(by DW Ulsterman) -- White House staff are reportedly livid following a series of publicly aired disagreements between President Obama and top military officials.
Things became so bad this afternoon, a senior White House adviser is said to have yelled out during a phone conference with a group of Senate Democrats, “You remind those assh*les who they take orders from!”
Two days earlier it was the top military officer in the nation, Army General Martin Dempsey, who informed Congress ground troops were to be a viable option in the war against ISIS. For days Barack Obama had stated publicly ground troops were not an option.
Today it was recently retired Marine General James Mattis, who told the House Intelligence Committee directly called out the foolishness of the president’s willingness to openly share with America’s enemies prior to impending war, how far we are willing to take that war.
“Half-hearted or tentative efforts, or airstrikes alone, can backfire on us and actually strengthen our foes’ credibility,” he said. “We may not wish to reassure our enemies in advance that they will not see American boots on the ground.”
General Mattis was in effect, declaring Barack Obama “half-hearted and tentative”, a description that likely made the president, a man known to suffer from terribly thin skin, a rather unhappy camper.
Interestingly, more information has surfaced recently of the ongoing dispute between Pentagon officials and the Obama White House over Barack Obama’s earlier and quite vocal desire to wage war against Syria. Military leaders, while agreeing it appeared Assad had likely used chemical weapons, they were increasingly concerned with the White House’s lack of a clear goal or strategy, fearing the conflict was would be hindered by a president overly concerned with his own political standing and influence rather than the safety of American soldiers fighting an uncertain war.