The Obama Administration and State Department must settle on which lie they want to go with. They must either decide that they are incompetent, and left the consulate vulnerable to attack, and when it was attacked, couldn’t figure out for weeks what the hell had happened and just pulled the “YouTube story” out of thin air as a flimsy story.
Or, they must declare that they were firmly in control, knew all along what had happened, and had made a conscious decision to continually lie to the American people about nearly every detail of the attack.
The Obama Administration, thus far, has been unable to commit to being either liars or incompetent, so America is left to speculate.
Either our government has no idea what the hell is going on, our intelligence community is run by Larry, Moe and Curly and our government is useless when it comes to protecting our sovereignty abroad; or, we are dealing with people for whom cover-ups are just a natural form of governing. Either way, I’m not sleeping better at night knowing that these Nixonian mouth-breathers are still in power.
President Obama was quick to criticize Governor Romney’s response to the cowardly statement by the Embassy in Egypt after their attack. Claiming that Romney, “Shoots from the hip and aims later,” Obama and his State Department then spent the next several weeks pushing the highly improbably narrative that the attack on our consulate in Benghazi was the work of an impromptu demonstration over a YouTube video that got out of hand. If Romney was guilty of speaking before he had all the facts, what does that make the Obama Administration?
Now, it appears U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice may be picked for Secretary of State. Rice rose to infamy in the weeks following the attack in Benghazi as she made the rounds to every major news outlet to aggressively push the narrative that a YouTube video spawned the bloodshed. Now that the State Department has changed their story, she is looking quite foolish.
Yesterday, as Obama gave an increasingly rare press conference, Jonathon Karl of ABC News asked about the possibility of Rice’s appointment to the coveted position and about his reaction to criticism from top Republicans like John McCain and Lindsey Graham. Obama replied,
“[Rice] has represented the United States and our interests in the United Nations with skill and professionalism and toughness and grace. As I’ve said before, she made an appearance at the request of the White House in which she gave her best understanding of the intelligence that had been provided to her. If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. And I’m happy to have that discussion with them. But for them to go after the U.N. ambassador, who had nothing to do with Benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received and to besmirch her reputation is outrageous…
…when they go after the U.N. ambassador, apparently because they think she’s an easy target, then they’ve got a problem with me. And should I choose — if I think that she would be the best person to serve America in the capacity — the State Department, then I will nominate her. That’s not a determination that I’ve made yet.”
I’m glad to see that Obama is willing to stand tough for someone in his State Department. If only Ambassador Stevens had received a fraction of the resolve to protect him and the lives of three others in Benghazi as Obama seems to have to protect the reputation of a liar, maybe these men would still be alive and this whole crisis could have been averted.
What troubles me about this defense of Rice is that if, as Obama claims, Rice had “nothing to do with Benghazi,” then why was she the spokesperson for this attack? Republicans are not trying to pick on her for the fun of it; Rice was the one discussing the issue with the media. The narrative she worked so hard to sell to the American people fell through, so she’s fair-game for tough questions.
“Mr. President, don’t think for one minute I don’t hold you ultimately responsible for Benghazi. I think you failed as commander in chief before, during and after the attack.”
On the Senate floor, Senator McCain stated,
“This president and this administration has either been guilty of colossal incompetence or engaged in a cover-up. This attack clearly could have been prevented.”
Obama is doing all he can to stonewall on Benghazi, but it’s not going away. As he continues to flail, Americans are wondering more and more about what this administration is hiding. With far more questions than answers, Obama’s defensiveness is only bound to pique our interest more.