Switching the White House from governing to full time campaigning makes it difficult for a blogger to keep up - here are major strategic issues raised by the Administration within the last 48 hrs:
- DHS announced use of 2700 armored vehicles within the US, to go along with 1.6 Bil rounds of ammo, 7,000 assault rifles, 1600 graduates of the FEMA Corps, etc. The MSM - main stream media - has ignored this.
- ICE admitted release of thousands of illegal aliens scheduled for deportation. Remember that the Secretary of DHS has been saying for years that DHS is focusing deportation resources on only the most dangerous illegals, not just rank and file people here to work.
So according to its own claims, DHS is releasing thousands of dangerous criminals. The MSM has ignored this.
- Sec State said we are training Syrian rebels and we are now confident that the arms we are supplying are going "mostly" to the moderate factions. Training means boots on the ground. "Now" confident means we are NOT confident that the weapons we provided in the past went to moderates. (This is like "Fast and Furious" on a huge scale). Apparently, the federal government has broken federal law - providing weapons and support on a large scale to people and organizations listed on the Treasury's "forbidden" list.
- Attorney General Holder says the President may legally order a lethal drone strike within the US. Last week Attorney General Holder said the orders may be issued by "a senior federal official." (who? the Attorney General? The head of the EPA? a Killing Czar?) What really matters here is that drones are only part of a much larger system employed for targeted killing. Nationwide intel, maintenance, armament and munitions, etc. - drone operations require a lot of resources. DHS already own drones - operated by the Border Patrol. All support can be provided by law enforcement and private contractor - military support is not required. And MOST IMPORTANTLY -- the drones are only a tool. What Holder is claiming that the President can do is use the entire mechanism of targeted killing within the US -- snipers, assassination teams, mines, etc. etc. etc. He did not say this, but it is exactly what his interpretation implies. They don't have to track down Klan members any more or trap them with an informant. They only have to satisfy a "high ranking official" that the targeted person (a US citizen on US soil) is a "terrorist" intending harm to the US. And remember who the Southern Poverty Law Center considers a terrorist -- "haters" like the Family Research Council.
I am not a fan of conspiracy theory web sites that pretend secret information, then sell gold and silver investments "to protect your family." What I really want is for the Administration to talk to us - explain what they are doing. Help us "connect the dots" in a way that does not look so sinister.
But I didn't make any of this up or paint any paranoid pictures from my own imagination. These are stories and policies right out of the Administration's mouth.
And BTW -- the republican members of congress do not seem to be interested in any of this. They are fixated on the death of the Ambassador in Libya -- a very minor part of this whole deal, but a club they can understand and use against the President.
So go about your business now folks. Nothing to see here. Move along.