As we all know by know, president Obama has asserted executive privilege over some documents congress wants to look at. Meaning, they don’t get to look at them. They’re likely to be different than the documents given to Congress by the Justice Dept. on the issue of the Fast and Furious debacle. Because, today, they’ve retracted a second statement on this issue.
I really haven’t written anything about this, because it shouldn’t have been such a big deal. Or, at least that’s what I thought. It was an idiotic thing to do, and it is likely that if we turned over enough rocks, we’d find some seriously corrupt people. But, the problem is U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, was killed with guns tied to the Fast and Furious gun walking operation. So everyone went into CYA mode. And, they’ve lied. Repeatedly.
What should have happened is that Attorney General Eric Holder should have danced, obfuscated, misdirected, and then when all was said and done, found some lower level underling to throw under the bus. We get our sacrificial lambs and everyone goes home happy. This is the way it’s worked for a very long time.
But, this is different. There’s more to the story. I don’t have any idea what it is, but there’s more to the story. Watch this member of congress. This is it in a nutshell.
Executive privilege is suppose to be for an extraordinary instance where U.S. national interest takes precedence. Now, it seems political interests takes the place of national interests.
Here’s Obama, being against executive privilege before he was for using it.
You know, there’s been a tendency on the part of this administration to — to try to hide behind executive privilege every time there’s something a little shaky that’s taking place. And I think, you know, the administration would be best served by coming clean on this. There doesn’t seem to be any national security issues involved with the U.S. attorney question. There doesn’t seem to be any justification for not offering up some clear, plausible rationale for why these — these U.S. attorneys were targeted when, by all assessments, they were doing an outstanding job. I think the American people deserve to know what was going on there.” —-Then Senator Barack Obama(CNN’s “Larry King Tonight,” 3/20/07)
I’m still not sure what’s going to come of all of this. Probably nothing except political black eyes. At times, the wheels turn very slow in Washington, Obama is likely to be voted out of office and there’s a tradition to sort of forgive past transgressions after the administration is swept out of office. But, this might change with the president invoking his privilege. It is now guaranteed that there will be some very interested parties wanting a peek at the documents. Even after this administration leaves.