I still get annoyed when I think about the sanctimonious jerks on the left who accused George W. Bush of lying at every turn. When nuclear weapons didn't turn up in Iraq, it wasn't because the intelligence was bad or inadequate. No. Bush lied, they said. When Bush said tax cuts would promote economic growth that would help everybody, he was lying because that contradicted the leftist zero-sum theory that said tax cuts for the rich meant more taxes for the poor. Policy differences were lies. Differences of opinion were lies.
Well, guess what. We have a real honest to God liar in the White House, and it's not a matter of opinion.
WASHINGTON—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 operation, U.S. officials said.
And even the press can't help but notice. Turns out the "U.S. officials" who said spying was only just discovered this summer... were not from the NSA.
WASHINGTON -- The White House and State Department signed off on surveillance targeting phone conversations of friendly foreign leaders, current and former U.S. intelligence officials said Monday, pushing back against assertions that President Obama and his aides were unaware of the high-level eavesdropping.
If U.S. spying on key foreign leaders was news to the White House, current and former officials said, then White House officials have not been reading their briefing books.
Some U.S. intelligence officials said they were being blamed by the White House for conducting surveillance that was authorized under the law and utilized at the White House.
"People are furious," said a senior intelligence official who would not be identified discussing classified information. "This is officially the White House cutting off the intelligence community."
How unlike our press to report anything unflattering about our historic president. Why now?
Suddenly Obama poses a serious threat to liberalism. ObamaCare was supposed to usher in a generation of progressive majorities in Congress as Americans acclimate to socialist utopia. Unfortunately, the ObamaCare rollout has demonstrated astounding government ineptitude and poor judgment. And people are getting really angry. Many quite content with their current health policies find that they can't keep them, and now they find that the White House and HHS knew all along that they couldn't, in spite of promises to the contrary. The whole thing raises questions not only about government's ability to the things that improve people's lives, it also raises questions about government's intentions when it claims to be improving things.
With ObamaCare hitting the fan so dramatically, the press is discovering more stories like this one, where Obama really did know about NSA spying on world leaders — stories that show Obama's cavalier attitude towards the truth, and there could be lots of them.
Truth to Obama is whatever he thinks will flatter him in the light of the moment. It's is a moving target. It's Obama calling Benghazi a spontaneous demonstration on day one, then later it's Obama claiming that he said it was a terrorist attack all along.
Wasn't that a remarkable moment when moderator Candy Crowley jumped into the middle of a Presidential Debate to defend Obama, announcing to stunned challenger Mitt Romney that yes, the president really did say Benghazi was a terrorist attack — the very next day in the Rose Garden. She then proceeded shut down any further debate on the subject. Our watchdog press at work.
The hogs at the trough are threatened. It's too bad, but to most Democrats, too many Republicans, the Washington press corps, big labor, and to a host of others, Obama's choice of politics over governance, his overreach, and his incessant dishonesty are not so much a threat to our democracy as a threat to liberalisim. With ObamaCare heading for the rocks the formerly fawning press are switching from cheerleaders to critics, distancing themselves in hope of salvaging some shread of credibility. It would be a welcome change, except that it's probably only temporary. It's about preserving the trough and saving their places at it.