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03-13-2011, 04:48 PM
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Another one bites the dust.
More idiocy from an incompetent regime.


<span style="color: #000000">By David Jackson, USA TODAY

By Nicholas Kamm, AFP/Getty Images
State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley resigned Sunday, three days after describing the detention of WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning as "ridiculous" and "stupid."

"Given the impact of my remarks, for which I take full responsibility, I have submitted my resignation," Crowley said in a statement.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she accepted Crowley's resignation with regret, and that he "has served our nation with distinction for more than three decades, in uniform and as a civilian."

Deputy Michael Hammer will become the State Department's acting spokesman.

Manning, who is accused of providing classified Pentagon documents to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, is being held under tight restrictions.

At an academic event in Boston on Thursday, Crowley said that Manning's treatment is "ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid."

He also reportedly said, "Nonetheless, Bradley Manning is in the right place," and "there is sometimes a need for secrets ... for diplomatic progress to be made."

Asked on Friday about Crowley's comments, President Obama said "I have actually asked the Pentagon whether or not the procedures that have been taken in terms of his confinement are appropriate and are meeting our basic standards. They assured me that they are.

"I can't go into details about some of their concerns," Obama added, "but some of this has to do with Pvt. Manning's safety as well."

Obama did not comment on Crowley himself.

Here is Crowley's statement from today:

<span style="color: #000066">The unauthorized disclosure of classified information is a serious crime under U.S. law. My recent comments regarding the conditions of the pre-trial detention of Private First Class Bradley Manning were intended to highlight the broader, even strategic impact of discreet actions undertaken by national security agencies every day and their impact on our global standing and leadership. The exercise of power in today's challenging times and relentless media environment must be prudent and consistent with our laws and values.

I am enormously grateful to President Obama and Secretary Clinton for the high honor of once again serving the American people. I leave with great admiration and affection for my State colleagues, who promote our national interest both on the front lines and in the quiet corners of the world. It was a privilege to help communicate their many and vital contributions to our national security. And I leave with deep respect for the journalists who report on foreign policy and global developments every day, in many cases under dangerous conditions and subject to serious threats. Their efforts help make governments more responsible, accountable and transparent.

Given the impact of my remarks, for which I take full responsibility, I have submitted my resignation as Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and Spokesman for the Department of State.</span></span>

03-13-2011, 07:45 PM
A new sheriff in town.

http://richardgrenell.com/2011/03/pj-cro...stent-messages/ (http://richardgrenell.com/2011/03/pj-crowley%E2%80%99s-firing-shows-white-house-concern-over-inconsistent-messages/)

<span style="color: #330000">It’s ironic that PJ Crowley went to MIT to talk about the power of new media on foreign policy issues only to find that a blog posting of his remarks ended his career as America’s top foreign policy spokesman. It’s also ironic that although Crowley’s comments were immediately reported via twitter, Facebook and several foreign policy blogs, his boss, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton didn’t immediately mind. It was only when the new White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley learned about Crowley’s comments that the trouble began.

State Department insiders say Crowley’s MIT comments and his tweets comparing the “Middle East tsunami” over the last several weeks with Japan’s earthquake and tsunami were emailed around Foggy Bottom and the subject of many water-cooler conversations. “Nobody thought he would be fired over this,” one State Department official told me. But when ABC News’ Jake Tapper asked President Obama about Crowley’s comments during the President’s press availability on Friday, Obama said, “(I) asked the Pentagon whether or not the procedures that have been taken in terms of his confinement are appropriate and are meeting our basic standards…(they) assure me that they are. I can’t go into details about some of their concerns, but some of this has to do with Private Manning’s safety as well.” President Obama was being asked about inconsistent messages coming from his team and Daley was not happy about it. Daley was upset that while the Pentagon was saying that Manning was being treated fairly in response to claims from the liberal left, State’s chief spokesman was questioning DoD’s truthfulness.

The conflicting and ambiguous messaging from the White House and its’ agency heads has up until now been part of the Obama Administration’s playbook. The President has time after time used contradictory statements to at once please his democratic base and the far-left progressives that are growing increasingly disenchanted with Obama’s rhetoric. Just last week, Hollywood actor Matt Damon spoke out about his frustration with Obama’s hope and change message saying, “I’m disappointed in the health care plan and in the troop build-up in Afghanistan.” And Damon is certainly not alone in his irritation with the President’s action-deficit. The left is filled with frustration for the President because he has turned out to be nothing like they hoped. Barbara Streisand, Jane Lynch, Jon Stewart and MoveOn.org are all let down. Obama has consistently been inconsistent on healthcare reform, taxes, the budget and most recently on the military’s Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell policy, the Egyptian President’s future, support for the opposition in Libya, a Libyan no fly zone, off-shore oil drilling, Israel, jobs, the UN and even on being President of the United States (see “it would be easier to be President of China”).

But now comes new White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley who is in-charge of making progress. And getting anything done in Washington means getting comfortable with disappointing someone. Daley wants to stop the Obama Administrations’ conflicting messages, empty rhetoric and personal opinion giving from staff members. Crowley, a career foreign service officer who served President Bill Clinton at the NSC, has been allowed to give his own opinions without repercussions from his boss, Secretary Hillary Clinton, since he started as State Department spokesman at the beginning of the Obama Administration. He was shocked to learn that there were new rules this week. Crowley serves as an example of the new kind of White House we are getting with Daley in charge.

At the same MIT discussion where Crowley’s “stupid” comment got him fired, he also said, “But the most important thing I do every day is read the New York Times – it’s the national paper of record.” It’s no wonder Crowley thinks punishing the Wikileaker was “stupid”. The most important part of his day has been spent reading New York Times stories on leaked cables and where Julian Assange is considered a hero. But thanks to Bill Daley, Crowley will now have lots of important </span>

03-14-2011, 03:54 AM
He was merely acting as leftists do.