President Obama's failure of leadership

Benghazi, the IRS, the NSA, ObamaCare — the fiascoes are mounting

Barack Obama
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Barack Obama's second term has begun to founder under the weight of successive executive failures, a string which began last year in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. The White House successfully fended off criticism in the short run, but questions continue over the failure to recognize the danger and prepare for the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, as well as the lack of honesty afterward from the administration. Then this spring, IRS targeting of political opponents of the Obama administration came to light, along with revelations about collection of domestic communications information by the NSA. Administration officials were repeatedly exposed as misleading in all of these scandals, at best.

One thread runs through them all: No one has been fired. Not one person at the State Department lost so much as a paycheck over the loss of four Americans in Benghazi. Keith Alexander continues to run NSA, and James Clapper remains as director of national intelligence, despite both providing Congress with false testimony about NSA's activities. At the IRS, two key figures were allowed to retire, including Lois Lerner, who refused to testify about the targeting of Tea Party groups, while acting commissioner Steve Miller left the job a little earlier than he had planned.

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Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey has been writing about politics since 2003 in his blog, Captain's Quarters, and now writes for His columns have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Post, The New York Sun, the Washington Times, and other newspapers. Morrissey has a daily Internet talk show on politics and culture at Hot Air. Since 2004, Morrissey has had a weekend talk radio show in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and often fills in as a guest on Salem Radio Network's nationally-syndicated shows. He lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota with his wife, son and daughter-in-law, and his two granddaughters. Morrissey's new book, GOING RED, will be published by Crown Forum on April 5, 2016.