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posted at 4:16 am on May 2, 2009 by coldwarrior
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“Not one step backward!!”
A phrase attributed to Stalin during what the Russians call the Great Patriotic War, what we call World War II.
Sort of a casual treatment of our National Security information by any standard, ya think?
No, you can’t read anything of substance in the photo, later removed from the White House feed, but the casual treatment of a document marked “CIA” and “Secret” seems indicative of the attitude of this White House about the Threat.
So, you may say,”It was in the White House, what’s the problem?” Not everyone in the White House is necessarily cleared for this sort of information. If it were the Kremlin or the Presidential Palace in Tehran, I’d work my tail off to get a minor staffer or even a custodian, to simply lift such a document, seeing as there seems to be no serious effort to protect the same, as evinced in the photo. “It’s no big deal, coldwarrior, you are merely trying to stir things up.” It is a big deal…and yes, I am trying to stir things up.
Somewhere, some place, in a government office or in the living room of a foreign official’s home there is one very worried individual, In this war on Islamist jihad, or a resurrection of the Russian menace, or China’s intrigues, in our efforts to stem many threats to our Nation from abroad, we rely on individuals who take risks, grave risks, often deadly risks, to provide vital information to Agency officers who in turn pass that information to our National leadership…with the clear understanding that such information will remain secret…and will not be plastered about in a White House publicity photo feed.
I had a foreign official tell me years ago, “I’d be happy to provide that information, but you Americans have no concept of secrecy.”
He was not being flip about it. He was dead serious. Accent on the dead part. He recognized then that allowing information only he and a small handful of others had access to could and would be traced back to him by the vigilant efforts of his own national security services should it become known,or worse, quoted verbatim in the Washington Post. And, in this, he was entirely correct.
White House spokesman Bill Burton told Smith, “”Uh oh. Please don’t tell me that the enemy is now going to know what our fax coversheets look like. ” Pretty casual response to a serious question, and a serious breach of secrecy…and just plain common sense…on the part of the White House.
Here is the original picture.
After careful consideration, I am re-posting the offending photos here. I checked it over, and there is no identifiable information on the cover sheet. But this is a graphic image of how at least one White House staff member handles national security information, and how White House spokesman, Bill Burton, is way off base in his response. President Obama and Press Secretary Robert Gibbs are clearly identifiable in the original photo, so there is no way they should get away with denying this took place.
It is not about a fax cover sheet…it is about the casual treatment of information that could easily result in the death, or at a minimum the imprisonment of, a foreign official who literally staked his life on our being able to keep a secret.
And it is yet another misstep in this Administration’s utter disregard for national security. These same people were aghast when desk officer at the Mutli-Agency Nonproliferation Center, which included people from over a dozen offices in government, was “outed,” yet there is enthusiasm in the same circles about two former military officials who were on contract with the Agency being plastered all over ABC, in an ugly game of “Gotcha!.” In the first case, they made that desk officer out to be the Nation’s top 007, one of only a handful of CIA officers who could do the job, it was a grave personal danger to her, they told us….yada yada, yada. In the case of ABC recent broadcast of their story…”Aw, it was already in the Congressional Record, what’s the big deal?” was their response, and seemingly sent out by Rahm as talking-points to the Left.
It is a big deal.
We are at war. We are at war on many fronts.
What is so difficult for people to understand about this simple phrase.
This is not an marathon episode of “24.” This is real life. Our life. Our Nation’s life.
I stated in a response to fellow GreenRoom poster, Tanya, in her piece about Mary Ann Glendon, that we need to push back.
Push back indeed.
So long as we are willing to let little things slide, bigger ones will follow.
Mary Ann Glendon has pushed back, and has publicly refused to accept the most preeminent Roman Catholic award presented to outstanding American Roman Catholics for their work for morality, conscience and good works as they live their Catholic faith. For Glendon this was no easy decision. It had to cause her great heartache. But sharing a podium at Notre Dame with President Obama as both were to receive awards and recognition from the Catholic Church proved to Glendon that “road to Damascus” moment…as a faithful Catholic, she could make no other choice.
War is like that. There are tough decisions to make, and heartache is the least of all of it.
Once you start ceding ground to an enemy, allow your defense to be taken apart piecemeal, with no offense planned other than defense…you lose. Simple as that.
Not one step backward! I hate to lift a quote from Stalin on May Day weekend, of all times, but this is a “May Day” message. “May Day!” I am in imminent danger!” That is how aviators and sailors get the attention of those on land or sea that they need to respond, immediately, for lives are in peril.
Push back. Cede no ground. We have to respond with vigor. The Sean Connery character, former police officer Jim Malone, in the 1987 classic “The Untouchables” had it right. “They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. *That’s* the *Chicago* way!” Chicago way? How appropriate. Appropriate indeed.
No, not the wild-eyed childish antics of the Left which we have witnessed and suffered for far too long. We have to call them on every misstep or move in directions that are not in the best interests of the Nation. Not one step backwards. Not one. Deliberate. Sober. Factual. Steady. And in full view of the public.
We have to highlight every statement made by this Administration when it threatens us, the American people, and we have to stop allowing expiration dates on Obama messages to continue. And, we must demand the assault on our defense and security organizations be stopped…immediately. Obama can do such with a phone call…or a tweet from his super-secret Blackberry.
Hold Obama and his Administration in toto to standards we’d expect and demand from friends, neighbors, businesses we deal with, or our own children, ourselves. You get the picture.
If Obama says there will be transparency in governance and government…OK, Mr, President…where is that transparency?
If Obama and Pelosi and Reid claim their’s is or will be the most ethical ever…hold their feet to the fire. Not one step backward. Push back. Make it clear to the American people where the threats are and who is aiding and enabling those threats to grow. I am not willing to bet my life, nor that of my children, nor my grandchildren, on the misteps and platitudes of this Administration. Are you?
Not one step backward!