Far be it from me to be the one to say . . jerks. It’s not much fun having to rain on someone’s parade. Sure. It’s not as if I enjoy calling out people because they’re acting like idiots, especially when they’re having so much fun. But my god you people are idiots.
A former top national security aide to Bush agreed that the problematic launch of the Affordable Care Act — typified by problems with the website HealthCare.gov and a failed promise by Obama that consumers can keep their current plans under the law — mirrors Bush’s response to Katrina.
“The echoes to the fall of 2005 are really eerie,” Peter D. Feaver told the New York Times. “Katrina, which is shorthand for bungled administration policy, matches to the rollout of the website.”
Let’s see. The failures of government-built levees cause the destruction of a great city, but the administration doesn’t seem to notice, or care. Days go by. The media show more and more bodies floating in the water, and report more unarmed civilians shot dead by police. You having flashbacks too?
It’s his Iran-contra scandal: a complicated and controversial policy dispute that involves deception, a hostile Congress, and the bludgeoning of presidential credibility.
The Daily Caller and of course.
The news in 1986 that the Reagan administration had violated the arms embargo against Iran and traded weapons for hostages, with the proceeds of the weapons sales going to the anti-Sandinista insurgency in Nicaragua, threw the White House into disarray. The subsequent investigations into what exactly happened distracted Reagan and his team and damaged the president’s reputation.
The administration had by then been permanently distracted. They forgot that Iran was an official state sponsor of terrorism. They couldn’t remember that the Boland Amendment, forbidding support for the Contras, had been passed in 1984. It slipped their minds that high crimes and misdemeanors were cause for presidential impeachment. And most particularly, they had become hazy on what constituted human rights violations, atrocities, or war crimes. The Contras would remind them: “The record of the contras in the field, as opposed to their official professions of democratic faith, is one of consistent and bloody abuse of human rights, of murder, torture, mutilation, rape, arson, destruction and kidnapping.” So the Reagan administration facilitated terrorism on two continents, and this is the scandal that Obamacare is shaping up to be? Well I’m sold. Unless there’s a better bargain somewhere – David Gregory?
Frankly, I liken this more, Brian, to the Iraq War. That was life and death. This is not. It’s totally different. But when it comes to an issue through which everything else will be judged, I think that’s the comparison to the previous administration. It’s the one they are trying to fight through now.
The War in Iraq was awful, but that certainly doesn’t justify Gregory’s flimsy opinions. A life and death situation would be one where a homicidal lunatic breaks into your house in the middle of the night and someone is about to die. As far as Iraq goes, not a single American had to go and live there, or patrol there, or die there. Let’s try to be fair and balanced, friends – that was a death situation. At least 100,000 corpses were buried there, and thousands more were returned to America.
And this is what makes for an uncanny comparison with Obamacare? The greatest military power on the planet invading a country, destroying its government, executing its president, slaughtering tens of thousands of people, and precipitating the slaughter of thousands more for years to come.
I’m not inclined to give Gregory any coverage because of a two-bit caveat, and I’m less inclined to do so in spite of it. What makes for a really good scandal, and whooppee isn’t this fun, is when somebody is caught doing great harm to the country. Our dead neighbors and their shattered families were evidence of Bush’s propensity to kill innocent people – especially his own citizens – without any cause or compunctions. It’s because his crimes were so inescapably evil that we see him through the lens of “an issue.” Not because David Gregory remembers how badly the Iraq-thing played in the heartland.
Obamacare, on the other hand, is slowly but surely getting Americans healthcare. That’s the mysterious upside to what pundits are calling a presidency-ending scandal. Nobody is drowning, the Obama administration isn’t arming al Qaeda, and the Healthcare.gov website hasn’t blown the arms and legs off anybody. People are getting insurance. This is not a fact that matters to anyone who matters, apparently.