As of this writing, the much-anticipated House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearings on the Benghazi massacre and subsequent cover-up are less than a day away. Despite conservative anticipation and liberal dread over Wednesday’s festivities, I expect little in the way of new information will come to light. Instead, I suspect a great many disgraces to which we’re already privy will be depressingly confirmed.
Either President Barack Obama knew the situation in Libya had degraded to the point that American personnel were facing imminent and mortal peril, or he didn’t. If the former is true, then Obama turned his back on Ambassador Chris Stevens, Glenn Doherty, Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods to go party with his big-money cronies in Las Vegas. If the latter is true, then Obama is seriously insulated from some woefully poor decisions made in his name by woefully poor subordinates.
Either Obama knew the Benghazi attacks were a coordinated maneuver by islamofascist terrorists, or he didn’t. If the former is true, then Obama sacrificed American lives out of pure selfishness. If the latter is true, then our collective national security apparatus has been shredded by liberal politics and Las Vegas fundraisers.
Either Obama knew a badly produced, badly directed, badly scripted and badly acted 5-month-old YouTube video was not the impetus behind the attacks, or he didn’t. If the former is true, then Obama lied to the American people with the cool detachment of a serial killer. If the latter is true, then Obama is little more than a marionette operated by political operatives who possess the cool detachment of serial killers.
Either Obama knew Ambassador Susan Rice lied repeatedly to the Nation about the Benghazi attacks, or he didn’t. If the former is true, then Obama owes an apology to everyone accused of racism or misogyny for criticizing her shameless mendacity. If the latter is true, then Obama owes the same apology to the same people.
Either Obama knew former Secretary of State and presumptive 2016 Democratic Presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton lied during her now-infamous “What difference, at this point, does it make?” testimony, or he didn’t. If the former is true, then Clinton lied with his blessing. If the latter is true, then Clinton lied with his retroactive blessing.
The real tragedy of Benghazi — beyond the senseless loss of human life and the grief the massacre left in its wake — is the pointlessness of it all. On Sept. 11, Obama was contending with the weak-armed challenge of Mitt Romney. Protected by the corporate media, funded by millionaire and billionaire cronies from Hollywood to George Soros’ secret underground lair and worshipped by the low-information types in much the same way the rats of Hamelin worshipped the Pied Piper, Obama was as safe an electoral bet as any President since George H.W. Bush pushed Romney’s fellow ex-Massachusetts Governor, Michael Dukakis, off the electoral roof. Had Obama simply said, “My bad,” his supporters would have shrugged Benghazi off just as easily as they have Operation Fast and Furious, the war on the Bill of Rights and the budget-busting cost increases Obama swore weren’t hiding in Obamacare like the monster in one of those teenage slasher films.
Either Americans can live with that, or we can’t. If the former is true, then we deserve no better than Obama. If the latter is true, the 2014 Congressional elections and 2016 Presidential election will likely be our last chance to do something about it. The choice is ours.