The Obama Administration’s Guerrilla War

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In the modern era, it is difficult to come up with an administration that has spent as much energy trying to sabotage its successor in office. Obama administration officials have worked tirelessly to embed themselves into media outlets as supposedly objective voices.

After President Donald Trump oversaw the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and as missiles fell from the night sky into Iraq from Iran, those voices took to the airwaves to push the Obama line against Trump. In the American media, with help from former Obama staffers, Trump was the bad guy and Iran was the good guy. Iran deescalated tensions. Trump made things worse.

On CNN, Jim Sciutto of the Obama administration sat as an objective news anchor. CNN also now has Valerie Jarrett’s daughter, Laura, in an anchor chair, too. They tossed a co-anchor for their early morning news show to make room for the daughter of one of Barack Obama’s most ardent defenders. But we are supposed to pretend there is no bias.

They have been joined by a bevy of other Obama surrogates who now pretend to be objective analysts. Watching James Clapper, also of the Obama administration, pretend to be an unbiased national security analyst for CNN makes me long for the days of “Baghdad Bob,” Saddam Hussein’s spokesman who claimed the Americans had been defeated as American tanks rolled into Baghdad.

Newsweek reported last week that, “James Clapper, the former director of National Intelligence, has urged Americans to be skeptical of President Donald Trump’s justification for the assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.” Meanwhile, The New York Times reported that CIA Director Gina Haspel, whose nomination Clapper supported, “had advised Mr. Trump that the threat the Iranian general presented was greater than the threat of Iran’s response if he was killed, according to current and former American officials. Indeed, Haspel had predicted the most likely response would be a missile strike from Iran to bases where American troops were deployed, the very situation that appeared to be playing out on Tuesday afternoon.”

Who do we believe? The CIA director or the people ideologically dedicated to protecting Obama's precious Iran deal? When watching the Obama team -- whether they are anchoring CNN coverage or mouthing off on MSNBC -- it is striking just how invested they are in denying reality.

After Iran launched its functionally impotent attack against American positions in Iraq, Trump rightly pointed out the Obama administration helped Iran launch those missiles. The pushback from media fact checkers and Obama surrogates was fast and furious -- and also more dedicated to protecting Obama than the truth.

The truth is that the United States did not give Iran money from American taxpayers. We gave them billions of dollars worth of their own money. After the Iranian revolutionaries overthrew the Shah, global powers froze Iran's bank accounts. But Obama decided, I suspect, that Israel and Saudi Arabia were getting too big for their britches. Instead of aiming for peace in the Middle East, he decided he would prop up Iran.

In 2015, in defense of the deal, Obama's Secretary of State John Kerry told CNBC some of Iran's money would go to terrorist groups. "I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists ... You know, to some degree, I'm not going to sit here and tell you that every component of that can be prevented," Kerry said. Soleimani and the Iranians used the money Obama sent them to fund terrorists, militias, missiles and improvised explosive devices used to kill American soldiers.

Obama officials now guard what news you can and cannot hear. They anchor news desks and serve as purportedly objective analysts. When the Obama loyalist as news anchor asks the Obama loyalist as news analyst what happened, we can be sure they will blame Trump and protect Obama's legacy. A media that continues to lecture Trump voters about truth increasingly does not know what truth is.

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6 thoughts on “The Obama Administration’s Guerrilla War”

  1. When are people going to stop pretending and just admit that the Iran Deal was about enabling Iran to become a nuclear power that would be able to take out Israel. Once that is realized, the whole deal makes sense.

  2. obuma & his henchmen are all traitors & belong behind bars & fire all the hold overs &no pensions,lets get it over with..3 years is way too long to keep them in those cushion job

  3. Obama and his supporters are TRAITORS TO AMERICA. Obama was the one who made a mockery of our Constitution and Laws and the evil Democrats fell right in line with his criminal actions. Their greed for MONEY AND POWER has warped their minds and hearts into being nothing but criminals. I keep wondering , “what evil are they hiding?” Are there any decent hu beings in the Democrat Party? Now, I see Nancy Pelosi and her gang acting like that MURDERING IRANIAN Terrorist general and Iran are heroes. Anyone who defends the MURDERERS who our Americans are nothing but TRAITORS and should be punished as such.

  4. YOU PEOPLE WHO KEEP VOTING IN THESE PEOPLE WHEN I’M GUESSING YOU DON’T CHECK THEM OUT FOR A 6MO. AFTER AWHILE AS YOU CAN SEE NOW THEY SAY ONE THING UP FRONT PEOPLE SORRY BUT THEY ARE SO 2 FACED ITS NOT FUNNY. RIGHT IN YOUR FACE AND AS SOON AS THEY ARE ELECTED THEY GO TO WHAT THEY WERE THINKING OF DOING 6MO BACK AND THEN YOU ARE SCREWED. DON’T DO THAT ANY MORE. JUST LOOK AT THE MESS AND THE MORE WE ARE FINDING OUT -THAT IS ON THE ROAD OF BEING FIXED. OUR COUNTRY WAS HEADING DOWN THE SLIPPERY SLOOP OF NO RETURN. WE GOT OUT BY THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH PEOPLE. AND IRAN WAS LYING THEY ARE ON THE VERGE OF HAVING A BOMB AND THAT WAS TRUMP FAULT. THEY WERE HIDING THAT BEHIND OBAMA BACK- THEY EVEN HAVE THE POSSIBLITY OF USING AN EMP — IN THAT CASE YOU INDIVIDUALS BETTER HAVE SOME BACK UP NOW KNOW THIS BUSH THE CLINTONS AND OBAMA DID NOT A DAMN THING TO GIVE US BETTER AND PROTECTED POWER GRID.- DO YOU GET WHAT I’M SAYING.????

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