Iraq Open Thread

Debacle

Debacle

Artist – Nick Anderson

In other news, U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned today following several subsequent debacles. Joseph Clancy will serve as the interim head of the agency.

I’m not big on resignations, but in this case it feels entirely appropriate. Allowing the White House fence jumper to reach the green room before being taken down by an off-duty agent was bad, but allowing an armed contractor to enter an elevator with the president (and apparently not telling him about it) is unforgivable.

  • LTanya Spearman

    SS agent reportedly leaked Obama’s shedule to the Romney campaign in days leading up to 2012 election: http://bit.ly/1ryWSLp

    As for Pres. Obama’s Iraq/Syria strategy: Turkey’s parliament approves motion for Turkish & foreign military operations in Iraq/Syria: @AP;

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/01/us-mideast-crisis-turkey-erdogan-idUSKCN0HQ3ZS20141001

    BREAKING: Turkish Pres. Edogan says Turkey will fight ISIS..

    SO MUCH FOR REPUBS. & ALL CABLE MEDIA PUSHING FOR US BOOTS ON THE GROUND. Excuse me, I voted for this President (twice) and I stand with this President..

    Source: http://theobamadiary.com/early-bird-chat-369/#comments
    WORD:
    Thanks to the all the dedicate people @ theobamadiary.com who bring truths/facts to all the misinformation being put out by the media & GOP Hillbillies. Which only the media have a ear for.. Also a lot of thanks to Bob Cesca for your voice on the Stephanie Miller show (which everyone can catch online) & ALL THE CONTRIBUTORS WRITERS HERE.
    GOTV 2014!!!!!!

  • GrafZeppelin127

    Many years ago, I was working a broadcast at a major sports venue at which the POTUS was in attendance. (I won’t say where, when, or which POTUS.) I and my equipment were, of course, thoroughly searched when I first arrived. As I was setting up in the booth, I was having trouble with the ISDN so I needed to use a 2-line Comrex that I had left in my car. I was able to leave the stadium, go to the car, retrieve a hard case containing the Comrex, and re-enter the stadium carrying that case — completely unmolested.

    Later, when we had the POTUS on the air for a brief interview during the game, I realized that the Comrex case could have contained just about anything…….

  • Christopher Foxx

    but allowing an armed contractor to enter an elevator with the president (and apparently not telling him about it) is unforgivable.

    I don’t see a problem with the President not being told. I expect there are a lot of things regrading his security the President doesn’t get told about. But letting someone who hadn’t been screened hop onto the elevator with him…

    • JMAshby

      Are you kidding me? He deserves to know that his life was put at risk by bungling agents. The entire nation deserves to know. We wouldn’t know if the Washington Post hadn’t reported it yesterday. Not reporting it to the White House is ass covering that backfired. Not reporting it could lead to a repeat incident.

      • Christopher Foxx

        He deserves to know that his life was put at risk by bungling agents.

        I’m not saying it should be hidden from him. But the President has a lot of things to be involved in and a lot of things he should be able to trust are being taken care of without requiring his personal involvement.

    • Sabyen91

      That is crazy talk, Christopher. He should have been told immediately upon that fact coming out. The SS was surprised he was armed when his company told him to hand the weapon over.

      A president should be kept in the loop when his safety is compromised.

  • j hentai

    yet again proving that when an employer says an employee has their full confidence the employee should start looking for a new job pronto!