Published: Saturday, Feb. 9 2013 12:00 a.m. MST
Benghazi only matters to Americans who demand honesty and integrity from their
government. All others need not be concerned, need not apply and demand we
ignore this and sweep it under the rug along with fast and furious, the white
house intelligent leaks and other scandals! More evidence of the very low level
to which our country has declined;that we would put up with this incompetence
During the presidency of George Bush Jr. there were several attacks on U.S.
embassies resulting in over fifty American deaths. Yet the people who are
screaming the loudest about Benghazi never uttered a peep in response to all
Those who think that they are royalty will never consider the consequences of
their actions on the lives of the "pawns". They are so full of
themselves that they pretend that they are not "temp workers" who work
for the people. They think that they can lie. They think that they can cheat.
They think that they can misuse power. They think that our purpose is to give
them a great big airplane to use as if it were a toy tricycle. They think that
our purpose is to entertain them, to feed them, to house them. They forget that
they have sworn an oath to God and to the people of this nation to uphold the
Constitution and to honorably fulfill the duties of their elected and appointed
offices.Obama has shown us what happens when an inept President
occupies the White House. He has shown the families of those who died in the
Benghazi attack that he considered their lives meaningless. His Secretary of
State, Hillery Clinton, voiced his contempt for those he serves. "What difference does it make?".
Looking at video of Hillary's remarks, here's the statement she was
responding to.Sen. Ron Johnson: "We were misled that there was
supposedly protests, and then something sprang out of that, this all sprang out
of that, and that was easily ascertained that that was not the fact, and the
American people could have known that within days, and they didn't know
that."At issue is the fact that Obama and his cabinet have been
caught lying to the American people. A planned al Queda attack on Americans
stationed in Libya was inconvenient to Obama's re-election campaign, so he
lied about it, and he asked others to lie about it.Yes, there are
four dead Americans. Why can't the truth be told by the people whose job it
was to protect them?
I agree with the letter writer, and I'll take it one step further, Benghazi
is the tip of the ice burg of lies told to us. For crying out loud just pass an
@Roland KayserBush didn't blame a video.
Riding the Benghazi phantom media horse illustrates how the conservatives know
only how to meanly attack and not govern.
Actually what the Madame Secretary said was "what does it matter now"
after she had given exhaustive testimony about what she had known and not known
on that day. What the President knew and didn't know on that day, and
about the intense investigations that were taking place regarding what had
happened in Bengazi, and in the State Department. She had more than
demonstrated her caring her sorrow, and her competence in uncovering the facts
of that day and the preceeding days, one of which was that it actually
wasn't that easy to know within hours whether or not the video had played
any role in the attack. Couch quarterbacking is easy when you have two choices
and blind luck awards you a win. What does it matter now was simply a frustrated
response to the blind luck struttring of republican senators prancing around
spinking the football trying to make political points while the real work was
The truth HAS been told. Again and again.But the GOP refuses to
listen because they hope they can convince people to vote for them.For voters with brains, that won't work.
During 2000-2008, there were 12 attacks on our embassies resulting in 55 deaths.
Anyone else remember Needra's letters to the editors demanding to "get
to the bottom of those attacks?"Ya... Neither to I.Obama won now get over it
This letter smells not of someone seeking some profound 'truth' about
Bhengazi but rather the raking of muck.
Here's Secretary Clinton's entire quote:"Was it because of a
protest or was it because of guys out for a walk last night who decided to kill
some Americans? 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.Honestly, I will do my best to answer your
questions about this, but the fact is people were trying their best in real time
to get to the best information,"This was in response to the complaint
that Susan Rice, on Sunday talk shows, had referenced the video. And the
reality is, the video WAS significant. It HAD led to protests outside many
other embassies. Sorting out the differences between those protests and the
attack in Benghazi, in real time, with the usual confusion and noise from
conflicting intelligence reports, took awhile. What you cannot say, though, is
that nobody cared about Americans killed by terrorists, or that there
wasn't a concerted effort to figure out what happened, who was responsible,
and how best to bring them to justice.
Truth does matter. Of course the least honest White House in history was the
Bush/Cheney reign so if outraged repubs were honest, their outrage would be
directed at Bush/Cheney.
Truth is not something we are going to learn about the American foreign policy
and it’s consequences. By making the Benghazi thing greater
that all other things going wrong with our foreign policy the republicans do
great harm to their cause. Instead of hurting the Obama election, they helped
it. On republicans.
What Susan Rice said on ABC 5 days after the attack:"Our current
best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that, in
fact, what this began as, it was a spontaneous — not a premeditated
— response to what had transpired in Cairo. In CAIRO as you know, a few
hours earlier, there was a violent protest that was undertaken in reaction to
this very offensive video that was disseminated.We believe that folks in
Benghazi, a small number of people came to the embassy to — or to the
consulate, rather, to replicate the sort of challenge that was posed in Cairo.
And then as that unfolded, it seems to have been hijacked, let us say, by some
individual clusters of extremists who came with heavier weapons, weapons that as
you know in — in the wake of the revolution in Libya are — are quite
common and accessible. And it then evolved from there.We’ll wait to
see exactly what the investigation finally confirms, but that’s the best
information we have at present.
Had our Benghazi consulate been attacked by protesters rather than terrorists,
do you think Republicans would have eased up on their attacks on Obama? Of
course not. Their talking point would have been: If Obama’s people are so
incompetent that they can’t even protect our diplomats from mere
protesters, just think how vulnerable we are to actual terrorists.
From the LA Times, Nov 2012:"“The adjustments were focused on
producing talking points that provided the best information available at the
time, protected sensitive details and reflected the evolving nature of rapidly
incoming intelligence…The CIA drafted the initial talking points, and they
were not ‘edited to minimize the role of extremists, diminish terrorist
affiliations, or play down that this was an attack,’ said a second U.S.
official familiar with how the material was edited.”From the
Wall Street Journal, Dec 2012:“The officials said the first
draft of the talking points had a reference to al Qaeda but it was removed by
the Central Intelligence Agency, to protect sources and protect investigations,
before the talking points were shared with the White House. No evidence has so
far emerged that the White House interfered to tone down the public intelligence
assessment, despite the attention the charge has received.”The
report says that intelligence officials “still believe the attack was
inspired in part by the earlier protest in Cairo over the video.”
From Huffington Post October 10, 2012 "Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah)
acknowledged on Wednesday that House Republicans had consciously voted to reduce
the funds allocated to the State Department for embassy security since winning
the majority in 2010."On Wednesday morning, CNN anchor Soledad
O'Brien asked the Utah Republican if he had "voted to cut the funding
for embassy security."""Absolutely," Chaffetz said.
"Look we have to make priorities and choices in this country. We
have…15,000 contractors in Iraq. We have more than 6,000 contractors, a
private army there, for President Obama, in Baghdad. And we’re talking
about can we get two dozen or so people into Libya to help protect our forces.
When you’re in tough economic times, you have to make difficult choices.
You have to prioritize things."So Republicans, and their
surrogates like Needra Johnson, favor cuts to embassy security and then when
that lack of funding results in tragic deaths, they start pointing fingers away
from themselves. Typical.
Spontaneous attack? 3 hours before the attack, the embassy requested additional
security.. Military commanders in the area offered a platoon of marines and Air
cover from a carrier group.. All were refused! Secy. of State stated that
additional security was not possible because congress did not appropriate enough
money.. How much would it have cost to simply say "Yes" to the
military? No, there are matters of more concern here than what happened in
another time or to another regime. There are reasons those security measures
were denied, and the citizens need to know them!
the truth stopped being important to the far right the day the event happened
this has been nothing but a pathetic atempt to score some cheap political points
of these peoples tragic deaths
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