Sunday, May 19, 2013

What Do We Know About Benghazi

I'm sure a lot of my more conservative friends will  take issue with what I'm about to write, but I've always been more interested in truth than in appeasing someone.

I watched portions of the most recent Benghazi hearings. Several news organizations revealed the trail of emails that led to the final talking points released on the Benghazi hearings.  I think we can safely assume at this point, that the President isn't the one who ordered the talking points changed.  Whether or not he knew about it, whether or not he deliberately lied, are questions left for another day.  The orchestration of the lie, however, can be laid directly at the feet of the State Department.  Simply put, emails reveal that the State Dept. had issues with the the talking points, because they feared what Congress may say or do if it became known that we were well aware there was terrorist activity, and it was prevalent, in Benghazi.  One of the emails came right out and said it.  So, for political protection and coverage, whole swaths of the talking points were removed, and the first ambassador's death in 30 years was attributed to a non-existent protest related to an obscure video.  We know this now, along with knowing the repeated requests for additional security were denied.  We also know that the Benghazi Consulate was kept open, because Secretary of State Hillary Clinton felt that it would show goodwill to the Libyans.

The fault for the coverup lies directly at the feet of a State Department, who realized that the ugly truth about terrorism in Libya was about to come to light. It wouldn't do for the narrative of the administration, that Osama bin Laden was dead and Al-Qaeda was on the run, to be blown to bits by an obvious terrorist attack.  Nor would it do for the American Public to realize that the threat from terrorists was well known, and had caused other foreign entities and charitable organizations to pull out and go home.

it appears that Susan Rice was never briefed on the truth, turning her into a scapegoat for a false narrative.  We don't have any idea what the President knew and when he knew it, since he isn't saying, and frankly, it appears he gets his information from the news just like the rest of us.  Possibly, had he decided to preside over the ongoing tragedy in Benghazi on 9/11, instead of going to bed, he might have known more.  He is responsible for shirking his duty in favor of sleep.  He is responsible for not keeping a reign on the people who work for him (see..IRS, DOJ and HHS). But in the end, the responsibility for the outrageous lie told to the American people lies at the feet of the State Department, in a sweeping implementation of CYA.

My question now is...who's getting the axe for it?

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