The questions the media resolutely refuses to ask about Benghazi

So, now we know that Susan Rice made the talk show rounds relying on an information sheet that “somehow” got modified between the CIA and Rice.  Hmmm.  Who had the authority to do that?  Hmmm.  I’m sure it wasn’t someone subordinate to Petraeus.  Maybe it was someone higher up the food change who reports directly to the President.  (Right about now, you should be hearing the name “James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence” floating through your mind.)

If Petraeus is telling the truth this time around (and sadly, his reputation for honor is somewhat besmirched), we can draw a few conclusions:

1.  If Obama knew, he deliberately committed a fraud against the American people.  If he didn’t do so for national security reasons, but did so for purely political ones, he and the American people have a problem.  This is especially true if it turns out that he made the decision not to send aid to the Americans under siege in Benghazi, because he feared that to do so would have created a spectacle that could have harmed is reelection chances.

2.  If Obama did not know, we have a serious problem in that we’ve elected the Sergeant Schultz of Presidents.  He knows nothing:  Not Fast & Furious, not Benghazi, not the post-Benghazi cover-up.  He is, as he himself said, just there for set decoration.  To the extent that he’s incapable of handling the duties of Commander in Chief and Chief Executive Officer, he and the American people have a problem.

Regarding these problems, it’s fun mental exercise to bandy about the word “impeachment.”  I am not a constitutional scholar, so I have no idea if either of these is an impeachable offense.  Both, however, severely harm the Obama brand in the wake of a close and hard-fought election.  That’s fundamentally bad for the American body politic.

Back to my list:

3.  If Rice didn’t know that the talking points had been doctored, she’s an idiot.  All the information was there, so that ordinary people reading the news could figure it out.  I think being an idiot should preclude you from serving as Secretary of State.

4.  If Rice did know that the talking points had been doctored, she’s a liar and dishonest broker.  This brings us back to point one:  if her lies were told for national security, that’s one thing; if they were told to insulate the president’s reelection chances from ugly publicity about a failed Middle East policy, that’s something else altogether.

I’ll close, not with any words from me, but with an email from a reader:

Today’s newspapers, radio, tv, internet blogs, etc are full of discussions about who knew what when concerning the participants in the attack on our consulate in Benghazi.  Fingers are pointing in every direction.  Hopefully, one day we shall know the truth.

One thing that is lost in this discussion is the fact that four Americans are dead, including a US Ambassador.  Were there calls for help?  Who from?  Who to?  Why no response?  Sec of Def Panetta’s explanation that “we don’t send troops into unknown situations” or something similar seems to have shut the discussion down.  What????  The new military doctrine is “We must know everything before we send in the military.”  Really????????

Four Americans are dead and Washington is focusing on what started the attack?  Don’t get me wrong, I think that is important to know – especially in light of what seems to be purposeful lying to the public. But as an American, and the mother of an ROTC son who might be called to serve, I want to know why we didn’t, and now apparently don’t, do rescue operations.  Also, if I was a member of the US Consular Corps, I would be rethinking my career choice.

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  • weathtd

    Even if there are grounds for impeachment like Fast and Furious and the Benghazi cover-up, there will never be a conviction in the Dem controlled Senate.  

  • SADIE

    Enough with the “ifs” … 

      Oath of Office
    I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.    

  • Charles Martel

    There are six I’s in this oath. He certainly has kept that part of the pledge.

  • Oldflyer

    Obama has the perfect defense against impeachment.  It is called the Biden defense.

  • Charles Martel

    Ouch, Oldflyer.

    Ouch, ouch, ouch.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    So the Left is deliberately getting Americans killed and gloating over it. Well, what else is new. I knew about this, and all I needed to do was to look past at the last 50 years of the Left, just in America mind you.

  • SADIE

    Biden took the “oaf” of office.

    Btw…anyone keeping track of “sudden and early” retired commanders post 9/11/12?

    Gen. Carter Ham

    Admiral Charles M. Gauoette   

    Gen. David Petraeus         

  • Danny Lemieux

    SADIE, in the back of my mind I wonder if what we are seeing is a purge of the military, much like Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan did with the Turkish military, in order to forestall a coup as he transformed Turkey from a “European” NATO allie into an Islamist state.

    Let’s see to what extent this continues to happen.

  • Spartacus

    Another:
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/general-demoted-extravagant-trips-article-1.1201284
     
    I’m not one to defend misfeasance, but it’s notable because this administration is hardly a crew to be genuinely offended by it.  Was Michelle really put out by the idea of someone staying in a posh hotel on the taxpayers’ dime, or was Gen. Ward not one of their favorites?

  • Dennis Elliott

    Apparently the new gambit from this clown posse is that they knew immediately but concocted the film story so the bad guys wouldn’t KNOW they knew (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/17/world/africa/benghazi-not-petraeus-affair-is-focus-at-hearings.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0. This, ostensibly so they could retaliate, I guess. To follow through with Book’s takedown, however, the group responsible (Ansar al Islam, I think) immediately posted their claim for the atrocities on facebook and twitter so that any dummy that kept even a half-assed watch on this type of business would know and  know that they intended for us to know.

    I have written to my Senator (Tester) a number of times over the past few years to tell him that iether he thinks I’m an idiot to believe the crap he’s pushing or he believes it himself in which case he’s an idiot and that neither case is useful or healthy for a person in his position. Same deal here.

  • Michael Adams

    Danny,
    Just as Conservatives study history to avoid repeating its lessons, we also see the present in historical terms, so it is not too surprising that we can see the past weeks from a future perspective, and yes, it is seen now, and will be remembered, as the purge of potentially disloyal generals.
     
    Something else, not much related to Benghazi, but to the overall question of what he is doing to us, and what he plans: All the follow-ons since Rousseau have sought to destroy the bourgeoisie, bourgeois institutions and, in America, the bourgeois dominance of society. Business, churches, families are bourgeois institutions and therefore targets. Observe  how, just for one example, television normalizes delaying marriage into the thirties, with the years from puberty to marriage a long string of promiscuity. Or, note how Lucy episodes revolved around her efforts to deceive Ricky.  (Remember, the writers were Communists or fellow travelers. )The idea of avoiding the media has already taken root, as seen in the shrinking audiences. As I have previously noted, we have escaped the state schools, and millions are still doing so. Have you heard  the continuing attack on home schooling? This will  soon  crescendo. They will attack every single example of bourgeois strength.  They know what they are doing, but they are not ubiquitous.  We need to know why we fight such seeming trifles. We need to say why.

  • Beth

    Yes, Michael, the attacks on homeschooling are increasing.  The new Obamacore , aka Common Core Standard Initiative, aka Race to the Top, will also come after homeschooling.  It is  ‘group-think’ based learning and no doubt they don’t want any child to actually ‘think’ let alone think on their own.  It is frustrating to see friends just ignore what is happening to their children in public schools–and private as well.  Our generation has been taught to trust the teachers, the admin, the government–they wouldn’t possibly do anything that might harm you!  It will be a rude awakening–as it has been for many a conservative who thought they were raising their children in a conservative home and yet their children are liberal as the day is long.
    We pray that we can continue to homeschool for the next 15 years.  Our kids are in a classical curriculum, studying Greek and Roman history, Latin and learning about true beauty–all encompassed in our faith.  We see this as a great blessing and will train them up for whatever the Lord has in store for us and them.  And the good news is, the school we are enrolled in is growing leaps and bounds!   (yes, we are enrolled in an accredited school that provides parent-as-teacher learning as well as on-line classes specifically in the older grades.)  Michael and others–keep all homeschooling families in your prayers.  So many are working hard to make a difference in the future of our country. 

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    The Left is the enemy of all humanity, Americans included. In order to have peace and prosperity, one must shed an amount of tyrant blood equal to the value of that which is sought.

    Something people forgot to teach in public education. Freedom was never free. The cost was just delayed. Either unto you, or your children’s generation, or your children’s children generation. Regardless, some poor sack of slave fodder troops will be made to pay, one way or another.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Jehovah’s Witnesses and various other Christian groups believe in something called the Rapture, where God, Michael, and the loyalist Heavenly angels will descend, remove all injustice and evil doers, and restore the Earth to the government called God’s Kingdom. They are perfectly willing to wait and even tolerate political persecution while putting their faith and hopes on God to use divine power.

    Personally, I don’t quite believe that. I believe if the Earth is to be restored, human beings must shed an amount of blood equal to Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection. Since Original Sin corrupted human DNA coding and blood, it’ll take quite a bit of blood to make up for the difference in quality. Fortunately for us, evil doers have blood a plenty to donate for the cause. Until the legions of heaven descend and destroys the evil doers in DC, at least, from high orbit, I won’t believe in any such thing as God’s Rapture or Divine Judgment. The only judgment I know of is human judgment, trial by combat, trial by death.

     In the end, the only thing that will defeat Leftist propaganda efficiently is death. That’s one thing that requires a miracle to reverse. If people dying, such as in abortions and in US embassies, can be clouded over by illusion, then that’s the same as saying Christ’s resurrection can be faked. That remains to be seen.

     Perhaps Divine Judgment is waiting on humans to sacrifice a few hundred million evil doers before God will believe humanity is serious about becoming righteous. Foreign wars of conquest have never done much on this account, but America’s Civil War and Revolutionary War did have a touch of providence about it. Perhaps a second dose is coming.

  • SADIE

     
    And in other news ….She’s no Perle Mesta and the “twinkie defense” is off the counter and shelves now.

    WASHINGTON (AFP) — A Florida socialite at the heart of a scandal that brought down the CIA chief was once asked by him to stop a radio talk show host who was threatening to “deep fat fry” the Koran, US media reported early on Saturday.
    That account, which comes from emails sent by socialite Jill Kelley, offers a new glimpse at her relationship with Petraeus and other senior military officials.
    In March, a Florida radio talk show host named Todd Alan Clem but known as Bubba the Love Sponge said he was going to “deep fat fry” a copy of the Koran as a stunt, the reports said.
    Gen. John Allen, commander of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan, and CIA director David Petraeus, both asked Kelley, who lives in Tampa, to try to intervene and stop the radio host by contacting the city’s mayor, Bob Buckhorn.
     
    “I have Petraeus and Allen both emailing me about getting this dealt with,” Kelley wrote to the mayor, according to NBC News.
     
    The generals saw the “Bubba” announcement as a potential threat to the safety of US troops stationed in Islamic countries.
      

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Personally, if I was in charge of counter intel, I would issue all the troops live ammo, get them ready to fire at any traitors in sight, then release a whole bunch of “deep fryed Korans”, and wait for the enemy agents to show themselves. Of course given the Army’s horrible standards of combat readiness and marksmanship training for women, I won’t assume they’ll get any kills come the Day.