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By: Wayne Brown
With a few exceptions, the main stream media looks to be giving Obama a pass on the latest information regarding the killing of our ambassador in Libya. That information turns out to be a series of three emails which documents clearly that no protests were taking place at the embassy, the place was under attack, and a terrorist element had taken credit for the attack. All this information was in White House and State Department hands within two hours of being transmitted. The scenario played out over a seven hour period and the White House had information in hand within the first two hours yet did nothing of substance to protect our people in Libya.
If one could stop at that point and ask for forgiveness for doing nothing, it would be one thing but that is not the case. Behind the scenes, supposedly Secretary of State Clinton inquired with Libya as to whether the USA could send assistance and was turned down. Even that effort coupled with the knowledge would have allowed the White House to come before the people and say that America has suffered a terrorist attack on the Libyan Embassy in Benghazi; efforts had been made to send assistance but those efforts had been blocked by the Libyans. At the very least, that would have painted a picture of the situation that was far more accurate than what the American people received.
After watching the event in real time, seeing the emails, realizing the attackers were heavily armed, and that the ambassador and three others had died as a result, the White House goes with an explanation of an out of control protest by locals which got out of control over some absurd YouTube video. The President stated it in the Rose Garden on the first day then repeated it multiple times before the UN Assembly that he addressed days later. Secretary of State Clinton restated it in support of the president and UN Ambassador, Susan Rice, told the same story five times over on the Sunday television talk shows. There is a pattern here in which the knowledge and awareness of the attack was readily apparent yet our leaders persisted with a story was totally false in the explanation to the American people. For reasons only apparent to the White House, a “cover-up” of the truth was determined to be the best course of action and must have been in the best interest of the president in this campaign season.
Now it is bad enough to cover things up by basically lying to the American people and the media but to follow that lie by winging off to Las Vegas for campaign fund-raising stops in the shadows of a terror attack on American citizens goes far beyond the fray. The president knew before he boarded his plane that the embassy had suffered a terrorist attack. He knew that our ambassador and three others had died at the hands of terrorist and he knew that the American people would want a fitting response yet he flew off to Nevada leaving the situation to others and snubbing the Prime Minister of Israel in the process. These are not the actions of a true leader especially in times of crisis.
The last cover-up of significance in America dealt with Watergate. Nixon’s Attorney General, Elliott Richardson, had agreed to appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate the Watergate break-in and any potential involvement of the White House. In agreeing to appoint the prosecutor under the Department of Justice, Richardson also agreed that though the position came under his supervision, he would only consider termination on the basis of those items indicative of the appointee being incompetent. Archibald Cox was appointed to the job. In the course of his investigation, Cox asked for copies of the White House tapes which were listed as part of the evidence in the case. Nixon refused and attempted to find a compromise short of actually supplying copies. Cox refused to bargain on the request. Over that weekend, Nixon decided Cox must go and ordered Attorney General Elliott Richardson to fire him. Richardson refused and Nixon fired the Attorney General. Nixon then ordered Assistant Attorney General, William Ruckelshaus, to complete the firing of Cox. He also refused to take the step and was in turn fired by Nixon on the spot. Nixon then went to the Solicitor General, Robert Bork, appointed him Acting Attorney General and demanded that he fire Cox. Nixon knew that Bork had no commitments to Congress on the potential firing of Cox. Bork stated that he considered resigning but then decided to go through with the firing of Cox. This all took place on a Saturday Night and the media went after it like tigers go after red meat. In media circles, the events of that Saturday night became known as the “Saturday Night Massacre”. Nixon had launched on a road to cover-up and those who were not on-board could be fired.
Obama apparently did not run into any resistance getting his officials to take a false story and run with it as no one was fired in the effort to serve up the story. Watergate was a far less serious matter than the terrorist attacks on the Libyan embassy. Watergate, in effect was a two-bit burglary employed to gain politically sensitive information. The burglary was botched but Nixon was compelled to cover the whole thing up so that the evidence trail did not lead back to the White House. Four Americans died in the terror attacks in Libya yet the American people were offered a cover story claiming that the entire incident was a simple misunderstanding caused by some rogue video posted on YouTube. The explanation was a total fabrication yet it was perpetuated for days to the media, the American people, the United Nations, and anyone else who would listen. The President, Secretary of State, the President’s Media Representative, and the UN Ambassador were all complicit in the perpetuation of the protest and video story. That explanation would not change until additional information from other sources caused it to be questioned in public. At that point, the White House began to soft-shoe and eventually the Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton came forward to fall on the sword for the president offering herself up as the person at fault. The President continued peeking out the blinds, campaign fund-raising, and hitting the talk show circuit. Meanwhile the deaths of four Americans went unrequited and a terrorist organization celebrated yet another blow to the hated USA.
Now that the emails are on the street, the White House continues the soft-shoe dance claiming that it was a revelation. Acknowledging the emails, White House officials dangled the excuse that there is a lot of traffic coming on the White House wire and the emails could have been overlooked. If that were truly the case here, one might be prone to inquire, “What kind of operation are you running here anyway”. If that truly was the case then the White House must not have a message priority system in place which would bring light to such broadcasts. At the same time, the State Department talks about “flash messages” as if to say that any such message immediately gets everyone’s attention. Once thing we do know for sure, the White House has one damned good smoke generator in proper working order.
When queried on Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton’s, claim to be at fault in the matter, President Obama proudly defended Ms. Clinton’s record of service and then rejected the idea stating that she worked for him as President and that ultimately he was to blame. With that in mind, ask where is the acceptance of blame? Where is the president’s acknowledgement of this terrorist attack being botched from the start to the finish? The president stating that the responsibility is his does not complete the loop…it is a convenient out. Four Americans are dead because they were not housed in properly secured facilities not did they have the physical presence of security forces to deter such attacks. This fact had been made apparent to those who had it within their power to remedy the situation. Those considerations were dropped for political and diplomatic purposes.
Those who recognize this event as the tragedy that it is are not soothed by the claim of responsibility for there is no acknowledgement of the mishandling of the situation or the lies employed to cover it up. The American people have witnessed yet another terrorist attack waged on American lives while shouts have gone up, “We are all ‘Osamas’ Obama!” No, the president wants to make the statement of responsibility then walk away without any accountability and no political damage. Ironically, that choice is not within his power. The public will decide in terms of the accountability and the political damage.
Those who lived through the Nixon presidency know that Mr. Nixon possessed many abilities as president. To this day, his strength in the foreign relations arena is still admired yet his propensity for self-preservation overwrote his wisdom in what was otherwise a petty situation. Ultimately that decision to pursue a cover up became the basis for his resignation from the presidency. The Congress demanded it; the media pursued it and the people saw it as fitting considering the damage which had been done to the presidency under the veil of lying. In that light, consider the current president who gives lip-service to the concept of responsibility and accountability and wants to move forward. The media, for the most part supports that effort, and an asleep at the switch Congress under the direction of Biden, Reid, and Boehner had rather pursue their own re-election process than to open such a can of worms.
Who is the victim in this process? No doubt, other than the four Americans who were killed in this terrorist attack, it is the American people. They are the ones who must swallow the lying and cover-up; they are the ones who must move forward to only wonder when will be the next time that the government decides to lie in the interest of self-preservation of the elected leaders. Trust, credibility, responsibility and accountability are all on the line here. Each time an adoring public swallows the White House story on this terrorist tragedy, another brick falls out of the wall of our democratic republic. Surely the question bouncing around in the White House at this moment must be, “If they will believe this, what can we tell them in the future?
America has only two choices. We must have truth, confidence and respect from our leaders, especially the president. When those elements are violated as they are in this case, we turn as a nation to a systematic future of lies which tell us that things are getting better when they are not; that jobs are on the rise when 23 million people are out of work; when unemployment stays over 8% for 43 consecutive months; when 47 million people are on food stamps; when the debt has climbed by more than six trillion dollars in the past three years; when energy costs are sky-rocketing along with the costs of food. All those items are truths yet we are told they are getting better. Maybe Libya is not the only lie that is being offered by this administration.
The final determination will not come from the president nor will it come from Congress. It will come from the American people on election-day, November 6th. On that day we will decide if we want to continue the lies or we want a new direction in America. One truth that you can count on as you head to the polls, “the current direction is absolutely not working”. America’s future rides solely on that vote and the souls of four dead Americans beseech you to make the right choice or they will have died in vain.
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24 October 2012