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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Mark Lippert
The nomination of U.S. Ambassador-designate to Russia Michael McFaul is in trouble, based on recent responses to senators' questions about a possible plan to give sensitive data to Russia on the SM-3 anti-missile interceptor.
The State Department is holding up final approval of Taiwan's request for a multibillion-dollar arms package to upgrade Taipei's fleet of aging F-16 jets.
The top Pentagon job overseeing the secret special operations war on terrorist groups has been offered to former U.S. counterterrorism ambassador Michael Sheehan, according to two senior U.S. officials.
"Gen. Jones and I worked collaboratively on many issues, and I'm proud of what we accomplished, but there was also times we disagreed, but I knew General Jones was the boss," Mr. Lippert said.
Additionally, Mr. McCain asked Mr. Lippert to explain whether he "shut out" a top White House military adviser, Army Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, from key Iraq policy discussions because he distrusted him.