On July 24, the president referred to "phony scandals." After hearing that inaccurate description, I felt compelled to respond.
Phony scandals do not result in body bags. These scandals involved Americans murdered serving our country and countless numbers denied their First Amendment rights because they have different views than the administration. Following are three scandals that plague this administration.
Fast and Furious was a federal operation that passed weapons from the U.S. to suspected gun smugglers to locate drug cartels. Unlike Operation Wide Receiver under the Bush administration (2006-2007), these guns had no tracking devices. Once Wide Receiver was compromised, it was aborted. Because of the ineptly run Fast and Furious, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was shot and killed by someone using one of those guns. So was ICE Agent Jaime Zapata. On June 29, 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress for failing to submit documents related to Fast and Furious. Obama resurrected a failed operation, and turned it into an epic failure resulting in deaths.
Benghazi is another horrific scandal resulting in the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith - a foreign service information management officer - and Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, both former Navy Seals. There were more than 100 requests for security enhancements and fortification, and more than 230 violent attacks in the year leading up to Sept. 11, 2012. After the attack, Ansar al-Sharia claimed credit for the killings. The administration and Hillary Clinton blamed the attack on a spontaneous protest resulting from a video. This lie was continued in front of the four caskets when they returned to the Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. When questioned before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on Jan. 23, Hillary indignantly said, "What difference at this point does it make?" I will tell her. Four Americans were slaughtered on her watch.
The IRS is another scandal, beginning in March 2010, which closely scrutinized and illegally divulged confidential financial information of certain tea party and conservative organizations applying for tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(4) thus violating their First Amendment rights. Conservatives and liberal groups were treated differently. Again, a phony story was given by the administration that it was the fault of a few "line people" in Cincinnati who decided on their own to target the tea party groups. This was proven false through congressional investigations. This scandal goes all the way to the IRS Chief Counsel's office (an Obama appointee). The IRS will be entrusted with the administration of the financial portion of Obamacare, and should be cause of great concern.
The only thing phony in the above-cited scandals are the president and his staff who have lied to the American people and stonewalled the congressional committees' investigations from getting to the truth. In George Orwell's novel ''1984,'' the government recreates reality where the citizens believe two-plus two equals 5. Well, two-plus two equals 4.