WASHINGTON, December 11, 2014 — Five and a half years in the making, the Democratic (for now) Senate majority released its so-called torture report. The more than 500 page tome is getting lots of ink and television time. That was its intended purpose.
It helped diminish, but not obliterate, the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee’s grilling of MIT professor and Obamacare “architect,” Dr. Jonathan “The-American-People-are-Stupid” Gruber.
Other than America’s perpetually outraged left and effete Euro-weenies, no one outside the orbit of the late Osama bin Laden’s grieving followers much cares.
It should not be forgotten that the 9/11 attacks caught our CIA flat-footed.
That morning, President Bush – on a No-Child-Left-Behind photo-op in Florida – was whisked aboard Air Force One and flown willy-nilly around the nation. And Vice President Dick Cheney was shuffled-off to an “undisclosed location,” where he spent the better part of his tenure in office.
The U.S. intelligence community could tell the president at length about every minor-league player walking the halls of Russia’s Kremlin or the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. They didn’t take the “low-intensity warfare” knuckle-draggers of the Middle East very seriously, dismissing Osama bin Laden’s 1996 fatwa declaring war “against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places,” or his urging the faithful to focus on “fighting and killing the enemy until, by the grace of Allah, it is completely defeated.”
Lower Manhattan was burning, as was the Pentagon in Washington. And the Capitol Dome, maybe the White House, barely escaped a similar fate thanks to the brave American passengers aboard United Airlines Flight 93, who paid with their lives in the first domestic battle against foreign jihadists in the 21st century.
America was blind.
And so, the CIA got busy nabbing jihadists from two battlefields and cities around the world, seeking information to illuminate the massively dark intelligence gaps at CIA headquarters.
And they used whatever methods they thought necessary. According to the Senate report, one prisoner died of hypothermia between interrogations.
It’s far better that jihadists suffer the effects of “enhanced interrogation” techniques than that Americans should endure another 9/11 or continue to suffer the unconstitutional indignities foisted upon them under Bush’s Patriot Act or Obama’s domestic Prism spy program; both of which prove our government has a problem determining who exactly constitutes a domestic enemy.
And that conveniently takes us back to Citizen Gruber.
As the many videos that surfaced attest, Gruber used his Ivey League credentials and convoluted Obamacare economic “model” to bamboozle a positive report from the trusting rubes at the Congressional Budget Office.
Back then, Roll Call said, “For Democratic lawmakers who were hesitant to sign onto the sweeping 2010 health care law, one of the most powerful selling points was that the Affordable Care Act would actually reduce the federal budget deficit, despite the additional costs of extending health insurance coverage to the uninsured.”
Obamacare’s “total costs did not go down,” Darrell Issa, the GOP chairman of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee, said accusingly to Dr. Gruber in a hearing last Tuesday.
“Cost-shifting [income redistribution] occurred in your model, isn’t that true?” asked Issa.
Gruber, nervous, said, “The amount that individuals have to pay for health insurance, on average, fell in my model.”
“But it didn’t fall in reality,” Issa informed the mathematics virtuoso.
Issa’s verbal dagger to Gruber’s heart, his ethics and his professional proficiency, made the discredited math-modeler grimace.
Since coming into office in 2009, every Obama spending initiative has come with a promise: Sometime in the utopian future, increased government spending will magically “reduce the deficit.”
We now know that lies were the foundation of Obamacare – from the president’s pledge saying we could keep our existing health care plans and doctors, to Gruber’s fuzzy math.
You see, utopia is a lie predicated on a promise to deliver a future that can never be.
Late last month, with little fanfare, the national debt surpassed $18 trillion. $7 trillion of it accumulated under President Obama’s guidance.
Last Saturday’s loss by Louisiana’s Senator May Landrieu marked the thirtieth defeat for one of the original sixty Senate Democrats to vote for the president’s signature, dictatorial monstrosity.
Harry Reid, the outgoing Democratic Senate Majority Leader, told the New York Times, “We never recovered from the [Obamacare] rollout because the election became one that was directed toward the president. We couldn’t overcome that.”
During an appearance on CNN, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman, got a little testy with news anchor Wolf Blitzer when he asked, “Was it worth it to release this [torture] report today if, in fact, American lives, whether diplomats, military personnel, civilians, are going to be endangered?”
“You’ve done a good job, certainly, of hyping the warnings,” Feinstein responded. “Is it possible that something would happen? Yes.”
And there you have it. Democrats believe their torture report might inspire enraged jihadists to kill Americans, but that’s fine and dandy if it serves to distract from the president and Jonathan Gruber’s lies that were midwife to their freedom-killing, income-redistributing monstrosity.