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Kincaid: Republicans Outmaneuvered by Obama and Holder

By Cliff Kincaid

Senator John McCain, who lost to Obama in 2008 in part because he did not want to challenge Obama’s personal character or loyalty to the U.S., is now upset over what he calls “…a disturbing stream of articles” that cite “leaked classified or highly-sensitive information…” in an “effort to paint a portrait of President Obama as a strong leader on national security issues…”

McCain’s statements, like his 2008 presidential campaign, are careful not to personally accuse Obama himself of any wrongdoing. McCain’s statements refer repeatedly to the “Obama Administration” or just the “administration,” rather than the President himself. At best, he says that Obama is ultimately “responsible” for the leaks. Obama denies the White House leaked anything and finds the charge that anyone did so “offensive.”

The senator went on to say, “The fact that this Administration would aggressively pursue leaks perpetrated by a 22-year old Army private in the ‘WikiLeaks’ matter and former CIA employees in other leaks cases but apparently sanction leaks made by senior Administration officials for political purposes is simply unacceptable. It also calls for the need for a special counsel to investigate what happened here.”

Here, the senator makes two questionable assumptions: that the administration is determined to aggressively pursue the WikiLeaks matter, and that “senior Administration officials” are behind the recent leaks, not Obama himself.

In the first place, government prosecutors have ruled out the death penalty in the case of Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning, the source of the classified WikiLeaks material. This is strange because the leaks constitute the largest release of classified information in history. The trial of Manning, regarded as a hero by the radical left, has been repeatedly delayed and now won’t occur until November. Then, after the election, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the government dropping some of the charges against him.

Second, Attorney General Eric Holder has not brought charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who allegedly received the stolen documents from Manning and was therefore part of a conspiracy to commit espionage. Like Manning, Assange is a hero to much of Obama’s political “progressive” base.

McCain’s decision to accuse administration officials, rather than Obama himself, of the leaks to The New York Times, is an assumption that enables the senator to avoid questioning Obama’s personal patriotism. McCain fought for his country in wartime but politically he wants to “play nice.”

Nobody doubts that McCain, who was tortured by the communists when he was a POW during the Vietnam War, believes in his country. But his decision to give Obama the benefit of the doubt makes no sense, especially because the Obama campaign has been caught lying about such relatively minor matters as Obama’s membership in the New Party, a vehicle designed for a Trojan Horse takeover of the Democratic Party in Chicago. Obama’s ally in this effort was Rep. Danny Davis, who recently accepted an award from the Communist Party USA. This followed the campaign’s claim that Obama’s childhood mentor, Communist Party operative Frank Marshall Davis, was just a civil rights activist. Obama called him just “Frank” in Dreams from My Father, leaving it to anti-communist investigators—not the FBI—to discover his true identity.

McCain requested a special counsel independent of the Justice Department to investigate the leaks. Holder outflanked McCain, appointing U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ronald C. Machen Jr. and U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein to conduct the inquiry and “follow all appropriate investigative leads within the Executive and Legislative branches of government.” Since not even McCain has suggested the President personally did the leaking, it cannot possibly be appropriate to investigate Obama himself. As a result, Obama is, once again, off the hook. Congress will hold hearings but they will go nowhere because the administration will claim an investigation is already underway.

McCain never learns—or doesn’t want to learn. When HBO’s “Game Change” came out, conservatives attacked the film for its distorted portrayal of McCain running mate and GOP 2008 vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. That was legitimate criticism, and McCain defended his former running mate and attacked the film. But the film was accurate, as far as we can determine, in depicting McCain as a candidate who did not want to take the gloves off when attacking Obama. “This is not the campaign I wanted to run,” McCain says, when some of his supporters in a crowd scene label Obama a socialist or a Muslim and cry out that “He hangs out with people who hate our country!” It was Palin, not McCain, who took the fight to Obama over his “palling around with terrorists” such as Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.

Before the 2008 election, we wrote a column titled “Who Vetted Obama?” that asked two simple questions: When did the FBI investigate Obama? And who vetted him? The FBI did not investigate Obama, and the media did not “vet” him, something that angered the late Andrew Breitbart and made him want to pick up where the news media failed to tread.

We noted, “Obama has a 30-year history of associating with unsavory characters, beginning with communist Frank Marshall Davis and continuing with Jeremiah Wright and communist terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, which should disqualify him from getting a security clearance in the government that he wants to run.”

Four years later, we find McCain and many Republicans making the same mistake they made then—assuming that Obama is above the fray and should be shielded from any personal charges. Mitt Romney seems to be following in McCain’s footsteps, refusing to label Obama a socialist. On the other hand, the Obama campaign does not shy away from calling Romney a “capitalist,” as if that is a dirty word.

The media, who receive the leaks that make Obama look good, have a vested interest in not investigating their source. In the strange-but-true department, American national security suffers but Obama comes across looking like someone committed to the security of America and its allies. According to the latest Fox News poll, Obama beats Romney by 11 points on handling of foreign policy and 13 points on dealing with terrorism. The leaks have served their purpose.

The fact is that the FBI does not vet presidential candidates for national security purposes. There was no FBI investigation into Obama’s own background, associations, loyalty, and overall fitness for office. The FBI only probes those being considered for some federal positions under the president. It is not clear, however, if Van Jones was ever investigated. If so, he got the job anyway, and then-Fox News personality Glenn Beck and blogger Trevor Loudon discovered the truth, not the FBI.

Former FBI agent Max Noel told me that the Bureau used to investigate candidates for federal employment by analyzing Character, Associates, Reputation, and Loyalty to the United States. The first letters in those words make up the acronym CARL. By the standard of “A” alone—Associates—Obama flunks.

Obama was never investigated by the FBI, however. He captured the presidency and, with the help of the media, continues to outflank his Republican opponents, McCain then and Romney now.


Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism, and can be contacted at  

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  1. gimmesometruthComment by gimmesometruth
    June 12, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    My grandmother had a saying and it clearly reflects Biblical Truths in Proverbs. She said,” Show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are”. Obama does not fool the common sense Americans. We KNOW who he is just by the characters he surrounds himself with. In 2008, slogans took precedents over substance and emotional votes were cast rejecting the road our nation was traveling. I pray this time around the public will vote based on his record and it’s effect on our country.

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    • Mary SComment by Mary S
      June 12, 2012 @ 10:46 am

      We also know who McCain is, his military record notwithstanding.

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  2. cxComment by genesal
    June 12, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    Some of us have been warning that Romney was just McCain in a different suit (Campaign wise speaking). We warned him to wake up and start fighting fire with fire. I guess he doesn’t have it in him. He is losing on the foreign policy front and he is losing on the likeability front also. We were hoping he would finally wake up before America is lulled into the Liberal Socialistic trap as in 2008. An Obama win in 2012 will mean that whatever happens, it will be too late to undo what will have been done by the Socialist agenda.

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  3. middlegroundComment by middleground
    June 12, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    One characteristic often associated with those who’ve survived extensive combat and/or long internment as a POW is to become like Senator McCain — a non-combative personality or to go to the other extreme with deep-seared inflexible hatreds.

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  4. bna42Comment by bna42
    June 12, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    “But his decision to give Obama the benefit of the doubt makes no sense”

    Of course it makes sense–McCain, just like the rest of Congress is afraid of Obama. None of them want to be labeled a racist

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  5. Mort_fComment by Mort_f
    June 12, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    Hate to say this, but I do not know who nauseates me more every time they open their mouth, is it McCain or Obama?

    John MCcAin has been capitalizing on his POW laurels for far too long. Best that he quietly retire.

    Kincaid refers to the FBI, and how they vet employees. As one who had the full investigation applied to him, I will posit that Obama could not even receive a security clearance at the lowest level in 2008. Today, after 3+ years, the job of the security investigators would be much easier. It would be an immediate rejection for even the job of janitor.

    That one of the proposed special prosecutors has ballyhooed Obama’ Harvard record, a record totally hidden from public view, speaks volumes about the impartiality of that would-be special prosecutor.

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  6. jenerseaComment by jenersea
    June 12, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

    Why has the GOP lost all of its guts? The election is lost unless they regain their pucker and go after Holder, Obozo, and the rest. Continue to run this campaign like McCain did and the same results will happen. All of the crimes of this administration must be put out front and shouted by Romney. Will the GOP have the fortitute to do so? Only time will tell and it ain’t looking good at the moment. Palin had more balls than McCain could ever claim in politics. The salvation of our country is at hand and we can not afford for the GOP to go soft on Obozo. There can be no worries about them shouting racism because of the GOP wanting the truth to be debated in the campaign. Right now I have little or no faith in either party. There does not appear to be a dimes worth of difference between the two. Lets see how far the GOP pushes Holder on fast and furious. If they get away with that and get reelected then the evil that will descend upon us all will be staggering. Demand that the truth of Obozo and his minions be the forefront of this presidential campaign.

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    • cxComment by genesal
      June 12, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

      The GOP’s haven’t gotten anywhere with Holder in a year, why would anything change now? Somebody better get in charge, fast.

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  7. harleridrComment by harleridr
    June 12, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

    Politics is a dirty game! That was the trouble with McCain’s bid to win an election, you must get mean. HEAR THAT G.O.P. YOU MUST GET MEAN, UNLESS YOU ARE REALLY ON THE SIDE OF obama. Good guys can’t win the presidentual election without fighting for it. It is like our troops fighting overseas, loosing their lives because they can’t fight a battle without first looking up “the rules of engagement”. That’s politics running a fighting force, when instead they should be fixing our economy.

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  8. JoeEnglishComment by enraged8hobbit
    June 12, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

    I have been thinking about the state of our country for quite a while. I just finished watching an historic show on History and it brought me to tears. The two top generals met at Appomattox Courthouse for terms of surrender. At no time were there arguments over those terms. Fast forward to today and we still have a “civil” war between progressives and, until now, the people who want to remain as they have always been. The main difference that I see is over one tiny simple word. That word is Honor. If you are honorable, you do what is right and proper. Or you do not. I see Dems and Repubs acting without the interests of this country at heart. They act with interests outside of honor. The only exceptions I have seen are the Tea Party, who have acted with said honor in the interests of the COUNTRY and not of SELVES. As an American citizen I vow to help where I am needed and shall at all times act with honor. I will never allow my govt. to remove my free will nor will I allow them to take my dignity. Fight fire with fire? No, fight fire with water. Totally destroy the fire. Make it untenable. Do all you can to be proud to say “I am an American”.

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    • irreverentoneComment by irreverentone
      June 13, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

      Well written and I strongly support your thoughts. I have told my relatives and friends for years that the only difference between a Democrat and a Republican was the logo associated with their particular parties. A jackass will always be a jackass even if it goes around wearing the suit of an elephant. I will go into the voting booth in November of this year and vote against every incumbent on the ballot. I will write in vote for anyone who I know that could do a better job than any of the current elected officials [I refuse to call them representatives because the only person they represent is themselves].

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