Machiavellian kudos to Eric Holder for continuing to grasp the gullibility of the traditional media as it regards the serial malfeasance of the Obama Administration.
From the Washington Post’s ‘no-specifics’ reporting of the off-the-record meeting between the embattled AG and the handful of media who showed up for Holder’s propaganda delivery device:
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. pledged Thursday to take concrete steps to address concerns that the Justice Department has overreached in its leak investigations and said officials would seek procedural and possibly legislative changes to protect journalists’ First Amendment rights.
Some (for example, those under investigation) might ask why Holder chose to overreach to begin with or why he won’t drop the current overreach.
Instead, Obama-like, Holder is telling the media to watch what he says and to ignore what he’s done. This would seem to make him the doppelganger of John Mitchell who famously said, ”Watch what we do, not what we say.”
So is the corollary that Richard Nixon’s doppelganger is Barack Obama?
In Jaws, the observations was, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
And from the dark, fetid bowels of the President’s own private Scamalot, it’s this: “You’re gonna need a bigger bus.”
After all, the body count for those the Administration is pondering throwing under the bigger bus continues to grow. Bodies from the State Department regarding Benghazigate? Check. The Treasury Department’s IRS debacle? Check. The Justice Department’s extra-legal proceedings? Check. The HHS extra-Constitutional fundraising? Check. Overwhelmed White House apologist-in-chief Jay Carney-Worker? Check.
But the leading candidate to become the speed bump/road kill in the who-gets-bussed-next competition is clearly Eric Holder, the man who may pay for the sins of the Administration with his political scalp. Remember that years ago, Holder was the guy who fixed things with a presidential pardon for fugitive from justice Marc Rich. (Holder feigned after the fact ignorance on that one as well.)
In fact, on that note, it’s entirely possible that Holder already has Obama’s pardon in his proverbial pocket.
Such is life in transparency-land and the shire of Scamalot.
The story is disturbing: Chinese hackers have compromised U.S. weapons systems including missile defense (the PAC-3, THAAD, and Aegis systems), aircraft (the F/A-18, the V-22, the Blackhawk helicopter, and the F-35), as well as the Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship.
But imbedded within the story is another angle, the fact that Eric Holder would now appear to be cleared hot to tap the phone lines of the Washington Post, the private cell phones of its reporters, as well as their texts and e-mails.
How so? The report the Chinese hacking story is based on information that is not intended for public release (emphasis added):
Among more than two dozen major weapons systems whose designs were breached were programs critical to U.S. missile defenses and combat aircraft and ships, according to a previously undisclosed section of a confidential report prepared for Pentagon leaders by the Defense Science Board.
As such, the President’s war on the press should be set to continue unabated.
If consistency counts for anything, one would expect the Administration to go after the Washington Post.
Will they have the stones to do so? Don’t count on it. The Washington Post does not equal Fox News.
“I have complete confidence in Eric Holder as Attorney General. He’s an outstanding Attorney General and does his job with integrity, and I expect he will continue to do so,” Obama said in response to a reporter’s question Thursday.
Why would Obama stand up for Holder? Holder’s loyalty and an ability to (eventually) follow fundamental instructions, it would appear.
At the beginning of the administration, Holder was muzzled by the White House after he caused political distractions for a public comment about America being “a nation of cowards on race” and for endorsing an assault-weapons ban in an interview when that was not an administration priority. He was also ordered by the White House to keep a low profile on issues like Guantanamo and his plan to try the 9/11 suspects in a federal court in New York.
Today the Administration welcomes any distraction from their political woes, even if Holder’s department is the root cause of many of them (at minimum, Fast and Furious, the Administration’s death by drone policy, and the AP wiretaps). And of course, Holder was a known quantity to Obama as the man who “brokered one of the most unjustifiable pardons that an American president [Bill Clinton] has ever granted.”
Or maybe Holder’s modest abilities, pliability, and character faults were what Obama was after all along.
And Ezra Klein is to insightful analysis as Eric Holder is to ignorance.
“The buck stops there,” is the underlying message President Obama’s myriad mouthpieces are pushing. Or translated into Biden-speak, “Yes, he don’t.”
The HHS fundraising scandal? An underling who didn’t first seek permission to shakedown industry.
Benghazi? Well, maybe mistakes were made… but not at the White House.
Tapping the AP’s phone lines? You’ll have to talk to Justice about that.
The IRS targeting conservative groups? An isolated event involving only a few people.
In Obamaland, with the President’s policy goal of all government all the time, the fish rots from the tail and not the head.
On one hand, you have your American president who is all-in on Executive Orders, photo ops, and the standard leftist worldview in order to assert more government authority as it regards gun control. That standard leftist worldview can be largely summarized as follows: individuals outside the government ‘elite’ are too stupid, feeble, inept, and dangerous (to themselves and others) to make their own decisions.
On the other hand, you have your Obama Administration Attorney General who is all-in on legal maneuvering intended to thwart transparency as it regards a policy of illegality and death known as Fast and Furious.
Fast and Furious was, of course, a federally sanctioned operation which purposefully allowed about 2000 guns to illegally “walk” into the hands of drug cartels. These Administration sanctioned guns were then involved in killing a large number—at least 200—Mexicans and one U.S. Border Patrol agent. The devastation of Fast and Furious appears to be an order of magnitude greater than that of the Sandy Hook massacre.
If this were a Republican administration, it would be bigger than Watergate. Since the Administration is Democrat and their alleged good intentions, no matter how idiotic, count for more than actions, all is media-forgiven.
Fast and Furious and gun control: they’re for the children.
In my career, I’ve been lucky enough to meet cabinet members, governors, senators and even a few presidential candidates, but, honestly, I’ve never met anyone less impressive at the higher levels of government than LaHood.
The first conclusion we can draw: Mr. Harsanyi has not met Eric Holder.
The second conclusion: the Administration actively supports the Americans with Mental Disabilities Act. Consider at minimum Holder, LaHood, and GaffeMaster Flash (AKA Joe Biden).
The third conclusion: the President has surrounded himself with people who think as he does.
Scary, ain’t it?
A better analogy is that Holder has committed a possible crime and led the police on an unending low-speed chase only to hide behind his sponsor when he finally ran out of options. And it may turn out his sponsor is the one who provided the direction for the low-speed chase to begin with and the one who most benefits from Holder’s non-compliance with the Congressional request.
Or as Jesse Jackson might say, Holder hides and lies; agents suffer and die.
Reality 77, Sharpton 2. The intellectual ten-run rule was in effect on Sharpton over two decades ago.
And on Fast and Furious, if this were a Republican administration, it’d be bigger than Watergate.
The President needs his self-described non-cover-up associated with the whole Fast and Furious thing to take as long as possible to play out. If things work out well for him, the President will be re-elected with no real political price to pay and if they work out poorly, he can still write his own pardon (as well as another for Eric “My Eye” Holder who will also negotiate any and all fees).
It’s all a part of the Clinton playbook: deny, delay, deceive. Then, if need be and when thoroughly out of options, offer to negotiate. Iran uses the same strategy for their nuclear weapons program.
Every second a voter is dazed and confused about the Fast and Furious issue is a second they won’t be pondering the non-success of Obamanomics.
And if this were a Republican administration, it’d be bigger than Watergate.
The revelation in Foreign Policy that Israel has a secret airfield, possibly for use in an Iran attack scenario, was intentionally leaked by the Administration.
How do we know it was leaked? The leakers involved found someone who would bring the issue to light and gave him (in this case, writer Mark Perry) a story, complete with a bow on it:
In particular, four senior diplomats and military intelligence officers say that the United States has concluded that Israel has recently been granted access to airbases on Iran’s northern border. To do what, exactly, is not clear. “The Israelis have bought an airfield,” a senior administration official told me in early February, “and the airfield is called Azerbaijan.”
So can we expect the Justice Department to go after these leakers? There is, after all, the Espionage Act, which the New York Times says has been employed six times (so far) by the Administration:
In case after case, the Espionage Act has been deployed as a kind of ad hoc Official Secrets Act, which is not a law that has ever found traction in America, a place where the people’s right to know is viewed as superseding the government’s right to hide its business.
This means the Israeli airfield leak will to be one of those no-traction, no indictment, no conviction circumstances. Our right to know and all that, even if it’s about Israel’s security and not directly that of the United States.
Therefore, it is impossible to imagine Mr. Holder’s Justice Department will pursue the leaks; after all, you can’t avoid the conclusion the leaks were condoned by the Administration. Israeli strikes (let alone full-blown war) against Iran would be sure to result in increased domestic gasoline prices, a possible death blow to the President’s re-election chances.
Evenhandedness, you see, is for small people. This means our current Justice Department is likely to remain an oxymoron.
The Obama Administration’s Justice Department has accused Maricopa County Sherriff Joe Arpaio of violating federal law.
No presumption of any guilt or innocence is implied, but you have to wonder if this Is this a tit-for-tat effort: Sheriff Joe and the people of Arizona have long accused the Administration of violating federal law by ignoring and failing to enforce existent immigration laws.
Of course, then there are still the laws that were broken under the Administration’s “leadership” (combined with questionable discretionary powers and judgment) in the Administration’s effort to direct illegal guns into drug runners, Fast and Furious.
Remember, an idiot with initiative is one of the most dangerous things imaginable.