“Where there’s smoke, there’s fire…”
Victor Davis Hanson thoughtfully scrolls through the top Obama administration scandals, but ranks Benghazi as the worst on so many mounting levels. From the security malpractice for our diplomatic interests inside Benghazi, even after repeated pleas of growing concern from Amb. Stevens, to what was allowed to happen that horrific night to four Americans (and the 30-odd who managed to escape because of the selfless efforts of two former Navy SEALS who gave their lives throughout long hours of being abandoned by their C-in-C and superiors in Washington DC), to the continued administration and MSM cover-up of this deemed “phony scandal”…
Of the four most prominent scandals — and by “four” I do not wish to deprecate “Fast and Furious,” or EPA Director Lisa Jackson’s fake email persona, or the arbitrary non-enforcement of the law, from ignoring elements of Obamacare to granting pre-election amnesty by fiat to over one million illegal aliens — Benghazi is by far the most disturbing; the scandal is insidious.
Four Americans were slaughtered under conditions that we still cannot fathom. It was rumored but not confirmed that Ambassador Stevens in extremis was either raped or brutalized, though those details remain murky — given that the assassination of an American ambassador is rare, and the vicious brutalization of his person is unprecedented. Witnesses of the attack on the CIA annex have either disappeared or gone silent. The families of the deceased have received conflicting accounts of how loved ones were murdered. All that we know for now is that the entire scene of the caskets arriving on U.S. soil — from the melodramatic assurances that the perpetrators would shortly feel American retaliation, to the demonization of Mr. Nakoula as the cause of the deaths — was a lie, and a cynical one at that.
The American military takes incredible risks to come to the aid of its own beleaguered. When it does not — consider Wake Island in World War II — a national scandal erupts. For now, we know that those under assault requested aid; that sending such help was imminently feasible; and that no one yet can explain why such succor was not sent.
We are left with the suspicion that some official surmised that the reelection campaign did not want a Mogadishu-style shoot-out less than two months before the election, or a messy Libya, or the risk of beefing up security. The reelection mantra was instead that Osama bin Laden was dead; al Qaeda was nearly defunct; and that the “lead from behind” removal of Moammar Gaddafi had helped to energize the Arab Spring and lead to a new age of reform. No wonder someone ordered a stand-down to preserve that fantasy.
“Leading From Behind” has led to “Leaving Them Behind.”
If Obama can monotonously “spike the ball” on Osama bin Laden, cannot he offer a little clarity to the families of the deceased? Nearly a year after the murders, what happened to Obama’s reelection boast that he would bring the perpetrators to justice?
Barack Obama, Susan Rice, and Hillary Clinton all falsely swore that the obscure amateur video maker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was guilty of prompting a mass riot at Benghazi. Nakoula — petty crook and loud opponent of Islam — was a fall guy right out of central casting.
A favorite topos of Barack Obama — consider the al-Arabiya interview, or the Cairo speech — is his courageous and principled opposition to supposedly ubiquitous Islamophobes. Beating up on the unsympathetic Nakoula killed two birds with one stone: it reminded the world that the multiculturalist Obama would not tolerate anti-Muslim thought on his shores, and it propped up the sinking narrative of an extinguished al-Qaeda.
There were absolutely no professional consequences for publicly lying — to the nation, to television audiences, to the relatives of the deceased, to the United Nations — that the Nakoula video was the cause of the deaths of our Benghazi personnel. Barack Obama was reelected. Hillary “what difference does it make” Clinton retired from the secretary of State post to congratulations and media frenzy about her likely 2016 presidential campaign. Susan Rice was promoted to National Security advisor.
There is almost no one left at his 2012 post. In addition to the above, General Carter Ham, in charge of Africa Command, has retired. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has retired. CIA Director David Petraeus has resigned.
How did it happen that just nine months after the attack, most all of the relevant decision-makers — Clinton, Ham, Panetta, Petraeus, Rice — have vanished from their jobs?
When you have a totally destroyed complex, four dead Americans working for your administration, massive amounts of missing deadly weapons, many key unanswered question amid stacks of redacted pages of evidence, and a teaming between the administration and the MSM to not only cover it all up but scoff at and shame anyone daring to question the deadly chain of events I would say “phony” is not a term that could be empirically applied to Benghazi. Not in this universe, at least. Perhaps in the universe that is the almighty Obama doctrine. It is a doctrine and policy practice of nose-in/hands-off … on the surface in front of the media cameras, if you will. But, like the cloistered organized crime godfather sitting comfortably in his quiet office in his own little world while others within the community he has carefully organized and surrounded himself with (those who make wonderful speed bumps under his bus wheels) move the pieces on the distant game board so that he can feign plausible deniability, hearing developments only when they come across the MSM news wires and holding up his bloodless palms to the country. By the way, he has a game board for us here as well (See: the other listed ‘phony’ scandals and his domestic policies and practices).
And do not forget to read this previous post: “400 Non-Phony U.S. SAMs Now in The Hands of Some Very Ugly People”