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Sun Aug 9, 2020, 06:06 PM

Esper appears to backtrack on Beirut explosion cause after White House pushback

Source: CNN

Esper appears to backtrack on Beirut explosion cause after White House pushback

By Ryan Browne, CNN

Updated 3:21 PM ET, Sun August 9, 2020

Washington (CNN) -- Defense Secretary Mark Esper is downplaying any differences he had with the White House's assessment as to what caused the deadly explosion in Beirut after his speculation that the blast was likely the result of an accident drew push back from the White House.

"The bottom line is we still don't know" what caused the explosion, Esper told Fox News in an interview that aired this weekend.

"On the first day, as President Trump rightly said, we thought it might have been an attack, some of us speculated it could have been, for example, a Hezbollah arms shipment that blew up, maybe a Hezbollah bomb making facility, who knows?" Esper said, adding that the media was trying to stoke division between himself and President Donald Trump.

Despite his comments that some were speculating that the explosion may have involved an attack, several defense officials told CNN on Tuesday the US military did not have any information pointing to an attack, an assessment echoed by Esper on Wednesday when he said most believed it to be an accident.

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Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/09/politics/mark-esper-beirut-lebanon-explosion-explanation/index.html



What we have here is a failure to kiss ass.

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Reply Esper appears to backtrack on Beirut explosion cause after White House pushback (Original post)
mahatmakanejeeves Aug 9 OP
Marie Marie Aug 9 #1
mr_lebowski Aug 9 #2
bluestarone Aug 9 #3
Miguelito Loveless Aug 9 #8
Leghorn21 Aug 9 #4
Nexus2 Aug 9 #5
Iliyah Aug 9 #6
riversedge Aug 10 #11
regnaD kciN Aug 9 #7
nuxvomica Aug 9 #9
DallasNE Aug 10 #10

Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2020, 06:08 PM

1. Can Trump just "sharpie" this into an attack?

Jeebus, can this man ever admit that he is wrong?

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2020, 06:11 PM

2. So Needy Amin threw himself a little snowflake tantrum again ...

Agitated that his toadies weren't properly shoring up the supports on his little stick-boy fantasy world?

Gosh that whole f***ing routine isn't getting old or anything

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2020, 06:15 PM

3. For FUCK sake

Does putin own ALL THESE FUCKERS????

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Response to bluestarone (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 9, 2020, 08:44 PM

8. Yes.

This has been the latest edition of Simple Answers to Easy Questions.

Putin has files on all of the.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2020, 06:24 PM

4. I guess all these fkrs were hand-picked for their complete lack of spines, cojones, courage,

standards, values, grit, and chutzpah, eh

Give me a Dr. Fiona Hill/Marie Yovanovitch/Sally Yates any day of the week, you pathetic sad weenie LOSERS

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2020, 06:30 PM

5. Remember the Before Times?

When many of us looked at North Korea and their fawning and/or fearful adoration for a Dear Leader that asserted he was infallible, even divine and his will over rode reality with pity, but knew it couldn't here?

Well, like the punchline to several 90s jokes came to life when Trump won the Oval Office, its happened and for extra HTF sauce he's become Dear Leader to a significant portion of the population including most of the GOP.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2020, 06:38 PM

6. Majority of the countries know what happened . . .

Majority of the countries have no respect for the USA with IC's and or anything else. The USA is "dangerous" no more an ally except for Russia and other communist countries who are using the ignorance of the present USA's government and the republican party.

We are no longer a power house, but a laughing stock, while thousands of Americans die from this hideous virus.

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #6)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 09:24 AM

11. Yes, agree.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2020, 06:39 PM

7. Esper is the Cabinet equivalent...

...of the "concerned" Republican Congresscritters who back Cheetolini when it counts anyway.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2020, 09:28 PM

9. Esper may bending over to run out the clock

If he's fired, what kind of freakish monster would Trump replace him with? This is a critical post cuz of all the, y'know, weaponry. If Esper has any decency left he's keeping it in reserve to disobey orders made closer to the end.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 01:05 AM

10. This Is Our Best And Brightest?

"We thought it might have been an attack, some of us speculated it could have been, for example, a Hezbollah arms shipment that blew up, maybe a Hezbollah bomb making facility, who knows?"

While those two things could have happened, the sheer size of this explosion said it was something else as the damage was a hundreds of times greater than what either of the Hezbollah scenarios would have produced. With this kind of brain power in action we have to hope that we don't face a real situation.

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