Pentagon to Clinton: Shut up and stop asking questions about Iraq, traitor

Hillary Clinton, Senator, Presidential Candidate, Senate Armed Services Committee member, and, according to the Pentagon, someone who needs to shut up and stop asking so many questions.

Pentagon challenges Clinton’s Iraq talk

The Pentagon told Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton that her questions about how the U.S. plans to eventually withdraw from Iraq boosts enemy propaganda.

In a stinging rebuke to a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Undersecretary of Defense Eric Edelman responded to questions Clinton raised in May in which she urged the Pentagon to start planning now for the withdrawal of American forces.

A copy of Edelman’s response, dated July 16, was obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

“Premature and public discussion of the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq reinforces enemy propaganda that the United States will abandon its allies in Iraq, much as we are perceived to have done in Vietnam, Lebanon and Somalia,” Edelman wrote.

He added that “such talk understandably unnerves the very same Iraqi allies we are asking to assume enormous personal risks.”

Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines called Edelman’s answer “at once outrageous and dangerous,” and said the senator would respond to his boss, Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Clinton has privately and publicly pushed Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Peter Pace two months ago to begin drafting the plans for what she said will be a complicated withdrawal of troops, trucks and equipment.

“If we’re not planning for it, it will be difficult to execute it in a safe and efficacious way,” she said then.

The strong wording of the response is unusual, particularly for a missive to a member of the Senate committee with oversight of the Defense Department and its budget.

Clinton aides said the letter ignored important military matters and focuses instead on political payback.

“Redeploying out of Iraq with the same combination of arrogance and incompetence with which the Bush administration deployed our young men and women into Iraq is completely unacceptable, and our troops deserve far better,” said Reines, who said military leaders should offer a withdrawal plan rather than “a political plan to attack those who question them.”

Stifling debate and zero transparency at all times. Welcome to the Land of the Free. No questions, please. They’ll just embolden The Enemies of The Homeland.




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9 responses to “Pentagon to Clinton: Shut up and stop asking questions about Iraq, traitor

  1. Jersey

    I have to say that I think Hill would be a fine president even though she’s my least favorite candidate on the dem side but she would wipe the place up with all the new “leeway/loophole/bullshit” laws that have come through in the last six years. I don’t even think she’d hesitate and it would be fun to watch all the conservatives run screaming from her wrath.

  2. Jay in Oregon

    Iraqi allies we are asking to assume enormous personal risks

    As opposed to the American soldiers who have already been facing those risks, and more; those guys can go to hell (right after we cut the VA even more and stab a pay raise in the back).

  3. Probably the 100th time saying this: I don’t like Clinton and can’t think what she could do to get my vote.

    That said, the “Pentagon” response is clearly not from the Pentagon, i.e. the US military, but rather a response from yet another clueless, soulless, Bush operative. There are still too many of these minor dickheads willing to support the faltering Bush regime.

    But the rewards will, of course, accrue later as the rape and pillage continues after Bush leaves office and everyone associated moves into industry, CEO positions, boards of directors, and so forth.

  4. Olbermann kicked ass on this tonight.

  5. of course the americans are going to bail. and when we bail it will be blinding quick. we will bail the same way that we bailed on south viet nam, laos (leaving the hill tribes defensless in the face of slaughter), panama, honduras, guatemala, nicaraugua, somalia, lebanon and just about everywhere else we have bailed from. the iraqi guvmint motherfuckers had best be using their vacation time to plan their return to exile because when the american planes start leaving one simply must not be caught standing in a line without a ticket.

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  7. You know, I should be outraged about this, but it’s just depressing at this point.

  8. BEG

    Hmph. Combine that with “Hi I’m George Bush and I’m here to take all your shit,” and that’s truely scary. Jeebus.

  9. christine

    Minstrel has a point….. The Iraqi government is made up of people that have money. They’re going to use that money to make sure that *they* and theirs will be safe. They’ve taken what they want from the country and bailing themselves when the US pulls out.

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