Obama’s Unprecedented Politicization of Justice and the Foreign Service

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It’s almost impossible not to appreciate the irony of the recent congressional suit against President Obama for allegedly violating the War Powers Act by continuing American involvement (and in many ways, leadership) in the war against Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi without congressional approval.

Voters were warned repeatedly in 2008 that a John McCain presidency would be a third George W. Bush term. Yet in many ways Obama has not only continued Bush policies but expanded on them in ways that have drawn criticism from both the left and the right. He can’t win.

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He has angered the Tea Party folks by continuing and extending the bailouts begun by Bush. At the first Republican presidential debate, Michele Bachmann boasted of having opposed Bush’s TARP program, and Mitt Romney even criticized Bush by name, saying that instead of a managed bankruptcy, “the Bush administration and the Obama administration wrote checks to the auto industry.”

Similarly, the Obama administration’s troop surge in Afghanistan upset the antiwar left, and his increased use of drone attacks and the war in Libya have made pacifists and opponents of expanded executive power cringe.

Overall, the hypocrisy charge is perhaps the most effective one here, since many of those national security policies have been successful and the continuity from one administration to the next in this partisan atmosphere can even be comforting (especially to the troops). But the fact remains that Obama campaigned by mostly criticizing Bush on these and other issues, and the media joined him in slamming what became an easy target and forgetting about the supposed principles of the matter once a Democrat was in office.

Among the most glaring of these hypocrisies, however, has been the charge of politicizing government, especially the Justice Department. The last few weeks have demonstrated that if that were true, Obama has far exceeded what Bush supposedly did. The most recent example came from Politico, which amplified a report from the Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News that two and a half years into the Obama administration, the number of large donors and fundraisers known as “bundlers” that received administration jobs has already equaled that of the entire Bush administration’s eight years in office. In the case of the Obama administration, some of those bundlers even benefited from government contracts won after the election, such as Level 3 Communications vice president Donald H. Gips.

“After the election, Gips was put in charge of hiring in the Obama White House, helping to place loyalists and fundraisers in many key positions,” Politico reported. “Then, in mid-2009, Obama named him ambassador to South Africa. Meanwhile, Level 3 Communications, in which Gips retained stock, received millions of dollars of government stimulus contracts for broadband projects in six states — though Gips said he had been ‘completely unaware’ that the company had received the contracts.

“More than two years after Obama took office vowing to banish ‘special interests’ from his administration, nearly 200 of his biggest donors have landed plum government jobs and advisory posts, won federal contracts worth millions of dollars for their business interests or attended numerous elite White House meetings and social events, an investigation by iWatch News has found.”

The investigation also revealed that of Obama’s ambassadorial nominations, 36 percent were “political” in nature. Jake Tapper reported that this was 6 percent higher than Bush.

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  • ObamaYoMoma

    Similarly, the Obama administration’s troop surge in Afghanistan upset the antiwar left

    It also angered true conservatives that aren’t blinded by political correctness and thus understand that both nation-building missions in Afghanistan and Iraq are incredibly fantasy based and exceedingly counterproductive as opposed to neo-con RINO establishment Republicans. However, if you pay attention only to the lamestream press and Fox News, the lesser lame lamestream press, that branch of the Republican Party – that consist of true conservatives – is non-existent. Sort of like Islam is also ONLY a Religion of Peace as for as they are all concerned and if you understand otherwise, then you are an Islamophobe.

    Additionally, the Times reported that “the Obama-era hires graduated from law schools that had an average ranking of 28, according to U.S. News & World Report. The Bush group had a lower average ranking, 42.” So the lack of diversity was a concentrated goal of the Obama Justice Department all the way around.

    This factoid is all the more disturbing when you consider the fact that even though GWB in 2000 ran as a true conservative, he was really a stealth leftist and probably the most leftwing Republican ever to occupy the Whitehouse. Which should go a long way in explaining why when it comes to defending and protecting America today the federal government is completely incompetent.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The problem with your assumption is since the Reagan administration only neo-con leftwing RINO Republicans have been elected president because of the all powerful independent voting base canard proliferated incessantly by the lamestream press, neo-con establishment RINO Republicans, and the Left to dupe conservatives into believing that only RINO Republicans can attract independent voters and win elections and into holding their respective noses to vote for the lesser of two evils. Hence, as a result the Left has successfully hijacked and co-opted our federal government, like they have also hijacked and co-opted virtually all institutions and organizations in America short of the Tea Party Movement, although I’m sure they are working on hijacking it as well.

  • kafir4life

    or even 2012.

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  • Asher

    Obama's class warfare against America and Israel…Its really Stealth Jihad.

  • palidin 911

    Obama and his antics and subversions demand everyone around him engage in group think.