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Sunday, May 12, 2013

What Difference Does Benghazi Make to You?

"What difference does it make?"    Ever since Hillary asked that question, I have asked myself the same question. I know what difference it makes to me. This post is to ask you our readers "What difference does it make?" 

The major networks answered that question for the American people after last week’s hearings: "Not much."

Giving them what they thought the people wanted, the three major network morning shows combined, devoted 56 minutes to the two tabloid criminal trials, and 7 minutes to the Benghazi Hearings

That gives a chunk of people seven minutes to find the answer to Hillary’s question.  (See:  The Real Lesson of Benghazi )  On the other hand, I listened to the entire hearing and I still only heard one reason why I personally should care. The question I want answered revolves around why Obama and Hillary went into overdrive to convince me there are no terrorists out there.

Was it because Obama has not gotten over his Harvard-faculty-lounge innocence regarding jihad? If so, we are in trouble.

Or, is he fearful that if he names our enemy, we can’t be trusted not to start persecuting Muslims? If so, we are in trouble.

Or, is it just the simpler explanation that the event just did not fit into his campaign narrative and winning trumped everything else? If so, we are in trouble.

Or, more scary, is Obama really what he jokingly called himself at the press corps dinner, a closet Socialist Muslim? If so, we are really in trouble.

And because Hillary was way out in front leading the parade, will we still be having to deal with this kind of leadership four years from now? If so, we are really really in deep poop.

We are in a war that will probably last even longer than the cold war. We have to have leaders who act like they realize that. Benghazi throws up a big question mark about current leadership.

And you say______________

17 comments:

guy faulkes said...

The best answer to this question is given in Heinlein's Star-ship Troopers. This book is a far cry from the movie. It makes the point that we, as a country,have obligations to those that serve us and serve with us. When the day comes that the government does not back up its citizens, then that government is doomed.

The attack in Benghazi was an attack on our sovereignty and the response of the administration was a failure that borders on treason.

guy faulkes said...

One more comment. Is it not interesting Hillary was asking 'What did the President know and when did he know it" in 1974 and in 2013 it is "What difference does it make?"

Blogger said...

Rasmussen reports today that the Benghazi hearings did not move the needle at all. That was what I was afraid of and the reason I posted this thread. I agree with Bernstein (linked to) who says Republicans have not given the people a good there there. Those of you who remember Clinton’s impeachment remember how Republicans said it was not about sex but about lying under oath. The people did not buy it. Rather, they saw it as meanspirited politics. They punished us.

So here we go again. That’s why I asked Hillary’s question. What difference does it make? My point is that if I have to work so hard to figure out a there there, then how will the great uninformed do it?

Blogger said...

Guy, when I was in the Peace Corps in Latin America we never doubted that should trouble break out, they would come and get us out. Is that what you were pointing out in your comment above?

guy faulkes said...

Yes, Blogger, a country has to support its citizens regardless of the cost be they military, missionary, or any other kind of civilian.

This incident was especially heinous as our embassy is legally the soil of the United States. Our country was attacked with no retaliation. This only encourages further attacks as is always the case when no one responds to those that imitate aggressive violence.

Say what you want, but it is true that if you want peace, be prepared for war.

Sarkazein said...

It makes a difference because it is so bad at so many levels. Yet the MSM has to be dragged kicking and screaming into the mix. What happened in Benghazi is not only poor leadership, it is the result of a warped mind-set held by those inept leaders. If an election was held today, the worst of all the "leaders" would win the election... Hillary.
In this one terrorist attack, there is ineptitude, cowardice, dishonesty, and disrespect all from our "leadership". How does a country survive?

Anonymous said...

"it is true that if you want peace, be prepared for war."

Spoken like someone that does not know war.

Sarkazein said...

Flavius Vegetius Renatus circa 375 AD

Sarkazein said...

Anonymous 9:18 PM - The quote means- peace through strength and be prepared. It means don't appear to be a wussy or evil people will kick your butt.

guy faulkes said...

Anonymous, do you know where that saying comes form?

The original Latin of the expression "if you want peace, prepare for war" comes from "Epitoma Rei Militaris," by Vegetius (Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus). The Latin is: "Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum."

This was written in the fourth or fifth century. Even before that, Plato conveyed the same information in his "Laws".

Of course why would one beleive a tactical maxim that has been used for about 1800 years if a learned liberal such as you disagrees with it?

Blogger said...

I can't believe the president used my same phrase yesterdau right while I was writing the post "no there there."

Blogger said...

Did you catch that today's UP scandal is also about the narrative "Osama is dead and el Qaeda is on the run?"

Blogger said...

That should be Associated Press not UP.

NewGuy said...

I say Obama wanted to paint this TERRORIST attack as a local demonstration - and to avoid calling it terrorism because it would go against his political messaging that "terrorism" was on the wane!

He lied - and continued to lie - and is STILL lying. Even the Washington Post has given him 4 Pinochios...it's highest liar rating...on this issue!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/obamas-claim-he-called-benghazi-an-act-of-terrorism/2013/05/13/7b65b83e-bc14-11e2-97d4-a479289a31f9_blog.html

Sarkazein said...

NewGuy- I agree part of the the reason Obama lied was because of his declaration of victory (mission accomplished) over Al Qaeda was at stake. But sooner or later, it was going to become obvious it was a terrorist attack as the terrorists often take credit for their acts. The main reason Obama (his entire administration) lied was because the event showed his entire lack of executive action that night. He was in a panic to hide his irresponsible re-action to the event. Hillary agreed to the scam because it also showed her failures. It was a quickly made-up lie by panicked and unqualified people who value their political hides more than the truth or the lives of those killed.

Johnny Rico said...

It doesn't make much difference to me. It's the new norm folks. Again, how does Bengazi surprise anyone. When our soldiers were dragged around the streets of Somalia with NO repurcussions, I came to realize the US is weak. Since then, we've seen this very scenario play out time and again - Fast and Furious, USS Cole, Waco - all with no response from the people. So, why is Bengazi, in any way, any different? Just another "incident" in a long list which will be added to an even longer future list. Even our response to 9/11 is shameful. 6000 deaths because we are afraid to take the war to the people of Iraq and Afghanistan? A war of political correctness. No Bengazi means nothing and will soon be forgotten. Nothing to see here folks, move along.....

Johnny Rico said...

And what of the missing soldiers, sailors and marines from the Korean and Vietnam Wars? If they are forgotten, and they are, then how could Bengazi mean anything? Both Republicans and Democrats have covered this up and will do so with Bengazi, Fast and Furious, and others. Nothing to see here sheaple, move along.....