This spells trouble. The media is already exposing her book’s blatant untruths: “Discussing the most controversial part of her tenure at the State Department in her new book, ‘Hard Choices‘ – the attacks on the U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, on the night of September 11, 2012 – former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seems to gloss over the fact that Marines were not sent amid a worsening security situation in Libya, and were only sent after the attack.” Revisionist history is going to be a big part of her campaign.
It’s trouble when your own party’s bad-mouthing to the media sounds like the other party’s critiques. “In the 18 months since I began writing columns focused on the presidency, virtually every post critical of Obama has originated from conversations with Democrats. Members of Congress, consultants, pollsters, lobbyists, and executives at think tanks, these Democrats are my Obama-whispers. They respect and admire Obama but believe that his presidency has been damaged by his shortcomings as a leader; his inattention to details of governing; his disengagement from the political process and from the public; his unwillingness to learn on the job; and his failure to surround himself with top-shelf advisers who are willing to challenge their boss as well as their own preconceived notions.” Conservatives are glad they’ve finally seen the light.
Yet another troubling aspect to the Taliban trade: “The White House allowed the parents of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to take part in a series of secure video conferences with State Department and intelligence officials and senior military commanders, according to a published report. The Washington Times reports that Bob and Jani Bergdahl were allowed to join the conferences remotely from the Idaho National Guard headquarters in Boise soon after their son was captured by the Taliban in June 2009. A spokesman for the Idaho National Guard told the paper that the Bergdahls participated in up to 20 video conferences per year.”
We should be troubled that the president doesn’t understand this. But then again maybe he is just looking for an excuse to close Gitmo. “For present purposes, though, the point is that same [Authorization for Use of Force] that continues to enable the president to kill enemy combatants also continues to authorize his detention of enemy combatants. When Obama releases enemy detainees — when he replenishes the Taliban with highly capable jihadist commanders, even though the Taliban and its allies are still conducting terrorist operations against our men and women in harm’s way — that is a choice, not a requirement.”
If true, this is troubling. Independent Kentucky Senate candidate Ed Marksberry claims Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes offered him something of value (some would call it a bribe) to get out of the race: “Well, basically, it was two offers, but the last offer, long story short, they said there was money there and they understood I had some debt in my campaign, and there’s money available there to take care of that. And at that time there has been a lot of frustration on my part, not only suing the party but trying to get them to do the right thing and follow the bylaws of the party.” Grimes should be pressed to tell voters and the media everything she knows about this.
The speaker of the House is troubled, as should we all be, that this administration doesn’t act even when there is a high-profile scandal: “The fact that more than 57,000 veterans are still waiting for their first doctor appointment from the VA is a national disgrace. The House will act this week on a common-sense bill that would allow any veteran forced to wait more than 30 days for an appointment the option to receive private-sector care. It’s an important bill, and the president should call on the Senate to pass it immediately after the House acts.”
It’s troubling when the president’s BFF hooks up with Iran. “Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is in Turkey this week for the first official high-level meeting in nearly 20 years, sparking speculation that the two nations are growing closer as a means to offset U.S. power in the region and further solidify a deal meant to skirt U.S. sanctions on Tehran. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani landed in Ankara on Monday to meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other senior Turkish officials about boosting trade ties and fighting extremism in the region.”