Hagel: White House had no Syria strategy, was unprepared for IS

Former secretary of defense Chuck Hagel pulled no punches in a new interview, accusing the White House of failing to devise a coherent strategy on Syria and of being utterly unprepared for the rise of the Islamic State terror group. He also charged that some in the Obama White House tried to “destroy” him politically in his last days in the job.

  • Minicapt

    Valerie Jarrett: “I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is. … He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is. And he knows that he has the ability — the extraordinary, uncanny ability — to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them, and I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually. … So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy. … He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.”


    What more is required, or could be expected?


    • It’s truly crazy, isn’t it?

      Obama is surely no dolt but I doubt he’s extraordinarily intelligent. (I have always argued this thus: say what you like about the golfing git but, unlike the Clintons’, the Obamas’ marriage is palpably a real partnership. And Michelle Obama is not fluently literate – a fact which never ceases to stun me [and I’m more cynical about academia than most, having grown up around academics]:



      Yes, this multiple Ivy league graduate cannot construct a coherent paragraph in the English language. English being her first and, as far as I know, only language. Which would be a-okay and totally forgivable if she’d majored in Physics, or Biology, or Engineering or etc. But in fact she majored in Sociology, with a minor in African-American studies, so……….. yeah

      And no one is dominated by a spouse of hugely inferior intelligence. Therefore Barack is not all that much smarter than Michelle.)

      Okay, Valerie Jarrett. Is Obama smarter than Churchill (since we’re discussing statesmen)? Because I don’t think old Winston spent all his time in office golfing too much because he was so bored on account of nobody was “taxing” him enough to keep his attention, and he was just waiting around to be “challenged intellectually” and junk.


      • Justin St.Denis

        Valerie Jarrett is downright weird. BTW, I read somewhere an article by “experts” in the intelligence measuring field that estimated Obama’s IQ to be a very average 110. Actually not bad for an African-American, if that is indeed what Obama is.

        Michelle – like most of her generation – has never mastered her only language. Allegedly a lawyer, Michelle is not exceptional in this. Most contract disputes which end up in court are anchored in the unclear language of lawyers who penned the contract to begin with. This situation accounts for over 80% of contract disputes, I understand.

        My parents were so worried that my siblings and I would end up like our contemporaries – struggling to formulate a declarative sentence – that they undertook to teach us the rules of English Grammar and Composition themselves. By the time I was 13, I noticed that ALL my work was graded higher than it deserved to be because I was so good at Keeping It Short and Simple, grammatically correct, and composed like a proper essay with footnotes (instead of plagiarism), actual research, and even some original thinking.