Obama, Robert Gibbs and Law Enforcement
One can’t help but look at what is said versus what is done and see that the thematic framework of the Obama administration is to just simply say things they believe people want to hear, regardless of the reality of any policy actions. The Health Care speech this week is but one example. It repeatedly reminds me of a scene from the 1981 Warren Beatty directed bio of radical journalist John Reed. In the scene, Grigory Zinoviev (played by Jerzy Kosinski) is rallying the masses in the Muslim southern area of Russia. Reed believing that a particular speech is extolling the revolution and Marxist ideals is stunned to find that Zinoviev instead is rallying them with Islamic slogans. Say what they want to hear to get them on your side, then do what you really want to do.
This was illustrated again in the aftermath of the stupidly scheduled Coast Guard exercise in Washington during 9/11 ceremonies, which was blown out of proportion by CNN and its incompetent concern for historical journalistic standards. Gibbs correctly slammed CNN’s professionalism, however he pooh-poohed any criticism of the scheduling of the Coast Guard exercise with the following statement:
The White House spokesman said the Commander-in-Chief would not “micromanage” the Coast Guard’s decision to hold the exercise, and he chastised the press — in honor of those who died on 9/11 and the future victims of terrorism — telling reporters to tell themselves “We may not get this first, but we may be the first ones to get it right.”
Asked if 9/11 was an appropriate day for such a training exercise, Gibbs said, “I tend not to question law enforcement trying to keep the nation safe.”
One can’t help but compare this statement with the actual actions of the administration.
The President notoriously slandered Sgt. James Crowley of the Cambridge PD for having the temerity to investigate a call of a possible burglary in progress. Attorney General, Eric Holder, has repeatedly announced that investigating and stamping out the bogey man of racial profiling by law enforcement will be a priority. FBI agents in the field in Afghanistan have been directed to read Miranda rights to captured enemy soldiers in foreign territory. CIA agents are being condemned and investigated for possible prosecution for violating the newly interpreted Geneva Convention protections of terrorists captured in the field (of course nobody discusses the obligations of the terrorists to observe these same conventions). Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, one of the most effective law enforcers in the nation, is also being investigated by the Justice Department on allegations of racial profiling against Hispanic illegal aliens. These actions, and others, are designed to undermine the effective implementation of law enforcement and their efforts to protect the nation.
I won’t even get into his coterie of supporters and appointees who have fought law enforcement, such as Weatherman cop killers Bill Ayers and Bernadine Doehrn or recently departed Czar, Van Jones, who engaged in and organized protests against LAPD and in support of cop killer Mumia Abu Jamal.
Supporting law enforcement, I think not.