Truth Will Out: Obama And ISIS; More On IRS And Lerner *Open Thread*

September 2, 2014 by

Oh dear. Despite Obama’s attempts to change the topic from ISIS, what did he know and when did he know it, to – wait for it – the BOOMING economy (Ahahahahahahahaha – brilliant strategy – make us laugh so hard at this blatant crock that we forget all of the other crappy stuff going on), it ain’t working. Nope. In fact, with each passing day, things look worse for Obama and the terrible way in which he has dealt with this terrorist crisis.

Or rather, how he has NOT dealt with this terrorist crisis would be more accurate. Yes, truth is willing out on ISIS, and just when Obama was informed about how dangerous they are. That despite Obama’s claims that this was all shocking – SHOCKING, I tell you – to them, and they had NO idea. The Daily Beast reported back in July the ways in which Obama had been alerted to the danger from ISIS:

On November 1, 2013, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki visited the White House, and made a rather stunning request. Maliki, who celebrated when the last U.S. troops left his country in 2011, asked Obama to quietly send the military back into Iraq and help his beleagured Air Force develop targets for air strikes; that’s how serious the threat from Sunni insurgents led by the extremist group ISIS had become.

Twelve days later, Brett McGurk, a deputy assistant secretary of state and the Obama administration’s senior U.S. official in Baghdad since the crisis began last month, presented to Congress a similarly dark warning. ISIS was launching upwards of 40 suicide bombers a month, he said, encouraged in part by the weakness of Maliki’s military and the aggressively anti-Sunni policies of the Shi’ite prime minister. It was the kind of ominous report that American intelligence agencies had been delivering privately for months. McGurk added that ISIS had “benefited from a permissive operating environment due to inherent weaknesses of Iraqi security forces, poor operational tactics, and popular grievances, which remain unaddressed, among the population in Anbar and Nineweh provinces.” [...] (Click here to read the rest.)

But wait, that’s not all. The truth is coming out this morning (Tuesday) that Obama was briefed on the dangers ISIS presented A YEAR AGO. From Gretawire:

[...] A former Pentagon official confirms to Fox News that detailed and specific intelligence about the rise of ISIS was included in the PDB, or the President’s Daily Brief, for at least a year before the group took large swaths of territory beginning in June.

The official, who asked not to be identified because the PDB is considered the most authoritative, classified intelligence community product providing the President with analysis of sensitive international events, said the data was strong, and “granular” in detail, adding a policy maker “…could not come away with any other impression: This is getting bad.”

The official who has close knowledge of the process said the President, who reads the PDB unlike his predecessors who traditionally had the document briefed to them, was not known to come back to the intelligence community with further questions or “taskings.” Asked to describe the frequency, the former Pentagon official said “not generally.”
[...] (Click here to read the rest.)

Clearly, Obama took his eye off the ball. Or rather, as Branco sums up beautifully in the cartoon below, that’s all he was looking at since it wasn’t the Intel Briefings he received:

Eye-balling-590-LI (Credit: Branco at Legal Insurrection)

That about says it all.

And then there is the infamous Lois Lerner. It seems the same holds true for her and the attempts by the IRS to cover up her wrong-doing as for Obama: truth will out.

The latest revelation has to do with the flip side of how Lerner politicized her office. From the Daily Caller:

[...] In 2007, Lerner responded directly to a complaint that some major labor unions reported completely different amounts of political expenditures when filing with the IRS and the Department of Labor.

[...]

Lerner wrote, “We looked at the information you provided regarding organizations that report substantial amounts of political activity and lobbying expenditures on the DOL Form LM-2, but report little to no political expenditures on the Form 990 filed with the IRS.”

“We believe this difference in reporting does not necessarily indicate that the organization has incorrectly reported to either the DOL or the IRS,” Lerner concluded.

Don Todd, the deputy assistant secretary of the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) at the time the email was sent, confirmed seeing Lerner’s email and remembering similar complaints at the time. OLMS oversees labor union financial disclosures within the Department of Labor.

“The laws never been enforced,” Todd told TheDCNF. “The IRS was telling us it would cost more to enforce the law then they would collect.” [...]

Wow, what a surprise that the law has never been enforced. When you look at how much the unions have gotten away with on this level, it calls into question the claim it isn’t worth it monetarily:

[...] Also in 2006 the Teamsters Union reported no political expenditures with the IRS while at the same time reporting $7,081,965 with the Labor Department.

Again in 2006, Unite-Here reported no political activity with the IRS and $1,451,002 with the Labor Department.

In 2005, the National Education Association also reported no political expenditures with the IRS while at the same time reporting $24,985,250 with the Labor Department.

Labor union political spending overwhelmingly benefits Democrats. Todd told TheDCNF Lerner may have been playing favorites. Lerner has been accused of singling out tea party groups applying for tax-exempt status. [...] (Click here to read the rest.)

Well, no kidding she was playing favorites! That is the whole point that Conservative and religious groups have been trying to make for the past couple of years: the IRS has become politicized and is targeting certain groups while laying off others. The truth just continues to back up that claim as this latest reveals.

Yes, truth will out. Thank heavens. Now it is a matter of what we as a country do with all of this information. My suggestion: hold them accountable, from Obama on down. How about you?

This is an Open Thread.


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