Tag Archives: Benghazi

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire

By now, everyone must know about the shenanigans our government has been up to lately. The IRS has been very naughty [1], the Department of Justice has it in for the free press [2], and the current administration’s deceit regarding the Benghazi affair is finally being covered by the mainstream media. In addition, nobody in the administration learned anything about these scandals until they aired on the news [3], because they’re just plain folks like you and me.

Now, I suppose it’s possible that the White House doesn’t know about every little decision that every low-level functionary makes. It’s also possible that a big mistake may fail to come to the attention of the President and his advisors. But as they say, once is an accident, twice is a coincidence, and three times is a pattern. There are simply too many disturbing examples of incompetence and overreach of power to buy the story that The White House’s only connection to them is that they watched them unfold on television.

But as chilling as these scandals are, the attempts at deceit are perhaps the worst part of the whole affair. Holder said that he recused himself from the DoJ’s seizure of reporter’s phone records, but it’s just come out that his signature was on the warrant [4]. Benghazi has been one lie after another, so much so that Bob Woodward, the reporter who covered Watergate, was reminded of Nixon’s selective editing of information to make himself look better [5]. Press Secretary Carney says that, yes, the White House knew about the IRS targeting, but that nobody told the President about it, as if that makes it any better [6]!

It’s bad enough if all these scandals are the result of administrative incompetence, but I don’t believe it’s a coincidence that Obama gave a speech telling students not to believe stories about tyranny right before these examples of tyranny came to light [7].

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Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Corruption


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What Difference, At This Point, Does It Make

Back at the end of January, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made her way into the history books by asking the now famous question, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” [1] when she was questioned about the initial claims that the attack on the US embassy in Benghazi sprang from a spontaneous protest over a YouTube video. As more hearings are now taking place about what really happened that night, the question has come back up. What difference, at this point, does it make about what really happened at Benghazi.

If you listen to left-leaning sources, you will hear that it makes no difference whatsoever, and that we should all move on with our lives. Several sources refer to it as a GOP witch-hunt, with the sole purpose of sullying the good name of Secretary Clinton before she runs for president in 2016 [2]. The Washington Post claims that inaccurate “media accounts” are to blame for the infamous Susan Rice talking points [3]. And Rep. Elijah Cummings, who is on the oversight committee, commented that “death is a part of life,” as if the murder of an ambassador is a part of the natural order of things and should be accepted [4].

However, there are plenty of other sources who are firm in their belief that the deaths of four Americans and an attack on a US embassy should be thoroughly investigated. An attack on an embassy is equivalent to an attack on the country itself, and for that reason alone, the Benghazi terrorist attack clearly deserves an exhaustive investigation. Whether or not there was a mishandling of the situation, and by whom, needs to be discovered. It is also clear that the American people have already been fed false information, and the question of whether it was due to incompetence or deliberate deception needs to be answered once and for all.

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Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Left vs. Right, Politicking


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Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain

            Several months after the attack in Benghazi that resulted in the death of four Americans, including a US ambassador, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was finally called before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to answer questions about the event and how the current administration handled it. Sadly, we’re still no closer to the truth than we were before her testimony.

            In her emotional prepared statement, she said, “I stood next to President Obama as the Marines carried those flag-draped caskets off the plane at Andrews. I put my arms around the mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters,” [1] and according to the father of slain Navy Seal Tyrone Woods, she also told them that the U.S. would “make sure that the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted.” [2] However, when questioned by Senator Ron Johnson about whether or not the American people were misled about the cause of the attack, all she could say was, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” and tried to say that they still don’t really know what happened [3].

When asked about watching the attacks at Benghazi in real time on a monitor, she said, “There was no monitor. There was no real time,” and that they only saw videos of the event “weeks later,” despite the testimony from her assistant secretary Lamb and Admiral Mullen that said that, in fact, that there was video available immediately [3]. And when she was questioned by Senator Rand Paul about the transfer of weapons from Libya to Turkey, she put on her surprised face and said she knew nothing about it, even to the point that she’s never heard of it before [3].

While she is still saying that she accepts full responsibility for the events in Benghazi, it appears that full responsibility doesn’t carry with it the responsibility to tell the truth.

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Posted by on February 4, 2013 in Government, Politicking


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It’s Not My Fault

Our President seems unfamiliar with the concept of command responsibility. I would have thought that by now someone would have pulled him aside for a quiet chat to explain that the person at the top is responsible for what happens on their watch. The President certainly understands the idea of taking credit for things that are done by other people under his supervision, as evidenced by the constant reminders that he brought down Osama Bin Laden, but when it comes to massive blunders, all we hear is that it’s not his fault because he wasn’t informed[1].

The constantly changing story about the murders at the US embassy in Benghazi is the latest example of the President trying to dodge responsibility. We’ve heard lies about how an offensive YouTube video caused the attacks[2], followed shortly by the claim that the White House wasn’t told about the situation and that no one requested aid[1], a denial that they ever claimed the film was responsible, and Secretary of State Clinton trying to take the responsibility for the events in Benghazi[3].

However, all variations of the story have proven to be false. The White House knew just a few hours after the attack that it was carried out by terrorists, and was no protest over a video[4]. They received warnings and requests for extra assistance before the attacks and did not respond to them[5]. And despite Secretary Clinton’s claims that it’s all her fault, the truth is that the President is ultimately responsible for what happens under his administration. If President Obama was truly ignorant of the events unfolding in the situation room located in his own house, then it’s still his fault for being an incompetent administrator. To quote Stan Lee, “With great power comes great responsibility”[6]. Obama has shown he wants the great power. It’s time for him to accept the great responsibility.

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Posted by on October 25, 2012 in Uncategorized


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