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The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama Hardcover – April 3, 2018
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My fellow Democrats have been shocked that this administration made BO the most scandalous even surpassing Jimmy Carter, who, if he had another term may have been just as effective. Here the reader will be re-introduced to the scandal and corruption combined with the weaponization of most of the agencies of the Federal government under this period of time. Violations of policy & laws, lies, stonewalling, deceptive tactics, and rampant fraud are and were all tools of the Obama “Most Transparent Administration.” The eight years provided a disturbing story made so much worse by the complicity of the press!
The Bergdahl Swap in the middle of the book requires more information but Matt Margolis gets his points across. The reader can feel his frustration as OB manipulated this case to evacuate GITMO of enemy combatants. After spending one half my life in DOD I find the OB Administration offensive in its preferred ignorance of the the UCMJ.
This book is a very easy read and well communicated. Even though the reader can feel the bias of the author he brings to the table an impressive 25% of the text as notes and references. It is very painful to revisit this period in US history and view all the things that might have been accomplished.
So many scandals to cover, it moves fast with only minimal editorial comment. A chilling read for Obama sceptics, a must read for Obama "lovers" - you got or wanted to be tricked.
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Matt Margolis sticks to the evidence; this book is very well annotated. Margolis is no conspiracy theorist. At the outset, he states that he has no sympathy with theories that Obama isn’t even American. For Obama to be President was entirely legal. It’s everything he did while in office which is the problem.
And Matt Margolis can catalogue, with references, a huge range of scandals. As an outsider, I suspect I had a better awareness of these scandals than a lot of Americans have had. If you get your news from ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, NPR, PBS, or CNN, the chances are that you will have heard virtually nothing about any one of the scandals described here. Sharyl Attkisson had the guts to tackle the “Fast and Furious” scandal, in which guns were deliberately sent to Mexico (a place not normally thought of as short of firearms), supposedly to entrap drug cartel bigwigs. Cartel bigwigs successfully prosecuted: zero. United States law enforcement victims: two. Margolis quotes a conservative figure of one hundred and fifty dead in Mexico by these contraband weapons; I have heard of higher numbers than that, but the policy was an utter disaster, however you look at it. But it wasn’t a scandal, because Obama said so. Behind the scenes, however, Obama’s regime knew the truth had to be suppressed and so Sharyl Attkisson found her job made impossible. (By a not entirely amazing coincidence, the president of CBS News is David Rhodes, brother of Obama-era White House insider, Ben Rhodes.)
“Fast and Furious” may have set the technique for supposedly innocent administration insiders to lie to investigators, such as there were. Every attempt to unearth Information was stonewalled. The US Attorney-General himself was exposed as a blatant liar, but was illegally protected by the President. The victims of Fast and Furious, for the record, remain dead.
Two themes run through this narrative. One is the reiteration by Obama that he only ever heard of a scandal (which didn’t actually exist, presumably, according to his own claims) from a report on the TV. The other is the much more realistic fact that the left-leaning mainstream media never even covered most of the scandals documented here. Obama would have needed to read pretty closely between the lines, to find out about his administration’s misdemeanours from, say, the New York Times, or the Washington Post.
Not one of the scandals described by Matt Margolis can be dismissed as remotely trivial. Fast and Furious and Benghazi led to dead bodies: people who had every right to be alive today, but whose deaths occurred because of Obama’s disgraceful rule. One of the most heart-breaking chapters concerns the Veterans Health Administration (VA). The first English Queen Elizabeth was such a penny-pincher that far more English sailors died of starvation after the attack of the Spanish Armada than during the fighting. Obama was never reluctant to reach for his magic chequebook, until it came to sorting out the VA. The number of veterans who were neglected, or ignored outright, and who died while waiting for attention is, I feel, Obama’s worst failure of all. Americans rightly take huge pride in their military personnel. Obama hated them.
The IRS scandal deployed the power of the state against Obama’s political opponents. The “most transparent administration in history” concealed facts on an industrial scale. It pursued journalists (not just Sharyl Attkisson, as above) for trying to expose the truth. There were endless scandals about government emails. Hillary Clinton, as the least diplomatic Secretary of State imaginable (until she was succeeded by John Kerry, anyway), left her email traffic for all the world to read on an insecure server. Obama didn’t know about that, except that he did, since he communicated with Clinton, using a fake ID. I bet the Russians and Chinese were fooled. As head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson also used a false username to send politically charged emails. Margolis could probably have made a bit more of the weaponisation of the EPA than he does here, but he makes two pretty damning cases, all the same.
The book would have benefited from a little bit more proof-reading. Matt Margolis refers twice to “Kevin McCarthy”, who probably played for Everton in about 1955. He means Andrew McCarthy, a very thoughtful observer of the American legal scene, whose opinions are entirely relevant and decidedly cogent. There are other silly mistakes: missing words, that sort of stuff.
All the same, this is a powerful book. As I said at the top, Margolis documents everything. I’d like to say that his book can’t be ignored, except that a continuing theme here concerns how the mainstream media has perpetually refused to recognise the truth about the Obama administration.
“Scandal-Free?” Do me a favour. Any so-called “journalist” who suppressed Obama’s scandals should hang his/her head for shame.
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