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Monday, October 19, 2009

Karl Rove Says It Is "Highly Unusual" that Obama Press Secretary and Political Adviser Attend War Cabinet Meetings - Video 10/19/09

Here is video of Karl Rove reacting to accusations by Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who claimed virtually nothing has been done in Afghanistan in eight years of U.S. presence there. Emanuel claimed they were having to start from scratch in Afghanistan.

Rove pointed out in a picture of Obama's "War Council," that David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs are present at the meeting. Rove said that is "highly unusual." In his years in the Bush White House, he said he never attended a war cabinet meeting. He also said it is unwise to put your press secretary in a meeting where they may hear information they will have to deny or "dissemble about" rather than reveal sensitive war information to the press.

At the 45 second remaining mark of the video, Rove said the Obama Administration has "destabilized the Karzai" Government in Afghanistan by actually sending in James Carville to help with the campaign of President Karzai's opponent!


B. Johnson,  October 19, 2009 at 2:54 PM  

There's something unusual going on in DC? I hadn't noticed.

/sarc off

Hamster October 22, 2009 at 9:53 AM  

The Bush administration is trying to lay spin their failure in Afghanistan and lay it on the new administration.
The fact is that after Bush decided to invade Iraq, Afghanistan became a footnote. For every 5 soldiers we sent to Iraq, we sent 1 to Afghanistan.
Bush's entire focus was winning the war in Iraq. He falsely believed that the Pakistani government would take care of defeating the Taliban. We know know that the Pakistans instead tried to make deals with the Taliban in exchange for Peace.

In 2007, as Senators were demanding to know why the Taliban were retaking much of Afghanistan, The U.S. military's top officer acknowledged .... that for all the importance of preventing Afghanistan from again harboring al-Qaida terrorists, Washington's first priority was Iraq.

"In Afghanistan, we do what we can," said Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "In Iraq, we do what we must."

Mullen, testifying with Defense Secretary Robert Gates on the effort to stabilize Afghanistan, said that war is "by design and necessity, an economy-of-force operation. There is no getting around that. Our main focus, militarily, in the region and in the world right now is rightly and firmly in Iraq."


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