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Pay any price, bear any burden

May 8th, 2013 - 3:31 pm

The hearing on Benghazi has made one thing abundantly clear. The Democratic Party will do whatever it takes to bury the Benghazi consulate attack issue. The chief defense against the accusations raised is that there’s nothing to see in that ‘long ago’ event which is not simply partisan and political in nature.

Everything from filibusters, administrative delays, backhanded intimidation — the works — has been thrown into the defense.  And defenders of the administration will point out that these are merely the same tactics Republicans have used in the budget and gun regulation debates and are simply being paid back in their own coin.

Yet that would be to imagine that nothing of importance is at stake. That what is at issue is mere partisan political preference, no more significant than a choice of ties or socks to be worn to a dinner party. The only response will be an appeal to substance: to right and wrong. That the battles over the budget, the Second Amendment and especially Benghazi were in fact political in the sense of ‘concerning policy’. That the Benghazi hearings are political in the best meaning of the term: not in the sense of trivial point scoring or character assassination but over genuine difference in the direction the ship of state should take.

However the distinction between what is good for Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton and the best interests of the Democratic Party has become blurred by loyalty and their immense influence in the party. The retainers are serving their lords even when it works against them.

It is in the long-term interest of the Democratic Party for their foreign policy in the Middle East to succeed, because even with the press on their side they cannot wholly escape the effects of failure.  By contrast candidates have shorter cost/benefit horizons. They only need to survive long enough to get theirs.  Once that is done their loyal serfs are left to make shift as best they can. Defending the leadership at the cost of courting a foreign policy disaster must mean that the Party will eventually hold the bag.

But anyone who thinks Hillary and Barack will reward them for their sacrifice should ask themselves how Chris Stevens fared when he pleaded for help. Can they expect better?

So the basic problem with defending Benghazi at all costs is that a political party has effectively painted itself into the corner of failure; maneuvered as it were by Darrel Issa into taking the wrong side, into reinforcing failure just to prove they can do it. They have to keep eating the broken glass if only to demonstrate that it is delicious.

Maybe they can do it. But a moment’s reflection will show it is a dumb thing to do. For there are two hearings on Benghazi; the first is taking place in Congress, which may or may not be successfully spun. But even if it could be, there’s a second hearing concurrently running in the halls of history which they have no prospect of winning. The demons that ate up Benghazi have joined  into a mighty river of chaos that is washing away national boundaries in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and in the Kurdish regions. The Son of Benghazi is spreading chaos and destruction everywhere.

Carney can poo-pooh it all he wants. But if Benghazi proved anything it is that spin doesn’t deflect bullets. Talking points don’t douse the flames. Not when you’re in the way.

The real cost to not examining Benghazi is that it opens the way for what comes next. And there will be a next. The career risks being run by the whistle-blowers and the increasingly restive mainstream media indicates that even within the State Department and press — even among people who are risking their careers — there is a growing fear that unless the cancer is recognized to some extent it may soon be too late to avert disaster.

For now there is a tacit agreement to keep digging lest a pause draw attention to the hole. What a high price to pay to protect the careers of two forgettable politicians who will care about their retainers about as much as they cared about Benghazi. Never in the field of recent history have so many been sacrificed for so few.


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Keep in mind that this is the same bunch of lying Democrats who insisted that there was NOTHING wrong with Bill Clinton' Security advisor Sandy Berger STEALING and DESTROYING a bunch of classified documents from Clinton's 2 terms.

To refresh memories, in 2003 Berger used his TOP SECRET security clearance to go into the National Archives to review, steal, and destroy troublesome reports and transcripts of conversations, just before he was to testify before the 9-11 Commission about actions (or ommissions) of the Clinton administration that may have contributed to the avalanche of security lapses that allowed years of terror attacks culminating in those of September 11, 2001 to achieve such success. His actions were discovered over the next year or so, and he was arrested and charged, but got away with a breath-takingly LENIENT punishment after admitting what he'd done.

A Washington Times article from 2005 [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2005/apr/12/20050412-095319-4664r/] points out:

"In conversations about the case, foreign-affairs veterans use words like “stomach-turning” and “demoralizing” to describe their reaction to the plea agreement. It is not hard to see why. Lives depend upon observing national-security rules. Untold man-hours and billions of dollars are spent acquiring and keeping secrets. All this is risked when the rules and laws are broken. In this case, Mr. Berger’s stolen documents detailed the Clinton administration’s failure to guard adequately against terrorist plots during the 2000 millennial celebrations. These weren’t some low-level briefing papers. They were among the most-sensitive materials anywhere in government.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2005/apr/12/20050412-095319-4664r/#ixzz2Sle79dxV
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This would get most people thrown in prison for a long stretch. If you've ever applied for and gone through security clearance, you KNOW this is true. You read and sign pages and pages of forms describing proper handling procedures for classified information, and you damn well KNOW what to expect for deliberate violations. The Clinton-appointed judge waited until there was some big distraction in the news, and then The S.O.B. was allowed a PLEA BARGAIN, a modest (for him) fine, and served NO TIME. This is how we punish treason? It is if it's a Democrat traitor.

The Democrat party doesn't give a CRAP about anything but keeping their Government LOOTING JOBS. To do that, they have to keep as many loyal voting Democrat underlings in THEIR cushy jobs, especially government jobs, as they are able.

They have the same morally leprous attitude as the people who jumped first into Titanic's lifeboats and clubbed women and children to keep them away while they lowered boats with fewer than half the number of passengers they could have carried.

"Me First and SCREW EVERYBODY ELSE!"

The Jackass is a noble animal that suffers a terrible insult to be so ill-used as a symbol.


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I predict Hillary will regret most not her ill-advised and intemperate "What difference, at this point, does it make?" but what came after: "It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again..."

On that score, she is entirely correct. Unfortunately her behavior, and that of so many on the left, has revealed that they see their real job quite differently.

The only way to "prevent it from ever happening again" is to make damn sure she never regains any position of responsibility wherein the lives of others depend upon her discretion and judgment.
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The effort to throw Hillary under the bus is gaining speed!
1 year ago
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White House huddling with reporters. Off the record. Update: we prefer you call it 'Deep background'
More whistleblowers coming too? Maybe better to call it 'Deep doo-doo'

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/05/10/white-house-holds-benghazi-briefing-with-reporters-off-the-record/
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12 revisions! Who ratted to ABC?

Yuk! Yuk! Yuk!

Is that why they call it File 13?

1 year ago
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The Pink House Winston'd the hell out of that spin.

Sort of a Game of Telephone -- without the campfire or girl scouts -- just the information destruction.
1 year ago
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I have to side with No Mo. The communists have captured the government by making illegal voting part of their machine. LIV’s aint the half of it. The leadership is criminally corrupt and are well on their way to the single voice of a totalitarian regime. Nearly everything they contemplate is anti-constitutional and treasonous. How does the press fair in the more democratic bastions of Russia and China?

Then this on Drudge -

“IRS ADMITS TARGETING CONSERVATIVE GROUPS; APOLOGIZES”

Fascism is upon us to stay and your progeny will die believing that slavery is a better freedom. 2016? 2014 ought to prove which way the wind is blowing.
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It won't be over until you see the lights of New York City go out.
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The Democrats, having become full bore Leftists, are off in La-La Land. Again, far from being the "reality based community", they are fantasists. Reality, to them, is what matters. To them. Deeply.

They will twist events, facts, constants of nature, around that need.

They will, and have, kill men even of their own to see to it.

They are of another tribe.
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no mo uro

You can reach LIVs. Just tell them the truth, Obama et al sabotaged the effort to stop the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico during the top kill operations in late May 2010, so as to gain political leverage to pass Cap & Trade. You will note that mere hours after the operation began, in the middle of the night, aides to Carol Browner wrote the offshore drilling moratorium. That is NOT a coincidence.

Pictures of oil covered birds and dead dolphins will do what flag draped coffins did not. The whole world saw those oil covered birds. The public did not see the open caskets of dead heroes, they saw Obama and Hillary pretending to get to the bottom of an incident as they were lying to the survivors of those four dead men.

Do any of you now doubt that Obama is cynical enough to visit misery upon the residents of the Gulf Coast to get something he lusted after, Cap & Trade?

The arrest of Kurt Mix was the "video" in their scenario. They got to make someone do the "perp walk", even though he had ZERO responsibility for the accident. And they also wanted to destroy his credibility regarding the flow rate so as to maximize the Oil Pollution Act fines, an amount they have publicly projected in the tens of billions.

Cap & Trade plus tens of $billions? How much lying do you think they will do to get them?

But dead dolphins can do what dead heroes in Benghazi did not.



1 year ago
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They are probably hoping for increasing military activity by the Israelis. That will allow the MSM to point the finger at someone else. While allowing Obama/Clinton to point a different finger at us.
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That would just be their way of saying "We're number 1" - but, seeing two fingers raised, we'd probably be thinking something else.
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