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An Uninformed Presidency

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton, born October 26, 1947, is the 67th United States Secretary of State, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama. She was a United States Senator for New York from 2001 to 2009. As the wife of the 42nd President, Bill Clinton, she was the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. | Photo: | Hillary Clinton, Secretary Of State, Senator, Bill Clinton,

Accountability is non-existent in the Obama Administration

The Democrat members of Congress and their staffs concocted the Affordable Care Act, but they weren't to know what was in it until they passed it. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius was in charge of launching the ACA enrollment operation, but she's not responsible for the technical disaster that ensued because she's not a website wizard. The ill-fated "Fast and Furious" operation by the ATF was carried out under the auspices of the Department of Justice, but the Attorney General knew nothing about it until he read it in the newspapers. The Benghazi disaster ensued under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but she was uninformed of repeated requests to bolster the security of Americans posted in Libya. (And besides, "What difference does it really make?") The IRS is being used as an instrument of political coercion, but no-one in Washington was aware or responsible. The ACA roll-out is a disaster, but the President is surprised.

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.

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