Photo Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Here is President Barack Obama meeting in the White House Situation Room with his national security advisors to discuss strategy in Syria, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013.

That’s why it took him so long to come out for his short announcement in the Rose Garden, Saturday afternoon. He was here, in the situation room, getting it together.


The White House Situation Room is a 5,525-square-foot conference room and intelligence management center in the basement of the West Wing of the White House.

The Situation Room is equipped with secure, advanced communications equipment for the President to maintain command and control of U.S. forces around the world. From it he can monitor and deal with crises at home and abroad and to conduct secure communications with persons outside the Situation Room.

That means they have Skype.

The Situation Room was created in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, after the failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion was attributed to a lack of real-time information.

In other words, that band of ragtag Cuban exiles would have toppled Castro, if only the president could talk to them while they were going at it.

Imagine how far they would have gone if they had Skype.


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Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth,,, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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