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Here’s a thought experiment: what if a Republican administration, six years into its term, had inadvertently blown the cover of its top CIA operative in a war-torn hellhole during a surprise visit by a president who had undertaken the trip in a desperate effort to shore up his sagging popularity in the wake of numerous scandals, including one involving widespread and deadly corruption in the administration of Veterans Administration hospitals.  To ask the question is to answer it: the legacy (formerly the “mainstream” media) would be skirling with criticism of the administration’s dangerous incompetence.  Every day there would be scathing articles dilating on the president’s fecklessness and the fecklessness, if not, indeed, the criminal negligence of those around him. And it would be endlessly (and correctly) pointed out that, at the end of the day, it was the president, not his underlings who must bear the brunt of the criticism, for along with the stupendou power in the president, the Constitution also invest in him a great burden of public trust. Thus is was that James Madison, in the Constitutional Convention of 1787 insisted that there had to be a mechanism for removing a president not just for “treason” or “bribery” but for “incapacity, negligence, or perfidy.” To protect the country, incompetence and other instances of what another Founder, George Mason, called “maladministration” as well as criminal behavior were grounds for impeachment and removal.

But what if, to continue the thought experiment, the administration in question was Democratic rather than Republican? Once again, the question is self-answering. In that case, the media’s excuse factory would go into overtime.  The specific articles produced by this exercise in extenuation vary according to circumstance. Sometimes it’s a matter of camouflage — “nothing to see here, move along” — sometimes it’s a sort of distorting mirror in which the large appear small and vice-versa. Sometimes it’s simply a sort of white-noise machine in which the ambient static cancels out unpleasant revelations from outside and induces slumber.

But I wonder just what is going to happen in the aftermath of this latest scandal. Is there anyone — anyone — who still believes that there was “not even,” as the President said, “a smidgeon of corruption” in the IRS — that it was merely happenstance, or the work of a few “rogue” employees, that explains why the overwhelming majority of citizens the IRS harassed were conservatives? Is there anyone — anyone outside the corridors of The New York Times, that is — who still believes the administration’s story about the Benghazi massacre — that it was sparked by a “rogue” internet video about Mohammed? Is there anyone who believes anything the administration says about Obamacare — “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health plan, period,” etc., etc. As I write, there is also the disgusting scandal surrounding the Veterans Administration, whose callous maladministration and “secret waiting lists” for infirm veterans has caused many deaths and untold suffering. The President says he’s “mad as hell” about it, but exactly what has he done?

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The only way that the deliberate [unless one is to assume that what is said in presidential releases is not run through a gauntlet of checkers to make sure that it is what they want said] blowing of the cover of the CIA station chief and by extension the personnel of the station will have an effect on the president is if part of the CIA decides that their Oath has been triggered. The CIA itself, and the State-controlled Media themselves have already started throwing it into the oubliette. The odds of any non-military Federal employee considering their Oath in their actions is ... miniscule.

Subotai Bahadur
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Scooter Libby was prosecuted and convicted for FAR less than this. And no, this will NOT be the straw that breaks the camel's back. If Obama was to appear on live national television with the number 666 tatooed on his forehead and commence to eating babies he would still retain the support of the mainstream media and his core constituency.
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Even if one rules out impeachment because it might upset a certain minority, one has to wonder about the potential cost. Suppose this jackass had been in charge during the Cuban missile crisis?
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I think people just take the Obama administration's incompetence for granted, so nothing surprises them much anymore.
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nothing will happen to Obama because he is what Americans want to be; cool, narcissistic, bi racial, snobbish, arrogant, unlearned, course, vulgar. In other words he is the perfect American; just listen to the average American whether a fast food worker or College professor sing his praises because he is the epitome of the American culture.
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Obama is not a "president" and he doesn't preside over an "administration". He was chosen by the left because of his value as an all-purpose symbol and because they knew he had not the experience, ability or desire to run anything, he only wanted to be a celebrity. His disinterest in governing has allowed the bureaucracy to be run by a coven of ghostly apparitions, a collective of unaccountable drones who are so non-specific and vague that no one - absolutely no one - has enough individuality to be singled out for blame. This was the plan and it is working.
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I think you people are being a little unfair to obumbles, he probably hasn't read about it in the papers yet so how would he even know it has happened?
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Accidentally my a$$.
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Accidently?
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Roger...rules are for control. When you play by their rules they own you. They don't have to play by their rules because they are "above the rules". You cannot shame them. You cannot say play fair. They cheat because they own the refs, and they are the refs. And they will laugh at you when you point to the rules. "You fool" they laugh.
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Has anyone called Bekin's or Mayflower Movers? Do they provide service in Afghanistan or are they just going to throw his stuff in a couple of duffle bags and haul his ass out of there?
As to whether this is the straw, not on your life. The media would bring out Valerie Plame (and Jarret) and try to equate the two instances. This, for them is a minor detail that doesn't require ANY responsibility. No heads will roll for this. And besides in the wake of ALL the other issues (too many to list here) why should this be as or more important?
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Every time a transgression is forgiven, the threshold of intolerance for the next one is raised. The ultimate result of this gradual loss of capability for outrage reminds me of the jokes that used to come out of the Soviet union. They were not really funny, unless you would accept the cynicism of their premises. They were not jokes, but symptoms of a mental state in which there was not anything that mattered anymore, because there was nothing that could be done, at the individual level. If we have already fallen to this kind of fatalistic depths, there cannot be a straw that will break the camel's back, because we have incrementally made an armored vehicle out if it.

So we must find the strength to resist being beaten into submission. There is no possibility for impeachment of this bumbler of a CIC if we are only lambs singing on the way to the slaughterhouse. We still have a ballot, and we can still speak out. Why not?
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Scooter Libby's crime was, he wasnt one of "them"...the good people on the right side.

So, whatever word-puzzle game they were able to catch him in, was fair play. When you're on the wrong team, anything goes, because you DESERVE it, right?

But Obama?
He's immune....why, the CIA are SPYING on us arent they?

Who really cares if I inavertently outed one of them...and he (and lots of others down the chain?) gets killed or their "mission" is hoplessly compomised...

Its the Evil CIA for crissake...

Seriously, a small 'c' press corps will hold a rabble-rouser community organizer to task, for damaging the CIA?

Now THATS funny, Roger.
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Actually, Scooter Libby was found guilty of perjury. But the fact is, there was NO CRIME in the Valerie Plame outing. How do I know, simple- The person who outed Plame was Armitage from the State Dept. It was known from the beginning, yet no charges were brought against him, so the outing must not have been criminal.
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