Posts Tagged ‘Benghazi
Before the two best teams in the NFL squared off against one another, two political titans entered their own arena to do battle. Here are my five takeaways from the Obama / O’Reilly Super Bowl interview.
1. The entire Obama administration is technologically naive
O’Reilly pressed Obama on the botched Obamacare rollout. Obama repeated multiple times:
“I don’t think anybody anticipated the degree of problems”
Really? Nobody in the entire administration anticipated these problems? I find this incredibly difficult to believe. I work in the web industry. I develop web applications used by hundreds of thousands and even millions of people. I can tell you from personal experience that if my deadline was approaching and the product was not ready, I would be in regular communications with the client discussing crisis mode options.
CGI Federal has taken a lot of heat for the botched rollout. Some of that they deserve, no doubt. But I suspect the #1 problem was a terrible set of specifications delivered from the government. Poor specifications leads to poor product. I also suspect that the middlemen within the Administration did not possess enough tech knowledge to comprehend the extent of the disastrous rollout.
“[Nobody] anticipated the degree of problems.” Obama’s own words. I expected more from the supposedly “most tech-savvy administration in history.”
2. Holding people accountable is now officially meaningless
O’Reilly challenged Obama on Kathleen Sebelius’ continued employment. O’Reilly clearly believes she failed and she should go. I happen to agree. However, Obama’s reassures us:
I promise you that we hold everybody up and down the line accountable.
Okay, but what does this mean? Obama has told us before that he holds people accountable. Other than General Stanley McChrystal, who has Obama actually fired? Only a select few have even resigned.
In the Obama administration, you can oversee the Fast and Furious scandal, lie about the cause of the attack in Benghazi, lie to Congress about the government’s data-collection policies, and even botch the rollout of the President’s signature legislation and your job is secure. But dare to mock Joe Biden and you’re fired!
Since we’re all taking a bit of a break post-election, this open thread may serve for a couple of days.
I’m watching two things very closely right now:
Stories on Voter Fraud
Particularly in Allen West’s district. This picture says it all:
Of course, the left would have us believe that the security of our elections is beyond reproach. Move along folks, nothing to see here…
The Petraeus / Benghazi Saga
This is the most interesting story in the news right now, and with good reason. The more information that comes out, the more I am convinced that there is much more to this story yet to be revealed.
Based on the currently available information, it appears that Petraeus may have been blackmailed into supporting the Obama administration’s claim that the Benghazi attack was the result of a YouTube video. At the very least, it’s clear that Petraeus had a reason to not piss off the administration in hopes that he might keep his job despite the affair.
It also appears that since Petraeus stepped up and resigned (at the request of the Obama administration), and did so without incident (so far), that Petraeus may have a larger reason not to make waves. One possibility is that the affair began while he was in the military, which would mean potential prosecution and demotion (which would mean a reduction in retirement pay, I’m sure).
It looks like Petraeus is going to testify to Congress behind closed doors after all. That should be interesting.
I’m also wondering how/why General Allen’s name suddenly started floating around in connection with this story. There’s no reason whatsoever that Allen’s name should have been released. That seems 100% intentional, which begs the question, why? Is Allen being smeared on purpose and, if so, by whom? Why are so many of the military’s top people dropping at the same time?
Is it possible that the Obama administration is intentionally smearing the military as a way to push through military spending cuts? Or some other, even more nefarious purpose?
What say you?