Two great articles out today by the Wall Street Journal examine two big problems with Obama: his arrogance and his ignorance.
His ignorance stems from his inability to recognize the value in interrogations with a little extra oomph for high level al Qaeda terrorists who don't want to give up key intelligence in other ways. Check out former Attorney General Michael Mukasey's article on the real story behind interrogation intel:
Consider how the intelligence that led to bin Laden came to hand. It began with a disclosure from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), who broke like a dam under the pressure of harsh interrogation techniques that included waterboarding. He loosed a torrent of information—including eventually the nickname of a trusted courier of bin Laden.
That regimen of harsh interrogation was used on KSM after another detainee, Abu Zubaydeh, was subjected to the same techniques. When he broke, he said that he and other members of al Qaeda were obligated to resist only until they could no longer do so, at which point it became permissible for them to yield. "Do this for all the brothers," he advised his interrogators.
You can read the whole article by clicking here.
The second piece is about Obama's Orwellian intention to make every company who wants to do business with the federal government disclose all its political donations. In other words, he wants only Democrat donors doing business with his government. The arrogance that leads him to believe this is the right move is astounding:
Under the order, all companies (and their officers) would be required to list their political donations as a condition to bidding for government contracts. Companies can bid and lose out for the sin of donating to Republicans. Or they can protect their livelihoods by halting donations to the GOP altogether—which is the White House's real aim. Think of it as "not-pay to play."
Whatever you call it, the order amounts to the White House brazenly directing the power of government against its political opponents—and at a time when the president claims to want cooperation on the budget and other issues. Senate Republicans from Mitch McConnell to Susan Collins are fuming, warning this is one political sucker punch too far, an unabashedly partisan move that will damage Senate work.
You can read the whole article here.