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Monday, June 18, 2012

On Duplicity, Mendacity, and the Antonym for Allegiance

English: To avoid any constitutional problems,...
Chief Justice Roberts administers the Oath of Office
a second time to Barack Obama in the White House
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, […] ”
— The Oath of Office of the President of the United States

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, […] ”
— The Pledge of Allegiance of the United States
Related source » The Scandal of Our Age: 'via Blog this'
[This related source is recommended in its entirety.]

“What I call “Securitygate” — the release of the most intricate details about the cyber war against Iran, the revelations about a Yemeni double-agent, disclosures about covert operations in and against Pakistan, intimate details about the Osama bin Laden raid and the trove of information taken from his compound, and the Predator drone assassination list and the president’s methodology in selecting targets — is far more serious than either prior scandal. David Sanger and others claim that all this was sort of in the public domain anyway; well, “sort of” covers a lot of ground. […] Here is the crux of the scandal: Obama is formulating a new policy of avoiding overt unpopular engagements, while waging an unprecedented covert war across the world. He’s afraid that the American people do not fully appreciate these once-secret efforts and might in 2012 look only at his mishaps in Afghanistan or his public confusion over Islamic terror. Ergo, feed information to a Sanger or Ignatius so that they can skillfully inform us, albeit with a bit of dramatic “shock” and “surprise,” just how tough, brutal, and deadly Barack Obama really is. Yet these disclosures will endanger our national security, especially in the case of a soon-to-be-nuclear Iran. They will probably get people killed or tortured, and they will weaken America’s ability for years to work covertly with allies. […] There is nothing in the recent “exclusive” writings of David Sanger or David Ignatius that was necessary for the American people to know at this stage, unless one thinks that […] we should have been apprised about what was really going on in New Mexico in 1944 [the top secret Manhattan Project]. Here is why Securitygate is a national outrage and goes to the heart of a free and civil society.”
— Victor Davis Hanson, June 17, 2012 (

I believe that Barack Obama deserves to be impeached by the House of Representatives for his duplicity and mendacity, which, I believe, borders on treason. If he were impeached, however, I do believe the Democrat-majority Senate would acquit him.

Nevertheless, he would, in the course of the impeachment process suffer the indignity that he far-more-richly deserves than Bill Clinton did for the Lewinsky scandal. Clinton's scandal, at least, did not endanger the security of the Nation that all Presidents solemnly swear to "preserve, protect and defend."

In my estimation, if Obama was impeached he would treat us to another Clinton-like weasel expression:
"It depends on what your meaning of mendacity is".

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