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Friday, September 14, 2012

Beyond Incompetence: President Obama Skips Intel Briefing THE DAY FOLLOWING Embassy Attacks

Will Malven
9/14/2012

Folks, this goes way beyond incompetence and takes us well into intentional negligence.  Obama has been criticized for his failure to attend intelligence briefings.  Jay Carney's response [paraphrasing] . . ."The President is too smart to need briefings."

Does the arrogance of this White House have no limits?  Is the President's narcissism contagious?  Now the President is soooo all-encompassingly brilliant that he no longer requires intelligence briefings, he receives his directly from God.

Wow!  This is beginning to get scary. From the Washington Post Opinion section:

Obama alone: This president does not need intel briefers

By Marc A. Thiessen
Published: September 13

How long had it been since President Obama attended his daily intelligence meeting in the lead-up to the Sept. 11 attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Egypt and Libya? After all, our adversaries are known to use the anniversary of 9/11 to target the United States.

According to the public schedule of the president, the last time the Obama attended his daily intelligence meeting was Sept. 5 — a week before Islamist radicals stormed our embassy in Cairo and terrorists killed our ambassador to Tripoli. The president was scheduled to hold the intelligence meeting at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, the day after the attacks, but it was canceled so that he could comfort grieving employees at the State Department — as well he should. But instead of rescheduling the intelligence briefing for later in the day, Obama apparently chose to skip it altogether and attend a Las Vegas fundraiser for his re-election campaign. One day after a terrorist attack.

When I asked National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor if the president had attended any meetings to discuss the Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) since Sept. 5, he repeatedly refused to answer. He noted that Obama had attended a principals meeting of the National Security Council on Sept. 10 and reiterated that he reads the PDB. “As I’ve told you every time you ask, the President gets his PDB every day,” Vietor told me by e-mail, adding this swipe at Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush: “Unlike your former boss, he has it delivered to his residence in the morning and not briefed to him.” (This new line of defense was echoed this morning by my Post colleague, Dana Milbank, who writes that Bush was briefed every day by his intelligence advisers because he “decided he would prefer to read less.”)

(cont'd at link)

I'm sorry, this is not the mark of a "brilliant man," it is the mark of a disinterested and detached man. This is not the behavior of a successful President, it is the behavior of an academic--the self-deception that one can access all knowledge solely by reading--the neophyte's mistake of arrogance.

You can't probe the mind of a printed briefing, you can't look into the eyes of a printed briefing and read how certain it is of the information it presents. You can't question a printed briefing--ask for clarification or further expansion on what is given.

It is a sign of his arrogance that Obama believes he can glean all he needs to know from a written brief.  It is more proof that his only concern is to get reelected and all other concerns take a back seat.  That's why he went to Vegas rather than return to DC when these attacks began in Libya and Egypt.  It's why he refused to meet with Netanyahu but kept his appointments to appear on Letterman, Leno, and the Beyonce/Jay Z fund-raiser.

Not incompetence, but negligence.  Obama's not "brilliant," he's clearly at best a mundane individual of average intellect.  Obama is also clearly not competent to conduct our foreign policy.

If Obama was as brilliant as he and Democrats and the adoring MSM claim, CHRIS STEVENS WOULD STILL BE ALIVE.


Long Live Our American Republic!!!!

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