Why Obama’s secret past — assuming there is one — matters

In response to my post pointing out that being a closet gay is as good an explanation as any for the many holes in Obama’s past, Spartacus made an important point about putting unvetted people into the White House.  It’s so good, in fact, that I’m elevating it to post status:

“We understand that the United States has developed a defense against our anti-ship missiles, but we have no details at this time.  A certain Mr. Jones from your Department of Energy will be requesting an upgrade to his security clearance to access the files — please see to it that this is granted.”

There are many, many federal jobs for which one may have a sexual orientation other than the one advertised, and it is irrelevant; CINC ain’t one of ‘em.  Ferreting out the pressure points and weaknesses of key individuals is Foreign Intelligence Collection 101.  Who paid for Harvard Law School?  What’s the story with that trip to Pakistan?  And yes, for whom has he unzipped?  I don’t pretend to know the answers to these questions, but they are basic questions that all competent foreign intelligence services became intensely interested in as soon as Barack became a senator.

I don’t know how many of his abominable decisions are due to explicit or implicit blackmail, but I’d be very surprised if the answer were zero.  I mean, if this clown walked into an Air Force recruiting office and tried to sign up as an E-4 intel analyst whose job was to look at satellite photos of garbage dumps in the Syrian desert, the security folks would look at his (mostly blank) background and laugh themselves silly while thumping a great big “REJECTED” stamp on the application.  He’s a security nightmare.  But the voters, with no questions asked, bypassed all of that and handed him the keys to the kingdom anyway.

For the sake of gossip, I don’t much care which way his compass points, or who has paid his way, or any of that.  But for the sake of understanding the character and verifying the integrity of our single most important employee, who holds the fate of the world in his hands, it matters, and we are right to ask a few questions.

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  • excathedra


  • 94Corvette

    When I joined the Navy, I had to go through a very, very, very thorough background investigation to get my clearance.  When you look at the security disqualifiers for Obama – the admitted drug use, the foreign travel under suspicious circumstances, the associations with know radicals and enemies of the United States, he could not have qualified for a ‘Confidential’ clearance, let alone the clearance that the CIC requires.  I am reminded of that Beatles classic, ‘Nowhere Man”, a perfect description of the unknown Obama.

  • Mike Devx

    Remember there was this picture of Obama and Sarkozy standing curbside, and a very pretty young thang in a good blue dress was high-stepping up the curb beside them.  Obama was hound-dogging her and Sarkozy was laughing at him.  I don’t think Obama was acting.  When he was posing for the CNN reporter gals on that airplane (and they were sighing, and one was practically screeching, “Get out of the way, I can’t SEE him, I can’t SEE him!”) he was genuinely loving that attention too.

    So ExCathedra, I don’t think you’ve got worries.  If he’s gay, it’s a bisexual thing.  But Michelle has such a negative, ugly personality, maybe they *did* have to use a turkey baster!  Twice!  :-)


  • DL Sly

    “… if this clown walked into an Air Force recruiting office and tried to sign up as an E-4 intel analyst whose job was to look at satellite photos of garbage dumps in the Syrian desert, the security folks would look at his (mostly blank) background and laugh themselves silly while thumping a great big “REJECTED” stamp on the application. He’s a security nightmare.”

    I have been saying this since 2007.

    When MH was promoted to E4, his promotion and subsequent relocation to Camp Lejuene required him to obtain a top secret clearance before he could fulfill the duties of his next billeting assignment.  He had to account for his every activity and action going back ten years — to a time when he wasn’t even out of high school, much less an adult.  Not only did he have to do this, but, as his wife, I HAD TO AS WELL.  They also looked into not only his parent’s and grandparent’s backgrounds, but MY PARENTS, too.  This became somewhat sticky for a while as my Air Force father was a radar man with top secret clearance during his time in the service.  The questionaire they sent them was about as close to a virtual rectal exam as one could get in the age before the internet.
    These clearances are not *forever*.  They have to be renewed.  Do you think they simply look at the previous years in which the person already had top secret clearance, make note of whether or not the person had been in any trouble and automatically rubber stamp approval for those who haven’t?  They don’t.  The process is repeated.  Each. And. Every. Time.
    So, having personally been through the vetting process more times than I care to count, it was with great concern that I watched this country elect a man who wouldn’t have been qualified for a position as janitor at the welcome desk of the Pentagon much less the man who holds the keys to nuclear football — among other things.
    How many of our military and intelligence secrets has this man’s (deliberate?) incompetence divulged?  The first thought that comes to mind is the stealth helicopter that was *left* behind in the Pakistani compound where Bin Laden met his end.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    What you people don’t realize is that rules for peons and serfs working in the military don’t apply to the government elites ruling from the top. Rank hath its privileges, and evil has more privileges than even rank.


  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    And if anyone is under the fantasy that this only applies to hyper powerful positions like the US Presidency, I want you to look up two names: Sandy Berger.

    This nation is controlled by a select few in Washington DC, lording it over the rest of the nation hundreds of miles away, and everyone else just does as they are told because the rules say so. This situation won’t change for the nation until the ruling elect are wiped out of existence, crucified executed irregardless. For the forseeable future, the status quo will rule until then.


  • suek

    >>This situation won’t change for the nation until the ruling elect are wiped out of existence, crucified executed irregardless.>>

    And replaced by what?

    Makes me think of one of Rudyard Kipling’s stories (I don’t remember the name) in which someone is elected king, has a great year (?) and then is beheaded.

    Unfortunately, the most effective form of government is a dictatorship. People _want_ a leader. They also want perfect – which isn’t especially easy to come by. Our form of government – a democratic republic, _not_ a democracy – is so far the best alternative. We get a leader of our choosing (or at least of the choosing of most of us) and then after a reasonably short period, can get rid of him – leaving his head still on his shoulders. We have reasonable restrictions to prevent a ” ruling elect”, but if laws are not obeyed, they might as well not exist. If we continue to elect those who make laws that apply to everyone but themselves, we have only ourselves to blame.

    What you want is perfection. Doesn’t exist in any human that presently walks the earth.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Replaced by people who have witnessed the fact that politics has consequences, for people at the top as well as the bottom. That is the only thing that really makes a difference in the formation of individual character and decision making. That is, if the last 40 years of upbringing didn’t make a significant contribution in the positive sense, nothing other than dramatic means will change it afterwards.


  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    I never said I wanted perfection. Human nature by its originality and theological metaphysics is flawed. Which means it requires replenishment and restructuring through various methods. Those methods can be called morality, civic duty, ethics, or religion. I prefer the method called discipline and fear. Only when the government fears the people and the consequences of revolutionary violence, will human nature be shifted about temporarily. Then in 5 more generations, you have another bloodletting. You have forgotten what Jefferson said about the Tree of Liberty, Suek. The fact that democracies aren’t kept pristine and virtuous by sitting around and allowing corruption to lead the nation to a death spiral, wasn’t something figured out in the last century. People knew about it a long time ago. And they even wrote it down.

     It is precisely because perfection does not exist, that people need to die sooner or later. Because if it did exist, that wouldn’t be much of an issue…now would it. It wouldn’t be necessary. But because you don’t know what’s going to happen or whose going to turn evil, death and violence is Very Necessary. And there is no argument to counter say that. There is only debate on the means and the time. That is it.

  • Mike Devx

    posted in the wrong thread, reposting…

    Hey, if they can do it to Herman Cain, we can do it to Obama, right?
    Three anonymous claims that Barack Obama engaged in sexual harassment of other MEN while leading the Harvard Law Review.
    It’s eerie how closely this story parallels the Cain story.  Anonymity, nondisclosure agreements, multiple accusers grouped closely in time…
    But we’ve also got lots, lots more on the Obama gay rumors while he was Illinois Senator…
    Aren’t rumors fun!?!?

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