An Uninformed Presidency
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An administration chest deep in corruption, miscalculation, and destructive hubris
Accountability is non-existent in the Obama Administration
Do you detect a pattern here? The acceptance of responsibility, what we call accountability, is non-existent in the Obama Administration. This is most evident where the President himself is concerned, but the pattern is well-established. From the spectacle of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hiding in the weeds and then fleeing to Australia in the wake of Benghazi, and then throwing up a smoke screen of self-righteousness when she was finally dragged before Congress, to President Obama's pathetic gratitude toward Russian President Vladimir Putin for saving his (we'll say) "face" in Syria, the Obama Administration's record is one of passing the buck, of "leading from behind."
Today we behold the spectacle of an administration chest deep in corruption, miscalculation, and destructive hubris, but which asserts that it was not informed of the problem. The launch of an ill-conceived Affordable Care Act via an unwieldy, fatally flawed internet program is emblematic of the past five years. The President's election year promises regarding how the ACA would affect Americans were just so much empty rhetoric. Fast and Furious was ill-conceived and had deadly consequences. The same is true of the IRS scandal, of the Benghazi disaster.
The President is ultimately responsible for the welfare of Americans abroad, but on the fateful night of the Benghazi attack, he left the matter in the hands of subordinates and went to bed. After all, he had a big campaign rally in Las Vegas the next day. Campaigning is something he understands, and he seems to think it's his primary function as President. So busy is he campaigning that he just can't seem to keep up with what's going on in his administration. He is a constantly uninformed and surprised president.
Obama's foreign policy, if one can call it that, has resulted not in the strengthening and defense of the United States, but rather in weakening our position in the world. One does not lead from behind. One leads from the fore. Even to have dreamed up a term like "leading from behind" betrays a perversity of thought unless one hopes for chaos. Leading from behind only leaves one blinded by the dust kicked up by those who go ahead.
In a system where the background and preparation of a candidate totally unqualified to be president was never questioned by the main stream media, what should we have expected? Obama sidesteps responsibility for everything. He thinks his job is to delegate the hard tasks to others and then forget about them. He can't conceive that when they fail, the fault lies ultimately with him.
Michael Davidson, Clandestine Editor: Michael R. Davidson was raised in the Mid-West. Heeding President Kennedy’s call for more young Americans to learn Russian he studied the language in college and later at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. Military service took him to the White House where he served as translator for the Moscow-Washington “Hotline.” His language abilities attracted the attention of the Central Intelligence Agency, and following military service Mr. Davidson spent the next 28 years as a... (more...)