Squint, and you can see where the Obama administration has messed up its national security leak problem to the point where Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein (up for re-election, by the way) feels the need to criticize said administration for its feckless, juvenile, and callous disregard for proper security and the need to put the country above petty partisan advantage*. Background: Sen. Feinstein was asked a question about the recent national security origins of leaks, and apparently** whether they were coming from the executive branch itself. Her response?
“I am aware of that, I think that’s a correct analysis,” said Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. “I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from its ranks. I don’t know specifically where, but I think they have to begin to understand that and do something about it…”
I instead think that Barack Obama just doesn’t take them all that seriously. The VFW, on the other hand? That group has votes that Barack Obama needs to have back; that’s why he went to the VFW convention, even though he didn’t go to the NAACP’s.
As for the doing this so openly, without explanation and/or apology? Well, that’s just Barack Obama’s casual contempt towards black people. Which is not really the same as hate, although a lot of people tend to get it wrong.
I spoke with Lt. Colonel Swindle yesterday on the subject, mostly in terms of Senator Barbara Boxer’s surprising pickup of the PAC’s (NOT the parent organization’s) endorsement. Swindle was not, shall we say, particularly pleased that the PAC (which he is not a representative of) did this:
The very short version: the VFW membership didn’t authorize this, they are ticked off about this, and the VFW-PAC may not survive. As Ed Morrissey notes, plans are already underway to review the need for a VFW-PAC at next August’s national convention: three guesses how that’s going to turn out, and the first two don’t count.
At any rate, Lt. Col. Swindle would like my readers to check out Combat Veterans for Congress. He also specifically recommended Carly Fiorina, Allen West, and Patrick Murray for anyone looking to make tangible their disapproval of the VFW-PAC’s actions; I’m not sure that Jim Moran (Murray’s opponent) got the endorsement, actually – but Moran’s a Jew-hating son of a… person, so donate to Murray anyway.