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Benghazi and the Lust for Power

Did the president sacrifice four American lives on the altar of ambition?

by
Abraham H. Miller

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May 8, 2013 - 9:53 am
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One immediate consequence of the bombing was that Monica Lewinsky was immediately removed from the news cycle.

So, in order to win the presidency, would President Obama let Americans perish to maintain a campaign fiction that al-Qaeda died with Osama bin Laden and was no longer a threat to our security?  Is Obama, in his lust for power, of the same moral stature as candidate Bill Clinton, who manipulated the execution of a mentally deficient Ricky Ray Rector in order to appear tough on capital punishment and make Gennifer Flowers disappear from the news?  Is Obama, in his lust for power, indistinguishable from President Clinton, who was willing to get Monica Lewinsky out of the news cycle by bombing Serbia. From what we already seem to know, the answer is a resounding yes.

During the Watergate scandal, the nation was saved by Barry Goldwater, the conscience of the Senate, a man whose integrity was unquestioned.  Nixon was willing to dig in his heels and fight impeachment, but Goldwater thought of nation instead of party and persuaded Nixon to spare the country a national crisis.  Goldwater told Nixon that for the benefit of the country it was time to go.

Does the Democratic Party have a person with the stature and integrity of a Barry Goldwater who will tell Obama that it is time to go, that abandoning scores of Americans to terrorists for political gain and covering it up is not what America is about?  I doubt that.

The tragedy of Benghazi is about to be compounded by witnessing how callous this administration is when it comes to sacrificing life for power. As CBS and CNN have gotten out of the tank for Obama and are starting to ask penetrating questions of the administration, it is only a matter of time before American journalists start acting once again like journalists.  And when that happens, the cover-up is seriously going to unravel and make Watergate look relatively insignificant. It is time for Obama to spare the nation a crisis and to depart. Of course, he is not going to do it.

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Abraham H. Miller is an emeritus professor of political science and a former head of the Intelligence Studies Section of the International Studies Association.

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I do not enjoy being this cynical but the truth is that NOTHING will happen to Obama. He should be in jail for what he did - and Hillary with him - but that won't happen. He won't even be indicted, let alone tried. He'll simply ride out this latest scandal and then retire to have someone else write his memoirs (for which he'll stiff them and keep all the money for himself). He has no conscience for the dead and no loyalty for the living; he is simply a corrupt narcissist who's been protected and will continue to be protected by those around him because they're every bit as awful as he is; thus protecting him is protecting themselves.

I don't enjoy this prediction. I really don't.
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The best you can hope for here, as far as a voice of morality within the Democratic Party, is that if the Benghazi revelations reach the stage where it's "Every man (or woman) for themselves," as was the case in the last 8-10 months of Watergate, you could have the situation of Team Obama trying to save their jobs by throwing Team Clinton under the bus, and Team Clinton trying to protect Hilliary's 2016 viability by throwing Team Obama under the bus.

Not exactly a decision based on doing what's right, but it's the only way you're going to hear anyone in the Democratic Party call for the resignation or the shunning of either of the party's two most high-profile people.
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Those who understood how national security policy is implemented knew immediately that Benghazi was a case of massive civilian meddling in security policy for political advantage. President Obama and Leon Panetti deliberately prevented a rapid response team from deploying in order to preserve the myth that Africa was Al Quaeda free. Congratulations to Miller for elegantly showing us ruthless this crowd behaves to preserv their political advantage.
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We can remember a time when getting caught in a LIE was a career-threatening crisis for a politician, at least in countries that retain pretensions of democracy. Now there is a whole thesaurus of EUPHEMISM's for LYING, and it is opened daily. O believes the bull spilth he reads fro his teleprompter. His speech writer has the thesaurus and uses new and exotic synonyms for the word lie and has great fun throwing them around for the most potent effect. Clinton, of course, has Bill as a mentor and tutor for instruction on the fine art of lying. What a duo-O and Clinton. (Bill is a close second)
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From the millions of good, honorable US citizens, come Clintons and Obamas. For lack of an impartial media and an ignorant, uninformed populace, such criminals get elected to high offices, where they cling like barnacles to the ship of state. Until we begin to educate the voters and stop reading trash sheets like the NYTimes, there will be no change for the better. God help the USA !!!
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Professor Miller: I did not get your question, viz., did Obama sacrifice 4 people to assure his election and etc. I find not a few raise the matter as you have done. Sir! - He has sacrificed an entire people, and intends (see Hestilow on DHS and Obama) to make war on American citizens. The recommendation (from Ayles and Dohrn) is to kill 150 million to get rid of the capitalists etc. Perhaps he'll settle for a smaller number. This is the Weather Underground we have, now ruling this destracted and lost people.

R. J. Loewenberg
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"....weakens BOTH camps sufficiently that the voice of reason once again asserts itself in the Democratic Party."

The voice of reason only resides within the center moderates of each party. The Tea party in the House removed nearly all of them in 2010. In 2012 more far left regained some seats. The very same story for the GOP in the senate. Now, we're left with largely the two extremes of the two parties and what a mess they've brought to the congress and the american people at-large. One party largely shooting themselves in the head daily and the other party sitting back enjoying the show.
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@ Sparky Redux way down below
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Armed conflict is messy business for any president and lots of people get killed because a strategy failed to present as planned. Likewise, I'll repeat myself in saying that NO president or department head in times of armed conflict make decisions in a vaccum and certainly not in a political partisan/ideological vaccum.

Radicalism is an amazing thing!
1 year ago
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My cat just dug a hole a buried something that has more stature and integrity than any liberal politician.
1 year ago
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I think the way it works is this: The press is sympathetic to, or worse, a cheerleader for, progressive politicians, most blatantly when they're Democrats. All the Clintons have to do, or Obama, is give the media another story to run with and they will gladly play their role: smearing lipstick on very ugly pigs. They work in tandem, these two: corrupt politicians and their enabling press.
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Christopher Hitchens's book, "No One Left to Lie to" is a great read. I think Hitchens - who is no Republican - would take the Democrats protecting Hillary to task where he still alive today.

The link you've provided is to the hardcover/paperback versions of the book, which are out of print. The book is also available on Kindle on the Amazon site, here:
http://www.amazon.com/One-Left-Lie-Triangulations-ebook/dp/B007EDYSD6
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"Were" rather than where.
1 year ago
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I do not enjoy being this cynical but the truth is that NOTHING will happen to Obama. He should be in jail for what he did - and Hillary with him - but that won't happen. He won't even be indicted, let alone tried. He'll simply ride out this latest scandal and then retire to have someone else write his memoirs (for which he'll stiff them and keep all the money for himself). He has no conscience for the dead and no loyalty for the living; he is simply a corrupt narcissist who's been protected and will continue to be protected by those around him because they're every bit as awful as he is; thus protecting him is protecting themselves.

I don't enjoy this prediction. I really don't.
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