Every so often, a Presidential Administration is plagued by a report that reveals unconscionable crookedness, depravity or incompetence. And those reports, given the nature of the country’s political system, usually come as no surprise to the American everyman, who is far removed from the marbled halls of Washington and who has come to terms with the fact that the Nation is run — mostly — by a despicably debauched swineherd with the motive and means to put its own interest above that of the people.
But the stories coming out of Washington last week, largely without the benefit of mass media attention, reveal just how badly things have become in the United States. Not that the vast majority of the lot comprising this this country’s political class has been exemplary of moral righteousness at any point over the past 200 years, but the allegations levied — or rehashed — against the Barack Obama-led Federal government last week are quite damning. Observing the revelations, one can deduce only that either that the highest-ranking government officials no longer feel the need to cover the lies they tell with great care or that the Internet-enabled populace is making it impossible for them to do so successfully. Either way, it is clear that the American public is lied to regularly, especially when an election is near.
Liberals firmly planted in the Obama corner spent much of last week decrying Republican efforts to get real, concrete answers about questions that remain unanswered with regard to the terror attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in September.
Had the Benghazi attack taken place at any time not during or directly leading up to an election, it is likely that the public would have been fed a story that made a little bit more sense. But as mainstream media remained squarely focused on whatever political circus was taking place at the moment to continue its round-the-clock election coverage, Americans were fed a story about a silly video and a surprise riot turned violent.
If the early skeptics failed to make it clear, the Congressional hearings that took place last week certainly leave no doubt. The Benghazi attack had nothing to do with a poorly produced YouTube video, the Federal government had the opportunity to react and save the lives of those slain and what some conservative lawmakers have rightly described as “dereliction of duty” at both the State Department and higher within the Administration contributed to the fatal outcome.
If that isn’t true, why would the Presidential Administration and State Department officials go to such great lengths to create a narrative that people who were directly involved with the initial response to the attack didn’t even recognize?
Consider this ABC report, a little late and likely forced by conservative outrage over the latest Benghazi hearings:
When it became clear last fall that the CIA’s now discredited Benghazi talking points were flawed, the White House said repeatedly the documents were put together almost entirely by the intelligence community, but White House documents reviewed by Congress suggest a different story.
ABC News has obtained 12 different versions of the talking points that show they were extensively edited as they evolved from the drafts first written entirely by the CIA to the final version distributed to Congress and to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice before she appeared on five talk shows the Sunday after that attack.
White House emails reviewed by ABC News suggest the edits were made with extensive input from the State Department. The edits included requests from the State Department that references to the Al Qaeda-affiliated group Ansar al-Sharia be deleted as well references to CIA warnings about terrorist threats in Benghazi in the months preceding the attack.
Here’s the full hearing:
Balancing Dead Navy SEALS And Valuable Political Propaganda
In 2011, the Obama Administration took credit for a heroic Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin-Laden, who had been, arguably, the most hated man in America for a decade. What the Administration never took credit for, and really gave little sorrowful lip service to, was the subsequent deaths of 22 Navy SEALs — many of whom belonging to the same SEAL Team that the Vice President carelessly linked with bin-Laden’s death — when they were shot down by a Taliban insurgent while being transported in an outdated and slow-moving Chinook helicopter in the dangerous Wardak region of Afghanistan months later.
Last week, family members of those slain SEALs held a press conference during which some shocking allegations were made and remarkable questions were asked of the Presidential Administration.
During the press conference, a number people, including retired military personnel, said that the Presidential Administration was as much to blame for the deaths for identifying the SEAL team as Taliban operatives were for shooting down the chopper. Questions were also raised about how the service members were disrespected by a Muslim cleric during a memorial, presumably in the name of political correctness.
Here’s the press conference:
The fallen SEALs’ families simply want answers to the following questions:
- How President Obama and Vice President Biden, having disclosed on May 4, 2011, that Navy Seal Team VI carried out the successful raid on Bin Laden’s compound resulting in the master terrorist’s death, put a retaliatory target on the backs of the fallen heroes.
- How and why high-level military officials sent these Navy SEAL Team VI heroes into battle without special operations aviation and proper air support.
- How and why middle-level military brass carries out too many ill-prepared missions to boost their standing with top-level military brass and the Commander-in-Chief in order that they can be promoted.
- How the military restricts special operations servicemen and others from engaging in timely return fire when fired upon by the Taliban and other terrorist groups and interests, thus jeopardizing the servicemen’s lives.
- How and why the denial of requested pre-assault fire may have contributed to the shoot down of the Navy SEAL Team VI helicopter and the death of these special operations servicemen.
- How Afghani forces accompanying the Navy SEAL Team VI servicemen on the helicopter were not properly vetted and how they possibly disclosed classified information to the Taliban about the mission, resulting in the shoot down of the helicopter.
- How military brass, while prohibiting any mention of a Judeo-Christian God, invited a Muslim cleric to the funeral for the fallen Navy SEAL Team VI heroes who disparaged in Arabic the memory of these servicemen by damning them as infidels to Allah. A video of the Muslim cleric’s “prayer” will be shown with a certified translation.
The families of those fallen and the attorney representing them deemed the official investigation into the helicopter crash a cover-up. Now that Obama has been safely re-elected, it remains to be seen if they will get answers — but it isn’t likely.
Cover Mistakes, Cripple Opponents
Between the years 2010 and 2012, the number of for applications Internal Revenue Service received for tax-exempt status doubled, largely resultant from the explosion in grass-roots neighborhood outreach efforts by Tea Party-affiliated organizations.
During the same time, the IRS began placing undue scrutiny on organizations requesting the status if they included words like “Tea Party” or “patriot” in their application. Conservatives organizing for the groups realized this and began complaining. In February 2012, 16 groups affiliated with conservative movement publicly announced that they were being harassed by the agency and that they were made to fill out nonstandard detailed questionnaires asking about their political views and activities.
Last week, the IRS admitted to using extra scrutiny to using its power to quell the proliferation of conservative grass-roots organizations.
Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has called for a “government-wide review” to assure “these thuggish practices” aren’t widespread, raising the possibility that Americans will learn of involvement in the decision to target conservative groups existed higher in government than the agency has admitted.
Presidential Accountability, Honor And Re-Election Don’t Jive
People on the left have criticized conservatives for “blowing things out of proportion” comparing the Benghazi cover-up to Richard Nixon’s Watergate. They continuously attempt to point out that other Presidential Administrations have acted dishonorably as well. It, they say, is an ugly truth of Presidential politics.
And though some of last week’s events have coaxed muted whispers about possible impeachment from some conservative pundits, don’t expect mainstream media to enable public opinion to entertain ideas so drastic.
It will be history that judges Obama and his Administration. Long after the current Commander in Chief has left office, the dots will be connected, revealing the story of an Administration that failed to keep basic promises made to its base supporters during its initial election effort, mostly because it routinely spent more effort on cover-up and propaganda campaigns than it ever did on policy initiatives.
And then even liberals will be forced to agree that as slimy and thin-skinned as Nixon may have been, his actions have nothing on those of the Obama Administration: fatal in its incompetence, unrepentant in its failures and unwavering in its belief that each of its actions is one of virtue.