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Victor Davis Hanson: Obama's Cabinet is Incompetent
The San Jose Mercury News ^ | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 05/23/2014 9:13:12 AM PDT by kristinn

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki cannot get a handle on the recent scandalous treatment of veterans in VA hospitals, where more than 40 sick men were allowed to die without proper follow-up treatment. A cover-up allegedly followed. When the Walter Reed Army Medical Center scandal broke under the George W. Bush administration, heads rolled. So far, Shinseki seems immune from similar accountability.

Almost nothing that former Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius promised before, during or after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act came true. She was also cited by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel for violating the Hatch Act, as she improperly campaigned for Obama's re-election while serving as a Cabinet secretary.

IRS official Lois Lerner used the agency to go after groups deemed too conservative. She invoked the Fifth Amendment to avoid telling Congress the whole truth.

Susan Rice, former U.N. ambassador and now national security adviser, deceived the public on five TV appearances about the Benghazi catastrophe. She insisted that the deaths of four Americans were due to a riot induced by a reactionary video maker -- even though she had access to intelligence fingering al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists as the culprits who planned the attack on the anniversary of 9/11.

Rice recently blamed Obama foreign policy failures on domestic political polarization. But that is best described as the give and take of democracy and was once thought to be our foreign policy strength.

Rice also knows little history. In 2007, in the midst of the surge, when Americans were fighting for their lives to stabilize Iraq, then-Sen. Hillary Clinton implied that the commanding general in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, was a veritable liar. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid agreed and declared that the war was already lost...

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: benghazicoverup; cabinet; obama; sebelius; shinseki; vdh

1 posted on 05/23/2014 9:13:12 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Obama’s EVERYTHING is Incompetent.....................


2 posted on 05/23/2014 9:14:50 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: kristinn

NOPE...they are TRAITORS


3 posted on 05/23/2014 9:17:35 AM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: kristinn

For those of us who know how to manage in government, Obama’s administration is obviously the blind leading the blind, to do as much harm as possible in America. Deliberately.


4 posted on 05/23/2014 9:18:14 AM PDT by Rapscallion (Obama stands for the corruption of America in all aspects.)
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To: kristinn

VDH forgot Ken Salazar’s “forging” of signatures on a questionable document filed in a Federal court.


5 posted on 05/23/2014 9:20:23 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: goodnesswins

Correct: We will wait and see what Jan 1, 2015 brings us.


6 posted on 05/23/2014 9:22:43 AM PDT by DownInFlames
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To: kristinn

they’re VERY competent- at getting payback for America beating their side in the Cold War.


7 posted on 05/23/2014 9:29:56 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Ob)
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To: kristinn

Just like their little tin god.


8 posted on 05/23/2014 9:35:17 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: goodnesswins
Amen and Amen!


9 posted on 05/23/2014 9:35:19 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: kristinn
...administrators assumed that they had a blank check to do or say what they wished without much media audit.

In that they were, and remain, largely correct. The degree to which the "watchdog" media were complicit in the plundering of the henhouse is simply astonishing and will, in time, be presented as it is: the most systemic corruption the American governmental system has ever faced.

It has long been one of the more disagreeable customs within American politics that cabinet positions and senior Executive department positions are treated as political largesse, to awarded to the loyal over the competent. This is nothing new within this administration, and yet the pure malfeasance in office is at a record height. It is difficult to avoid suspecting that it is deliberately destructive rather than incompetent, but it turns out that the two are not mutually exclusive. It would be nice to conclude from this that such a despicable character as Eric Holder might be too incompetent to do a complete job of destruction, but destruction is, after all, much easier than the competent running of the department. The rats crap in their cage because not only are they too stupid to do otherwise, but they enjoy it.

10 posted on 05/23/2014 9:38:26 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: DownInFlames

We will wait and see what Jan 1, 2015 brings us.

Take the senate in 2014 or lose the nation in 2016.


11 posted on 05/23/2014 9:39:39 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: kristinn

Shinseki could put a whoop ass on the VA, but it’s Zip’s drug dealing VA.


12 posted on 05/23/2014 9:40:59 AM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Red Badger
Not "Incompetent" .
They want you to THINK that.
They're accomplishing everything they want to accomplish by breaking the law themselves.
They ARE EVIL !

He's a BIBLICAL CURSE !


Let us remember ...
13 posted on 05/23/2014 9:45:35 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: MeshugeMikey

My daddy is Mr Big in here.


14 posted on 05/23/2014 9:54:56 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: Yosemitest

You’re right.

Not “incompetent”, but “evil”.

VDH doesn’t get it wrong very often, but he does occasionally.


15 posted on 05/23/2014 10:07:41 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: kristinn

It’s not just his Cabinet that is incompetent. His entire administration from top to bottom is incompetent.


16 posted on 05/23/2014 10:07:52 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: kristinn
No one could possibly be as incompetent as the Obama Administration officials pretend to be.

If they were truly incompetent their errors would be random. Some would benefit America, some would weaken America.

All their supposed errors hurt ordinary, patriotic Americans.

They are not incompetents.

THEY ARE TRAITORS.

17 posted on 05/23/2014 11:32:36 AM PDT by detective
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To: Red Badger

I don’t think they are incompetent. They are very competent at doing the things that will take down the economy and hurt the country and payoff their supporters and owners.


18 posted on 05/23/2014 11:37:00 AM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: Chickensoup

If they were competent they wouldn’t get caught at it............


19 posted on 05/23/2014 11:42:35 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: kristinn

Why am I suddenly jealous of Thailand?


20 posted on 05/23/2014 12:02:07 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: kristinn

Well, then, what in hell are we waiting for?

Let us get on with the IMPEACHING!

Thanks, Kristinn. VDH is always a great read!


21 posted on 05/23/2014 3:28:36 PM PDT by Taxman
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To: kristinn

In scores of comments on FR, if not hundreds, I’ve defended Obama one time and that was for droning jihadis.

I guess this will be kind of a second time. No one, including God himself, can do anything with the VA until the power of Unions is busted! Unions control the VA, not Obama, not Congress, not anybody............But the Unions!

Firing Shinseki will just give the bastard democrats cover and nothing will change.

What I can criticize zero in advance for is he won’t name a Special Prosecutor. In this case, 40 vets died, as in DEAD!

Being complicit in causing someone’s death is a crime. So, this whole affair is waaaaaaayyyyyyy past just getting fired! Time for handcuffs and perp walks.


22 posted on 05/23/2014 7:11:35 PM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: kristinn

Well, as the late Senator Roman Hruska, R-NE, might have said, “the incompetent need a little representation too!”


23 posted on 05/26/2014 8:36:58 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Liberals keep winning; so the American people must now be all-liberal all the time.)
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To: All
Over the weekend, The Washington Post pool reporter had to inform the White House they had just outed the CIA Station Chief in Afghanistan.

Course, Obama outing a CIA chief in America-hating Afghanistan is certainly a biggie. But this right here takes the cake for presidential incompetence.

Boobamba gave this boob ntl security clearance.

FEEL SAFER YET? Boobamba's campaign van driver attends
WH Situation Room crisis meetings. Dude Tommy Vietor
submitted his resume to Hillary for Secretary of state dude.

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Course, Hillary's all girl State Dept is right up there when talking
incompetence. Musta been having a bad hair day when the girls
couldn't name even ONE of Hillary's accomplishments.

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Democrats Privately Calling Obama 'Detached,' 'Flat Footed,' 'Incompetent'
Weekly Standard / Daniel Halpern / Posted by Sub-Driver

CNN's John King reports that Democrats are privately calling President Obama "detached," "flat footed," and "incompetent." "Forget for a moment that Republican outrage," said King on his CNN show this morning. "More and more Democrats in key 2014 races are calling for the president to get a spine, they say, and fire his Veterans Affairs secretary. And what more and more Democrats are saying privately is scathing, calling the president and his team detached, flat footed, even incompetent.

"Maggie Haberman," said King turning to a panelist, "that's what strikes me, what democrats are saying privately in the wakes of the healthcare.gov problems, they see a president who doesn't want to take command, doesn't want to act fast. Raising the competence question. Some Democrats, who believe in government, [are saying] this White House doesn't appear to have its hand on the lever."

Haberman of Politico agreed, cited more examples, and added: "All of this adds up to somebody who just doesn't seem at all involved."

24 posted on 05/27/2014 7:18:26 AM PDT by Liz
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To: kristinn
(Grumble) Obama doesn't have time for making the boondoggle of a Big Govt he created work.....his staff never tells him anything. Plus the frustration that all these messes were left by the previous administration and he has to clean them up. He doesn't have time for this, he has important golf games and fundraisers to attend......

It's so annoying that he has to make time so that he, Moocher, and Valerie can pore over their offshore accounts---totaling up his holdings.

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BTW, Valerie is billed as Obama's "Senior Deputy Advisor"-----in Chicago gangland parlance, that means "wire transfer artist."

Mmmmmmm....I just can't wait til Moocher announces she's running for office.....and that she's s-o-o-o-o popular, she raised $500,000 in just two hours (/sarc).

25 posted on 05/27/2014 7:24:52 AM PDT by Liz
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