Obama follows the law…when he wants to

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WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 —  While the country is for the meantime distracted by the immigration “crisis,” the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, continues to terrorize Iraq and consolidate their gains. Until recently, the country was squarely focused on the drive of the Islamic terror organization toward Baghdad. Only until the shouting over immigration has caused the mainstream media shifted their coverage.

This is a windfall for the President, who is now avoiding embarrassing questions from the press concerning US involvement with ISIS and other radical Islamic elements of the Syrian Opposition. In fact President Obama’s approach to dealing with the immigration crisis and the funding of the Syrian Opposition follow a pattern we have come to expect from the current administration.

And that pattern is simple: Follow or ignore the law at your convenience.

In terms of the recent immigration situation, the President and his allies have thrust their chests out proudly, stood up on their soap boxes and proclaimed to the World that we as a nation of laws will follow it to the letter and we will see these deportation hearings through for each and every immigrant child. The letter of the law must be followed, you see, for we are a nation of laws.

However, being that we are a nation of laws did not seem to stop President Obama from arming known terrorist organizations in Syria. In fact the President went out of his way to waive the law that would prohibit him from providing lethal aid to known terrorist organizations. Which in fact, he is allowed to do if it best serves the national security interests of the United States. However, as a result of the waiver the President of the United States is required, by law, to submit to certain committees in Congress an end user report for every scrap of equipment, most importantly lethal equipment, supplied to said terrorists organization.

By law, the Secretary of State is required to submit the reports before anything leaves US soil, and by law the Secretary of State is required to submit an end user report concerning the dispersion of supplied material. We have yet to see any of these reports to Congress concerning what was being sent over, and we have yet to see a report on where these weapons ultimately ended up.

We know that the United States sent material to the Syrian Opposition, including guns and medical equipment. We know that ISIS was at one point part of the Syrian Opposition forces. And we know that ISIS has invaded western Iraq. So it is only fitting that these reports exist, finding them should not be too difficult.

That is of course, if such reports exist.

The question concerning the existence of these reports is one which all media outlets and politicians should be asking. The next question should be, if they do exist why haven’t we seen them? Any answer to these questions on behalf of the Obama Administration has the potential to cause a significant amount of trouble.

If the reports exist, then they could potentially prove that the United States supplied weapons to ISIS, which ended up facilitating the invasion of Iraq, a situation President Obama skillfully pawned off on his predecessor. If the reports do not exist, it represents a blatant violation of the law by both the President and the Secretary of State, allowing for the focus of the failure to save Iraq to land squarely on the Administration.

President Obama is playing a dangerous political game here, though it is doubtful that his allies in the liberal media will allow it to escalate. He has touted adherence to the law in terms of immigration, standing tall and proud as though he has been a staunch and steadfast practitioner of it since he first took his oath of office. However, the high road is dangerous, by ignoring or willfully violating the Arms Export Act he has broken the law and opened himself up to further scandal. Now if only the media would pursue this, but at this point, what difference does it make?


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