In a phone interview aired on FOX News (it’s still weird saying FOX and news in the same sentence), Dick Cheney accused the Obama administration of lying about the nature of the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
On the Comedy Channel’s Daily Show, host Jon Stewart said that Cheney shouldn’t be allowed to use the “L” word (lie). According to Stewart, Cheney shouldn’t even be allowed to watch it ( Showtime series, The “L” Word).
The thing about most of the gape-jawed, righteous indignation we hear nowadays is that it’s transparent and affected. Like Dennis Rodman drawing a foul and sliding across the court like he’d just been hit by a Mack truck. Enough already, we get it.
Dick Cheney calling the Obama administration liars, however is at least one toke over the line. With everything going on, it may be hard to keep in mind that Cheney was the driving force behind the whole weapons-of-mass-destruction thing and our incursion into Iraq. An incursion that cost us $1 Trillion, give or take, 4,000 American troops killed, some 35,000 injured.
Cheney doesn’t get to play the “misinformed” card, either. When Joe Wilson reported back to the Bush Administration that there was no evidence of Iraq trying to buy enriched uranium in Niger, his wife, Valerie Plame, a covert CIA operative was outed by Cheney’s bagman, Scooter Libby. Never trust a guy named Scooter. Cheney was never charged for what is clearly a treasonable offense, probably because no one thought he would live this long.
In comparison, Susan Rice, Ambassador to the United Nations reported on the Sunday morning yak-fests exactly what she believed to be true. At least she believed the people who gave her the facts believed it to be true. Rice’s dutiful performance cost her the Secretary of State job, the constant drubbing of Benghazi can only be aimed at derailing a Hillary Clinton presidency.
Out of the more than one hundred pages of emails released by the White House this week, a picture of political struggle begins to emerge. This one, however is not a struggle between the usual suspects (GOP v Dems), but rather an inter-agency grapple for control of the narrative.
The CIA seemed to be in charge of who said what, but they were running through a field of mines laid by the FBI, the Department of Justice and the State Department. Then-CIA director, David Petraeus went on record as saying that the administration wanted to keep their suspicions of a terrorist attack by Al-Qaeda under wraps until they were further along in their investigation.
Petraeus also said it was unclear at the time if the terrorists had infiltrated a demonstration to launch their attack. If you remember, the region was ablaze with about a dozen such demonstrations. A lot of lives were at stake, a lot of tough decisions had to made. If you were watching CNN on cable at the embassy in Tripoli, you wouldn’t have been too happy if the State Department tried to reassign any of your security detachment to Benghazi.
So, once again the third of our nation who think George Bush was a great president is enraged at Barack Obama for yet another anti-American, Muslim mis-step. Not surprisingly, almost half of them couldn’t put their fingers within 1000 miles of Benghazi on a map.
The IRS thing is also spinning heads, although the wrong president and the wrong IRS commissioner are taking the heat. Few seem interested in what is probably the most egregious affront to what is arguably the most important guarantee in the Constitution, so important it’s listed in the 1st Amendment: Freedom of the Press.
In what looks to be a misguided effort to track down White House leaks, the Department of Justice seized phone records belonging to the Associated Press. Ironically, it was righteous indignation on the Right that made the President turn up the heat on DOJ to find the leaks.
If the people who don’t know where Benghazi is had a better understanding of the importance of our “lamestream media” , they’d understand the kind of threat this could present to a democratic society.
You remember the 1st Amendment. It’s the one right above the 2nd Amendment.
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