BARACK OBAMA’S MISDEEDS: Incompetence or Intent?

Written by Michael Cummings on October 3, 2014

At what point does our ascription go from incompetence to intent? In other words, is Barack Obama one of the most feckless, ineffective leaders in United States history, or are his actions — particularly on foreign policy — deliberate? 

Many others like Bill Whittle have posed this question, but its answer is increasingly more troubling. 

Let’s begin with the scandal known as Fast and Furious, which was purportedly an attempt by the Obama administration — under the guise of taking strong measures to reduce gun-related crime surrounding our southern border — to link gun deaths to firearms brought from the US. Obama and outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder seemed to have wanted an excuse to enact anti-2nd Amendment rules across the country, but this plan didn’t go well.

Most Americans would like to think justice might prevail at least for the slain border patrol agent Brian Terry and ICE agent Jaime Zapata, but the scandal remains locked in various litigation cases. We know of Obama’s dislike for guns but have no way of proving Obama knew of this DOJ program, so for now we’ll go for incompetence. 

Then there is Obamacare which, unlike Obama’s Democrat predecessor Bill Clinton, actually made it into a bill and was signed into law. Many would call this an achievement in competence, but let’s turn our attention to its actual implementation since this is really what matters beyond the gates of Capitol Hill. A mere Web site that shouldn’t cost more than a few million — but let’s bump it up to $20MM due to the size of our populace and massive regulatory climate — actually cost the American taxpayer about $1 Billion. That money went mostly to Obama’s cronies. I’m going with deliberately, competently, corrupt. 

While it’s true Osama Bin Laden is no longer with us, what concerns me more about the raid on the former cave dweller and guest of Pakistan is that Barack Obama and Joe Biden revealed the details of the SEAL team responsible for dispatching Bin Laden. To sound important and have something meaningful come out of his mouth, Biden revealed the Bin Laden raid was carried out by members of Navy SEAL Team 6. Just over three months after Bin Laden was killed, all twenty-two SEALs aboard a Chinook flying unaccompanied in Afghanistan were killed. Multiple questions remain unanswered including the helicopter’s missing black box, unapproved body cremations, and so on. That our SEALs were killed in such a manner is not incompetence.  

Before a week ago, has anyone heard of the Khorosan Group? No? That’s because, as Andy McCarthy put it, the group isn’t the pack of terrorist ninjas the Obama administration is making it out to be: 

There is a reason that no one had heard of such a group until a nanosecond ago, when the “Khorosan Group” suddenly went from anonymity to the “imminent threat” that became the rationale for an emergency air war there was supposedly no time to ask Congress to authorize. 

You haven’t heard of the Khorosan Group because there isn’t one. It is a name the administration came up with, calculating that Khorosan — the –Iranian–Afghan border region — had sufficient connection to jihadist lore that no one would call the president on it. 

We’re led to believe this group is a greater threat than the Islamic State, which is why Obama just had to act without congressional authorization — but we have proof Obama created this group virtually out of thin air. Oh, what must it be like to have the major media networks right in your pocket! All the praise, ZERO accountability. Can anyone not call this intent? 

My opening question has two answers: Yes, Barack Obama and his administration are incompetent in matters requiring competence, and this fact has lead to unnecessary economic destruction and, most importantly, the death of Americans. And although in a previous column I made the case that motivation behind an act is of lesser importance than the act itself, the beliefs and values behind Obama’s actions should be of grave concern for the United States.  

With this last nugget, let’s see if you think Obama’s heart is in the right place. In a speech before the UN General Assembly last week, Mr. President of The United States quoted Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, regarding the Islamic State: “Look at the new Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies—Sheikh bin Bayyah described its purpose: ‘We must declare war on war, so the outcome will be peace upon peace,’”  

While you ponder this quote, keep in mind it wasn’t the first time Obama praised this Islamic dirtbag. I say dirtbag because Sheikh Bin Bayyah has called for the killing of American soldiers

Barack Obama’s administration is replete with both incompetence and malicious intent. I pray we survive to the end of his disastrous rein. 



Michael Cummings
Michael A. Cummings has a Bachelors in Business Management from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, and a Masters in Rhetoric & Composition from Northern Arizona University. He has worked as a department store Loss Prevention Officer, bank auditor, textbook store manager, Chinese food delivery man, and technology salesman. Cummings wrote position pieces for the 2010 Trevor Drown for US Senate (AR) and 2012 Joe Coors for Congress (CO) campaigns.