Strategy to deal with Isis

The President hosted a dinner on 9/11 that included his wife, a group of policy experts to go over the talking points for his answer he is going to make about a strategy to deal with Isis.

Obama has assembled a wide range of individuals to talk to, whether he will listen to them is something else. It is also interesting when you read their bios in detailed all of them have magnificent degrees in the subject matter, but none of them have actual hands on experience with the subject matter that they sit around the cherry-wood conference tables pontificating on. The participants included:

  • Strobe Talbott (is an American foreign policy analyst associated with Yale University and the Brookings Institution– conducts research and education in the social sciences, primarily in economics, metropolitan policy, governance, foreign policy, and global economy and development)
  • Michael Morrel (He joined the CIA in 1980. He was chief of the CIA’s division on Asia, Pacific and Latin America)
  • Jane Harman (She resigned from Congress in February 2011 to become the President and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. That is also a highly recognized think tank, ranked among the top ten in the world, its mission is: “providing a link between the world of ideas and the world of policy; and fostering research, study, discussion, and collaboration among a full spectrum of individuals concerned with policy and scholarship in national and world affairs.”
  • Steve Hadley (Hadley is senior advisor for international affairs at the United States Institute of Peace which is an American non-partisan, independent, federal institution that provides analysis of and is involved in conflicts around the world. The board is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, and board members have historically had close ties to American intelligence services.)
  • Richard Hass (He has been president of the Council on Foreign Relations since July 2003, prior to which he was Director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State)
  • Michelle Flournoy (She currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group– a global management consulting firm with 81 offices in 45 countries. It is one of the Big Three management consulting firms. The firm advises clients in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors around the world), and as a Senior Fellow at Harvard‘s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs)
  • Tom Donallan (He worked as Executive Vice President for Law and Policy at Fannie Mae, the federally chartered mortgage finance company, as a registered lobbyist from 1999 through 2005)
  • Zbigniew Brzezinski (He is regarded as one of President Obama’s main advisors on foreign politics. Brzezinski is currently at Johns Hopkins University‘s School of Advanced International Studies – It is generally considered one of the top graduate schools for international relations in the world. The institution is devoted to the study of international affairs, economics, diplomacy, and policy research and education a scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies– The center conducts policy studies and strategic analyses of political, economic and security issues throughout the world, with a specific focus on issues concerning international relations, trade, technology, finance, energy and geostrategy, and a member of various boards and councils.)

9)      Sandy Burgher.   This name leaped out at me. Haven’t heard that name for awhile.

He was the Clinton national security advisor who was sentenced to community service and probation and fined $50,000 in 2005, for intentionally removing highly classified documents from the national archives and intentionally destroying some of them. Remember he had put some of them down his pants and tried to walk out of the archives.   He made a deal to avoid jail time, pay a modest fine and keep his license to practice law with the Bush Department of Justice. This deal allowed him to avoid fully explaining what he had taken and why he had taken it. It is still kind of a mystery.

What information is worth risking your life time of reputation, your career, your freedom, $50,000? What was doing? Well it was never satisfactorily answered, although a number of press accounts indicated he was trying to take documents from the national archives related to what his boss, Bill Clinton, did or did not do in with regard to pursuing Osama bin Laden.

The question that came up after the 9/11/2001 was, didn’t Clinton have a chance to grab the Bin Laden on several occasions earlier and he did not do it. Moreover, the answer was yes, but the documentation was never found it was in its. It was in Burghers pants.

No clear explanation until this year when the Washington DC Bar Association, which had granted Burgher his law license years before, began asking questions and started an investigation.  Nine years later and they start asking him some tough questions. In order to stop the investigation, on the May 17th of this year Sandy Burgher voluntarily gave up his law license and with it the right to practice law to stop the Bar Association from asking those questions.

So Sandy Burgher, last night was in the White House, dining with the president of the United States who was seeking advice on national security matters from a man who stole some.

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