Watching the recent Bill Maher “Real Time” episode (May 10th, 2013) where Maher complains, “Tell me what the scandal is? Nobody’s telling me.” He gets told by BOTH Glen Greenwald (from the left) and Charles Cooke (on the right) that the Benghazi issue IS serious. Below:
Then a third guest chimes in with “No, the scandal is about a memo and 12 points that it’s been reduced to.”
Um, no. Democrat supporters want to make this out to be a non-issue about some memo. That, to me, is a pathetic cop-out. Personally, I don’t think they should be allowed to trivialize this matter because an American Ambassador and three other American soldiers are dead, and on that basis alone this should be given the proper NONPARTISAN attention that it deserves. Both Greenwald and Cooke make that case well from their respective sides.
For me, here’s how I see the ISSUE:
1) An Embassy in a country where America had just helped overthrow a dictator, which happened to reside in a hotbed of radical anti-Americanism was left horribly undefended. Why?
2) More security was asked for on a number of occasions and was turned down. (refused?) Why?
3) During the attack, American solders off-duty chose to stay behind and defend the embassy, to their peril. The fact that 1) and 2) have yet to be clearly and honestly answered is a disgrace so far to their service and their memory. The soldiers had the guts put their ass on the line over this, so should our politicians.
4) Immediately, the White House called the attack one that was caused by an American-made anti-Muslim video, yet at the time it appears that both the CIA and the State Department knew this was – at the very least – not entirely the case, if even the case at all.Why push that story line so hard and deliberately exclude terrorism from the narrative?
5) The White House claimed that they called this an “act of terror” from the beginning. Not true. Neither Obama, Clinton, nor Rice ever clearly and directly stated that it was. The Washington Post effectively debunks Obama’s claim here, giving it ‘four Pinnochios’ on the liar’s scale. Every word is chosen very carefully in politics. To not call it a terrorist attack directly was calculated and deliberate.
6) Secretary of State Clinton appoints two people (a retired general and former ambassador) to investigate. Neither ask Clinton what she knew, or when she knew it. Stacking the deck of a committee is old news in politics. The Warren Commission and The 9/11 Commission quickly come to mind. With the 9/11 Commission, interviews of Bush were practically non-existent, too. If everyone’s so ‘innocent’, then why a political move like that regarding the Committee in this case?
7) Months later, whistleblowers come forward and claim that the White House gave “stand down” orders around the time of the attack.
8) Months later, ABC News discovers internal documents that show that the talking points had been altered and that the CIA without a doubt considered the attack to be a terrorist attack, although they were reluctant to specify yet by whom.So why not say it was, but we don’t know yet by whom or why?
9) Claims are being repeated by the left that Obama and Clinton did all they could during the attack, that they couldn’t get anybody there to help fast enough. Fine, but this cleverly and wholeheartedly dodges the question of why the Embassy was so inadequately protected to begin with. And how does a supposedly ‘lower-level staffer’ get to give stand-down orders?
10) The elephant in the room here that the Mahers and Maddows and and the left (or at least Democrats) don’t want to acknowledge is that the Obama campaign benefited from a “it was a video” story as opposed to an “it was a terrorist attack” story being right before an election when Romney was still viewed as a serious contender.
Remember that prior to the slapdown Romney got on Benghazi by a supposed-to-be-impartial-but-clearly pro-Obama moderator during the debate, he had been leading after walloping Obama in the first debate. Obama’s best card against Romney was thought to be on foreign policy, where the “Osama Bin Laden is dead” line would show that 1) the country was safer, 2) Al Qaeda had been wiped out, and 3) Obama could be, and is, tough on terror. Benghazi would have been VERY strong evidence against all three claims. Imagine it being found out right before an election that there was a stand-down order in Libya causing the deaths of four Americans?
11) Harry Reid gets on TV yesterday and says that the Republicans are concerned more about scoring political points against Obama and Hillary than they are about keeping our embassy’s safe and finding out what happened.
Really, Harry Reid? This, to me, is just more proof of 10) above. Thanks to the Democrats, we STILL don’t know who exactly said a) stand down, and b) go with these talking points. Thanks to the Democrats, we had Hillary saying “Who cares how it happened?” months ago and Jay Carney saying, “It’s old news” recently up until ABC News came out with the original memos.
What I don’t like is that everyone in the Democratic Party (not even everyone on the left) is saying, “Forget about it, it’s a non-issue. What happened, happened” and yet they’re all stonewalling us on what exactly happened. I’ll go one further and state for the record that I think the AP thing and the IRS thing are deliberately-timed diversions to keep Benghazi from being the main focus of the news cycles right now. I think this Administration is hoping that the people and the press quit asking, which for the longest time they’ve been able to count on. Not this time – American lives have been lost.
I don’t care if it’s Democrat or Republican, there is proof here that the government LIED, and not only lied but tried to cover it up in the beginning and is still trying to cover it up now. Governments lie – it’s part of their job – but for the press to be asleep on this for five months is inexcusable, as is Government dodging serious questions after-the-fact now.
A b.s. story about why four Americans died, and possibly a stand-down order from the Government that led to the cause of both that the Government keeps trying to wiggle out of in some fashion. That’s not the “transparent and accountable” government that anyone voted for, and in the case of American lives, that behavior to me is inexcusable and we need to get to the bottom of it no matter what the political cost. When even far-left writers like Greenwald seem to agree, that’s saying something.
Up until the memos were found, the press wanted to give Democrats yet again another free pass, but now in the guise of appearing impartial, they’re becoming journalists again and trying to get to the whole truth now that ABC has effectively ‘given them permission’. I’m glad they are, and hope they don’t stop until they get there because I’m sick of the response from the “Democrats can do no wrong”/MSNBC’s of the world that are acting like Maher did when being proved wrong – after being beaten on all fronts with the 10 points above, he simply redirects with an “I’m bored with this already,” and moves on, surely unmoved from his original partisan position.
I don’t consider this a “scandal”, and won’t until the questions I have in the list above are answered. For now, however, I think this is a serious issue that everyone (including ALL of the press) should recognize.