January 21, 2013

AN INCONVENIENT GENERAL: The Obama Administration’s Inexplicable Mishandling of Marine General James Mattis.

More here.

UPDATE: Reader Maxwell Jones writes:

Ricks is a major reporter who has written several excellent books and won well-justified prizes for them.

The scandal in his article is that he still loves Obama, despite his incompetence.

It is astounding that he only just now got around to “reading” Obama’s book Dreams from My Father, except that he “read” it on Books-on-Tape:

“I’m still a fan of President Obama. I just drove for two days down the East Coast listening to his first book, and enjoyed it enormously. But I am at the point where I don’t trust his national security team. They strike me as politicized, defensive and narrow. These are people who will not recognize it when they screw up, and will treat as enemies anyone who tells them they are doing that. And that is how things like Vietnam get repeated. Harsh words, I know. But I am worried.”

The national security reporter for the Washington Post surely knows about Brennan, Samantha Power, Donilon and the rest of the gang but only now is he “at the point” where they are to be recognized as narrow.

Obama is the problem. No Obama->no Hagel or Power or Brennan or Libya or Mali.

Yes, but if you face that fact, you might worry that you’re racist or something.