Saturday, October 3, 2009, 11:15 PM
“‘The intelligence that we had from the U.S. Olympic Committee and Chicago bid team was that it was very close and therefore well worth our efforts,’ said Valerie Jarrett, a senior White House advisor. ‘The message was that … a personal appeal from the president would make a huge difference.’” — Source (H/T)
Another president brought low by bad intelligence, even with a dazzling presentation.
Okay, I’m joking. And for crying out loud, we should be able to joke about not getting the Olympics. It’s only the Olympics. It is, in the end, sports. If the president is smart, he’ll make a few self-deprecating comments about it (rather than doing this, which just looks pathetic) and put it to rest.
But bad intelligence is a serious problem, isn’t it? I mean, look we were told not too long ago that “there was nothing to worry about Iran’s nuclear program, that it had virtually ceased.”
And then the president essentially tells us, the other day (when he was assured it would not “dilute” his “I have a dream of a world without nuclear weapons” speech to the UN), oh, yeah, by the way, Iran’s got a serious nuclear program in Qom, and I’ve known about it a little while.
We got Iran to say it would ship what uranium it acknowledges having off to Russia, for refining. And we’re going to check up on them, in a couple of weeks…or, maybe not.
So, America “did well” in negotiations with Iran, if Iran plays straight. But even CNN’s analysis calls this a victory of sorts, for Iran:
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