October Surprise Committee Formed
New Video Names Axelrod and Jarrett, Warns of Obama "Wag the Dog" Effort to Influence Election
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(October 1, 2012) – Citing the Obama White House’s record of using national security issues for political gain, a new committee was formed today to warn the American people of an “October surprise” designed to sidetrack voters just before the November election.
A new video, found at www.DefendingOurDemocracy.com, uses realistic news footage to demonstrate how the Obama team plans to use a foreign crisis for electoral purposes. Noting that the Obama administration used the announcement of the Osama bin Laden raid for political purposes by giving away vital intelligence, thus giving Al Qaeda leaders a chance to flee, the video asks the question all voters should be asking: “What are your limits, Mr. President?”
Suggesting President Obama may call on Mitt Romney for a temporary suspension of campaign activities, the video shows blurred images of familiar White House spokesmen angrily denying that political considerations were a factor in a supposed military action announced by Obama in a presidential address to the nation.
“Given the lack of candor by this administration on the attack on our Embassy in Benghazi and assassination of our ambassador there, questions about the national security decisions of this president are particularly germane," noted Tommy Sears, October Surprise Committee spokesman.
Referring to prior allegations that political advisor Valerie Jarrett was involved in national security decisions like the raid on Osama Bin Laden’s hideout, the video has White House spokesmen supposedly admitting Ms. Jarrett and campaign aide David Axelrod played a “consultative role” in the presidential decision to take military action during the campaign.
In flatly alleging the Obama White House has used national security matters for political purposes in the past, the video claims the White House released key intelligence for political gain the day after the Bin Laden raid and this gave Al Qaeda leaders a chance to flee or escape.
“We want the media to ask the president at Wednesday’s debate in light of Benghazi and the myriad national security leaks that have come from this White House, 'how far will you go, Mr. President,'” said Sears in listing examples of last-minute attempts to influence elections and confuse voters.
“The release of the Bush DUI in the last week of the 2000 election had a huge impact. The phony Lawrence Walsh of indictment of Cap Weinberger in 1992 the weekend before the election probably altered its outcome. And In 1976 Jimmy Carter wasn’t above trying to use the hostages issue in the 1976 primaries.”
“Everything with this White House is political—everything is about holding onto power, said Sears in describing the administration.
“While we think the White House will probably play the national security card first, we also think they may try and come up with some last minute financial or business attack on their opponent,” Sears added. “They just might get the SEC to accuse Romney of being Bernie Madoff’s secret partner or evil twin.”
“It’s bad enough when they are trying to pressure pollsters to go their way. Or when political operations like Fast and Furious are contaminating a once professional Justice Department. But when White House aides are rushing before the cameras and giving up vital intelligence just to grab a two-day headline then the whole national security process is being jeopardized even as it is being politicized.”
“This video is about getting the American people to ask the president and his administration where their limits are “ said Sears. “We are trying to do the job that too many journalists are failing to do – ask the White House the tough questions.”
“If Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod or other political aides are thinking about getting into national security matters they might also think about the kind of questions they might one day face under oath before a congressional committee,” said Sears.
At the end of the video in a corner of the screen a small cartoon appears of a dog being wagged by its tail – a reference to political concerns “wagging the dog” of national security.