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Roger L. Simon

Obama Should Be Impeached… for Cluelessness

October 27th, 2013 - 6:52 pm

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When I read Sunday evening in the Wall Street Journal that Barack Obama was “unaware” until last summer that the U. S. spied on thirty-five world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, I was frankly stupefied. (Well, maybe not entirely stupefied, but at least semi-stunned.)

No wonder Obamacare and practically everything else from foreign policy to energy policy is an unmitigated mess. This president and his administration have taken hands-off leadership and leading from behind to unprecedented levels.

What exactly does our president do for a living? What’re we paying him for?

Either the administration officials who leaked this information to the WSJ are lying or Barack Obama should be impeached.

Forget “high crimes and misdemeanors.” For those you have to do something and be conscious. Barack Obama should be impeached for cluelessness.

He was in the White House for an entire term and many months more without knowing what his biggest intelligence agency was doing to thirty-five of the most important people on Earth? Chance the Gardener from Jerzy Kosinki’s Being There lives — and he lives on Pennsylvania Avenue at our expense. It’s not fiction anymore. (Well, there is one difference. Chance was kind of sweet and passive while Obama is vindictive.)

From the WSJ:

The National Security Agency ended a program used to spy on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a number of other world leaders after an internal Obama administration review started this summer revealed to the White House the existence of the operations, U.S. officials said.

Officials said the internal review turned up NSA monitoring of some 35 world leaders, in the U.S. government’s first public acknowledgment that the U.S. government tapped the phones of world leaders. European leaders have joined international outrage over revelations of U.S. surveillance of Ms. Merkel’s phone and of NSA’s monitoring of telephone call data in France.

The White House cut off some monitoring programs after learning of them, including the one tracking Ms. Merkel and some other world leaders, a senior U.S. official said. Other programs have been slated for termination but haven’t been phased out completely yet, officials said.

The account suggests President Barack Obama went nearly five years without knowing his own spies were bugging the phones of world leaders. Officials said the NSA has so many eavesdropping operations under way that it wouldn’t have been practical to brief him on all of them.

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Not practical to brief him on spying on Angela Merkel, et al? Do you believe that? If it’s true, it’s worse. The president is so incurious he might as well be playing golf all the time.

If there is one investigative journalist left in Washington, D.C. who is not a court eunuch for this abysmal administration, he or she should be jumping on that last line immediately. What we will soon have before us is a circular firing squad of historic proportions as the administration attempts to blame a rogue intelligence agency for the decline of America’s world reputation and vice versa.

This isn’t funny. It’s quite horrifying and depressing. What we are witnessing is the disintegration of our country under the governance of an absolutely incompetent president and administration.

Beyond that hopeless administration, however, is the larger question of what to do about the NSA and its mammoth spy capabilities. This is no simple question, considering the reality of murderous Islamic terrorism is still very much with us, perhaps even growing.

It’s no easy task, but all of this will have to be worked out and rationalized so that private citizens can feel as if they are indeed private citizens — and our allies can again feel as if they are our allies.

Toward that end, according to the same WSJ report, a government review in underway. As with most of these reviews, the committee consists of familiar names who can be relied upon not to rock boats and to protect the president:

Its members include Richard Clarke, who was a counterterrorism chief for former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush ; former Central Intelligence Agency Deputy Director Michael Morell ; University of Chicago Law School professor Geoffrey Stone ; former White House regulatory official Cass Sunstein ; and former Clinton and Obama administration economic and privacy official Peter Swire.

Speaking of the president, and also in the WSJ, according to a spokesperson, “a report in the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reporting Mr. Obama personally authorized the tapping of Ms. Merkel in 2010, and was briefed on it by Gen. Alexander, was false.”

Well then, I say, impeach him for cluelessness.

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Geoff Stone & Cass Sunstein to be part of the review? I wouldn't trust them to audit a 7-11.
43 weeks ago
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Obama is as clueless as Hitler was.
That is to say, Obama is not clueless.
Obama's electorate, for the most part, is clueless. Compared to Hitler's electorate, I would dare say it is somewhat stupider.
43 weeks ago
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High crimes and misdemeanors are not the only grounds for impeachment.
Anyone acting deliberately to undermine the constitution and thereby trashing their oath of office should be removed; and that's just the beginning. Obama openly touts re-distribution of wealth or equality of things ... Obama should not even have been given a platform never mind actually become the POTUS. But here we are; in the midst of a whirlpool of power grabbing greed and cronyism .... ... a little uncomfortable to say the least; if you succumb to the fear tactics that the Marxocrats and mind-numbed RINO's inflict upon us. We are resilient Americans; and we don't put up with dictators. The choice before us is simple: dependence upon the Almighty State, or dependence upon the author of our freedoms and the one that speaks to the destiny of the U.S.A.; Almighty God. That's the war we're in.
43 weeks ago
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I don't know why so many of BOTH Parties are reluctant to say that Obama lied. He has lied many times about many things. The fact that it is politics should not matter. The man and members of his administration are untruthful. They almost never take responsibility for what they have done . Our foreign relations are at an all time low. Obama is ruining the country. He is trying to being the lower class people to middle class without any effort from them.
43 weeks ago
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Obummer should be impeached for being a criminal, but I'll settle for incompetence.
43 weeks ago
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Dont worry, even though the president tells us he knew nothing about this, he is really upset it happened, and he will definitely get the the bottom of it, just like he got to the bottom of ...
So there is nothing to worry about here folks, move-on.
43 weeks ago
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Part of the problem is that obama sees himself as the "idea man" who leaves the minions to actually implement his devine plans. He gives orders and expects them to be carried out without his having to do any work beyond promoting the idea.
43 weeks ago
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Obama does not have an accurate picture of himself. He may have been told he is wonderful so many times that he actually believes it.
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
Can we finally get Benghazi investigations and prosecutions going?

directorblue.blogspot.com/2013/10/benghazi-whistleblowers-obama-refused.html

www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/graham-obama-benghazi-appointment/2013/10/28/id/533523

The momentum for even the LIV voters to understand that obamatardcare is both crooked and a failure.

Let's all work on a conservative U.S. Senate. Grahamnesty, despite Benghazi, has to go as well for his other betrayals.
43 weeks ago
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Obama is clueless abouot the values of most Americans. He believed the propaganda his mother and grandparents spouted and was always treated like a little prince. He did not realize the president is expected to do some work in exchange for all the percs. The "spying" on friendly governments has always happened and the other governments have known that. That Obama claims he didn't know is either a symbol of his lying or of his do nothing presidency. Foreign leaders are probably laugning at himi. He is a lazy, good for nothing person who was elected by a lot of uninformed voters. His idea of being president is using the percs, playing golf or basketball when HE FEELS LIKE IT, and making speeches. He has never stopped running for office. The US under Nixon or other maligned former presidents at least had the respect of other nations. Under Obama we don't even have that.
43 weeks ago
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Are you kidding??? Clueless, but black!
43 weeks ago
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Next time I get a credit card payment overdue notice I will claim I didn't know I owed anything. Nah nah nah, didn't know, sorry.
43 weeks ago
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Funny how every time the administration get's caught in some political shenanigans, there's a "rogue" IRS or a "rogue" ATF or a "rogue" NSA behind the mischief. As for Obama's apparent lack of control, President Jarrett was right in her interview. "He's bored", but not in the sense of someone whose potential isn't being challenged, but in the sense of someone who is lazy. That gray hair comes from exasperation of being expected to work.
43 weeks ago
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"... he might as well be playing golf all the time."

You mean he's not?
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