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When I was a child, one of my favorite shows was “Hogan’s Heroes.” It was sit com set in World War II and based on a group of Allied POWs in a German Prison Camp. One of the main characters was Sgt. Schultz, a German guard whose famous catch phrase was “I see nothing. I know nothing.” Every time he would bellow that phrase, the audience would erupt with laughter. No one took him seriously, they weren’t supposed to but then he wasn’t the leader of a country.
Listening to President Obama speak the other day about the revelation that the NSA was spying on foreign leaders made me think of Sgt. Schultz. Obama’s comment on the spying was he didn’t know anything. This time I didn’t hear the audience laughs, like they did at Sgt. Schultz. If it wasn’t real life, I might have laughed. Are we really supposed to believe that the President does not know what his own spy agency is doing? Maybe not knowing about one scandal is one thing, but is this the only thing the President knows nothing about? Hardly.
Early in his presidency, Obama used the same defense when news of the Fast and Furious scandal broke. The ATF was selling guns to Mexican drug cartels and the US had no way of tracking those firearms and unlike Bush, did not notify the Mexican government of the American operation. This operation was came to light after a border agent, Brian Terry, was found murdered by weapons sold under Operation Fast & Furious. The ATF under Obama’s Justice Department apparently did not notify anyone in the White House and Obama didn’t learn about the operation until he saw it on the news. Another example of “I see nothing, I know nothing.”
On the anniversary of the terror attacks on the World Trade Center, we were attacked in Libya. Even though Obama was briefed shortly after the attack began and the next morning blamed a video tape; he still went to the Sgt. Schultz defense. He didn’t know what was happening. He was briefed shortly after the attack began; he appeared in the morning (after disappearing all night) and blamed a video. So did he know or not?
Well maybe he is just ignoring international scandals because he is focusing so hard on domestic issues. But we see the same defense when the IRS scandal broke. The IRS was found to be politically targeting conservative and tea party groups, which just happen to be Obama’s political enemy. How nice, especially since he didn’t know anything about it. The whole scandal was dumped on a couple of “rogue” employees in a regional office, even though there is evidence proving the orders came from the White House. But of course, Obama “sees nothing, knows nothing.”
Are you laughing yet? Let me ask a serious question. What does Obama know? I bet he knows where his next family vacation is going to be. I bet he knows when his next round of golf is. I bet he knows where his next campaign stop is going to be. I bet he knows where the next illegal immigration rally is. It’s apparent by Obama’s own comments that he is unfit to hold the office of President, he sees nothing and he knows nothing. Is that really what we want out of a “leader?”