • I agree, anon :37. The Obama administration needs to take hold of the situation and move forward. Obama repeatedly gave his opinion about how he would handle the war while he was running for office. It's now his war to handle.
    mancosmomma

    Answer by mancosmomma at 7:41 PM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • HOWEVER~From mid-September to mid-November 2008,


    When did the war start? He didn;t start this til NOVEMBER 2008? and that is your idea of good strategy? and by the way, what progress did they make? How long did they say they would be there? and how much did they say it would cost?....right

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 7:53 PM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • If a politicians mouth is open, a lie is coming out.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 7:56 PM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • When did the war start? He didn;t start this til NOVEMBER 2008? and that is your idea of good strategy? and by the way, what progress did they make? How long did they say they would be there? and how much did they say it would cost?....right


    Who said they started then? This was Lute's account of the beginning of the last Bush admins review. Learn about Afghanistan/Nato, war, etc~Sweet. Research some past articles. Lute has been out there for a while. Goodness, you are losing it.

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:39 PM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • Obozo didnt start it sweet, but he made huge promises while he was campaigning to end it, and when the time comes for him to do something ...The joker sits on his hands. He don't know what to do, he has no experience. AT ALL. He's gonna hide out in the WH office and wait
    WhoCares224

    Answer by WhoCares224 at 8:49 PM on Oct. 24, 2009

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