Archive | 27 April 2012

House Republicans Preparing Contempt Citation For Holder

They’re seriously considering bringing out the big guns (no pun intended):

House Republicans investigating the Fast and Furious scandal plan to pursue a contempt citation against Attorney General Eric Holder, senior congressional aides told CBS News.

The resolution will accuse Holder and his Justice Department of obstructing the congressional probe into the allegations that the government let thousands of weapons fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

The citation would attempt to force Holder to turn over tens of thousands of pages documents related to the probe, which has entered its second year.

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Obama’s Enemies List

All you need to do to get on Obama’s enemies list is to donate to Romney… then he’ll publish your name publicly and call you names:

Richard Nixon’s “enemies list” appalled the country for the simple reason that presidents hold a unique trust. Unlike senators or congressmen, presidents alone represent all Americans. Their powers—to jail, to fine, to bankrupt—are also so vast as to require restraint. Any president who targets a private citizen for his politics is de facto engaged in government intimidation and threats. This is why presidents since Nixon have carefully avoided the practice.

Save Mr. Obama, who acknowledges no rules. This past week, one of his campaign websites posted an item entitled “Behind the curtain: A brief history of Romney’s donors.” In the post, the Obama campaign named and shamed eight private citizens who had donated to his opponent. Describing the givers as all having “less-than-reputable records,” the post went on to make the extraordinary accusations that “quite a few” have also been “on the wrong side of the law” and profiting at “the expense of so many Americans.”

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Third Annual Bowl-A-Thon For… Abortion?

From the really bad optics department comes this one:

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Obama’s “Gutsy Call” Wasn’t (Updated: Spiking The Ball For Someone Else’s Touchdown!)

According to a handwritten memo from then-CIA chief Leon Panetta, the closest thing Obama made to a “gutsy call” in the operation to “get” bin Laden was to put the whole thing in the hands of a Navy Admiral, one “Admiral McRaven,” which is almost certainly 4-star Admiral William H. McRaven, the Commanding Officer of the United States Special Operations Command.

Breitbart points out that even when making the “gutsy call,” he tried to ensure that he had a way to avoid any negative political fallout.

The memo puts all control in the hands of Admiral McRaven – the “timing, operational decision making and control” are all up to McRaven. So the notion that Obama and his team were walking through every stage of the operation is incorrect. The hero here was McRaven, not Obama. And had the mission gone wrong, McRaven surely would have been thrown under the bus.

The memo is crystal clear on that point. It says that the decision has been made based solely on the “risk profile presented to the President.” If any other risks – no matter how minute – arose, they were “to be brought back to the President for his consideration.” This is ludicrous. It is wiggle room. It was Obama’s way of carving out space for himself in case the mission went bad. If it did, he’d say that there were additional risks of which he hadn’t been informed; he’d been kept in the dark by his military leaders.

So, if everything went well — as it did — Obama would take the credit for the “gutsy call.” If it went sideways, he’d blame McRaven, saying the decorated Admiral was the one handling the operation, so everything is his fault.

This is pretty much what we’d expect from the President who voted “present” so many times in Congress. If anyone made a “gutsy call,” it was Admiral McRaven, so kudos to him.

UPDATE: Looks like Obama is even spiking the ball for Admiral McRaven’s touchdown! And he’s doing what he said he wouldn’t, too:

This latest ad contradicts President Obama’s own pledge after he took out bin Laden. “You know, we don’t trot out this stuff as trophies,” Obama told CBS soon after the terrorist mastermind had been taken out. He added: “Americans and people around the world are glad that he’s gone. But we don’t need to spike the football.”

With the Obama campaign’s latest ad, it’s pretty safe to say that the president is now OK with “trot[ting] out this stuff” and “spik[ing] the football,” as long as it helps him get reelected.

Shameless. That’s the only word for it.

Bush Bikes With Seriously Injured Veterans

Now this is what I call class in a former President:

Former President George W. Bush is hosting a 100-kilometer mountain bike ride in the Panhandle’s Palo Duro Canyon State Park for military members wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The three-day ride begins Thursday. This is the second year for Bush to host the Warrior 100K. Last year, the ride was held in the Big Bend region of West Texas.

In a statement, Bush says the ride is a reminder of the “unbelievable courage, skill and sacrifice of those who wear the uniform of the United States.”

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