Probably the single biggest mistake that President Obama made, was losing a great deal of control over the direction of the ongoing (corrupt) U.S. Foreign Wars, Occupations, and general Policy, by bringing back the outgoing (Bush-Cheney appointee) Robert Gates — whose policies the public clearly rejected in the 2006 and 2008 Elections.
An article has been reported today that goes into more details about the internal struggle going on now within the Administration, and the tragic consequences for having left things in the hands of Robert Gates.
Obama In Secret Russia Visit Warns Putin, “I May Not Make It“
By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers
Reports circulating in the Kremlin today are detailing an extraordinary ‘secret’ meeting held between Prime Minister Putin and President Obama at the request of the American leader that took place on Air Force One upon its landing at the Russian military airstrip at Pulkovo I in Saint Petersburg during a stopover while in route to Copenhagen, Denmark.
According to these reports, Obama stated to Putin that the US Government was in “total disarray” after what the American President called a “putsch” made against him by high-ranking members of the US Military during a ‘fractious‘ meeting in the White House of the United States top Military, Intelligence and National Security officers over the future course of the war in Afghanistan.
Most distressing to Obama was his chief and longest serving, National Security Advisor, US Naval Intelligence Officer Mark Lippert, being forced out of the White House by the Bush appointed US Defense Secretary, and former CIA Director, Robert Gates who ‘ordered’ Lippert out of the White House and back to active duty.
Obama further reported to Putin that Gates told him, “in no uncertain terms” that the President had “no power whatsoever” over US Military decisions regarding Afghanistan whereupon Gates then ‘leaked’ to the US propaganda media his intention to massively increase America’s troop levels in the Afghan war zone.
Even worse for Obama, who is already struggling with a collapsing economy, Gates further undermined the President by ordering 6,600 armored war trucks at a cost estimated to be in excess of $8 billion the US Military intends to pour into Afghanistan during the coming year at the expense of his Nations people already struggling under their Nations massive war debts.
When queried by Putin as to his ability to regain control of those factions opposing him Obama in these reports is quoted as saying, “I may not make it“.
Further troubling evidence of the disarray the US Government now finds itself in as Obama wages this titanic battle against the right-wing fascist forces seeking to destroy him can be seen in the actions of the powerful US Senator Jim DeMint who is openly defying the White House by traveling to the Central American Nation of Honduras to give his support to the CIA backed coup leader, Roberto Micheletti, who recently overthrew that countries legitimate President Manuel Zelaya and put his Nation under martial law.
President Obama needs to fire Robert Gates if he ever wants to be able to properly reevaluate the Afghanistan War options (and also the Iraq War too as the number of Military Contractors has actually increased there, as troops have been withdrawn), and if he is to ever assume his Constitutionally defined role as the U.S. Commander-In-Chief.
The War atrocities and and bankrupt Foreign Policies will never change as long as Robert Gates, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, and Gen. David Patraeus call all the shots. In addition, special Afghan and Pakistan envoy Richard Holbrooke is another Neocon ideologue who is not helping.
Obama cannot govern in a state of paralysis, where he is outmaneuvered by War-profiteers and World Empirists to the peril of our Nation’s Economic Health. He must confront the fact that the only way to get control is to fire the War Hawks and replace them with people who are not joined at the hip to the corrupt and failed Bush Administration’s War policies.
Progressives must demand that Obama retake control of U.S. Foreign Policy by firing Robert Gates, before we are condemned to 8 more years of dual Foreign Occupations and Worldwide violence.