According to reports Barack Obama was not told the National Security Agency (NSA) was tapping German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone until 2010 at which time he not only didn’t stop it but ordered it to be continued. According to one high ranking official at the NSA the president said “he didn’t trust her.” A report issued by the NSA says this isn’t true and the president was never told about the wiretapping.
Whether he was told or not isn’t the main issue, instead it seems this president never knows what is going on. This is just the latest in a string of reported incidents, problems and failures of the administration of which Barack Obama either claims he hasn’t known about or his underlings have said they haven’t told him. And so far it also looks like the Mekel wiretapping will be the latest where no one will be held accountable.
Here is the short list of things Barack Obama claims to have not known about:
Benghazi Attack: On September 11, 2012 the United States Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens and others were killed in a terrorist attack in Benghazi. The president denied it was a terrorist attack even though reports show he knew at least 72 hours after the attack it was committed by Jihadists. Even after he knew this he sent out Susan Rice to all the Sunday talk shows on September 16 to claim it wasn’t a terrorist attack. Of course the administration says Rice said these things on her own. No one has ever been held accountable for not sending any troops to rescue our American citizens , even though they were ready to go. It is still unknown whp geve the order to “stand down.”
IRS Scandal: On May 10, 2013 it was learned that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had been targeting certain tax exempt groups for audits and additional scrutiny. The former Director of the IRS Exempt Organizations Division, Lois Lerner admitted the IRS was doing this and apologized, claiming it was “line employees” who made this decision. According to testimony in front of congressional investigators this was found not to be the case, in fact it went a lot higher than that. There were over 100 meetings at the White House between the IRS Commissioner and the White House, with Stephanie Cutter, one of the president’s political operatives present. What was discussed at these meeting? We don’t know, but the President has denied knowing anything about this targeting.
“Fast and Furious”: One of the first major scandals of the Obama administration has been what has become known as “Fast and Furious.” This was a government sponsored program where federal agents sold guns to criminal organizations in Mexico, with the idea of tracing these guns to the drug cartels. The program back fired when one of these guns was used to kill a border patrol officer, Brian Terry. It was also learned that the government had lost track of most of these guns soon after they crossed the border and some have been used in crimes here in the US and Mexico in other violent attacks by the drug cartels. Like every other scandal involving this president, he first said he knew nothing about this operation, in fact going so far as blaming it on George Bush. Later he said Attorney General Eric Holder stopped the program as soon as he found out about it, although Holder testified at congressional hearings he did not even know about it. It was also learned the program was not begun under Bush although a similar program was started and scrapped by the Bush administration. No one has been held accountable for this major failure.
Obamacare: The latest problem and possibly the most expensive in terms of money is the failure of the Healthcare.gov website and by extension, Obamacare itself. During hearings last week we learned there was no communication between the various contractors involved in the development of the website and it was not even fully tested. President Obama continues to insist that everything is working fine with the website as does HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. So far no one has addressed the even bigger problems with Obamacare such as the fact that contrary to what we were told over and over again that people could keep their current healthcare plans and doctors and healthcare insurance would be cheaper. None of this is true, rates have skyrocketed, people are receiving letters saying their current plans are being cancelled and their doctors are dropping them. The White House is insisting everything is fine with Obamacare and to not bother about the man behind the curtain. Period. Again, no one is being held accountable for this website fiasco and the over $600 million which has already be spent on something that doesn’t work.
With all these problems coming to light the President has shown us one of two things Either he really is clueless about what is going around him, preferring to let his subordinates run things the way they want to and when things don’t work out, these same subordinates prefer to not tell him about them. Or he is the most deceptive president of the modern era, doing whatever he wants and lying to the public and not worrying about getting caught, and when he does, he just denies knowledge of what is happening
Either way, this is a problem for this country. Our allies no longer trust us, our enemies don’t fear us and our citizens no longer know who or what to believe, all of which causes a major problem.
Commentary by Paul Roy