I imagine that is what a bunch of high level military officials were thinking when they were told to shut their traps by President Obama and National Security Adviser Susan Rice about China.
No really, they were. That is how this Administration rolls, dontcha know. The Daily Caller has the story:
President Barack Obama’s National Security Council has placed a gag order on military officials who want to challenge China over its aggressive posturing in the South China Sea.
Navy Adm. Harry Harris believes in pioneering a much stronger confrontation with China, but the Obama administration has struck down his proposals repeatedly, preferring the tactic of negotiations and talks over action, Navy Times reports.
Uh, yeah. I wasn’t being hyperbolic. Obama and Rice really have told these officials who actually care about the potentially dangerous actions of China to shut their yaps. There is a reason why Obama and Rice want them to shut up, and reasons why these officials are concerned:
[…] “They want to get out of office with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of cooperation with China,” retired Navy captain Jerry Hendrix told Navy Times.
Two defense officials also told Navy Times that Susan Rice, national security adviser, placed a gag order on military officials before the nuclear summit took place last Thursday, which received attendance from China’s president Xi Jinping.The idea of the gag order was to allow Obama to negotiate privately with Jinping without being hampered by heated rhetoric from military officials.
But this heated rhetoric has not taken place in a vacuum. It functions mostly as a response to China’s construction and expansion of artificial islands, as well as its constant misleading observers about the purpose of the islands. While initially claiming that the islands were purely for civilian purposes, China has since militarized these outposts and declared U.S. freedom of navigation exercises as nothing more than a violation of China’s sovereignty. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
It is unbelievably troubling that this Administration has shut down those with the experience and qualifications to judge what is going on with China. Rather than gagging them, they should be welcoming their opinions. Heaven knows, they have a much greater understanding of military issues than either Obama OR Susan Rice.
But that is how Obama rolls. He doesn’t care what those who know about major issues have to say if it does not fall in lockstep with his ideology and what he perceives as his “legacy.”
Good grief, he is a terrible President. I cannot wait until January. Cannot wait.
Meanwhile, we have the on-going saga of Trump’sattacks on Ted Cruz, exacerbated now that Trump and Cruz are in New York. It continues to confound me that Trump and many media outlets keep acting as if Cruz was the one who came up with the whole “New York City values” thing:
Yet, we have Trump using Cruz’s QUOTING of him as a source of ATTACKING Cruz. Huh?? How does THAT happen? And why does the media go along with this, pinning on Cruz the whole “New York values” thing? Oh,right. Because that’s how THEY roll.
That said, I have to give credit where credit is due. While Trump is proclaiming that Cruz is done, presumably in New York (and elsewhere), it seems the message hasn’t gotten out to everyone in New York. Dana Bash of CNN actually commented via Twitter on the line of people waiting to see Ted Cruz (h/t Facebook Friend) as The Right Scoop highlights:
NY values? Line snaked around corner for
@tedcruz upstate. Many voters say they don’t have “Nyc” values either.
Oops – there goes those pesky little facts again! Having lived in New York City for five years when I was in graduate school and a couple years afterward, I can guarantee you that New Yorkers think they are the center of the universe (at least many of them do). They fail to recognize that the REST of the state is not the same microcosm that the City is, much less the rest of the country. And many of those in the rest of the state do not hold the same values as those in a Socialist-lite city. That’s just a fact, jack.
That is all to say, I wouldn’t be handing over all those New York delegates to Donald Trump quite yet.
And I know I keep saying this, but I sure would LOVE for the media to actually do its JOB once in a while and put into CONTEXT the quotation by Cruz of Trump. One of Cruz’s spokesmen, Chad Sweet, actually made that point this morning on CNN’s, “New Day,” but that clarification is NOT one the media routinely makes. Not at all. So, yeah – sure would be nice if the media actually did its job as reporters…
That’s it for me. What’s on your minds today? This is an Open Thread.
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