multiple opportunities to get out of it. Congress wrote the law and voted on it, if they're too fucking stupid to figure out a way around the sequester it just proves that they are really as stupid as they look.
The Republicans are to blame entirely. The sequester was put in as a poison pill that would force the parties to agree on a balanced package of tax increases and pending cuts. Unless they could reach an agreement, the bill would trigger automatic sequester cuts that would be reprehensible to both sides. They refused to accept a penny of tax increases, as usual, allowing the sequester trigger to be put into effect.
Do not blame Obama for this. You are falling for the Republican talking points if you buy the argument in the OP.
3. You're right -- but apparently what the President hadn't counted on . . .
. . . was that the crazy fucks in the GOP might actually be crazy enough to lt the sequester hit. And if it does, and if all the deleterious effects we've bee told about are actually experienced, then it will look as if (and indeed it will be) the President played a very dicey game and lost.