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White House peeved at Pentagon leaks



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Many of the leaks about U.S. strike plans for Syria, a copious flow of surprisingly specific information on ship dispositions and possible targets, have been authorized as a way for President Obama to signal the limited scope of operations to friends and foes.

But a number of leaks have been decidedly unauthorized -- and, according to Obama administration sources, likely emanating from a Pentagon bureaucracy less enthusiastic about the prospect of an attack than, say, the State Department, National Security Council or Obama himself.

"Deeply unhelpful," was how one West Winger described the drip-drip of doubt.

"They need to shut the f--k up," said a former administration official. "It's embarrassing. Who ever heard this much talk before an attack? It's bizarre."

An obvious example was a report in Thursday's Washington Post in which current and former officers listed their worries about Syria:

“I can’t believe the president is even considering it,” said [one] officer, who like most officers interviewed for this story agreed to speak only on the condition of anonymity because military personnel are reluctant to criticize policymakers while military campaigns are being planned. “We have been fighting the last 10 years a counterinsurgency war. Syria has modern weaponry. We would have to retrain for a conventional war.”

Far more damaging have been a series of disclosures that more subtlely undermine Obama's claim that the Syria action will be quick and clean, punitive and tailored. Earlier this week the New York Times reported on doubts that the main weapon likely employed against Syrian President Bashar Assad, the Tomahawk cruise missile, would have a meaningful impact on the regime's chemical weapons facilities which are widely scattered and likely to be well hidden. This graf, I'm told, chafed in particular:

The weapons are not often effective against mobile targets, like missile launchers, and cannot be used to attack underground bunkers. Naval officers and attack planners concede that the elevation of the missile cannot entirely be controlled and that there is a risk of civilian casualties when they fly slightly high.

The back-and-forth is hardly unprecedented; For decades, military officials -- the people who actually have to implement war plans -- have been a source of dissent. Think Pentagon Papers. And Obama officials say the criticism isn't coming from Secretary Chuck Hagel and his cadre of top aides but lower-ranking brass.







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"They need to shut the f--k up," said a former administration official. "It's embarrassing. Who ever heard this much talk before an attack? It's bizarre."

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The back-and-forth is hardly unprecedented; For decades, military officials -- the people who actually have to implement war plans -- have been a source of dissent.



the one thing about this admin that really rubs me the wrong way is how they act like their issues are novel

i get how that works in public-policy discussion (especially how they combine this with the race card), but that dog don't hunt in many of these "leak" circumstances. and the response is the Obama admin prosecuting more leaks than i believe all other admins combined

there is a reason this has been labeled, by even leftists media, as the least transparent admin ever






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CarrolltonTiger
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I'm not sure what supposed leak is so disturbing to Obama,

He has said we are going to strike, the only real option he has are cruise missiles, it doesn't matter where the ships are when they launch, lower ranking brass have no clue what the targets will be, that is up to Obama. Reading the Onion article posted yesterday sums it up as well as any leaker could.

Sounds like a lot of whining buy an a-hole that boxed himself into a corner.






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davesdawgs
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I'm not sure what supposed leak is so disturbing to Obama,

He has said we are going to strike, the only real option he has are cruise missiles, it doesn't matter where the ships are when they launch, lower ranking brass have no clue what the targets will be, that is up to Obama. Reading the Onion article posted yesterday sums it up as well as any leaker could.

Sounds like a lot of whining buy an a-hole that boxed himself into a corner.


Nods and what is ironic is Obama's lack of transparency about things like his school records that are of little consequence to most President's yet he pulls down his pants when it comes to strategic strike against Syria. I knew this idiot was completely unqualified to be POTUS both in terms of experience and ideology. He should go back to being a community organizer in Chicago.






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Who the frick leaked the info on Bin Laden? These people are a brood of vipers infesting everything they can find an entryway at every turn.





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burdman
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CITWTT
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He and Smokin Joe have a finger up in the air to determine the actions which will be taken.





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We have a lack of adults in the White house. These people hate the boy down the street because he has a new toy and the white house wants it.





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Lima Whiskey
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Leaks serve many purposes, in this case? Pushback. The IC is telling everyone who will listen - we want nothing to do with this.





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