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URL of the original posting site: http://comicallyincorrect.com/2017/06/05/notorious-ruth-ginsburg/#hUucmemQRFsGBBrB.99
Published June 19, 2014
The following is a refresher of major domestic and foreign policy developments that, apparently, were news to the White House.
1. Islamist militants gaining in Iraq
The New Yorker (1/27/2014): “In the 2012 campaign, Obama spoke not only of killing Osama bin Laden; he also said that Al Qaeda had been ‘decimated.’ I pointed out that the flag of Al Qaeda is now flying in Fallujah, in Iraq, and among various rebel factions in Syria; Al Qaeda has asserted a presence in parts of Africa, too.
‘The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,’ Obama said, resorting to an uncharacteristically flip analogy. ‘I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.'”
The Wall Street Journal (6/11/2014): Iraq Drama Catches US Off Guard
2. Russia’s intervention in Ukraine
Politico.com (3/4/14): “A White House spokeswoman declined to comment on whether Obama was satisfied with the intelligence he received on Russian intentions in Ukraine. But spokesmen for the U.S. intelligence community defended its work.
The Central Intelligence Agency says it’s always noted the possibility of aggressive military action.
‘Prior to and throughout the situation in Ukraine, the intelligence community has provided timely and valuable information that has helped policy makers understand the situation on the ground and make informed decisions. That continues to be the case today,’ said Shawn Turner, a spokesman for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. ‘Any suggestion that there were intelligence shortcomings related to the situation in Ukraine are uninformed and misleading.’
… While officials appear to disagree about the insights offered by U.S. intelligence, it’s beyond dispute that a lot of public commentary pundits offered as the Ukraine crisis unfolded was less than clairvoyant.”
3. NSA spying on foreign leaders
Wall Street Journal (10/28/2013): “Obama was unaware for the last 5 years, the NSA had been spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other members of world leaders. Only after an internal Obama administration review in 2013 did the White House know of the spying.”
President Obama news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan (5/16/2013): “I can assure you that I certainly did not know anything about the I.G. report before the I.G. report had been leaked through press — through the press.”
4. VA waiting list scandal
Jay Carney during a White House press briefing (5/19/2014):
JIM ACOSTA, CNN: “When was the president first made aware of these problems? Of these fraudulent lists that were being kept to hide the wait times, when was he first made aware of those problems? And when did other White House officials, top White House officials, become aware of these problems?”
JAY CARNEY: “When you say these problems, the fact that there have been bureaucracies –”
ACOSTA: “The delays have been known for some time.”
CARNEY: “You mean the specific allegations that I think were reported first by your news network out of Phoenix, I believe. We learned about them through the reports. I will double check if that is not the case. But that is when we learned about them and that is when I understand Secretary Shinseki learned about them, and he immediately took the action that he has taken.”
5. IRS targeting scandal
President Obama in a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Cameron (May 13, 2013): “Well, let me take the IRS situation first. I first learned about it from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this. I think it was on Friday.”
6. HealthCare.gov failing
Remarks by President Obama on HealthCare.gov (10/21/2013): “Of course, you’ve probably heard that HealthCare.gov — the new website where people can apply for health insurance and browse and buy affordable plans in most states — hasn’t worked as smoothly as it was supposed to work. And the number of people who visit the site has been overwhelming which has aggravated some of these underlying problems.”
Jay Carney during a White House press briefing (10/23/2013): “While we knew that there would be some glitches and actually said publicly that we expected some problems, we did not know until the problems manifested themselves after the launch that they would be as significant as they have turned out to be.”
7. DOJ obtaining AP phone records
Jay Carney during a White House press briefing (5/14/2013):
QUESTION: “When did the president find out about the Department of Justice’s subpoenas for the Associated Press?”
CARNEY: “Yesterday. Let me just be clear. We don’t have any independent knowledge of that. He found out about the news reports yesterday on the road.”
QUESTION: “What was his reaction to that? Does he believe that this was an overreach?”
CARNEY: “All I can tell you is that I cannot and he cannot comment specifically on an ongoing criminal investigation or actions that investigators at the Department of Justice may or may not have taken. It would be wholly inappropriate. And if we did comment on it, or if we did have insight into it, you would appropriately ask why and is that correct procedure, because it would not be.”
8. Fast and Furious scandal
Jay Carney during a White House press briefing (6/27/2012): “The president did not know about this tactic until he heard about it through the media; the attorney general did not know about it.”
9. Air Force One flyover in Manhattan
President Obama during media availability on arrival at FBI headquarters (4/28/2009):
QUESTION: “Sir, what do think of the Air Force One incident –”
THE PRESIDENT: “No — no questions –”
QUESTION: “– over New York City yesterday, sir?”
QUESTION: “Are you concerned about New York City yesterday, sir, with the Air Force plane?”
THE PRESIDENT: “It was a mistake, as was — as was stated. It was something we found out about along with all of you and it will not happen again. Thank you
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Michelle Obama Lectures Dems About Separation of Powers
4 Jun 2014
A day before the White House apologized to the Senate Intelligence Committee for not alerting Congress before trading five high-level terrorists for a captured American soldier, first lady Michelle Obama lectured donors about the separation of powers.
“Too often, we forget what we learned in civics class back in middle school, about how we have a separation of powers between three branches of government,” she said on Monday at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser in Boston.
The first lady claimed that, whenever people ask her why her husband cannot just “pass health care” or “get immigration reform done” or “hasn’t just fixed infrastructure yet,” she tells them, “you all know who has the final say on all of that, don’t you? Who? Congress. You guys remember civics. It’s Congress.”
She may have to remind her husband, a former constitutional law lecturer, about that.
As Breitbart News reported, Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA), the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), the Ranking Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, blasted Obama over the weekend for “clearly” violating “laws which require him to notify Congress thirty days before any transfer of terrorists from Guantanamo Bay and to explain how the threat posed by such terrorists has been substantially mitigated.”
“Our joy at Sergeant Berghdal’s release is tempered by the fact that President Obama chose to ignore the law, not to mention sound policy, to achieve it,” they said. “Trading five senior Taliban leaders from detention in Guantanamo Bay for Berghdal’s release may have consequences for the rest of our forces and all Americans. Our terrorist adversaries now have a strong incentive to capture Americans. That incentive will put our forces in Afghanistan and around the world at even greater risk.”
The White House cited “unique and exigent circumstances” for not notifying Congress, but this is nowhere near the first time the White House has acted alone with complete disregard for Congress.
On immigration, the Obama administration has indicated it will act to unilaterally change immigration laws after already having done so in 2012 with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Obama instructed Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to delay the administration’s deportation review, but Democrats have indicated that the Obama administration will act alone to ease deportations if amnesty legislation is not passed in six weeks. Last week, the Pentagon said it would allow some DREAMers to enroll in the military before announcing they would delay the implementation of the policy change.
LOS ANGELES, May 27, 2014 — On Memorial Day, many Americans paid tribute to fallen soldiers. As painful as it is for families to visit the graves of loved ones lost in war, the cemetery allows for some closure. The survivors know where their loved ones are, how they died, and why they are gone. Clear answers eventually help lead many survivors to places of solace and peace.
Conversely, not having those answers can be a constant source of torment. Pat Smith is a tormented woman. Her son Sean Smith was one of the four Americans murdered in Benghazi, Libya on the eleventh anniversary of the original September 11th attacks. The day after the 2012 attacks, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Pat Smith that her son died due to Muslim anger over an anti-Islamic internet video. The truth was that the video played no role in the attacks, and the administration knew this. A recently released email confirmed that blaming the video was a deliberate strategy to bolster the president’s reelection chances.
Pat Smith was promised answers. She has never received a single phone call. When Cindy Sheehan embraced Hugo Chavez and cursed President George W. Bush, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd glibly declared that a grieving mother’s viewpoint was “absolute.” Since Smith is critical of a liberal administration, the word absolute means nothing.
On Memorial Day, Pat Smith was asked by Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace what she thought of Hillary Clinton. Smith twice said, “Don’t ask me that.” Yet Smith could no longer hold her tongue, saying about Clinton that “she is a terrible person.” Smith also added that Hillary wants to run an entire country, but she cannot run anything.
Hillary defenders will claim that conservatives are using Smith to score political points. They will deflect to Bush and the Iraq War. They will even claim that critics of Hillary are sexist in the same way critics of Obama are supposedly racist.
Even if all of that toxic bile were true, the ultimate truth remains the same. Smith is a legitimate victim. Hillary has played a major role in violating Smith. Hillary has a history of such violations. Hillary Clinton is a terrible person.
Only a terrible person would be part of an administration that left people to die to protect a false narrative about defeating al Qaeda.
Only a terrible person would take part in blaming an innocent film-maker and staying silent while he went to jail to protect the administration.
Only a terrible person, when asked how Sean Smith died, would respond, “What difference at this point does it make?”
Only a terrible person would deliberately lie to a grieving mother about how her son died.
Only a terrible person would refuse to answer questions that would give the grieving mother a sense of peace.
Why was Sean Smith left to die?
Why did the Obama-Hillary government refuse to try and save Smith’s life?
Who gave the order for those planning a rescue mission to stand down?
Why was the American government unprepared for the attacks in the first place?
Hillary Clinton knows that the truth coming out could damage her chances of being President. A good human being would put doing what is right above an obsessive quest for power. A terrible human being who has often been compared to Lady MacBeth would trample over people and show an utter disregard for their humanity. Can any Hillary defender claim that she cares about people like Pat Smith? Can anybody claim that Pat Smith is a partisan gunslinger?
Smith is an ordinary American woman who wants to know what happened to her son. Every day for her will be Memorial Day until she gets some answers.
Hillary Clinton has not given Pat Smith or anybody else in America answers about what happened in Benghazi in the 20 months since the attacks happened. There is no reason to expect that Hillary will voluntarily ever give those answers. Winning at all costs requires shrouding the truth and wrecking the lives of innocent people.
Inflicting that carnage is the very essence of Hillary Clinton.
That is what makes her a terrible person
Harry Reid Defends Latest Obamacare Delay Because “People Are Not Educated On How To Use The Internet”
Posted on March 26, 2014
Another excuse to serve as a takeover of America. Liberal logic doesn’t have to make sense.
At first I thought this had to be a joke, unbelievably, it is not.