Posted by Christopher Johnson | Friday, June 8th, 2012 | Uncategorized | 30 Comments
Barack Obama has an election to win, gosh darn it, and what’s more important for the health, safety and prosperity of this country than a second Barack Obama term?
The New York Times revealed today in a major news article that the well-known Stuxnet malware attack on the Iranian nuclear program was, in fact, an American operation. Most experts had felt that was the most logical conclusion, but it had never been confirmed. The Times report is based on interviews with anonymous sources “because the effort remains highly classified, and parts of it continue to this day,” reporter David Sanger wrote. While this is an acknowledgement of U.S. prowess in cyberwarfare, the revelation is an inexcusable breach of security that seems to be a part of a disturbing trend.
One has to ask: Why is the Obama Administration choosing to continue revealing operational information that is normally not released? This includes the specific units that conducted the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, information from the bin Laden compound, classified information on the bin Laden raid, details of drone operations, and now secrets about cyberwarfare. There is NO good operational reason for doing this. The only “logical” reason is a tight race for presidency. Does this mean that the closer that we get to the election, the more operational secrets will be given away?
The larger reality is that these leaks, designed to highlight the President’s credentials as a tough leader, are trying to mask the fact that Obama has virtually nothing to show on key national security issues. Progress in the big and important issues, such as relations with China and Russia, broadly fending off Iranian nuclear development, and keeping the rogue regime in North Korea inside its box, have all proven elusive for this Administration.
When progress is absent, a desperate Administration may use leaks, even if it harms national security. The Times reports that Obama “repeatedly expressed concerns that any American acknowledgment that it was using cyberweapons…could enable other countries, terrorists or hackers to justify their own attacks.” So either the Administration completely disregarded its prior national security concerns, or it has no control over sensitive information. Either way, it doesn’t look good.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) said Wednesday she has “never seen it worse” regarding recent national security leaks in a series of reported stories that contained sensitive national security details.
“Well, I’ve been on the Intelligence Committee for 11 years, and I have never seen it worse,” Feinstein said of the leaks in a CNN interview.
The House and Senate Intelligence Committees announced Wednesday they would draft new laws concerning leaks of classified and sensitive information. Feinstein is chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Senator Feinstein issued the following statement.
I am deeply disturbed by the continuing leaks of classified information to the media, most recently regarding alleged cyber efforts targeting Iran’s nuclear program.
Today I sent a classified letter to the president outlining my deep concerns about the release of this information. I made it clear that disclosures of this type endanger American lives and undermine America’s national security.
I have spoken with Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, about the possibility of a joint hearing to investigate these leaks.
The Intelligence Committee will soon mark up the FY13 Intelligence Authorization Bill, and it is my intention to include provisions requiring:
- A timely notification of authorized disclosures and the rationale for those disclosures;
- More forceful investigations of unauthorized disclosures;
- Additional authorities and resources for the U.S. government to identify and prosecute those who violate various federal laws and non-disclosure agreements by revealing highly classified information.
Supporters of the President have only two options, the best of which(for them) is that Barack Obama is the most dangerously inept president the United States has ever had. That a liberal Democrat like Dianne Feinstein says that the leaks are the worst she’s seen in eleven years rules out any argument the left might make about George W. Bush holdovers sabotaging the Obama Administration.
It’s a silly argument to make anyway in case anyone attempts to make it. Mr. Bush couldn’t run again so there was no incentive for any Bush appointees to get revenge on Mr. Obama. And if any Bush leftovers are still in sensitive, national security positions does that not speak to the general incompetence of the current administration?
The other option is far darker. These leaks are, as was suggested, deliberate and designed to make the President look, well, presidential. In which case, we move from incompetence to something awfully close to actual treason.
If it was proven that these leaks were deliberate, would the Republicans bring articles of impeachment? Since hearings take time and the Obama Administration can stonewall better than the Nixon Administration ever could, I don’t think anything’s going to happen any time soon, the Congress will most likely wait for the American people to elect Mitt Romney and do their jobs for them.
But what if Obama wins another term? Would the Republicans move then? They might and I think that a lot of House Democrats would join them, knowing that it would be the safest vote in the world insofar as a Democrat-controlled Senate, if there still is one, would never vote to remove Obama from office.
Even if the Republicans gain the Senate this fall, I don’t think they’ll gain two-thirds of it, which is what is required to remove an impeached US president from office so if Barack Obama wins reelection, I seriously doubt that he will go anywhere. His second term will be a disaster of course.
Obama’s lapdog news media will do what it can for him but no one else will. And since the Tea Party will make sure that the President knows what the American people think of people who endanger the United States merely for their own aggrandizement, and will do so every chance it gets, Mr. Obama’s second term will be a nightmare, one that he may even choose to cut short.
For the sake of the country, don’t you know.