President Barack Obama's staged "surprise" visit to Afghanistan on Sunday appears to have its own consequences as a result of yet one more administration snafu: the accidental leaking of a top CIA intelligence officer working in Kabul, according to reports coming out on Sunday.
The CIA's station chief in Kabul was included in a list comprised by the White House in order to give White House correspondents that names of top officials traveling with Obama or participating in the President's "surprise visit" with U.S. troops.
While the majority of reporters traveling with Obama went along with what many believe is a political stunt to divert attention away from the Veterans Administration scandal, it is exactly the type of politically-motivated that one comes to expect from a President and White House that tests the limits of Americans' gullability, according to former intelligence officer and police lieutenant Kevin McIntyre.
"The American taxpayers had to foot a hefty amount of cash for this president to suddenly decide to notice our fighting forces as a way to show he cares, in spite of dozens of military veterans dying at the hands of his incompetent administration," said McIntyre.
In essence, the White House staff exposed a top CIA officer working overseas who depends on secrecy to protect his true identity.
The CIA chief was listed along with 15 other officials who were chosen to brief the President when he arrived at Afghanistan's Bagram Air Force Base. According to reporters with Obama's entourage, those involved in the briefing included the Ambassador to Afghanistan, James B. Cunningham, as well as Marine Four-Star General, Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., who currently commands both United States and coalition troops in that theater of operations.
The original list was promulgated by email to reporters chosen for the trip to Afghanistan with Obama, and shared with news organizations -- many of them foreign media -- who did not have correspondents on the trip.
As of yet, there have been no statements from the Obama White House regarding the leaking of station chief's true identity. It's also not known if the revelation will harm the intelligence officer physically or hurt his career at the CIA.
Meanwhile, President Obama received an enormous amount of favorable publicity as a result of his trip, and those who were critical were, as usual, accused of being partisan or even racist by Obama's sycophants.
"Those who question Obama's motives for this sudden trip to Kabul are accused of playing politics, but the people involved in the trip aren't motivated by today's political climate in the U.S.? As I recall, Karl Marx -- and later Vladimir Lenin -- once advised their followers to 'accuse others of what you do.' That quote is quite fitting today," said political strategist Michael Barker.