I have repeatedly said that President Obama is Bush III, but I am having second thoughts. I now think Obama is in a league of his own. From the perspective of terror, our President has kept our country safe for his entire presidency, and has managed to put a reign on al-Qaida.
But this is nothing more than what Bush II did after 9/11. After all, only then did he have the type of massive, multi-trillion dollar expenditures designed to save a few lives. Only then did he invade Afghanistan and Iraq. And only then did he have Guantanamo Bay, indefinite detention and other similar civil rights invasions fit for any dictatorship or authoritarian government.
But President Obama is more extreme than Bush on civil liberties issues. He has kill lists, and can give the order to kill US citizens without trial or even much review. He and his attorney general refuse to provide documents in connection with situations that cry for greater production, something Bush never did. He never had situations like President Reagan and now Obama. Situations of unlawful conduct and malfeasance under his watch. And he has perfected the "I do not know" excuse beyond any other president. In fact, as was pointed out years ago, Obama intentionally refuses to know. His aides and others are cautioned not to raise things to the president. But those that are all have "national security" written all over them. After all, we are at "war" on terror, and "wartime" presidents have special powers.
More importantly, Obama and his do anything for the politics of the situation Administration has one-upped everyone with his IRS assault. Yet, this is little more than expected. In fact, as we face more questions about abuse of power, are we to allow for abuse of power, but not the unknowing president?
I think not.
What we have is an all out assault on everything we cherish as independent. Already, the AP has ironically proven unworthy of being a "news" agency with its ever so tilted pro-Obama portrayals so far. Truth. Who cares when our journalists have their favorite president.
But the AP situation, now showing its ugly head with reportedly Fox News audits, wiretaps or whatever, prove what the AP is learning. The price of not being allegiant to our president is an audit or even worse criminal charges. Obama was far from stupid. Remember, this is the man who studied and was friends with anarchists and bombers. The man who made an art of demanding stating the party line. Who has filled CNN and other coffers with his backers who toe the party line. And get little tidbits.
Of course, this is a bit of business as usual. But not with the holy mantle of keeper of the peace and anti-terror behind him, as does this president. And you have thought he was liberal? Never. Nothing he has done is very "liberal." Sure, you have abortion as purportedly liberal. But there are many other things still ultra-conservative about Obama.
And it is where government and "liberal" connect that liberty and justice have begun to emerge from the "fog of war," as Hillary Clinton put it. So foggy, we do not know what is happening. Just a fog.
But the AP's fight is against government and the "war" on terror, as implemented by Obama and his chief legal henchman. It is terror, it is national security, it is hidden and never available. And it is the "most serious breach of security I have ever seen," according to AG Holder.
Rally around AP, and keep the Republicans there as long as possible. Because if forced to prove the "fog of war," and "war" on terror are subterfuges by which any president or Congress can imperil both life and liberty of our citizens, then maybe they will be more closely examined and the "war" powers revoked or amended.
We need a much more extensive review of what is being done, not just the AP but everyone in the name of the "war" on terror so we can again remind ourselves of just how exposed we are.
You trust your data with the government during a "war" on terror? You should not. The IRS is but the tip of the iceberg.