Friday, December 18, 2015

The Obama Paradox | Obama style of leadership: "Hagel... said he was the subject of repeated political micromanagement... there had been a fair amount of backstabbing, as well... Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, have offered up similar criticism of an Obama White House that often interfered with Pentagon business." | USAF: Fighter jet lasers 5 years away - CNN Video

M.N.: Demagogue - "community organizer" (Alinsky's student), ideologue - inspirational manipulative "preacher", paranoid controlling "micro-manager", cool (cold, detached, revengeful, angry) "transformer", and with all this - a "good person": warm, humane, caring, responsible, deep, not a show-off, has and enjoys a sense of humor, likes a comfortable and easy petit bourgeois life (mentality determines class), knows and appreciates the role and value of money. We are paradoxical creatures, our lives - paradoxical phenomena and experiences
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"Like the defense secretaries in the Obama administration who preceded him, Hagel, in an interview with Foreign Policy magazine published Friday, said he was the subject of repeated political micromanagement. In his case, the former Republican senator from Nebraska and decorated Vietnam War veteran suggested there had been a fair amount of backstabbing, as well.
The men who came before him, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, have offered up similar criticism of an Obama White House that often interfered with Pentagon business." - Chuck Hagel accuses White House of trying to 'destroy' him - POLITICO 

Obama Is Too Cool for Crisis Management
"All in all, it’s a fascinating case study in the interplay of modern media and politics, the sort of thing that would make for a good graduate seminar. “As Obama used to say all the time,” Axelrod says, “ ‘This shit would be really interesting if we weren’t right in the middle of it.’ ”"


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"He emphasized that Obama’s tightly-knit inner circle – and especially Valerie Jarrett, who seems to function as Obama’s consigliere – shielded the president from numerous signals warning that all was not well. As a result, Obama failed in the most basic task as a manager, since “he did not know what was going on in the single most important initiative of his administration.”
I’ve noted earlier that there are common themes connecting the Obamacare fiasco and the White House’s dysfunctional national security apparatus. Brill’s remarks underscore a major one: The president’s closest confidants squelch the flow of bad news and dissenting advice into the Oval Office.
Criticism of Jarrett’s extraordinary influence on policymaking has risen as administration setbacks multiply. Early on, a long profile in the New York Times magazine dubbed her “the ultimate Obama insider” while a review in the New Republic two months ago called her the 


“Obama Whisperer.” 

Obama and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett chat outside the Oval Office in June 2009. Pete Souza/White House
Obama and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett chat outside the Oval Office in June 2009. Pete Souza/White House

Brill reports he’s heard from five senior administration officials that Jarrett is the “real chief of staff” in the White House on many issues. But according to a top Democratic staffer on Capitol Hill, she is “not only Rasputin” – referring to the mystical figure who served as a private adviser to the last Russian czar – but also “the Berlin Wall preventing us from even getting messages to the president.”... 
A piece in Politico counseled the president to dump Jarrett, while Dana Milbank at the Washington Post urged him to sweep the White House clean of the yes-men culture personified by McDonough and Jarrett. Instead, Obama has now reportedly stopped interacting with most of his advisers in favor of closeting just with McDonough and Jarrett.
As I wrote last week, the problem with all the talk about Obama now being free to pursue the policy agenda he’s always wanted is that he is only as good as the people he relies upon and the management style he’s installed in the White House. Until the president realizes this, he’ll find the next two years to be as frustrating as the previous ones. Domestic affairs will suffer from this, but so will U.S. foreign policy."


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Obama style of leadership




Paradox...
Yo, feel the flow
Que pasa paradox
Gente adelante, you know it never stops
Yo, feel the flow
Que pasa paradox 



Leon Panetta and Bob Gates slam Obama for micromanagement of the military

"We are in a new phase of terrorism, including lone actors and small groups of terrorists, like those in San Bernardino. Because they are smaller, often self-initiating, self-motivating, they’re harder to detect, and that makes it harder to prevent... " - Statement by the President after Briefing at the National Counterterrorism Center | whitehouse.gov

"Now, Nick, along with CIA Director Brennan and FBI Director Comey, provided a threat briefing.  And Director Comey and Attorney General Lynch updated us on the investigation into the San Bernardino attacks.  I reiterated that the investigation will continue to have the full support of the federal government and that we should leave no stone unturned in determining why and how these terrorists carried out that tragedy...

Of course, when terrorists pull off a despicable act like what happened in San Bernardino it tears at our hearts.  But it also stiffens our resolve to learn whatever lessons we can and to make any improvements that are needed... 
As I indicated in my address to the nation last week, we are in a new phase of terrorism, including lone actors and small groups of terrorists, like those in San Bernardino.  Because they are smaller, often self-initiating, self-motivating, they’re harder to detect, and that makes it harder to prevent... 
So anyone trying to harm Americans need to know -- they need to know that we're strong and that we're resilient, that we will not be terrorized.  We’ve prevailed over much greater threats than this. We will prevail again."