January 31st, 2012
12:30 PM ET

Obama drone admission not "a slip-up"

By Dan Lothian

A senior administration official is denying to CNN that President Obama made a mistake in publicly revealing what had been classified information about U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan.

Asked whether it was a mistake or part of some larger strategy, the official said the president’s on the record admission on drones during a Google + video chat Monday, was “neither a slip up or a secret message to the Pakistanis”

Read more of Dan's reporting on CNN's 1600 Report

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  2. will laing

    intresting to watch a progam here in australia called secret pakistan the isi are giveing insurgents every thing and more they have been playing adouble game they need a good smack

    January 31, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Reply
  3. rk

    first panetta and now obama..going after pak and its ISI,...looks like days of pak on world map are numbered.........

    January 31, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Reply
  4. Voice of Reason

    Yeah, i don't believe this was a slip up, this President makes a stark contrast to the last one, he hasn't effed up a speech yet, if he says anything, it's with a purpose. Anybody who thought this drone program was a secret would be considered brain dead anyways so there you go

    January 31, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Reply
    • coldwarwarrior

      It is one thing is to have a not so secret drone program attacking targets in Pakistan which Pakistan openly protests but secretly cooperates with.

      It is another thing to have the President admit to it. Such an admission may, or may not, have real consequences. There are various activists, lawyers and politicians trying to stop the drone strikes in various countries thourgh various means (courts, public opinion, etc.)

      Just as the act of writing an memo stating that a questionable act which some may be considered torture is not wise, it is also unwise to admin to a questionable act which some may considered extrajudicial killings or violations of sovereignty.

      January 31, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  5. mipolitic

    ok , small pockets of bad guys meet justice thumbs up . BUT WHAT ABOUT IRAN"S NUKES ????? you do not want to face off with a terrorist that can shoot back???

    January 31, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  6. Retired Floridian

    I only have one question: Is or is NOT Pakistan approving the continued violation of their sovereignity by the U.S.?

    January 31, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Reply
    • Talip

      single masters dergee.. and qualify- they can afford the $70 grand and the community will simply whine about absurd taxes and schools spending too much- especially Realist. Even in Fargo, a certain percentage of single dergee educators can be hired- but most (As NCLB requires a bachelors in any secondary teaching subject, even wrestling coach) need MUCH more education. Go to a small school in the middle of Rural America, though, and its almost impossible to find a teacher who has a masters in Bioligy who has a bachelors in music.. or home ec or any other of the myriad subjects they NEED to have educators double up in order to provide the students in that small school with a proper education.. and get them to teach for under $30 a year.. You cannot even move from school to school in fargo without the raised requirements. Could Realist get his job back? I doubt it. This is resulting in an employment pool of aging tenured teachers with job security stuck in jobs that are burning them out stuck in small towns.To address what you said about cleaning up the schools THANK YOU FOR ACKNOWLEDGING WHAT THE PROBLEM IS!!! It doesn't matter what the education level of the instructors is, nor how much money you put into the school if you have disengaged students who's parents don't give a fuck about their education. Thats why the schools in the larger cities are failing, they ignore the truth about what the problem is, and NCLB is trying to shove irrelevant standards down the schools throats. Just as Realist has been doing here. In the smaller schools in the smaller communities, they don't have that problem. They don't need teachers with masters dergees, they need caring mentors who are willing to address students problems to help them learn. I know its more expensive, but the solution isn't instructors who have 15 times as much knowledge than they need to teach a subject, they need smaller class sizes, and more social help to engage the students. The question shouldn't be if the teacher has a masters it should be what student load the counselor has, and can the teacher give one on one attention to each student.

      April 4, 2012 at 11:15 am | Reply
  7. michaelfury

    Was this a "slip-up"?

    "The Jonas Brothers are here. (Applause.) They’re out there somewhere. Sasha and Malia are huge fans. But, boys, don’t get any ideas. (Laughter.) I have two words for you — predator drones. (Laughter.) You will never see it coming. (Laughter.) You think I’m joking. (Laughter.)"


    January 31, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Reply

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