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Has the president gone rogue?



Published: Mon, June 9, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

WASHINGTON

What Winston Churchill said of Secretary of State John Foster Dulles — that he was a bull who carried his own china shop around with him — is true of Susan Rice, who is, to be polite, accident prone. When in September 2012 she was deputed to sell to the public the fable that the Benghazi attack was just an unfortunately vigorous movie review — a response to an Internet video — it could have been that she, rather than Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was given this degrading duty because Rice was merely U.N. ambassador, an ornamental position at an inconsequential institution. Today, however, Rice is Barack Obama’s national security adviser, so two conclusions must be drawn.

Perhaps she did not know, in advance of the swap of five terrorists for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the, shall we say, ambiguities about Bergdahl’s departure from his platoon in Afghanistan, and the reportedly deadly consequences of his behavior. If so, then she has pioneered a degree of incompetence exotic even for this 10-thumbed administration. If, however, she did know, and still allowed Obama to present this as a mellow moment of national satisfaction, she is condign punishment for his choice of such hirelings.

Perhaps this exchange really is, as Obama said in defending it, an excellent thing “regardless of the circumstances, whatever those circumstances may turn out to be.” His confidence in its excellence is striking, considering that he acknowledges that we do not know the facts about what would seem to be important “circumstances.”

Expressions of anger

Such as the note Bergdahl reportedly left before disappearing, in which he supposedly said he did not approve of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. And the notably strong and numerous expressions of anger by members of Bergdahl’s battalion concerning his comportment and its costs.

Obama did not comply with the law requiring presidents to notify Congress 30 days before such exchanges. Politico can be cited about this not because among the media it is exceptionally, well, understanding of Obama’s exuberant notion of executive latitude but because it is not. Politico headlined a story on his noncompliance with the law “Obama May Finally Be Going Rogue on Gitmo.” Politico said Obama’s “assertive” act “defied Congress” — Congress, not the rule of law — in order “to get that process [of closing Guantanamo Bay prison] moving.”

The 44th president, channeling — not for the first time — the 37th (in his post-impeachment conversation with David Frost), may say: “When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.” Already the administration says events dictated a speed that precluded complying with the law.

This explanation should be accorded open-minded, but not empty-minded, consideration. It should be considered in light of the fact that as the Veterans Affairs debacle continued, Obama went to Afghanistan to hug some troops, then completed the terrorists-for-Bergdahl transaction. And in light of the fact that Obama waged a seven-month military intervention in Libya’s civil war without complying with the law (the War Powers Resolution) that requires presidents to terminate within 60 to 90 days a military action not authorized or subsequently approved by Congress.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., vice chairman of the Intelligence Committee, says the administration told him he would be notified about negotiations for the release of terrorists. He now says he cannot “believe a thing this president says.”

No consultations

Obama says his agents “consulted with Congress for quite some time” about prisoner exchanges with the Taliban. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, says there have been no consultations since 2011. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., says “I don’t like it when the White House says the intelligence committees were briefed. Because we weren’t.” He says Obama is “referring to ... 2011-2012, when I was still in grade school.”

Now, now. “Assertive” presidents can’t be expected to “go rogue” without ruffling feathers.

This episode will be examined by congressional committees, if they can pierce the administration’s coming cover-up, which has been foreshadowed by the response to congressional attempts to scrutinize the politicization of the IRS. If the military stalls on turning over files to Congress pertaining to the five years of Bergdahl’s absence, we will at least know that there is no national institution remaining to be corrupted.


Comments

1redeye1(4564 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

ParHenny
You should quit drinking OBAMMY'S Kool-Aid .It's effecting your brain's health.
First The IRS scandal is REAL
Second Do you really believe that OSAMA is dead. I myself, I'm having second thoughts . You see no one has seen any photos of his dead body. The muslim is the WH won't show anyone. Also since he helped his fellow muslims I have even more doubt.
Who brought the slaves to this country . The DEMONCRATS! Maybe you should have study history harder when you were in school
Were you there or any of the liars who claim he is war prisoner? NO!!
But there were soldiers who were and they stated he deserted . Yes I believe them before I would believe OBAMMY and his lying bunch of minnions
But, LIBERTURDS like you are blinded by all of the FREEBIES that OBAMMY has given. you. After all when he is imprisoned you fear they will all be gone, so you spew all this BS about OBAMMY hoping nothing happens But it's going to, believe me its coming.

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2steivo(540 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Let me summarize:

Fast and Furious - George Bush's fault
IRS scandal - Global warming
Obamacare debacle - Racism
VA mess - George Bush's fault
Bergdahl - Republicans fault
Benghazi - Global warming
Harry Reid and Hillary Clinton - What difference does it make.

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3steivo(540 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

This man is the worst POTUS the country has ever seen or will see.

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4steivo(540 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

parlayhenry:

How about for starters:

His Attorney General run guns to Mexico that are used to kill a border agent.
He used the IRS to punish conservative groups.
4 Americans slaughtered in Benghazi and, to date, nothing has been done about it.
He implemented a massive new entitlement program right in the teeth of runaway debts.
Gave away billions of taxpayer dollars to his union pals at GM.
Gave away 5 hard core terrorists so that they can kill some more Americans.
Watched Vets die while his VA covered it up.
Is in the process of killing the coal industry to provide a solution with no problem.
Refuses to sign the Keystone pipeline while we watch oil spills from train cars.

As I have said many times, I can think of a black American who I would enthusiastically support for POTUS and his name is kind of funny too.

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5borylie(791 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

parlayhenry, Did you vote for President Obama because he was black,like so many others did? What qualifications of his persuaded you to vote for him?

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