"This Is Going To Get Very Ugly" - Former Top CIA Officer Says "Obama Has Lost Control Of The Middle East"

Tyler Durden's picture

With Thursday's tragic mass killing by a resclusive, truck-driving Tunisian maniac in Nice having been violently drowned out by the frentic late Friday news of a failed (and perhaps staged) coup in Turkey, the news cycle has once again shifted its attention away from a far greater threat to the global economy than whether Erdogan can concentrate even more power in his grasp. Namely, both lone-wolf and organized terrorism in Europe (and elsewhere). And according to at least one CIA field commander, Gary Bernsten, it is all Obama's fault.

As the Hill reports, the decorated former CIA career officer who served in the Directorate of Operations between October 1982 and June 2005, said on Friday that Obama has lost control of the Middle East following attacks in France that left at least 84 dead.  "This is going to get very, very ugly," Gary Bernsten said on Fox & Friends Friday.

"The president of the United States, as Newt Gingrich has stated, has failed in his responsibilities to defend the United States. He has lost control of the Middle East. It is in flames, and that is what he will leave when he leaves office."  One can also make the argument that it is not so much Obama, as his first secretary of state, the person who in less than 4 months may be America's next president.

We wonder what Bernsten would add after last night's even more disturbing events in Turkey. As we just witnessed over the past 24 hours, the Middle East is indeed in flames, and what's worse, the US has zero control. As Ali Watkins reported overnight,  US officials were caught completely off guard by Friday's attempted Turkish coup.

The State Department scrambled to alert citizens in Turkey, urging them to shelter in place and check in with family members in the U.S. The White House said President Obama had spoken with Secretary of State John Kerry, and both urged “all parties” in Turkey to support the democratically elected government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and “avoid violence or bloodshed,” but the statement avoided using the word “coup.” 


Across Washington, it was clear that responses were purely reactionary — it took more than two hours after first reports emerged of the violence for the White House to make any public statement. In the hours immediately following the attempted overthrow, officials across the White House, State Department and Pentagon simply said they were monitoring as the situation unfolded. If the U.S. was indeed blindsided by the attempted overthrow Friday afternoon, it will have to take a long, hard look at why such a consequential event — with a NATO ally, no less— took them by such surprise.


As of Friday night, the attempted coup had “no impact” on the U.S.’s military operations in the country, a U.S. official told BuzzFeed News. “[U.S.] air ops have continued from Incirlik. Literally birds in the sky.”

As of Saturday morning, however, things are very different.

Ironically, this time Obama lucked out on a major change in the geopolitical arena (perhaps because the entire coup attempt was staged or simply because it was very disorganized); but what happens when this - or another-  key US ally and NATO member undergoes a military coup. Will the US once again have no response? As of this moment, the CIA officer's assessment is absolutely spot on.

He had some parting thoughts about "eliminating" the ISIS threat: "We can take care of these ISIS thugs in about a month." One still wonders why that hasn't happened...

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mofio's picture
mofio (not verified) Jul 16, 2016 3:33 PM

Why the US lost the Middle East to Putin:

BaBaBouy's picture

Smells Like Civil-War for Turks ...

~~~ Thats disaster for the remaining EU'ers ...

El Vaquero's picture

Chaos, it's what's for dinner!

JamesBond's picture

Middle Eastern Countries: Playthings of Sutekh.  


OpTwoMistic's picture

US had no business meddling with other countries in the first place but,

makes Jimmy Carter look almost smart.

wee-weed up's picture

Everything Obozo touches turns to shit.

maskone909's picture

Cue the picture of the flies landing on his face... ;-)

Here2Go's picture
Here2Go (not verified) maskone909 Jul 16, 2016 4:22 PM

Give that man another Peace Prize & put him in charge of the UN by golly!

Four chan's picture

give bath house barry some choom.

J S Bach's picture

Think of the absurdity of that headline...

"Obama Has Lost Control Over The Middle East".

Why in the hell should that monkey or ANYONE ELSE have "control" over the Middle East?!  It is their region... their countries... their cultures.  Can you imagine anyone anywhere in the world having "control" over the United States?!

Oh, wait... there is such a group... and they DO have control.  Let's hope THEY lose their grip on an awakening American population just as Obama is losing his on the fed-up arab peoples.

dumbStruck's picture

0 never had control in the first place. The republican side of the dystopian establishment power duality should keep it's cake hole shut about losing control in the middle east but of course they don't and of course point their over weight fingers at the opposite side of the disfunctional goverment structure.

BuddyEffed's picture

News like this indicates another all time record massive short squeeze must be in the works with new market highs!!!!!

dumbStruck's picture

I'm hoping gold takes off like a scalded cat tomorrow, but I doubt it wll really... it never seems to climb much for anything anymore.

Keyser's picture

Ugly doesn't come close to describing what is coming in Europe... With millions of muslims already there, the backlash is going to lead to breakouts of sectarian violence across the continent, leading to outright war when moderate muslims are lumped in with the radicals in the eyes of native Europeans... That is if the feminized Euro-weanies can find their balls... 

dumbStruck's picture

Wait till Egodan sends a four million refugee surge into the west...

Billybullshit's picture

I suppose you thought, " they will never brexit , they've got no balls blablabla. White Europeans have a great skill in mass slaughter, will fight wars to the death for five or six years, you may want to look at some history, the French, germans , russians and the british all will step up to the plate. All we have to do to start it, is get some Scotts, point them in the right direction, give em a bottle of whisky and tell them its friday night,then you will see some action!

shrimpythai's picture

watch the movie Babylon AD for an idea of what Europe and the world may look like in the not too distant future - forget these guys and the 50-100 years projections - more like 5-10 years

Babylon AD from 2008 with Vin Diesel


shrimpythai's picture

watch the movie Babylon AD for an idea of what Europe and the world may look like in the not too distant future - forget these guys and the 50-100 years projections - more like 5-10 years

Babylon AD from 2008 with Vin Diesel


Twox2's picture

Oh, I don't know.  A $255 increase since January 1 ain't too shabby...

shrimpythai's picture

the us gov Plunge Protection Team in full swing - keeping paper gold and real gold dwon every day  - their really should be 2 gold futures - real and paper and then we would see how high real gold gets 

dumbStruck's picture

A huge liquidity injection will be announced Monday, markets will soar. Gold will get hammered again.

OldPhart's picture

You are incorrect.

Obama, via McCain, recruited, trained, funded, armed, rearmed, Hail Mary rearmed, and Air Dropped even MORE arms to ISIS.

ISIS is a creature of the US, particularly of the Obama Administration, trained by the CIA and Spec Ops.

We then spent about three years blowing the shit out of sand dunes as they gained strength and power...supposedly to overthrow Assad.

We were fed bullshit about poison gas coming from Assad when it really was from ISIS, and WE probably supplied it to them.

After our collapse, in five or seven years time, at the New Nuremburg Trials, Every Surviving President and Secretary of State, Every Head of the CIA, FBI and DOJ, Every living Supreme, and a boatload of US politicians are going to find that War Crimes do not pay.

As an American, I volunteer to help hold the fucking ropes.

jeff montanye's picture

i have used this before but each day brings more crime to which our government is accessory.  and i love saying: barack and hillary, watch your heads!

In 1945, the London Charter of the International Military Tribunal defined three categories of crimes, including crimes against peace. This definition was first used by Finland to prosecute the political leadership in the war-responsibility trials in Finland. The principles were later known as the Nuremberg Principles.

In 1950, the Nuremberg Tribunal defined Crimes against Peace, in Principle VI, specifically Principle VI(a), submitted to the United Nations General Assembly, as:[13][14]

(i) Planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances;

(ii) Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of any of the acts mentioned under (i) above.

(for these crimes) Ten prominent members of the political and military leadership of Nazi Germany were executed by hanging: Hans Frank, Wilhelm Frick, Alfred Jodl, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Wilhelm Keitel, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Alfred Rosenberg, Fritz Sauckel, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, and Julius Streicher. Hermann Göring was also scheduled to be hanged on that day, but committed suicide using a potassium cyanide capsule the night before.

The sentences were carried out in the gymnasium of Nuremberg Prison by the United States Army using the standard drop method instead of long drop.[1] The executioners were Master Sergeant John C. Woods and his assistant, military policeman Joseph Malta. Woods may have miscalculated the lengths for the ropes used for the executions, such that some of the men did not die quickly of an intended broken neck but instead strangled to death slowly.[2][3][4] Some reports indicated some executions took between 14 minutes to 28 minutes.[5][6] The Army denied claims that the drop length was too short or that the condemned died from strangulation instead of a broken neck.[7] Additionally, the trapdoor was too small, such that several of the condemned suffered bleeding head injuries when they hit the sides of the trapdoor while dropping through.

Pumpkin's picture

The satanic banksters need more victims, that's why.

Hopeless for Change's picture

Gary Bernsten's book "Jawbreaker" is outstanding.  Highly recommend.

Bon Hagar's picture

Methinks Obama has been passing it around to Merkeled, Hollande & co.

Dolar in a vortex's picture

Keep screwing with his golf game and he's gonna' nuke somebody's a**.

JRobby's picture

Merge the UN & NATO lock them all in a room and give them "Stratego" to play.

U4 eee aaa's picture

Unfortunately, after a few hours the board would be on fire and they would be blaming each other

SWRichmond's picture

One can also make the argument that it is not so much Obama, as his first secretary of state, the person who in less than 4 months may be America's next president.

Yeah, but they'll both be fucking rich, so what do they care?

jeff montanye's picture

obama, the bankster and mass murderer, will be fucking rich (he will give speeches).

hillary, the bankster and mass murderer, is already rich (she gave speeches).

auricle's picture

Obama lost control of the middle east? That's fuck'n funny. Community organizer, turned senator, turned president. That's right folks, he laid out the policy for the middle east for the past 70 years.

Escapeclaws's picture

Why does the US have the right to CONTROL of the Muddle East anyway? Because the NeoStraussianTrotzkyiteBolshevists known as Neocons want to control the Middle East? Because how are we going to have WWIII if we can't cause the maximum of chaos there? Because how are we going to lay waste to 60,000,000 Iranians if we don't first lay waste to Syria? Because we should be provoking the Russians who dared to practically finish off ISIS who represent the only way to oust the evil monster Assad who we all know was elected by 79% of the Syrian voters rather than cooperating with the Russians to eliminate the butchers of Christians and other innocent victims of neocon policies? Can't allow democratically elected presidents, can we, dear NeoStraussianTrotzkyiteBolshevists? Ah, Bill Kristol how we love the melliflous sound of your raspy chainsaw voice!

--otherwise we are dead ducks.

new game's picture

remember those bully types when you were a kid. the fucks that were loners and would fuck with every runty kid? these are the worst of worst bullies, yea the ones that were abussed and got brains,yea, well now they are at the pentagon, nato i call them soft psycos...

lincolnsteffens's picture

Well Obama didn't start this shit. It goes way back to at least the British trying to arrange the Middle East for its own designs. Then acting with the Brits the US got into the act of mucking in ME countries. Recent history has the US, NATO and The UN mucking in other "sovereign" countries. This is just blow back for the most recent military adventurism in asymmetrical warfare some of which is designed to further subjugate the people of Europe and the US. 

Dolar in a vortex's picture

You're right, he didn't start it.

But no one has been as incompetent at dealing with it as 0bama has.

Nobody! Not Jimmy Carter or GW Bush. Nobody.

jeff montanye's picture

it's not a bug, it's an ap.

israel wants the mideast (well, not israel of course) in flames.  they want seven countries destroyed in five years.  

not destroyed and rebuilt into stable productive democracies (like that's going to happen because we bomb the shit out of them) but turned into permanently failed states that can't offer military opposition to israel's hegemony and possible nibbling of their land, resources, labor, capital, whatever.

new game's picture

how come no one comes out and frames this whole mid east time bomb in a simple statment(now that merica imperialism has brought fwd the inevitable): muzzie values vs christian values = death or convert.

so the time has come to exterminate the roaches...

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

"Everything Obozo touches turns to shit."

Yes, even his Community Organizing efforts are duds.  Has ANYONE heard of his efforts leading to recognizable results?  How's Chicago's crime rate and black-on-black gun violence & deaths doing for him?  Was it the Change they Hoped for?

Guys like him, and half of DC needs to be shipped off to one of those Survivor places and see how they fare.  They'd die of thirst and hunger, of course, because nobody would be working and they'd all be planning and scheming on ever shifting alliances.

new game's picture

1/2 of the human race thinks opposite of me. so wtf am i to do? lol! i seek the half that are uber conservative , hard working and are not afraid to say no and mean it...

Tigermoth's picture

I think a better way will be to use all the DC beltway neo-con/liberals and their families that have orchestrated this mess as the labor force to rebuild Syria first, and if any are still alive then Iraq and Libya. Oh, don't forget Afghanistan, and "F the EU" Vickey would be great for the Donbass. Maybe someone there will give her some cookies.

Max Cynical's picture

Is this really a matter of Obama losing control or the CIA (deep state) losing control while a knob like Obama just happens to be at the helm? How much of the ME policy (other than retreating and releasing Gitmo terrorists) is Obama driven?

Arnold's picture

Loosing one's head seems to have increased among whites and christians in the ME at an exponential rate.

Throw in sunnies, shites and kurds, and it is a ten bagger.

piceridu's picture

Look...I can't stand Obummer, but the flame was lit and the fire was stoked long before.

jeff montanye's picture

1948 was the watershed, rubicon, birth of the tyrant, lighting of the fuse, first beastly stirring of those rough and stony thighs.

you might check out: https://smile.amazon.com/Guilt-Association-Deception-Self-Deceit-America...

CheapBastard's picture

<<  Look...I can't stand Obummer, but the flame was lit and the fire was stoked long before. >>


People voted for Soweto because they hated George Bush and his Lying about WMDs and the Iraq War.

Obama promised to pull out of all those countries.

He didn't and just intensified the klilling and horror.

Hillert openly promises dto do the same as well as increase the budget and scope of ZATO.

drendebe10's picture

"JV team"   yea, right.   All the radical  islamic terrorist violence in the US & elsewhere has been fostered by the bullsht progressive liberal democrap policies of the illegal indonesian kenyan alien muslim fudgepacker imbecile with no clue of the concept of outcomes of its moronic policies much less responsibility or accountability. Crooked hiLIARy who presided over these idiotic policies will double down when elected by all the brainstem blacks, mexicans, XXs & FSA in November.