In 2012, the Obama Administration leaked the name of a British MI6 agent who had infiltrated al Quaeda and thwarted a bomb plot against an American airline. Was that due to incompetence? Or was it due to Obama's congenital hatred of England combined with his petulance that MI6 had uncovered the plot and not the CIA, as he spuriously tried to claim?
Dr. Shikal Afridi, who helped determine that Osama Bin Laden was in the compound at Abbottabad Pakistan was (inadvertently?) fingered by the White House and is now in a pakistani prison – if he's still alive. White House staff incompetence? Or was Dr. Afridi a pawn in a bigger political game?
And why was Ambasador Chris Stevens lurred from the embassy in Trippoli to the CIA compound in Benghazi and then murdered while the Obama Administration repeatedly denied requests to rescue him? Was that simple incompetence? Or did Stevens know something?
And why was the CIA Station Chief in Kabul outed by the Obama administration? Did Obama make that trip to Afghanistan for the sole purpose of outing someone who knew too much or who had offended his sensibilities in some way?
Or was this, as CNN, CBS, and ABC insist, just another example of the unfortunate incompetence of the President's underlings?
Incompetence? Maybe. But Frank Roosecvelt's famous dictum keeps running through my head: "In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happened, it was planned that way."