Zinni to Jones: Stick It
8:03 PM, Feb 4, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
Just how badly did the Obama team treat Anthony Zinni? FP's Laura Rozen quotes Zinni saying that the president actually called to congratulate him on his appointment. Zinni then proceeds to "unload" on the administration's handling of the affair:
One former administration official writes in to note that it's ironic Zinni was even considered for the post given how strenuously he opposed the liberation of Iraq, but of course Obama was the antiwar candidate. Still, the amateur hour quality to all this -- to have the President of the United States call to congratulate you on your new appointment and then hear nothing for days only to learn that you've been passed over -- shows a striking level of incompetence. And now they have Zinni popping off to anyone who will listen about how he told Jones to stuff the Saudi ambassadorship where the sun don't shine. But relax, Obama ran a great campaign and a seamless transition, no doubt the government will run like a Swiss watch as soon as we get past these early hiccups.
Competence is back!