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12 August 2013


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Omo Naija


Its a CYA move. Imagine the political hay it presents if the embassies are attacked and its found out there was intelligence access to communication within AQ of such an attack. Its an absolutely no win scenario for the administration. Media hysteria will definitely kick in and dominate the media landscape for months to come.

Is it cowardly - yes; but political reality leaves very little room to react otherwise.


Oma Naja

It is CYA but it is also push back on the NSA matter. pl




In the world of the voracious 24-hour news cycle CYA is almost unavoidable. Who would have the stone nerves to ignore the "smoking gun-to be?" Some wise advisor probably pointed out that at least there might be some upside with a favorable portrayal of the utility of the NSA programs. It seems to me that the favorable reaction didn't come.

Osama Bin Laden was once quoted, "All we have to do is send two mujahedin [...] to raise a small piece of cloth on which is written "al-Qaeda" in order to make the generals race there, to cause America to suffer human, economic and political losses."

This is a two-sided game, they pretend to threaten us, and we pretend to be afraid.

The beaver

BTW: Susan Rice is with Obama & family on Martha's vineyard. That's what she like, thus she wasn't too happy when she had to do work @ Turtle Bay :-)


Basilisk et al

you buy Walrus' point about MANPADS and IEDs? pl



So you buy the idea that this is all CYA and not about NSA. Company man! pl


I think it is, more likely than not, orchestrated theatre for domestic consumption with the goal of NSA surveillance justification.

As exhibited in his press conference the other day, Obama apparently believes that every political problem is a PR problem, explained away by facile lies, half-truths, and a good speech.

The Twisted Genius

A quite reliable source told me that Obama personally is plenty riled about Snowden and his leaks. Even more than his immediate circle of advisors. I would say his willingness to do the crazy NYPD like stop and frisk to the president of Bolivia supports that observation.

The only reason administration officials would give details about NSA interception of a specific al Qaeda leadership communication would be to bolster NSA's tattered reputation. That was a damaging revelation of an ongoing intelligence operation. I'm confident that particular leak was sanctioned by Obama in an effort to deflect criticism of the domestic surveillance programs.

The hysterical shutting of all those embassies could have been an effort to hype how scary the plot that NSA surveillance uncovered just as easily as it being a frightened effort to avoid another Benghazi. I think it was a perfect storm of the two.

Bill H

I'm with Col. Lang on the rection being about justification for NSA. I would add that is consistent with a pattern of Obama's fear mongering, which follows the pattern of Bush's fear mongering, which is consistent with Orwell's 1984 fear mongering. Distract the serfs with the boogeyman who is going to kill us all in our beds and we won't notice that the lords are stealing our wealth.

Edward Amame

I'm sure Darrell Issa will get to the bottom of the Embassy closures.

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