A Bold Prediction Regarding Eric Holder

October 4, 2011

Attorney General Eric Holder will soon be tossed under the bus.

That’s my prediction based on the fact that Rep. Lamar Smith, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has sent a letter to President Obama, requesting that Obama appoint a special prosecutor to investigate AG Holder for perjury in the Fast & Furious inquiry. Apparently Mr. Holder swore that he had only heard of the project “a few weeks” prior to his testimony before the House Committee:

“I’m not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks,” Holder testified.

This is directly at odds with new memos that have been uncovered which state that Mr. Holder was briefed regularly about the program, beginning in July of 2010 at the latest. Hence, the request for a special prosecutor.

Of course, the President can refuse to appoint a prosecutor. And I believe he will do just that. Instead, he will request Holder’s resignation and give a press release, sternly worded about unwarranted witch-hunts, and more in sorrow than in anger that he must send his loyal consigliere packing, simply because he mis-remembered a date (or, as Holder’s minions are claiming, Holder simply misunderstood the question. Right.) Obama will do this, hoping that it’ll suffice to put Congress off the track of more investigations: “Geez, guys, I fired him! What more do you want?!”

Well, actually, we want the truth. All of it. Who knew what, when. Whose idea was it? Who approved it. Hundreds of people are dead because of this bone-headed project, and who knows how many more will die, all because several Cabinet departments colluded to send guns south across the border to arm Mexican drug cartels in an apparent attempt to bolster the number of illegal guns going to Mexico so that the President could pressure Congress to enact even more gun restriction laws.

If the Attorney General of the United States knew about the program, he’s guilty of perjury at the very least. And if he didn’t know, he’s not doing his job. Either way, I think Obama will throw him under the bus, if only to try to distract Reps. Smith and Issa from the trail.

People died — Mexicans and Americans – because of this program (and possibly others like it). We need to know who was behind it, and prosecute the guilty. I believe this includes Eric Holder.

I believe it also includes the President of the United States.

Stoutcat


President Who Got Bin Laden Still a Jerk

May 5, 2011

I am as pleased and proud as everyone else that President Obama managed to get Osama bin Laden. It was a day America has been looking forward to for nearly a decade now. Obama deserves a great deal of credit for manning up and ordering the kill. But then…

After a photo-op/victory lap at Ground Zero in New York City today where he glad-handed families of 9-11 victims, the President pointedly snubbed Debra Burlingame, sister of the pilot of the plane which crashed into the Pentagon.

Ms. Burlingame met with the President briefly, congratulated him on his achievement, and then asked him about whether he would suggest to his Attorney General, Eric Holder, that Mr. Holder cease the prosecution of the CIA interrogators who gleaned vital intelligence which ultimately contributed to the finding of Osama bin Laden. In her words:

“As a former attorney I know you can’t tell the Attorney General what to do, he said, ‘No, I can’t.’ And I said, but that shouldn’t stop you from giving your opinion. After all, we wouldn’t be here celebrating today if they hadn’t done their job. And they have the hammer of a possible indictment over their head. Can’t you at least give him your opinion?’ And he said ‘No I won’t,’ and he turned around and walked away.” [Video at the link above]

Or as Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal said in an opinion piece today,

“…[L]et us pause to remember some of this celebrated event’s most forgotten men: the Central Intelligence Agency officers who sit under the cloud of a criminal investigation begun in 2009 by Attorney General Eric Holder into their interrogations of captured terrorists.

“That’s right, the Americans whose interrogation of al Qaeda operatives may have put in motion the death of this mass murderer may themselves face prosecution by the country they were trying to protect.

“It is time for the Holder CIA investigation to end. The death of bin Laden 10 years after 9/11 makes the Holder investigation of the CIA interrogators politically, emotionally and morally moot.

“But it lives.”

What are the chances that Obama will order Holder to drop the investigation into the very people who ensured his success on Sunday?

My guesses: slim, and none.

Stoutcat


Nation of Cowards?

February 18, 2009

 

Eric Holder, Pres. Obama’s new U.S. Attorney General, just called America a nation of cowards. In context, he was referring to matters of race. However, regardless of context, I find this a disgraceful comment.

In a speech to Justice Department employees marking Black History Month, Holder said the workplace is largely integrated but Americans still self-segregate on the weekends and in their private lives.

“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and I believe continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards,” said Holder, nation’s first black attorney general.

Mr. Holder may call it self-segregation or cocooning or whatever he pleases, but a country that “celebrates” Black History Month, has just elected a black president, and, just as a matter of course, currently has a black Attorney General (not to mention two previous black Secretaries of State)  probably doesn’t need to be lectured on things racial as much as some other countries.

Race issues continue to be a topic of political discussion, Holder said, but “we, as average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race.”

Okay, let’s look at that again: we talk about race all the time as a “political issue” (read: Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson keep harping on it) but we don’t discuss it enough as average citizens? Perhaps it’s because average citizens have no need to discuss the issue, since they understand that this nation is an ethnic melting pot. I can’t believe this man is our Attorney General–he’s an idiot.

And anyway, isn’t having a “Black History Month” kind of racist in itself? Same thing with the United Negro College Fund? Also the Congressional Black Caucus? Maybe we do need to talk about race, after all.

But intriguing as all that is to discuss, I’m writing this for another reason.

This dramatically public, flamingly stupid statement, that we are “a nation of cowards,” made me wonder. When you’re watching a magician perform, your eye normally goes to the hand or object that’s moving. And when you’re paying attention to that, the other hand is doing the actual trick–and you just don’t notice. It’s a distraction technique, and if the magician is good enough, it works like a charm.

So my question is this: while we’re all getting riled up about a stupid race-baiting statement made by an idiot, what is it we’re not supposed to be noticing? What is the man behind the curtain actually up to?

H/T: LGF

Update: Allah at HotAir has some similar thoughts.

Stoutcat


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