The implosion of an entire presidency has historically occurred not because of the substance of a scandal itself but because of the lies to coverit up. Unfortunately, President Obama’s promise to make his administration the most transparent in history was his first lie and his second term is certain to be plagued not only by the mistakes the administration has made, but also by the attempt to cover them up.
The cumulative effect of discovering lie upon lie is sure to dog this presidency for the duration of its term. Here is a short list of the building blocks that reveal the true heart of this administration:
The Obama administration is harassing conservative non-profit organizations. In February 2012, several conservative groups complained on FoxNews that they were being targeted by the IRS. This sparked letters and complaints from various senators and representatives to the IRS. In response, in March 2012, IRS Commissioner Douglas Schulman told Congress that the IRS was not targeting groups based on their political views.
Later on May 10, 2013, Lois Lerner, who heads the tax-exempt department for the IRS, admitted that the IRS did in fact inappropriately target 501(c)(4) organizations for additional review that included the names “tea party” and/or “patriot” in their applications during the 2012 Presidential Election. She issued a swift apology blaming low-level staffers in Cincinnati not motivated by politics.
Unfortunately, soon after Lerner’s apology, the Associated Press uncovered a report that contradicts Schulman and Lerner and shows that senior IRS officials knew agents were targeting tea party groups as early as 2011.
This is a massive abuse of governmental authority under this administration.
The Obama administration lied to the public about the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. On September 11, 2012, just before the presidential election, the US Consulate was attacked and four Americans, including the US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, were murdered.
Instead of telling the obvious truth, UN Ambassador Susan Rice lied and told the world that the attacks were a spontaneous reaction to the release of a YouTube video and not a planned attack by terrorists.
The world knew differently and now the truth is being heaped on the head of the Obama administration like hot coals. As reported by Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard, we now know that the CIA report was altered twelve times to shade the truth of the attack removing references to the Ansar al Sharia Brigade responsible for the attack, or terrorism. Recall Obama’s campaign slogan for his 2012 re-election bid: “General Motors is Alive; Bin Laden is Dead.” Admitting that terrorism was still on the move did not fit into the re-election campaign narrative and so the administration, the president included, lied for months after the attack. The truth is still not in them.
On Capitol Hill May 8, 2013, Gregory Hicks, Deputy Ambassador to Libya, testified on Benghazi and said, “my jaw dropped. I was embarrassed” when Obama appointee and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice lied on national television that the attack was the result of a spontaneous rally protesting a YouTube video. Hicks and his staff knew otherwise, reported the Detroit News.
Despite the unraveling of the truth, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the target of the US administration and the maker of the YouTube video “Innocence of Muslims,” is still in jail today under the pretext that he violated his probation for bank fraud.
The cover-up continues. Stevens died; Rice lied.
Finally, Operation Fast and Furious is not going away. In this gun trafficking scandal, it is now undeniable that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”), under the supervision of the Department of Justice, intentionally allowed the sale of U.S. manufactured semiautomatic weapons to straw buyers for the Mexican cartel and then refused to confiscate the weapons in order to trace them to the hands of the Mexican cartel ringleaders. This is commonly referred to as “walking guns.”
The scandal broke on December 14, 2010 when US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered by the Mexican cartel. The cartel left behind two semiautomatic weapons that were later traced to the guns sold 11 months earlier under Operation “Fast and Furious” in Arizona.
The ATF initially denied that it had such a policy of selling firearms. After more than a year of not providing sufficient answers on Operation “Fast and Furious,” Holder provided small details of the program after being forced by subpoenas and a Contempt of Congress charge.
Holder ultimately testified that, “the use of this misguided tactic [walking guns] is inexcusable, and it must never happen again." A spokesman for the ATF also said, the "ATF did not exercise proper oversight, planning or judgment in executing this case. We at ATF have accepted responsibility and have taken appropriate and decisive action to insure that these errors in oversight and judgment never occur again." Criminal charges are likely to follow for those involved in this program.
On June 20, 2012, President Obama granted Attorney General Eric Holder’s request to assert executive privilege in regard to the request for documents pertaining to Operation “Fast and Furious” in order to prevent further responses to subpoenas from the Congress. Asserting this privilege implies the president’s direct involvement and awareness of the operation.
What is clear is that someone is hiding something from the American people and this is the president’s model of providing the most transparent presidency in U.S. history.
Now the president, along with our military, has made bold moves all Americans can be proud of. The president and the Navy Seals captured and killed Osama bin Laden and they miraculously rescued Jessica Buchanan, an aid worker, from the clutches of bandits in the middle of the desert in Somalia. This is the kind of triumph of spirit and heart we can all be proud of. The deception that we find from the IRS, the State Department and the Department of Justice erodes the celebration of the American spirit.
The apparent cover-ups in these federal departments can topple this presidency. So I simply ask that our president and his administration leaders simply tell the truth. Americans are far more forgiving if they are not first lied to.
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