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The Obama Political Culture Has Now Infected the Pentagon

Posted: October 15, 2013 at 7:00 am   /   by


An organization’s culture tends to flow down from the top. In the federal government’s Executive Branch, that’s the president.  And the Obama culture of Chicago-style political thuggery has blossomed at the IRS, the Park Service, and now the Pentagon itself.

We’ve all seen how IRS agents harassed and intimidated conservative political organizations. And more recently we’ve seen federal Park Service employees intimidate innocent tourists as they attempt to visit national parks and monuments.

Where do federal employees get their direction to engage in this shameful behavior? Directly from the White House?  No, that’s unlikely. The political operatives that the president has put in authority don’t need to be told what to do. They already know. That’s why he chose them.

Now, in a new low even for Obama’s minions, somebody at the Pentagon thought he was doing the president’s bidding when death benefits were denied to relatives of veterans who died during the “shutdown.”  (See the 45-second video above.)

This is so callous and so outrageous that even some of Obama’s sycophantic followers and pundits are breaking ranks with him. Of course Obama’s apologists tell us it was all the mistake of some nameless lawyers, just as it was the fault of those “rogue Cincinnatti agents” in the case of the IRS scandal.

No, almost surely, Obama’s political operatives were doing what they thought they were supposed to do. Hoping to increase the president’s leverage in budget negotiations, they chose to cause “maximum pain” to grieving families of veterans who gave their lives for us.  That is both vile and disgusting.

Has Obama no decency? No sense of shame at all? What comes next?

Sadly, Obama’s Chicago-style political thuggery has now infected even the Pentagon, and the part that has surfaced is likely just the tip of the iceberg.  It will take years to disinfect the Pentagon, even when we get a better president.

David Leeper

David Leeper

David Leeper is a retired engineer living in Scottsdale, AZ, with his wife of 44 years. He is currently a volunteer science teacher at In his 40-year career he held positions from lab technician to technical vice president at Bell Labs, Motorola, and Intel. He holds 16 patents in telecom technology and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. During his career, he wrote mainly for technical journals including Scientific American. He began writing for in 2011.
David Leeper


  1. rofomoreno says:

    Have you taken note of the Woodstock Era irony? That this current Socialist leaning Presidential Cabinet and Administration were the same 60’s anarchists of the Weather Underground, Students for a Democratic Society, Black Panthers, The  Chicago Seven, the Yippies and Hippies, etc., etc.,  who protested the Vietnam War and welcomed the returning soldiers by spitting in their faces and calling them “Baby Killers!”
    And in these past two weeks, amongst the numbers, those same soldiers have gone to Washington D.C. to experience the awe of their respective Memorials, to honor of their fallen brothers. Then, duty bound for the sake and love of country, tearing down and returning the disrespectful haste-made presidential barriers to the very same 60’s anarchistic occupied White House.

    My relatives and childhood friends who returned without a national welcome, fought and died in battles there, and battled their demons here at home, have now been vindicated. What an ironic and beautiful turn of the tables to have witnessed these honorable aging defenders storming in against seemingly insurmountable federal barriers to reclaim the dignity of their Memorial. 
    While my eyes have been blessed to see these chains of events, may the Liberal-Progressivists find no barriers when they enter the gates of hell.

    1. rofomoreno I have definitely taken note. Indeed, I have pointed out for some time that the 60s radicals did the hard work of making the “long march through the institutions,” and we see the result—they’re in power now!

The Obama Political Culture Has Now Infected the Pentagon