Monday, October 18, 2010

One last thing tonight: the kind of people the Clintons had in the White House

are very similar to the bastards Obama has:
At one of my very first breakfasts, while Berger and Cohen were engaged in a sidebar discussion down at one end of the table and Tenet and Richardson were preoccupied in another, one of the Cabinet members present leaned over to me and said, “Hugh, I know I shouldn’t even be asking you this, but what we really need in order to go in and take out Saddam is a precipitous event — something that would make us look good in the eyes of the world. Could you have one of our U-2s fly low enough — and slow enough — so as to guarantee that Saddam could shoot it down?

The hair on the back of my neck bristled, my teeth clenched, and my fists tightened. I was so mad I was about to explode. I looked across the table, thinking about the pilot in the U-2 and responded, “Of course we can ...” which prompted a big smile on the official’s face.

“You can?” was the excited reply.

“Why, of course we can,” I countered. “Just as soon as we get your ass qualified to fly it, I will have it flown just as low and slow as you want to go.”

The official reeled back and immediately the smile disappeared. “I knew I should not have asked that....”

“No, you should not have,” I strongly agreed, still shocked at the disrespect and sheer audacity of the question. “Remember, there is one of our great Americans flying that U-2, and you are asking me to intentionally send him or her to their death for an opportunity to kick Saddam. The last time I checked, we don’t operate like that here in America.”
I'll make a modification to that, General: honorable people do not operate like that, but you were not dealing with honorable people.

If you have the stomach to look at the Salon comments, you'll find lots of people explaining how Bush is ultimately to blame for all problems, knew the 9/11 attack was coming and did nothing, etc. But take some antacid and remove the breakables first.

1 comment:

Sigivald said...

Now, a remotely piloted U2 would have been pretty effective as a pretext ... if a waste of a U2.