Monday, March 15, 2010

The Petraeus briefing: Biden's embarrasement is not the whole story

Interesting article. Not quite sure how I feel about the info in it....but, a good read.
The one thought that popped in my head reading this - Is the US concerned about losing support amongst the Arab leaders? Or do they fear a turn towards other countries, two in particular come to my mind.

The January Mullen briefing was unprecedented. No previous CENTCOM commander had ever expressed himself on what is essentially a political issue; which is why the briefers were careful to tell Mullen that their conclusions followed from a December 2009 tour of the region where, on Petraeus's instructions, they spoke to senior Arab leaders. "Everywhere they went, the message was pretty humbling," a Pentagon officer familiar with the briefing says. "America was not only viewed as weak, but its military posture in the region was eroding."


  1. Hey Pen, timely topic.
    Here's something from another perspective.
    Also here

  2. well they ship the bombs to diego garcia as we speak, to drop on Iran.

    The preparations were being made by the US military, but it would be up to President Obama to make the final decision. He may decide that it would be better for the US to act instead of Israel, Plesch argued.

  3. "but it would be up to President Obama to make the final decision" How quaint since Pres Sambo hasn't made one decision on his own yet.

  4. thanks all!
    Peter that speech was a pukefest!

    bombs to diego garcia eh?

    I think that is why that article was causing me some consternation.

    It seemed like it could used to go in a number of directions.

    Could the US get tough on Israel rather then see more Arab countries ally themselves with Russia. (thinking of Iran, Syria)

    Or could the US attack Iran, to show the ME that they are still top dog on the block.

    Which would make Israel very happy.
    I will be the first to admit, this is the first time I have seen the US and Israel exchange such unpleasantries with on another.

    But, I have had the feeling that it has been theatre.

    I guess time will tell.

    silv; dave mcgowan calls him president blackbush, I chuckle everytime I read that!

  5. Hey Pen,

    How clueless they all are. I expect that when the American told the Israeli that Israel's actions are putting American troops serving in Iraq in greater danger, the Israeli would have laughed.

    Have you ever seen that 'al qaeda' video of American troops, one after another, being shot by a sniper? Soldier after soldier going down like a bag of shit. Oh and that Hollywood thing about being blown backwards by the bullet is bullshit. Every guy shot in this video went straight down as if they'd been poleaxed.

    Anway... the point was that this video had two kinds of footage, some from a hand held videocam, and the rest from a videocam attached to the actual rifle doing the shooting. And there's only one country in the world that makes such a rifle and can you guess who it is? Sure enough the whole thing was an Israeli product and each of the GI's was shot by an Israeli sniper.

    And that American officer tells his Israeli counterpart that American lives are being put at risk. Inside his head the Israeli is shouting, 'Of course you fuckwit! That's the whole idea!'