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Thursday
Jan242013

Clinton theatrics aside, five reasons the truth about Benghazi does make a difference

Photo of Sec. of State Clinton: Screen shot from C-SPAN broadcast/The US ReportAs Sec. of State Hillary Clinton faced questions and speeches about the Benghazi scandal, she opted to go into attack mode during an exchange with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.).

Clinton has dismissed reasons for getting at the truth. She asked Johnson:

“What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator.”

Forward, right?

A fresh look at Benghazi is necessary and in fact, it does make a difference to every single American whether you care about it or not.

Here are five reasons the truth about Benghazi does make a difference:

  • President Barack Obama and his cheerleading squad (Mrs. Clinton and UN ambassador Susan Rice) decided to engage in Libya but refused to go through Congress. Libya was a war we did not anticipate and we did not plan or budget for. Obama’s action contradicted his oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution—only Congress can declare war.
  • Clinton tried the Democrat defense of budget cuts as a factor in the Benghazi meltdown. This is pure political posturing. For one thing, nothing was budgeted for Benghazi because there was no embassy or consulate there and the city still does not appear on a list posted at the U.S. State Dept. Clinton and Obama jumped into Libya with no planning and they certainly never appealed to Congress to appropriate funding for their unplanned war. If the budget was an issue, why did we spend money building new facilities in countries like Brazil and China?
  • Once the Benghazi story broke, Obama and Clinton repeatedly blamed a filmmaker for protests and attacks on U.S. interests. The filmmaker was ultimately arrested on a technicality and his perp-walk was broadcast around the world. The government, however, presumably had nothing to do with the film. Repeatedly apologizing to Islamists curtailed freedom of speech and not only the filmmaker’s. If the U.S. government can trump up charges to toss you in jail over free expression the president disagrees with, you have lost all hope of freedom. There went the First Amendment and most media, perpetually allied with Democrats, didn’t even see it as a big deal. There’s one more reason, by the way, to avoid propaganda guised as “news” on alphabet networks.
  • Spin, smoke and mirrors followed the Benghazi attacks, with Ambassador Rice lying to Americans about the cause and details. Obama and Clinton followed suit. Clinton even implied her own staffer was lying about claims the budget didn’t make any difference in what happened and about claims the attacks were witnessed in real time. Who’s lying? Furthermore, where are the alleged “survivors” and who are they?
  • Benghazi could have had an impact on the November, 2012, election and Obama and Clinton knew it. There was the motive for the coverup and it was successfully accomplished with help from state-controlled media who have mostly praised this administration’s foreign policy. This is the same media who downplayed the importance of Osama bin Laden before 9-11-2001, by the way.

It does make a difference for us to learn the truth about Benghazi. Americans deserve honest information and at present we are not getting it. Not that we should expect it, because the Obama administration is less transparent than that of President George W. Bush.

We still have no valid information about the U.S. property—it’s constantly referred to as a “consulate” or “mission”—in Benghazi, the property not even listed on the State Dept. website.

Where is the justice in jailing a hapless filmmaker who had nothing to do with Benghazi while terrorists remain free?

Where is the honor in attempting to blame others for your own dereliction of duty? Why haven't the "survivors" been questioned?

Perhaps most important of all: Who benefited from Obama's Libya war?

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Jan. 24, 2013)

 

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