I had the radio on most of yesterday, and since I got tired of listening to everyone crying about the latest Redskins defeat, I switched to a news station. It seems that the big news of the day was that the NSA is tapping the phones of friendly foreign leaders, and Mr. Obama had no idea. It also seems that yet another reporter had her doors kicked in and her papers and documents seized by government agents, and nobody is commenting.
Hearing these stories reported over and over, I got to thinking…
Last summer we heard that the NSA is getting the info from our Facebook accounts, our emails and our phone calls; but nobody knows anything about that. The IRS is targeting political opponents of Mr Obama for special treatment, but nobody knows a thing about it. A US Ambassador is murdered in a terrorist attack in Libya, but nobody knows a thing about that. The Department of Justice has been wiretapping and reading emails of reporters who have reported stories that are inconvenient for the Administration, but nobody knew anything about that. Previously, the DOJ was involved in selling arms to drug cartels in Mexico… but nobody knew anything about that.
And when it came to negotiating about the impasse leading to the government shutdown, the Administration’s negotiating position was that they would never negotiate.
I’m probably not the smartest person in the room, and I’m happy to admit it, but do these fine people really expect anybody to buy this? No one ever knows about anything that is going on, but what is going on all seems to deal with getting the goods on everybody else, spying on our own citizens and friends, punishing the opposition, never negotiating with the other party… isn’t there a pattern here?
Is it just me? Wouldn’t a reasonable person have just cause to ask?
Or, to be very fair, let’s say that the president and senior staff and officials really didn’t know about all of this. In that case, might I suggest that they get a handle on what is going on in their midst before things get much farther out of line?
Hey, just asking…