By Joe Keck
The red-hot irons of scandal are starting to glow white for the Obama administration. And the spokes people for the President, and the President himself, are doing all they can to pound them into plowshares instead of a swords.
September 14th, two days after the attack of our embassy in Libya, Jay Carney, White House press secretary speaking to the attack said this:
“The unrest around the region has been in response to this video.”
He was talking about a very crude and, in my opinion intended for comical effect, video made my some guy that was put on the Internet. The video portrayed Islam and Mohammed as virgin-hungry fanatics tyrannizing innocent villagers.
Mitt Romney said the attack wasn’t due to any video, it was due to terrorism, and was mocked by the President and his die-hard supporters, the Main Stream Media.
Mitt Romney was right, and apparently, the White House now agrees with him.
The Administration is now admitting that the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was an act of terrorism, an act that resulted in the deaths of four American government employees, one being our ambassador to Libya.
Nixon possibly, perhaps most likely, knew about the Watergate break-ins, which caused a national scandal resulting in a President being basically drummed out of office.
One of our ambassadors wasn’t brutally tortured and murdered on June 17, 1972, when the “plumbers” broke into the Democrat National Convention headquarters of the Watergate Hotel Complex in Washington D.C. Nor were two servicemen and a government employee killed, along with him. And as I understand it, the only human tragedy that that infamous day records was a rattled security guard.
I was old enough to remember the “Watergate hearings” but too young to care about them. It was years later that I what it was all about. I was amazed. No one died, no one was murdered, no one was raped, attacked, or brutalized in any way. When I found out that all of the hullabaloo over nothing more than a break-in to some high-rise office I could hardly believe it.
“Let me get this straight,” I said to a friend who had followed the hearings at the time, “all that scandal, drama, heart-stopping controversy and Congressional investigation that drove Richard Nixon from office was over a B&E?”
“That’s right,” he said.
“You gotta’ be kidding me! The Democrats, all the papers, periodicals, and T.V. stations were going crazy over it. It still flashes up on the television in memorable events in our Nation’s past.”
It captivated the country so much that as a kid, paying literally no attention to anything news-related, I can still see the image of Sam Ervin sitting in his seat in the sanctuary of the Senate somberly and gravely saying that they would advise articles of impeachment to be drawn up.
“I figured it at least involved a death of some kind,” I added, incredulous.
My Republican friend responded simply with raised brows.
Now, in the shadow of numerous Presidential misconduct machinations the Nation’s relatively recent history, we have something that pretty much makes those pale by comparison. The only thing that comes close to the Benghazi attack and the killing of our citizens was perhaps the Bay of Pigs, under John F. Kennedy. Not to be insensitive, but they weren’t Americans. And, one could make the argument, ‘that was war.’
With this latest scandal, the White House has changed it’s story. As it turns out, the Administration’s original reason for the attack in Benghazi on September 11th, some half-baked video, was inaccurate. Further, apparently the Administration knew it was inaccurate when they made the claim.
So now, we not only have the terrible and tragic deaths of four of our brave fellow Americans being killed overseas, there appears to be a possible cover-up as well.
By the way, Matt Lauer of NBC’s Today Show asked one of his guests the hard-hitting question, having no care at all of the consenquenses, a question that only a true, fearless journalist would dare to ask: “Will the Romney people remove Big Bird from their ad campaign?”
American journalism, you served us well for a time, but now, sadly, you’ve passed on.
Secretary of State Hilary Clinton is fond of the proverbial maxim, “What did he know and when did he know it?”
Hey Hilary, you might check with your boss on that very question regarding Benghazi.
Then again, you might not.