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The Obama Administration Is Investigating Itself Again.



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I could write a whole morning newsletter just about Obama administration scandals and incompetence.

Obama Administration: We’re Investigating How We Could Make Such a Dumb Mistake

Good news. The Obama administration is investigating itself again:

The White House is investigating how the name of its top CIA officer in Afghanistan was mistakenly divulged to the press during President Barack Obama’s surprise visit to the troops over the weekend.

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough has asked White House counsel Neil Eggleston to look into the matter — and “to figure out what happened and to make sure it won’t happen again,” Obama’s deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken told CNN.

What’s the consequence for the inadvertent leaker going to be — since we know this president never fires anyone? Fifty lashes with a wet noodle? A letter of reprimand in their permanent record? Double secret probation? Staying after work to write “I will not reveal the CIA station chief in Afghanistan” 100 times on the blackboard?

This follows the Justice Department’s investigation of itself in “Fast and Furious, the U.S. State Department’s review of its own actions before, during, and after the Benghazi attacks, President Obama picking his own people to examine his own NSA policies on domestic surveillance, and Eric Shinseki investigating wrongdoing at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

UPDATE: Jeryl Bier reminds us of the Department of Health and Human Services’ investigation of its own Healthcare.gov debacle, and that the position of “chief risk officer,” announced in December . . . remains unfilled.


Tags: Barack Obama , CIA , Veterans Affairs


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