Madness has gripped the American government

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Journalist Bob Woodward, the man who played an integral role in bringing an end to the Richard Nixon presidency, called President Obama‘s decision to hold back on military deployments because of sequestration “madness,” Reuters reports.

“So we now have the president going out (saying) ‘Because of this piece of paper and this agreement, I can’t do what I need to do to protect the country.’ That’s a kind of madness that I haven’t seen in a long time,” Woodward told MSNBC on Wednesday.

In a visit to the Newport News Shipbuilding shipyard in Virginia on Tuesday, Obama warned that Navy readiness could be affected by the looming cuts.

Reuters reports that maintenance to the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln has been delayed because of the cuts and that the Pentagon delayed deployment of another carrier, the USS Harry Truman, to the Middle East because of funding.

“Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying, ‘Oh, by the way, I can’t do this because of some budget document?'” Woodward said.

Woodward’s comments Wednesday follow an opinion piece he published in the Washington Post last week saying the administration was “wrong” to blame the cuts on Republicans.


The Obama White House response to Woodward’s position was to berate him and issue what was perceived to be a threat.

In an interview with POLITICO yesterday, Woodward said he told a senior White House official last week he was going to question Obama’s account of how sequestration came about and the official “yelled at me for about a half hour.”

The aide followed up his tirade with a page-long email: “I apologize for raising my voice in our conversation today,” the official wrote. “You’re focusing on a few specific trees that give a very wrong impression of the forest. But perhaps we will just not see eye to eye here. … I think you will regret staking out that claim.”

“Come on,” Woodward said. “I think if Obama himself saw the way they’re dealing with some of this, he would say, ‘Whoa, we don’t tell any reporter ‘you’re going to regret challenging us.’”

Madness Compounded

Adding to the administration’s overreaction to sequestration — an idea crafted by the White House — is the decision by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release several hundred illegal immigrants from detention centers ahead of expected cuts.

Never mind that the reduction in detainee populations reportedly ordered is significantly greater than the reduction in ICE’s budget required by the sequester, reports Washington Free Beacon. And comes in spite of reports showing Dept. of Homeland Security — which oversees ICE — being slated to finish the year with more than $9 billion in un-obligated funds.

The White House is backing away from this action by denying any involvement in the decision.

White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters at Wednesday’s White House press briefing that “this was a decision made by career officials at ICE, without any input from the White House, as a result of fiscal uncertainty over the continuing resolution, as well as possible sequester,” reports Yahoo News.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is calling the move a publicity stunt, according to the report.

Yet, there must be a sense of confidence that should one of these “low-risk, noncriminal detainees” go on a crime spree and take the lives of a few Americans, an Obama obsessed media will do its part to ensure the administration avoids accountability.

“Operation Fast and Furious” ring a bell? Benghazi?

Sheer Madness

And right on cue, Eric Holder weighs in on the matter saying the looming budget sequestration will make Americans less safe.

“This is something that is going to have an impact on the safety of this country,” the U.S. attorney general told ABC’s Pierre Thomas on Wednesday in a wide-ranging, exclusive interview.

As for perspective, which is sorely lacking in today’s media, only half of the total cuts — a relatively small 2.4% cut in spending — go into effect in the current year, with the other half spread out over a number of years.

And in what can only be a sign that the entire country may be going mad, stocks soared for a second day to finish near session highs Wednesday, with the Dow within less than 100 points of an all-time closing high.


5 thoughts on “Madness has gripped the American government

  1. KB Cook says:

    This would make a funny shtick if Abbot & Costello were doing it, but unfortunately this is "for real" and we-the-people are stuck with the Alinsky-ites in the West Wing and the mediocrity in the houses of Congress who are tripped-out on the koolaid and don't "know their Joneses from their Ass-tors." I await the next manufactured crisis and how it will be played out by the naked emperor and his minions.

  2. This is just the kind of action that Dr. Anthony Napoleon referred to in his ground breaking work "The Progressive Virus" released in 2012. We are heading toward a form of social control that one would have seen only in Cold War Russia. The time seems ripe in this country for a Marxist fashion of "Screw Democracy," which started long ago in the 1920's. Woodward now knows the taste of the Progressive Virus firsthand.

  3. JJ says:

    This emperor makes Richard Nixon look like a girl scout..

  4. Kathy says:

    So we now have our Government sacrificing the security of our Nation because the President of the United States signed into Law a Bill that authorized him to do so. I always thought the number one job of the Federal Government was to "provide for the common defense" of our Country. There are billions of taxpayer dollars funding waste, fraud and abuse; yet our President intentionally signs into Law a Bill that will "make America less safe"! I wouldn't call this "madness", I'd call it an impeachable offense.

  5. Tom Faggart says:

    I think it is time for congress to start the procedures to impeach Obama. Need a private investigator. He is setting us up to become a dictator.

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