Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Commentary on Obama's categorical denial on Gunwalker scandal by a DC insider. "Obama is falling into a trap that is probably of his own making."
Why won't people believe me without question anymore?
I received this commentary from a long-time DC insider:
This is stunning--President Obama one-on-one with a Mexican journalist, and no handlers? President Obama considers a Mexican journalist more important to talk with about Gunwalker than the American people, the American
press/media, and the Congress?
If I'd not see this, I would not have believed it. This is proof of some combination of ineptitude (getting caught); not having a Plan B to handle something going awry (unskilled implementers); hubris (thinking that a bunch of pointy-headed intellectual knuckleheads could pull off a strategy so blatantly stupid); and what I'd call a Black Swan (from Nassim Taleb's book of that name, "the highly expected not happening", footnote on page xviii, meaning that President Obama and his retinue expected ATF Special Agents to carry the water, and they didn't.) Instead, they disavowed the activity. Quite profound, in my view.
Where does this go from here? How can President Obama give an exclusive interview to a Mexican journalist, and ignore the U.S. media? That can't and won't last.
President Obama is falling into a trap that is probably of his own making, or which was undertaken with his orders, by talking about Gunwalker. The reason is that every time he talks about Gunwalker, people will associate Gunwalker with him, exactly what he DOESN'T want. He should have offered up a minion, but he didn't. That means the buck is gonna stop with him---figure he's gonna get vicious? If people are going to be held accountable, which people? West Wing or ATF?