Man, the hits keep comin’, don’t they? It’s getting hard to keep track of all the scandals the administration has running…
First there was Operation Gunrunner (that’s Fast & Furious out of Arizona, Castaway out of Florida) where the government allowed straw purchasers to buy guns and take them to Mexico, and actively sold guns and military hardware in Honduras. The administration threatened whistleblowers, tried to slough responsibility on middle management when it was obviously run out of the White House, and lied actively about the purpose of the mission.
Next up, Benghazi. Here rank incompetence and naive idealism led to an attack on our embassy in Cairo on 9/11 last year, as well as the consulate in Benghazi in Libya. Informed of an attack on the embassy at 5pm, the president then disappeared off the grid for the rest of the night to allow the State Department, Central Intelligence Agency, and AFRICOM to “ass up the AO” for the duration. With minimal security (it was supposedly going to be handled by locals…Islamists), the consulate was overrun. The ambassador fled to a secondary location that said Islamists had outed to the rioters and he was tortured and killed. No attempt was made to rescue them and when members of AFRICOM looked to disobey orders and send a rescue mission against orders to stand down, were relieved of duty.
The president’s response? Blame the idiocy on a YouTube video for a week. Then they threatened the whistleblowers, staged conveniently timed scandals that ousted those who would not play ball, tried to slough responsibility off on middle management when the fiasco was staged by Foggy Bottom (and specifically the Secretary of State), which wanted to believe that, in helping the Libyan rebels, the Obama administration was now widely respected and loved by the Arab Street. This event broke the narrative, and the level of narcissism in the current regime is so high that this couldn’t be allowed to happen.
Apparently, no one explained to them that the event is usually less damning than the cover-up. And there’s no question that the administration has been covering up their gross negligence in the case of Benghazi. Or to paraphrase Democrats who opposed the Iraq War (while Bush was running it, that is), “People died, Obama Lied.”
This past week, we found out that the Democrats, and specifically the White House, used the Internal Revenue Service to target conservative and libertarian political groups with audits that damaged their ability to raise money, and that they were browbeating the organizations for their donor lists. (Oh, don’t forget those dangerous pro-Israel Jewish groups.) But don’t worry! The Max Bacchus, the head of the Senate Finance Committee (and the man that first suggested the IRS be used in this blatantly illegal manner), is heading up the investigation into the scandal! I’m sure we can expect a completely impartial, truthful examination of this illegal activity. I’m wracking my brain…what does this remind me of…? Oh, right: Watergate, where a sitting president used the power of his office unethically and used a government agency (CIA) to spy on his political opponents.
And this weekend, we found out that the Department of Justice secretly grabbed two months of telephone records from 200 reporters from the Associated Press in an attempt to find out who leaked this:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA thwarted an ambitious plot by al-Qaida’s affiliate in Yemen to destroy a U.S.-bound airliner using a bomb with a sophisticated new design around the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, The Associated Press has learned.
The plot involved an upgrade of the underwear bomb that failed to detonate aboard a jetliner over Detroit on Christmas 2009. This new bomb was also designed to be used in a passenger’s underwear, but this time al-Qaida developed a more refined detonation system, U.S. officials said.
The FBI is examining the latest bomb to see whether it could have passed through airport security and brought down an airplane, officials said. They said the device did not contain metal, meaning it probably could have passed through an airport metal detector. But it was not clear whether new body scanners used in many airports would have detected it.
The AP wasn’t informed of the investigation until a year after the 7 May, 2012 story. Expect to watch reporters, who were perfectly content to ignore the above big stories for years, lose their minds over having been the target of the same government malfeasance the rest of us have had to worry about for the last five years. Now, who is at the center of two of these major scandals..? Eric Holder, the protege of the last truly-awful, unethical Attorney General, Janet “Man Hands” Reno — expect to see someone’s head on a pike soon, unless the administration can buy off their sycophants in the media.
I wonder why people might be feeling disillusioned and angry with the way the country’s being run..?