I like the Democrats’ response to the Benghazi hearings: it’s all politics, it’s old news, and we’ve got better things to do. Since when is anything that happens in Washington not politics? Are the Democrats suggesting they don’t engage in politics with the Republicans? Or do they suggest that when they engage in politics, it’s alright, but when Republicans engage in politics, it’s not?
Another good one is putting a time limit on when you can talk about an issue. Maybe the Democrats think their lies come so fast and furious that we don’t have time to deal with anything that’s older than six months. Here’s another since when question: since when don’t we talk about things that happened last year? Do Democrats want to enforce some kind of newly defined memory hole?
Lastly, what do we have on our agenda that is more important than public honesty? If citizens and their representatives in Congress want to enforce some minimal level of truth in the administration’s pronouncements, how is that low priority? When Democrats say, we have better things to do, they give some interesting insight into their priorities.
Altogether, the post-Benghazi performance by this administration is one of the poorest I’ve seen in a long time. Letting four people die in Benghazi was an unforced error, given what we knew about the place. The lies, spin, distortions and omissions that followed were pathetic. If you blame the murders on some hare-brained video before you even investigate what happened, you’re going to look bad.
Then, when you’re caught out in your propaganda, you try every way you can to wiggle out of your lies, even to the point of a sitting secretary of state yelling at and belittling a senator in a formal hearing:
With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they go 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.
When a secretary of state tells a senator she wants to show him due respect, you can expect the opposite. Every administration move in this disaster shows disrespect of their own responsibility to tell the truth. When people challenge their evasion of responsibility, you see every imaginable effort to evade it still more. No technique seems too low.
The administration, including the CIA and the Department of State, let four Americans die as they served their country, and they wouldn’t take responsibility for it. Pathetic.