Foliehatt Friday WTF Open Thread

Hot Air:

NBC’s Engel: US allies fear Obama admin leaking information to Iran

Just how badly has Barack Obama and his administration damaged relations with our allies in the Middle East? NBC’s Richard Engel reports that the Sunni nations in the region have begun to fear that the Obama administration leaks intel to Iran as part of its efforts at rapprochement with the mullahs, which is why the US got blindsided by the Saudi-led coalition’s operations in Yemen. The White House’s “incoherence” in policy, Engel reports, has most of them losing confidence in American leadership, according to Engel’s contacts (via Free Beacon):

ENGEL (1:58): I know several people in the US military who were taken by surprise by this [action in Yemen]. Senior officials who would have been expected to know that there was going to be an operation in Yemen, they didn’t. They were finding out about it almost in real time.

And they believe, and some US members of Congress believe, that the reason Saudi Arabia and other states didn’t tell the US that it was going to launch this war against Shi’ite backed, or Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen, is because Saudi Arabia and other countries simply don’t trust the United States anymore, don’t trust this administration — think the administration is working to befriend Iran to try and make a deal in Switzerland, and therefore didn’t think that the intelligence frankly would be secure.

I think that is a situation that is quite troubling for US foreign policy, where traditional allies — like Saudi Arabia, like Egypt, like the United Arab Emirates — don’t know if the US is reliable at this stage to hold onto this information when it comes to Iran.

Initially, this looked like material for an update on my earlier post regarding the Saudi-GCC coalition and its decision to work around Obama, but it deserves its own thread for a couple of reasons. First, Engel reported this for NBC, and on MSNBC, the “Lean Forward” cable channel that usually acts as a clearinghouse for Barack Obama apologists (and the occasional slam on Middle America). Engel’s not among the apologists; he’s a first-class foreign correspondent whose reports follow no partisan agenda, and whose sources have usually provided him with highly accurate reporting.

More importantly, Engel’s report advances this to an allegation of betrayal, not just incompetence. Clearly, Saudi Arabia has little confidence left in the Obama administration; that much is evident from their actions to cut the US out of the loop on this coalition. Engel’s report strongly suggests that it’s not just incompetence that has the Saudis and other US allies rattled, but a suspicion that they’re being purposefully sold out by Obama to get a deal with Iran that will unleash their ambitions to dominate the region.

This is kind of a big deal.

Remember Bowe Bergdahl? Remember me saying that the White House was releasing a huge squirrel? Did they know this story was about to break?

I need beer.



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26 Responses to Foliehatt Friday WTF Open Thread

  1. Myiq2xu says:

    BTW – This story came out of MSNBC so you know it’s gotta be true.

  2. Myiq2xu says:

    Hot Air:

    Presidential aides and democratic officials aren’t even trying to disguise it anymore. Quote after quote provided to the press by unnamed sources or uttered aloud by White House advisors in what were thought to be private moments indicates that the administration sees a prospective nuclear agreement with Iran as Barack Obama’s final positive legacy achievement as president.

    The president must be hoping that history vindicates his actions, because the polls sure aren’t. As the security environment in the middle east continues to deteriorate, the public is expressing dissatisfaction with how Obama has approached relations with America’s adversaries and allies alike.

    The White House’s disdainful treatment of Israel, and it’s thinly veiled efforts to turn the public against the Jewish state like releasing the details of the extent of Israel’s penetration of the nuclear negotiations with Iran, appears to have backfired. According to the findings of a new CBS News poll, 29 percent of respondents say that the United States gives Israel too much support while 27 percent say the current level of support is too little. Not much of a difference, right? It’s not, until you learn that the number of respondents who say the U.S. provides Israel with too little support has increased by 10 points in just the last four years.

    The administration’s determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran no matter the cost has apparently disturbed the American public as much as it has United States allies in the region. CBS News discovered that 47 percent disapprove of the president’s handling of relations with Iran while 38 percent approve. A majority of Republicans disapprove of Obama’s approach to relations with Iran while a majority of Democrats approve, but a large plurality of independents – 48 percent – join Republicans in disapproving of Obama’s approach to the Islamic Republic.

    • votermom says:

      I admit I’m scared. Not of Iran – I’m scared of how unhinged this admin is. Obama is the pilot, we are the passengers, and he’s headed straight into the mountaintop.

      • leslie says:

        I’ve been thinking the same thought, vm. Especially since the air crash earlier this week. I don’t know where I saw it – probably twitter – but it ended up with martial law and then cancellation of 2016 elections and Obama for life. Now I know that’s a huge exaggeration, but I also know people who would support that end game 100%

      • 49erDweet says:

        Quite a coup…..for our first Taqiyya President.

  3. DandyTIger says:

    I used to think GWB was the worst president in my lifetime. And even though I hated the lying, cheating, stealing, slimy way Obama got the nomination in ’08, I said well, at least he’ll be better than GWB. I need to be more paranoid.

  4. DeniseVB says:

    NBC sourced ? It is a BFD ! Maybe they’re figuring out why their ratings are in the crapper, putting down the Obama Drool Bucket may turn that frown upside down 😉

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Poor Lena, can’t catch a break….

    I’m not a Dunham fan, but getting damn tired of the PC Police.

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  8. Myiq2xu says:

    Just caught a bit of the local (Fresno) news, and they totally mangled the Indiana RFRA law.

  9. DeniseVB says:

    OMG! /snork … Bill Richardson’s concerned about Iran deal too ! About time, he was thrown under the Obama Bus in 2008. Now I wonder how Wesley Clark feels about this as I scrape more ’04 and ’08 Dem candidates from under that bus…..

  10. Myiq2xu says:

    Statement Regarding Subpoena Compliance and Server Determination by Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    March 27, 2015 Press Release

    Washington, DC—Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy today issued the following statement regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s response to the committee’s subpoena. She failed to produce a single new document and refused to relinquish her server to a neutral, detached third party for an independent review of potential public records:

    “After seeking and receiving a two week extension from the Committee, Secretary Clinton failed to provide a single new document to the subpoena issued by the Committee and refused to provide her private server to the Inspector General for the State Department or any other independent arbiter for analysis.

    “We learned today, from her attorney, Secretary Clinton unilaterally decided to wipe her server clean and permanently delete all emails from her personal server. While it is not clear precisely when Secretary Clinton decided to permanently delete all emails from her server, it appears she made the decision after October 28, 2014, when the Department of State for the first time asked the Secretary to return her public record to the Department.

    “Not only was the Secretary the sole arbiter of what was a public record, she also summarily decided to delete all emails from her server ensuring no one could check behind her analysis in the public interest.”

    “In light of the Secretary’s unprecedented email arrangement with herself and her decision nearly two years after she left office to permanently delete all emails and because the equities at stake involve not only those of the Select Committee and Congress more broadly, but also those of the American people and their right to the full record of her tenure as secretary of State, we will work with the leadership of the House of Representatives as the Committee considers next steps. But it is clear Congress will need to speak with the former Secretary about her email arrangement and the decision to permanently delete those emails.”

    • leslie says:

      They/we better impound the White House servers NOW. This email “shredding” seems to be emblematic of the Obama administration.

  11. Steve says:

    Wisconsin Basketball Player Has Embarrassing Moment at Press Conference

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