Remember how Obama inflated his number of Twitter followers?* Turns out he’s also inflating the number of counterterrorism successes the NSA has had:
The Obama administration’s credibility on intelligence suffered another blow Wednesday as the chief of the National Security Agency admitted that officials put out numbers that vastly overstated the counterterrorism successes of the government’s warrantless bulk collection of all Americans’ phone records.
Pressed by the Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee at an oversight hearing, Gen. Keith B. Alexander admitted that the number of terrorist plots foiled by the NSA’s huge database of every phone call made in or to America was only one or perhaps two — far smaller than the 54 originally claimed by the administration. [Emphasis added.]
Between QE4eva, all the padding of official statistics, Twitter followers, and now this, it would appear that the word that most defines Obama’s legacy is inflation. I suppose it’s fitting, given Obama’s own inflated sense of self-importance and his believers’ tendency to overrate his ambition and abilities. Everything about him is overrated and overblown, right down to the minutiae of his victory claims.
* This has to be the most fucking absurd sentence I’ve ever written. Seriously, why the fuck am I even seriously talking about a head of state a) having a social media account and b) using it as propaganda? He resembles 30 Rock’s version of Kim Jong-Il more than the actual George Washington. Perhaps this is just the madness of this modern age.