Pres. Obama made a brief statement today in a “press spray,” flanked by Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates, and White House correspondents seem to think the implication was McChrystal will keep his job.
“I think it’s clear that the article in which he and his team appear showed poor judgment,” said Obama. “I also want to make sure that I talk to him directly before I make any final decisions.”
That talk will take place tomorrow, but Chuck Todd tweeted he believes McChrystal will stick around: “There is a path for Gen. McCrystal to save his job; everything depends on how the meeting w/POTUS goes tomorrow morning.”
Obama closed the statement by saying:
Whatever decision I make with respect to Gen. McChrystal or any other aspect of Afghan policy is determined entirely on how I can make sure we have a strategy that justifies the enormous courage and sacrifice that those men and women are making over there.
Will it be Helen Thomas or David Paterson? We’ll find out tomorrow…
Here’s Obama’s comments:
Yesterday, the Peruvian judge handling the murder trial for which Joran van der Sloot is being tried ventured to the prison where the 22-year-old is being kept. However, van der Sloot refused to speak to him, citing a petition filed by his new attorney (his former lawyer quit after receiving death threats) to have the confession he made to the murder of Stephany Flores thrown out. Mediaite founder and NBC’s chief legal analyst Dan Abrams appeared on the Today Show to discuss why this will be a hard argument for van der Sloot’s team to make.
The first portion of the segment, though, featured a tour of the prison which van der Sloot is trying so hard to get out of. Correspondent Michelle Kosinski was allowed to film some of the nicer sections of Miguel Castro Castro prison, including a garden and a pottery area. She was not able to go to van der Sloot’s private cell though, which apparently has a bit of a rat problem. If that wasn’t bad enough for van der Sloot, Kosinski also reported that some of the other prisoners in the jail have bragged about wanting to kill him. It’s no wonder then that van der Sloot would be attempting to recant his previous confession (he has also tried to get sent to Aruba, the location of Natalee Holloway’s disappearance).
Abrams believes that that will be very difficult to do:
“First of all, just to say you were scared isn’t enough to try and retract a confession. There are a lot of people who are scared when they’re being questioned. Now he’s saying he was tricked. The police, even in the United States, let’s not call it ‘trickery,’ engage in tactics, a lot, to try and get someone to tell the truth. Now, Joran van der Sloot is saying, ‘I wasn’t telling the truth and, as a result, you shouldn’t trust what I said there.’ But it’s always very hard to go back and retract a confession once you’ve said it. You’ve to to prove more that just, ‘I was scared.’”
Even if the confession is thrown out, the case will probably still go to trial. As Abrams has said before, he believes the most important evidence is not the confession, but the video tape of van der Sloot and Flores entering the hotel room together and him leaving it alone.
Well rejoice, liberal blogosphere! He made his triumphant return this afternoon in the “full flower of the pomposity that always strikes me at midday.”
Needless to say, the overwhelming number of comments to my last diary divided into agreement with support, disagreement with support, or anger/frustration/namecalling – still with support. I did not write what I wrote to provoke a reaction but if I had, that would have been the spectrum I would have hoped for.
There’s something in there about “in the full flower of the pomposity that always strikes me at midday,” and how this feeling is “metaphorical for progressives and other centrists,” but really you’ll just have to read it to get the full flavor of the return.
Meanwhile, the reason for his departure can be traced to his initial, strong, negative reaction to Obama’s address last week, and in discussing these turn of events, he revealed an interesting bit of information:
I haven’t been in contact with anybody there since my comments on the President’s speech, but I sure as hell was in contact with them after every single one of the criticisms I mentioned above. Nobody ever called me up to complain. Nobody ever called me up to dissuade. Nobody schmoozed me, and nobody threatened me. They seem to assume it comes with the job. And they correctly assume that if I’m critical of them, they’re entitled to be critical of my criticism
So he was in contact with the White House every time he criticized the administration? It’s a nice position to be in as a cable news host – with incredible access to air out your concerns directly to the top. But is it too close?
Olbermann closes his diary entry with a joke (that surely will have the Olbermann haters taking seriously and going all ‘I told you so’): “I’ll have to stop writing all those fake I-Hate-Olbermann diaries under aliases to drum up sympathy.”
As the Gen. Stanley McChrystal story continues to evolve one of the questions will inevitably be…what happens next?
Will the lengthy Rolling Stone profile signal his downfall, or will he survive to see another day. Let’s take a look five recent career-threatening profiles or interviews, and whether the subjects were able to keep their job?
Technically Massa had already quit Congress by the time he sat down with Glenn Beck for a live interview on March 9, but if he was hoping for any career in politics after the tickle-scandal to end all tickle-scandals, he lost it after his bizarre and amazing interview.
There’s a reason this is the only live TV interview on this list – these types of train-wreckingly bad interviews just doesn’t happen. You were able to watch a career implode with each awkward passing moment until Beck finally apologized to his audience for “wasting your time.”
New Orleans Federal Judge Martin Feldman just lifted the controversial six-month ban on offshore drilling imposed by the Obama administration following the BP spill in the Gulf. The residents of the embattled Gulf will likely be happy to hear this — many in the region, from Gov. Bobby Jindal to James Carville, have argued that the ban imposes unnecessary hardship on an economy that is already suffering due to lost revenue from the spill. However, it will likely come as a blow to the Obama administration plans.
Robert Gibbs told the briefing room today that the administration would “immediately appeal to the 5th circuit” and that Obama’s first concern is safety. Watch below.
Say what you will about medical marijuana but one question is not up for debate: whether or not it would make state’s money. In late 2009, the Colorado Attorney General gave cities permission to start taxing medical marijuana and the green (not that green) has been rolling in. How much money have they made? Well, according to NBC affiliate 9News, the city of Denver raised revenues of over $1 million in only five months. Whoa, dude.
“The numbers are from a period stretching from December to April. During those five months, the city collected $1,023,308.67 from the various medical marijuana businesses scattered around the city. In March, the city collected $226,492.56, the highest reported collection to date.”
While the article and report point out that this is still a small portion of the state’s revenue, it’s definitely a check that Colorado will be happy to deposit. And, in these cash-strapped times, don’t think that other states preparing to write medical marijuana legislation aren’t hungrily eyeing those figures. Whether or not this will lead to full on legalization in Colorado or any other state will remain to be seen but, it’s possible that those impassioned predictions your burnout college roommate made all those years ago might finally be coming true.