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Obama’s Intelligence Brief Scandal
The Western Center for Journalism ^ | OCTOBER 10, 2012 | Paul G. Kengor

Posted on 10/13/2012 5:16:04 PM PDT by Kenny

The last few weeks have produced many intriguing political moments, but none as shocking as the revelation that President Obama has been absent from the vast majority of his daily intelligence briefings.

According to a study by the Government Accountability Institute, Obama failed to attend a single Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) in the week leading up to the recent anniversary of 9/11 and the chaos that erupted in the Arab world. The mere fact that we were approaching 9/11 was a crucial enough reason to attend not one but all the briefings. President Obama attended none.

Worse, this is apparently nothing new. Obama attended only 43.8 percent of his Daily Briefs in the first 1,225 days of his administration. For this year, he attended a little over a third.

This is stunning, and there’s no excuse for it.

Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen, who worked for President George W. Bush, pressed NSC spokesman Tommy Vietor for an explanation. Thiessen reported:

Vietor did not dispute the numbers, but said the fact that the president, during a time of war, does not attend his daily intelligence meeting on a daily basis is “not particularly interesting or useful.” He says that the president reads his PDB every day, and he disagreed with the suggestion that there is any difference whatsoever between simply reading the briefing book and having an interactive discussion of its contents with top national security and intelligence officials where the president can probe assumptions and ask questions. “I actually don’t agree at all,” Vietor told me in an e-mail. “The president gets the information he needs from the intelligence community each day.”

That’s simply the White House covering for the president.

Similarly, White House spokesman Jay Carney dismissed the PDB charge as “hilarious.” No, no, said Carney, the president “gets it every day.” By “it,” Carney was apparently talking about the intelligence briefing papers, not the actual meetings.

Pro-Obama journalists happily accepted Carney’s explanation. CNN posted Carney’s comments under a photo of a pensive Obama sitting at an intelligence briefing.

Sorry, but, once again, there’s no excuse for this, especially in the post-9/11 world. George W. Bush not only didn’t miss the PDB but actually expanded it to six meetings per week.

Consider, too, the case of Ronald Reagan, who liberals, ironically, portrayed as an uninformed idiot who didn’t pay attention in meetings or read anything.

Reagan, in fact, attended the daily intelligence briefing. I could lay this out at length, but here I’ll offer just two Reagan sources, both still living, who can speak to this:

One source is Herb Meyer, special assistant to CIA director Bill Casey in the 1980s. Meyer told me: “Of course Reagan attended all those daily briefings. And after the briefers returned to CIA headquarters, Bill [Casey] would meet with them just to be sure the president (and Haig & Weinberger) got answers to whatever questions they may have had. In short, it was a very—very—serious business.”

Another source is Bill Clark. Clark was Ronald Reagan’s right-hand man in foreign policy. As his biographer, I know Clark well. He is 80 years old and lives in California. Clark told me this about Reagan and the PDB:

Bill Casey would, by courier, send the President’s Daily Brief each morning at about 5:00 a.m. to our war room downstairs in our [National] Security Council…. It would be delivered to the president in his residence before he came over [by 7:00 a.m.]…. He’d write questions all over the margins about things that weren’t clear in the briefing. And, of course, the agency [CIA] would come down with further explanations.

Clark recalls how Reagan craved that regular morning update. He would read it, and then they would meet. Reagan ate up these briefings. He asked questions of his advisers. He probed for ideas. Reagan attended the briefings and used them as presidents should.

When Reagan finished his presidency, after two terms, genuine freedom and democracy were surging all over the communist world.

As for President Obama, if he’s in the process of finishing his presidency, after one term, he’s facing a surge of radical Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East. Can any of that be blamed on Obama’s failure to attend these routine briefings? Maybe, maybe not, but it certainly can’t help.

In fact, as Marc Theissen and the Government Accountability Institute have noted in follow-up stories, Obama is now suddenly attending his daily briefing. That’s no doubt a response to political criticism. But could it be—on the heels of the eruptions in Libya and Egypt, which Obama initially blamed not on pre-meditated terrorism but a video—that maybe President Obama feels like he might have been missing something?


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; bhofascism; blackhellmutt; dailybriefs; darkhellmutt; democrats; elections; intelligence; nobama2012; obama; obamatruthfile; pdb; pdbs
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To: Twinkie

I’ll bet you he still isn’t practicing. He’s at a high dollar golf resort practicing for the debate. What do you think he’s doing? It’s beautiful weather here in VA this weekend, my hubby is out at the golf course...


51 posted on 10/14/2012 5:02:05 AM PDT by republicangel
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To: Kenny

now days Willard probably knows more about what is happening day by day than Obama the one who should know..

Unfortunately Willard is not Ronald Reagan...


52 posted on 10/14/2012 5:03:01 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: abclily
Did Valerie Jarrett attend the briefings?

That's a great question. I'd like to know the answer, too.

53 posted on 10/14/2012 5:04:20 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Kenny

Implausible deniability.


54 posted on 10/14/2012 5:09:36 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: Travis McGee

Excellent, Travis.


55 posted on 10/14/2012 5:16:01 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: Kenny

He’s LAZY. Or.. He’s so smart, he can just read them and decide policy. Whatever his thought process, it shows callous disregard for the many who work 24/7/365 to put that daily assessment together and a complete dereliction of duty on the part of 0bama.


56 posted on 10/14/2012 5:17:12 AM PDT by SueRae (See it? Hell, I can TASTE November from my house!)
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To: Kenny

Obama thinks he doesn’t need to attend the PDFs is because the person who is making all the decisions about all those issues attends the briefings.

And that person is . . . .

(Guess)


57 posted on 10/14/2012 5:19:05 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: Travis McGee

damn straight. Jarrett is the most dangerous woman in America. 0bama is weak, he surrounds himself with dominant women...and they are the directors of policy. He “delegates’ all the “stuff” to those who should never had access to such information in the first place. Dereliction, if not treason.

If the press had any balls, they’s be camped out on Jarretts front lawn (ala Scooter Libby) to find real answers.


58 posted on 10/14/2012 5:21:54 AM PDT by SueRae (See it? Hell, I can TASTE November from my house!)
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To: Travis McGee

One more thing....MICHELLE BACHMAN IS RIGHT!!!!!!!!!


59 posted on 10/14/2012 5:22:40 AM PDT by SueRae (See it? Hell, I can TASTE November from my house!)
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To: Kenny

If he gets his pdb everyday one way or another then shouldnt he have known the attavjs were not video related in 1st or 2nd day? Obama cant have it both ways. Get his pdb and still say intel didnt tell him it was terrorist attack


60 posted on 10/14/2012 5:37:34 AM PDT by pangaea6
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To: al baby

While he basks his skinny ass in hawaii on his 35million dollar mansion...

Will he have to pay the “gift tax” on it?


61 posted on 10/14/2012 5:46:31 AM PDT by IM2MAD
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To: Eleutheria5
He already knows everything, so why does he need to attend briefings, you racist, you.

Funny. That is a better argument than Biden's explanation. Joey seemed like a 15 year old who just got caught by dad with a beer, trying to make up an excuse on the fly.

62 posted on 10/14/2012 6:17:27 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Kenny

The bottom line is Obama doesn’t give a damn. It is all boring.

The IDB does not advance the cause of SIEU or the Queer/Dyke coalition and is therefore not really important. Absent a strong green component through which money can be laundered and stolen, the IDB is of no importance.


63 posted on 10/14/2012 6:24:29 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: Travis McGee

“The taliban is inside the building.”
Yes they are, Travis, and Michele Bachmann called ‘em out on it.
The leftists chastised her for it, and continue to do so, but history will (and already is) proving her to be 100%
correct.
Who, or what entity will have the fortitude to actuall do something about it? I’m afraid, as Jason Lewis would say, it will take “blood and treasure” to do the job.
We’ll need a Justice Department with some real cowboys to
get this under control, and hold accountable, those who perpetrated these atrocities against America.


64 posted on 10/14/2012 6:29:00 AM PDT by Fireone (Impeach and imprison, NOW!)
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To: Kenny
The mere fact that we were approaching 9/11 was a crucial enough reason to attend not one but all the briefings. President Obama attended none.

Yeah, but he did take time out to watch American Idol that week.

65 posted on 10/14/2012 6:36:07 AM PDT by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: Kenny

Obamas daily schedule never begins until 9 or 10am. That shows you how serious he takes his job.


66 posted on 10/14/2012 6:48:15 AM PDT by StevieRay20
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To: Kenny

If they held the daily intelligence briefing on a golf course perhaps the President would attend more often.


67 posted on 10/14/2012 6:48:57 AM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: Fireone

If we lose this election, the slow-motion coup-d’etat will continue to completion, with the willing cooperation of the traitor MSM.


68 posted on 10/14/2012 6:51:06 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Daffynition
"The Taliban is inside the building"


69 posted on 10/14/2012 6:56:38 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: SueRae; savedbygrace

See #69 as well, and please save them, pass them around, etc.


70 posted on 10/14/2012 6:58:36 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

WOW! That image just gave me the *willies*!?!


71 posted on 10/14/2012 7:01:03 AM PDT by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: Kenny
“The president gets the information he needs from the intelligence community each day.”

Sounds suspiciously like the President is not in control, and his handlers are getting testy about being questioned.

72 posted on 10/14/2012 7:08:08 AM PDT by Teacher317 ('Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.)
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To: Travis McGee

Done.


73 posted on 10/14/2012 7:36:55 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: treetopsandroofs

You missed it, it was already said.


74 posted on 10/14/2012 7:36:55 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (What Clint Said !!!)
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To: soycd

Just days before the Libya attack
White House disputes report on intel briefs

Carney made a direct comparison between Obama’s administration and the one Thiessen worked for. “I believe if you compare our foreign policy record with the one … that proceeded this one, we’re comfortable with that comparison,” he said at the White House’s daily press briefing. “This president is very much steeped in the details of national security issues.” Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/80992.html#ixzz29CtOaWIr

And Breitbart covered it....
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/09/10/Firestorm-Obama-Misses-Over-Half-His-Intelligence-Briefings-WH-Calls-Report-Hilarious


75 posted on 10/14/2012 7:39:54 AM PDT by EBH (0bama is guilty of willful neglect of duty.)
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To: savedbygrace
I fixed the date.

"The taliban is inside the building."

(Typing the caption outside the image makes it google searchable.)

76 posted on 10/14/2012 7:40:18 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: treetopsandroofs

This administration’s arrogant attitude is nothing new to anyone who has been paying attention. During the 2008 campaign, then-candidate Obama boasted:

“I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.


77 posted on 10/14/2012 7:49:04 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (What Clint Said !!!)
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To: Billyv

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NO WE CAN’T! -or- TAQUIYYA TAQUIYYA TAQUIYYA

- protect Ambassadors with more security
- drill for and use American oil and natural gas
- lower taxes and become prosperous
- educate our children properly
- call violent crazy inbred muslims terrorists
- drive internal combustion cars
- stop all affirmitive action
- use American clean coal burning tech for energy
- speak in front of a Christian Cross
- build space shuttles not be Russkie’s passengers
- allow American citizens to have firearms
- permit freedom of speech
- select and eat what we want to eat
- require photo IDs to vote
- laugh at lying cokehead politicians
- walk like a real man (or a pretty woman)
- drink 16 ounce soft drinks
- criticize the prezzy without arrests by SS
- deport illegal aliens
- etc. etc. etc.
.


78 posted on 10/14/2012 8:13:36 AM PDT by devolve (----- ------- -CHEESEBURGER_CHEESEBURGER_CHEESEBURGER- ----------------------------)
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To: Kenny
Obama’s Intelligence? Brief Scandal
79 posted on 10/14/2012 9:10:18 AM PDT by mikrofon (There, fixed it.)
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To: SueRae

I am beginning to think that Obama, Holder, and Biden are telling the truth. THEY DON’T KNOW

That may be worse

The commander is responsible for anything that does or does not happen


80 posted on 10/14/2012 9:36:54 AM PDT by acsrp38 (SPIN THE BOTTLE LEADERSHIP- Obamastyle -- Pass it on)
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To: Kenny
It would be delivered to the president in his residence before he came over [by 7:00 a.m.]

That's what good managers do.....

I was friends with our corporation's controller and I remember him once telling me about the CEO. The guy would be in his office by 6:00 a.m. and wouldn't leave until about 8:00 at night, monday thru fridays. He even worked Saturdays and Sundays, and expected his staff to be on hand also.....

Obama is just the opposite, he is clueless on the world and has no managerial skills whatsoever. He relies on info fed him by incompetents and then says go ahead and do it........

81 posted on 10/14/2012 10:12:39 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Jab him with a harpoon.....)
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To: republicangel

He’s just gonna turn on that charming personality we’ve all come to know and love the past 5 years. In other words - he gonna get snotty. (Snotty, snotty, snotty . . )


82 posted on 10/14/2012 11:45:20 AM PDT by Twinkie
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To: Tennessee Nana

No one is Ronald Reagan. Wishing won’t fix it; and I ain’t voting for Hussein. - Reagan was attacked relentlessly by leftists in his day and not given credit for who he was until years later. - I repeat, I ain’t voting for Hussein, nor for a third party, only human “dream” candidate who hasn’t a snowball’s chance of getting elected, effectively handing it back to Hussein & Michelle & Joe Schmoe. Mitt and Paul won’t be perfect, Reagan wasn’t, but I’m crawling over broken glass pushing a peanut with my nose to get to the voting booth. I think that’s what Reagan would do. If I’m wrong, I’m sure he will tell me one day; until then I’ve got to live in the real world that is getting worser every day.


83 posted on 10/14/2012 12:02:40 PM PDT by Twinkie
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To: Kenny
This is no scandal... it happens all the time.
84 posted on 10/14/2012 12:39:46 PM PDT by johnsondavid841
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To: Travis McGee
Gov. Romney is now receiving daily intelligence briefings. I wonder if he's being given any ‘extra’ information by those disgusted with what Obama is doing.
85 posted on 10/14/2012 2:37:33 PM PDT by JPG (Make it happen)
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To: Kenny

As CIC, it’s his JOB to go to those briefings!

He didn’t do his job, and people died!

Do we really want this bozo carrying the football?


86 posted on 10/14/2012 2:43:23 PM PDT by djf (Political Science: Conservatives = govern-ment. Liberals = givin-me-it.)
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To: Churchillspirit

BO just doesn’t like to actually work and was probably asleep while these briefings went on. Romney needs to hammer him with this because he simply will not be able to defend himself on this one. He can hammer Romney on the 47% remark and Bain and all the rest, but those issues have nothing to do with life and death of Americans. Romney should easily be able to deflect any childish gotcha remarks from BO with facts like these.


87 posted on 10/14/2012 7:25:18 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: Twinkie
BO can “practice” all he wants, but he can't remember anything without a teleprompter and will resort to his tired old worn out arguments.
88 posted on 10/14/2012 7:28:26 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: Kenny

This is no surprise at all. Mr. “The Party Doesn’t Stop Around Here” (he actually said that) is bored with meetings and anything resembling grunt work. He’s been the golden boy for so long that he believes the hype: his mere presence cures all ills. He can’t concentrate on the problems at hand because he’s always thinking about his next party, golf outing, or vacation.

It’s well known that Zero doesn’t get up until 9:00 and he doesn’t have his first meetings until after 10:00 (yes, a solid 4 hours later than the regular civil service).

Sure, O starts his day bright and early at 7:00—California time!


89 posted on 10/14/2012 8:03:53 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: Twinkie

Good stuff.


90 posted on 10/14/2012 10:52:14 PM PDT by arrogantsob (The Disaster MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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To: rwh

One of the two must ask questions. The other is what’s up between you and Vladimir?


91 posted on 10/17/2012 9:41:26 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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