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Benghazi DOES Matter

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Updated: January 16, 2014

 

By RU Twisted

With recent findings by a Senate Intelligence Committee that the tragedy in Benghazi was “preventable,” I feel it is necessary to revisit—albeit briefly—why this is important and why it matters. After all, if nothing good comes from this unfortunate episode, then why should it even be in the news?

In the report by the Committee (which is where freedom goes to die, by the way), fault was found with the State and Defense Departments, as well as citing failure on behalf of the White House. It claimed that “ample strategic warning” was provided by the intelligence community and that the State Department should have increased its security—something it failed to do.

The Chair of the Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein, stated that they took a truly bi-partisan effort to shed light on what happened and what could have been done to prevent the failures from occurring. The report stated that there were multiple instances that offered substantial indication that the threat present warranted better security and that the State Department neglected to act upon the warnings.

Let me just take this moment to state for the record that if Dianne Feinstein thinks your security posture sucks, you done screwed the pooch, son!

Seriously, this is a woman who has successfully kicked freedom in the balls at nearly every opportunity throughout a too-long career. Her ability to further statism is only eclipsed by her shrewd, elitist attitude towards the average citizen, yet even she managed to get this one at least somewhat correct.

But why does it matter? Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked the question “what difference, at this point, does it make?”

It matters in several ways, most of which are probably too deep to go into here. But I think we can cover the most important parts very quickly.

First, it matters because dishonesty in government should always matter. Most problems in government stem from either ignorance or dishonesty; this particular case is most certainly an instance of both. The attempts at appeasing people with the notion that the attacks in Benghazi were a response to a video about Islam were either known to be outright lies or monumentally ignorant—I’m not sure which is worse.

Clinton did her best to lay the blame of the attacks in Benghazi at the feet of a video that supposedly angered Muslims and continued to do so after evidence plainly showed that this was not the case. That isn’t misinterpreting intelligence reports—it’s lying. And when government officials lie, everyone suffers.

Lies by officials at the level of Secretary of State are inexcusable. Yet we see them on a regular basis and by individuals from all political parties. Unfortunately, the term “accountability” in our current system of government is an absolute joke. Will there be a punishment for her or any others involved in this failure? Doubtful. In that regard, this story is very much relevant.

Photo: Glynnis Jones

Photo: Glynnis Jones

Our inability as a people to hold politicians accountable for their actions is catching up with us quickly. Benghazi is just the latest in an already-long list of examples of how an elected or appointed official blatantly ignored the rule of law, did their own thing, and walked away unscathed other than a few headlines. Journalism has dropped the ball in this regard, as we all know; but ultimately the people have failed because of what can be done without repercussions at the highest levels of representation.

Second, it matters because our involvement in places like Libya is a giant question mark—what are we doing there? Do we have a plan? Is it a workable plan? Unfortunately the answer to that first question is mostly an “uhhhhhh….,” which makes the follow-up questions essentially irrelevant.

Our lack of any kind of a solid plan—and the seeming inability to recognize that void—continues to haunt our actions around the world. The bumbling mess of bureaucracy in foreign lands is furthered by expanding budgets that are justified because of failed policies—the term “stuck in a stupid circle” is more than slightly applicable.

I imagine conversations at the Department of State going something like this:

 

“What is the plan in Libya?”

“I’m not sure, but we’re doing it at full throttle!”

“Are you sure? I mean, you can’t be at full throttle with the funding you have. You need more!”

I’m sure there are a lot more words used, but don’t kid yourself, that doesn’t make them any more meaningful.

Thirdly, it matters because it is reflective of how passive we have become regarding the actions of our own government. Remember, it is supposed to be “our own,” but that is not what is going on. Agree or disagree with current foreign policy, it is happening completely without the say of the people. Those holding elected office did not run on a campaign of “fixing the unfixable” in the Middle East because they wouldn’t have been elected.

No Congressman has his job in Washington because he said “hey, vote for me and I will send millions of dollars to places that hate you and will treat it with all the respect of a crack whore.” These initiatives happen at a level that nobody—including those intimately involved with the operations—understands.

“Why are we in Libya at all?”

“Well, see, we’ve been involved with them since Thomas Jefferson was president, so…”

“Oh, okay.”

And that’s the logic. No one seems to question whether or not we should be there—only how best to throw cash at the situation.

A wandering, aimless foreign policy shouldn’t be treated like a board game that players can simply walk away from.

Regarding these points, Benghazi still matters. Americans lost their lives because of a government that can’t successfully do what we’re not even sure it should be doing…but is doing it anyway. It matters because what we as a country do abroad affects not only the lives of the people in those locations, but those living here, as well.

 

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  1. Sgt B

    January 16, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Let us not forget the last, and most important reason that this issue must be addressed:
    Supposedly, our Armed Forces are sent into harm’s way with the confidence that it has the complete might and power of the Country in full support. Now, our warfighters have to resolve in their minds whether or not, should they get caught in a difficult situation, they will be left hanging in the breeze in the name of political expediency… It’s difficult to drum up motivation to get the job done if you can’t be sure that someone is going to come bail you out if things go sideways.

  2. Steve

    January 16, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    They knew. They knew and they fucking lied about it. Standing over flag-draped coffins they lied. They lied about what happened and they lied about holding the right people responsible. Else, they’d be in jail themselves. I hope Hell really has a special place for people such as these since they got away with murder in this life.

    1. Knowing that my Command will come to my aid and
    2. Knowing that they will not leave me behind if I fall.

    Being military, I can say those two things will fill any Soldier with courage to go in when he is afraid. But what if they don’t or won’t? That fills one with caution, hesitation, and doubt—the trifecta of military defeat.

    In the run up to the previous presidential election, the elected powers were so distraught, so abhorrent to make the anointed one look weak in the face of a growing Islamic threat that they denied military aid to officials in harm’s way. The military was even arrayed to make such assistance well-nigh impossible. Then, because the barn was burned down, they tried to cover up the fact that it wasn’t a cow kicking over the lantern, it was the farmer himself as an arsonist.

    In case my analogy confuses you, the administration lied. They set the table against these people in Benghazi. Then when the Genie popped out of the bottle, they concocted a story—a fabrication to make you look the other way. And absorbed by what Honey Boo-Boo is doing and what Lindsay Lohan is snorting, we went with it. Now the story is over a year old and everyone is bored with it. The truth doesn’t matter anymore because it is what they say it is.

    “Bush lied and people died” was the mantra a decade or more ago. People still say it even though it was disproven. Bush said what every intelligence agency in the world believed. And we acted on it. Here, Obama, Rice, Clinton, and every other mouthpiece that went before a microphone and stated that a ridiculous You Tube video caused this carnage DID lie. And now it is proven.

    But don’t worry. Jacqueline Bissett just said “shit” on network TV without the censors catching it. Octomom is being brought up on welfare charges. Nothing to see here. Move along, cattle. Hillary is waiting for your vote.

    • John

      January 17, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      Baaaaa. ok, I’ll go back to munching grass.

  3. defensor fortisimo

    January 16, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    here’s where the intitial cover up pissed me off. Frankfurt, 2011, a group of airmen were passing through the airport, on their way to afghanistan when a baggage worker opened fire on them. The bus driver and one of the passengers were killed, two others were injured. The shooter was captured-thanks in no small part to one of the ncos on the bus who chased him down-and when it comes down to the trial, we find out that what set this bastard off was that he watched a fictional scene from the movie Redacted he found on the internet, depicting GIs raping an Iraqi girl. The reason this hits home is because at the time, I was in Bagram, waiting for that team to relieve us. If he had youtubed that scene just 6 months prior, it could well have been me collapsed in a bus seat with a bullet in my brain.

    The reason I bring this up is that for all the willingness of the administration to latch onto an independent film maker for “inciting violence,” if someone had suggested doing this with the makers of Redacted, the film industry would have been up in arms bleating about their first amendment rights. Instead of prosecuting someone for a pre-meditated attack they had absolutely no control over, how about holding the media accountable for libel they created deliberately? Or better yet, why not admit that crazy people are going to be crazy, whether it be over a teddy bear named mohammed, a particularly cheeky cartoon, or the latest episode of South Park. It just seems like such a blatant double standard.

    • Whitey

      January 17, 2014 at 1:14 am

      The lefties’ entire universe is built on double standards. Doesn’t matter if it’s free speech, gun control, racism, religion, gay rights, girls in the infantry, whatever. They will always do whatever they accuse you of doing, then throw out some bullshit “it’s okay when WE do it” rationalization.

      For example, Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code” gets a huge movie adaptation for its assault on Catholicism. As a Catholic, that movie offended the shit out of me. But you don’t see Spielberg jumping at the chance to do the same with Brad Thor’s “The Last Patriot,” which applies a similar concept to Islam in a much less offensive kind of way, and even offers credence to the “religion of peace” meme. Why not? Because it might offend Muslims, which would be insensitive and intolerant. And there you have a liberal’s definition of tolerance and equality.

      That’s just one example. Others abound.

      • defensor fortisimo

        January 17, 2014 at 4:35 pm

        You’re right, it’s definitely nothing new, it’s just this one happened to hit close to home. I remember Redacted getting flak when it first debuted for it’s portrayal of american troops, and to find out that was the film helped set off a chain of events that led to 2 deaths…
        Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a perfect analogy, especially because it was from a scene taken grossly out of context. And I have no problem with the shit bird being held accountable. All that being said though, the false moral outrage on the administration for the sake of covering their own transgressions, I think that’s how it pisses me off.
        Also, for the record, I’m not catholic, but I know enough about church history that DVC hurt to read

  4. Yep

    January 17, 2014 at 8:56 am

    You mean Feinstein actually said something worth accepting??…she tried to shed light on the shortcomings of the S/D Depts?? I usually want to punch her in her F’n throat, but man…you go girl…do work!!

  5. J

    January 17, 2014 at 9:41 am

    I am normally not a conspiracy theory guy, but there is a reason they left those folks hanging. I think maybe they knew something that the heads of our GOVT didn’t want to leak out and this was a way to rid themselves of possible whistle blowers.

  6. John

    January 17, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Absolutely fantastic post!

    What is the plan in Libya?”

    “I’m not sure, but we’re doing it at full throttle!”

    “Are you sure? I mean, you can’t be at full throttle with the funding you have. You need more!”

    That is word for word how I imagine most conversations between high level federal bureaucrats flow.

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