Oliver North
WASHINGTON -- For most of the year, irrational behavior is a natural state in our nation's capital. This is a place where potentates and politicians, lobbyists and legislators and the elite and the lowly routinely say and do completely irrational things.

We also have come to expect that irrational behavior takes a brief hiatus when Congress goes home on recess and the president of the United States heads out of town on vacation. This year is the exception that proves the rule. POTUS may be playing golf on Martha's Vineyard and Congress may be out of town, but this week, irrational behavior disorder -- "IBD" for short -- went viral, here and around the globe.

The Obama family started the IBD epidemic by setting off on their "working vacation" with two separate U.S. Air Force flights from Washington to the Massachusetts coast, requiring hundreds of military personnel, Secret Service agents and support staff to cancel or abbreviate leave. No one has figured out yet how much this little caper has cost the taxpayers.

On Aug. 20, just as the first family was getting into the swing of things on their little island paradise, Libyan rebels launched their own version of a "Thunder Run" into Tripoli. The Transitional National Council promptly caught a case of IBD and announced it had "liberated Libya from the dictator" Moammar Gadhafi. In Benghazi, the TNC's "chairman," former Gadhafi "justice minister" Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, told the international media that the rebels had "captured three of Gadhafi's sons" and "surrounded Gadhafi's Bab al-Aziziya palace" in Tripoli and that "escape is impossible." We also were told, "All of the country will be in the hands of the TNC very shortly." Turns out it was another case of IBD.

The rebel advance -- and the anticipated demise of the murderous Moammar -- was briefly celebrated with exuberance in our household. Back in 1987, Gadhafi sent his goons to kill us. Thanks to the FBI and special agents of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, his thugs missed their prey. We certainly aren't going to miss him.

As it turns out, our dose of IBD was short-lived compared with the case caught by the White House spin doctors on Martha's Vineyard. They wanted the American people to focus on the "improving economy." On Sunday morning, CBS ran a prerecorded interview with President Obama, in which he acknowledged "an unemployment rate that is still too high" and then baldly claimed that the administration has "actually made the right decisions" and that he expects "to be judged a year from now on whether or not things have continued to get better."

Oliver North

Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.