Rich Galen

The hard left and the hard right -- who sometimes make for strange political bedfellows -- are among the groups most upset by the recent disclosures of NSA, DoJ, and CIA snooping on Americans.

President Barack Obama promised to shut down Guantanamo Bay, but it remains open these five years later.

Obama promised to reverse, or at least cut down, on the activities of the NSA and CIA against Americans, but that has not happened either.

Obama promised to reset our relations with foreign governments -- on the theory that George W. Bush bullied allies into helping him on his foreign adventures and that they would welcome a change.

These (among other promises) drove idealistic young people and cynical former 60s activists to work for Barack Obama's two victories.

Obama is being given some measure of political cover by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) who is the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Just this week, she told reporters that the National Security Agency "does not need a court order to search the database it maintains of the call data surrendered by the nation's telecommunications firms."

Does that sound to you at all like the catchphrase "warrantless wiretaps" that liberals were so upset about during the post-9/11 Bush era?

Me, too.

It is foreign policy that may be Obama's Achilles Heel among his base.

We are no longer in Iraq and are withdrawing from Afghanistan -- both are good things, but we don't now how they will turn out.

The whole Arab Spring celebration has ended up smelling of stale beer and broken promises, a bit like the morning after a big spring fraternity and sorority formal.

There's a lot we don't know about Libya. The White House and the State Department are blocking every avenue of investigation into Benghazi.

We do know about Egypt. The only difference between current president Mohamed Morsi and former president Hosni Mubarak appears to be that Mubarak used his thuggery to maintain control over a stable society.

Morsi is trying to be a political thug like Mubarak, but he isn't as good at it.

Then over to Syria.

We have all read about how the President's national security staff got their collective knickers in a twist when he went off-script and said that if Syrian president Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against the rebels, it would be "a red line."

Knowing that the President painted himself into a corner, the White House found it necessary to issue a statement quoting:


Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at Mullings.com.