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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

David Ignatius, "Obama may be looking to shake-up his White House team": Obama's Policy Decisions on ISIS "Have Mostly Been Well Handled"?

In the wake of devastating criticism from Leon Panetta, Obama's former director of the CIA and secretary of defense, David Ignatius is now informing us in a Washington Post opinion piece entitled "Obama may be looking to shake-up his White House team" that change may be coming to the cabinet after the midterm elections. Ignatius, a die-hard Obama cheerleader now possibly being rewarded with a "scoop," writes:

"As Obama considers his roster for the final two years, he can take comfort from the fact that recent policy decisions on combating the Islamic State have mostly been well handled."

Yeah, right.

First, as noted by the Washington Post's Glenn Kessler in his "Fact Checker" column, there was Josh Earnest's claim that "President Obama was not singling out the group that now calls itself as Islamic State when, during in an interview with the New Yorker that appeared last January, he appeared to dismiss it as a 'JV squad.'" This earned Earnest the maximum score of Four Pinocchios, i.e. "whoppers," from Kessler. More important, however, is the advice provided to Obama by CIA Director John Brennan prior to this "JV" nonsense. In Brennan's defense, it should be noted that Obama has been absent from some 59 percent of his Presidential Daily Briefs during his second term, as observed by the Government Accountability Institute. Yup, instead of listening to summaries of the world's most pressing problems, Obama has busied himself doing what he likes best: raising funds from wealthy donors and playing golf.

Moreover, let's see how "well handled" Obama's policy decisions on combating ISIS have been if the Syrian city of Kobani falls and 5,000 Kurds are slaughtered.

So who might be facing the ax? Ignatius observes:

"Obama’s foreign-policy team needs help. National security adviser Susan Rice still suffers from unfair attacks over the Benghazi affair. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was similarly tarnished by a rough confirmation hearing. Secretary of State John Kerry has been a tireless advocate for Obama’s policies, but there’s inevitable tension between a strong secretary and a centralizing White House."

Ah yes, Susan Rice still suffers from unfair attacks over the Benghazi affair. We're talking about that same Susan Rice who appeared on the Sunday news shows after the attack on the US compound and claimed that according to "the best assessment we have today," it was a "spontaneous reaction" to the video. Peculiar how Ignatius doesn't mention how Leon Panetta has now gone on record as saying, "I just, from the very beginning, sensed that this was an attack -- this was a terrorist attack on our compound."

Secretary of State John Kerry? His attempt to compel Israel to accept the mediation of Turkey and Qatar involving the recent Gaza conflict was embarrassing. Then, too, there was his more recent nonsensical claim that the United States is not at war with ISIS, which he needed to walk back. Judging from what appears to be his excessive use of Botox and face fillers, Kerry is not only stupid, but also a narcissist. Obama also apparently suffers from a narcissistic personality disorder, and it could well be that the presence of two narcissists in the same room at any given time amounts to one too many for the president.

And what about Secretary of Defense Chuck "Chowderhead" Hagel, who, during a June 2013 speech at the University of Nebraska, asked an Indian man in the audience, "You're not a member of the Taliban, are you?" Why didn't Hagel get the boot? Actually, the answer is quite simple. You've heard of the policy "no boots on the ground"? Well, there has also been an unwritten Obama administration policy "no boots in the arse." Could this policy change after the midterm elections? Ignatius seems to think so.

Stay tuned . . .

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