Monday, May 5, 2014

Why Benghazi Is Still Important

Let's put politics aside for a few moments and talk about reality. That will be difficult for some because if you criticize the current President for anything you're labeled a racist or a bigot or a hater. So how do you have an open, honest discussion if people simply can't accept the truth about the one they so revere?

More and more evidence is coming to light about the failure and subsequent cover-up by the Obama administration. A new e-mail, written by former Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes to Susan Rice, clearly instructs her to stress that the 9/11/12 attack was a spontaneous result of anger toward a Youtube video, which has been shown to be completely bogus (unless you're the New York Times or Jay Carney.)

There is now the proverbial "smoking gun" because of the e-mail. Ask yourself a logical question. Why would Rhodes tell Susan Rice to push the video story if they weren't trying to hide something else?

So what are they hiding? We now know, thanks to former National Security Council spokesperson Tommy Vietor, that President Obama was not in the Situation Room during the 7 hour long attack. Why not? His spokes people say it's not necessary for him to be in the Situation Room during an emergency because he can be briefed wherever he is. I suppose that's true but here's two thoughts to ponder. If it's not necessary for the President to be in the Situation Room during an emergency what then is the room's purpose? And a more pertinent question, in my humble opinion, is "What possible thing did he have to do that was more important while our consulate was under attack all night long?"

Finally, after 20 months of mostly useless hearings, House Speaker John Boehner has announced a special select committee, headed by bulldog Trey Gowdy, to finally do an in-depth investigation and subpoena people who have the answers. Whether or not those people will tell the truth remains to be seen. In the case of the Obama administration it seems doubtful. President Obama has recently lawyered-up, appointing W. Neil Eggleston, who has made his living defending politicians from various charges, as the new White House Chief Counsel. What's wrong with that, you ask?

W. Neil Eggleston represented Bill and Hillary Clinton during the Whitewater scandal. He was hired by the George W. Bush administration as their representative against congressional inquiries into the administration’s mass firing of employees. Basically, he's the lawyer presidents and politicians turn to when there is questionable behavior being investigated. And with the IRS corruption and the Benghazi cover-up both becoming more and more clear, it seems President Obama may be getting worried.

Former Obama White House senior adviser David Plouffe said yesterday that there is a "very loud, delusional minority" driving the Republicans to politicize the Benghazi incident.

“I think lawyers have spoken to this and it’s out now,” Plouffe, an ABC News contributor, said today on the “This Week” roundtable. “What Benghazi was was a tragedy. What we need to do is figure out how to prevent it from happening again and to try and hold those accountable as we did [Osama] bin Laden. It took a while, but after 11 years we did.”

“The USS Cole bombing, 17 of our sailors died weeks before the 2000 election. What did then Governor [George w.] Bush say? It’s time for a nation to speak as one voice,” Plouffe said. “This has been politicized like we’ve never seen before and I think what’s happening, Richard Nixon talked about a silent majority back in 1968, there’s a very loud, delusional minority that’s driving our politics, that’s in control of the Republican Party.”

“There is no conspiracy here at all,” he added.

Plouffe's comparison to the USS Cole would be laughable if it wasn't so stupid. He seems to think the incidents are similar when in reality - the only thing similar is that both incidents involved acts of terrorism. Bush didn't cover up anything in that attack. He wasn't even President yet. The comparison was ridiculous.

Even Bob Beckel, well known liberal Obama supporter and regular member of "The Five" on Fox News Channel, admitted there was a cover-up. But his response was strikingly Hillary-esque.

“We know Islamic radicals killed these people, what difference does it make anymore?!” 

When he was reminded that the Obama administration covered up the incident Beckel doubled down. “So what? Every administration covers things up!”

“Who cares? Who cares?” Beckel continued. “Average Americans today, they are not sitting there today and saying, ‘Gee, I wonder what happened with Benghazi.’" “We’ve over-killed this. The Republicans are using this purely and simply for political reasons.”

There is a new rumor out now that President Obama's Senior Advisor, Valerie Jarrett, is the person who issued the stand-down order, in Obama's absence, to the military and prevented them from responding to Benghazi. Since she has no authority to issue military orders it would add to the necessity of a cover-up.

So even though we have liberals, from TV pundits to former members of the Obama administration, admitting that the White House lied about Benghazi and has been covering up the truth, they still want us to simply forget it. Four Americans died, the President and his staff did nothing to intervene, and we're simply supposed to ignore it because...

See that's the thing - I can't think of a reason to ignore it. Our consulate in Libya was attacked by terrorists. Two Americans, including our ambassador, were murdered and two others, who ignored stand-down orders and saved numerous lives throughout the night, died heroically defending themselves and their fellow Americans. Our government not only did nothing to help them but turned their backs on the four victims by lying about what really happened. I don't care who the President is politically - what happened in Benghazi (or maybe better words are 'did not happen') was atrocious and any President responsible for what happened afterward should be held responsible - by both parties. 

Richard Nixon resigned for covering up a burglary. No one died and yet five people went to federal prison over it. Come on, Mr. President - it's your turn to do the right thing. 

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