ODS

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English: President Barack Obama discusses his plan for health care reform in a speech delivered to a joint session of the 111th United States Congress on September 9, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ODS (Obama Derangement Syndrome) is alive and thriving in today’s GOP. Kimberley Strassel writing in the Wall Street Journal criticized President Obama for not going  to Congress before striking Libya and is now criticizing him for seeking approval from Congress before striking Syria. In his book, The Center Holds, Obama and his Enemies, Jonathan Alter blames ODS at the highest levels in the 2012 Romney campaign for Romney’s loss. Essentially the Romney campaign didn’t see the handwriting on the wall.

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Faux, false, FOX

Fox News Channel

Fox News Channel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Faux, false, FOX–three synonyms all meaning false. Recently FOX News has transformed itself into the Libya News channel in the pursuit of a non-story about the 9-11 attack in Benghazi. I suppose that is because they think that they can garner more votes for Mitt than in any other way. It has been almost four since Barack was inaugurated, and I cannot recall all the charges the GOP have made against this President. However, every one that I can recall has been false, and the Benghazi story is no exception.

Strength versus weakness

English: President Barack Obama delivers a sta...

English: President Barack Obama delivers a statement in the East Room of the White House on the mission against Osama bin Laden, May 1, 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Barack Obama’s foreign policy successes are considered by most to be a source of strength. Just as they did in 2004 with John Kerry’s experience in Vietnam, the GOP are trying to turn a source of strength into a weakness. The GOP were successful in 2004 with their Swiftboat campaign. Now in 2012, the GOP talking heads are unanimous in parroting the line that President Obama is responsible for the terrorist attack in Libya. They are trying to make the public forget who was responsible for the killing of bin Laden.

During the initial confusion after the attack, not all of the Obama administration spokespeople spoke with a single voice. I would suggest that some allowance be made for human error. Which would you prefer, adults expressing their opinions or a chorus line of sycophants united in expressing the GOP party line? I would opt for the thinking adults.

John Bolton

John Bolton - Caricature

John Bolton – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

There is speculation that if Mitt wins, he will name John Bolton as his Secretary of State. If true, I think that is one of the best reasons for not electing Mitt Romney. John Bolton is a Neocon who supported the war in Iraq and supports attacking Iran. Just moments ago on Megyn Kelly’s FOX News program, Bolton voiced the usual criticism of President Obama over the terrorist attack in Libya. In his opinion, Barack sees the world through blinders and Barack believes that the GWOT (Global War On Terror) is over. If that is true, how does Bolton explain the widespread use of drones throughout the Middle East and Pakistan?

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Farce

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English: , member of the (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Congress is not in session, but in order to make political hay while the sun shines, the GOP is holding hearings in Washington about the tragedy in Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans died during a terrorist attack. The GOP are trying to blame the Obama administration for the deaths, hoping to gain votes in the November election. Yesterday on CNN, Jason Chaffetz, a GOP House member from Utah and newly returned from Libya, admitted that the GOP had reduced the appropriation for State Department security by $100+ million in 2011 and $300+ million in 2012. Secretary of State Clinton had warned that the cuts endangered national security, but the GOP insisted on them. Now that Secretary Clinton’s warnings have come true, the GOP are trying to blame President Obama for not preventing the attack.

In an aside, Mitt Romney has been pretending to be saddened by the death of  Glen Doherty, one of the former SEALs working to protect the US Ambassador, Chris Stevens. The mother of the slain former SEAL, Glen Doherty, has asked that Mitt stop talking about her slain son. A friend of Glen Doherty reported on MSNBC last night that Mitt really did not know Glen Doherty. The Romney campaign has shifted direction to try to make Mitt appear more human, reportedly at the direction of the Romney family.