When you append Youtube, you could add a note as to what it is all about.
Owing to buffering it takes time for some people.
Owing to lack of time, they tend to skip and go to another thread.
That results in some interesting discussions not taking place.
Retired US military personnel in the video are cautioning the US President not to release sensitive or classified information about missions they have participated in, because of risk to the personnel involved or to future missions. The implication is that the President releases such information for his own aggrandizement and political gain.Could you give the gist?
I could not go beyond all that about Intelligence being essential because of buffering issues.
"The Leak" Still Drips of Scandal
Before 2004"²s presidential elections every American should take another look at the Bush administration's outing of an undercover CIA agent.
First, the background. In February 2002, at the request of Vice President Dick Cheney, former U.S. ambassador Joseph Wilson was sent by the CIA to Central Africa to investigate allegations that Saddam Hussein tried to buy uranium in Niger in the late 1990s. Wilson found that the allegations were bogus and delivered a detailed report saying so to his superiors.
This report was either misplaced or ignored. The idea that Iraq might have nuclear capabilities was simply too politically convenient to be dropped by an administration pushing for war. The uranium charges made their way into Bush's 2003 State of the Union Address. When later exposed, they became the famous "sixteen words" emblematic of the White House's use of faulty intelligence to sell its invasion of Iraq.
Joseph Wilson stayed quiet through most of the controversy. However, after senior administration officials persisted in denying that they had prior knowledge that the intelligence about Niger was bad, Wilson published a July 6 op-ed in The New York Times discussing his trip and his report. "I gave them months to correct the record," Wilson explained to New Yorker reporter Seymour Hersh, referring to the White House, "but they kept on lying."
The Bush administration was furious at Wilson's whistle-blowing. Its operatives set out to paint the Ambassador as incompetent and politically motivated. Ed Gillespie, the head of the Republic National Committee, attacked Wilson as a partisan Democrat because he had contributed funds to Al Gore's 2000 election campaign. (Gillespie neglected to mention that Wilson had also donated to George W. Bush's campaign, which he briefly supported. Moreover, Wilson had served George Bush Sr. as a special envoy to Iraq before the first Gulf War, earning high praise from Republicans and Democrats alike.)
Far worse than Gillespie's distortions, two "senior administration officials" provided a half dozen journalists with the information that Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, was a CIA agent working on weapons of mass destruction. Only one of the journalists, conservative columnist Robert Novak, reported this fact, noting in his July 14th dispatch that the two sources "told me Wilson's wife suggested sending him to Niger to investigate."
A scandal was born. Revealing the identity of an undercover intelligence operative is a federal crime, specifically prohibited in the 1982 Identities Protection Act. Two senior administration officials are guilty.
Comparing Valerie Plame, an analyst working at a computer in Washington, DC, to a Navy Seal on a mission in Pakistan or Afghanistan, is quite a stretch. Too much for me.Far worse than Gillespie's distortions, two "senior administration officials" provided a half dozen journalists with the information that Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, was a CIA agent working on weapons of mass destruction.
Kerry tried to co-opt his former comrades into his presidential campaign, as well as embellishing his own service. Some of those men objected strongly.I always felt sorry for the way Kerry was demolished.
The purpose of this photo is to correct the misleading use of our
images -- against our will -- to further John Kerry's campaign.
The point is that Valerie Palme was a CIA agent, in addition to being the US Ambassador to Niger's wife.Comparing Valerie Plame, an analyst working at a computer in Washington, DC, to a Navy Seal on a mission in Pakistan or Afghanistan, is quite a stretch. Too much for me.
The problem with the US Army is that it puts its political party affiliation, and take it to any extent and is above unit cohesiveness and camaraderie.Kerry tried to co-opt his former comrades into his presidential campaign, as well as embellishing his own service. Some of those men objected strongly.
Swift Vets and POWs for Truth - Service to Country
John McCain's graciousness may have cost him the election. :-(The US elections will affect the US citizens directly.
It will only marginally affect the world.
You would know better what is good for your country than I.
I was merely giving a point of view how some in the world view the US elections or the way how it becomes a real cock fight or bull terrier fight pit where there is no holds barred to ruin reputations and lives!
Everyone is not so graceful as John McCain.